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The Grand Slam: Tigers take charge in 10-1 win over Royals
yahoo.com Updated 9 hours ago
The biggest series in nearly 30 years at Kauffman Stadium got off to a very disappointing start for the home-standing Royals. Before the 37.945 fans had a chance to settle in, Detroit struck for three first-inning runs, including an RBI double from Migu…Upvote Share Tweet
Postseason Picture for Saturday, Sept. 20MLB.com 10 hours agoThe Tigers and Royals have staged a summer-long battle for the American League Central, and it's a fair bet their three-game set this weekend will go a long way toward determining the outcome. If that's the case, Detroit made quite the opening statement…Upvote Share TweetJustin Verlander fired 7 1/3 strong innings, while Ian Kinsler's two-run homer capped a five-run fifth that sealed the first-place Tigers' 10-1 win over the Royals on Friday night.Upvote Share TweetPaul Konerko hasn't played since Sept. 2 with a fractured left hand, but No. 14 was penciled into the White Sox lineup, batting sixth and playing first base, for Friday's night's series opener against the Rays at Tropicana Field.Upvote Share TweetTrevor Plouffe singled in Danny Santana in the 10th inning to give the Minnesota Twins a 5-4, comeback victory over Cleveland on Friday night, further damaging the Indians' already slim playoff hopes.Upvote Share TweetJose Quintana pitched into the eighth inning and Avisail Garcia had a two-run double to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 4-3 victory over Tampa Bay on Friday night, eliminating the Rays from playoff contention.Upvote Share Tweet
Francona sets AL record with pitching changeMLB.com 14 hours agoThe phone inside the Indians' bullpen has rung more than any other in the history of the American League. When Indians manager Terry Francona exited the visitors' dugout at Target Field and strolled to the pitcher's mound in the seventh inning on Friday…Upvote Share Tweet
Twins shut down closer Perkins (forearm)ESPN.com 15 hours agoAll-Star closer Glen Perkins is being shut down for the season by the Minnesota Twins because of a strain and secondary nerve irritation in his left forearm.Upvote Share Tweet
Avila remains out for Tigers; Sanchez betterESPN.com 18 hours agoTigers catcher Alex Avila remained sidelined by concussion-like symptoms Friday, and manager Brad Ausmus was uncertain when the veteran backstop will be able to return to the lineup.Upvote Share Tweet
Royals recall lefty Collins for pennant raceMLB.com 19 hours agoLeft-handed reliever Tim Collins was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Friday, rejoining the Royals after an absence of more than 2 1/2 months.Upvote Share Tweet
With lucky 13th, Indians keep Wild Card hopes aliveMLB.com Sep 19 (yesterday)Danny Salazar pitched well, but the Indians couldn't get to Scott Feldman. They did, however, get to the Houston bullpen in the 13th inning and escaped with a 2-1 win at Minute Maid Park, keeping alive their hopes of an American League Wild Card berth.Upvote Share Tweet
Aviles Sac Fly Lifts Indians Over Astros in 13nytimes.com Sep 19 (yesterday)Mike Aviles's sacrifice fly in the 13th inning scored Jose Ramirez and gave the Cleveland Indians a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros on Thursday night.Upvote Share Tweet
Tigers Up 10-0 After Kinsler's HomerSep 19Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler hits a home run that just stays fair to left versus the Royals.
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Tigers Rough Up RoyalsSep 19Ian Kinsler drove in three runs and Justin Verlander surrendered just one run over 7 1/3 innings as the Tigers defeated the Royals 10-1.
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