AL hot corner


Quote: "I just congratulated him on the year and told him to enjoy the journey. You're not going to have this year every year."- Rangers manager Johnny Oates, on his conversation with White Sox counterpart Jerry Manuel.

It's a fact: Adam Kennedy needs 14 hits to become the third Angel with at least 150 hits his rookie year. Wally Joyner had 172 in 1986 and Devon White 168 in 1987.

Who's hot: Royals starters have pitched five complete games in their past 19.

Who's not: The Twins' Eric Milton lasted just 3 1/3 innings, his shortest start since going just three innings against the Red Sox on the Fourth of July.

On deck: The Red Sox have 12 of their next 16 games against either the Yankees, who lead the American League East, or Cleveland, which leads the AL wild-card race.

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