White Sox Beat Twins 1-0 To Capture American League Central Crown

Jim Thome supplied the power, John Danks provided the solid pitching and outfielder Ken Griffey Junior furnished the defensive play of the game.

The Chicago White Sox are the American League Central champs for the first time since winning the 2005 World Series, beating the Minnesota Twins 1-0 in a one-game playoff tonight. The victory sends the White Sox to Florida to take on the Tampa Bay Rays in Game One of the AL Division Series Thursday.

Danks was superb over eight innings, allowing only two hits while throwing just 89 pitches. He had a no-hitter until Michael Cuddyer led off the fifth with a double.

Cuddyer almost scored the game's first run later in the fifth, but he was cut down at the plate by Griffey to keep the game scoreless.

Twins starter Nick Blackburn was working on a two-hit shutout until Thome led off the bottom of the seventh with his 34th homer of the season, just enough offense for the White Sox to earn their third straight must-win victory.

Bobby Jenks worked a perfect ninth with help from outfielder Brian Anderson, who made a diving catch for the game's final out.