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Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates his two-run home run with Torii Hunter #48 in the third inning during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on June 10, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Credit: Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates his two-run home run with Torii Hunter #48 in the third inning during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on June 10, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Credit: Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

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KANSAS CITY (AP) - Unlike 2012, when Detroit sat third in the AL Central at the All-Star break, the Tigers currently lead the division.

That doesn’t mean they’re satisfied with their position.

The visiting Tigers look to pick up where they left off and hand the Kansas City Royals a sixth consecutive loss Friday night.

At this point last season, Detroit was 3 1/2 games out of first in the Central, but ultimately won 15 of the last 22 to win the division. The Tigers (52-42) currently have a 1 1/2-game lead over Cleveland, but collectively feel they have not hit their stride.

“I don’t think we’ve showed our potential yet,” pitcher Justin Verlander told the Tigers’ official website. “I think we’ve been a little bit inconsistent, but hey, you can’t be too upset. We’re in first place and that’s where we want to be.”

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