David Price allowed just four hits over 7 1/3 shutout innings and Ian Kinsler went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI as the Tigers blanked the Twins 3-0 on Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park to clinch the 2014 American League Central championship.
It’s the fourth straight division title for Detroit.
The Tigers will take on the Orioles in a best-of-five ALDS that begins on Thursday. With a star-filled rotation and a lineup that includes sluggers like Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, and the fast-emerging J.D. Martinez, the Tigers sure have the look of a dangerous postseason team.
We can also now lock the Royals into the American League Wild Card Game. They’ll host it.
Per The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said outfielder Giancarlo Stanton may be activated from the injured list on Wednesday. Stanton will “certainly” be activated on Thursday.
Stanton, 29, has appeared in all of nine games this season due to knee and calf injuries. The calf injury struck first during the opening week of the season. He wouldn’t return until June 18, then played in a whopping six games before a strained PCL in his right knee sent him back on the IL. But if there was ever a time for Stanton to make his triumphant return, it’s right before what the Yankees hope is a deep postseason run.
In the nine games Stanton has appeared in this season, spanning 38 trips to the plate, he has hit .290/.421/.419 with a double, a homer, seven RBI, and four runs scored.