Royals clinch first AL Central title with win over Mariners, Twins loss
The Royals’ win moved them to 89–63 and gave Kansas City its first division title since 1985, when the club competed in the AL West. The Royals reached the World Series last year—losing to the Giants in seven games—in their first postseason appearance since ’85, but finished second in the AL Central to the Tigers.
Johnny Cueto pitched seven innings on Thursday and picked up the win after allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out five batters and walking two. He improved to 10–12 on the season after his July trade from the Reds.