By NOAH TRISTER
AP Baseball Writer
DETROIT (AP) -- Built to win a World Series this year, the Detroit Tigers came close.
Now they head into what could be another busy offseason for one of baseball's most talked-about franchises.
Although Detroit rolled to the American League pennant, a World Series sweep at the hands of the San Francisco Giants leaves a disappointing taste for the Tigers.
It's also important to remember that if not for a late-season swoon by the Chicago White Sox, Detroit might not have made the playoffs at all.
Manager Jim Leyland was working on a one-year contract, with he and general manager Dave Dombrowski not wanting to talk about it much until after the season. That's the first of a few issues that probably need to be resolved heading into 2013.
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Justin Verlander gave up five runs and seven hits in five innings as the Orioles beat the Tigers 5-2 Tuesday night.
The Magic Man will continue to reside in Detroit. Pavel Datsyuk announced on Twitter he has agreed to a three-year extension to stay with the Red Wings. Datsyuk had one year left on his seven-year, $46.9 million contract.
For the first time in franchise history, the Grand Rapids Griffins have won the Calder Cup.