Twins beat Royals 13-4; tiebreaker game Tuesday vs Tigers


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TWINS NOTES:

·    The Twins are now 16-4 in their last 20 games…they finished the season winning each of their last four games.…they finished the regular season tied with the Detroit Tigers for first place in the AL Central and will play at the Metrodome on Tuesday at 4:07 pm (ct)…the Twins swept an opponent for the eighth time this season.

·    Carl Pavano finished with a record of 5-4 with the Twins and beat the Royals for the second consecutive time, finishing 4-3 vs. K.C in seven starts this season.

·    Jason Kubel hit two 3-run home runs in the game…he has hit 25 of his 27 home runs vs. right-handed pitching…it was the second time this season that he had six rbi in a game, last June 4 vs. Cleveland when he also had two homers in the game…this was his fifth career two-homer game and the third of the season.

·    Kubel now has 102 rbi this season which is a career-high and a team-high (Justin Morneau is second with 100 rbi)…he now has nine rbi in the four October games…it is the first time since 2007 that the Twins have has two-or-more players with 100 rbi (Hunter and Morneau)…Cuddyer has hit eight homers in his last 19 games.

·    Delmon Young has hit safely in each of his last eight games…he has 10 rbi in the last three games…since September 1, Young is batting .344 (34-for-97) with 14 runs, seven doubles, one triple, four homers and 18 rbi in 25 games.

·    Young had two home runs in a game for the second time in his career and first since May 17, 2007 vs. Texas as a member of the Rays.

·    Orlando Cabrera extended his hit streak to 15 consecutive games with his fourth inning single…he is batting .418 (28-for-67) with 19 runs, five doubles, a triple, a home run and 14 rbi during the streak.

·    The last time the Twins had multiple players with two-plus home runs in a game was July 12, 2001 vs. Milwaukee (Corey Koskie, Jacque Jones and Torii Hunter).

·    The season attendance total for 81 home dates was 2,362,149, ranking as the third-highest single-season attendance total in franchise history…it is the first time in Twins history that the Twins have drawn more than 2 million fans for five consecutive seasons and 11th time in their history.

·    On Tuesday, the Twins will be playing just the ninth one-game tie-breaker game played in baseball history and the third in the last three years (two involving the Twins)…it will also mark just the fifth tie-breaker game in the American League and the first time the same team has been involved…the home team has won a total of four of the previous one-game tie-breaker games.

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