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So Far, Several Detroit Hitters Have Been Paper Tigers

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KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 06: Center fielder Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers reaches over the wall as he robs Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals of a home run in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium on August 6, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, MO – AUGUST 06: Center fielder Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers reaches over the wall as he robs Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals of a home run in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium on August 6, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

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Ask any boat owner, he will tell you he never knows what it’s going to be like until they get out on the water.

Who would have guessed that nearly three weeks into the season Detroit would be wondering where it’s offense went, while at the same time holding its breath that its starting pitching can continue to hold up until Doug Fister gets back next month.

“I’m surprised nobody’s written about it,” manager Jim Leyland said recently. “We’re not hitting.”

It’s largely because the Tigers have been winning games, at least until dropping three of four to the Texas Rangers.

And after allowing nineteen runs in the first 11 innings of the series to the potent Texas offense, Detroit pitchers limited the Rangers to only six in the ensuing 27.

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