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KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 19:  Starting pitcher Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers smiles as he does a post-game interview after a 10-1 win against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 19, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Verlander Peaking At Right Time For Tigers

Verlander pitched his final regular season start of 2014 better than he had pitched all season.

CBS Detroit–09/24/2014

Victor Martinez #41 of the Detroit Tigers. FILE PHOTO.  (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Ausmus Calls Sign-Stealing Claim ‘Ludicrous,’ Says Hitting Martinez Was ‘Weak’

“It’s a little weak that they would hit him,” Ausmus said. “If they injure Victor there and we’re in the playoff hunt, that’s bad news.”

CBS Detroit–09/24/2014

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 24: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers hits a sacrifice fly ball to drive in Ian Kinsler during the seventh inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park on September 24, 2014, in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Tigers Beat White Sox 6-1 After Benches Clear

Justin Verlander pitched eight impressive innings, and the Detroit Tigers inched closer to a postseason spot Wednesday, rallying after benches cleared in the sixth inning to beat the Chicago White Sox 6-1.

97.1 The Ticket–09/24/2014

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 24:  Rajai Davis #20 of the Detroit Tigers runs home to score from first base on a double by Ian Kinsler during the seventh inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park on September 24, 2014, in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Benches Clear Briefly In White Sox-Tigers Game

Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale and Detroit’s Victor Martinez exchanged words in the sixth inning Wednesday, causing the benches and bullpens to empty briefly. The situation didn’t escalate.

97.1 The Ticket–09/24/2014

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 14:  Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers warms up prior to the start of the game against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park on September 14, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Indians 6-4.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Verlander, Sale Face Off As Tigers Cling To One-Game Lead In AL Central

“I think certain guys have, when the stage is bigger and the spotlight’s brighter, they turn up their concentration, their game is elevated,” Ausmus said. “I think there is some truth to that.”

CBS Detroit–09/24/2014

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 22:  Chris Bassitt #61 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Comerica Park on September 22, 2014, in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Rookie Pitcher Shuts Down Tigers As White Sox Edge Detroit, 2-0

Detroit is one game ahead of the second-place Royals, who beat Cleveland 2-0 Monday night, after the Indians finished off a victory in a suspended game against Kansas City.

97.1 The Ticket–09/22/2014

Manager Brad Ausmus (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Tigers Fall To White Sox 6-2

The biggest issue for Detroit was its defense, particularly in the early going.

97.1 The Ticket–08/31/2014

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 30:  Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers reacts after hitting a two-run single against the Chicago White Sox in the fourth inning at U.S. Cellular Field on August 30, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jeffrey Phelps/Getty Images)

Tigers Win Game Two, 8-4, To Salvage Doubleheader Split

The Tigers put it away with three runs in the ninth, as J.D. Martinez hit a sacrifice fly and Alex Avila and Don Kelly added RBI singles.

97.1 The Ticket–08/30/2014

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 30: Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers reacts after the two-run home run by Adam Dunn #44 of the Chicago White Sox in the fourth inning at U.S. Cellular Field on August 30, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jeffrey Phelps/Getty Images)

White Sox Get To Scherzer As Tigers Fall, 6-3, In Doubleheader Game One

After the Tigers tagged Sale for three runs in the first inning, the White Sox countered with six-straight off of Max Scherzer.

97.1 The Ticket–08/30/2014

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 20: Victor Martinez #41 of the Detroit Tigers points back to the crowd as comes in after hitting a grand slam home run off of pitcher Kirby Yates #49 of the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning of a game on August 20, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Sources: White Sox Will Make Push For Tigers DH Victor Martinez In Offseason

Martinez has been with the Tigers since coming over from the Red Sox in 2011, but missed the entire 2012 season with a torn ACL.

08/30/2014

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