Twins Take Over First in AL Central with 7-6 Win Against Tigers
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.
American League Central Division Standings
- Minnesota Twins
- Chicago White Sox (0.5 back)
- Cleveland Indians (2.5 back)
- Detroit Tigers (11.5 back)
- 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