(45-41, 3.5 behind in AL East, leading Wild Card): They've coughed up the AL Central lead they held for five weeks, and they're now 60 runs in the red, but anything is better than last year's 103-loss debacle. Byron Buxton has yet to blossom, Brian Dozier hasn't replicated last year's power outburst, and Joe Mauer is slugging .402. On the other hand, Miguel Sano has reached stardom, Jose Berrios and Max Kepler are on the rise, and Brandon Kintzler made the All-Star team from a bullpen whose most notable member is catcher/mop-up man Chris Gimenez. They may not stick around this race, but the future is looking brighter.
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