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Tigers rally for 95th win of the season; regular season ends!

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DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 28: Rick Porcello #48 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the first inning during the game against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park on September 28, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 28: Rick Porcello #48 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the first inning during the game against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park on September 28, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Final - 9.28.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland Indians 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 4 7 1
Detroit Tigers 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 1 X 5 12 1
WP: Ryan Perry (2 - 0)
SV: Jose Valverde (49)
LP: Vinnie Pestano (1 - 2)

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REALLY KEY STATS

Miguel Cabrera will win the MLB batting crown, finishing with a .344 average after a pair of hits.

Jose Valverde finished the season with 49 saves in 49 opportunities.

KEY STAT

Wilson Betemit hit a double and a triple.

Rick Porcello went 6+ innings while allowing three runs.

KEY HUH?

Wilson Betemit batted second.

KEY PLAY

Jhonny Peralta solo home run in the bottom of the 8th.

KEY THOUGHTS

OK, one last regular season whine about the pointlessness of pitcher wins. Ryan Perry "earned" one by blowing Al Alburquerque's lead yet being the pitcher of record when Jhonny Peralta hit a home run. Great stat, huh?

Anyway, 95 wins. Wow. 95 wins. Did not see that coming in March. Or April. Or May, June, July and, let's be honest here, August. The Tigers finished 95-67, the same record as they had in 2006. What a great season.

And I will write more about the regular season and have a thread about regular season memories and all sorts of fun stuff like that tomorrow.

But tonight, let's just enjoy the drama of baseball. The Angels and Rangers are tied at 1-1. The Rays are making a comeback, down by just 1. The Red Sox are up by a run in a rain delay. The Cardinals have won. And the Braves and Phillies are tied in the 10th inning. This is fun.

FINAL STANDINGS


AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Detroit 95 67 .586 0 Won 4
Cleveland 80 82 .493 15 Lost 4
Chicago 79 83 .487 16 Lost 1
Kansas City 71 91 .438 24 Lost 2
Minnesota 63 99 .388 32 Won 2

(updated 9.28.2011 at 10:59 PM EDT)