Cleveland won three out of four games against the host Twins from Aug. 8-11, then walked off Boston on Aug. 12 for a 6-5 victory while the Twins were idle.
After that victory over the Red Sox, Cleveland was a half-game up in the American League Central race — the first time since mid-April that the Twins didn't at least have a share of the division lead at the end of a day.
Jensen Lewis, a former Cleveland pitcher turned TV co-host/analyst for the Indians' pregame and postgame shows, posted a now memorable tweet: "Bye, @Twins," with the standings also displayed.
Alas, the Cleveland lead lasted about exactly 24 hours. Lewis has taken plenty of heat from Twins fans in the mean time. Lewis had a much different tweet Wednesday.
"For the first time since 2010, the Minnesota Twins win the AL Central. Hard fought race all season long — congrats to Rocco Baldelli and the entire organization."
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