In Classic, Twins Clip Tigers for Final Playoff Spot

Minnesota earns right to face Yankees with 6-5 victory in 12 innings
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2009 9:21 PM CDT
Detroit Tigers catcher Gerald Laird tags out Minnesota Twins' Alexi Casilla during tonight's 10th inning.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Minnesota Twins rallied twice tonight, including in extra innings, to beat the Detroit Tigers in a one-game playoff to decide the American League Central division, winning 6-5 in 12 innings and grabbing baseball’s final postseason spot. It’ll be a quick turnaround for the Twins, who begin their first-round series against the Yankees tomorrow night in New York.

The Tigers led 3-0 in the third inning, but Minnesota got single runs in the third and sixth before taking a lead with two in the seventh in front of a roaring crowd at the Metrodome, which the Twins will leave for an outdoor stadium next season. Detroit tied matters in the eighth, then went ahead, briefly, in the 10th before the Twins extended the game.