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Pat Caputo: Lengthy To-Do List Follows Tigers Through All-Star Break

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 11: Jhonny Peralta #27 and Ryan Raburn #25 of the Detroit Tigers celebrate a two-run home run by Peralta against the Minnesota Twins during in the eighth inning of their game on May 11, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Tigers defeated the Twins 9-7. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – MAY 11: Jhonny Peralta #27 and Ryan Raburn #25 of the Detroit Tigers celebrate a two-run home run by Peralta against the Minnesota Twins during in the eighth inning of their game on May 11, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Tigers defeated the Twins 9-7. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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The Tigers head into the All Star break a club that presents one extreme to the other — with little in the middle.

At the top, the Tigers have five players — Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera, Jhonny Peralta, Alex Avila and Jose Valverde — who were selected for Tuesday’s All Star Game at Phoenix. It could easily be six because Victor Martinez is certainly deserving.

At the bottom, they have Brandon Inge and Ryan Raburn struggling, and a pitching staff that, overall, has been more disappointing than enthralling.

The opportunity is still very much there for the Tigers to reach the postseason for the first time since 2006. While the Tigers have been inconsistent, they remain in excellent position to capture their first-ever American League Central title.

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