It's make-or-break time for Tigers

Detroit needs to make ball bounce its way to avoid 3-0 deficit

Updated: October 27, 2012, 3:58 AM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

Jim Leyland has been in baseball long enough to know the adages of the game as familiarly as his own social security number. He knows -- and said as much following his team's Game 1 World Series loss -- that he doesn't believe in momentum, that in baseball, momentum is the next day's starting pitcher. The rest of the noise and chatter and speculation he is quite willing to donate to the hype machine that cranks and overheats during travel days.

There is no hyperbole, however, to ...

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