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Updated: September 22nd, 2010 2:33pm
One day after clinching, Twins reserves beat Indians, 5-1

One day after clinching, Twins reserves beat Indians, 5-1

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Less than 24 hours after clinching the American League Central title, the Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians, 5-1 with a lineup full of reserves.

Nick Blackburn, who is currently slated to be the Twins fourth starter in the ALDS, allowed one earned run on five hits and two walks in seven innings while striking out two.

Jose Morales led the Twins offense with three RBIs. Ben Revere and Matt Tolbert each drove in a run as well, and Alexi Casilla tallied three hits in four at bats.

Denard Span, Jason Kubel and Danny Valencia were the only regulars in the Twins lineup.

The Twins have an off day Thursday before heading to Detroit on Friday for a three-game series against the Tigers. LHP Francisco Liriano (14-8, 3.44) is scheduled to race RHP Justin Verlander (17-8, 3.46).

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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