The Collapse Is Complete

Some reaction to the end of the Tigers season.

As much as I got worked up during the Tigers-Twins AL Central tiebreaker game, it was apparently not nearly as bad as it must have been for this beat writer who filed this mini-story immediately after the game Tuesday night.

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI

AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Misplayed flyballs, poor baserunning, squandered at-bats.

The Detroit Tigers put a fitting end to a historic collapse by committing every blunder imaginable in a 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday that cost them their first division title since 1987.

The Tigers held a seven-game lead on the Twins on Sept. 6, but limped to an 11-16 finish that made them the first team since 1901 to miss out on the playoffs after holding a three-game lead with four to play.

They had countless chances -- in the last month and in this one-game playoff for the AL Central crown -- to put away the Twins and they blew every one of them.

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