Twins’ Luis Arraez tops Aaron Judge as AL batting champion

CHICAGO — Luis Arraez won the AL batting title by hitting a third inning double after walking twice to finish the season at .316, and the Minnesota Twins rolled to a 10-1 win over the Chicago White on Wednesday sox

Arraez was all but certain of beating the Yankees’ Aaron Judge for the batting crown as the day began. He erased any doubt by walking in his first two plate appearances and then hitting a drive that barely cleared right fielder Gavin Sheets’ glove before being raised for a pinch-runner.

“It’s amazing,” said Arraez. “That was one of my goals. i’m living a dream right now This is great for me because I worked hard for it.”

Judge, who sat out the Yankees’ season finale, hit .311 with an AL-record 62 homers and league-leading 131 RBIs.

“I couldn’t sleep last night, I was just thinking about it and thinking about it,” Arraez said.

Arraez, 25, became the fifth Twin to win a batting title, along with Rod Carew (seven), Tony Oliva and Joe Mauer (three each), and Kirby Puckett (one).

“I think he achieved what he hoped for,” said Minnesota coach Rocco Baldelli. “And he’s not a guy who usually thinks about things on a personal level like that. He’s a team player and he’s here to win and compete.”

Arraez was hugged at the top of the shelter steps by Carlos Correa, who was about to present him with a Louis Vuitton roller bag in recognition of his accomplishment.

“[Correa] is amazing,” said Arraez. “He is an example for us. He’s a leader and I love this guy a lot.”

Arraez hit .361 (13 to 36) during a nine-game hitting streak to end the season.

“It wasn’t easy,” said Arraez. “But my mind is strong.”

Gary Sanchez and Jermaine Palacios scored during a six-run first inning for Minnesota, which stalled in four games. The Twins finished 78-84, a six-game improvement from 2021.

The White Sox (81-81), last year’s AL Central champions, had broken their three-game winning streak and finished 12 games worse than their 2021 record.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Twins’ Luis Arraez tops Aaron Judge as AL batting champion

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