Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer cruised to a 1-0 win over the Twins last night at Target Field, as Detroit clinched the American League Central title. Scherzer improved to 21-and-3 on the season, allowing two hits and striking out ten in seven innings. Former Twin and current Tiger outfielder Torii Hunter had an RBI single in the first inning for the game’s lone run. Joaquin Benoit locked up his 24th save with a perfect ninth inning. Kevin Correia was handed the tough-luck loss after giving up one run and seven hits in seven innings. Minnesota is 66-and-92.
Twins Open Final Series Against Indians Tonight
The Twins open up a four-game series with the Cleveland Indians tonight at Target Field. It’s the final series of the season. Andrew Albers takes the mound for Minnesota. He is 2-and-4 with a 3.98 ERA in nine starts this season. The Tribe will counter with Zach McAllister, who is 9-and-9 with a 3.88 ERA.
Masterson Returns Out Of the Pen
Indians pitcher Justin Masterson made his return to the mound out of the bullpen. Masterson pitched the ninth inning allowing one hit and striking out two. It was his first appearance since September 2nd. Cleveland is at Minnesota tonight.
MLB Postseason Picture
Baseball’s postseason picture is becoming clearer. The Indians were eliminated from the AL Central Division after the Tigers won 1-0 over the Twins. Cleveland still holds the second A-L Wild Card spot by a game over Texas. The Rays are a game better than the Tribe. In the N-L, the Cardinals are one win or a Pittsburgh loss from clinching the Central Division. The Cards are half a game ahead of the Braves for the best record in the N-L.