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With a 6-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals, the Tigers won the American League Central Division crown for a second consecutive season. It's their first time making back-to-back playoff appearances since 1934-35.
The Detroit Tigers are back-to-back Central Division champions.
Detroit never trailed the Royals, winning 6-3, to clinch the division title. Detroit last won back-to-back division titles in 1934-35. You know what happened in the second year of that run, right?
Miguel Cabrera blasted a solo home run -- his 44th of the year, giving him sole possession of the American League home-run lead during his quest for a Triple Crown -- then the flood gates opened. A pair of doubles buttressing a Royals error, a single an an intentional walk lifted the Tigers to a 6-0 lead.
Cabrera went 4-for-5 for the night, increasing his batting average to .329 for the season. He leads Los Angeles' Mike Trout by 6 points and Minnesota's Joe Mauer by 7 points in that category. He also leads Josh Hamilton by 10 RBI in that one.
A solo home run off Rick Porcello was his only damage on the day. He gave up four hits and three walks before being lifted with a 6-1 lead in the sixth inning.
The Tigers made things a bit more dramatic than their fans would like. A rare off game by reliever Al Alburquerque coupled with another off night by reliever Joaquin Benoit let the game get to 6-3 after eight innings.
Tigers closer Jose Valverde allowed a base runner, naturally, before escaping the inning without any blemishes.