The chase for the American League Central title once again 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 at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Minneapolis Metrodome in what could be the final baseball game played there. Detroit rookie Rick Porcello (14-9) will start against Scott Baker (15-9).
“It’s going to be fun. I’m sure Minnesota is going to be rocking,” Tigers center fielder Curtis Granderson said.
This marks the second straight year a tiebreaker will decide the AL Central. Last season, the Twins lost, 1-0, at Chicago.
After Detroit beat Chicago, 5-3, Minnesota downed Kansas City, 13-4, to create this playoff. The Twins won 16 of their last 20, and overcame a three-game deficit by winning their last four.
“Everybody’s written us off and rightfully so,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We looked pretty ugly. But we didn’t write ourselves off and that’s all that matters.”
The teams get an extra day off — not for travel, but because the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings play host to Green Bay tonight at the Metrodome.
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 Wednesday or Thursday. The tricky part: The Yankees get one hour after the tiebreaker to announce their decision.
Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo has decided against surgery on his wrist for the carpal tunnel syndrome that has nagged him for years. … Milwaukee manager Ken Macha will be back for a second season in 2010. … Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez will be evaluated at the end of the season, leaving the winningest manager in team history with no guarantee he’ll return for 2010. … The Cubs dropped hitting coach Von Joshua while offering him a similar spot at Triple-A. … The Red Sox set their rotation for the first three games of the playoffs. Jon Lester will start the opener against the Los Angeles Angels, followed by Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz. … Athletics pitcher Clay Mortensen rejoined the team after spending the night in jail following his arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.