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July 22, 2006|By ROCH KUBATKO

I guess I need to start taking the Detroit Tigers seriously.

I was slow to jump on their bandwagon, but this team is for real. The Tigers beat the White Sox, 2-1, Thursday, perhaps leaving behind some bad blood in the process.

Joel Zumaya struck out Joe Crede to end the eighth inning and preserve the one-run lead. Zumaya hopped in the air, spun around, pumped his fist and hollered.

The display didn't sit well with Crede, who glared at the right-hander while walking slowly to the dugout.

Also Thursday, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen entertained reporters with his take on Detroit's Craig Monroe and White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski bumping into each other at home plate after Monroe's grand slam Wednesday night.

"If you're going to do something, just do it right away," Guillen said. "If you're going to fight, fight. Don't wait till the next day and say, `He elbowed me, he's punching me, he threw me aside.' I think this game's changed a lot. I remember when I was playing, it was a man's game. If you don't like something about him, beat ... him [up] and let's go. It's on."

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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