Detroit Tigers: 6 Players Who Could Be the Tigers' Surprise Heroes

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Detroit Tigers: 6 Players Who Could Be the Tigers' Surprise Heroes
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Everybody remembers heroes, but no one remembers second place.

The Detroit Tigers have several players who could potentially be heroes in September, but if the Tigers fail to overcome the Chicago White Sox for the American League Central championship, those players won't be very heroic watching playoff action from their couches.

The Tigers will need huge performances from some key players down the stretch to win the division and make a splash in the postseason.

Justin Verlander, Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera have performed like the superstars they are this season and will be vital parts to the Tigers' success down the stretch, but Detroit will need some of its role players to step up in the last 40 games of the season.

Here are the six players who could play hero for the Tigers in their run at a division title and playoff berth:

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