Series: Game 2 of 3

Minnesota leads 1-0 (as of 10/2)

Game 1: Friday, October 1
Game 2: Saturday, October 2
Game 2: Sunday, October 3
Game 3: Sunday, October 3

12:10 PM ET, October 2, 2004

Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Starting Pitchers

Cleveland: Westbrook (14-9, 3.38 ERA)

Minnesota: Silva (14-8, 4.21 ERA)

Gardenhire: 'We don't need a stadium? C'mon'

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Turns out there is a clock in baseball.

The Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians were tied at 5-all after 11 innings Saturday when the game was suspended because the Metrodome field needed to be changed over for the later Penn State-Minnesota football game.

I knew we were in trouble when they came up to us and said, 'Not to worry, in 11 years it's never happened.'
Eric Wedge, Indians manager

"I didn't even know anything about it," Minnesota outfielder Lew Ford said. "When everyone started walking off the field I thought they were kidding at first."

"I guess the crowd knew, though, because they all left immediately," he added.

The Twins posted a message on the big screen when the game went to extra innings that no inning could start after 2:30 p.m. As soon as Justin Morneau grounded out to end the 11th inning at 2:33, the seats emptied and the makeover began.

Many of the Twins didn't like it.

"We battle our butts off and then it's over," exclaimed Torii Hunter. "That's terrible."

"We're in the middle of a mess now," said manager Ron Gardenhire, who couldn't contain his anger. "We don't need a stadium? C'mon."

Penn State and 18th-ranked Minnesota were to start at 7 p.m. and stadium workers immediately began to the cover the dirt, paint the field lines and color in logos.

"I'm not saying anything about the college, I respect them and all sports, but we're trying to clinch home field here," reliever Juan Rincon said. "It doesn't make it any easier for us at home where we should be at home."

The Twins and Indians will resume at 1:10 p.m. Sunday, followed by the regularly scheduled season finale between the two teams.

The AL Central champion Twins can still begin the playoffs at home if they beat the Indians twice on Sunday and Oakland beats Anaheim on Sunday. In that case Minnesota would host Boston in Game 1 of the division series on Tuesday; otherwise the Twins would open at the New York Yankees.

Cleveland's Grady Sizemore will enter the resumption just a double shy of the cycle. After three at-bats Sizemore was on the brink of the cycle, but he walked to lead off the seventh and grounded out in the ninth. Josh Phelps also homered for the Indians.

Indians manager Eric Wedge was aware the game could come to a quick halt.

"I knew we were in trouble when they came up to us and said, 'Not to worry, in 11 years it's never happened," he said.

"This gives new meaning to a 'no-decision," added starter Jake Westbrook.

Lew Ford was a season-high 4-for-6 with three runs scored for Minnesota.

Sizemore led off the game with his first career triple and scored on Coco Crisp's RBI single. Casey Blake made it 2-0 with an RBI groundout.

Minnesota got one run back in the bottom of the inning on Torii Hunter's RBI single. Sizemore hit his fifth homer, off Carlos Silva with one out in the fifth, to make it 3-1.

The Twins came back to tie it in the bottom half. Henry Blanco led off with a double, moved to third on Ford's single and scored on Jason Kubel's sacrifice fly. Ford also moved up on the sacrifice fly and scored from second on Justin Morneau's two-out single to make it 3-all.

Phelps hit a 412-foot shot off Silva with one out in the fifth as Cleveland regained the lead 4-3. It was Phelps' 17th homer of the year.

Again the Twins came back, with a run on Luis Rivas' sacrifice fly off Westbrook.

With the game tied 4-4, Cleveland scored a run against the Twins bullpen in the seventh to take the lead. J.C. Romero walked Sizemore and, two outs later, Blake hit an RBI single off Grant Balfour.

The Twins tied the game for the third time with a run off Westbrook in the bottom of the inning. Ford led off with his fourth hit, and third infield single, and moved to third on Kubel's single to right. Ford scored when Hunter grounded into a double play.

Game notes

Johan Santana was picked as AL Pitcher of the Month for the third straight month -- the first time that has happened since Pedro Martinez won the award from April-June of 1999. ... Jacque Jones pinch-hit in the eighth and was hit by a pitch. He is scheduled to fly to California this weekend for the funeral of his father, Hardy Jones, who died of cancer on Thursday. Jones is expected to be back with the Twins for the start of playoffs. ... Hunter was hit on his left hand by a pitch in the third inning and stayed in the game wearing a padded brace. ... Crisp has 71 RBI and the Indians have seven players with at least 70 RBI. Last year Jody Gerut was the only Cleveland player to eclipse 70.

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