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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
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