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Tribe Confident Despite Tiger Trade

Kelly Shoppach

It seemed like a logical question, considering the blockbuster trade made this past off-season that landed the Detroit Tigers a pair of All-Star players in pitcher Dontrelle Willis and third baseman Miguel Cabrera. It is what many fans and "experts" have been wondering ever since: "Should the Detroit Tigers now be considered the favorites to win the American League Central Division this year?"

"Huh?," shouted Indians catcher Kelly Shoppach in a voice loud enough to be heard by the two dozen or so players and media members scattered throughout the home team locker room at newly-named Progressive Field. "What month are we in? This is January 21st." The disgusted look on Shoppach's face was one that you'd expect him to make if Manny Ramirez had just stolen second, third and home against...

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