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Tigers win, White Sox fall three back with three to play

Sep 30, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

Prince Fielder AP

The Tigers bested the Twins 2-1 in Minnesota on Sunday, but the White Sox failed to keep pace,  losing 6-2 to the Rays to fall three games back in the AL Central with three to play.

B.J. Upton hit his 27th and 28th homers for Tampa Bay, and David Price was in control, yielding two runs in seven innings to become the first 20-game winner in Rays history. Joel Peralta and Fernando Rodney finished up from there as the Rays took three out of four in Chicago.

Detroit won despite being outhit 10-7. Of course, all of Minnesota’s hits were singles. Prince Fielder hit a two-run homer in the eighth to do all of the damage the Tigers needed this one.

Miguel Cabrera‘s bid for the Triple Crown appears poised to go down to the wire. He ended the game 0-for-3 with an intentional walk, lowering his average to .325. Joe Mauer went 3-for-4, also with an intentional walk, raising his average to .323. Also, Mike Trout went 2-for-4 in the Angels’ victory, putting him at .322 entering the second game of a doubleheader. Josh Hamilton didn’t homer, so Cabrera remains tied for the AL lead with 43 there. The RBI title is all wrapped up.

The Tigers will be able to clinch the AL Central by winning in Kansas City any of the next three days. The White Sox have already been eliminated from the wild card, so things appear very bleak for them.

Tampa Bay still has a slim shot. The Rays really need a loss from the A’s today, though. They’ll end the day two or three back of Oakland for the second wild card.

  1. craggt - Sep 30, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    The White Sox are dead. Even if they were able to win out and the Tigers lose out the Tigers would almost certainly win the 1 game playoff. The Tigers are 12-6 against the White Sox this year so they would be in Detroit where Detroit is 50-31 for the season. Also it would be a matchup of Verlander vs Sale. Sale appears to have run out of gas while Verlander has been excellent per usual.

  2. raysfan1 - Sep 30, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Sweeping the O’s will be a tall order, and it still might not be good enough, but it’s a fun ride all the same!

  3. nflfollower - Sep 30, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Once you make it in, its a whole new season. As evdenced last year. Can’t wait for October baseball!

  4. vincentbojackson - Sep 30, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Let’s face it, the White Sox have been trying to give this division to the Tigers since right after the All-Star break.

    The Tigers just decided late last week that they’d accept the offer.

  5. dcfan4life - Oct 1, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Game over man, Game over.

  6. willclarkgameface - Oct 1, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    The White Sox were playing way above their heads anyway. It’s a shame because next year the Tigers are going to have another hitter coming back from the DL and a chance for Cabrera to get some defensive help (i.e. A DIET).

    Nice run Sox, but really have no fear – the Tigers will be ousted much like you would have been in the ALDS.

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