UNDATED (WHTC) – Henderson Alvarez threw a no-hitter and struck out four, while former Whitecap Luke Putkonen uncorked a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth to plate the only run of the game, as Miami stymied the visiting Tigers in the season finale for both teams on Sunday, 1-0. While the Marlins go home for the winter with a 62-100 record, Detroit begins a best-of-five American League Divisional Series in Oakland on Friday evening with a 93-69 record.
Both of Chicago’s team ended last-place seasons with losses on Sunday. In St. Louis, a team of five Cardinal pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout, striking out five, as the Redbirds blanked the visiting Cubs, 4-0. At US Cellular Field, Bruce Chen allowed four hits with four strikeouts over nearly seven innings as visiting Kansas City defeated the White Sox, 4-1. The Cubs finished with a 66-96 record, the Sox were 63-99.
Reggie Bush rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown, while Matthew Stafford threw for one score and ran for another, as the Lions beat the visiting Bears on Sunday, 40-32. Both teams share the top spot in the NFC North with 3-1 records going into action next Sunday, as Detroit visits Green Bay in a game that airs on 1450 WHTC, beginning at 12 Noon, while Chicago hosts a New Orleans team that first entertains Miami in Monday Night Football at 8 PM on Holland’s Hometown Station.