Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Hendriks vs. Sanchez; Tigers can clinch a tie for division title

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: September 30, 2012 - 10:36 AM

The Tigers won’t be spraying any champagne today at Target Field, but Detroit can clinch at least a tie for the American League Central title with a win over the Twins -- if the White Sox lose to the Rays. Detroit has a two-game lead over Chicago with four games remaining.

The Twins will send Liam Hendriks to the mound today, hoping to delay Detroit’s party even longer. The Tigers counter with righthander Anibal Sanchez, who showed everyone why Detroit traded for him this July, when he tossed a three-hit shutout Tuesday against the Royals.

The Tigers finish the regular season with a three-game this week in Kansas City, and the White Sox close with three games in Cleveland.

AL BATTING RACE

1. Miguel Cabrera .327
2. Mike Trout .321
3. Joe Mauer .320

TIGERS (85-73)

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Quintin Berry, LF
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Delmon Young, DH
6. Andy Dirks, RF
7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
8. Alex Avila, C
9. Omar Infante, 2B

Starting pitcher: RH Anibal Sanchez (4-6, 3.05 ERA)

TWINS (66-92)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Ben Revere, RF
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, DH
5. Ryan Doumit, LF
6. Chris Parmelee, 1B
7. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
8. Alexi Casilla, 2B
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

Starting pitcher: RH Liam Hendriks (1-8, 6.09 ERA)

Target Field. First pitch: 1:10 p.m. TV: FSN. Twins Radio Network

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