Minnesota Twins Return Home in Striking Distance of the Pennant

AlexAnalyst ISeptember 6, 2008

The Twins have finally returned home. At their Friday homecoming game the Twins knocked off the Detroit Tigers 10-2. With that win they remained a game and a half behind the Chicago White Sox in the division. Scott Baker will face off against Justin Verlander today at 2:55 CT to try to stay within striking distance of the pennant.

Francisco Liriano is pretty good, we all know that. Since his call-up, Liriano has made  seven starts and is 5-0 with a 1.44 ERA. In the win last night, Liriano walked just one Tiger and struck out nine.

The Twins have had a tough go of it with their 14-game road trip in the past two weeks, but the White Sox have just hit some trouble as well. Third basemen Joe Crede could miss the remainder of the season with a back injury and the team just found out yesterday that MVP candidate Carlos Quentin could also be out for the season after having wrist surgery.

Justin Morneau hasn't reached thirty homeruns this season and he likely won't as he needs eight more in the month of September to do so. However, he is still hitting .311 on the season with 22 homeruns and 113 RBI's.

While talking about stats, you can't pass up on catcher Joe Mauer. Through Friday's victory, Mauer is hitting .322 on the season. While his average is stellar, Mauer finds himself in third place in the batting title race behind Boston's Dustin Pedroia (.332).

On a final note, the Twins are now just three home victories away from the 50 win mark at the Metrodome.