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• The Tigers are three games behind the White Sox with 16 games remaining this season entering Tuesday's game against Oakland. But thanks to the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals, the Tigers aren't losing hope.

"If you win games, anything can happen, which was proven last year. The world champs [the Cardinals] were 4 1/2 games back of the Wild Card race last year and won the world championship," Leyland said. "It's not like it's doomsday [for us], but you've got to win games.

"You've got to go out and take care of your own business and win baseball games. If we do that enough, we'll have our shot, in my opinion."

• Leyland said relievers Al Alburquerque and Octavio Dotel would not be available out of the bullpen Tuesday after throwing 32 and 31 pitches, respectively, Monday.

• Whenever the Tigers face a left-handed starter in their final 16 games, Avisail Garcia is likely going to be penciled in as a starter, Leyland said Tuesday.

"I'll play him against every left-handed starter we've got most likely -- most likely, don't hold me to it totally, but most likely -- the rest of the way out," he said.

• The Tigers are three games behind the White Sox with 16 games remaining this season entering Tuesday's game against Oakland. But thanks to the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals, the Tigers aren't losing hope.

"If you win games, anything can happen, which was proven last year. The world champs [the Cardinals] were 4 1/2 games back of the Wild Card race last year and won the world championship," Leyland said. "It's not like it's doomsday [for us], but you've got to win games.

"You've got to go out and take care of your own business and win baseball games. If we do that enough, we'll have our shot, in my opinion."

• Leyland said relievers Al Alburquerque and Octavio Dotel would not be available out of the bullpen Tuesday after throwing 32 and 31 pitches, respectively, Monday.

• Whenever the Tigers face a left-handed starter in their final 16 games, Avisail Garcia is likely going to be penciled in as a starter, Leyland said Tuesday.

"I'll play him against every left-handed starter we've got most likely -- most likely, don't hold me to it totally, but most likely -- the rest of the way out," he said.