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The Minnesota Twins clinch the AL Central

With a Cleveland loss, the Bomba Squad has officially punched their ticket.

Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

With a win tonight in Detroit, and a Cleveland loss in the city of Chicago, the Minnesota’s magic number has dropped to zero. The Twins have won the American League Central.

It’s been a long time coming. Minnesota hasn’t won their division since 2010, when folks like Jason Repko and Ron Mahay led the team to the Central crown. They were trailed by a White Sox team at the end of their Ozzie Guillen era; a roster featuring Mark Kotsay, Omar Vizquel, and John Danks finished six games back.

It’s a fonder memory than Minnesota’s most recent postseason appearance, even though both trips to the playoffs ended with a hasty first-round exit to the Yankees.

And even though another matchup with the Bronx Bombers could begin next Friday, tonight’s not the time for what-ifs and look-aheads. There will be plenty of time for that in the week-and-a-half ahead of the postseason.

What’s important is that, when those playoff games arrive, your Minnesota Twins will be right there in the thick of it. And next April, a brand-new flag will be flying over Target Field.

Let’s make it a special one.