Arlington, Texas Excuses, they've got a few now.
But it's too soon to start playing these cards they've been dealt.
That, as much as anything, was the message the Tigers were offering on a rain-soaked, baseball-free Sunday in Texas.
They lost Game 1 of the American League Championship Series to the Rangers on Saturday night, falling 3-2 to the defending AL champs in their own ballpark. Ace Justin Verlander lost a game for the first time since July 15. It was a deflating, five-hour loss, to be sure.
But then came the stunning news Sunday afternoon Magglio Ordonez was done for the season — and possibly his career — after re-fracturing the right ankle that ended his 2010 season and derailed most of this one.
"That was unfortunate for us," said Ryan Raburn, whose already increased role in this series figures to grow substantially more now. "He's a veteran presence in the lineup we'll definitely miss. And we'll need other guys to step up like we have done all year."