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Leyland: Gaining home-field in playoffs is goal

Leyland: Gaining home-field in playoffs is goal

Leyland: Gaining home-field in playoffs is goal
OAKLAND -- The Tigers wrapped up the American League Central crown on Friday night, but they won't lack motivation during the remainder of the regular season because home-field advantage in the postseason is still up for grabs.

"This is a built-in shot for us to stay sharp," manager Jim Leyland said before Sunday's game against the A's. "This is a slam dunk that we need to stay sharp. We're going for something.

"Truthfully, I want that game bad, that extra game at home. For a lot of reasons. First of all, we like being at home. Second of all, it gives your fans -- that would be the fifth game if it goes five -- that's the championship game, so they'd get to see that.

Leyland said the Tigers "accomplished one leg of the journey" Friday night when they won the AL Central and earned a spot in the postseason.

"I don't know that I believe in home-field advantage in baseball," he said, "but I do believe that when you have the type of fans we have, they deserve to see that fifth game if we can get it for them."

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