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Baseball: Twins clinch AL Central with Chicago's loss

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By Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins arrived at Target Field on Tuesday night with a magic number of two, a day game on Wednesday and their AL Central rivals from Chicago playing late into the night on the West Coast.

Even if they beat the Indians, the Twins said, they wouldn't be sticking around to see how the White Sox fared. They all planned to return to their homes and check the scores. If the Sox lost and the Twins clinched the division, so be it. There would be time to celebrate another day.

Manager Ron Gardenhire said before the game that he planned to be sitting comfortably at home long before the White Sox-Athletics game was over, relaxing and thinking about the series finale against the Indians.

Then, after a stirring four-run rally in the eighth inning to beat the Indians 6-4, the Twins looked at the scoreboard and saw the slumping White Sox down 5-2 in the seventh inning.

They simply couldn't resist.

With a few hundred fans still in the Target Field stands, the Twins watched the Athletics finish off the White Sox 7-2, giving Minnesota its sixth division title in nine seasons and touching off one heck of a party in the brand new stadium.


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