The Twins have not only set their place in the playoffs, manager Ron Gardenhire has set his postseason rotation.
For now, he told reporters, it will be Francisco Liriano, Carl Pavano, Brian Duensing and Nick Blackburn in the playoffs, but could change if someone pitches poorly down the stretch, according to the Star Tribune 's La Velle E. Neal III .
Pavano will also get a little more rest. He'll start again on Saturday -- eight days after his last start, Thursday in Chicago.
Pavano is leading the team in wins with a 17-11 record and a 3.60 ERA, while the lefty Liriano has a better winning percentage (.636, 14-8) and lower ERA (3.44).
Kevin Slowey is the odd man out, despite going 5-1 with a 2.72 ERA and .216 batting average against in his last nine starts. Blackburn, who is today's starter for the Twins, has pitched in six games since a monthlong demotion to Triple-A and has gone 2-3 with a 2.09 ERA and a .216 batting average against.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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