Joe Mauer and Ryan Doumit, both of whom briefly missed time with injuries, were back in the Twins lineup on Sunday. Mauer, who missed five games with back spasms, went 2-for-3 with a double and his 10th home run of the season, a solo shot off Jake Peavy in the first inning. He started at first base and batted third in the 9-2 loss to the White Sox. Mauer is batting .441 with two homers and nine RBIs in 10 games this month. Doumit started at catcher and batted fifth, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout before being replaced by Chris Herrmann in the eighth inning. Brian Duensing, who went 2-8 with a 6.92 ERA in 11 starts this year, has been much more productive since returning to the bullpen. He has posted a 1.08 ERA in six relief apperances this month, allowing only one earned run in 8 1/3 September innings. Duensing is 2-2 with a 2.77 ERA in 39 outings out of the bullpen, holding opponents to a .229 batting average, more than 100 points below the batting average opponents have posted against him as a starter. Indians: Double-A Akron wins title
The Akron Aeros, the Indians' Double-A affiliate, captured their fourth Eastern League Championship since relocating in 1989, taking down Trenton, 6-1, in Game 4 of the Eastern League Championship Series finale on Saturday night. Right-hander Toru Morata allowed just one run in 6 1/3 innings, striking out seven without issuing a walk in the victory. He retired 15 consecutive batters at one point. Adam Abraham, who had an RBI triple in the second inning, was named ELCS MVP. The Aeros reeled off three straight wins in the Western Division Series after losing the first two games of the best-of-five set, sending them to the ELCS that they won in four games. The Indians recorded their fourth walk-off win of the year, rallying to beat the Tigers, 7-6, after Lonnie Chisenhall delivered a bases-loaded single off Jose Valverde with one out in the ninth. Carlos Santana hit a game-tying, RBI triple before Valverde intentionally walked Michael Brantley and Ezequiel Carrera before Chisenhall lined a base hit to right-center to deny the Tigers a sweep of the Indians. Worth Noting
The Twins are 10-5 against the Indians this year, having won three straight and 10 of their last 12 against the Tribe.
With a 7-6 win over the Tigers on Sunday, the Indians improved to 10-8 against Detroit this season, marking the first time they won their season series against the Tigers since 2008.