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Tigers blow lead and division title on last day

AP , DETROITAP, PHOENIX

Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins watches his double in the fourth inning off Chicago White Sox pitcher Javier Vazquez on Sunday in Minneapolis, Minnesota. With two hits in the game, Mauer became the first catcher to win an AL batting title.

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American LeagueThe Detroit Tigers wasted a great chance to win the American League Central division, blowing a six-run lead and then watching All-Star starter Kenny Rogers lose in relief 10-8 to the Kansas City Royals in 12 innings on Sunday.

The loss left the Tigers with the AL wild card, meaning manager Jim Leyland's crew will open the playoffs today against the Yankees.

The Minnesota Twins wound up as the Central champion and will start the playoffs at home against Oakland. If the Tigers had won, they would've finished with an identical 96-66 record as the Twins and Detroit would have won the division crown because of its 11-8 mark against Minnesota.

The Tigers loaded the bases with one out in the 11th, but Brandon Inge and Curtis Granderson both struck out.

In the 12th, Esteban German's RBI single and Emil Brown's bases-loaded walk off Rogers (17-8) won it for the last-place Royals.

Twins 5, White Sox 1

At Minneapolis, Minnesota took home another AL Central championship and Joe Mauer became the first catcher to win an American League batting title by getting two hits in a victory over Chicago.

Just over a half hour after the Twin's game ended, Kansas City completed a big comeback and beat Detroit, giving the Twins their fourth division title in five years.

Blue Jays 7, Yankees 5

At New York, Derek Jeter fell short in his quest for a batting crown, going 1-for-5 in New York's loss.

With the game tied 5-5 in the ninth, Adam Lind hit a two-run homer off Kyle Farnsworth (3-6).

Athletics 11, Angels 10

At Anaheim, California, Brendan Donnelly's throwing error enabled Jeremy Brown to score the go-ahead run in the 10th inning and Oakland avoided being swept in a season-ending four-game series.

The A's (93-69), who clinched the AL West championship last Tuesday, enter the postseason having lost six of their last nine games.

Red Sox 9, Orioles 0

At Boston, Devern Hansack pitched no-hit ball for five innings before the game was called because of rain, giving Boston a win. However, the Red Sox rookie was not given official credit for a no-hitter because of the shortened game.

In his second major league outing, Hansack became the ninth AL pitcher to allow no hits in a complete game of less than nine innings.

Indians 6, Devil Rays 3

At Cleveland, Cliff Lee finished strong with his first nine-inning complete game and Cleveland capped an unfulfilling season with a victory and a four-game sweep of Tampa Bay.

Lee (14-11) allowed three runs and seven hits and went nine innings for the first time in his career.

Mariners 3, Rangers 2

At Seattle, major league hits leader Ichiro Suzuki got two more, including a leadoff home run, to jump-start Seattle.

Richie Sexson added his 34th home run of the year in the second inning off Robinson Tejeda (5-5). Adrian Beltre then singled after Yuniesky Betancourt doubled to break a 2-2 tie in the third.

National League

The San Diego Padres clinched the National League West division title as Trevor Hoffman held on in a rough ninth inning to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 on Sunday.

The Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers each finished with 88-74 records and both teams had already clinched playoff spots. San Diego earned its second straight division title and the Dodgers won the wild card because the Padres went 13-5 against Los Angeles this season.

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