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A sometimes-irreverent look at Detroit's Boys of Summer, the Tigers, as they try to return to the top of the American League Central.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Lineups for Septober 22, series opener vs White Sox

The Tigers head into the final calendar week of the regular season with a 1.5-game lead in the American League Central race. Their magic number to win the division, prior to Monday's play, is seven games, while their number to clinch a playoff spot is five.

There are seven games remaining in the regular season for the Tigers, including Monday night's.

Their closest competitor in the Central, the Kansas City Royals, has to make up the remainder of a suspended game from Aug. 31, before playing Monday's regularly-scheduled game against the host Cleveland Indians. The Royals were trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the 10th inning when the game was suspended. The resumption will begin at 6:05 p.m.

[UPDATE: The Indians won, 4-3, dropping the Tigers' magic number to six, upping their lead in the division to two games.]

Ian Kinsler, 2B
Torii Hunter, RF
Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Victor Martinez, DH
J.D. Martinez, LF
Nick Castellanos, 3B
Alex Avila, C
Andrew Romine, SS
Ezequiel Carrera, CF

Pitcher: Kyle Lobstein, LHP (1-0, 3.58 ERA)

Alexei Ramirez, SS
Marcus Semien, 3B
Jose Abreu, 1B
Avisail Garcia, RF
Dayan Viciedo, LF
Paul Konerko, DH
Carlos Sanchez, 2B
Tyler Flowers, C
Moises Sierra, CF

Pitcher: Chris Bassitt, RHP (0-1, 5.29 ERA)


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