ROYALS: Outfielder Lorenzo Cain was struggling at the plate but has gone back to hitting the ball hard toward the middle of the field, and it is paying off. He batted .424 during Kansas City’s recently completed eight-game road trip and took a .417 average in the month of August into the Royals’ weekend series vs. Cleveland.
TIGERS: Miguel Cabrera has played in at least 150 games in 11 different seasons. He had to play through injuries in many of those seasons. Even now, in the middle of a down year, Cabrera would rather play through back pain than take a few days off, go on the disabled list — or just shut it down for the rest of the season. “That’s not me,” Cabrera said after taking two days off last week.
INDIANS: Cleveland dealt for Jay Bruce just over a week ago when it needed cover for injured Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall. But it creates a dilemma for 2018. Both Bruce and Carlos Santana are free agents after this season, so which one do you bring back? Santana, a switch hitter who draws walks, should get the nod over Bruce.
WHITE SOX: Miguel Gonzalez was born in Mexico but grew up in Los Angeles and watched Dodgers games from the stands. On Tuesday, he pitched in Dodgers Stadium for the first time, giving up one run over six innings in a game the White Sox eventually lost 6-1. His second child was born three days earlier.