Game 163 Decides Twins Season

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008 at 6:05 am

After 162 games and five months of baseball, the Twins and White Sox will have to play game 163 to decide who heads to Tampa Bay for the playoffs. The White Sox force the one game playoff by defeating the Detroit Tigers 8-2 in a make-up game Monday. Rookie Alexei Ramirez broke the game open with a a sixth inning grand slam. The Twins swept the White Sox in three games last week at the Metrodome, but Tuesday’s game is in Chicago. Nick Blackburn gets the ball tonight for Minnesota, he’ll face John Danks. Hear the game tonight on Cool Country 100.9 WCMP-FM, first pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.

The Rush City Tigers spoil the early part of homecoming week for Pine City last night with a 3-0 win in volleyball. That was the only local game Monday night. Tuesday, Braham heads to Aitkin, Cambridge-Isanti hosts Chisago Lakes Area, Moose-Lake Willow River is at Esko, The Hinckley-Finlayson Jaguars take on Isle at home, Albany is at Mora, East Central goes to Ogilvie, Grantsburg goes to Clayton.

The NBA pre-season gets underway Sunday, and the T-wolves will get their 2008-2009 campaign going on Monday, but it will be without star Al Jefferson who is recovering from a minor knee sprain after getting hurt in practice two weeks ago. Jefferson averaged 21 points and over 11 rebounds last year for a club that went 22-60. Minnesota opens the pre-season next week in Milwaukee. The regular season kicks off Wednesday October 29th at home against the Kings.

Sticking with teams getting ready for the regular season, the Wild are back on the ice tonight at the X against the Blackhawks. The Wild are 2-1 this pre-season with the lone loss coming last week in Chicago. The Hawks waived former Stanley Cup winning goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, Monday. Tonight’s game begins at 7, it is the first of two games in two nights at home for the wild. They host the Sabres on Wednesday.

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