Armando Galarraga, Alex Avila have a little dugout spat

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Weird scene in the first inning of yesterday’s Tigers-White Sox game: After retiring the White Sox, Tigers starter Armando Galarraga sought out his catcher, Alex Avila in the dugout and started pointing his finger and jawing at him. It seemed like a regular old disagreement until Gerald Laird stepped in and began firing back at Galarraga and then it got all shovey for a few moments. (note: the pic to the right shows the couple in happier times).

Based on the post-game comments Galarraga was dressing down Avila over some mixup with signals or something and fellow-catcher Laird took offense at the kid being called out in front of everybody. And he’s right about that. But then again, when isn’t Gerald Laird the voice of reason?

And even if calling our your teammates in front of others, it’s probably not a good idea to do it to Avila. What with his old man being a big wheel in the Tigers’ front office.

2017 Preview: The National League West

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the National League West.

The Giants had the best record in all of baseball at the All-Star Break and the Dodgers lost the best pitcher in the world in Clayton Kershaw for a big chunk of the season. Yet, somehow, L.A. won the NL West by four games. The biggest culprit was the Giants’ suspect bullpen, which they put some real money toward fixing this winter. Is it enough? Or is a a Dodgers team with a healthy Kershaw just too talented for San Francisco to handle?

Below them is an intriguing Rockies team, though probably not a truly good Rockies team. The Dbacks have a lot of assorted talent but are nonetheless in reshuffle mode following a miserable 2016 campaign. The Padres, meanwhile, are in full-fledged rebuilding mode, but do possess some of the best minor league talent in the game.

Here are our previews of the 2017 NL West:

Los Angeles Dodgers
San Francisco Giants
Colorado Rockies
Arizona Diamondbacks
San Diego Padres

2017 Preview: The American League West

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League West

There’s not a lot of separation between the top three teams in this division. Indeed, it would not be a surprise for either the Astros, Rangers or Mariners to end the year on top. Part of that is because none of these contenders are perfect, with all three facing some big challenges in putting together a strong rotation.

Meanwhile, the best baseball player in the universe toils in Anaheim, where he’ll most likely have to content himself to playing spoiler. Up the coast in Oakland . . . um, green is pretty?

Our 2017 AL West Previews:

Houston Astros
Seattle Mariners
Texas Rangers
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Oakland Athletics