Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 5/17/12
Things have gone from bad to worse for a Detroit Tigers team expected by many to win the AL Central. The injuries are mounting, as are the losses - even against seemingly inferior competition. The Tigers hope to avoid further embarrassment at home in Thursday's series finale with the major league-worst Minnesota Twins, who are trying to win consecutive games for just the second time all season. Prior to Wednesday's two-game series opener against Minnesota (11-26), Detroit manager Jim Leyland announced closer Jose Valverde is day to day with a strained lower back. Leadoff hitter Austin Jackson joined Valverde with a day-to-day injury of his own after leaving Wednesday's 11-7 loss with a mild abdominal strain. Jackson is batting .331 with five home runs and team highs of 10 doubles and 29 runs scored, while playing his usual solid defense in center field. Infield defense proved Detroit's downfall in Wednesday's defeat, as the team committed four errors - one by each of the infield...
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