Back in first, Tigers taking it game by game

Back in first, Tigers taking it game by game

DETROIT -- The Tigers remember the last time they swept the White Sox and changed the division race back in July. They also remember the struggles they encountered immediately after, leading to a 3-6 road trip in Cleveland, Toronto and Boston.

They lost the division lead in Cleveland and didn't gain it back until Sunday night, when they moved into a tie with the White Sox. Now that they have the Indians again, less than 24 hours after sweeping the Sox, they don't expect to fall into the same trap.

The key, Gerald Laird said, is the same approach they took into the White Sox series.

"The main thing is taking it one series, one game," Laird said, "because you see how you can get ahead of yourself by that Kansas City series. I think we were looking to [the White Sox] series a little bit, and a good young team whipped us. We have to take it one series at a time, one game at a time and not overlook anybody, because anybody can beat us at any time.

"I just think we learned our lesson. We got embarrassed in Kansas City. That's a good young team, I don't want to take away any credit from them, but we're supposed to be the powerhouse in our division with the White Sox, and we go out there and get beat three times with our ace. I think guys are going to look at that series and hopefully won't let it happen again."