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Bullpen Problems Are Holding The Detroit Tigers Back

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Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Jose Valverde, left, is taken from the baseball game by manager Jim Leyland, right, during the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, June 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Jose Valverde, left, is taken from the baseball game by manager Jim Leyland, right, during the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, June 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Entering play on Wednesday, the Tigers were a half game out of first place in the American League Central, trailing the Indians. It doesn't matter that the Tigers have scored slightly more runs and have allowed significantly fewer: What matters is that the Indians' wins and the Tigers' losses are already in the bank, and even if the Tigers more closely match their run differential going forward, they're still going to have to overcome the ground they've given up in the season's first half.

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