Twins close in on first playoff berth since '91


CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins are a game closer to
claiming their first playoff appearance in 11 years.

And they're getting a bit edgy.

"There's a little tension. You can feel it,'' Twins manager Ron
Gardenhire said.

Rick Reed went seven strong innings and the Twins used that
tension to cut their magic number in the AL Central to two with a
3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night.

The Twins could clinch a division title with a win at Jacobs
Field on Sunday and a Chicago loss at New York.

After losing two straight to Cleveland, first baseman Doug
Mientkiewicz said the Twins got riled up in about the fourth

"It was like enough's enough. We were waiting to win instead of
taking the game to other people, which is what we've done all
year,'' he said. "Guys started getting a little fired up and
screaming at each other and we responded.''

Down 2-1 in the seventh inning, Luis Rivas led off with a walk,
Jacque Jones doubled and Cristian Guzman hit a two-run single.

Minnesota arrived in Cleveland on Thursday with a magic number
of three and brought in 10 cases of champagne in anticipation of
celebrating a division title. The Indians, the defending AL Central
champs, have battled to hold off the party.

"We don't want them to clinch here,'' Jim Thome said. "We
respect these guys, but we don't want them to clinch here.''

Ben Broussard homered for the Indians.

Reed (15-7) allowed two runs on four hits, with two walks and
three strikeouts.

"He threw about everything at them,'' Gardenhire said.

Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his 41st save in 47

The Indians started a battery of Jason Davis and Victor
Martinez, who were playing in Double-A Akron a week ago.

Carl Sadler (1-2) went 1 1/3 innings of relief, giving up two
runs on two hits and a walk for the loss.

Reed is 6-1 in his last seven starts with a 1.57 earned-run average. He
improved to 4-1 against Cleveland this season.

"I think I'm getting away with some stuff. There's a lot of
luck involved in the game,'' said Reed, who then knocked on his
wooden locker. "Right now, I've got a lot of luck on my side.''

He saved a run from scoring in the first by throwing out Coco
Crisp, who tried to score on Thome's broken-bat grounder in front
of the plate.

"I don't know how I made that play. It happened. He's out.
Thank God,'' Reed said.

Reed's only rough inning was the fifth.

Broussard, called up a day earlier from Triple-A Buffalo, hit a
410-foot shot into the visitor's bullpen in right field on an 0-1

Reed then hit John McDonald in the back on a 1-2 count. Plate
umpire Laz Diaz warned the benches, which brought complaints from
both managers.

McDonald later scored on a single by Ellis Burks for a 2-0 lead.

Davis cruised through five innings in his first major league
start, retiring six of the first eight batters he faced. He went 5
2/3 innings, allowing a run on six hits, two walks and three

"That kid they threw out there today was tough. ... He was
nasty,'' Mientkiewicz said.

David Ortiz led off the sixth with a double off the left field
wall and scored on Mientkiewicz's single to close it to 2-1. Davis
left the game after giving up an infield hit to Dustan Mohr.

J.C. Romero got Jim Thome to hit into a double play in the
eighth to end a potential scoring threat.

Game notes
Thome has reached base in 43 straight games. ... Twins OF
Torii Hunter sat out a second straight night after pulling a muscle
in his rear end while running out a ground ball on Thursday. ...
The Twins took the lead in the season series 8-7. Minnesota is
42-21 in the AL Central. ... Indians LHP Dave Maurer became to 57th
player used by the Indians this season, a club record.