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OUT LOUD

"I know it's a good team. You hope over 162 games, the fact that it's a good team bubbles to the surface."

— Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, whose team is in third place in the AL Central after winning four division titles in a row.

GAME OF NUMBERS

3

Home runs for the Dodgers in the eighth inning of their 6-3 win over the Braves on Monday after hitting three home runs in their previous eight games.

.228

Batting average for Albert Pujols — .176 with men in scoring position — before his walk-off single gave the Angels a 4-3 win over the Padres on Monday.

IN a groove

Prince Fielder

DH, Rangers

He is hitting .431 with seven homers and 21 RBI in the last 14 games through Monday, when the Rangers inserted Josh Hamilton in their lineup for the first time. "I've got a Hall of Famer behind me and an MVP behind me," said Fielder, referring to Adrian Beltre and Hamilton. "What could be better than that?"