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The Society of Geriatrics must have been all up in arms last night watching that tense showdow between the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins to determine the National League's Central Division winner.

When push came to shove it was a pair of 38-year-old veterans -- Jim Thome and Ken Griffey Jr. -- who made the difference in a 1-0 Chicago victory at U.S. Cellular Field.

It was Thome's solo home run blast in the bottom of the seventh that proved to be the winning run.

And it might have only been the tying run were it not for a nice throw from centrefield by Griffey, who nailed Minnesota's Michael Cuddyer trying to score from on a shallow fly ball with a perfect strike to catcher A.J. Pierzynski in the fifth. 

With the win, the White Sox will join their National League city rival, the Cubs, in the playoffs, the first time both Chicago teams have played in the post-season in the same year since 1906 when they met in the World Series.

That was the same year as the San Francisco earthquake and when Teddy Roosevelt was the the U.S. president.

And despite the fact that the Cubs won 116 games that season, the White Sox prevailed 4 games to 2 to win the Series.

Bad news for the hopes of the Milwaukee Brewers in relation to the status of Ben Sheets heading into this afternoon's opening game of the National League Division Series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The co-ace of the Brewers staff has been left off the team's playoff roster for the series with a right elbow injury and his return at any point in the playoffs is termed as "doubthful" by Milwaukee assistant general manager Gord Ash.

The Phillies also have some injury concerns as outfielder Pat Burrell left the team's workout early yesterday with a sore back

Colleague Jeff Blair in his blog writes that former Toronto manager John Gibbons is in line for a coaching spot with perhaps the San Diego Padres or the Texas Rangers next season.

I've heard that Toronto's pitching coach, Brad Arnsberg -- before he signed a new deal to remain with the Blue Jays for the next two years -- was also being given serious consideration by the Rangers as their new pitching coach.

It makes sense.

Arnsberg did a terrific job with the Blue Jays staff this year, their 3.49 team ERA the best in all of Major League Baseball. The 5.37 posted by Rangers hurlers this year represented the worst.



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