Twins Sweep Sox, Magic Number at 8

16 Sep

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Well, people got their wish. Joe Mauer was back in the lineup, catching Carl Pavano. Even more important, the Twins went in to Chicago and swept the White Sox. As fans and around the media, the general belief was that the Twins just had to avoid a sweet. Instead, it was the Twins sweeping. They came into the series with a six game lead. They leave the series with a lead in the division (9 games) that is bigger than their magic number (8). 

Things started out very interesting. First, Ron Gardenhire clearly wanted to take advantage of being able to drop two from the Magic Number. He put his regular starting lineup in there, including Joe Mauer catching Carl Pavano. Pavano started out a little wild. He hit Paul Konerko in the nose in the 1st inning, but was able to keep the White Sox scoreless. Konerko stayed in the game. Mark Buehrle retaliated by hitting Michael Cuddyer. The Twins went on to score three runs in that inning and held on the rest of the way. Pavano threw one down the middle of the plate when Konerko came up the next time, and Konerko hit it well into the left field bleachers for a home run. The Sox cut the lead to 3-2, but a Delmon Young two-run home run followed a Cuddyer sacrifice fly and the Twins had a 6-2 lead. Back-to-back homers by AJ Pierzynski and Alexi Ramirez, and another 6th inning run cut the lead to 6-5, but the bullpen came through again. Brian Fuentes recorded four outs, and Matt Capps got the final three outs for the save. It was a relaxing bottom of the 9th thanks to two insurance runs in the top of the inning on a Cuddyer single and a Matt Tolbert sacrifice fly.

It was an incredible series for the Twins. Who could have asked for anything more than they gave us?! Delmon Young went 3-5. Orlando Hudson and Joe Mauer were each 2-5. Mauer hit his 42nd double, and JJ Hardy hit his 19th. The Twins had 12 hits in the game.

And with that, the Twins Magic Number is reduced to…

 

The AL Central is all-but over, so now the goal is to achieve the best record in the American League and have home field advantage in the playoffs. Here is how that stands going into Thursday:

Tampa Bay          88-57

NY Yankees         88-58     0.5 Games Back

Minnesota             88-58     0.5 Games Back

Wait!! I think that needs to be typed out a little differently. Let’s try this:

Tampa Bay          88-57

Minnesota             88-58     0.5 Games Back

NY Yankees         88-58     0.5 Games Back

Yeah, I think that looks much better. What do you think?  

Feel free to leave your questions and comments here.

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3 Responses to “Twins Sweep Sox, Magic Number at 8”

  1. neil September 17, 2010 at 12:22 am #

    I sincerely appreciate your retyping of the AL best record standings. It looks fantastic, and it’s going to get better.

  2. ScottyB September 17, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    Don’t laugh, but even though the Red Sox are 6 games behind NY for the Wild Card,they do play 6 games against the Yankees and have been playing well while the Yankees have been sinking.

    How about a Twins vs Red Sox ALDS?

  3. Rick September 17, 2010 at 12:08 pm #

    Thanks for the pix with players numbers that match
    the magic number. I think its cool.

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