The Tigers haven’t clinched a pennant yet, but with 3 games left in the regular season, they’ve got some breathing room now after their 2-to-1 win yesterday afternoon at Minnesota. Prince Fielder stroked a two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to lift Detroit to the victory, giving the Central Division leading Tigers a 3-game lead over the White Sox, who lost 6-to-2 at Tampa Bay. Phil Coke got the win for Detroit and Jose Valverde his 34th save.
The Tigers finish up their schedule with 3 games against the Royals beginning tonight at Kansas City while the White Sox have 3 games at Cleveland.
In Miguel Cabrera’s Triple Crown watch, the Tiger’s third baseman was 0-for-3 yesterday but still is in the lead in all three categories with a .325 batting average, two points better than Joe Mauer of the Twins; 43 home runs, tied with the Ranger’s Josh Hamilton; and 136 RBI’s, nine better than Hamilton.