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The Tigers averaged 11,000 more fans per game last year, but their owner is prepared to add payroll to keep his team in first place, according to Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press. Tigers owner Mike Ilitch told GM Dave Dombrowski to do whatever it takes to improve the team, even if it means adding salary.
"What are we going to do? There are a lot of things we can do," Ilitch said. "We're going to try to improve one way or the other."
The Tigers could improve in a number of ways. Dontrelle Willis
has not pitched well enough to deserve his rotation spot, and with Carlos Guillen out for at least a month
, Detroit's offense isn't at full strength either.