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Tempers Erupt and Excite Baseball

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By looking at what’s happening on the baseball diamond (and outside of it in some instances), it’s evident it’s the dog days of summer.

Tempers are flaring between players, managers and even umpires.

Last week we saw the Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder go on a rampage to try and break through the Dodgers clubhouse after a game. On Wednesday Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval overreacted to James McDonald throwing a pitch inside to him which set Russell Martin off.

Even all around baseball we saw Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis throw his batting helmet at Tigers starter Rick Porcello. Diamondbacks manager AJ Hinch got thrown out of a game on Friday by first base umpire Jerry Crawford who ended up giving it back to Hinch. Even the bleacher bums got in the action at Wrigley Field Wednesday night when one fan threw a cup of beer at Phillies centerfielder Shane Victorino as he was going back to the ivy to field a fly ball.

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It’s the time of the year when the finish line is getting closer yet is still far away. Teams in the hunt for a playoff spot are scratching for a position in October, and teams that are clearly out of contention are trying to have a respectable second half of the season to get some momentum for next season.