MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jake Cave hit a pair of home runs, Kenta Maeda finished off his regular season with another strong start and the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 7-6 to take over sole possession of the AL Central lead for the first time since late August.

Eddie Rosario added a two-run homer for Minnesota, which has won four straight. The Twins moved a half-game ahead of the second-place White Sox.

Maeda allowed three runs and four hits in six innings with nine strikeouts, improving to 6-1.

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American League Central Division Standings

  1. Minnesota Twins
  2. Chicago White Sox (0.5 back)
  3. Cleveland Indians (2.5 back)
  4. Detroit Tigers (11.5 back)
  5. Kansas City Royals (11.5 back)

The Chicago White Sox have four games remaining -- one against the Indians in Cleveland, and three at home against their crosstown rival Cubs.

The Twins have three games remaining - all three at home against the Cincinnati Reds.

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 Athletics vs. No. 7 Indians
No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Astros
No. 4 White Sox vs. No. 5 Yankees

Go Twins!

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