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DETROIT - Max Scherzer was finally willing to do a bit of scoreboard watching.For the Detroit Tigers, a fourth straight AL Central title is within reach.Ive said the whole time Im not worried about what Kansas City does, and Im focused only on what we do, but this is the first time this season, I actually want Kansas City to lose, Scherzer said. That way we can come to the park (Friday) and win, and clinch it.Scherzer didnt get his wish a€” the second-place Royals won Thursday night a€” but the Tigers had already reduced their magic number to two with a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Detroit needs more than just a victory to clinch the division Friday a€” but if the Tigers win and the Royals lose, the Central will belong to Motown again.The Tigers, who have already wrapped up a post-season spot, lead Kansas City by two games with three to play.Scherzer made it through six tough innings, Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer in the first and Miguel Cabrera added a solo shot in the fourth. Detroits bullpen, so often a problem this year, breezed through the final three innings without allowing a baserunner.Weve battled Scherzer pretty good through the course of the year, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. Hes got great stuff and we thought it was moving everywhere tonight. We had a lot of good at-bats and made him throw a ton of pitches. He still hangs in there.Scherzer (18-5) allowed two runs and five hits.Minnesotas Trevor May (3-6) allowed three runs and five hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked one.Martinez gave Detroit an early lead with his 32nd homer of the year. Cabreras 24th made it 3-0, but the Twins made Scherzer work. After escaping trouble in the second and fourth, the right-hander allowed a two-run double to Joe Mauer in the fifth.Scherzer struck out nine and walked four while throwing 116 pitches.He had good stuff. I think he was a little erratic at times with his location. As a result, his pitch count got up, Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. He worked out of a couple jams and then held them to a couple runs.Rajai Davis doubled home an insurance run for Detroit in the seventh.RELIEVEDDetroits maligned bullpen held on rather easily. Joakim Soria pitched the seventh, Joba Chamberlain handled the eighth and Joe Nathan finished for his 34th save in 41 chances.Nathan struck out two in the ninth and lowered his ERA to 4.89.Today was smooth. The results worked out, Nathan said. Was it my best stuff? I dont know about that. I threw pretty good.KEPT IN CHECKMinnesota has given the Tigers problems of late, splitting a four-game set in late August and taking two of three from Detroit earlier this month. The Twins scored 60 runs in those seven games, but they were quiet offensively Thursday.Mauer drove in Minnesotas only runs but also struck out twice.TRAINERS ROOMTwins: Minnesota does not expect 3B Trevor Plouffe to need surgery after he broke his left forearm Wednesday, but hes seeking a second opinion just to be sure.Tigers: Detroit RHP Anibal Sanchez was up in the bullpen briefly, but he didnt come into the game. Sanchez hasnt pitched since being activated Tuesday from the disabled list. He was on the DL with a pectoral strain.Ausmus says hed like to get Sanchez in a game soon, but its hard to find a good spot for what would be his first appearance since Aug. 8.I think he does need to get in there, Ausmus said. We were looking for opportunities the last two days. Im a little hesitant to throw him, first inning out of the pen, into the fire of a one-run game in the seventh, but we do have to get him in there.UP NEXTThe Tigers send Rick Porcello (15-12) to the mound Friday against Minnesotas Anthony Swarzak (3-2) on a night Detroit hopes will turn celebratory. The Tigers have not clinched a division title at home since 1987. Travis Kelce Jersey . -- C.J. Cron hit an RBI single on the first pitch he saw in the major leagues, doubled his second time up and hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth inning to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night. Dustin Colquitt Jersey . - The New York Rangers have momentum, a unified locker room and Henrik Lundqvist. http://www.cheapchiefsjerseyssale.com/?tag=christian-okoye-jersey-sale. 3 seed Phillip Kohlschreiber from Germany. Defending champion Marin Cilic also reached the semifinals -- his fourth in Zagreb -- defeating fellow Croat Ivan Dodig. German qualifier Bjorn Phau beat Dudi Sela of Israel to reach his first semifinals in nearly five years. Ben Niemann Jersey . Lauzon rushed for 42 yards on 15 carries for the Vert et Or (2-3) while quarterback Jeremi Roch completed 19-of-32 passes for 251 yards and one interception. Alexandre Aube scored the other touchdown for Sherbrooke. Chris Jones Jersey .com) - The Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors are back in the great white north for a brief moment and will host the Dallas Mavericks Friday night from Air Canada Centre.SPOKANE, Wash. -- Xavier Thames dropped in 3s from deep, finessed floaters in the lane and carried San Diego State the way he did all season as the Mountain West player of the year. Thames would not let North Dakota State become this years version of Florida Gulf Coast by sending the Aztecs home in the third round of the NCAA tournament. Thames scored 30 points, and fourth-seeded San Diego State reached the round of 16 for the second time in school history, ending the run of No. 12 seed North Dakota State 63-44 on Saturday. The Aztecs (31-4) now get to make the short drive up the interstate to Anaheim, Calif., where they will face either No. 1 seed Arizona or eighth-seeded Gonzaga in the West Regional semifinals on Thursday. Thames, who was 9 of 19 from the field, had five assists and ended the comeback hopes of the Bison with a six-point spurt late in the second half that pushed the Aztecs lead to 12. He finished one shy of his career-high in points. Dwayne Polee II was the only other San Diego State player in double figures with 15, but the Aztecs didnt need a ton of scoring with Thames carrying the load and another defensive performance that suffocated the best shooting team in the country. Kory Brown led the Bison (26-7) with 13 points, but it was the struggles of leading scorer Taylor Braun that had North Dakota State trying to play catch up. Braun missed nine straight shots during one stretch. Sometimes he was guarded by Thames. Other times it was J.J. OBrien taking a turn on the Summit League player of the year. Braun finished 2-of-14 shooting and justt seven points.dddddddddddd. North Dakota State shot 50.9 per cent for the season to lead the country, but could only make 31.9 per cent against the Aztecs. The 44 points were a season-low for the Bison, the previous low being 56 in a win over Western Illinois. North Dakota State was one of three No. 12 seeds to help create another manic March by upsetting No. 5 seed Oklahoma 80-75 in overtime in the second round on Thursday. They had the players and the personality to become this years version of FGCU -- just minus all those dunks. Thames wasnt going to allow that to happen. The memories were still fresh of the flight home last year after San Diego State become one of those teams FGCU dunked all over on its way to an unforgettable March run. Thames did it all for the Aztecs in the first half. He was responsible for 23 of San Diego States 30 points, scoring 16 and assisting on another three baskets. He started the second half with a floater in the lane, a shot he repeated minutes later. He then found Polee on the wing for a 3 and the Aztecs lead was back to 40-30 after a quick North Dakota State spurt had trimmed the deficit to five. Braun finally got a shot to fall when he spun in a reverse layup with 12:11 left, his first field goal in nearly 27 minutes of game time. By that point, the Bison were down eight and could never get much closer. Braun finished the first half 1-of-10 shooting and equally quiet was Lawrence Alexander. The guard who hit all the big shots against Oklahoma finished with three points after scoring 28 against the Sooners. 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