Tigers Ready to Pounce in AL Central

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The hardy-har-har line about the American League Central for much of this season has been that "nobody wants to win it."

In reality, of course, the Central has five teams that would very much love to run away with it. It's just that none of them were good enough to do so.

But in a claustrophobic pennant chase, the Detroit Tigers' four-game lead one week into August qualifies as the closest thing anybody in this division has had to actual breathing room. In fact, it's currently the second-largest division lead in all of baseball, behind the Phillies' 8 1/2-game edge on the Braves. And with a three-game series in Cleveland looming, the Tigers have a real opportunity this week to potentially put the Central in their back pocket.

While the White Sox still...

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