Thanks to Ricky Nolasco, the Minnesota Twins didn’t need to use their tired bullpen. Thanks to Ubaldo Jimenez, their batters were dormant, too. Jimenez struck out a season-high 10 over seven-plus scoreless innings for his first win with Baltimore.
After the Minnesota Twins fumbled, stumbled and whiffed their way through one last miserable defeat in a season full of them, many of the players walked up to manager Ron Gardenhire to give him one last handshake or hug. They had to do it on Sunday, because they know they may not get another chance. The Twins committed three errors and struck out 16 times in a 5-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians in the season finale, a game that could mark the end of Gardenhire’s 12-year tenure in Minnesota.