By Dave Hart
Tigers 12, Indians 0 – The Tigers thumped the Cleveland on Tuesday night one night after the Indians clinched their first American League Central Division since 2007.
The Tigers were led by Miguel Cabrera with three hits, which included a double, home run and five RBIs. Justin Upton added a home run and three RBIs and Andrew Romine had a homer and two runs knocked in.
Justin Verlander picked up the win for the Tigers, tossing 7 2/3 scoreless innings and allowing four hits while striking out 12 batters.
Cleveland was led in a losing effort by Erik Gonzalez with three hits.
The Tigers will host Cleveland on Wednesday night looking to stay alive in their postseason run.
2nd Place in AL Central Division (7 games behind first-place Cleveland)
1 game behind Baltimore for the last playoff spot
Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 7
Misery # to AL Central Division elimination: Eliminated
Misery # to playoff elimination: 5
Next Game: 09/28/2016 vs. Cleveland Indians 7:10 p.m. @ Comerica Park
Hitting stats: Miguel Cabrera 2B (31) HR (35) 5 RBI (102), Justin Upton HR (29) 3 RBI (85), Andrew Romine HR (2) 2 RBI (16), Tyler Collins 3B (3) RBI (15), Ian Kinsler RBI (79), Cameron Maybin 2B (14), Nick Castellanos 2B (24).
Pitching stats: Justin Verlander W (16-8) 7.2 IP 4 H 0 R 0 ER 1 BB 12 K.