Twins Beat Reds 7-3, Clinch Home Field in 1st Round
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Luis Arraez matched career highs with four hits and three RBIs in his return to the lineup, and the Minnesota Twins clinched home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs Saturday night with a 7-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
Minnesota maintained its one-game lead in the AL Central over the Chicago White Sox, who beat the crosstown Cubs 9-5.
The Twins can wrap up their second consecutive division crown — and the No. 2 seed in the American League — with another win Sunday against Cincinnati or a White Sox loss at home to the Cubs. If the teams finish tied, Chicago wins the division because it holds the tiebreaker over the Twins.
American League Central Division Standings
- Minnesota Twins
- Chicago White Sox (1.0 back)
- Cleveland Indians (2.0 back)
- Kansas City Royals (11.0 back)
- Detroit Tigers (12.0 back)
Las Vegas has the Twins listed as the team having the seventh best odds to win the 2020 World Series at 13/1. The Los Angeles Dodgers are on top at 7/2, followed by the New York Yankees at 7/1, Tampa Bay Rays at 8/1, Chicago White Sox at 10/1, and Oakland Athletics at 10/1.
If the season ended last night, here's what the playoff matchups would look like:
No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Blue Jays
No. 2 Twins vs. No. 7 Indians
No. 3 Athletics vs. No. 6 Astros
No. 4 White Sox vs. No. 5 Yankees