For the second year in a row, the Detroit Tigers are AL Central Division Champions.
Detroit clinched the division with a 6-3 win over the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium last night.
Rick Porcello got the win. He gave up one run on four hits over five innings of work. Jose Valverde picked up his 35th save of the season.
In his run for the Triple Crown, Miguel Cabrera had four hits, including his 44th home run of the year.
Gerald Laird had three RBI’s with a bases loaded double, in a five-run sixth-inning for the Tigers.
Detroit wraps up the regular season in Kansas City with games tonight and tomorrow night.
Doug Fister will take the mound for the Tigers, up against Jeremy Gunthrie of the Royals. First pitch at Kauffman Stadium is 8:10 p.m.
Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera holds the lead in all American League Triple Crown categories.
The 29-year-old slugger is batting .329 and is just ahead of Angels rookie Mike Trout’s .325 average.
Cabrera is one home run better than Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton with 44 long balls. He is also 10 RBI up on Hamilton with 137.
The last American League player to win the Triple Crown was Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.
By: Mike Plourde for Great Lakes Radio sports