Detroit Tigers: The Starting Nine

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Detroit Tigers: The Starting Nine

The removal of two mainstays in the lineup, Curtis Granderson and Placido Polanco, denotes a new era of Detroit baseball.

The Tigers parted ways with these two major contributors in favor of younger, cheaper players.

This face-lift may force manager Jim Leyland to scramble for baserunners in 2010. Void of patient hitters, the Tigers aren't expected to regularly produce a heap of runs.

Newcomers Austin Jackson and Scott Sizemore will see plenty of action, if ownership stays course and avoids signing a hitter off the free agent list.

Though not much can be expected from them out of the gate, they will be given ample opportunity to prove their worth.

Detroit also lost valuable bench slugger Marcus Thames. As a consequence, Miguel Cabrera remains the lone consistent deep threat.

Low walk, high strikeout guys dot the order and opposing pitchers lack a daunting challenge outside the three and four holes.

"Stagnant" and "streaky" may best define the Tigers attack in 2010.

Here is your 2010 starting lineup:

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