Here's how the pennant races look with under two weeks to go:
- DIVISION RACES: Triple Crown candidate Miguel Cabrera and Detroit dropped a doubleheader at home to Minnesota and fell one game behind the White Sox in the AL Central. The Yankees hold a one-game edge over Baltimore in the AL East after both teams lost by a run.
- NEXT UP: Oakland gets its chance to catch the AL West-leading Rangers starting tonight. The A's need to sweep the four-game series at Texas to pull even. Rangers star Josh Hamilton has missed five games because of a sinus problem that's affecting his vision, and it's uncertain when he'll play again.
- SHAKY SOX: Chicago has lost five in a row and can't seem to get a clutch hit. Paul Konerko and the White Sox are just 3 for 42 lately with runners in scoring position.
- SOMETHIN' BREWIN': Milwaukee remains 2 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild-card spot. The Brewers have won 25 of 32, twice benefiting Sunday when Washington outfielders lost fly balls in the sun.
- CHASE CHATTER: ''I didn't really know where I was, actually. I thought that the ball was in front of the pole after I had caught it. I ran in and somebody was like 'You just robbed a home run.' I was like 'I did? All right. Cool.''' - Red Sox right fielder Cody Ross, who caught a drive by Baltimore's Adam Jones near Pesky's Pole at Fenway Park.