Lucky Day Ends Where it Began for Twins

DETROIT -- After 10 hours at Comerica Park and 19 innings of piano-wire-taut baseball on Tuesday, the Twins could look back at their doubleheader with the Tigers and realize that what seemed like the most innocuous move of the day kept them alive another day.

The Tigers won the nightcap behind ace Justin Verlander 6-5. As the Twins grinded through the first game, they knew Verlander awaited; they knew losing the opener would leave them on the brink of elimination.

Wednesday offers another day of baseball drama because manager Ron Gardenhire made a move that didn't work as planned in Game 1, leaving the Twins grateful for unintended consequences.

"We were able to screech out a win," Gardenhire said. "That's playoff baseball. It was everything it...

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