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Detroit Tigers are a Major League Baseball team based in Detroit, Michigan. One of the American League's eight charter franchises, the club was founded in Detroit in 1894. The Tigers have won four World Series championships (1935, 1945, 1968 and 1984) and have won the American League pennant 10 times. Since 2000, the team has played at Comerica Park. Detroit Tigers constructed Bennett Park at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Trumbull Avenue and began playing there in 1896. In 1912, the team moved into Navin Field, which was built on the same location. It was almost completely rebuilt in 1938 and renamed Briggs Stadium. It was renamed Tiger Stadium in 1961 and the Tigers played there until moving to their current park, Comerica Park in 2000.

2009 season

Detroit Tigers ticketsIn the 2009 season, the Detroit Tigers came into the season with measured expectations, predicted by some media to finish last in the AL Central. This was because they lost Edgar Renteria, Gary Sheffield, and a few other players. However, the Tigers started very hot, quickly gaining the lead of the AL Central and keeping it. This was fueled by the success of pitching. In the past, the Tiger bats had fueled the success but this year the combination of the pitching, defense, and offense. The Tigers acquired Edwin Jackson from the 2008 AL Champion Tampa Bay Rays and called up rookie Rick Porcello. Porcello has been an ace on the mound, fueling the Tigers with 9 wins and a 4.40 ERA. In addition, the Tigers acquired catcher Gerald Laird and gold-glove shortstop Adam Everett. Also, Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander pitched with great success, delivering the stuff he did in 2006 on the way to winning the AL Rookie of the Year award. Verlander's 98-mph fastball returned and so did his wicked curveball and changeup. Verlander won 8 straight games before a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Edwin Jackson posted a great record and a good ERA and Rick Porcello pitched great, starting with an 8-3 record. Armando Galarraga, who had a great season in 2008, delivered many passable pitching performances, but often didn't get the needed run support. The Tigers looked to have finally restored Dontrelle Willis after he pitched a 1-hitter against the hot Texas Rangers, but after a few poor starts he was sent back to the disabled list due to a reported "anxiety disorder". Due to the loss of Willis, the Tigers called up rookie Alfredo Figaro who has pitched unevenly in his first few games. The biggest surprise of the 2009 season for the Detroit Tigers was that they had one of the better bullpens in baseball, owing to the maturation and development of the younger players. The bullpen has been fueled by set-up man Joel Zumaya, who has regained his 103-mph fastball in addition to new off-speed pitches and new closer (former relief pitcher) Fernando Rodney, who has a 100-mph fastball and a great changeup and curveball and was 19 for 19 in save attempts through mid-July. Even though the Tigers had excellent pitching, the offense they were known for in recent years has been lacking, especially for a slump of Magglio Ordoñez and the loss of Carlos Guillen. Many of the player with high averages in the 2008 season, such as Placido Polanco and Curtis Granderson, are hitting in the low to mid .200 range. Brandon Inge has admirably helped fill the deficit with career-best hitting statistics. The Tigers also used the power of Curtis Granderson, Miguel Cabrera, and Marcus Thames along with the newly successful Inge. This is helped too by great contact and on base percentage players, Placido Polanco and Gerald Laird. Also, the Tigers have one of the better defenses in baseball, committing few errors. The Tigers ended the season on October 6 with a 6-5 loss in 12 innings to the Minnesota Twins in the tie-breaker game to win the AL Central, leaving the Tigers with a 86–77 record. The Tigers spent 146 days in first place and became the first team in Major League history to lose a three game lead with four games left to play.