The AL Central, too, remains undecided going into the final day

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The Tigers entered Saturday up one game on the Royals in the AL Central, meaning they could clinch the division with a win over the lowly Twins. Instead, the Tigers were hammered 12-3. Kyle Lobstein threw 4 2/3 ineffective innings and the offense — aside from Nick Castellanos, who knocked in all three runs — wasn’t able to generate much.

With the Tigers losing, the Royals could have pulled themselves into an 89-72 tie with a win against the White Sox, but they lost 5-3. Josh Phegley hit two solo home runs and Jose Abreu belted a two-run shot, his 36th of the season, to account for most of the offense from the White Sox. Meanwhile, John Danks threw seven very effective innings, limiting the Royals to two runs. The Royals scored once in the eighth and again in the ninth, but were unable to push across the tying run.

So, either a Tigers win or a Royals loss tomorrow would clinch the division for the club from Detroit. Alternatively, a Tigers loss and a Royals win would create an 89-73 tie at the top of the AL Central, forcing a Game 163 tie-breaker on Monday. Here’s what’s going on Sunday afternoon:

  • Twins @ Tigers, 1:08 PM ET (Kyle Gibson vs. David Price)
  • Royals @ White Sox, 2:10 PM ET (Yordano Ventura vs. Chris Bassitt)

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.