Tigers Inch Closer To Postseason, Knock Off Sox 6-1
The Detroit Tigers reduced their magic number to clinch another division title to four as they beat the Chicago White Sox 6-1 Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park. With the win, Detroit (88-70) will clinch at least a wild card spot with their next win or the next Seattle loss. Chicago (72-86) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth inning on Dayan Vieciedo's RBI triple, the Tigers then tied it in the bottom of the inning on Nick Castellanos' sacrifice fly. Detroit pulled ahead for good with two runs in the seventh highlighted by Ian Kinsler's RBI double then capped off the scoring with three more runs in the eighth thanks to another Kinsler double and a perfectly executed suicide squeeze from Andrew Romine. Justin Verlander (15-12) pitched eight innings and struck out six for the win and Javy Guerra (2-4) took the loss in relief of Sox starter Chris Sale. Detroit will end the regular season with a four game series with the Minnesota Twins beginning Thursday night at Comerica Park. Max Scherzer (17-5) will start for Detroit while Trevor May (3-5) takes the hill for the Twins. Pregame coverage begins at 6:40pm on Lansing's Sports Station The Game 730AM WVFN.