Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/25/13
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The Detroit Tigers are Central Division champions. Again. Max Scherzer allowed just two hits and struck out 10 in seven innings Wednesday night as the Tigers wrapped up their third consecutive division title with a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins. The win guarantees the Tigers a spot in the American League Division Series where they will play either the Oakland Athletics. The most likely scenario at this point has the Tigers opening on the road against the A's who have the second-best record in the American League. The Tigers scored a run in the first inning on an RBI single by Torii Hunter. That's all the offense they needed to beat the Twins and clinch the division title. The Tigers took over first place in the Central Division on July 3 with a 6-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays and never relinquished it from that point forward. They built an 8 1/2-game margin in early September and then held off an Indians team that has been hot lately for first place. KEY TO THE GAME The Tigers have struggled to score runs at times late this season and Wednesday night was no exception. So they needed Scherzer to be good. He was. Both of the hits the Twins had against Scherzer were infield singles one on a slow roller that Scherzer fielded near the third-base line and another on a sharply hit grounder that deflected off second baseman Omar Infante. It was the final start of the regular season for Scherzer who is 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA. TIGERS HIGHLIGHTS -- The Tigers scored their lone run just two batters into the game. Austin Jackson tripled on a fly ball that Chris Herrmann couldn't track down deep in right field then trotted home on a single up the middle by Hunter. -- Scherzer looked unstoppable early due to excellent stuff and a Twins lineup that strikes out a lot and was missing several regulars. Scherzer struck out Trevor Plouffe to lead off the fourth inning for his seventh strikeout and didn't allow a hit until Chris Parmelee reached on an infield single with two outs in the bottom of the fourth on a ground ball that traveled about 65 feet toward third base. -- The Twins had a single and a walk to put two on with one out in the fifth against Scherzer. But the Tigers got out of the inning on a double play when Brian Dozier swung and missed at a 3-2 pitch and Alex Avila threw out Pedro Florimon who was trying to steal third. -- The Twins had the tying run on first base and one out when Jim Leyland summoned Drew Smyly to replace Jose Veras in the eighth inning. Smyly got Ryan Doumit to pop up to second base for the second out of the inning then caught Josmil Pinto looking at strike three to send the game to the ninth. Joaquin Benoit pitched the ninth for his 24th save.
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