Twins Win… Wait…

20 Sep

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The Twins got nine runs en route to making Brian Duensing a ten game winner. The Twins got much-needed offense from a  bunch of guys. JJ Hardy went 3-4 and scored three runs. Michael Cuddyer went 2-4 with a walk, his 14th homer, three runs scored, two runs batted in and his seventh stolen base. Delmon Young went 2-4 with his 41st double and two more RBI. Denard Span was 2-5 with his 10th triple and two RBI. Danny Valencia gave the Twins a 2-1 lead with his third home run in the last four games.

Duensing was certainly not at his best. He gave up six hits and four walks in six innings, but he kept the damage to a minimum and had a quality start, giving up just three runs. Jesse Crain, Matt Guerrier pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings, respectively. Glen Perkins got a no-look double play from Alexi Casilla and a grounder to shortstop to end the game.

That means… the Twins Magic Number to win the AL Central is reduced to…

(Yes, Harmon Killebrew is the only Twins player to wear the Number 3 in their 50 years.)

That’s right, the Twins magic number to clinch the AL Central Division Title is just three games. The White Sox are out in Oakland taking on Gio Gonzalez and the A’s. Gavin Floyd started for the White Sox but after just seven pitches, he had to leave the game due to a hip injury. He was replaced by Tony Pena. It’s possible that I will need to post another Magic Number update later tonight. Hopefully!

Until then, here is a quick look at the standings in the race for top record in the American League. The Yankees beat the Rays 8-6 tonight.

New York Yankees      91-59

Minnesota Twins          90-60

Tampa Bay Rays           89-60 

Any thoughts? Feel free to leave your questions and comments here. 


2 Responses to “Twins Win… Wait…”

  1. Pradesh September 21, 2010 at 12:20 am #

    A free promotions tip for the Twins’ Marketing Department:

    You soon need to be sending special delivery crates of fresh, tangy Valencia oranges to each and every sports writer who votes for the ROY. And also send these to other sports writers who comment and pontificate on the ROY voting (with an extra few cases of the very best oranges to Seth!).

    I reckon there should be around 30 Valencia oranges in each case, one for each of the extra base hits he’ll probably produced in just HALF A SEASON.

    At least one of the oranges in every crate should be autographed by Danny himself. (Gotta wonder what price for its future condition it would fetch on eBay 50 years from now!)

    Also, as we gear up his ROY campaign, isn’t it time we now start referring to Danny as “The Juice?”

  2. sane September 21, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    The Magic Number is TWO for the Twins to be eliminated today…
    from the Wild Card race..HA-HA!!!

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