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Detroit at Chicago

W: N. Robertson (9-13) L: J. Contreras (10-17)
HR: DET - C. Guillen (21), M. Rabelo (1)   CHW - J. Fields (23)

Tigers 13, White Sox 3

CBSSports.com wire reports

CHICAGO -- Magglio Ordonez's long hair and jersey were drenched by champagne. The Detroit Tigers were celebrating, just as they did a year ago when they won the AL pennant.

This time, they were enjoying a personal milestone for a well-loved teammate.

The popular Ordonez reached a personal milestone -- winning the AL batting championship. He went 3-for-4 to raise his average to .363 and the Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 13-3 to end disappointing seasons for both teams.

"It means a lot. To tell you the truth, I don't know how I did it, but I did it," Ordonez said.

"I stayed focused and tried to get a hit in every at-bat," Ordonez said. "You always have your goals, but sometimes you don't get your goals. But this time I surpassed my goal and it was amazing."

As a team the Tigers didn't get where they expected to go. A year after reaching the World Series, they finished 88-74. The 2005 World Series champion White Sox went 72-90.

Ordonez, who sat out Saturday, easily beat out Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki, who finished at .351. Ordonez became the first Tigers' player to win the batting crown since Norm Cash batted .361 in 1961 and the second Venezuelan to win a batting title -- Andres Galarraga won the NL title in 1993 while with the Rockies.

"Second Venezuelan player to win a batting title in the big leagues, it's huge," Ordonez said. "I'm really proud."

His teammates toasted him Sunday on a day when several other Tigers got to personal plateaus -- Curtis Granderson finished at .302, Placido Polanco reached 200 hits and Carlos Guillen got 100 RBI.

"Nobody got foolish. We're not celebrating the big prize. We're not champions this year," manager Jim Leyland said. "We're professionals and out of respect to a teammate who accomplished something extraordinary, we all wanted to pour a glass of champagne and toast Magglio. He earned it."

After getting a single in the eighth, Ordonez was replaced by pinch-runner Ryan Raburn and got a nice ovation, tipping his helmet to the fans and his family who was in the stands.

"I have my fans here in Detroit and Chicago. I wish it was in Detroit, but fortunately it was here. They came here to support me and it was a really good surprise for me," said Ordonez, who played for the White Sox until 2004.

Ordonez hit an RBI double in the first and added a run-scoring single off Jose Contreras in the fifth. He finished with 139 RBI.

Ordonez broke in with the White Sox in 1997 and played with them the next seven seasons. He signed as a free agent with the Tigers in 2005, after knee problems the previous year. His highest previous average was .320 with the White Sox in 2002, when he had 38 homers and 135 RBI.

The White Sox never were in contention and finished 24 games behind AL Central champion Cleveland. Before the final game, Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen offered a candid analysis.

"We failed all the way from the top to the bottom. We failed from (owner) Jerry Reinsdorf all the way to the bat boy," Guillen said. "Everyone failed this year. Hopefully next year we turn around and do a better job."

After the game in which the White Sox's bullpen imploded like it has most of the year, Guillen said he was glad the "nightmare" was finally over. He commended his team for not quitting.

"There is nothing I have to say against my players. They made me sick, they made me angry, they made me sad -- whatever it is. But they showed up the right way and there is no doubt about it."

The Tigers scored seven runs in the seventh, capped by Mike Rabelo's first major league homer, a two-run shot off the Mike MacDougal -- a fitting end for a wobbly White Sox bullpen whose struggles epitomized the miserable season. Relievers Mike Myers and MacDougal combined to face nine batters and got one out.

Carlos Guillen's two-run homer to right in the third was his 21st of the season and gave him 100 RBI. It also put the Tigers ahead 3-0. He added a two-run double in the seventh.

Chicago got three singles off Nate Robertson (9-13), the third one by Jermaine Dye, in the fourth to make it 3-1. Ordonez's RBI single put the Tigers up 4-1, but Chicago rookie Josh Fields hit his 23rd home run, cutting it to 4-3 in the fifth.

Detroit erupted in the seventh with Sean Casey delivering a run-scoring single and Marcus Thames a two-run double.

Contreras (10-17) had won his four previous decisions. He gave up nine hits and five runs in 6 1-/3 innings and finished tied for the second most losses in the majors.


Polanco singled in the third for his 200th hit. Ordonez finished with 216. It marks the first time the Tigers have had two players with at least 200 hits in the same season since 1937 when Gee Walker, Charlie Gehringer, Pete Fox and Hank Greenberg all had at least 200. ... Granderson went 3-for-4 to finish at .302. ... After singling in the first inning, Jim Thome was removed from the game for Luis Terrero, allowing the fans to cheer Thome one last time for his 500th homer earlier this month. ... The White Sox drew 2,684,395 fans -- third-highest attendance in franchise history.

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C. Guillen
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R 2
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J. Fields
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Attendance - 33154
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Chris Guccione