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A sometimes-irreverent look at Detroit's Boys of Summer, the Tigers, as they try to defend their three straight American League Central titles.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

TIGERS PREVIEW: A compendium to your Opening Day preview coverage




Eyes remain fixed on the prize
Everyone's picking the Detroit Tigers to return to the playoffs, most picking them to return to the World Series. The Tigers themselves know they're capable, but they also know there's a long way to go to get there.
"We got a good team. We’re going to study for the test. We’ll be ready. Are we going to be good enough? I don’t know,” said manager Jim Leyland.

The Tigers have gone from a talent-poor organization that broke the American League record for single-season losses in 2003 to a perennial contender a decade later. How have they done that? Not by figuring out ways to win at a discount, but rather becoming one of the big spenders in the game
"It’s reached the point where a lot of players want to play here," Tigers GM and president Dave Dombrowski said. "Now, you still have to pay them, you still have to treat them well — but the reality is, a lot of players want to come here and play, because they think we have a chance to win, we have a great fan base, great fan support and great ownership.”

Position-by-position breakdown
A look at each positional group on the Tigers.

An early look at some of the assignments for key farm hands who did not make the big-league roster, like outfielders Avisail Garcia, Nick Castellanos, Tyler Collins and Quintin Berry. 

A look at who will win:
- Each divisional race (AL EAST, AL CENTRAL, AL WEST, NL EAST, NL CENTRAL, NL WEST)

A look at some of the experts' predictions from around MLB, specifically how they pertain to the Detroit Tigers.

A player-by-player look at who made the Opening Day roster for 2013, along with 2012 stats.

The full schedule, with game times and broadcast information.

BONUS:
Tigers re-sign Jose Valverde to minor-league deal
The deposed closer gets a one-month tryout at Triple-A, once he's ready, as the deal has an opt-out clause if he's not in the majors by May 5. 

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