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Oct 4, 2009 - 3:05 AM By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer

Kansas City (65-95) at Minnesota (84-76), 2:10 p.m. EDT

What could be the final regular-season game at the Metrodome, might also be one of the most memorable.

Having surged into a tie for first place in the AL Central heading into the final day of the season, the Twins are in position to possibly claim the division title with a fourth straight victory Sunday against the Kansas City Royals.

Michael Cuddyer's tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning gave Minnesota (85-76) a 5-4 win over Kansas City on Saturday. A few hours later, the Twins moved into a tie with Detroit atop the Central standings after the Tigers dropped their third straight, 5-1 to Chicago.

If Minnesota and Detroit remain tied after Sunday, a one-game playoff will be played Tuesday afternoon, pushing back the final regular-season game at the Metrodome before the Twins move to the new outdoor Target Field in 2010.

"This is what it's all about," said Cuddyer, whose homer came after the Royals scored three runs in the top of eighth to tie the game. "When you break spring training, you hope to experience this. All 162 games are going to count. You can't go wrong with that."

The Twins, who lost in a one-game playoff to the White Sox last season, have a chance to cap an already special weekend of celebration and memories by continuing their surge with another victory and possibly their first division title and playoff appearance since 2006, if they win and the Tigers lose.

Saturday's victory gave Minnesota a share of first place for the first time since May 14.

"What we've done and the run we've had up to this point has been pretty special," said manager Ron Gardenhire, whose team has won 15 of 19. "These guys really have just huge hearts out there."

Cuddyer has been a big reason for the team's recent success. The versatile veteran moved from right field to first base after former AL MVP Justin Morneau was lost for the season with a back injury on Sept. 12. Since then, Cuddyer is batting .342 with seven homers and 22 RBIs in 19 games.

He's hitting .302 with seven home runs and 17 RBIs against the Royals (65-96) this season.

Delmon Young had a three-run double for the Twins, one night after hitting his first career grand slam and driving in five runs in a 10-7 win over Kansas City. He's 9 for 16 in his last four contests.

While rookie Brian Duensing was scheduled to start the finale for Minnesota, Gardenhire said after Saturday's contest that he'll go with veteran Carl Pavano (13-12, 5.07 ERA) on three days' rest.

Pavano is 3-3 with a 6.63 ERA this season against Kansas City, but won his last two starts versus the Royals. He allowed four runs in six innings of a 9-4 win at Kansas City on Sept. 25.

The right-hander, however, gave up seven runs in 4 2-3 innings of a 7-2 loss at Detroit on Wednesday.

Minnesota will face Luke Hochevar (7-12, 6.24), who's 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA in three starts against Minnesota and 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in two this season.

Hochevar, however, looks to avoid losing a third straight start after giving up eight runs in six innings of an 8-2 loss at New York on Monday.

"I need to do a better job of executing," said the right-hander, who's 1-9 with a 7.66 ERA in his last 12 starts.

Mike Jacobs and Alex Gordon each homered Saturday for the Royals, who've lost eight of 10 and are tied with Cleveland for last in the Central.






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    Royals 4, Twins 13  FinalOct 5 3:26 PM


  • Twins 13, Royals 4 - FINAL
    KANSAS CITY ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    W Bloomquist lf 5 0 1 0 0 2 3 .265
    M Maier cf 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 .243
    B Butler 1b 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .301
    va-B Pena ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273
    M Jacobs dh 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 .228
    A Callaspo 2b 3 2 2 1 1 0 0 .300
    T Hulett

    Oct 4 5:21 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY MICHAEL CUDDYER (32) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 8TH OFF YASUHIKO YABUTA SCORED ORLANDO CABRERA.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 4, MINNESOTA 13
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: D YOUNG (.285, 2-FOR-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI)

    Royals 4, Twins 13  Bot 8, 0 OutsOct 4 5:12 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ORLANDO CABRERA SCORED DENARD SPAN
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, O CABRERA ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 4
    MINNESOTA 11 BOTTOM,8TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MAUER (.365, 0-FOR-2, 2 BB)

    Royals 4, Twins 11  Bot 8, 0 OutsOct 4 5:06 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MATT TOLBERT SCORED CARLOS GOMEZ
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M TOLBERT ON SECOND, J MORALES ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 4
    MINNESOTA 10 BOTTOM,7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: N PUNTO (.229, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Royals 4, Twins 10  Bot 7, 0 OutsOct 4 4:48 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ORLANDO CABRERA SCORED DENARD SPAN
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, O CABRERA ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 4
    MINNESOTA 9 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MAUER (.366, 0-FOR-1, 2 BB)

    Royals 4, Twins 9  Bot 6, 0 OutsOct 4 4:21 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ALEX GORDON (6) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    6TH OFF CARL PAVANO.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 4, MINNESOTA 8
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: L HERNANDEZ (.194, 1-FOR-2)

    Royals 4, Twins 8  Top 6, 0 OutsOct 4 3:58 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY JOHN BUCK SCORED ALBERTO CALLASPO
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 3
    MINNESOTA 8 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: A GORDON (.228, 0-FOR-2)

    Royals 3, Twins 8  Top 6, 0 OutsOct 4 3:56 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY ALBERTO CALLASPO SCORED MIKE JACOBS
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A CALLASPO ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 2
    MINNESOTA 8 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: M TEAHEN (.273, 2-FOR-2, RBI)

    Royals 2, Twins 8  Top 6, 0 OutsOct 4 3:51 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY DELMON YOUNG (12) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 5TH OFF ANTHONY LEREW.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 1, MINNESOTA 8
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MORALES (.319, 0-FOR-2)

    Royals 1, Twins 8  Bot 5, 0 OutsOct 4 3:47 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MARK TEAHEN SCORED ALBERTO CALLASPO
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M TEAHEN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 1
    MINNESOTA 7 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: J BUCK (.240, 0-FOR-1)

    Royals 1, Twins 7  Top 4, 0 OutsOct 4 3:14 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY JASON KUBEL (27) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 3RD OFF LUKE HOCHEVAR SCORED JOE MAUER AND
    ORLANDO CABRERA.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 0, MINNESOTA 7
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: M CUDDYER (.276, 0-FOR-1)

    Royals 0, Twins 7  Bot 3, 0 OutsOct 4 3:02 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY DELMON YOUNG (11) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 1ST OFF LUKE HOCHEVAR.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 0, MINNESOTA 4
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MORALES (.325, 0 HR, 7 RBI)

    Royals 0, Twins 4  Bot 1, 0 OutsOct 4 2:28 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY JASON KUBEL (26) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH
    1 OUT IN THE 1ST OFF LUKE HOCHEVAR SCORED JOE MAUER AND
    DENARD SPAN.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 0, MINNESOTA 3
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: M CUDDYER (.277, 31 HR, 92 RBI)

    Royals 0, Twins 3  Bot 1, 0 OutsOct 4 2:26 PM