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Tigers Not Healthy Enough to Win

Detroit Free Press

Fighting the tough battle doesn't make losing it any easier. Down to their last playoff breath, the Tigers need a miracle -- either the sudden recovery of their injured offensive stars or the sudden demotion of one-man destruction crew Nelson Cruz.

"Maybe you need a miracle," said Victor Martinez, sitting pensively in front of his cubicle. "But I know that nothing is impossible in this game. I've been through it."

Martinez was one of the stars of the 2007 Cleveland Indians team that took a 3-1 lead over Boston in the American League Championship Series. The champagne was chilling. The World Series was waiting. It was a mortal lock, until ...

"We had their backs to the wall, just like we are now," Martinez said. "And they won three straight. It can...

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