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Tim Anderson’s 2 HRs Lift White Sox to Win vs. Cleveland; CHW Clinch AL Central

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The Chicago White Sox clinched the American League Central title for the first time since 2008 with a 7-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday in Game 1 of a road doubleheader.

Star shortstop Tim Anderson got things going with a leadoff home run, and the White Sox never looked back.

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Chicago (86-66) exploded for six runs in the second inning. Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez hit back-to-back solo home runs. Anderson followed up with his second homer of the day, a three-run blast. Robert then added an RBI single.

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The White Sox also celebrated a milestone Thursday as Cesar Hernandez notched his 1,000th career hit.

Austin Hedges and Bobby Bradley each hit solo home runs for Cleveland. The second-place Indians fell to 74-77 on the season.

Notable Performers

White Sox SS Tim Anderson: 3-for-4, 2 HRs, 4 RBI, 2 R

White Sox CF Luis Robert: 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, R

White Sox 2B Cesar Hernandez: 3-for-3, R

What’s Next?

There will be little time for a celebration as the White Sox will have a quick turnaround for Game 2 of Thursday’s doubleheader. Chicago will start Michael Kopech, while Cleveland will counter with Zach Plesac.

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