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Andy Dirks underwent successfully microdiscectomy surgery on his back Monday in St. Petersburg, Fla. Dirks, who was diagnosed with a back problem a week ago following continued back pain, will be sidelined for 12 weeks, including three weeks in which he can't do any physical activity beyond walking.

• Tigers owner Mike Ilitch and his wife Marian issued a statement on Sunday night on the passing of Detroit Lions owner William Clay Ford: "We are saddened by the passing of William Clay Ford, Sr. and extend our condolences to the entire Ford family, the Ford Motor Company, the Lions organization and all of his employees. He led with a memorable blend of class, dignity and unwavering commitment to our community and his legacy will always be a source of pride for our city, state and nation."

• The Tigers' three home runs on Monday doubled their total for the Grapefruit League season. They hit four homers on their two-day trip to Jupiter after previously ranking last in the Majors in homers.

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