Drew Sharp: Jim Leyland's 'closer' Plan Works for Tigers at Least This Time

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Drew Sharp: Jim Leyland's 'closer' Plan Works for Tigers at Least This Time
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MINNEAPOLIS — The designated stars provided the necessary early heat on a numbingly cold Nordic Opening Day. Justin Verlander paralyzed Minnesota hitters with his change-up through five innings. Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder drove in runs in the first inning. But as the late afternoon sun cast shadows on Target Field, it was apparent that the true starring role in the first act of one of the more eagerly anticipated Tigers’ seasons ever still hadn’t emerged.

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