On August 11, 2014 — It looks like a passing of the torch in the AL Central. The Royals win their 8th straight in defeating the Athletics, 3 – 2, to move past the Tigers, 11 – 6 losers to the Pirates, into first place in the division. The Royals have won 16 of 19, and are adding strength to their line-up, as they obtain OF Josh Willingham in a trade with the Twins in return for P Jason Adam. The Tigers get additional bad news when they learn that ace pitcher Justin Verlander must undergo an MRI for “shoulder soreness”.
2008 – The Tigers beat the Royals, 19 – 4. It is their third time scoring 19 or more runs this season, the first time a major league team has done that since the 1950 Red Sox. Miguel Cabrera drives in six and Matt Joyce five in the rout.
July 21, 2008
2012 – OF Hideki Matsui announces his retirement at a press conference in New York, NY. He had hit .304 with 332 home runs as a three-time MVP during his prime in Japan, then added 175 homers, a World Series MVP award and a .282 average winding down his career in the US.
December 27, 2012
In longest game ever played in Little League World Series history, Louisville, KY beats Fort Worth, TX in the US semifinal in 11 innings, 2 – 1. A record-setting 49 strikeouts are recorded as Fort Worth’s Walker Kelly strikes out 21 in nine two-hit innings and Louisville’s Aaron Alvey fans 19 batter over nine no-hit inning.
August 21, 2002
The Detroit Tigers clinch the pennant with a double win over the St. Louis Browns, winning 6 – 2 and 2 – 0. Elden Auker wins the nitecap with a complete game shutout, while Tommy Bridges takes the opener. The Tigers will coast the rest of the way, going 1-6, while the Yankees go 6-1.
September 21, 1935
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