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Walkoff Balk Helps Indians Sweep Tigers

Jason Miller/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) --  A long afternoon game between the Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers ended with a walkoff balk.

Al Alburquerque's bases-loaded balk in the 13th inning Wednesday gave the Indians an 11-10 victory over the Tigers -- a win that took 5 hours, 16 minutes to clinch.

Detroit took a 9-7 lead into the ninth inning, but David Murphy hit a game-tying, two-run home run off of Joe Nathan. 

Alex Avila gave the Tigers a 10-9 lead with a solo home run in the top of the 13th inning, but the Indians scored twice to cap off a three-game sweep of their division rivals.

Mike Aviles led off the bottom of the 13th inning with a single off of Phil Coke (0-1) and moved to second base on a sacrifice by Michael Bourn. Asdrubal Cabrera was then hit by a pitch. Michael Brantley scored Aviles with an RBI single to bring Cleveland within a run.

Alburquerque relieved Coke and intentionally walked pinch-hitter Yan Gomes to load the bases. Ryan Raburn stepped into the batter's box next and took the first pitch for a ball. As Alburquerque went into his set position, he appeared to move his leg and glove and then stopped. Cabrera scored to end the game.

"It was definitely a balk," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "If they hadn't have called it we would have went out there and argued."

Josh Tomlin (3-1) worked the final three innings in relief for the win. He was the ninth pitcher used for the Indians on the afternoon.

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Scherzer Improves to 13-0 as Tigers Top Blue Jays 

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(TORONTO) --  It was just another night on the diamond for Max Scherzer.

Scherzer worked into the seventh inning, becoming the first pitcher in 27 years to start the season with a 13-0 record as the Detroit Tigers topped the Toronto Blue Jays 6-2 on Wednesday night.

Alex Avila and Victor Martinez homered for the Tigers, who beat the Blue Jays for the eighth time in 10 meetings.

Scherzer allowed two runs and seven hits, struck out eight and walked one in 6 1/3 innings.

"It might not have been vintage Max but he was really good," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

The Blue Jays have now dropped seven of their past games following their 11-game winning streak.

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Hammel Ejected As Tigers Rout Orioles 10-3

Greg Fiume/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) --  Miguel Cabrera hit a grand slam to cap off a wild third inning as the Detroit Tigers crushed the Baltimore Orioles 10-3, on Saturday afternoon.

O's starter Jason Hammel gave up home runs to Victor Martinez, Jhonny Peralta, and Alex Avila in consecutive at bats to give the Tigers a 4-1 lead in the top of the third inning.

The next batter, leftfielder Matt Tuiasosopo, was drilled in the shoulder by Hammel, with the ball bouncing off the flap of Tuiasosopo's helmet.

Home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt immediately tossed Hammel from the game, and he wasn't too happy about it afterwards.

"I'm not going to make a big deal of it. I hit him with a slider," Hammel said. "Zero intent there to hit him. Obviously I give up three home runs, but I'm not the guy that answers getting hit around with hitting somebody. That's bush league if you ask me. It was a mistake. A slider that got away."

T.J. McFarland came on in relief of Hammel and served up Cabrera's slam.  He became the 10th player in Tigers' history with at least 200 career home runs.

Justin Verlander pitched seven innings for Detroit, allowing three runs on eight hits, earning his seventh win of the season.

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Tigers Take 2-0 ALDS Lead, Look for Sweep Tuesday

Rob Carr/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- The Tigers have a commanding 2-0 series lead after Don Kelly's sacrifice fly scored Omar Infante in the bottom of the ninth inning on Sunday afternoon to give Detroit a 5-4 win over the Athletics.

Oakland took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning before Kelly scored on a wild pitch by Ryan Cook during Alex Avila's at-bat with two outs.

Tigers starter Doug Fister pitched seven innings, striking out eight, and gave up two runs for the no-decision.  Al Alburquerque picked up the win in relief for Detroit.

Athletics starter Tommy Milone went six innings, gave up five hits, and one run.  Grant Balfour served up the sacrifice fly to Kelly in the bottom of the ninth for the loss.

"They're not going to cash it in, trust me," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland on going for the sweep on Tuesday.  "Their manager's tough, their players are tough, and we've got a long way to go yet."

 Anibal Sanchez will take the ball for Detroit and will be opposed by Brett Anderson in Game 3.

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Verlander, Tigers Get Past A's In Game 1

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- It started off with a long ball for the A's. Then, Justin Verlander took over for the Tigers.

Verlander allowed just one run on a leadoff homer over seven innings and the Detroit Tigers took Game 1 in the ALDS from the Oakland A's, 3-1 on Saturday night.

Verlander struck out 11 in his seven innings while allowing only three hits. Tigers pitching struck out 14 A's in the game. 

"I was a little out of synch but was able to get some outs with guys on base and keep the score at one run," Verlander said. "The adrenaline got me a little bit early."

Coco Crisp had the only offense against Verlander and the Tigers, sending a homerun down the right field line to lead off the game. 

The Tigers then tied the game in the bottom of the first, when Miguel Cabrera grounded into a double play that scored a run from third. It would remain tied until the third, when a slow roller off the bat of Quintin Berry was bobbled by A's starting pitcher Jarrod Parker, and the error allowed Omar Infante to score and take a 2-1 lead.

Parker two earned runs over six and a third innings, but also allowed a solo home run from Alex Avila which gave the Tigers some insurance in the fifth. 

Jose Valverde pitched a perfect ninth inning for the save.

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Tigers Take Sole Possession of First in AL Central

Rob Carr/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- For the first time since July 24, the Detroit Tigers (83-72) are in sole possession of first place in the AL Central, after defeating the Kansas City Royals (70-85), 5-4.

Tigers shortstop Johnny Peralta hit a ball in the bottom of the eighth that looked like it would result in a double play, but Andy Dirks slid into second, broke up the play, allowing Don Kelly to score the game-winning run.

 “I was just trying to break up the double play and try to get a piece of him any way I could to help us score that run,” Dirks said. “That’s just kind of the way you play baseball.”

Detroit has won 10 out of their last 15 games.

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Tigers Walk-Off in 11, Sweep Red Sox, 13-12

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- It was a slugfest on Sunday, but the Tigers (3-0) found a way to complete the three-game sweep of the Red Sox (0-3) in eleven innings, thanks to Alex Avila.

Avila who caught all eleven innings, hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eleventh to send the Tigers' faithful home happy.

"I'm too tired right now," Avila said. "I'm glad we have an off day (Monday). This weekend has been crazy. You don't see those kinds of games at this level very often, there's really no rhyme or reason or explanation for it."

This was the second time this series that Detroit won on its final at-bat.  They trailed 10-7 on Sunday before Miguel Cabrera tied the game with a three-run shot off Alfredo Aceves in the ninth.  Boston took the lead again in the eleventh but Mark Melancon (0-2) could not put away the Tigers.

"This is a work in progress," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "We're three days in after losing our closer, and we're still trying to figure it out."

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