Tigers clinch division

The Detroit Tigers clinched the American League Central Division title Monday night with a 6-3 win over the Royals in Kansas City.
Mark Brooky
Oct 2, 2012

It's the second straight division title for Detroit and the first time they've made the postseason two years in a row since the 1930s.

The Tigers have two more regular season games to play before the playoffs begin this weekend. Detroit will face the winner of the AL East Division, either the Yankees or Orioles.

From The Associated Press:

Miguel Cabrera had four hits, including a homer during a five-run sixth inning, and the Detroit Tigers held off the Kansas City Royals 6-3 Monday night to clinch the AL Central title.

Gerald Laird added a bases-loaded double, Rick Porcello (10-12) pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning and Jhonny Peralta went deep off Bruce Chen (11-14) to help Detroit reach the postseason in consecutive years for the first time since 1934-35.

After hanging over the dugout railing the entire ninth inning, the Tigers streamed onto the field and behind the pitchers' mound to celebrate their accomplishment the moment Jose Valverde got Alcides Escobar to ground out to shortstop with a runner on second for his 35th save in 40 chances.

The Tigers (87-73) will have the worst record among AL division champions, which means they'll open the playoffs Saturday at home against the division winner with the second-best mark.

See Tuesday's Tribune Sports for more details.

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