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Tigers rout Royals, extend AL Central lead
Justin Verlander
Justin Verlander scattered seven hits and gave up a run over 7 1/3 innings.
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Ian Kinsler homered and drove in three runs, and Justin Verlander pitched into the eighth inning in Detroit's 10-1 rout of the Kansas City Royals in a key AL Central showdown.

Eugenio Suarez knocked in two runs for the Tigers, who opened a 1 1/2-game lead on the Royals atop the division. J.D. Martinez continued to torch the Royals, as he went 3-for-4 with a run scored.

Verlander (14-12) scattered seven hits and gave up a run over 7 1/3 innings in Detroit's fifth victory in seven games.  Full Story

Postseason starting to shape up
By Chris Ruddick, MLB Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Three teams in, seven more to go.

The Los Angeles Angels were the first to join the postseason party on Monday and were joined by the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals on Tuesday, as both of whom clinched their respective divisions.

It was the first American League East title in 17 years for the O's, while the Nats secured their second National League West crown in three years. Los Angeles, meanwhile, could clinch the AL West as early as Wednesday.  Full Story