Just hours after wrapping up the American League Central Division title, the Minnesota Twins completed a three-game sweep over the Cleveland Indians, with a 5-1 victory Wednesday afternoon.
Twins starting pitcher Nick Blackburn allowed just one run, on five hits in seven innings of work. Blackburn retired the final 14 batters he faced, to earn his tenth victory of the season.
Jose Morales played first base for Michael Cuddyer, who was given the day off. Morales was stellar both defensively and offensively. Morales made two diving stops on ground balls for the second and third outs in the top of the fifth inning. At the plate, Morales had two base hits, including a double, drove in three RBIs, and scored a run.
The Twins also broke the team's single-season attendance mark, with their 3,030,673rd fan attending the game. Jill Arens of Elk River was honored with a team jersey and a framed photo of opening day, according to the Minnesota Twins web site.
Minnesota returns to action on Friday, when the Twins begin a weekend series in Detroit.
Posted by Joe Dufek