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After narrow division win, Tigers head to playoffs

DETROIT (AP) Max Scherzer stood in Detroit's soaked clubhouse amid another euphoric celebration and spoke for a team that was taking nothing for granted.

"Last December, all the way until now, we've been working as hard as we can to be in this position," Scherzer said after the Tigers wrapped up their fourth straight AL Central title on the regular season's final day. "We could have smoked everybody and it would have still been special, and we could have been struggling the whole time and limped in, and it's just as special."

This was almost surely the most difficult of Detroit's recent division titles. A 27-12 start quickly gave way to a terrible stretch in late May and early June. Then, just when it appeared the ship was righted after the Tigers traded for star left-hander David Price, both Anibal Sanchez and Justin Verlander had injuries to deal with. An extended tear by Kansas City put the division title in doubt, but Price pitched Detroit past Minnesota on Sunday to keep the Tigers one game ahead of the Royals after 162 games.

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Leaders
AVG: V. Martinez.335
HR: V. Martinez32
RBI: M. Cabrera109
SB: R. Davis36
W: M. Scherzer18
ERA: D. Price3.11
Saves: J. Nathan35
K: M. Scherzer252
AL Central
TeamWLPctGB
X-Detroit 9072.556-
Y-Kansas City 8973.5491
Cleveland 8577.5255
Chi White Sox 7389.45117
Minnesota 7092.43220
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .277 (1)
Runs: 757 (2)
Hits: 1557 (1)
Home Runs: 155 (8)
Stolen Bases: 106 (7)
OBP: .331 (2)
SLG: .426 (2)
Total Bases: 2399 (2)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 4.01 (24)
Runs Allowed: 705 (22)
Saves: 41 (17)
Strikeouts: 1244 (16)
OpBA: .263 (24)
OBP: .321 (22)
SLG: .401 (24)
Run Support: 4.69 (2)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
9/23 A. Sanchez Removed From 15-Day DL (Strained pectoral muscle)
9/10 J. Soria Removed From 15-Day DL (Strained left oblique)
9/6 L. Putkonen Sent to Minors For Rehabilitation
9/2 B. Farmer Called Up from Minors
9/2 K. Lobstein Called Up from Minors
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Injuries
Date Player Status
9/16 N. Castellanos Left foot soreness (day-to-day)
9/1 D. VerHagen Stress reaction in spine (on 60-day DL)
8/30 M. Cabrera Left game - right ankle soreness (day-to-day)
8/12 A. Sanchez off 15-day DL
8/11 J. Verlander Left game - Right shoulder soreness (day-to-day)
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