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Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Torii Hunter led the way in a Detroit Tigers offensive onslaught against the Washington Nationals. Hunter finished a triple shy of the cycle while going 4-for-5 with three RBI in the Tigers 11-1 rout at Comerica Park. Alex Avila clubbed a two-run homer and Ramon Santiago plated a pair with a double for the AL Central-leading Tigers, who swept this two-game interleague set and have won five straight and nine of their last 10 games overall. Detroit, playing without slugger Miguel Cabrera (abdominal strain), roughed up Washington starter Gio Gonzalez (7-4) to the tune of 10 runs and 11 hits in 3 1/3 innings. Gonzalez had given up just 15 earned runs over a 10-start stretch since his last loss on May 27. "This isnt going to dictate who I am as a pitcher," Gonzalez said of his poor outing. "Im going to go out there and keep pitching how I pitch and try to get more wins for the team." Justin Verlander (11-8) needed 103 pitches to get through six frames, but limited the Nationals to a first-inning run and four hits. However, he did walk five batters. "Even though I was erratic, I was able to grind and battle," Verlander said. "It makes it a lot easier when your boys put up 10 or 11 runs for you." With Verlander laboring on the mound, the Tigers put up five-spots in both the second and fourth innings to give their ace plenty of breathing room. The bottom of the Detroit lineup did most of the damage in the second. Santiago, the No. 8 hitter, smacked a ball down the third-base line in front of Avilas opposite-field blast to left. Hunter took Gonzalez deep later in the inning. The fourth inning began with a strikeout, but Gonzalez then walked Avila before allowing five straight singles, four of which scored a run, to end his outing. Hernan Perez added an RBI base hit off reliever Ross Ohlendorf, who departed during the next at-bat with an apparent injury. Hunter doubled home Santiago in the seventh. Despite loading the bases with no outs in the first, Washington came away with just a Jayson Werth sacrifice fly. The Nationals also had a runner in scoring position against Verlander in three straight innings from the third and failed to score. Game Notes Victor Martinez had three hits and one RBI for Detroit ... Verlander recorded six strikeouts ... Three relievers held the Nationals to one hit ... Washingtons Denard Span went 2-for-3 with a walk ... Bryce Harper also had two hits for the Nationals ... The Tigers were 8-for-16 with runners in scoring position, while Washington finished 0-for-9. Patrick Eaves Jersey . The Redskins announced Monday that the quarterback who led the team to the Super Bowl championship in the 1987 season will serve as a personnel executive. Ducks Jerseys China . Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC failed to make the postseason while Montreal Impact fell at the first hurdle losing heavily to Houston Dynamo in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round. .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. Frederik Andersen Jersey .J. -- Seven games into a disappointing season, New York Giants defensive catalyst JasonĀ Pierre-Paul is getting the feeling hes back. Steve Rucchin Jersey . However, he did make them miss him a little less. Cundiff, who had the unenviable job of replacing Dawson last season, agreed Thursday to a one-year, $1. HOMESTEAD, Fla. --?Tony Stewart doesnt plan to compete in another Sprint Cup race after Sunday as he has a diverse plan for life after driving at NASCARs top level.From immediate plans to replace his cellphone that he believes was stolen Thursday to future plans of what sprint-car races he runs, Stewart has too much to do to think about racing a Cup car again, even in a substitute role. He doesnt anticipate doing a Jeff Gordon?-- who has run eight races in a substitute role for Hendrick Motorsports driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.?-- even if one of his Stewart-Haas Racing drivers needs a replacement.Im good. This is it. This is the last one, Stewart said before practice Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. I think I learned a lesson from Jeff. Jeff tried to do somebody a favor this year and got roped into running half the season.Thank you, Jeff, for teaching me a lesson. ... Were going to be busy. I dont have a schedule set [for] next year, but I just know the things that Im planning, my schedule next year is going to be much busier than it already is this year.Stewart enters the end of his 18th season Sunday with three championships and 49 victories. He is 15th in the Cup standings this year.Id be lying if I said I wasnt disappointed that I hadnt won a Daytona 500, a Southern 500 and most of all an Indy 500, said Stewart, who has ruled out a return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I look at it, and I look at where I was when I was 15 years old and 18 years old. I never even thought I would get a chance to race those three races let alone in all three of them have opportunities to have won the race.Stewarts final Cup weekend didnt start off all that great. He said he was at a carnival and was about to leave when he realized his cellphone was missing.We had bumped into some people ... and Im fairly certain thats when it went in a different direction, he said. It was kind of ffun because they have that find my iPhone app, and we went chasing people forever until we realized they were in the parking lot and they got in the car and they were gone.ddddddddddddI hit block on it and deleted it, and now Ive got to get a new phone, which is devastating. I do everything off of my cellphone. My life is on that cellphone. I start my life over tomorrow.Stewart doesnt have any plans for a huge send-off. He said he will get 25 helmets from other drivers, including the helmet Carl Edwards wore when Stewart beat him for the Cup title by winning the 2011 season finale at Homestead.I keep my helmets, Edwards said. I dont keep much. I keep my helmets and my suits, and so theyre special to me.Tony expressed how special helmets are to him. ... I hope he knows, and I think he does, how special that is for me. I dont think Ive ever given away one of my race helmets to anyone, so that was pretty cool.The gift giving Friday at Homestead included a gun. When Richard Petty won his 200th race, Petty Enterprises had 200 guns made to commemorate the victory. Petty kept the first one made and the 43rd. On Friday, he gave the first gun to Stewart. The other guns belong to Petty Enterprises team members.About the only thing better that Stewart could get this weekend would be his old cellphone.Its been a hell of a start to the weekend to get your phone stolen, Stewart said. Probably the biggest thing that was disappointing last night when I realized my phone was stolen was the fact I was in the process of answering text messages from people.I got a flood of text messages yesterday. ... People I havent talked to for a long time, people that are friends that I havent seen or heard from for a long time, [have] reached out. Its been pretty cool. ' ' '

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