If they win, they're in. It's as simple as that. The Tigers can clinch a playoff spot this afternoon in Kansas City. Beyond that obvious reason, the Tigers must take advantage of games against the Royals. The Twins play the Royals four times this week, and one would assume the Twins will win a few of those games.
The Tigers give the ball to Justin Verlander (16-9, 3.63) for this important start. He'll face the Royals' Runelvys Hernandez (6-9, 6.40).
Today's game is televised on TV 20 in Detroit. It can also be found on AM 1270 for those of you who'll be out and about today.
First pitch: 2:10 p.m.