September 23, 2008

Breslow's Twins Seek American League Central Crown

Sept. 23, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn.-Former Yale baseball captain Craig Breslow '02, now a member of the Minnesota Twins, is in the thick of one of Major League Baseball's tightest pennant races this season. The Twins, currently in second place in the American League Central Division by 2.5 games, host the division-leading Chicago White Sox for a three-game series beginning this evening.

Breslow, a left-handed middle reliever, has appeared in 46 games this season. He started 2008 as a member of the Cleveland Indians, where he pitched nine games before being claimed off of waivers by the Twins on May 29. Since joining the Minnesota bullpen, Breslow has logged 36.3 innings of work over 39 appearances. He has amassed 30 strikeouts and 14 walks while allowing just seven earned runs for an earned run average of 1.73 as a member of the Twins. He is 0-2 with one save and is currently in the midst of a stretch where he has allowed just one earned run over 14.1 innings dating back to Aug. 16.

A White Sox sweep will give Chicago the AL Central title outright. Otherwise, the division crown will be decided in the each team's final series. Minnesota will host the Kansas City Royals for three games, while the White Sox will welcome the Indians to Chicago for a trio of games and will then host a one-game makeup with the Detroit Tigers if necessary.

If the Twins win the American League Central title and advance to the postseason, Breslow will be the first Yale player on a division champion since Ron Darling. Darling pitched for the 1986 National League East and eventual World Series Champion New York Mets, the 1988 Mets and the 1992 AL West Champion Oakland Athletics.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity