Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/9/12
If the Detroit Tigers stumble and bumble their way out of the playoffs, they can look in many directions for the reasons. Two of the most prominent this late in the year, both linked by an inability to get big hits, are the Tigers' failure to win on the road and a dismal record in one-run games. Detroit began a 10-game road trip with three straight losses in Anaheim to the Los Angeles Angels, the last a 3-2 decision Sunday that was the second one-run loss of the series and the eighth in a row by the Tigers. "We only had five hits, so it was kind of the same story, not many hits and not many runs," manager Jim Leyland said. "I thought that was the best (Anibal) Sanchez has been. I thought he threw the ball better than I've seen him since he got here. "But it was the same old story. We had a couple late shots but couldn't get the big hit." The defeat dropped Detroit to 30-38 away from Comerica Park, including recent sweeps at Kansas City and at Anaheim. Detroit now goes to...
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