La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Twins-Jays: Season is almost over

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: October 1, 2012 - 4:42 PM


Wow. They are hurting for hockey in Canada.

On Wednesday, TSN will show a replay of the 2005 World Juniors game between Canada and Russia.  I know Wild fans are eager to see their new, expensive players. I'm seeing up here what it's like for Canadians to deal with the lockout.

They should just track baseball this week.

Folks, we've got great reasons to watch the Twins and scoreboard watch, as crazy scenarios are possible in these playoff races.

First, the Twins. 

There are five players within .007 of the batting lead. Detroit's Miguel Cabrera leads with a .325 batting average while Joe Mauer sits at .323.

Mauer is a career ..409 hitter with a home run and 4 RBI in his career against Aaron Laffey, who's on the hill for Toronto tonight. Cabrera gets to face Royals lefty Bruce Chen knowing he's a career .379 hitter against him.

So pull up a chair tonight to see if Mauer moves in on a fourth batting title. But also keep up with the Yankees, who play host to Boston, and the Orioles, who play at Tampa.

The Yanks and O's are tied atop the A.L. East with 92-67 records - and also lead the wild card race. If the standings don't change by the end of the regular season, they will have to play Game 163 on Thursday to determine the division winner. The loser of that game plays in the wild card playoff game on Thursday. If they win that game, they have to start the ALDS on Friday.

That's potentially four different teams in four days for either the Yanks or Orioles.

Guess what? There's rain in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday in New York. Couldn't get any crazier.

UPDATES

Justin Morneau and Ryan Doumit are beat up and are unable to start tonight. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire wants to give players like Chris Herrmann a chance to play. It's been hard to look at him over a stretch of days because they've been playing teams in contention and Gardenhire tried to put the best lineup he could out there.

Josh Willingham is here, but he still can't raise his shoulder. It looks doubtful that he will play this  week, although the Twins haven't totally ruled it out. "He's been day-to-day, and we're running out of days," Twins GM Terry Ryan said.


Twins (66-93)

1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, DH
4. Chris Parmelee, 1B
5. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
6. Matt Carson, RF
7. Chris Herrmann, LF
8. Drew Butera, C
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

Pitching: Esmerling Vasquez, RHP

Blue Jays (70-89)

1. Rajai Davis, RF
2. Colby Rasmus, CF
3. Brett Lawrie, 3B
4. Adam Lind, 1B
5. Yunel Escobar, DH
6. Kelly Johnson, 2B
7. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
8. Jeff Mathis, C
9. Anthony Gose, LF

Aaron Laffey, LHP
 

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Cleveland - WP: C. Allen 4 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: G. Holland 3
Baltimore 0 Bottom 6th Inning
NY Yankees 4
Kansas City 2 Top 6th Inning
Cleveland 0
Seattle 1 Bottom 5th Inning
Toronto 10
Chicago WSox 2 Bottom 6th Inning
Detroit 0
Pittsburgh 0 Bottom 5th Inning
Atlanta 0
Houston 0 Bottom 3rd Inning
Texas 0
St. Louis 0 Bottom 3rd Inning
Chicago Cubs 0
Arizona 0 Top 3rd Inning
Minnesota 0
LA Angels - C. Wilson 9:05 PM
Oakland - J. Samardzija
San Francisco - J. Peavy 9:10 PM
Los Angeles - D. Haren
Colorado - T. Matzek 9:10 PM
San Diego - E. Stults
Chicago 7 1st Qtr 10:00
NY Jets 0
NY Giants 9/25/14 7:25 PM
Washington
Buffalo 9/28/14 12:00 PM
Houston
Green Bay 9/28/14 12:00 PM
Chicago
Tennessee 9/28/14 12:00 PM
Indianapolis
Carolina 9/28/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore
Detroit 9/28/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
Tampa Bay 9/28/14 12:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Miami 9/28/14 12:00 PM
Oakland
Jacksonville 9/28/14 3:05 PM
San Diego
Atlanta 9/28/14 3:25 PM
Minnesota
Philadelphia 9/28/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
New Orleans 9/28/14 7:30 PM
Dallas
Ottawa 2 FINAL
NY Islanders 3
Ottawa 5:00 PM
NY Islanders
New Jersey 2 2nd Prd 7:12
NY Rangers 2
Detroit 1 2nd Prd 4:55
Pittsburgh 1
Toronto 0 2nd Prd 20:00
Philadelphia 0
Washington 2 2nd Prd 8:04
Philadelphia 2
Minnesota 0 1st Prd 9:52
Winnipeg 0
St. Louis 7:30 PM
Dallas
Anaheim 8:00 PM
Colorado
Colorado 9:00 PM
Anaheim
Los Angeles 9:00 PM
Arizona
Arizona 9:30 PM
Los Angeles
Texas Tech 9/25/14 6:30 PM
(24) Oklahoma State
Appalachian St 9/25/14 6:30 PM
Ga Southern
(11) UCLA 9/25/14 9:00 PM
(15) Arizona State
Middle Tennessee 9/26/14 7:00 PM
Old Dominion
Fresno State 9/26/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
Texas-El Paso 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(25) Kansas State
Tennessee 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(12) Georgia
Vanderbilt 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Kentucky
Wyoming 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(9) Michigan State
Northwestern 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Penn State
TCU 9/27/14 11:00 AM
SMU
Iowa 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
Tulane 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Rutgers
So Florida 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Colorado State 9/27/14 11:30 AM
Boston College
Western Mich 9/27/14 11:30 AM
Virginia Tech
Maryland 9/27/14 12:30 PM
Indiana
Akron 9/27/14 12:30 PM
Pittsburgh
Bowling Green 9/27/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
Arkansas 9/27/14 2:30 PM
(6) Texas A&M
Kent State 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Virginia
Western Ky 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Navy
Minnesota 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Wake Forest 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Louisville
FIU 9/27/14 2:30 PM
UAB
(1) Florida State 9/27/14 2:30 PM
NC State
Miami-Ohio 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Buffalo
Colorado 9/27/14 3:00 PM
California
Louisiana Tech 9/27/14 3:00 PM
(5) Auburn
Texas 9/27/14 3:00 PM
Kansas
Temple 9/27/14 3:00 PM
Connecticut
(16) Stanford 9/27/14 3:15 PM
Washington
TX-San Antonio 9/27/14 4:00 PM
Fla Atlantic
South Alabama 9/27/14 4:00 PM
Idaho
Cincinnati 9/27/14 5:00 PM
(22) Ohio State
Rice 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
Missouri 9/27/14 6:00 PM
(13) So Carolina
Boise State 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Air Force
North Carolina 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Clemson
Central Mich 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Toledo
Troy 9/27/14 6:00 PM
ULM
New Mexico St 9/27/14 6:30 PM
(17) LSU
Memphis 9/27/14 6:30 PM
(10) Ole Miss
Duke 9/27/14 6:30 PM
Miami-Florida
Texas State 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Tulsa
Washington St 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Utah
(8) Notre Dame 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Syracuse
(7) Baylor 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Iowa State
UNLV 9/27/14 7:00 PM
San Diego St
Illinois 9/27/14 8:00 PM
(21) Nebraska
Oregon State 9/27/14 9:30 PM
(18) USC
Nevada 9/27/14 9:30 PM
San Jose St
Toronto 40 FINAL
Brt Columbia 23
Edmonton 23 FINAL
Hamilton 25
Calgary 15 FINAL
Montreal 31
Ottawa 32 FINAL
Saskatchewan 35
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