Doug Fister locked down the Indians, tossing eight innings of shut out ball with nine strikeouts as the Tigers smoked Cleveland 14-to-0 in the opener of a regular season ending 3-game series at Comerica Park. Fister allowed just three hits with no walks and the win improved his record to 8-and-1 for Detroit since being acquired from Seattle.
The victory keeps Detroit one game behind Texas in the race for home field advantage in the American League Divison Series after the Rangers eliminated the Angels from wildcard contention with a victory last night in Anaheim.
Delmon Young hit a three-run homer last night for the Tigers and Alex Avila chipped in three RBI while going 2-for-3. Max Scherzer starts for Detroit tonight against the Indians.
Tampa Bay last night moved into a tie with the slump-ridden Red Sox for the American League wild card lead. The Rays beat the Yankees 5-to-2 in Tampa while Boston lost 6-t-3 at Baltimore. And White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is on his way out of town. Guillen will be leaving the Windy City to manage the Florida Marlins next season. As a part of the compensation for Guillen’s 2012 contract, Florida will send two minor leaguers to Chicago. The White Sox won a World Series in 2005 under Guillen, who has been at the helm for the past eight seasons.