The Minnesota Twins want to open the playoffs at the Metrodome.
The Twins will look to increase their lead in the race for home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs when they continue their four-game series with the Cleveland Indians.
The Twins clinched their third straight AL Central title Monday with an 8-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. Minnesota had never reached the playoffs in three consecutive seasons in its 44-year history.
However, the Twins lost their next three games, including Thursday’s opener against Cleveland. But they bounced back with Friday’s 8-2 win, which left them a half-game ahead of Oakland in the race for home-field advantage.
“It’s nice to get back on the winning track,” manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Johan Santana became the major league’s second 20-game winner, winning his 13th straight decision and 12th consecutive start. His offense gave him plenty of help, jumping out to a 6-0 lead after a five-run fourth inning.
“We’ve still got things to play for,” Ford said.