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Blockbuster Trade In ’09 Paves Road To Success This October

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DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 02: Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers singles in the first inning during the game against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park on September 2, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

DETROIT – SEPTEMBER 02: Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers singles in the first inning during the game against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park on September 2, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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By: Scott Miller
Cbssports.com Senior Baseball Columnist

The road to this October for nearly half of the expected participants?

Simple. It started during the 2009 World Series … and led through a desert … to a dog … around the bottom tip of Lake Michigan … through Thanksgiving … bounced off several cell phone towers … snuck up a secret back entrance to an Indianapolis hotel … cut through a hotel suite … and, finally, branched out in three different directions.

Talk about a Blockbuster deal with a capital B. The three-way trade dreamed up by the Yankees, Detroit and Arizona nearly two years ago traces both directly and dramatically to this postseason.

The Tigers, who obtained starter Max Scherzer, center fielder Austin Jackson and relievers Daniel Schlereth and Phil Coke, have clinched their first division title in 24 years.

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