Game of the Day

How the AL West is won will come down to a three-team round robin in the final week. Today front-running Oakland wraps up a three-game series at Anaheim. The A's entered yesterday's play clinging to a three-game lead over the Angels and Rangers. The Angels travel to Texas tomorrow, then close the season at Oakland.

Player to Watch

New York Yankees right-hander Kevin Brown returns to the rotation today in Boston after missing more than three weeks with a broken left hand. Brown suffered the injury after punching a wall in frustration. Yankees Manager Joe Torre said Brown will pitch wearing a glove with extra padding. Torre said he hasn't decided whether Brown will be in the playoff rotation.

News & Notes

BELTRE WANTED: Before Adrian Beltre heads home to the Dominican Republic for the winter -- Los Angeles hopes that's at least a month from now -- Manager Jim Tracy will meet with his star third baseman to let him know how much he wants Beltre back in Dodger blue.

Beltre can become a free agent after the World Series. He is having a breakout season, and Tracy strongly believes the 25-year-old Beltre deserves as much consideration for NL most valuable player as Barry Bonds.

Tracy realizes he doesn't have the final say on whether to keep Beltre with the club that signed him before his 16th birthday and patiently developed him into a superstar. Still, the skipper will make his opinion known to GM Paul DePodesta.

"I'm very hopeful we have the opportunity to have Adrian Beltre," Tracy said. "Do I want to watch this guy walk off and do this for somebody else? No."