DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers finally have sole possession of first place in the AL Central in their grasp, and Doug Fister apparently isn't ready to give it back.
Fister, starting for the Tigers a night after they took a one-game lead over the Chicago White Sox, is pitching like a man on a mission.
Through seven innings against the Kansas City Royals, he's allowed just one hit -- a second-inning single -- and at one point struck out nine consecutive batters, setting the American League record. The major-league record is 10 in a row, which was set by Tom Seaver on April 22, 1970.
The Tigers lead the Royals, 4-0, in the top of the eighth.