The Detroit Tigers clinched their third consecutive American League Central title with a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins, while the Tampa Bay Rays trimmed their magic number for a playoff berth to three.
Starter Max Scherzer (21-3) got the win Wednesday night at Target Field in Minneapolis after striking out 10, walking six and giving up just two hits over seven innings, and then watched as three relievers preserved the Tigers' one-run lead.
The Tigers' only run came in the top of the first inning, when right fielder Torii Hunter singled home Austin Jackson.
Scherzer's victory in his last start of the regular season also bolstered his bid to win his first Cy Young Award.
Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Rays edged closer to their fourth postseason berth in six years after defeating the New York Yankees 8-3 on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Third baseman Evan Longoria hit two home runs and starter David Price gave up just two runs over seven innings to lead Tampa Bay over New York, which was eliminated from playoff contention with the loss.
The other teams in the hunt for one of two American League wildcard berths, the Cleveland Indians and the Texas Rangers, also won on Wednesday night.
Cleveland defeated the Chicago White Sox 7-2 and Texas topped the Houston Astros 7-3.
The Indians are in the driver's seat for the second and last wildcard spot, while the Rangers are one game behind them. EFE