The Detroit Tigers’ Magic Number to clinch the AL Central division sits at nine, following their dramatic win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. That win bumped the number to eliminate the Royals down to six — any combination of Tigers wins and Royals losses that add up to that number will end Kansas City’s hopes of capturing the division.
A look at tonight’s action:
• Seattle at Detroit: The Tigers start a favorable four-game series with the Mariners, with Rick Porcello on the mound against Joe Saunders. The Mariners are 66-89 on the year, good for fourth in the AL West. They’re actually not that bad on the road, though — their 33-41 record away from home is just three games worse than Cleveland’s road mark.
• Cleveland at Kansas City: Though the Royals are still alive in the race, the Tigers would love to see Kansas City take at least two of three in this series. The opener kicks off at 8:10 p.m. ET Monday night, with Cleveland sending Scott Kazmir up against James Shields.