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CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 14:  Justin Verlander #35  of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning of their game on September 14, 2012 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 14: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning of their game on September 14, 2012 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

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(AP) — The Detroit Tigers wasted a key chance to move atop the AL Central.

They’ll hope their ace can get them back on track.

A day after being surprisingly swept in a doubleheader, Justin Verlander will try to help the Tigers bounce back Monday night when they host a Kansas City Royals club that caused plenty of problems for the reigning MVP last month.

Detroit (80-72) is one game back of Central-leading Chicago heading into the final 10 games of the regular season as it looks to win its second straight division title.

The White Sox fell 4-1 at Los Angeles on Sunday as their losing streak reached five games, but the Tigers failed to take advantage. Detroit lost 10-4 to Minnesota in the first game of its doubleheader before dropping the nightcap 2-1 in 10 innings.

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