Thursday, January 18, 2018
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Gardenhire hits a milestone

CLEVELAND — His blue sweatshirt drenched with beer, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire picked up the boxed bottle of Dom Perig­non off his desk and smiled.

"Looks pretty good," he said. "It'll look good on the mantle unless my wife and I drink it tonight."

Gardenhire became the 60th manager to win 1,000 games as Minnesota, behind Brian Dozier's homer on the game's second pitch, beat the Indians 7-3 on Saturday.

After the game, Gardenhire was doused with beer by his players, who wore gray T-shirts that read, "1000 wins … 67 ejections" on the front and "And Still Counting" on the back.

Gardenhire, 56, replaced Tom Kelly, also in the 1,000-win club, in 2002. He has led Minnesota to six division titles.

"I haven't looked at the list," he said. "I kind of stayed away from all that stuff. We were kind of talking about it earlier. I really haven't gotten into this very much. How many? Who? Maybe I'll look at it now.

"I guess you tip your hat to those guys because I know how hard it is."

Rookie Kyle Gibson went five innings for the win.

"The short time I've played for Gardy, it's been a lot of fun," he said. "He's fun to play for. He's a great manager."

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