Tigers heated up when it mattered

Detroit survived a rocky regular season, and now finds itself in the World Series

Updated: October 19, 2012, 1:56 AM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

DETROIT -- The story began in spring training in Lakeland, Fla., with high expectations and visions of grandeur amid the palm trees. The Detroit Tigers were so stacked with power pitching and middle-of-the-order thump, an American League Central title was considered a foregone conclusion. Lots of observers predicted they would win the division by 15 games. If they stayed healthy and mentally engaged, maybe they could cruise home up by 20.

In hindsight, the hot sun and the smell of ...

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