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DETROIT -- Outside the Detroit clubhouse, inside a yellow van parked in a loading area, a few boxes labeled "Dom Perignon" provided a reminder of an opportunity missed -- but not lost. The Tigers fell short in their effort to clinch the AL Central title during the final homestand of the season, losing 6-3 to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. There would be no champagne-soaked celebration -- only a resolute belief that post-season baseball will be back in Motown this year anyway. "Everybody wanted to clinch at home," Detroits Brayan Pena said. "But it doesnt matter how we do it. We just want to do it, because if we do it, everybody knows that were coming back here. And those fans, they really deserve that." Detroit needed a win and a Cleveland loss to wrap up the division Sunday, and neither happened. So the Tigers magic number for the AL Central championship remains at two at the start of a six-game road trip. One thing is certain: Detroits season will not be over after 162 games. The loss by Texas at Kansas City on Sunday means the worst the Tigers can do is finish in a tie for a wild card. Chicagos Erik Johnson (2-2) allowed two runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings in his fourth career start, and the White Sox held on a day after blowing a six-run lead in the ninth inning against the Tigers. Anibal Sanchez (14-8) yielded four runs and eight hits in five innings, taking his first loss since July 19. Prince Fielder homered for the Tigers. Detroit was without slugger Miguel Cabrera, who has been bothered by groin soreness. Cabrera said he hopes he can play Monday. The Tigers gave themselves a chance to clinch at Comerica Park with a stirring comeback Saturday night, when they scored six runs in the ninth inning to tie the game before winning 7-6 in 12. "No matter where we are, as long as we clinch and we get it done, thatll let me know that post-season is there," outfielder Torii Hunter said. "All I care about is the World Series. I think if you set your goals high, and you chase the ultimate goal, which is the World Series, I think everything else falls in line." Detroit never led Sunday, and by the middle innings the chances of a postgame celebration were looking increasingly remote for the defending American League champions. "Disappointment is such a big word," Hunter said. "I dont know if were disappointed. We wish we could have had a chance to do it here in front of the fans who have been supporting us all year." Fielder tied it at 1 in the fourth with his 25th homer of the year, but Chicago answered with three runs in the fifth. Center fielder Austin Jackson got a bit of a late jump on Conor Gillaspies line drive, which sailed over his head for a two-run triple. Avisail Garcias RBI single made it 4-1. Jeff Keppinger added a two-run double in the seventh. There would be no big rally by the Tigers on this day. Detroit did load the bases in the seventh, and Jackson hit a sacrifice fly. Donnie Veal relieved Johnson and got Hunter, who was pinch-hitting, to line out to end the inning. On Saturday, the Tigers scored five runs in the ninth before an out or a pitching change. This time, pinch-hitter Pena led off with a double, and White Sox manager Robin Ventura immediately pulled Veal. Matt Lindstrom got the final three outs, although Detroit did manage another run. "We had that feeling in the dugout," Hunter said. "Guys were talking about it: Uh oh. Can we do it two nights in a row?" The 23-year-old Johnson pitched six scoreless innings against Minnesota in his previous start, and although he struck out only one against the Tigers, he was able to avoid the big inning. "He did a good job going against a tough lineup," Ventura said. "He stayed out of trouble. Thats great composure for a kid as old as he is." Sanchez had won seven straight decisions and entered with an American League-leading ERA of 2.51, but he didnt look sharp. Chicago took the lead right away when Sanchez allowed a one-out single to Alexei Ramirez, threw a wild pitch and gave up an RBI single to Garcia. NOTES: Garcia, Keppinger and Detroits Alex Avila had three hits each. ... Detroit plays at Minnesota on Monday night, with RHP Justin Verlander (13-12) taking on RHP Mike Pelfrey (5-13). ... The White Sox host Toronto. Chicago LHP Jose Quintana (8-6) faces LHP J.A. Happ (4-6). Tony Carr Jersey .com) - New England Patriots starting center Bryan Stork will not play in Sundays AFC Championship against Indianapolis due to a knee injury the rookie sustained last week. Cheap Pelicans Jerseys . Parmelee hit a game-ending shot in the ninth inning and the Minnesota Twins overcame David Ortizs big night to beat the Boston Red Sox 8-6 on Tuesday. http://www.cheappelicansjerseys.com/. 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Theyre not machines and theyre not computers, Calipari said. They dont play great every time out. They sure looked like machines the way they dominated this game. Aaron Harrison added 15 points, and the Wildcats (12-0) handed the Bruins (8-4) one of their most-lopsided losses ever. The first meeting between the storied programs in eight years turned ugly as soon as the game started, with Kentucky dominating UCLA in every possible way. It was so bad that officials lost track of one of the Bruins second-half baskets and put out an amended box score about 90 minutes after the game. It hardly mattered. The opening 24-0 run was eight shy of the record between two Division I teams, set by Connecticut against New Hampshire on Dec. 12, 1990. And the 39-point margin was nine shy of the Bruins record. Kentucky led 41-7 at the intermission. It was the lowest point total in a half for UCLA and the fewest by a Kentucky opponent since December 1943. We just have to keep playing against ourselves, Booker said. Coach always stresses that to us -- that were not playing against the other team, were playing against ourselves. Just keep playing. You cant look at the score. UCLA coach Steve Alford was so impressed he said the Wildcats might not lose a game this season. If they continue to play at that level defensively, Im a firm believer they got a chance to run this thing out, he said. Kentucky was simply too deep and too athletic, with a 10-man rotation and three starters standing 6-foot-10 or taller. Some of those players probably would get more time and put up bigger numbers elsewhere. But they almost certainly would not be on a team as dominating as this one. People can watch these guys in 20 minutes and know how really good they are, Calipari said.ddddddddddddThey dont need 40 minutes, and these kids are great. Were a really good team with a bunch of guys, 10 guys, that all could score double figures. Booker hit 5 of 6 3-pointers and 7 of 10 shots overall. Harrison made three 3-pointers, nailing one to start the game, and Kentucky hit 12 in all from long range to the delight of their cheering fans. The Wildcats also played stifling defence, with the Bruins missing their first 17 shots and going 19 for 71. Isaac Hamilton led UCLA with 14 points and Bryce Alford scored 13. But they came after Kentucky put this one away -- which didnt take long. In the second game of a doubleheader at the United Center that started with No. 24 North Carolina beating No. 12 Ohio State, the Wildcats erased all doubt about this one almost as soon as it started. Harrisons 3 from the wing got things started, and Kentucky just poured it on from there, blocking shots, breaking for dunks and nailing jumpers. Wildcat fans just about came unglued after Harrison nailed a 3 to make it 16-0 with 16:27 remaining, chanting Go Big Blue! during a timeout. And the lead continued to climb. Booker capped the run with back-to-back 3-pointers and a breakaway dunk off a block by Dakari Johnson against Alford, making it 24-0 with 12:40 left in the half. The Bruins finally broke the shutout 23 seconds later on a layup by Kevon Looney. STATS WATCH Kentucky held UCLA to 5-of-16 3-point shooting, outrebounded the Bruins 47-42 and forced 15 turnovers. UCLA shot 3 for 37 and missed all nine of its 3-point attempts in the first half. MILESTONE MISSED Alford remained one win shy of 500 for the second straight game. He is 499-248 in his career. TIP-INS: UCLA: UCLAs most lopsided loss was by 48 against Stanford on Jan. 9, 1997. Kentucky: All of the Wildcats wins are by double digits. UP NEXT: UCLA: Visits Alabama on Dec. 28. Kentucky: Visits No. 4 Louisville on Dec. 27. ' ' '

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