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Tigers, White Sox Evenly-Matched in Pennant Race: Fan Reaction

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For a true, die-hard baseball fan, nothing beats the excitement and awe of a grueling, hit-for-hit, pitch-for-pitch, win-for-win, pennant race. For Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox fans, that's exactly what we find ourselves in the midst of.

After starting the season with a bang, Detroit finds themselves 1.5 games behind Chicago for the American League Central Division crown, as of the August 6 slate of games. At 59-50, the Tigers have begun to ramp up their intensity, having blown out Cleveland and the first game of a series with New York, on August 6. In those four games, the sporadic Detroit offense tallied a whopping 33 runs, led by the long ball strength of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. Doug Fister and Justin Verlander have returned to form, systematically dismantling batters and making the offensive total an egregious overkill.

At the same time, Chicago took two games out of three against the Anaheim Angels - the clear team to beat in the American League - and the opener of a series with Kansas City. At 60-48, they have managed to maintain just enough momentum to remain ahead of Detroit with an increased defensive presence. Not to mention Chris Sale is looking sharp on the mound and Paul Konerko is up to his old, ball-smashing tricks.

By the end of the non-waiver trade deadline, Chicago had acquired pitcher Francisco Liriano and infielder Kevin Youkilis, in hopes of adding to an already-potent roster. Detroit, likewise, added Omar Infante, Anibal Sanchez and Jeff Baker, in hopes of bolstering their final, glaring inadequacies. Both squads believed the moves to be necessary and, to this point, it would seem to have been correct assumptions on each side's behalf.

Chicago has now won 10 of their last 13 games and is 12 games above .500. Detroit has won seven of their last 13, including the last five in a row, to pull their record to nine games above mediocrity. Detroit has upcoming series with Anaheim, Texas and Baltimore, while Chicago will deal with Oakland, Toronto and New York. The two teams will meet again on August 31.

The ongoing battle between these two American League Central Division opponents is sure to captivate the baseball world, as the season comes down to the wire. For both fan bases, the anxious anticipation, as we inch closer to the postseason, will do well for our unending quest to revel in the success of the teams we love.

The author, D. Benjamin Satkowiak, is a successful entrepreneur, and freelance writer, who has tailored works on various sports, health and fitness topics. He currently serves as a Yahoo! Contributor Network "Featured Contributor" and writes on the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, Great Lakes Loons and Notre Dame football.

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