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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. 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"We take pride in playing hard no matter whos on the floor," coach Scott Brooks said after his team went on a 17-2 third-quarter run to beat Boston 101-83 on Friday night. "Obviously, were a better team with Kevin and Russell. But it doesnt make us not a team." Durant, the NBA scoring leader, missed his first game of the season, joining fellow All-Star Westbrook on the bench. That was only a minor setback, with Serge Ibaka scoring nine of his 21 points and adding five rebounds in the pivotal third quarter to lead Oklahoma City to its sixth straight victory. Jeremy Lamb came off the bench to score 19 points, and Reggie Jackson had 14 points and eight assists. "Everybodys just got to do their job a little bit better and a little bit harder," said Thunder centre Kendrick Perkins, a former Celtic, who had nine rebounds. "Its our first time playing without both of them, so it was good." Durant was the franchises first pick in 2007, its final year as the Seattle SuperSonics, and Westbrook was their first-round pick after the team moved to Oklahoma City for the following season. Together, they led the Thunder to the 2012 NBA Finals and were poised for another deep run last year before Westbrook was injured in the first round series against Houston. Oklahoma City has managed to stay atop the West with Westbrook out since Christmas to recover from right knee surgery. And Durant has been the reason, going on a scoring tear with at least 30 points in nine consecutive games before sitting out Friday night. But Durrant watched this one from the bench in warmups, then was icing his right shoulder in the locker room after the game, joking around with Westbrook.dddddddddddd "Theyre a good team without him -- as you can see," Celtics guard Phil Pressey said. Brooks said he did not know if his star would return on Saturday night against Philadelphia. 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