Found September 25, 2013 on Tigers Weblog:
92-66, 1. Since this won’t be my last post this season, I won’t feel bad about a short one on a busy day. You know that a win tonight, or a Cle loss, will clinch a third straight division title. That’s the first time since…ever. They did win three straight pennants from 1907-1909, but they have never won 3 straight division titles. Please keep that in mind as you shake up a can of frustration at the first negative play tonight. If we win a WS in the near future, we’ll always remember this stretch as one of the best in club history. 21-3 just sounds so much cooler than 20-3, doesn’t it? A few notes: - Igelsias is rehabbing nicely, he hit off of a tee today. I think they’ll keep him out until the playoffs start. - Peralta is eligible to start in LF on Friday. - Rondon may not be quite as alright as we were hoping. Leyland says his arm condition is “not good.” Tonight’s Central Division Clinching Lineup: 1. Jackson, CF 2. Hunter, RF 3. Cabrera, 3B 4. Fielder, 1B 5. Martinez, DH 6. Dirks, LF 7. Infante, 2B 8. Avila, C 9. Santiago, SS

Max Scherzer Celebrates as Only He Can After Helping Detroit Tigers Clinch

The Detroit Tigers’ division-clinching victory felt like it was somewhat destined to happen Wednesday, with 20-game winner Max Scherzer on the mound. He’s a 21-game winner now, and the Tigers are the three-time defending AL Central champions after a 1-0 victory over the Twins. Despite struggling with his control from the outset, Scherzer tossed seven shutout innings of two-hit...

Jim Leyland cries, moonwalks while celebrating Tigers division title (Video)

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Game 2013.158: Tigers at Twins

91 – 66, 2. Not much to like about yesterday’s game. Even though JV went 6 with 0 ER and 12 Ks, he walked 3 and got in enough trouble to not pitch into the 7th. I don’t have the numbers in front of me, but I’m certain that the bullpen has pitched significantly more innings in JV starts this year than in any year in recent history. I recognize that the Tigers have been pretty...

Game 2013.160: Tigers at Marlins

93-66, 2013 AL Central Division Champions. No small sigh of relief there. Wednesday, the Tigers clinched with a gutsy 1-0 win over the Twins. Couldn’t watch (I was sick, still am), but I’ll catch up with it after the postseason, no doubt. Must have been the nail-biter of the season. They really had us going there, didn’t they? I can’t be the only one who had “collapse...

Miguel Cabrera returns to Tigers' lineup

Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera returned to the lineup yesterday after missing Sunday's game due to his lingering groin injury. Tigers manager Jim Leyland told reporters -- including Jason Beck of -- that he won't hesitate to rest Cabrera if he feels it's necessary, but he also said that he will play the All-Star if he's healthy. "If...

Tigers clinch American League playoff berth

MINNEAPOLIS -- Torii Hunter couldn't help but peek at the out-of-town scoreboard at Target Field, glancing toward the LED board in right-center field. When Cleveland trailed Chicago by a run in the bottom of the ninth, the Tigers outfielder felt his team had a chance to clinch the American League Central on Tuesday night with a win over Minnesota. Not long after, the score in...

Jhonny Peralta rejoining Tigers on Friday -- as a left fielder

They need his power in the bottom half of the lineup. They need his bat. So the Tigers are bringing Jhonny Peralta back for the final three games of the season and probably for the postseason as well. But they’re bringing him back as a left-fielder not as a shortstop. Creating roster room for Peralta by transferring infielder Danny Worth to the 60-day disabled list Tigers president...

Tigers win third straight AL Central by beating Twins 1-0

The eighth of ten playoff teams has been decided, and it's a familiar face: the Detroit Tigers. Detroit won their third straight AL Central crown on Wednesday night after beating the Twins 1-0 as Max Scherzer let a first inning run stand up thanks to a solid pitching performance against Minnesota. With a record of 93-66 with six games to play, the Tigers still have a solid...

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Scherzer helps Tigers clinch Central

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Max Scherzer, All-Star Game starter and Cy Young favorite

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Victory seals Tigers' third straight AL Central title

More than a century has passed since the Detroit Tigers celebrated a three-peat. But they did it in style Wednesday night, after beating the Minnesota Twins, 1-0, to claim a third consecutive American League Central Division crown. It's been 104 years since the Tigers made the playoffs in three straight seasons. Those Tigers (1907-09) won the American League pennant each year...
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