White Sox Beat Twins In Playoff

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago White Sox are the American League Central champs for the first time in three years after winning a one-game playoff against the visiting Minnesota Twins.

John Danks worked eight sensational innings and Jim Thome homered in the seventh as the White Sox stifled the Twins 1-0.

Danks limited the twins to just two hits before Bobby Jenks worked a perfect ninth to close out the victory. Danks had a no-hitter until Michael Cuddyer doubled leading off the fifth inning.

Losing pitcher Nick Blackburn was working on a two-hit shutout until thome led off the bottom of the seventh with his 34th home run of the year.

Jermaine Dye had two of the White Sox's five hits, and outfielder Ken Griffey Junior threw out a runner at the plate with a tough tag by catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

Danks finishes the regular season 12-9 while Blackburn ends up 11-11. The White Sox will travel to Florida to take on the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS, which begins Thursday.

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