The Minnesota Twins could clinch their second straight American League Central division title tonight. The Twins' magic number is now two, after Minnesota crushed Cleveland 9-3 at home last night while the second-place Chicago White Sox lost at Oakland 3-0.
The Twins pounded out 13 hits in their victory. Michael Cuddyer and Danny Valencia both homered. Former Brewer J.J. Hardy went 3-for-4 and scored three times. Brian Duensing gave up three runs in six innings for his 10th win.
The White Sox lost their seventh straight game. Sox starter Gavin Floyd left after just seven pitches with a shoulder injury, and ex-Brewer Scott Linebrink took the loss. Chris Carter broke an 0-for-33 slump, and got his first Major League hit to start an Oakland rally in the seventh. Former Brewer Gabe Gross replaced Carter as a pinch-runner, and scored the game-winning run.
Twins star catcher Joe Mauer missed last night's game with a sore knee. Manager Ron Gardenhire says Mauer will undergo an MRI exam on the injured left knee today. Gardenhire says while they don't expect anything serious to show up in the test, they want to make sure Mauer's knee isn't structurally damaged. Mauer did not take batting practice on Monday and Gardenhire says his catcher is still "day-to-day." Mauer is batting .331 this season.