Tigers clinch AL Central Division with 6-3 win over Royals

Detroit Tigers win AL Central with 6-3 win over Royals in Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY - The Detroit Tigers are the 2012 American League Central Division champions after a 6-3 win Monday night over the Kansas City Royals.

The Tigers needed to win just one of three remaining regular season games to knock the Chicago White Sox out of contention for the division.

Detroit claims the division title for the second-straight season and second time in franchise history since joining the Central in 1998. This will be the Tigers' third trip to the postseason since 2006 when they won the AL wild card.

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Jhonny Peralta opened the scoring Monday night with a solo homerun in the 5th inning, his 13th of the season. The Tigers continued to score in the 6th with a big solo homer from Triple Crown-chaser Miguel Cabrera, his 44th homerun of the season. He had 4 hits in the game.

The damage wasn't over in the 6th. Gerald Laird blew the game open with a bases-loaded double, scoring three runs to push to Tigers' lead to 6-0.

Kansas City clawed back with a couple runs in the bottom of the inning and a run in the 8th but Detroit held on in the 9th to win 6-3.

The teams will meet two more times before the week's end.

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