MINNEAPOLIS -- The Detroit Tigers clinched a playoff spot. A division title will have to wait. Doug Fister pitched well and three Tigers hit home runs in the fourth inning Tuesday night as the Tigers pulled out a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins. That victory guarantees that the Tigers will finish ahead of the Texas Rangers, which clinches at least a wild-card spot in the postseason for the Tigers. The Tigers' magic number to clinch their third consecutive division title stands at one. It appeared that the Tigers would have a shot to clinch the American League Central when Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez surrendered a pair of home runs in the ninth inning to blow a 3-2 lead against the Chicago White Sox.
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