The day after the clinch: Twins vs. Indians 9/22

By: Kelly Thesier/

MINNEAPOLIS — What was joked about on Tuesday might be a celebratory brunch for the Twins has instead turned into one of those “day-after” contests.

As everyone knows, the Twins did indeed stick around last night to watch as the White Sox suffered a 7-2 loss to the A’s and then celebrated their sixth division title in the last nine years. Considering how the Twins rallied with a four-run inning in the eighth on Tuesday night to defeat the Indians 6-4, the timing was just too good for the club not to celebrate.

So today, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire had to run around the clubhouse and see who was available to play. He said that Jim Thome was a little sore and Delmon Young said there was no chance he’d be OK to play.

Gardenhire  confirmed on Wednesday that Francisco Liriano will be the Game 1 starter for the Twins in the ALDS. Carl Pavano is in line for Game 2 and Brian Duensing will pitch Game 3. There is still no official decision as to whether the Twins will use a four-man rotation but if that’s the case, Nick Blackburn is in line right now to be the starter for a possible fourth game.

Indians (62-89)
Michael Brantley, CF
Drew Sutton, SS
Shin-Soo Choo, RF
Hafner, DH
Shelley Duncan, LF
Jayson Nix, 3B
Matt LaPorta, 1B
Valbuena, 2B
Chris Gimenez, C

Pitching: RHP Carlos Carrasco (1-0, 2.70 ERA)



Denard Span, CF

Alexi Casilla, SS
Jason Kubel, DH
Danny Valencia, 3B
Jose Morales, 1B
Matt Tolbert, 2B
Ben Revere, LF
Jason Repko, RF
Drew Butera, C

Pitching: RHP Nick Blackburn
(9-10, 5.43 ERA)

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