Torii Hunter drove in a run in his first plate appearance with the Minnesota Twins in eight years, helping defeat the Boston Red Sox 9-8 on Thursday night.
A team-by-team look at the American League Central entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad.
Hunter agreed to a $10.5 million, one-year contract with the Twins, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press.
For more than two decades, Paul Molitor scratched and clawed his way to the Hall of Fame by turning every at-bat into a battle of wills.
The Tigers face the Baltimore Orioles in the AL Division Series.
Throughout a topsy-turvy first season as manager of the Detroit Tigers, Brad Ausmus has been careful not to show any sign of panic — even when his team was stumbling through a terrible stretch in late May or struggling to keep pace in August.
Whether the Tigers find their form Sunday or not, back-to-back blowout losses to the last-place Twins leave a sour taste for the team.
“There’s not really much we can do about it,” Ausmus said of Porcello’s September woes. “He’s one of our starters, so he’s going to pitch.”
The Tigers had a chance to clinch their fourth-straight A.L. Central Division title with a win and a Royals loss; the Royals beat the White Sox, 3-1.
The Tigers, who have already clinched a postseason berth, can wrap up a fourth straight division championship as early as Friday.