MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- College football is standing in the way of the
trying to secure home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
With a college football game scheduled for the Metrodome on Saturday night, the Twins and
were tied, 5-5, when the game was suspended after 11 innings.
"We battle our butts off for (11) innings and then it's over," Minnesota center fielder
said. "That's terrible."
No. 19 Minnesota is slated to host Penn State at 7 p.m. central time. Due to that contest, baseball took a back seat as no inning was allowed to start after 2:30 p.m. While deadlines have been set in the past for similar situations, the Twins never had a game that didn't finish in time.
But when Minnesota first baseman
grounded out to
to end the 11th at 2:33 p.m., public address announcer Bob Casey informed fans that the game would be finished at 1:10 p.m. on Sunday, prior to the final game of the regular season for both teams.
Neither team was happy about the game being stopped, but Minnesota, which has been pushing for a new stadium, was especially perturbed.
"We don't need a stadium?" Twins manager
said. "Come on.
"That was a heck of a baseball game. They score, we score, they score we score, then they just stop the game. It's pretty bad.
had a season high and career-high tying four hits and scored three times for the Twins (91-69), who still could secure home field in the American League Division Series if it wins its final two games. Anaheim also would have to lose once.
homered and went 3-for-4 while scoring three times for the Indians. Sizemore was just a double away from hitting for the cycle, meaning he has until Sunday morning to sleep on it.
"Don't jinx it," Sizemore said. "It would be nice. But I'm not thinking about it."
gave up four runs and nine hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out two.
was reached for five runs and 11 hits in seven innings.
"Jake's sinkerball worked against him a bit," Indians manager
"I did my job, which is to let them hit into the ground," Westbrook said. But today it kind of backfired. It's tough to be a ground ball pitcher on this turf.