The Detroit Tigers overcame a 7 run deficit to beat division rival Chicago White Sox 9-8 in dramatic finish Saturday afternoon. Ryan Raburn and American League MVP candidate Miguel Cabrera each homered in the bottom of 9th inning to secure the win.
With that win, the Tigers increased their lead over the White Sox to 7.5 games. The Tigers go for the sweep Sunday night as starter Max Scherzer takes the mound. Scherzer has struggled recently including getting shelled by Kansas City ( 3.0 IP, 10 Hits, 7 Runs) on Monday. He will be needed in the post season should the Tigers capture their first division title since 1987.
The White Sox came into this weekend series with the hopes of sweeping the Tigers or at least taking 2 out of 3 (they were 5.5 games out when the series began on Friday). A loss tonight would put them 8.5 games out, but the Sox have their ace on the mound – Mark Buehrle (11-6, ERA 3.05) as their last hope. The Tigers will face the White Sox only three more times after tonight.
As for the Cleveland Indians, they are currently 6.5 games back with a key three game series coming up against the Tigers starting on Monday. AL Cy Young candidate Justin Verlander will be pitching against the Tribe on Wednesday. After the series with Cleveland this week, the Tigers play the Indians once more at home to conclude the season.
Things are setting up nicely for the Tigers to enter the postseason for the first time since their 2006 World Series appearance.
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Written by Bob Ballard