Rudolf Nureyev

Tigers' success starts at top

Like Rudolf Nureyev, the Tigers have turned on a dime.

They appeared to be downsizing less than two years ago when they traded Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson in moves that seemed to show owner Mike Ilitch's concern over a bloated payroll. But that viewpoint passed before the 2010 season started, with free agent Johnny Damon added from the flexibility created by that provocative three-team trade.

General manager Dave Dombrowski said the Tigers were only regrouping.

He saw a winnable American League Central, without a true superpower like the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies, and made it his life's work to become the...