Attention Twins fans: this is a miracle season. Grab your Homer Hankies (which can be found at all 3 Twins Pro Shops [in Apple Valley, Minnetonka, or Roseville], and the Star Tribune downtown Minneapolis office) for just a buck and cheer on the team as they play HOST to the Oakland Athletics in a 5-game series starting Tuesday.

I’ll start first with the Twins game. Carlos Silva actually pitched decent on Sunday. He threw 5 and a third innings and gave up 5 hits. He walked 2 (one intentional) and struck out 3. His overall record finishes at 11-15.

Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 Sunday, raising his average to .347. Derek Jeter went 1-for-5, putting his average at .343. Joe wins the batting title! After it was statistically impossible for Jeter to get it, Mauer came out of the dugout for a curtain call. Joe finished the season with 86 runs scored, 36 doubles, 13 homeruns, 84 RBI, 79 walks (team leader), 54 strikeouts, and his .347 average (team leader).

Torii Hunter hit a key two-run homerun in the 4th to give the Twins and Silva a lead. That was Torii’s only hit of the game as he struck out 3 times. It was his 31st homerun of the year, and his 97th and 98th RBIs. He finished the year with 86 runs scored, 21 doubles, the 31 homers and 98 RBI, 45 walks, 108 strikeouts, and a .278 average. His homeruns are a career high.

Michael Cuddyer went 2-for-3, giving him a .356 batting average in the month of September. He finished the season with 102 runs scored (team leader), 41 doubles (team leader), 24 homeruns, 109 RBI, 62 walks, 130 strikeouts (team leader), and a surprising .284 average.

Justin Morneau didn’t have an amazing day, but he did produce. He went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. He finishes the season with 97 runs scored, 37 doubles, 34 homeruns (team leader), 130 RBI (team leader), 53 walks, 93 strikeouts, and a .321 batting average. He was only 9 points away from making my prediction come true. He had it as high as .326 on September 19th, and .325 on September 26th. It’s a bit of a shame that he only hit 2 homeruns in September, but it would also be really nice to see him get on a tear during the playoffs.

Luis Castillo came back Sunday after resting a few games and gathered 2 hits in 4 at bats. He ends the season with 84 runs scored, 22 doubles, 3 homeruns, 49 RBI, 56 walks, 58 strikeouts, and a .296 average.

Now to the Royals/Tigers game. It was 6-0 in favor of Detroit heading into the top of the 4th. But a walk, two doubles, and a sac fly by KC made the score 6-3. Each team would score one in the next inning to make it 7-4 with Detroit leading. Miraculously, the Royals had the got the bases loaded in the 8th and scored 2 on a single. They scored another on a throwing error by third baseman Brandon Inge. They got a 4th run on a single, and they ended up batting around in that inning. However, in the bottom of the 8th, Matt Stairs got a pinch-hit homerun to tie the game. In the bottom of the 11th, the Tigers had the bases loaded with 1 out. Inge struck out swinging for the second out. Jimmy Gobble came in after that, and got Curtis Granderson looking. Granderson is third in the Majors in strikeouts. The Royals got runners on first and second and speedy Joey Gathright drew a walk to load the bases. Esteban German followed with a single to drive in one, and Kenny Rogers would walk his second batter of the inning to give the Royals another run. It was very very intense watching the split-screen coverage of the Twins’ dugout and the KC/Det game.

At one point in the season (May 27th to be exact), the Minnesota Twins were 12.5 games behind the Detroit Tigers for first place in the division. Around that time they were also a season-low 8 games under .500 (25-33). Shortly after that they would go on a rampage, winning 19 of 20 games. In that span, they gained a mere 1 game on the Tigers. It’s very interesting to look at the standings and see Minnesota at the top. I read that this is the latest in the season that a team has been in sole place of first in their division for the first time in a season.

The Twins have the best record at home this season at 54-27. And, also pretty important, they finished the season with a road record of better than .500. It was under .500 for the majority of the season.

I occasionally take a look at the old blog site’s stats and see how people are getting there. There are a lot more views there for things searched for in search engines than there are here. In an attempt to generate more views, Monday’s post might have a little news regarding the playoff roster, pitching staff etc. but will mostly be filled with stuff that people are searching for. There will also be a couple pictures, because some people search for certain pictures on Google Images and get directed to my site.

Something I noticed at the game on Saturday that I forgot to mention. Jason Tyner has an…unorthodox…throwing motion. He didn’t play on Sunday so I didn’t get a chance to look at it again. It was kind of like he dragged his arm across his hip area, sort of raring back I guess. It seemed like it would take more time to do that, but who knows. Just something weird.

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