Down to one: Tigers bring magic number down to single game with 2-1 win over Twins


With one swing of the bat Prince Fielder said good bye to the Minnesota Twins and perhaps the Chicago White Sox’s playoff chances.

After an offense that was shut down by Twins starter Liam Hendriks over seven innings, Austin Jackson led off the 8th with a sharp single up the middle off of reliever Jared Burton. And with two outs Prince Fielder came through with the opposite field two run shot that may have propelled the Tigers into the postseason.

Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez followed up his complete game shutout last week with another strong outing holding the Twins lineup to only five hits over six innings. He also struck out four and walked one.

Unfortunately the Tigers offense could get anything generated to back up Sanchez who gave way to Phil Coke in the seventh inning after giving up an RBI single to Pedro Florimon that scored Jamey Carroll.

After the Tigers took the lead in the top of the 8th, Octavio Dotel set things up for Jose Valverde in the 9th who recorded his 34th save of the season.

Meanwhile in Chicago the Tampa Bay Rays took care of business as they defeated the White Sox 6-2 moving the Tigers ahead in the AL Central by three games. Now the Tigers head into the final regular season series of the year when they take on the Kansas City Royals from Kauffman Stadium Monday night.

With Detroit’s magic number sitting at one, the Tigers only need one victory during the course of the series with the Royals or a Chicago loss during the course of their series with the Cleveland Indians. In other words the playoffs at this point aren’t a probability it’s just about a certainty.

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