In Minnesota last night, the Tigers’ Austin Jackson led off the game with a triple and then Torii Hunter drove him home with a single and that was all Detroit and Max Scherzer (21-3) needed to win 1-0 and clinch the AL Central title for the third consecutive year.
Scherzer went seven innings allowing two hits, walked a season-high six, striking out 10.
From our friends at Elias:
Manager Jim Leyland – Tigers (3), Pirates (3), joined Tony LaRussa – Cardinals (7), Athletics (4), and Whitey Herzog – Cardinals (3), Royals (3), as the only managers to win at least three division titles with 2 different teams since the Divisional Era began in 1969.
Detroit Tigers first-place finishes
|1||1907||AL||92||58||3||.613||1st of 8||Lost WS (4-0)||Hughie Jennings (92-58)|
|2||1908||AL||90||63||1||.588||1st of 8||Lost WS (4-1)||Hughie Jennings (90-63)|
|3||1909||AL||98||54||6||.645||1st of 8||Lost WS (4-3)||Hughie Jennings (98-54)|
|4||1934||AL||101||53||0||.656||1st of 8||Lost WS (4-3)||Mickey Cochrane (101-53)|
|5||1935||AL||93||58||1||.616||1st of 8||Won WS (4-2)||Mickey Cochrane (93-58)|
|6||1940||AL||90||64||1||.584||1st of 8||Lost WS (4-3)||Del Baker (90-64)|
|7||1945||AL||88||65||2||.575||1st of 8||Won WS (4-3)||Steve O’Neill (88-65)|
|8||1968||AL||103||59||2||.636||1st of 10||Won WS (4-3)||Mayo Smith (103-59)|
|9||1972||AL East||86||70||0||.551||1st of 6||Lost ALCS (3-2)||Billy Martin (86-70)|
|10||1984||AL East||104||58||0||.642||1st of 7||Won WS (4-1)||Sparky Anderson (104-58)|
|11||1987||AL East||98||64||0||.605||1st of 7||Lost ALCS (4-1)||Sparky Anderson (98-64)|
|12||2011||AL Central||95||67||0||.586||1st of 5||Lost ALCS (4-2)||Jim Leyland (95-67)|
|13||2012||AL Central||88||74||0||.543||1st of 5||Lost WS (4-0)||Jim Leyland (88-74)|
|14||2013||AL Central||93||66||0||.585||1st of 5||Jim Leyland (93-66)|