For the third year in a row, the Detroit Tigers have won the AL Central Division title and they had to endure a grueling pitcher's duel to do it. Max Scherzer picked up his 21st win, shutting out the Minnesota Twins with some help from the bullpen, including Joaquin Benoit making a surprise appearance to lock it down in the 9th inning and get his 24th save of the year.
Jose Veres and Drew Smyly combined to shut down the Twins in the 8th after Scherzer pitched 7 innings of shutout ball with 10 strikeouts and an uncharacteristic 6 walks. Victor Martinez drove in the only run of the game in the 1st inning, ripping a single scoring Austin Jackson after he led off the game with a triple. The win seals the deal on their 3rd straight Central Division crown and moves them one win closer to catching the Oakland A's for home field advantage in the AL Division Series.
Miguel Cabrera, who has been injured recently and has trouble running, came out in the 9th inning for defensive purposes but emerged from the dugout when they won donning the Postseason cap and the "We Own The Central" shirt to hug each and every player on the field before they retired to the clubhouse for a well-earned champagne celebration led by Max Scherzer.
Last year, the Tigers made it all the way to the World Series before being swept by the San Francisco Giants and they would love to get back there and win this time.
The Tigers have tomorrow off and wrap up the season in Miami with 3 games against the Marlins.