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Let the Second Half Begin

The All Star Game is in the books and if the Tigers make it to the World Series, they won’t get home field advantage this year because the National League won 3-1 last night.  Growing up, the National League won most years and it wasn’t until the nineties when things switched around.  Miguel Cabrera went one for two, Justin Verlander struck out two and gave out two hits in a shutout inning and Jose Valverde struck out the side in a shutout ninth inning to represent the Tigers.  Brian McCann drove in all three NL runs in the seventh with a bases loaded clearing double and the AL scored their lone run on a Robinson Cano sac. fly.

Now the second half begins.  The Tigers get, like a lot of teams, an extended break and they kick things off on Friday.  The bad news is, they’re on the road.  The good news is, they’re playing Cleveland.  Friday’s matchup has Max Scherzer against Jake Westbrook and I like the way Scherzer’s been pitching lately.

The Yankees got hit hard this past week or so.  First Bob Sheppard passes and then George Steinbrenner.  Not this team needs any more edge, but it’ll be interesting to see whether this fires up the team.  I’ve always been a Steinbrenner fan and his uniqueness will definitely be missed.  Not that his heirs haven’t been doing a fine job so far since they took over the team a few years back.

I’m hoping to get more into the second half.  I’m dealing with some personal issues at the moment as well as some logistical issues (Comcast went to this digital conversion so the little TV in my office doesn’t get FSD).  Still, my hope is to do a better job in the second half especially with the Tigers in the middle of a division race.

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