The Twins will open the playoffs at Aim Discipline for essentially the valuable time since 2010, that worthy they done o Saturday. But there may be tranquil work to be done Sunday.
Luis Arraez peaceful four hits in his first game since Sept. 8, three of them doubles, and Minnesota battered Cincinnati 7-3 at Aim Discipline. The victory insures that the Twins, who tranquil defend a one-game lead over the White Sox in the AL Central, may well be one amongst the head four seeds in the AL playoffs and thus will host all three video games of a first-round series starting attach Tuesday.
“You may well possess every little thing which that you would be able to additionally presumably possess on your favor,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “We’re very contented, we’ve loved playing here at Aim Discipline. So we’ll take these video games here very happily.”
There’s tranquil something to play for in the season finale Sunday, though. Outlined reliever Taylor Rogers, “I observe at that 2019 [AL Central championship] banner loads up there on the stadium. It’d be good to attach yet another one up there.”
The Twins possess clinched a share of that title, but the White Sox (35-24) can tranquil tie the Twins (36-23) for essentially the valuable situation with a select over the Cubs and a Twins’ loss to the Reds on Sunday. Chicago, by virtue of its better story amongst AL Central groups, would yell the No. 2 seed in the AL playoffs, losing the Twins to No. 4 — and a first-round assembly with the Recent York Yankees, who possess overwhelmed them in 13 straight postseason video games.
Silent, Saturday’s victory change into as soon as a to hand tune-up for the playoffs: A showcase for Arraez’s stable return, for Max Kepler’s resurgence, for Michael Pineda’s fortitude to determine of anguish, and the bullpen’s persevered dominance. All may well be important attain Tuesday, whether their opponent is the Yankees, Blue Jays, White Sox, Indians or Astros — all tranquil mathematically potentialities.
“I don’t possess any particular team that I are attempting to face,” said Pineda, a pale Yankee who is scheduled to pitch in his first postseason game Thursday, if necessary. “Whatever team I in actuality possess to face, Mountainous Mike desires to be provocative.”
The Twins can possess questioned whether Exiguous Luis, the on-tainted spark poke for the Twins’ homer-heavy offense, shall be provocative.
They need no longer anguish. Arraez drilled line drives to all parts of the ballpark after being activated earlier in the day, and all four hits produced runs.
“I almost essentially feel foul,” Rogers deadpanned, “on legend of he had a heck of a day and all of us are love, ‘That’s a customary Arraez day.’”
After a first-inning hustle double to just-center in which he confirmed no issues working, Arraez scored on Nelson Cruz’s two-out single. His liner to the contaminated of the left-self-discipline wall in the third inning scored Kepler and assign him in situation to web on Eddie Rosario’s double. A screamer to left-center in the fifth scored Kepler over again, and in the seventh, Arraez came to the plate with a raffle to join Kirby Puckett because the correct Twins player ever to double four cases in a game.
As an different, he singled down the just-self-discipline line, utilizing in Ehire Adrianza.
“That’s me. That’s Luis Arraez,” the 2d baseman said. “I rep to spray the ball in all places the self-discipline. I’m grateful that I’m healthy and back in the lineup with my teammates. I skipped over all of them.”
The Twins had been held with out a home flee for the 2d straight evening, but it issues puny if you happen to rack up eight doubles, only 1 off the team story.
Pineda threw 80 pitches over four innings and escaped from a few jams, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks. And the Twins’ bullpen held Cincinnati to one flee over the past 5 innings, with Rogers striking out six-time All-Superstar Joey Votto on a 3-2 curveball with the bases loaded.
“It change into as soon as a substantial 2d in the game,” Baldelli said. “These are the scenarios that we desire Rog in there for.”
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