October 5, 2009 in Sports

Baseball wrap-up: Tigers, Twins to tangle Tuesday

From wire reports

The chase for the A.L. Central championship is going to extra innings.

Trying to save their seasons, the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins both won Sunday, leaving them all even for the division lead and forcing a one-game tiebreaker.

They’ll meet Tuesday afternoon at the Metrodome in what could be the final baseball game at the Homer Hankie haven. Detroit rookie Rick Porcello (14-9), above, will start against Scott Baker (15-9).

Yanks, Dodgers post top records

The New York Yankees, holding home-field advantage throughout the postseason, can choose whether they want to start the playoffs against the Twins-Tigers winner on Wednesday or Thursday. The tricky part: The Yankees get one hour after the tiebreaker to announce their decision.

Boston will open at the Los Angeles Angels in the other best-of-five A.L. matchup, either Wednesday or Thursday.

The National League first-rounders begin Wednesday – wild card Colorado at the World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies by day, and Albert Pujols and St. Louis at Manny Ramirez and the Los Angeles Dodgers at night.

Individual bests:

A.L. home runs: Carlos Pena, T.B., and Mark Teixeira, N.Y., 39

N.L. home runs: Albert Pujols, St.L., 47

A.L. RBIs: Teixeira, 122

N.L. RBIs: Prince Fielder, Mil. and Ryan Howard, Phi., 141

A.L. wins: Felix Hernandez, Sea., and CC Sabathia, N.Y., 19

N.L. wins: Adam Wainwright, St.L., 19

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