Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 9/20/14
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The Detroit Tigers were unable to wrap up the AL Central in front of their home fans. But considering their weak competition over the final week, they shouldn't have too much trouble doing so on the road. Justin Verlander takes the mound in Monday night's opener versus a Minnesota Twins team he hasn't lost to in 12 meetings. The Tigers' magic number to clinch the AL Central remained at two following a 6-3 home loss to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday as well as Cleveland's 9-2 victory over Houston. Even with a Detroit (91-65) win on Monday, the division couldn't be clinched until Tuesday night at the earliest, when the Indians open their series with the White Sox. Playing without Miguel Cabrera on Sunday due to groin soreness after he was 3 for 4 in Saturday's 7-6, 12-inning victory, the Tigers were unable to produce a similar late rally. However, Texas' 4-0 loss at Kansas City guaranteed Detroit at least a tie for a wild card. Cabrera said he hopes to play Monday. "Everybody wanted ...
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