Chicago finally crowned central champ

Chicago's Mark Buehrle sprays champagne after the White Sox defeated the Twins 1-0 Tuesday.

CHICAGO - For the first time in more than a century, Chicago has two chances at a championship.

A big swing by Jim Thome, a strong throw from Ken Griffey Jr. and the marvelous pitching of John Danks helped the White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 1-0 on Tuesday night to finally decide an AL Central winner.

The White Sox joined the crosstown Cubs in the postseason, the first time since 1906 that both Chicago teams made it. And just as the Cubs did when they clinched the NL Central crown, several White Sox players came back on the field after the final out and sprayed fans with champagne.

"Special. It just proves that Chicago is a great baseball city," Thome said. "We're so happy from our end that Sox fans get to enjoy this."

Next up for the South Siders, a first-round matchup with the surprising Rays.


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