Around The Horn: Romine plays all 9 positions for Tigers


Brian Dozier has been the sparkplug for the Twins' offense throughout 2017, and after his team fell behind, 3-0, on Friday night against the Tigers, he sought to get the team on the scoreboard.

Third inning: Still a 1-1 game, Romine completed his outfield tour, moving to right field. Ausmus stuck with the plan. Romine, meanwhile, contributed his first (and hopefully last) passed ball, and briefly returned to second base while James McCann stepped in to catch the rest of the inning.

Tigers utility man Andrew Romine became the fifth person in Major League Baseball history to play all five defensive positions Saturday in a 3-2 win over the Twins.

"It was getting obviously very close late", Ausmus said. What does matter is tonight marked the return of Miguel Sano to the lineup. "It worked out all right".

Shane Greene pitched a scoreless ninth for his ninth save. "It was huge to get a W in the process of doing it".

At best Sano was only able to jog down to first, but the Twins are trying to use this final weekend to learn if that's enough to included him on their roster for Tuesday's American League wild-card game.

"That was something else", Romine said. "He seems like a really good pro and has prided himself on keeping himself around this game by being versatile". I guess if your team's in that position, to go ahead and let it fly it's not a big deal.

Others to play all nine positions include three-time World Series champion Bert Campaneris (1965), former Twins outfielder Cesar Tovar (1968) and Scott Sheldon (2000) of the Texas Rangers.

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Miguel Sano started a Twins game for the first time since August 19th, but all of the attention Saturday was focused on a Detroit Tiger utility man by the ninth inning. "It just feels like excitement, like I'm a kid again", Romine said after the game, adding catcher was the most hard position for him to play Saturday. In fact, it almost backfired once Romine put on the catcher's gear. "When runners get up, man, and things are happening you don't want to put the wrong finger down".

Slegers was making his third start of his rookie season and first since September 6. He walked two batters in the inning, including Max Kepler with the bases loaded.

Relievers Michael Tonkin and John Curtiss, bidding for spots on the wild-card roster, combined for 11 outs without allowing a hit.

NOTES: Minnesota's Miguel Sano was in the starting lineup for the first time since August 19 after missing 38 games with a left shin stress reaction. Twins manager Paul Molitor made the decision that Bartolo Colon (6-14, 6.72 ERA) will start the regular-season finale Sunday.

5th inning: Shortstop. Turned a 4-6-3 double play.

Detroit finished September with a 6-23 record.

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