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Someone Needs to Step Up, Lead Tigers

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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...

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