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Difficult Debut

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Andrew Oliver may never forget his professional debut—no matter how much he'd like to. Oliver, the lefthander from Oklahoma State taken by the Tigers in the second round of this year's draft, began his career in the Arizona Fall League. Oliver's college experience, plus his fine performance with Team USA in the summer of 2008, suggested he could handle a stint in the AFL.

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Learning Experience

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While the Tigers were fighting for their playoff lives in the final weeks of September, a crop of young Tigers met in Lakeland to begin taking steps toward becoming future Tigers.<br/><br/>And the emphasis is on the word "young," as Detroit welcomed 44 of its youngest players to its instructional league program.

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Extended Look

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In spring training, Mark Sorensen was deemed to not be among the 12 pitchers worthy of a spot on the low Class A West Michigan staff.<br/><br/>By the end of July, though, the righthander was chosen as the best pitcher on the Whitecaps staff—and the top choice to receive a promotion to high Class A Lakeland.

Majors | #2009#Detroit Tigers#Organization Reports