Twins losing down stretch nothing new

The Minnesota Twins are just 1-5 since clinching the AL Central on Sept. 21. Just once in the Twins past six division titles have they put together a winning record after clinching.

That was in 2002, when they finished 6-4 in their final 10.

In 1987, the year the 85-72 Twins won their first World Series, Minnesota limped into the ALCS with an 0-5 mark after wrapping up the division.

In 1991, it wasn’t much better. The Twins clinched with a 93-63 mark but went just 2-4 the rest of the way.

In 2002, the Twins went 6-4 down the stretch to finish with a 94-67 record.

In 2003, the Twins finished 2-3 in a 90-win season.

In 2004, the Twins went 92-70 but went 4-6 after clinching.

In 2006, Minnesota beat Chicago 5-1 on the season’s final day and won the division after Detroit lost to Kansas City in 12 innings.

Of course, who can forget last season’s 12-inning, extra-game affair when Carlos Gomez sped to the plate at 2,000 mph to give the Twins a 6-5 win over the Tigers.

Minnesota Twins AL recent division pennants

Year…Clinch date…Record…Final record…Record after clinch

1987…9-28…85-72…85-77…0-5

1991…9-29…93-63…95-67…2-4

2002…9-16…88-63…94-67…6-4

2003…9-23…88-69…90-72…2-3

2004…9-22…88-64…92-70…4-6

2006…10-1…96-66*

2009…10-6…87-76**

*Clinched in final game of regular season

**Clinched in Game 163

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