Posted at 5:11 PM on October 1, 2006
by Josh Lee
Carlos Silva gave himself a chance at a spot in the Twins' playoff rotation with a one run, five-hit start against the White Sox. Joe Mauer won the batting title in the American League and in the majors overall. Torii Hunter hit his 31st home run of the year. Justin Morneau knocked in his 130th RBI. Michael Cuddyer finished the season on an eight-game hitting streak. Luis Castillo got back up on his sore knees to give the Twins a much-needed kick from the leadoff spot. Reyes, Rincon, Crain, and Nathan did what they do so well in relief. Punto, Bartlett, White, and Redmond were the Piranhas that we've come to love.
The most valuable Twin of the day, though, may have been Detroit pitcher Kenny Rogers, who gave up two runs to Kansas City in the 12th inning, and handed the American League Central Division title to the Minnesota Twins, while forty thousand people watched and cheered at the screens in the Metrodome. After storming to the top of the table after being seven kajillion games back in early June, it seems fitting that Minnesota's fate wouldn't just come down to the last game of the season, it would extend past the Twins' last game and into someone else's. Because while nothing's been easy this year, everything's been exciting.
Break out the champagne goggles and bring on the As!