Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/18/14
DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch is spending a lot of his money to chase a World Series title. Thanks to Detroit's surge and the Chicago White Sox's slump, the Tigers have a shot to give Ilitch a return on his investment. "He's been trying to bring a winner here and to know the joy it would bring him to win a championship is another driving force," Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said in a telephone interview Thursday. "In fact, I can't think of a better one." When Victor Martinez had a season-ending knee injury last winter, Ilitch gave Dombrowski the OK to replace him with Prince Fielder even though that meant adding a 214 million contract to the books. That ballooned the team's payroll to 139.6 million to rank fifth among baseball's big spenders. "He's given us everything it takes to win," Dombrowski said. The AL Central champions won eight of their last 10 games while Chicago collapsed, lifting Detroit to the postseason in consecutive yea...
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