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Tigers are making a statement on field, but they're not talking about it

The Sports Xchange
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The business side of the Tigers has announced that individual game tickets for possible divisional playoff round home games will go on sale Monday, with a limit of six to a customer.

Getting the baseball side of the franchise to talk about postseason games is an entirely different matter.

"We accomplished something for these six days," manager Jim Leyland said after his Tigers swept consecutive three-game series from Chicago and Cleveland. "We've got a lot of baseball left. We've just got to keep playing. We've got to be ready at all times."

Said Justin Verlander: "Obviously, you want the biggest gap you can possibly get. But does that change the way we play or the way we feel coming to the ballpark? No. If anything, you push harder. But I think this club is just hitting its stride."

But magic numbers and games ahead in the standings are all "silly stuff" to Leyland. The most he'll concede is that his team is in a "nice position."

"I'm holding my ground on that," Leyland said. "Nobody's going to get me to say anything different."

Catcher Alex Avila said: "The statement we're trying to make is to get in the playoffs. The best position you can be in is having control of your own destiny and not need help from other teams.

"We've put ourselves in that position with the back-to-back series against these guys and the White Sox. We've played really well and won a lot of different types of ballgames.

"We've just kind of put that separation to where, 'Let's get on a roll. Let's clinch this thing as soon as possible, and achieve that first step in that ultimate goal we have."

Those tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday.

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