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Rays clinch AL East
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Tigers 6, Rays 4
Andy Sonnanstine struck out seven and walked three in 5 2/3 innings on Friday. (Carlos Osorio/AP)
Righty Andy Sonnanstine allowed five runs in the first two innings, and the Rays were unable to recover in a loss to the Tigers on Friday night. But after the Red Sox lost, it was time for Tampa Bay to celebrate its first AL East title.
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Series at a glance:
TB
Tampa Bay (96-64)
Lost 2
Detroit 6, Tampa Bay 4   DET
Detroit (73-86)
Won 2
September 26, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Tampa Bay
0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1   4 12 0
Detroit
3 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 X   6 6 1
Standings thru 9/26/08  |  Recap: TB | DET  |  Gameday  |  Rays stats  |  Tigers stats
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Iwamura, 2B 5 0 2 0 0 2 0 .275
  Ruggiano, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .214
Upton, B, CF 4 2 3 2 1 0 1 .274
Pena, C, 1B 5 0 2 1 0 1 5 .247
Longoria, 3B 5 0 2 0 0 3 1 .276
Floyd, C, DH 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .268
  b-Baldelli, PH-DH 1 1 0 0 1 1 2 .260
Navarro, D, C 5 0 2 0 0 0 2 .295
  1-Gomes, J, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .174
Gross, RF 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 .240
  c-Aybar, W, PH-2B 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 .253
  2-Crawford, C, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273
Hinske, LF 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 .245
  a-Perez, F, PH-LF 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .273
  d-Zobrist, PH-RF 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .238
Bartlett, SS 4 1 1 0 1 1 3 .286
Totals 40 4 12 4 5 13 21  

a-Walked for Hinske in the 6th. b-Struck out for Floyd, C in the 7th. c-Flied out for Gross in the 8th. d-Struck out for Perez, F in the 8th.
1-Ran for Navarro, D in the 9th. 2-Ran for Aybar, W in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Navarro, D (27, Verlander), Upton, B (37, Verlander).
HR: Upton, B (9, 7th inning off Seay, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Bartlett; Longoria 2; Upton, B 7; Pena, C 2; Navarro, D 3; Iwamura 2.
RBI: Upton, B 2 (67), Pena, C (102), Aybar, W (33).
2-out RBI: Pena, C.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Longoria; Hinske; Floyd, C; Navarro, D; Pena, C 2; Bartlett 2.
Team RISP: 3-for-14.
Team LOB: 14.

BASERUNNING
SB: Upton, B (44, 2nd base off Verlander/Sardinha).

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Upton, B (Ordonez at 2nd base).
DP: (Upton, B-Iwamura).

 
Detroit AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Granderson, CF 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 .285
Polanco, 2B 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .307
  Raburn, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .229
Ordonez, RF 4 0 1 2 0 1 0 .316
Cabrera, M, 1B 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 .292
Sheffield, DH 4 2 3 2 0 1 1 .228
Thames, M, LF 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 .246
  Joyce, LF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .256
Larish, 3B 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 .273
  a-Inge, PH-3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .204
Sardinha, C 2 0 0 0 1 2 1 .140
Santiago, R, SS 3 1 1 2 0 0 3 .302
Totals 29 6 6 6 4 10 8  

a-Hit by pitch for Larish in the 6th.

BATTING
2B: Ordonez (32, Sonnanstine).
HR: Sheffield 2 (19, 1st inning off Sonnanstine, 0 on, 2 out; 8th inning off Balfour, 0 on, 1 out), Santiago, R (4, 2nd inning off Sonnanstine, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Larish; Sheffield 9; Santiago, R 4; Ordonez 2.
RBI: Ordonez 2 (100), Sheffield 2 (56), Santiago, R 2 (18).
2-out RBI: Sheffield.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Santiago, R 2.
Team RISP: 1-for-3.
Team LOB: 4.

FIELDING
E: Cabrera, M (14, fielding).

 
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sonnanstine (L, 13-9) 5.2 5 5 5 3 7 2 4.38
Price 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2.19
Balfour 1.1 1 1 1 0 2 1 1.54
 
Detroit IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Verlander (W, 11-17) 5.0 5 2 2 3 8 0 4.84
Seay (H, 13) 2.0 3 1 1 1 3 1 4.18
Glover (H, 5) 0.2 3 0 0 0 1 0 5.30
Rapada (H, 2) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.50
Rodney (S, 12) 1.0 1 1 1 1 1 0 5.03

HBP: Inge (by Price).
Pitches-strikes: Sonnanstine 92-57, Price 16-6, Balfour 20-14, Verlander 113-70, Seay 37-23, Glover 19-12, Rapada 5-2, Rodney 19-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sonnanstine 4-2, Price 0-1, Balfour 1-0, Verlander 3-2, Seay 0-2, Glover 0-1, Rapada 0-0, Rodney 1-1.
Batters faced: Sonnanstine 24, Price 5, Balfour 5, Verlander 23, Seay 10, Glover 5, Rapada 1, Rodney 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Price 1-0, Rapada 3-0.
Umpires: HP: Lance Barksdale. 1B: Dana DeMuth. 2B: Ted Barrett. 3B: Doug Eddings.
Weather: 77 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 9 mph, L to R.
T: 3:07.
Att: 39,617.
Venue: Comerica Park.
September 26, 2008
September 26, 2008

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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