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For Tigers, starters need hitters to pitch in

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DETROIT — As darkness fell Tuesday night on this broken city, steam rose from cracked manhole covers and the homeless squatted on streets where hope seemed as scarce as spare change.

Out on Woodward Avenue, a long line drive away from Comerica Park, a neon sign flashed in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church, calling the flock to worship.

“Pray here for the Tigers,’’ the sign said.

The next service begins Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. Maybe then some Tigers fan will beseech the baseball gods to explain how Detroit’s starting pitchers could submit three of the most phenomenal performances in postseason history over the first three games of the American League Championship Series and manage to eke out only a single win.

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