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Detroit Tigers Brawl, Regain Winning Swagger?

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 29:  Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates his three-run home run with Carlos Guillen #9 and Magglio Ordonez #30 during action against the Texas Rangers on July 29, 2009 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Dave HamptonCorrespondent IAugust 12, 2009

The season of Major League Baseball is a long one. 162 games in 180 days, to be exact.

Along the way, every team has its ups and downs, its winning streaks and its slumps. The season goes through its cycles, and the contending teams are the ones that have more of the good than the bad.

The Tigers were in a bit of a funk coming into today. The starting pitching has not been that great lately, from the top of the rotation all the way to the bottom. Also, the offense has struggled to consistently score runs.

When in a funk, something usually happens to draw a team out of it. Sometimes it is merely the law of averages, leading teams to rebound from poor performance.

Sometimes teams get fired up by a managerial office tirade, occasionally complete with flying objects and frequent swear words.

Sometimes it is a manager going ape on the umpires, getting ejected, and throwing bases around that helps raise team morale.

But nothing hits a team like an all-out, bench-clearing brawl.

The carryover from a brawl can be the kind of energy that propels teams to hot play and prolonged winning streaks.

The Tigers got down and dirty Tuesday night. This could be the boost the club needed, if they want to hold on to the division lead.

Watch the Tigers over the next week to see what results manifest from the brawl, besides the looming suspensions.

Now is the time for the Tigers to burn for extending the division lead. Hopefully this brawl was gas on the fire.

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