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You might recall last week when musician Jack White took in a Chicago Cubs game and looked, um, unhappy.

Well his tour of baseball sadness continued Tuesday in Detroit, where White was invited to throw out the first pitch before the White Sox-Tigers game. Naturally, he seemed as melancholy as ever when he stepped up ...


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And threw ...


Jack WhiteRick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports


And this is him before he--wait. What is that? A SMILE?!


WhiteLeon Halip/Getty Images


What in the world could White possibly be happy about? Is it because Detroit is White's hometown? Or might it be, perhaps, because he threw the pitch to Santa Claus?


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The glee didn't end there, though. Tigers mascot PAWS managed to snag a selfie with St. Nick and White in the tunnel, and:



We're just never going to get used to Happy Jack White.


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MLB second half predictions?

The MLB's second half is upon us, and only two teams have leads of more than 1.5 games in their respective divisions. In other words, this should get intense. Who will win all the divisions? The leagues? The World Series? Cast your votes below!

Which team will win the AL East?

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    55%
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    20%
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    15%
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    10%

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  • Which team will win the AL Central?

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      84%
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      16%

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  • Which team will win the AL West?

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      74%
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      22%
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      4%

    Discuss (Total votes: 28,542)

  • Which team will win the NL East?

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      48%
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      45%
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      7%

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  • Which team will win the NL Central?

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      25%
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      47%
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      10%
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      13%
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      5%

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  • Which team will win the NL West?

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      70%
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      27%
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      3%

    Discuss (Total votes: 26,318)

  • Which team will win the American League?

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      14%
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      48%
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      8%
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      19%
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      11%

    Discuss (Total votes: 26,866)

  • Which team will win the National League?

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      11%
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      19%
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      42%
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      8%
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      20%

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  • Which team will win the World Series?

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      9%
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      23%
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      14%
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      12%
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      42%

    Discuss (Total votes: 284,104)

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Hot Tigers sweep Red Sox

We're one-fourth of the way through the MLB regular season, give or take, and very few teams have asserted themselves dramatically. One that has: the Detroit Tigers, who moved to 27-12 after completing a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. The scary part? Two-time defending American League MVP Miguel Cabrera is only just now heating up, meaning the best could yet be in store for the runaway AL Central leaders. What is the future for Detroit? What to make of the defending-champion Boston Red Sox (20-23)? And what of MLB's other surprises?

  • How many games will the Detroit Tigers win?

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      4%
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      25%
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      44%
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      27%

    Discuss (Total votes: 19,248)

  • How will the Tigers fare in the postseason?

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      7%
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      14%
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      28%
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      17%
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      34%

    Discuss (Total votes: 56,623)

  • How will the Red Sox fare in 2014?

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      13%
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      45%
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      42%

    Discuss (Total votes: 43,011)

  • Which team will win the AL East?

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      11%
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      27%
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      6%
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      17%
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      39%

    Discuss (Total votes: 27,821)

  • Outside the Tigers and A's, which team is the biggest threat to win the American League?

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      48%
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      10%
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      21%
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      21%

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  • Which of these teams is most for real?

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      22%
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      45%
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      8%

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  • Which of these division winners from 2013 has been the biggest disappointment?

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      57%
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      5%
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      12%
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      26%

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  • Which team will win the World Series?

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      74%
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      26%

    Discuss (Total votes: 14,683)

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Cabrera contract a good move?

This just in: Major League Baseball contracts aren't getting any smaller. The latest case comes from Detroit, where the Tigers, according to a source, are about to give Miguel Cabrera a contract extension worth $292 million over 10 years -- the largest in history. Now, Cabrera easily is one of the sport's best players. He also is almost 31; you can do the math on how old he'll be when he comes off Detroit's books. Is this a good move in Motown?

What would you make of the Tigers giving Miguel Cabrera a 10-year contract worth $292 million?

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    28%
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    72%

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  • Which is more important for a baseball team?

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      25%
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      75%

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  • Who is the best player in baseball?

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      42%
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      36%
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      22%

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  • Who will win AL MVP in 2014?

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      40%
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      37%
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      23%

    Discuss (Total votes: 23,478)

  • Does Major League Baseball need a salary cap?

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      69%
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      31%

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Cabrera, Tigers improve in 2014?

Good news, Detroit Tigers fans: Miguel Cabrera says he feels "free" after undergoing offseason surgery to repair damaged core muscles. And given that the slugger won his second American League MVP award in 2013, that could mean big things this coming season. Add this to ace Justin Verlander, who underwent similar surgery and called his injury a "blessing," and talk is positive surrounding Motown baseball (SweetSpot ranked the Tigers No. 2 in MLB for 2014, even with Prince Fielder now in Texas and an underwhelming season in the rearview). How will the Tigers fare?

What are you expecting from Miguel Cabrera in 2014 (.348, 44 HR, 1.078 OPS in 2013)?

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    54%
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    46%

Discuss (Total votes: 29,007)

  • What are you expecting from Justin Verlander this season (13-12, 3.46 ERA, 217 K in 2013)?

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      84%
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      12%
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      4%

    Discuss (Total votes: 10,234)

  • Which pitcher will be better in 2014?

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      27%
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      73%

    Discuss (Total votes: 6,004)

  • How much will the Tigers miss Prince Fielder this season?

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      26%
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      53%
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      21%

    Discuss (Total votes: 5,891)

  • How many games will the Tigers (93-69 in 2013) win in 2014?

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      29%
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      53%
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      18%

    Discuss (Total votes: 5,788)

  • How will the Tigers fare in 2014?

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      14%
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      27%
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      34%
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      9%
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      16%

    Discuss (Total votes: 28,071)

  • Will the Tigers win a World Series with their current core?

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      62%
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      38%

    Discuss (Total votes: 5,496)

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