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AL Central champion Twins first MLB team to hit 300 homers

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Los Angeles (AFP)

The Minnesota Twins celebrated their American League Central division title with a Major League Baseball record Thursday, becoming the first team in history with 300 home runs in a season.

Jonathan Schoop belted a two-run homer to left field in the seventh inning to give Minnesota 300 in 2019.

Minutes later, Willians Astudillo added a solo homer over the bullpens to make it 301, capping the first four-hit game of his career.

A day after the Twins clinched their first division title since 2010, they dominated the Detroit Tigers 10-4.

The Twins notched their 99th victory of the season, the second-highest total in club history and their most wins since 1965 when they finished the regular season 102-60 but lost the World Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Twins can match that record with a sweep of the Royals in Kansas City to close the season.

"That's a lot of wins," manager Rocco Baldelli said before Thursday?s game. "We've put ourselves in a really good position. Where we're sitting now is exactly where we wanted to be."

Thirteen teams have set club records for home runs this season. Along with the Twins, franchise records have been set by Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, the Chicago Cubs, Houston, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee, the New York Mets, the New York Yankees, Oakland, San Diego and Washington.

Arizona and Cleveland are on pace to set team marks for homers before the season ends on Sunday.

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