Race tight in the American League Central Division

21 April 2017 08:37:35 EST

A single game separates all five teams in the American League Central Division following the results of Thursday's match ups.

The Cleveland Indians defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-2, the Detroit Tigers were clobbered 8-1 by the Tampa Bay Rays, the Kansas City Royals lost in extra innings to the Texas Rangers while the Chicago White Sox watched from afar as they had the day off.

The results left the Indians and Tigers tied atop the Division with an 8-7 record, the White Sox, who welcome in Cleveland over the weekend, a half game back and the Twins and Royals at 7-8.

Trevor Bauer (1-2) secured his first win of the season at Target Field in Minneapolis as the Indians completed a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins.

The 26-year old right-hander struck out seven over 6 1-3 innings allowing the two Minnesota runs on three hits and three walks.

It was a much better outing for the former UCLA star, who had been knocked about by the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Detroit Tigers in his first two games.

Cleveland are 2/13 to win the American League Central Division, while Detroit are 17/4.

Down in Florida the Tigers were on the receiving end of a three-game sweep as they were pounded by the Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.

Daniel Norris (1-1) did not make it out of the fifth inning for Detroit allowing five runs, one of which was unearned, on eight hits and two walks while striking out four.

Michael Fulmer and Jordan Zimmermann were not sharp for the Tigers in the first two games of the series either and Detroit will no doubt be hoping for more from Justin Verlander when their ace takes to the hill against the Twins on Friday.

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