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SCOREBOARD

Monday, Sept. 28

Minnesota at Detroit (7:05 p.m. EDT). The Twins and Tigers open a four-game series that will go a long way toward deciding the AL Central title. Nick Blackburn (11-11, 4.18 ERA) pitches for Minnesota against Detroit rookie Rick Porcello (14-9, 4.14).

STARS

Saturday

—CC Sabathia, Yankees, allowed one hit in seven innings to become the major leagues’ first 19-game winner, and New York closed in on the AL East title with a 3-0 victory over Boston.

—Adam Wainwright, Cardinals, struck out 11 in eight innings to earn his 19th win and St. Louis clinched the NL Central crown with a 6-3 victory at Colorado, becoming the first big league team to win its division.

—Denard Span, Twins, had four hits and a career-high six RBIs to lead Minnesota past Kansas City 11-6 for its 11th victory in 12 games.

—Miguel Cabrera, Tigers, got four hits and drove in four runs, giving him at least 100 RBIs for the sixth consecutive season, and Detroit rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Chicago White Sox 12-5.

—Ryan Braun, Brewers, hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to give Milwaukee a 7-5 win over Philadelphia. It was Braun’s 30th home run of the season and second career game-ending shot.

—Marlon Byrd, Rangers, homered twice, including a grand slam during an 11-run fifth inning that carried Texas to a 15-3 rout of Tampa Bay.

—Adam Lind, Blue Jays, homered twice, including a game-ending solo shot in the 10th inning that gave Toronto a 5-4 victory over Seattle.

—Chad Tracy, Diamondbacks, snapped an 0-for-18 slump with a pinch-hit grand slam in the seventh inning that rallied Arizona to an 8-5 victory over San Diego.

SEE YOU IN OCTOBER AGAIN

The Dodgers locked up their fourth playoff appearance in six years, getting a two-run single from pinch-hitter Jim Thome during a four-run eighth inning that sent them to an 8-4 victory at Pittsburgh. Los Angeles manager Joe Torre is headed to the postseason for a record-tying 14th straight time — only Atlanta’s Bobby Cox has accomplished the feat — after the NL West leaders assured themselves of at least the wild card.

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