MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have declined their $3.6 million option for 2015 on reliever Jared Burton, who gets a $200,000 buyout and becomes eligible for free agency after the World Series.

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PHOENIX (AP) — Chip Hale spent 10 seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ organization, the final three as the major league third base coach. He also played at the University of Arizona and still lives in Tucson.

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DETROIT (AP) — Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis is out of the lineup Sunday against Minnesota because of a sprain around his midsection.

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It wasn’t the smooth road many anticipated, but the Detroit Tigers continued their dominance in the AL Central, clinching a fourth straight division title with a 3-0 win over the Minnesota Twins.  Detroit entered Sunday needing a win or a Kansas City Royals loss against the Chicago White Sox to clinch. They decided to handle business on their own, riding a stellar outing from starter David Price and a rare lights out performance from their bullpen past the finish line.   It was the type of clutch performance Tigers’ general manager Dave Dombrowski had in mind when he acquired Price from the Tampa Bay Rays at the trade deadline. Though he probably didn’t anticipate needing one in September just to set a clearer path to October. Price pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just four hits while striking out eight. That gave him the MLB strikeout crown with 271.  With one out In the eighth inning, manager Brad Ausmus turned the ballgame over to his much maligned bullpen. The struggles of Detroit’s bullpen, particularly Joba Chamberlain and Joe Nathan in the eighth and ninth innings,  have been well documented all season, but they were both perfect on Sunday. Chamberlain finished the eighth, while Nathan picked up his 35th save with a 17-pitch ninth.  It’s the formula Ausmus hoped to use with more consistent success all season. Through stubbornness, perhaps, he’s stuck with it all season. On Sunday, when he needed it to work the most, it did. 

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Another 90-loss season for the Minnesota Twins has left the status of the coaching staff in question.

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For the fourth straight season, the American League Central crown resides in the Motor City. On Sunday, the Detroit Tigers finally turned away the worthy challenge of the Kansas City Royals by defeating the Minnesota Twins, 3-0. Had Detroit lost, they would have been facing a tiebreaker game against Kansas City on Monday.    It was anything but a smooth road for rookie manager Brad Ausmus.  The offense was up and down, the bullpen was a disaster waiting to happen, the rotation was stacked following the addition of David Price. but Justin Verlander was shaky and Anibal Sanchez was shelved late. And that doesn’t even factor in the Royals, who refused to go away en route to their first playoff berth in 29 years.  It ended up being one of baseball’s best races when most expected a runaway, but the Tigers emerged after 162 games. Here’s a look at five reasons why Detroit was able to survive and advance.  

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DETROIT (AP) — In an AL Central race that went down to the last day, Detroit’s extra ace made the final difference.

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(Reuters) – The St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers locked up division titles on Sunday, the last day of the regular season, while the Oakland Athletics earned a wild-card berth into the postseason. The Cardinals secured top spot in the National League Central when the second-placed Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Cincinnati Reds. St. Louis will play the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers in a best-of-five Division Series that starts on Friday. …

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Detroit (AFP) – The Detroit Tigers secured their fourth straight American League Central division title on Sunday with a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

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