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Monday, July 16, 2012
Is there madness left in Motor City?

By Mark Saxon

The last time the Angels played the Detroit Tigers, things turned chippy.

Jered Weaver hooked up with Justin Verlander, two of the league's best pitchers in a Cy Young showdown, and tension gradually built on a muggy afternoon. Weaver got angry at Magglio Ordonez's reaction to a home run, so Carlos Guillen reacted even more theatrically. Weaver buzzed a batter and was ejected. Verlander erupted (both during and after the game) over Erick Aybar trying to bunt to break up his no-hitter.

It was a mess in Motown. Luckily, conditions couldn't be riper for a detente as the Angels start a three-game series in Detroit tonight. Guillen and Ordonez are both out of the game. Verlander and Weaver each pitched Sunday and will miss the series.

The only participants in the drama who will play this week are catcher Alex Avila, the player Weaver brushed back (and who, apparently, was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time); and Aybar. The umpires will be under orders from the league to keep things orderly. Maybe they won't have to.