In the last week or so, both the American League West Division leading Texas Rangers and the National League West Division leading San Diego Padres have struggled. Though the Padres ended their 10-game losing streak Sunday, both teams have won just two games in their last 10. While the second-place Oakland A’s have only gained a couple of games on the Rangers, in the NL West the San Francisco Giants have moved to within a game of the Padres.
While the Yankees have picked up a game and a half on the Tampa Bay Rays, the Boston Red Sox have also hit a cold spell. Even their usually reliable right-hander Daisuke Matzuzaka got lit up for eight runs on Tuesday.
This week also marked the welcoming of Manny Ramirez to the Chicago White Sox, where he has seven hits in his first 18 at-bats, however he has been dealing with a sore wrist that could keep him out of the lineup.
Check out the images from around the league below.
B.J. Upton rounds the bases wearing the adidas Diamond King.
Ronny Cedeno makes a play wearing the Nike Air Show Elite MVP.
Ubaldo Jimenez winds up wearing the New Balance 1101 and Rawlings Heart of the Hide glove.
Ichiro Suzuki wears some player exclusive Oakley sunglasses.
Daisuke Matzuzaka had a rough start this week in one of his Nike Player Exclusives.
Neil Walker in the adidas Diamond King and Rawlings Heart of the Hide glove.
Hideki Matsui in Mizuno Pro Batting Gloves and Mizuno 9 Spike Player Exclusive.
Trevor Crowe and Michael Brantley celebrate wearing the Nike Air Huarache LWP90.
Manny Ramirez wearing Player Exclusive Nike Air Max Diamond Elite.