Tigers and Marlins head in opposite directions
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As word of a staggering eight-player trade reverberated around the walls and halls and dancing fountains of Opryland on Tuesday, it was hard to make your brain comprehend this absolutely true fact:The Florida Marlins won the World Series more recently -- in fact, much more recently -- than the Detroit Tigers. But here we are, just four years after Dontrelle Willis, Miguel Cabrera and the Marlins unleashed a champagne waterfall inside the visitors clubhouse in Yankee Stadium. And any minute now, there won't be a single teal-clad human being left who can reminisce about one pitch of that World Series. They'll all be gone. Every one of them. At least they will be as soon as the Marlins get around to announcing that they've traded Willis and Cabrera to Detroit for a six-player package headed by stud prospects Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller. Amazing. The Tigers? They're now an official baseball superpower.
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I'll tell you what. There are a lot of American League pitchers [and teams] getting real nervous -- and we're one of them.
-- Red Sox manager Terry Francona on the Tigers' projected lineup in '08