Blackout

Paul Lukas must be going ballistic. In the tradition of hockey games and Penn State football, the White Sox have asked their fans to dress in one color, and for a team called the White Sox, it’s only natural that they should all be dressed in…black! Here’s hoping they don’t get burned… The Twins have so much intrigue on this game. The pennant race isn’t the only race still alive. A flashback to last year: After 162 games, Ryan Howard led the National League in RBIs with 136. Right behind him with 135 was Matt Holliday of the Colorado Rockies, who had an extra game. Holliday tied Howard with an RBI single in the fifth inning of Game 163 and took the crown with an RBI triple in the 13th. Back to the present: Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers leads the AL with 130 RBIs. Justin Morneau has 129. Deja vu? Holliday, incidentally, also won the NL batting title last year. Currently, the AL batting lead belongs to Joe Mauer of the Twins. It would take 7 hitless at-bats, plus two hitless at-bats for every hit (1 for 10, 2 for 13, etc.) for him to lose it, at which point my glowing prediction about Dustin Pedroia will come to pass sooner than I expected.

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