The Twins won at least 90 games for the fourth time in five years, all of which have come since Rod Gardenhire took over as manager in 2002. The Twins won the most games in franchise history since the 1991 Twins had 95 wins.
Final MLB standings
Record vs. A's
The Twins went 6-4 against the A's, including 5-1 at the Metrodome, losing once at home when Dan Haren threw eight innings of shutout ball. The Twins hit .272 against the A's.
Record vs. playoff teams
The Twins won five of six games against the Athletics at home, and they lost three of four games when they visited Oakland. Minnesota was 8-11 against Detroit, but it took three of four against the Tigers from Sept. 7-10. The Twins swept the Dodgers when they visited Minnesota at the end of June. The Twins took two of three from the Astros at Houston.
Record vs. winning teams
The Twins were 41-38 (.519) against nine teams with winning records this season. Minnesota had a losing record against two non-playoff teams with a record over .500 -- the Blue Jays (2-5) and Angels (2-4).
The Twins led the American League with a .287 batting average this season, but they ranked second to last in home runs with 143. That combination left Minnesota ranked eighth in the AL in both runs scored (801) and RBIs (754).
MLB hitting stats
Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer powered the heart of the Twins' lineup this season. Morneau set career highs in nearly every offensive category, hitting 34 homers and driving in 130 runs. Mauer won the AL batting title after hitting .347 in his second full Major League season.
Twins hitting stats
The Twins posted the second-best ERA (3.95) in the AL this season, ranking behind the Detroit Tigers. They led the league in strikeouts with 1,164.
MLB pitching stats
Johan Santana made another strong Cy Young case after going 19-6 with a 2.77 ERA and 245 strikeouts. Francisco Liriano was sensational in his rookie season, splitting time as a starter and a reliever. Liriano went 12-3 with a 2.16 ERA before elbow problems ended his season.
Twins pitching stats
The Twins finished third in fielding percentage in the AL after committing 84 errors this season.
MLB fielding stats
Morneau finished the year with a .994 fielding percentage, and Luis Castillo had a .991 fielding percentage as the pair anchored the infield. Michael Cuddyer was tied for sixth among American League outfielders with 11 assists.
Twins fielding stats
Luis Castillo (17 G, .211, 3 SB, 4 RBIs)
Jesse Crain (1 G, 1/3 IP, 0.00)
Michael Cuddyer (13 G, .378, 4 RBIs)
Lew Ford (4 G, .250, 2 RBIs)
Torii Hunter (18 G, .304, 2 HR, 6 RBIs)
Jason Kubel (2 G, .143, 1 2B)
Justin Morneau (4 G, .235, 2 RBIs)
Joe Nathan (5 G, 5 1/3 IP, 0-2, 8.44 ERA, 1 SV)
Brad Radke (5 G, 31 IP, 2-2, 3.19 ERA)
Mike Redmond (2 G, 0-for-1, 1 R)
Juan Rincon (6 G, 5 2/3 IP, 6.35 ERA)
Johan Santana (10 G, 26.0 IP, 1-2, 4.50 ERA)
Carlos Silva (1 G, 5.0 IP, 0-1, 10.80 ERA)
Rondell White (1 G, 1-for-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI)
2006 stats vs. Oakland
Morneau, whose breakout season helped the Twins win the division, may be a difference-maker in this series. He led Minnesota with 11 hits in 35 at-bats (.314) against Oakland pitching and drove in a team-high eight runs against the A's. Torii Hunter matched Morneau's three home runs against Oakland this year.
Carlos Silva was the only Twins pitcher to earn more than one win against the A's, going 2-1 in his three starts, with a 4.74 ERA. Santana won his lone start against Oakland, allowing one run on two hits in eight innings and striking out nine.
Career vs. Game 1 starter Barry Zito
Jason Bartlett: 0-for-4 (.000), 0 HR, 0 RBI
Luis Castillo: 0-for-3 (.000), 0 HR, 0 RBI
Michael Cuddyer: 1-for-8 (.125), 0 HR, 0 RBI
Lew Ford: 0-for-9 (.000), 0 HR, 0 RBI
Torii Hunter: 5-for-24 (.208), 1 HR, 3 RBIs
Joe Mauer: 3-for-6 (.500), 0 HR, 0 RBI
Justin Morneau: 2-for-8 (.250), 0 HR, 1 RBI
Phil Nevin: 6-for-17 (.353), 3 HR, 5 RBIs
Nick Punto: 0-for-1 (.000), 0 HR, 0 RBI
Mike Redmond: 0-for-3 (.000), 0 HR, 0 RBI
Jason Tyner: 0-for-3 (.000), 0 HR, 0 RBI
Rondell White: 5-for-14 (.357), 0 HR, 1 RBI
Ryan Crawford is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less