The last couple weeks since joining the Tigers have been exciting and hectic for me. The guys here have made me feel very welcome.

What's also helped to make this ultra exciting is joining a first-place ballclub. That gives me a pretty good chance to get to the postseason for the first time in my career. Until I get to experience the playoffs, I'll always wonder what I'm missing.

Watching the playoffs each year on TV, you get to see the energy and excitement the players are feeling. For me in recent years, it's been a grind to get through September games to just get to the end of the year. Playing in these games are exciting. You love having that ninth-inning lead. It's fun. I haven't felt this way in a long time.

This wasn't the first time I've been traded midseason. A few years ago I went from Tampa to Houston, and we had a chance at the postseason that time, too.

The Astros club that year was seven games back. We had a great run at the end, reeling off seven wins in a row during the final stretch, and St. Louis lost a lot of games, but it just didn't happen for us. We made it pretty interesting at the end but couldn't get there.

This time, I've stayed in the same league. That's better, because I already know so many guys in the AL, whether I've played with them or not. I've tended to be a pretty talkative guy throughout my career, so even if I did not know an opposing player personally, I've always had some familiarity with the other players in the league, which helps.

Getting traded midseason as an older player is a bit easier with a veteran player, I think. I know what's expected of me. I've been around long enough to know they want my bat in the lineup against right-handers.

And that's been pretty much my role since coming here. I haven't had a start against a left-handed pitcher. We have a lot of good right-handed bats on the team, including on the bench, so I'm comfortable in this role. Late in the games, late in the season, we want to put our best matchups out on the field to win games.

Hopefully I can help make a difference.

The first-place Tigers, in a need of left-handed production acquired Aubrey Huff from the Orioles on Aug. 17. The 10-year veteran is batting .241 with 13 homers and 73 RBIs overall this season.