MLB Watch // Detroit Tigers Win AL Central

MLB Watch // Detroit Tigers Win AL Central

words // Luis Sanchez

Miguel Cabrera continues to tear up the league with the bat as his Detroit Tigers took home to AL Central Crown for the second season in a row last night.

Aside from the Tigers’ division-clinching victory, Miguel Cabrera continued to move that much closer to officially taking home the elusive Triple Crown. Taking down the Royals 6-3 for the big win, Cabrera was the difference maker with four hits and a sixth inning homerun.

Cabrera currently leads the league with a .329 batting average, 44 homeruns and 137 RBI’s. The Tigers 3rd baseman’s stellar play has led a late-season surge by the star-studded Tigers, who were under .500 going into July and chasing the Chicago White Sox atop the division all season long.

Enjoy a look back at the Tigers’ division-clinching victory below, as part of our latest Eastbay MLB Watch.

images via ESPN

MLB Watch // Detroit Tigers Win AL Central

Miguel Cabrera takes batting practice in the New Balance NBGruve 1157.

Alcides Escobar misplays a ball in a pair of PE Air Max Gamer Nike Baseball cleats.

Miguel Cabrera belts one of his four hits in 823 Mid New Balance baseball cleats.

Tigers’ Pitcher Rick Porcello fields a bunt in the Under Armour Ignite III.

Andy Dirks slides into third with his Nike Diamond Elite Pro Batting Gloves.

Jose Valverde celebrates the Tigers’ division-clinching win in 823 Mid New Balance baseball cleats.

Miguel Cabrera celebrates with Tigers’ Manager Jim Leyland.

Tigers’ ace Justin Verlander is showered with champagne during the post game celebration.

The Detroit Tigers celebrate their second division title in a row.

MLB Watch: Verlander Flirts With Another No-Hitter

MLB Watch: Verlander Flirts With Another No-Hitter

Justin Verlander has been nearly unhittable with his Rawlings glove and Reebok cleats.Justin Verlander has been nearly unhittable with his Rawlings glove and Reebok cleats.

words // Nick Engvall

While the New York Yankees have had a couple of rough series with their East Division rivals the Boston Red Sox as of late, and like many teams, a number of untimely injuries like Derek Jeter’s, the Detroit Tigers have had just the opposite luck. Detroit has gone on quite a tear in the past couple weeks, catapulting themselves into first place past in the Central Division, surpassing the Cleveland Indians behind superb pitching from starters like Justin Verlander.

Verlander carried a no-hitter late into the game for the third time this season. The first time resulted in his second career no-hitter in early May, the second and third of this season have helped him establish an 8-3 record with a 2.66 ERA.

Other players spotted in this week’s MLB Watch coverage include Ichiro Suzuki, Miguel Cabrera, Ryan Howard and more.

Check them out below courtesy of Yahoo.

MLB Watch: A look at what the pros wear.

Miguel Cabrera gets an RBI single with his Franklin batting gloves.Miguel Cabrera gets an RBI single with his Franklin batting gloves.

Jose Reyes has found the key to hitting by stocking up Power Balance bands.Jose Reyes has found the key to hitting by stocking up Power Balance bands.

Joey Votto connects wearing player exclusive Nike baseball cleats.Joey Votto connects wearing player exclusive Nike baseball cleats.

Ichiro Suzuki gets a base hit wearing Asics player exclusive cleats.Ichiro Suzuki gets a base hit wearing Asics player exclusive cleats.

Danny Duffy has quite the follow through and leg kick wearing New Balance cleats.Danny Duffy has quite the follow through and leg kick wearing New Balance cleats.

Clayton Kershaw wearing Under Armour baseball cleats.Clayton Kershaw wearing Under Armour baseball cleats.

Carl Crawford wearing the Nike Air Max Diamond Elite Fly.Carl Crawford wearing the Nike Air Max Diamond Elite Fly.

Cody Ross picked up a colorful pair of Nike baseball cleats.Cody Ross picked up a colorful pair of Nike baseball cleats.

A closer look at Cody Ross' Nike cleats.A closer look at Cody Ross’ Nike cleats.

Ryan Howard smashes a home run in the adidas Diamond King.Ryan Howard smashes a home run in the adidas Diamond King.

MLB Watch: A Week of Rivalries

MLB Watch: A Week of Rivalries

words_Nick Engvall

Just a couple of weeks from now, some the league’s best players or at least the popular ones, will head to Southern California for the 2010 MLB All Star Game. The games leading into the break can sometimes set the tone for the second half of the season, and also cause some teams to take action and make moves to better themselves. This week is the first to follow inter-league, which means many teams are stacked up against division rivals, which makes that much more important.

Some of the top rivalries in the league, whether a newly acquired hatred or long-standing one, took the field this week including the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers battling for the top spot in the American League Central, and the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants continuing their feud for the league’s most competitive division, the National League West.

Take a look at some of the action from around the league this week below.

Phil Hughes of the New York YankeesPhil Hughes of the New York Yankees took a loss wearing the Under Armour Heater II.

Derek Jeter wearing Jordan Team Batting GlovesDerek Jeter wearing Jordan Team Batting Gloves.

Cliff Lee wearing the Nike Air Zoom Comp VCliff Lee wearing the Nike Air Zoom Comp V, threw his third straight complete game Tuesday.

Albert Pujols of the St. Louis CardinalsAlbert Pujols went 3-for-5 with 5 RBIs wearing Nike Show Elite batting gloves and Nike Air Max MVP PE.

Jim Thome of the Minnesota TwinsJim Thome of the Minnesota Twins homered wearing the Nike Show Elite batting gloves.

Jose Reyes of the New York MetsJose Reyes of the New York Mets in the Under Armour Yard 5/8 cleats and Yard IV batting gloves.

Casey Blake of the LA DodgersCasey Blake of the LA Dodgers in the Mizuno MVP Prime batting gloves and Mizuno 9 Spike Classic cleats.

Aubrey Huff of the San Francisco Giants wearing the Nike Shox Fuse 2Aubrey Huff of the San Francisco Giants wearing the Nike Shox Fuse 2 and Frankin Authentic Pro classic batting gloves.

images via yahoo

MLB Watch: A Week of Rivalries

MLB: A Truly Unforgettable Performance

words_Nick Engvall

It had all the makings of an unforgettable performance, and it most definitely will never be forgotten.

Detroit’s Armando Galarraga had everything in place to ink his name into baseball history books. A perfect game through 8 innings. An incredible catch by center fielder Austin Jackson to further emphasize the preservation of the perfect game. Galarraga was just an out away from becoming the third pitcher in Major League Baseball this season to throw a perfect game, just the 21st in the game’s history.

Then a ground ball to first basemen Miguel Cabrera, with Galarraga covering the bag, the throw was near perfect. Armando stepped on first just ahead of Jason Donald. It was all there.

The final out call was not.

In a play that became instantly infamous, first base umpire Jim Joyce missed the call.

So now today, instead of Galarraga becoming the 21st pitcher to throw a perfect game, a feat that would have been accomplished three times in one season for the first time in history, baseball fans are debating the use of instant replay. Again.

Joyce has admitted after seeing the instant replay that he missed the call, solidifying that he is indeed, a professional, and giving further proof as to why he is one of the most respected umpires in the game of baseball.

Galarraga’s performance, aside from being far and above the greatest of his career, will serve as the basis for argument that Major League Baseball needs instant replay. After all, every other major sport has some sort of instant replay available to the officiating team, why doesn’t baseball?

The answer is tradition.

In a game that is already criticized for the length of games, instant replay would only make games longer. Human error, as much as it goes unsaid, is tradition.

Baseball is one of the most tradition focused sports in North America, and likely in the entire world.

Tradition and new technology are like oil and water. No matter how much fans would like them to mix, they don’t.

Besides, it’s just a game, a win is a win right?