Rick Porcello and 9 Other Detroit Tigers with Something to Prove in 2012

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Rick Porcello and 9 Other Detroit Tigers with Something to Prove in 2012
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Prince Fielder's big contract has given the first baseman some pressure to perform in 2012

As most baseball fans know, when it comes to America's pastime, there are never any guarantees. Last year's World Series is a great example of this, as the St. Louis Cardinals came out of nowhere to win it all when it mattered the most.

The Detroit Tigers must also adhere to this rule. While the team is widely being picked to win the American League Centralone Michigan radio personality has even said the Tigers will win the Central by at least 20 gamesDetroit is far from a flawless team.

Obviously, the biggest story of the offseason in Detroit has been the Prince Fielder signing. There's little doubt that this guy will perform and probably perform well. But there's still a chance that he'll slump, as his numbers outside of Milwaukee were not nearly as impressive as his home numbers in 2011.

However, Fielder is not the only player that needs to perform this season. The following is a list of 10 players that need to step up in a big way for Detroit in 2012.

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