Boston's two games back in the AL East, which surprises me a little. I hadn't been following closely, but judging by the last few games I'd seen, I'd have figured that by now they'd be four or five back, at least. They're 3 games out of wild card contention, though, meaning they'd be more likely to win the AL East than to beat out the ChiSox for the bastard berth. The Angels, unfortunately, are five and a half back, which puts them more or less out of playoff contention barring something unforeseen. It's a shame - Figgins has been brilliant, and Vlad's been murdering the ball lately. I'm pleasantly surprised with Detroit's rise to the top, and with the Dodgers' sprint to the top of the NL West. There's a possible Subway Series this year again, so let's keep our fingers crossed.
I dumped the $20 Premier giftcard my future sister-in-law gave me for the birthday this morning, en route to pick up birthday gifts for said future SIL and my actual sister. Among the pickups were a six Blue Point Blueberry Ale, which I've been thrilled with before, and a six of Ithaca Beer Co's Apricot Wheat, which I've never seen. It's tasty, though - it's got more flavor and roundess to it than most wheat beers because it's actually a wheat-barley blend. The apricot's nothing unexpected - very similar to the Magic Hat No. 9 flavoring, which is never a bad thing. It's a round 5.0% alcohol, which isn't anything to write home about but is solid nonetheless.
Also, I finally picked up a copy of Guns, Germs, and Steel the other night. Hopefully I'll be able to grind through that reasonably quickly, since it's supposed to be a good read and I'm trying not to be a one-trick pony.