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52 min ago | CBS Local

Hunter, Cabrera Homer In 9th; Tigers Top Twins 8-6

Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera hit back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning to help the Detroit Tigers tighten their grip on the American League Central by winning their fourth straight game, 8-6 over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. The Tigers lost a 6-0 lead they built by the fifth, but after Joe Mauer's second two-run single tied the game for the Twins in the eighth inning, Hunter hit the first pitch of the ninth from Casey Fien into the bullpen behind left-center field.

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Related Topix: Sports, American League, Major League Baseball, Miguel Cabrera, Baseball Players, Anthony Swarzak, Minnesota Twins, Joe Mauer, Casey Fien

2 hrs ago | ChicagoSports.com

Sox Game Day: Lead Royals 1-0

White Sox left-hander John Danks was in search of his first victory since July 25 when he took the mound Monday night against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Danks, who entered 9-11 with a 5.05 ERA this season, was unbeaten in 14 starts against the Royals in his career entering Monday, but he was trying to shut down a Royals team fighting with the Tigers for the American League Central lead.

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Related Topix: Sports, American League, Major League Baseball, John Danks, Baseball Players, Avisail Garcia, Alexei Ramirez

6 hrs ago | Rant Sports

Cleveland Indians: A Team of Overachievers

The Cleveland Indians suffered a crushing defeat to the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night at Comerica Park, the deciding factor a clutch two-run Alex Avila bomb off of Bryan Shaw in the bottom of the eighth. After the game, a fan lashed out at Jason Kipnis on Twitter, questioning the Tribe's effort and calling the team "pathetic."

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Related Topix: Sports, American League, Major League Baseball, Jason Kipnis, Corey Kluber, Baseball Players, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Alex Avila

11 hrs ago | Twinkie Talk

Detroit Tigers vs Minnesota Twins Series Preview

Sep 11, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak delivers in the fourth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports The Minnesota Twins took one of three games from the Chicago White Sox over the weekend.

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Related Topix: Sports, American League, Major League Baseball, Baseball Players, Anthony Swarzak, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello

15 hrs ago | Southside Showdown

Chicago White Sox Morning BP: Time to be spoilers again

Sep 13, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez celebrates with third baseman Marcus Semien after defeating the Minnesota Twins in game one of a doubleheader at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports Last week the Chicago White Sox made life a little tougher on the Oakland Athletics by winning three of four games against them at US Cellular Field, as the A's are currently fighting for a postseason spot.

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Related Topix: Sports, American League, Major League Baseball, Baseball Players, Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox, Marcus Semien, Minnesota Twins, Oakland Athletics

19 hrs ago | Chicago Sun-Times

Twins spark memories for Paul Konerko

Minnesota Twins All-Star Joe Mauer and his manager, Ron Gardenhire, fought classic on-field battles with the White Sox - and always with admiring respect for Sox captain Paul Konerko. "I've had the unfortunate experience of seeing him rounding the bases on us many times," Gardenhire said.

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Related Topix: Sports, American League, Major League Baseball, Joe Mauer, Baseball Players, Paul Konerko, Minnesota Twins

Sun Sep 14, 2014

The Capital-Journal

Royals GM Moore needs to intervene

The season, now at the 148-game mark, has come to this: For the Kansas City Royals to reach the playoffs, Dayton Moore must step up to the plate. What we witnessed Sunday afternoon in the Royals' 8-4 loss to Boston is inexcusable.

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Related Topix: Sports, American League, Major League Baseball, Baseball Players, Aaron Crow, Greg Holland, Kansas City Royals, Yoenis Cespedes, Daniel Nava

The Washington Post

AL Capsules

Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Detroit Tigers reopened a 1 1/2-game AL Central lead by beating the Cleveland Indians 6-4 Sunday for a three-game sweep. Kinsler's homer off Bryan Shaw , his first since Aug. 30, followed Rajai Davis' infield single and put the Tigers ahead 4-3.

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Related Topix: Sports, American League, Major League Baseball, Ian Kinsler, Baseball Players, Detroit Tigers, Rajai Davis, Phil Coke, Daniel Nava

Detroit News

Tigers insider: Indians are plenty sick of Victor, J.D. Martinez

There have been rumblings that the Indians front office plans to show significant interest in Victor Martinez this offseason, and that makes sense on a few fronts. For starters, Terry Francona and Co.

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Related Topix: Sports, American League, Major League Baseball, Doug Fister, Al Alburquerque, Baseball Players, Victor Martinez, Lonnie Chisenhall, Robbie Ray

Detroit Tigers

Lobstein's spot in rotation uncertain for final stretch

Kyle Lobstein 's five innings with four runs allowed Saturday marked the worst of his five Major League appearances so far, but he kept the Tigers close enough to have a chance to win late. Whether Lobstein gets another chance remains to be seen for two reasons.

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Related Topix: Sports, American League, Major League Baseball, Kyle Lobstein, Baseball Players, Justin Verlander, Rick Porcello, Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers

Albany Times Union

Tigers maintain slim advantage

Alex Avila hit a two-out, two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Detroit Tigers kept their slim AL Central lead, beating the Cleveland Indians 5-4 Saturday night. Avila sent a full-count pitch from reliever Bryan Shaw into the right-field stands for his 11th home run.

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Related Topix: Sports, American League, Major League Baseball, Alex Avila, Baseball Players, National League, National League Central, David Holmberg, Billy Hamilton, Aramis Ramirez

Kansas City Royals

Vargas looks to put Royals atop AL Central

The Royals will look to maintain their grip on the second American League Wild Card while also attempting to overtake the Tigers in the AL Central standings in Sunday's series finale vs. the Red Sox. Kansas City sits just a half-game back of Detroit in the AL Central following a 7-1 win over Boston on Saturday night.

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Related Topix: Sports, American League, Major League Baseball, Jeremy Guthrie, Baseball Players, Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, Kansas City Royals

Washington Times

Revamped Royals beat Red Sox 7-1

Jeremy Guthrie walked out to the mound for the second inning and found he had something rare for a Kansas City Royals pitcher - a two-run lead. Guthrie retired the final 17 batters he faced, Omar Infante had three hits and drove in two runs, and the Royals beat the Boston Red Sox 7-1 on Saturday night.

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Related Topix: Sports, American League, Major League Baseball, Baseball Players, Alex Gordon, Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain

Sat Sep 13, 2014

ClickOnDetroit

Avila hits 2-run HR, Tigers top Indians 5-4

Alex Avila hit a two-out, two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Detroit Tigers kept their slim AL Central lead, beating the Cleveland Indians 5-4 Saturday night. Avila sent a full-count pitch from reliever Bryan Shaw into the right-field stands for his 11th home run.

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Related Topix: Sports, American League, Major League Baseball, Alex Avila, Baseball Players, Detroit Tigers, Michigan High School Sports, High School Sports, Cleveland Indians, Yan Gomes

Detroit News

Alex Avila's two-run homer in eighth inning keeps Tigers in first place

The Tigers tried and failed through the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to get the equalizer against the Cleveland Indians Saturday night. With the Royals leading the Red Sox, it looked like the Tigers were going to give up their lead in the AL Central less than 24 hours after they got it.

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Related Topix: Sports, American League, Major League Baseball, Alex Avila, Baseball Players, Al Alburquerque, Lonnie Chisenhall, Jason Kipnis, Victor Martinez

Detroit Free Press

Tigers' Scherzer focuses on strike zone, not statistics

Forget the WHIP, curveball out percentage as opposed to throwing a slider and how many strikes a pitcher gets with his fastball on an 0-2 count. Max Scherzer said he thinks about none of the above when he takes the mound, especially against Cleveland and Kansas City in the American League Central.

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Related Topix: Sports, American League, Major League Baseball, Baseball Players, Max Scherzer, Michigan High School Sports, High School Sports

Bless You Boys

Beer of the Series 2.48 - Cleveland Indians

Coming down the stretch, many were hoping that the Detroit Tigers ' boosted rotation due to the David Price trade would help carry a slumping offense through to a fourth division title in a row. While a rough August seemed to indicate otherwise, the arms are starting to come around.

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Related Topix: Sports, American League, Major League Baseball, Miguel Cabrera, Baseball Players, Clayton Kershaw

Bless You Boys

J.D. Martinez is destroying the AL Central

J.D. Martinez is having an amazing season for the Tigers after beginning the year in the minor leagues. Since being called up in late April, Martinez is hitting .305/.347/.553 with 21 home runs and 69 RBI in 421 plate appearances.

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Related Topix: Sports, American League, Major League Baseball, Miguel Cabrera, Baseball Players, Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers

Southside Showdown

White Sox, Twins postponed for Friday; Jose Quintana to start Saturday

Sep 6, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana delivers in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports The AL Central game between the Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Twins has been postponed Friday night due to inclement weather, in Chicago, at US Cellular Field.

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Related Topix: Sports, American League, Major League Baseball, Baseball Players, Jose Quintana, Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins, Scott Carroll

Daily Herald

Rainy day thoughts on all things White Sox

The White Sox and Twins were rained out at U.S. Cellular Field Friday night, setting up a straight doubleheader today at 3 p.m., with the nightcap starting 30 minutes after Game 1. Here are some Sox thoughts as we anxiously await this twinbill between the two worst teams in the AL Central: The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.

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Related Topix: Sports, American League, Major League Baseball, Tyler Flowers, Chris Sale, Baseball Players, John Danks, Jose Quintana, Matt Davidson

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