Tigers blow game, division against Twins

MINNEAPOLIS – 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.