Thursday Morning State Sports Summary
Thu, 04 Oct 2012 01:43:25 EDT

Miguel Cabrera has won the American League triple crown, an accomplishment that
hasn't been done in Major League Baseball in 45 years.
The Tigers third baseman, who went 0-for-2 before leaving last night's game in
the fifth-inning, finished the regular season with an American League-leading
.330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 runs batted in.
Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski (yah-STREM-skee) was the last
Triple Crown winner in baseball back in 1967.

Austin Jackson doubled in a run in the fifth and the Detroit Tigers held on to
top the Kansas City Royals, 1-0 last night at Kaufmann Stadium.
Miguel Cabrera was pulled after going 0-for-2, but he held on to win the
American League Triple Crown.
A day after being scratched due to a sore right ankle, Max Scherzer ended up
taking the mound, and threw four scoreless innings of four-hit ball.
Luis Marte picked up the win in relief. Luke Putkonen picked up his first save.

Luis Mendoza allowed the one run in seven innings for the loss. Kansas City
ends the season at 72-and-90.
The Tigers closed their campaign at 88-and-74 and will face the Athletics in the

The Tigers will host the Oakland A's in Game One of the American League Division
Series Saturday night at Comerica Park.
Justin Verlander will get the start for Detroit, but manager Jim Leyland has not
named the rest of the rotation for the ALDS.
The A's clinched the AL Central title yesterday after completing a three game
sweep of the Texas Rangers.   

The Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees clinched division titles on the final
day of the season.
The A's captured the AL West crown by routing the Rangers, 12-5. Oakland
trailed Texas by 13 games on June 30th, but swept the three-game series to
clinch its first division title since 2006.
The Yankees claimed their 18th AL East title in franchise history when the
Orioles lost to the Rays.
New York also went on to crush Boston, 14-2.

The playoffs will get underway with the inaugural Wild Card games on Friday.
The Atlanta Braves will host the defending World Series champion St. Louis
Cardinals in the NL tilt.
The winner will advance to face the Washington Nationals.
In the AL affair, the Rangers will host the Orioles. The winner will move on to
clash with the Yankees.
The Cincinnati Reds will face the San Francisco Giants in one NL Division
Series. The A's will take on the Tigers in an AL Division Series.

                     (M-L-B Scoreboard)

American League

Oakland Athletics 12, Texas Rangers 5
Seattle Mariners 12, LA Angels of Anaheim 0
New York Yankees 14, Boston Red Sox 2
Chicago White Sox 9, Cleveland Indians 0
Toronto Blue Jays 2, Minnesota Twins 1
Tampa Bay Rays 4, Baltimore Orioles 1
Detroit Tigers 1, Kansas City Royals 0

National League

Washington Nationals 5, Philadelphia 1
Atlanta Braves 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Chicago Cubs 5, Houston Astros 4
New York Mets 4, Miami Marlins 2
Colorado Rockies 2, Arizona Diamondbacks 1
Los Angeles Dodgers 5, San Francisco Giants 1
San Diego Padres 7, Milwaukee Brewers 6
St. Louis Cardinals 1, Cincinnati Reds 0


The Detroit Lions returned to practice in Allen Park.
Yesterday, safety Louis Delmas was a full participant for the first time since
undergoing knee surgery in early August.
Meanwhile, Dominic Raiola, Cliff Avril, Justin Durant and Brandon Pettigrew
missed practice because of various injuries.
The Lions are off on Sunday before playing at Philadelphia on October 14th.

The Arizona Cardinals take their unbeaten record into St. Louis to play the Rams
in this week's Thursday night game at the Edward Jones Dome.
The Cardinals are one of three undefeated teams left in the NFL.
Arizona outlasted Miami 24-21 in overtime at home on Sunday to improve to
4-and-0, joining Houston and Atlanta with unblemished records.
Kevin Kolb (Cobb) has thrown seven TD passes and just two picks since replacing
the injured John Skelton at quarterback in Week One.
The Rams are coming off a 19-13 win over Seattle that evened their record at
Arizona has won 10 of the last 11 meetings.

ESPN New York reports the Jets could make a quarterback change.
According to the report, two people close to owner Woody Johnson say he could
make a push for Tim Tebow to replace Mark Sanchez.
The 2-and-2 Jets suffered a 34-0 home loss to the 49ers in Week Four.
Sanchez has completed only 49 percent of his passes for 813 yards, five
touchdowns and four interceptions this year. Tebow has been used sparingly by
the Jets this season.


Former Piston forward Rasheed Wallace has officially come out of retirement to
join the New York Knicks.
The Knicks announced the signing of the veteran forward/center on Wednesday.
Wallace last played for the Boston Celtics during the 2009-10 season,
averaging9.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 79 games (13 starts).
The 38-year-old holds career averages of 14.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists
and 1.3 blocks in 1,088 games (956 starts) over 15 seasons with Washington,
Portland, Atlanta, Detroit and Boston.
A four-time NBA All Star, Wallace won an NBA Championship with Detroit in 2004,
alongside then-assistant
coach Mike Woodson.

The NBA is cracking down on flopping this season.
The league is implementing a new rule aimed at eliminating defenders from
falling down after minimal contact.
The NBA is defining flopping as "any physical act that appears to have been
intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player."
Players guilty of flopping will be subject to a warning, followed by a
five-thousand-dollar fine for a second violation.
Fines will increase incrementally, with a fifth infraction resulting in a
30-thousand-dollar penalty.
Six or more violations will lead to an increased fine and/or suspension.
The NBA will announce at a later date a separate set of penalties for flopping
during the playoffs.

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