The Blue Jays and White Sox are winding their way to the end of the schedule.
Toronto and Chicago will play Monday as a makeup of a game originally scheduled for June 12 that was postponed due to weather, and then they'll both have two series left on the docket. J.A. Happ will pitch for Toronto on Monday, and he'll be matched against fellow left-hander Jose Quintana.
The White Sox beat the first-place Tigers on Sunday, but they'll come into Monday with losses in nine of their previous 12 games. Chicago is 3-3 against Toronto this season, but the White Sox have won six of the last nine games in this series and have posted a 35-41 record at U.S. Cellular Park.
The Blue Jays, tabbed by many analysts to be a preseason favorite in the American League East, have struggled against their regional brethren this season. Toronto is 16-15 against Central teams and 17-17 against the West, but it's logged just a 27-42 record against East division opponents.
Quintana, 24 years old, has been one of the bright spots in a lost season for the White Sox. Quintana, originally signed by the Mets out of Colombia, has made 31 starts for Chicago this season, and he's pitched to a 4-4 record and a 3.14 ERA in 12 starts after the All-Star break.
Happ, meanwhile, is happy to be finishing the season healthy. The southpaw was hit in the head by a line drive in May and suffered a skull fracture that kept him out of action for three months. Happ is 4-6 with a 4.82 ERA this season, and he has a 4.75 mark since returning from the disabled list.
Chicago, after facing Toronto, will have a chance to play spoiler in the race for the AL Wild Card. The White Sox will hit the road for a three-game series against Cleveland, currently in position for one of the league's Wild Card slots, and will finish the year with a home set against the Royals.
The Blue Jays will finish their season with a road series in Baltimore and a home series against Tampa Bay. Toronto last held a .500 record right after the season's midpoint, when it had a 41-41 record. The Blue Jays have posted a 33-44 record away from Rogers Centre this season.
Blue Jays: Arencibia looking for road assistance
J.P. Arencibia has been productive enough at home, but he hasn't done much on the road this season. The backstop is batting .146 with a .186 on-base percentage and a .257 slugging mark in 66 road games, numbers that stand in stark contrast to his home production (.221/.256/.419).
Arencibia got off to a productive start this season, but he hasn't done much in the second half. The former first-round draftee has just four homers -- and just 22 hits -- in his last 50 games.
White Sox: In slide, Dunn gets breather
Adam Dunn got a day off for the White Sox on Sunday, and he's batting just .120 (12-for-100) in his last 28 games. The mercurial slugger had hit .318 (68-for-214) in the previous 62 games before his skid started, and he's batted .218 -- 20 points below his career average -- for the season.
Dunn, one of his generation's greatest power hitters, has 32 homers this season and 438 for his career, third among all active players. Dunn went deep 24 times and slugged .474 before the All-Star break, but he's been essentially punchless -- hitting eight homers and slugging just .370 -- in 58 games after the intermission.
• The White Sox have played in 56 one-run games, more than any other team in the Majors. Chicago is 22-34 in those games.
• Chicago has a 25-45 record against AL Central teams this season, and those 45 losses are the most in team history.
• The Blue Jays are 26-35 since the All-Star break.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.