Throwback Thursday: Detroit Tigers win fourth consecutive AL Central crown

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On Sunday, September 28, 2014, the Detroit Tigers shut out the Minnesota Twins 3-0 to clinch the American League Central Division title.

David Price went 7.1 innings, allowing no runs on just four hits with eight strikeouts and two walks. Price had joined the team at the trade deadline in a three-way deal involving the Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners. In the trade, Detroit parted with pitcher Drew Smyly and center fielder Austin Jackson.

The left hander’s performance was followed by Joba Chamerlain who got the next two batters out and wrapped up the eight. Right-hander Joe Nathan came in to close it, taking the Twins out 1-2-3 for the save.

As for the offense, Ian Kinsler was clutch. He hit a solo home run in the third to put the Tigers up 1-0. The team would later tack on two runs in the bottom of the eighth thanks to Kinsler and a sac fly from outfielder Torii Hunter.

The victory marked the fourth consecutive AL Central title for the club, which came in manager Brad Ausmus‘ first season with Detroit. The team finished the season 90-72.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Tigers went on to be swept by the Baltimore Orioles in the ALDS.

Unfortunately, Price didn’t stay with the club long. The Tigers traded the Cy Young Winner to the Toronto Blue Jays at the trade deadline the following year. Detroit got a trio of left-handers we’re all familiar with today: Matthew BoydDaniel Norris and Jairo Labourt in return. Price is now a starter for the playoff contending Boston Red Sox.