For the third time in four years, the Twins division hopes will come down to the final game of the season. And with the Twins and Tigers tied atop the AL Central, the Twins hold their own fate. If they win, there will be at least one more game in the Metrodome — either a tiebreaker or Game 3 of the ALDS.
Since it’s the final regular season game at the Metrodome (well at least on the 162 game schedule), the Twins will host an hour-long ceremony after today’s game ends to celebrate the 28 years here. It’s going to be interesting to see how that will go since it will take place win or lose.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he didn’t watch the Tigers 4-1 loss to the White Sox last night. He was in his hot tub with his wife, Carol, while his daughter Tiffany was watching the game inside. Carol had been checking the scores a little on her cell phone, but Tiffany came outside to give updates as well. It created a funny moment when Tiffany informed them, ‘It’s tied,” and Carol concerningly said, “They tied it up?”
“No,” Tiffany said. “You’re tied.”
Gardenhire just shook his head retelling the story, ‘Entertainment,’ he said.
The Twins skipper was just happy to come into Sunday knowing that a win means his club’s season will be extended at least one game.
“From where we’ve been it’s actually nice to have it come down to one
ballgame,” Gardenhire said. “We’ve been chasing the whole time. The last day of the
season and we’re deadlocked again. Now we know what we have to do, we
have to win. But we’ve known that for three weeks — that we have to win.
It hasn’t changed on our side of it. But at least we’re dead even.”
Justin Verlander is pitching for the Tigers today. So the Twins enter the contest feeling like they need a win to force a one-game tiebreaker on Tuesday at the Dome. If that game takes place, it will be Scott Baker for the Twins pitching against the Tigers’ rookie Rick Porcello.
4th place in AL Central, 20 games back
Willie Bloomquist, LF
Mitch Maier, CF
Billy Butler, 1B
Mike Jacobs, DH
Alberto Callaspo, 2B
Mark Teahen, RF
John Buck, C
Alex Gordon, 3B
Luis Hernandez, SS
Pitching: RHP Luke Hochevar (7-12, 6.24)
1st place in AL Central, tied
Denard Span, CF
Orlando Cabrera, SS
Joe Mauer, C
Jason Kubel, RF
Michael Cuddyer, 1B
Delmon Young, LF
Jose Morales, DH
Matt Tolbert, 3B
Nick Punto, 2B
Pitching: RHP Carl Pavano (13-12, 5.07)
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