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Quote: "That may not get you into the wild card, but you're going to be close enough that you're playing for something in September." - Royals owner David Glass, saying the team's payroll will rise from $23.4 million to $35 million next year

It's a fact: The Royals have drawn more than 1.6 million for the first time since 1993.

Who's hot: The Twins' Torii Hunter has a 12-game hitting streak.

Who's not: Yankees left-hander and Arundel High grad Denny Neagle is 0-3 with 15.19 ERA in his past three starts.

On deck: The Rangers will become the fourth team in history to go from a first-place finish one year to last place the next season. They join the 1914-15 A's, the 1992-93 A's and the 1996-97 Padres.

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