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Danks delivers for Sox
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White Sox 1, Twins 0
John Danks allowed two hits and three walks over eight superb innings on Tuesday.  (AP)
John Danks did not allow a hit until the fifth inning as he tossed eight shutout innings on three days' rest to give the White Sox the American League Central crown. Jim Thome belted his 541st career homer for the game's only run to set up a date with the Rays in Game 1 of the AL Division Series on Thursday in St. Petersburg, Fla.
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Series at a glance:
  • Tue. 09/30: CWS 1, MIN 0
MIN
Minnesota (88-75)
Lost 1
Chi White Sox 1, Minnesota 0   CWS
Chi White Sox (89-74)
Won 3
September 30, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Minnesota
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 2 0
Chi White Sox
0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 X   1 5 0
Standings thru 9/30/08  |  Recap: MIN | CWS  |  Gameday  |  Twins stats  |  White Sox stats
Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Span, RF 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 .294
Casilla, A, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .281
Mauer, C 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 .328
Morneau, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .300
Cuddyer, DH 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .249
Young, D, LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .290
Harris, B, 3B 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .265
  1-Tolbert, PR-3B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .283
Punto, SS 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .284
Gomez, C, CF 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .258
  a-Kubel, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .272
Totals 26 0 2 0 3 5 7  

a-Struck out for Gomez, C in the 9th.
1-Ran for Harris, B in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Cuddyer (13, Danks, Jh).
TB: Cuddyer 2; Harris, B.
GIDP: Punto.
Team RISP: 0-for-2.
Team LOB: 2.

FIELDING
DP: (Casilla, A-Morneau-Punto).

 
Chi White Sox AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Cabrera, O, SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .281
Wise, LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .248
Dye, RF 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 .292
Thome, DH 3 1 1 1 1 1 2 .245
Konerko, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .240
  Swisher, 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .219
Griffey Jr., CF 3 0 1 0 0 1 2 .249
  1-Anderson, PR-CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .232
Ramirez, Al, 2B 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 .290
Pierzynski, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 4 .281
Uribe, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .247
Totals 28 1 5 1 3 3 13  

1-Ran for Griffey Jr. in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Griffey Jr. (30, Blackburn).
HR: Thome (34, 7th inning off Blackburn, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Thome 4; Dye 2; Griffey Jr. 2; Cabrera, O.
RBI: Thome (90).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pierzynski; Uribe 2.
GIDP: Wise.
Team RISP: 0-for-3.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Griffey Jr. (Cuddyer at home).
DP: 3 (Uribe-Konerko, Griffey Jr.-Pierzynski, Cabrera, O-Ramirez, Al-Konerko).

 
Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Blackburn (L, 11-11) 6.1 4 1 1 3 3 1 4.05
Mijares 1.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.87
Nathan 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.33
 
Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Danks, Jh (W, 12-9) 8.0 2 0 0 3 4 0 3.32
Jenks (S, 30) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.63

Game Scores: Blackburn , Danks, Jh .
IBB: Ramirez, Al (by Blackburn).
Pitches-strikes: Blackburn 89-57, Mijares 14-8, Nathan 8-4, Danks, Jh 103-69, Jenks 8-6.
Groundouts-flyouts: Blackburn 9-1, Mijares 2-1, Nathan 0-1, Danks, Jh 6-8, Jenks 1-1.
Batters faced: Blackburn 25, Mijares 4, Nathan 2, Danks, Jh 26, Jenks 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Mijares 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Tim McClelland. 1B: Derryl Cousins. 2B: Gary Cederstrom. 3B: Jerry Meals. LF: Ted Barrett. RF: Mike Everitt.
Weather: 56 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 11 mph, Out to CF.
T: 2:20.
Att: 40,354.
Venue: U.S. Cellular Field.
September 30, 2008
September 30, 2008

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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