TORONTO -- As fine a season as the Minnesota Twins have had, the way they clinched yesterday was pretty lame. They got the word on the team bus, which pulled away from the SkyDome just before the Chicago White Sox succumbed to the Seattle Mariners, 2-1, ending the American League West race.
The turn of events capped a last place-to-first place turnaround for the Twins, who finished last season 74-88.
Minnesota was prevented from celebrating on the field by the Toronto Blue Jays, who, by winning impressively again, 2-1, increased their lead to 4 1/2 games, an advantage so big even skeptical Jays fans are saying it's over as they hum that cult
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Even before they fell to their fourth straight loss, beaten by Milwaukee, 5-4, after blowing a 4-0 lead, the Boston Red Sox were simply not an issue here yesterday. Although Toronto players refused to proclaim victory with six games remaining, the Twins were openly talking about facing the Blue Jays in the playoffs next week: "We are two good teams," Junior Ortiz said. "I think it will go six or seven games."