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White Sox win lines up Twins

‘THE CUBAN MISSILE’ Tigers manager Jim Leyland summoned Armando Galarraga, who threw two wild pitches that allowed the tying run to come home

AP , CHICAGO

Detroit Tigers outfielder Magglio Ordonez, left, is forced out at second base by Chicago White Sox second baseman Alexei Ramirez on a double play in the fourth inning of their Major League baseball game at US Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois, on Monday. Out at first base was Tigers outfielder Marcus Thames.

PHOTO: EPA

AMERICAN LEAGUE

The Chicago White Sox guaranteed they will play one more day when they beat the Detroit Tigers 8-2 in a rainout makeup game on Monday, forcing a one-game tiebreaker against the Minnesota Twins for the AL Central crown.

A day after the regular season ended, the White Sox and Twins found themselves tied with 88-74 records.

Washed out earlier this month, Chicago and Detroit waited through a rain delay of more than three hours before starting. Gavin Floyd (17-8) won on three days’ rest.

Detroit, with little to play for, took a 2-1 lead into the sixth.

But former White Sox ace Freddy Garcia, who’d allowed only two hits to that point, had to leave with tightness in his right shoulder with a runner on second and no outs.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland summoned Armando Galarraga — the team’s best starter this season — and he threw two wild pitches that allowed the tying run to score.

Bobby Seay relieved and loaded the bases, and Alexei Ramirez sent the first pitch from Gary Glover, another former White Sox pitcher, into the left-center field bleachers, setting a rookie record with his fourth grand slam of the season.

Ramirez, the rookie from Cuba whose nickname is “The Cuban Missile,” leaped into the arms of Konerko at the plate.

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