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Cruz, Twins on brink of AL Central crown

The magic number is down to six for the Minnesota Twins to clinch their first American League Central title since 2010 heading into Friday night's game with the Kansas City Royals at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Nelson Cruz also has a magic number: one. That's how many home runs the Twins' 39-year-old designated hitter needs to reach the 400-home run club and also to hit the 40-homer mark for the fourth time in his career.

Cruz hit home runs No. 38 and No. 39 and drove in five runs in Minnesota's 8-5 victory over the Royals on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series. He moved into a tie for 57th place on the all-time home run list with Al Kaline and Andres Galarraga with his 399th.

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Leaders
AVG: W. Merrifield.303
HR: J. Soler45
RBI: J. Soler110
SB: A. Mondesi39
W: J. Junis9
ERA: B. Keller4.19
Saves: I. Kennedy30
K: J. Junis164
AL Central
TeamWLPctGB
Minnesota 9459.614-
Cleveland 9063.5884
Chi White Sox 6686.43427.5
Kansas City 5698.36438.5
Detroit 45107.29648.5
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .245 (23)
Runs: 647 (28)
Hits: 1279 (22)
Home Runs: 156 (28)
Stolen Bases: 110 (4)
OBP: .307 (26)
SLG: .398 (27)
Total Bases: 2080 (28)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 5.14 (26)
Runs Allowed: 818 (24)
Saves: 37 (15)
Strikeouts: 1178 (29)
OpBA: .273 (28)
OBP: .348 (29)
SLG: .453 (21)
Run Support: 4.29 (27)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
9/12 K. Gutierrez Called Up from Minors
9/12 K. Gutierrez Placed on 60-Day IL (Fractured right toe)
9/12 R. Rosario Acquired Off Waivers Chi. Cubs
9/10 J. Newberry Removed From 10-Day IL (Right shoulder inflammation)
9/3 J. Hahn Recalled From Minors Rehab Assignment
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Injuries
Date Player Status
9/12 K. Gutierrez Fractured right toe (on 60-day IL)
8/20 J. Newberry Right shoulder inflammation (10-day IL)
8/5 C. Gallagher Strained left oblique (10-day IL)
8/4 D. Duffy Strained left hamstring (10-day IL)
7/17 A. Mondesi Left shoulder subluxation (10-day IL)
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