Defense has not been a strong point of the Tigers this season.

As manager Jim Leyland says, though, if you’re just noticing that now, you haven’t been paying attention.

“It shouldn’t be a shock,” Leyland said recently. “We knew coming in we weren’t going to be a great defensive team. If we just make the plays we should make, that’s all you can ask.”

If the team were hitting up to its potential, Leyland said, nobody would notice the defense.

The Tigers gave away an eighth-inning run Tuesday night on a pair of bad throws by the normally reliable Jhonny Peralta at short, and that was the difference as the Cubs downed Detroit 4-3.

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