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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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How the Detroit Tigers arrived on the brink of elimination in the ALDS is obvious. In each of their first two games against the Baltimore Orioles, their ineffective bullpen has imploded, leading to two embarrassing and frustrating defeats . How and if the Tigers are able survive on Sunday will likely rest on the left arm of David Price, but you wouldn’t know that pressure existed if you talked to Price 24 hours before taking the baseball. “This is the game I dreamed of whenever I was a kid,” Price said Saturday at Comerica Park. “I’m not going to go out there and apply extra pressure to myself, because I can do that, and go out there and pitch well and still not have fun. I want to have fun, live in the moment, and relish it and throw my game.” Price is no stranger to the postseason. In four playoff starts (he’s also made five relief appearances) as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays, he’s underwhelmed, going 0-4 with a 5.81 ERA. He’s no stranger to the Baltimore Orioles, either. In 17 career starts against them, Price is 7-3 with a 2.82 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 108 1/3 innings. He’s not even a stranger to this type of situation since arriving in Detroit. He was on the mound for Game 162 when Detroit needed a victory to clinch the AL Central, and came through by dominating the Minnesota Twins . But the next start is always the most important one, and there’s no doubt Sunday carries more pressure, if not for Price on a personal level, then on the entire Tigers organization. This is far from the ideal scenario general manager Dave Dombrowski envisioned when he went out and acquired Price from the Rays on July 31. Sure, he knew all along Price would start a game in the ALDS. That was a forgone conclusion. But to follow postseason starts by Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer needing a victory to stay alive in Game 3. That wasn’t in the script, but it was always on his radar, which is why the deal came together. Dombrowski saw a chance to reach a third World Series since taking over in 2002. He saw a golden opportunity to win his first championship in Detroit dangling in front of him, and he understood better than anyone that even the best positioned teams can never have enough pitching, period, but especially in the starting rotation. Whether it be by injury, ineffectiveness or just plain bad luck, depth can vanish quickly. Since the deadline deal was completed, the Tigers have experienced and overcome all three, thanks in no small part to Price. Dombrowski also understands that all bets are off once the postseason begins. A bad break here, an unlucky bounce there, or, as in the Tigers case, two consecutive bullpens meltdowns, which falls under his jurisdiction as well, can quickly put a team’s back against the wall. Having a guy like Price waiting in the wings means they’re better equipped to handle the worst-case scenario.

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