Twins fall, still one game back of Detroit

By La Velle E. Neal III

McClatchy Newspapers


MINNEAPOLIS — Start spreadin’ the news?

The Twins failed for the second time in less than a month to figure out Kansas City lefthander Mark Redman and lost to the Royals, 6-4, at the Metrodome, damaging their hopes of catching Detroit, which also lost, for the American League Central Division lead with four games to go.


Redman is proving to be a cold-blooded division title-killer. He shut the Twins out 2-0 on a five-hitter last month and now has backed it up by holding them to three runs on nine hits over eight innings. His fastball barely touched 85 miles per hour but he kept those and other pitches on the corners and at the knees for most of the night.

It means the Twins are one step closer to being a part of it — in New York, New York — for the American League Division Series.

They entered the evening one game behind the Tigers for the division lead. By the time Carlos Silva threw the first pitch of the game, the Tigers trailed Toronto 3-0. A victory and a Detroit loss would mean the Twins would pull into a first-place tie.

The problem was that many of Silva’s 54 pitches were bad ones.

However, the Twins avoided losing ground to the Tigers but each passing day makes their chase of the division title tougher.

Detroit won the season series against the Twins 11-8 and thus own the tiebreaker. So the one-game lead basically is a two-game lead. For the Twins to win the division, they must win three of their last four games while the Tigers lose three of their last four.

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