Tigers plan to stay sharp during layoff

The Detroit Tigers plan to scrimmage Instructional Leaguers to prep for the World Series.

The Detroit Tigers plan to scrimmage against their Instructional League team Sunday-Monday as they prepare for their first trip to the World Series since 2006.

“We’re going to try to be a little more prepared (than in 06)," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Friday.

The Tigers lost the 2006 World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals in five games after six-day layoff. This time layoff will be five days.

The Tigers, who swept the New York Yankees to advance, could easily face the Cardinals in a World Series rematch. The Cardinals lead the San Francisco Giants three games to one in the National League Championship Series. Game 5 is Friday night in St. Louis.

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