With some help from the Oakland A’s, who defeated the Chicago White Sox 7-2 on Tuesday, Minnesota clinches their sixth division title in the last nine years. The Twins pushed their record to 91-60, giving them a 12 game lead over the White Sox, which all but eliminates Chicago from the post-season.
It didn’t start out looking like the Twins would clinch, however a four-run outburst in the eighth inning gave them the lead. Matt Capps secured the save, his 15th of the season, by pitching a perfect ninth inning. Capps did so in emphatic fashion by striking out Michael Brantley for the final out of the game.
Minnesota’s road through the post-season won’t be an easy one. They’ll face either the New York Yankees or the Tampa Bay Rays. Two teams that are right at the top of the league’s best, despite the fact that one will eventually have to settle for the American League Wild Card spot.
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