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Twins inch closer
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Twins 7, White Sox 0
Orlando Cabrera scores on a wild pitch after hitting a triple in the first. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)
Nick Blackburn hopped back into first-half form with seven shutout innings and Orlando Cabrera scored three runs and drove in two as the Twins got within 2 1/2 games of the idle Tigers in the AL Central. After scoring three early runs, Minnesota added two in the sixth and eighth.
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Series at a glance:
  • Mon. 09/21: MIN 7, CWS 0
  • Tue. 09/22: MIN 8, CWS 6
  • Wed. 09/23: MIN 8, CWS 6
MIN
Minnesota (77-73)
Won 1
Minnesota 7, Chi White Sox 0   CWS
Chi White Sox (73-78)
Lost 2
September 21, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Minnesota
1 1 0 0 1 2 0 2 0   7 10 0
Chi White Sox
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 8 1
Standings thru 9/21/09  |  Recap: MIN | CWS  |  Gameday  |  Twins stats  |  White Sox stats
Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Span, CF 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 .305
  1-Gomez, C, PR-CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .234
Cabrera, O, SS 4 3 2 2 0 0 3 .271
Mauer, C 4 0 1 0 1 0 2 .373
Kubel, RF 5 0 1 1 0 3 3 .300
Cuddyer, 1B 5 0 1 1 0 0 2 .271
Young, D, LF 4 1 0 0 1 2 1 .265
Morales, J, DH 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 .358
Tolbert, 3B 5 1 2 0 0 1 1 .221
Punto, 2B 2 2 2 1 2 0 0 .232
  Casilla, A, 2B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .196
Totals 37 7 10 6 5 6 16  

1-Ran for Span in the 6th.

BATTING
2B: Kubel (32, Pena, R).
3B: Cabrera, O (3, Hudson, D).
TB: Morales, J; Cuddyer; Tolbert 2; Punto 2; Kubel 2; Cabrera, O 4; Mauer.
RBI: Span (60), Cuddyer (84), Punto (34), Cabrera, O 2 (63), Kubel (88).
2-out RBI: Span; Cuddyer; Cabrera, O; Kubel.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cabrera, O 2; Span; Kubel; Cuddyer 2.
SF: Cabrera, O.
Team RISP: 4-for-12.
Team LOB: 10.

BASERUNNING
SB: Punto 2 (14, 3rd base off Williams/Pierzynski, 2nd base off Pena, R/Pierzynski), Gomez, C (12, 2nd base off Williams/Pierzynski).

FIELDING
PB: Mauer (8).
DP: (Cabrera, O-Punto-Cuddyer).

 
Chi White Sox AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Podsednik, CF 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .304
Beckham, G, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .266
Pierzynski, C 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .309
Konerko, DH 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .281
Kotsay, 1B 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 .286
Dye, RF 3 0 0 0 0 2 3 .248
  a-Wise, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .205
Quentin, LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .232
Getz, 2B 3 0 1 0 0 1 2 .269
Ramirez, Al, SS 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .279
Totals 34 0 8 0 0 6 12  

a-Flied out for Dye in the 9th.

BATTING
TB: Podsednik; Quentin; Ramirez, Al; Pierzynski; Beckham, G; Kotsay 2; Getz.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Getz; Dye.
GIDP: Ramirez, Al.
Team RISP: 0-for-4.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
E: Hudson, D (1, throw).
PB: Pierzynski (7).

 
Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Blackburn (W, 11-11) 7.0 8 0 0 0 6 0 4.18
Guerrier 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.18
Keppel 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.86
 
Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hudson, D (L, 0-1) 5.0 4 3 1 4 4 0 3.38
Carrasco 0.1 2 2 2 0 0 0 3.76
Williams 0.2 0 0 0 1 1 0 5.40
Pena, R 2.0 4 2 2 0 1 0 4.38
Torres, C 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.00

WP: Carrasco.
IBB: Mauer (by Williams).
HBP: Span (by Williams).
Pitches-strikes: Blackburn 101-72, Guerrier 9-8, Keppel 8-5, Hudson, D 98-64, Carrasco 14-10, Williams 16-6, Pena, R 35-24, Torres, C 8-5.
Groundouts-flyouts: Blackburn 9-3, Guerrier 1-2, Keppel 1-2, Hudson, D 6-4, Carrasco 0-1, Williams 0-1, Pena, R 3-0, Torres, C 2-1.
Batters faced: Blackburn 28, Guerrier 3, Keppel 3, Hudson, D 24, Carrasco 3, Williams 4, Pena, R 10, Torres, C 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Williams 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Jim Reynolds. 1B: Chad Fairchild. 2B: Bill Welke. 3B: Tim Welke.
Weather: 68 degrees, clear.
Wind: 6 mph, R to L.
T: 2:42.
Att: 26,541.
Venue: U.S. Cellular Field.
September 21, 2009
September 21, 2009

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