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Twins take division… Brewers get playoff berth…Cards stumble…No German for postseason

DETROIT (AP) – The Minnesota Twins are AL Central champions for the first time since 2010 following a 5-1 win at Detroit. Randy Dobnak allowed one hit in six sparkling innings, but Minnesota trailed until Luis Arraez smacked a two-run homer in the seventh. Eddie Rosario also hit a two-run blast for the Twins, who were able to celebrate when Cleveland lost 8-3 to the Chicago White Sox.

CINCINNATI (AP) – The Milwaukee Brewers wrapped up an NL playoff berth by winning for the 17th time in 19 games, a 9-2 rout of the Reds in Cincinnati. Ryan Braun belted a grand slam and Eric Thames immediately followed with a solo shot while the Brewers put together a six-run first inning. Jordan Lyles allowed two runs and three hits over five innings to help the Brew Crew pull within 1 1/2 games of the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals.

PHOENIX (AP) – The Cardinals blew a 5-2 lead by surrendering seven runs in the sixth inning of a 9-7 loss to Arizona. Wilmer Flores had four RBIs for the DBacks, including a two-run homer that capped the sixth-inning fireworks. St. Louis scored twice in the ninth and had the potential go-ahead run at the plate until pinch-hitter Paul Goldschmidt grounded into a game-ending double play.

NEW YORK (AP) – Domingo German’s administrative leave under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy has been extended through the World Series, leaving the New York Yankees without their winningest pitcher for the postseason. German was placed on leave for seven days last Thursday for an alleged domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend last week. MLB and the players’ association agreed to the extension on today, ending his season. German was 18-4 with a 4.03 ERA in 24 starts and three relief appearances over 143 innings this year.

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez has been ordered held without bond following his arrest on multiple felony charges, including sexual assault of a minor. Vazquez was taken into custody last week by Pennsylvania State Police on an arrest warrant from Florida stemming from illicit electronic communication with an underage girl. A judge denied bond for the 28-year-old Vazquez during a brief hearing on Wednesday.

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