Sox Punch Ticket to Playoffs

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 (kuh-DY'-ur) 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.
Danks finishes the regular season 12-and-9 while Blackburn ends
up 11-and-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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