October 4, 2009

Twins and Tigers set for 1-game playoff

Minnesota and Detroit will engage in a one-game playoff for the AL Central championship Tuesday to complete the major league post-season lineup.

The Twins, who caught the Tigers with a late-season surge, will be the only team ever to engage in a one-game playoff in back-to-back seasons. Last season, the Chicago White Sox beat Minnesota in a similar playoff.

Because of the extra playoff game each year, Minnesota will also be the only team in major league history to play 326 regular season games in two years.

The Twins and Tigers will meet at 5 p.m. EDT Tuesday in the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

Minnesota got the game on its home field because it won the season series with Detroit 11 games to seven.

Wrapping up the regular schedule Sunday, Detroit topped the White Sox 5-3 and then waited out Minnesota's game against Kansas City, won by the Twins 13-4.

The winner of the one-game playoff goes to New York to begin the post-season, taking on the Yankees. The Los Angeles Angels will open at home against the wild-card Boston Red Sox in the other AL series.

In the National League, the playoffs will open with the St. Louis Cardinals at the Los Angeles Dodgers and the wild-card Colorado Rockies at Philadelphia.