As the calendar prepares to turn to August, competition for MLB teams is heating up everywhere across the league -- and that doesn't just refer to what's happening on the diamond.

With the Detroit Tigers entering Wednesday's showdown in Boston 3.5 games behind the Red Sox for the AL's final wild card spot, they knew there would be some pretty high stakes at play. So the squad set the tone even before the game started.

Check out this video from Justin Verlander's Instagram account, showing middle infielders Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias doing battle in a special edition of rock-paper-scissors:

Taking #rockpaperscissors to a whole new level. #daygame #wakeup #lockerroom #teammates @joseiglesias_ss @i.kinsler3

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That's how you get hyped to take the field.

In fairness, it seems that the move paid off for the Detroit players involved. Kinsler and Iglesias led off the game with a pair of hits, both eventually scoring in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. From there, the Tigers closed out a 4-3 win to become the first team to sweep Boston all season, moving within 2.5 games of the Sox for that coveted final playoff spot.

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