Magic number now at 2: Twins vs. Indians 9/21

By: Kelly Thesier/

MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins have an opportunity to clinch the American League Central division title tonight with a little help from the Oakland A’s.

A victory by the Twins plus a White Sox loss would reduce the club’s magic number from 2 to 0 and give the Twins their sixth division title in the last nine years. But due to the White Sox playing on the West Coast and their game not starting until two hours after the Twins, it’s unclear whether the team will celebrate tonight if that happens.,

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that he will be at home by the time the White Sox are finished playing tonight. He brought up the fact that the Twins will finish off their series against the Indians with a 12:10 p.m. CT game on Wednesday.

“There is plenty of time to do what you have to do,” Gardenhire said of celebrating. “If we win tonight, and [the White Sox] lose tonight, I guarantee you
we’ll have some fun tomorrow, one way or another.”

One reporter jokingly asked, “A celebration brunch?”

“We’ll let you have a celebratory brunch,” Gardenhire said. “We’re
going to play a baseball game [Wednesday] and after the game, we’ll do
our thing … and we might even let you in.”

Indians (62-88)
Michael Brantley, CF
Drew Sutton, SS
Shin-Soo Choo, RF
Travis Hafner, DH
Jordan Brown, 1B
Andy Marte, 3B
Trevor Crowe, LF
Luis Valbuena, 2B
Lou Marson, C

Pitching: RHP Fausto Carmona (12-14, 3.81 ERA)



Denard Span, CF

Orlando Hudson, 2B
Jason Kubel, RF
Cuddyer, 1B
Jim Thome, DH
Delmon Young, LF
Danny Valencia, 3B
Nick Punto,
Drew Butera, C

Pitching: RHP Scott Baker

(12-9, 4.60 ERA)

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