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  1. Listless bats threaten to sink Tigers' season

    They're no longer in first, no longer even in a wild-card playoff spot, no longer the self-assured team we saw early in the season. The Tigers slogged through another loss Sunday, 8-1 to the Mariners, and it was as dreary as any.

  2. Joe Nathan desperate to move past flap, and Tigers fans should let him

    This response was acceptable. This apology was deeper and stronger than the last. This was the first step Joe Nathan had to take, to have a chance to take a few more.

  3. Tigers feel the fans' frustration, but can't get consumed with the pressure

    It was scrawled on the white greaseboard in the center of the Tigers clubhouse, a timely statement that was at least half-accurate. 'The Storm is Over' was the message, author unknown.

  4. No excuses: Despite their injuries and flaws, Tigers still have enough to win Central

    Even with Anibal Sanchez and Justin Verlander ailing, along with reliever Joakim Soria, the Tigers should have enough to outduel the Royals and win the AL Central for the fourth straight year.

  5. Devin Gardner is key to Brady Hoke's fortunes at Michigan

    Devin Gardner has one more chance to define himself, and in the process, can go a long way toward defining Brady Hoke’s program. The two are linked, their identities at stake, the bridge between what Michigan was and what it wants to be again.

  6. Lions' O-line could lift unpredictable attack

    Here's something you probably never thought you'd hear: The Lions appear to have an offensive line good enough and tough enough to make this work.

  7. Michigan State's biggest upgrade is well received

    The Spartans grinded opponents into grass-stained pulp last season, and that's what they'll try to do again, with one potentially significant upgrade. They now have an experienced quarterback, Connor Cook, and well-seasoned, play-making receivers in an offense that actually — dare I say? — could be explosive.

  8. In a rotation of Cy Young winners, Tigers' Anibal Sanchez takes a back seat to nobody

    Maybe it was a quirk of timing, or the presence of a decimated opponent. But right on cue, the Tigers starters have launched their much-anticipated game of whatever-you-do-I-can-do-better.

  9. Tigers' inconsistency makes it hard to tell what help they need

    It's scary how good they could be, or should be, especially with their starting pitching. And it's scary how easily their flaws could derail them.

  10. Amid heavy scrutiny, Dave Brandon motivated by Michigan's 'unfinished business'

    Dave Brandon took over Michigan athletics during one of the most-tumultuous times in school history. More than four years later, the noise has abated a bit, but it never, ever stops.

  11. Tigers did deal for Joakim Soria that needed to get done

    Frankly, the Tigers could've traded all their prospects plus the Ty Cobb statue in Comerica Park to land Joakim Soria and you wouldn't complain.

  12. Ilitch must bolster Tigers bullpen to make good on promise

    It's unclear if Ilitch stuck around for the ninth inning, because a man who loves to build knows how hard it is to finish. The bullpen did it this time, with Joba Chamberlain and Joe Nathan pitching two scoreless innings as the Tigers averted a sweep and beat the Indians, 5-1.

  13. Tigers back in groove at midseason

    If the Tigers keep this up, there won't be anything left to pick at, or pick on. Their starting pitching looks fearsome again, their lineup has patched some potholes and the bullpen hasn't done anything egregious lately.

  14. Tigers of '84 can remind current team a world championship can't be taken for granted

    It seemed like it would never end, all the fun, all the winning, game after game. It was the perfect season, about as perfect as it gets in baseball, and the images are frozen in time.

  15. While state players go early, Pistons find value in second round

    Some players fell, and picked up motivational chips along the way. Some rose, confirming their potential. And the harsh reality of the NBA draft revealed ...

  16. Pistons' best move is to be bold, deal Josh Smith or Greg Monroe

    Not to ruin your NBA draft party Thursday night, but the focus of the Pistons under new leader Stan Van Gundy changed the moment they lost the No. 9 pick and ...

  17. Despite draw, something special could be stirring in U.S.

    Clearly, we're getting the stomach for this. From an amazing gut check to a demoralizing gut punch, the U.S. men's national soccer team is taking a ride, and I ...

  18. Tigers' tough stretch puts Brad Ausmus' judgment to the test

    The Tigers dodged a complete disaster with a 2-1 victory Thursday over the Royals, averting a four-game sweep and reverting to their good-pitching ways, at ...

  19. Tigers' Justin Verlander down in the count, and concerns keep rising

    The Tigers can't overreact to one ugly loss, but Verlander has to find a way to react better to his struggles.

  20. Red-hot Royals ready to take a swing at Tigers

    At the risk of eliciting eye rolls, I'm anointing this four-game series starting tonight against the Royals as the first Big Showdown of the season.

  21. Lions coach Jim Caldwell preaches playing smart, not scared

    We don't know if Jim Caldwell's strong professionalism will sink in, or if Joe Lombardi's offense will make Matthew Stafford appreciably better, or if the ...

Sports Writer

Bob Wojnowski is a Michigan native who grew up in Ann Arbor, went to high school in Battle Creek and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1983. He has been at The Detroit News since 1989, a columnist since 1992. He has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the Olympics to the World Series to the Final Four to the NBA and Stanley Cup Finals.

Bob Wojnowski's favorites:

  • Favorite food: A juicy steak. (Meat and potatoes, baby.)
  • Favorite sport: Football, especially college football.
  • Favorite movies: "Silence of the Lambs," "Fargo," "Animal House"
  • Favorite performer: David Letterman

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