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Mauer leads Twins over White Sox

Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, right, tags out Minnesota Twins ' Delmon Young, bottom left, as first base umpire Jerry Crawford watches during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010. Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, right, tags out Minnesota Twins ' Delmon Young, bottom left, as first base umpire Jerry Crawford watches during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
September 15, 2010

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CHICAGO—Joe Mauer had three hits, including a three-run homer, and the Minnesota Twins took a commanding eight-game lead in the AL Central with a 9-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.

With 17 games left for both teams, Minnesota has basically secured the division barring an epic collapse. The Twins' magic number to win the division is 10.

Twins starter Brian Duensing (9-2) pitched six innings, allowing two runs while scattering nine hits. He struck out four and walked one. The left-hander, who was promoted to the rotation in late July, is 6-1 as a starter.

The Twins have won 10 of 11 and have baseball's best record since the All-Star break at 41-16. They improved to 6-2 in Chicago.

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