July 23, 2006
The combination of Francisco Liriano (10), Pat Neshek (2), Denys Reyes (2), Juan Rincon (1), and Joe Nathan (2) totalled 17 strikeouts against the Cleveland Indians in a Sunday afternoon 3-1 win over the Indians.
The strikeout total tied the team record, originally set May 6, 1966 when Dave Boswell (12) and Al Worthington (5) combined for the feat.
More important at the time, however, was the fact that the win moved the team closer to second-place Chicago in the AL Central race. After play on the 23rd, the Twins were just three game behind the White Sox, but were still 9.5 behind division-leading Detroit. Both numbers had been cut significantly over the last 10 days, a span in which the Twins were 9-1. At the start of play on July 14, the Twins were 9.5 behind Chicago and 12 behind Detroit.