AL Central race shaping up to be tense for Twins

LOS ANGELES — A pair of division leaders walked into Chavez Ravine on Tuesday night. One looked much more the part — and the other walked away having lost sole possession of first place for the first time in a month and a half.

Even with a homer from Byron Buxton and Opening Day starter Joe Ryan on the mound, the Twins weren’t competitive in their series opener against the best team in baseball, falling victim to the methodical Dodgers machine in a 10-3 loss that moved Minnesota back into a tie with Cleveland for first place in the American League Central for the first time since June 24.

With only 1 1/2 games now separating the Twins and Guardians from the third-place White Sox, the divisional race is still anyone’s game with nearly two months remaining in the regular season — especially with nine matchups still remaining between Minnesota and Chicago, and eight between Minnesota and Cleveland.

“I will put stock into what the standings look like on the last day of the season,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “That’s when I’m going to do it.”

The Twins are now 1-9 against other divisional leaders, including Tuesday’s loss, in which Ryan allowed six runs (five earned) in five innings, his second-highest total of the season, while Julio Urías held the Twins to five hits in seven strong frames.

But worrying about matching up with the Dodgers, or even the…

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