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Chicago White Sox beat Minnesota Twins to clinch AL playoff spot

With Thursday's victory, the Chicago White Sox clinched their first postseason berth since 2008. Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/UPI
With Thursday's victory, the Chicago White Sox clinched their first postseason berth since 2008. Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 17 (UPI) -- The Chicago White Sox are back in the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade after earning a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday.

With the victory, the White Sox clinched their first postseason berth since 2008. It is only the franchise's second trip to the playoffs since the club won the World Series in 2005.

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The White Sox are the first American League team to clinch a spot in the 2020 postseason. On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers became the first NL club to punch their ticket to the playoffs.

"Everybody in there is extremely happy," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "It's the culmination of a lot of hard work over the years. Hopefully, it's just a first step, and we continue to move forward."

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White Sox slugger Jose Abreu fueled the win with his 17th home run of the season. The homer -- which tied the game at one run apiece in the fourth inning -- gave Abreu 50 RBIs in the team's first 50 games this year, making him the first MLB player to reach 50 RBIs in 2020 and the first to do it in 50 contests since the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera in 2013.

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Abreu tied the game again in the seventh inning when he legged out an infield single to score Jarrod Dyson from third. That sequence set up the winner -- a line drive double to left field by Eloy Jimenez to plate pinch runner Yolmer Sanchez.

"For me, that was a really special moment," Jimenez said. "It's really fun, you know. At the beginning of the year, I would have been disappointed if we didn't make the playoffs. Now, we've made it, and we have to continue to play hard and win our division."

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"We're not done," Renteria said. "This is just one phase of it. Hopefully, we're continuing to be better."

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