The impressive opposite-field drives earned Montero standing ovations and demands for curtain calls from the Yankee Stadium crowd. Could a hot September earn a rookie like Montero or the Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt a spot on the playoff roster? Is Josh Reddick the answer in right field for the Boston Red Sox, or can veteran J.D. Drew reclaim his old job?
Ordonez, a .328 career hitter in regular-season games in September and October, has responded by going 6-for-11 in his last three starts and hitting safely in nine consecutive games. Manuel is also attempting to avoid speculation about his likely fourth starter in a playoff rotation, which is already a hot topic in Philadelphia. Veteran Roy Oswalt (7-8, 3.80 ERA) has battled injuries and inconsistency this season, while rookie Vance Worley has slipped of late but still has a 10-1 record and a 2.85 ERA.