The Detroit Tigers secured their fourth straight American League Central division title on Sunday with a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
The Tigers entered the final day of the regular season one game ahead of Kansas City atop the division, and with their victory the Royals settle for a wild-card berth as they return to baseball`s post-season for the first time in 29 years.
Tigers pitcher David Price tossed seven and one-third scoreless innings, limiting the Twins to just four hits while striking out eight to register the third 15-win season of his career.
Ian Kinsler went 3-for-4 with a homer and two runs-batted-in and Torii Hunter knocked in a run for the Tigers.
The second American League wild-card was up for grabs on Sunday afternoon.
The Oakland Athletics, who had baseball`s best record in July 31, were still fighting to clinch a playoff berth when they faced the Texas Rangers.
A victory would see Oakland advance, but a defeat would open the door for the Seattle Mariners to tie for the final spot with a win over the Angels of Anaheim.
In that case, the Athletics and Mariners would meet in a one-game playoff on Monday to determine the final post-season team.