Detroit Tigers: Recapping the Best and Worst Moments of the Season's First Half

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Detroit Tigers: Recapping the Best and Worst Moments of the Season's First Half
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The Detroit Tigers begin the unofficial second half of the season tonight, traveling to Baltimore to open a three-game series against the Orioles.

The Tigers went into the 2012 campaign with higher expectations than ever before, with a team, albeit on paper, that looked unstoppable, especially in a bad American League Central division.

Detroit started hot out of the gate, winning its first four games of the year, and looked to have proved everyone right. After starting 4-0, it appeared like it was only a matter of time before the Tigers would be crowned back-to-back division champs.

But inconsistency became the Tigers achilles heel, and slowly but surely, the Tigers production, and winning percentage began to dwindle. The team struggled through most of April, all of May and for the better portion of June.

After 51 games the Tigers were six games under .500 and in third place in the division, six games back of the first place Chicago White Sox.

After several lineup tweaks, including a shot of energy from unexpected rookie sensation Quintin Berry, the Tigers began to put things together at the end of June. Things started bouncing Detroit's way, and the Tigers were finally able to mount some sustainable momentum.

The Tigers went into the All-Star break as hot as any team in baseball, on a five-game winning streak, looking to break out of third place in the division, reclaim first and ride first place all the way to October.

Only time will tell how the rest of the season turns out, but in the meantime, here's a look back at the best and worst moments of the the Tigers first half of the season:

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