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.