Tigers fight, for playoffs and city

Detroit can clinch AL Central with a win Thursday vs. Minnesota

Originally Published: September 30, 2009
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers talk frequently about their obligation to lift the spirits of a downtrodden city in economically troubled times. Their professional responsibilities are magnified by the need to run out balls, play with passion and assume the role of social healers in a town that's badly in need of a hug.

The old "team/city synergy" storyline can be heartwarming when Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans make it all the way to the NCAA championship game, or rookie quarterback ...

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