Outside the Detroit clubhouse, inside a yellow van parked in a loading area, a few boxes labeled ''Dom Perignon'' provided a reminder of an opportunity missed - but not lost.
The Tigers fell short in their effort to clinch the AL Central title during the final homestand of the season, losing 6-3 to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. There would be no champagne-soaked celebration - only a resolute belief that postseason baseball will be back in Motown this year anyway.
''Everybody wanted to clinch at home,'' Detroit's Brayan Pena said. ''But it doesn't matter how we do it. We just want to do it, because if we do it, everybody knows that we're coming back here. And those fans, they really deserve that.''
Detroit needed a win and a Cleveland loss to wrap up the division Sunday, and neither happened. So the Tigers' magic number for the AL Central championship remains at two at the start of a six-game road trip.
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