The cost apparently was too high or the offerings were not to Detroit's liking, so the Tigers will enter August with the same cast of players they had at the end of July. There were the usual reports -- allegedly false and otherwise -- but in the end, general manager Dave Dombrowski and manager Jim Leyland professed to like what they have. For now. "Our everyday lineup is set," Dombrowski said Tuesday before the Tigers' 4-1, rain-shortened loss to the Red Sox in Boston. "Our rotation is set. To me, we made our big deal. I'm content with our club." However, Dombrowski has been known to make moves during August, when players who have gone through waivers can be dealt. Last Aug. 15, he added Delmon Young from the Minnesota Twins, and that proved to be just the pick-me-up Detroit needed to cruise to the AL Central title. The Tigers have a nice right-left balance to their lineup, but a lack of productivity from the right side has, especially at the bottom of the order, led to a vulnerability against southpaws. "Getting a right-handed hitter was our focus, and we had numerous conversations, but nothing of major consequence," Dombrowski said. "We made our major deal (for second baseman Omar Infante and right-hander Anibal Sanchez the previous week). "We were looking to tweak it, but we like our club. We think we can win the way we are. We think it's good enough as it is."
- Dave Dombrowski