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Royals in 1st; playoffs next?

Do not adjust your Internet settings. The Kansas City Royals really are in first place on Aug. 11, after beating the Oakland A's for their eighth straight win -- their 16th win in the past 19 games -- while the Detroit Tigers lost their third in a row. The Royals, in first at the latest point in a season since 2003, once again are aiming to end their nearly three-decades-long playoff drought. The Tigers, meanwhile, were eight games ahead of the Royals less than a month ago and saw their onetime ace leave after just one inning Monday. What will happen?

Will the Royals (64-53, 1/2 game up on Tigers in AL Central) make the playoffs?

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  • How worried should Tigers fans be about their team's recent struggles?

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  • Is Justin Verlander done as an elite pitcher?

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  • Which is more surprising?

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  • Which would be better for baseball?

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Tigers get David Price from Rays

Oh, you thought Jon Lester-for-Yoenis Cespedes was the only major trade of deadline day? Not so fast. The Detroit Tigers have landed David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays as part of a three-team deal that keeps Motown's team firmly in the chase for that elusive next World Series. The Seattle Mariners, meanwhile, get Austin Jackson, while the Rays have picked up Drew Smyly and Nick Franklin. What do you make of it?

More: Your take on the Jon Lester trade?

  • Which trade will have a bigger impact in 2014?

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  • Is David Price still an elite pitcher?

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  • Who is the Tigers' best pitcher?

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  • How will the Tigers fare this season?

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  • Will the Mariners make the playoffs?

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  • What do you make of the Rays' part in the David Price trade?

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  • Which team will win the American League?

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  • Which team will win the World Series?

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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?


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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    10%

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  • Which team will win the AL Central?

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  • Which team will win the AL West?

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      74%
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      4%

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  • Which team will win the NL East?

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  • Which team will win the NL Central?

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  • Which team will win the NL West?

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  • Which team will win the American League?

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  • Which team will win the National League?

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  • Which team will win the World Series?

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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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  • How will the Tigers fare in the postseason?

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  • How will the Red Sox fare in 2014?

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  • Which team will win the AL East?

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

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  • Which of these teams is most for real?

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

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  • Which team will win the World Series?

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