–The Detroit Tigers (89-70) will try to clinch their 4th straight AL Central title tonight, when they face the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Detroit will need a little bit of help to do so, however. They will need to take care of business against the Twins, then hope the White Sox can defeat the Royals in their game in Chicago. If Detroit wins and Kansas City loses, the Central belongs to the Tigers. The 1st pitch of the KC-CHI game is set for an hour after the 1st pitch of the DET-MIN game.
The Tigers send Rick Porcello to the mound tonight. The 25-year-old right hander hasn’t won a game in a month, and is looking to get back on track following his shortest outing of the season.
Tonight’s Lineup: Kinsler 2B, Hunter RF, Cabrera 1B, V. Martinez DH, J. Martinez LF, Castellanos 3B, Avila C, Romine SS, Davis CF. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Detroit and the MLB Network (in select areas) beginning at 7pm.
— If you’re heading down to Comerica Park tonight, the Tigers will show the ending of the Kansas City – Chicago game on the big scoreboard if the Tigers have a chance to win the Division. If the Tigers win and Royals lose, expect the players to come out of the dugout and celebrate with remaining fans in the stands.
— The Arizona Diamondbacks have fired former Tigers Kirk Gibson (Manager) and Alan Trammell (Bench Coach). The D-Backs are in last place in the NL West and will finish with the worst record in baseball this season. Gibson was named Manager back in 2010. Arizona has dealt with a number on injuries this season, so the blame can’t be places solely on Gibby & Tram, but a change needed to be made. Management believed that Gibson lost the clubhouse down the stretch.
–Following their 4-2 win on Thursday night against Minnesota, the Tigers all huddled around clubhouse TV’s to catch a glimpse of Derek Jeter’s final game at Yankee Stadium. They weren’t disappointed. With the game tied and runner on 2nd, Jeter hit a line drive to right field, scoring the winning run in his final home game. Jeter said he will not play another game at shortstop, even with 3 more game remaining in Boston. He will DH in the final series of his career.
— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) September 26, 2014
— With the Orioles losing last night, it’s likely the Tigers will be heading to Baltimore if they’re able to lock down the Central crown.
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