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Twins
September 27
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Rich Hill (44)

Hill gets the start as Twins play for title, playoff position vs. Reds

The final day of the Major League Baseball regular season is here, with all teams playing at 2 p.m. or so ... which means around 6 p.m. or so we'll know the playoff picture.
Twins
September 26
Arraez returns to Twins lineup; Buxton, Donaldson won't play

Arraez returns to Twins lineup; Buxton, Donaldson won't play

It's an important night for the Twins as they face Cincinnati in the penultimate game of the regular season. The Twins can clinch the AL Central with a win and a White Sox loss to the Cubs. A win by the Twins under any circumstances means they would clinch home field for the first round.
Twins
September 25
Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) celebrated his solo homer in the fourth inning that tied the score 3-3.

Cruz back in lineup against Reds; Homer Bailey released

The Twins can clinch a home playoff berth as they face Cincinnati tonight at Target Field and get Nelson Cruz back in the lineup.
Twins
September 23
Eddie Rosario tossed his helmet as he scored the winning run on a Max Kepler single off Tigers reliever Bryan Garcia during the 10th inning Tuesday ni

Maeda starts, Cruz sits as Twins scramble for playoff seeding

With four games remaining in the regular season, the Twins are vying for a home playoff berth.
Twins
September 22
Twins pitcher Homer Bailey

Homer Bailey will start tonight for Twins; Luis Arraez injured again

The former Reds standout has been out because of a biceps injury since his opening start of the season.
Twins
September 20
Twins face Cubs in national TV game with chance to move ahead of Yankees

Twins face Cubs in national TV game with chance to move ahead of Yankees

Jose Berrios will face Yu Darvish as both teams head down the stretch of the MLB playoff races.
Twins
September 19
Twins can clinch playoff berth tonight vs. Cubs; Cruz a late scratch

Twins can clinch playoff berth tonight vs. Cubs; Cruz a late scratch

Third baseman Josh Donaldson (planned day off) and Nelson Cruz (knee soreness) aren't in the starting lineup as the Twins seek a win at Wrigley Field.
Twins
September 18
Garver activated, Odorizzi to IL, Astudillo optioned as Twins face Cubs

Garver activated, Odorizzi to IL, Astudillo optioned as Twins face Cubs

Rich Hill will face Kyle Hendricks as the teams start a three-game series at Wrigley Field. The Cubs lead their division by 5 1/2 games.
Twins
September 17
Twins closing in on playoff spot as they face White Sox in matinee

Twins closing in on playoff spot as they face White Sox in matinee

Chicago leads the American League Central, and the Twins are two games behind.
Twins
September 16
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi

Odorizzi activated by Twins, will pitch crucial game tonight; Dobnak sent down

The Twins have fallen three games behind Chicago in the American League Central.
Twins
September 16

Twins announce 2021 spring training schedule; season starts Feb. 28

MLB has announced no plans for a change to next season, with the regular season schedule having already been set.
Twins
September 15
Blankenhorn makes debut as Twins face White Sox in Chicago

Blankenhorn makes debut as Twins face White Sox in Chicago

Major League Baseball's new playoff format was finalized today, with bubble sites in California and Texas after the first round.
Twins
September 14
Berrios vs. Cease as Twins, White Sox battle for AL Central lead

Berrios vs. Cease as Twins, White Sox battle for AL Central lead

Chicago is a game ahead of the Twins after going 18-2 combined against Kansas City and Detroit this season.
Twins
September 13
Minnesota Twins right fielder Max Kepler

Kepler returns as Twins lose rookie outfielder Rooker for season

The Twins and Cleveland finish their three-game series today at Target Field with Max Kepler taking Brent Rooker's spot on the roster.
Sports
September 12
Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Sergio Romo (54) and Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) had to be separated by teammates after getting i

Romo gets one-game suspension before Twins face Cleveland

Twins reliever Sergio Romo was suspended for one game by MLB for his part in inciting an eighth-inning brouhaha Friday night with Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor, who was fined an undisclosed amount.
Twins
September 11
Shane Bieber

After rain delay, it's Bieber vs. Maeda at Target Field

Two of baseball's top statistical pitchers face each other in the opener of a crucial three-game series at Target Field.
Twins
September 8
Berrios, Dobnak start; Cruz returns for doubleheader in St. Louis

Berrios, Dobnak start; Cruz returns for doubleheader in St. Louis

The Cardinals will have a condensed schedule this month as they try to make up games postponed when COVID-19 hit them. First pitch is at 2:15 p.m.
Twins
September 7
Twins activate Cody Stashak, send down Devin Smeltzer before playing Tigers

Twins activate Cody Stashak, send down Devin Smeltzer before playing Tigers

LaMonte Wade Jr. moves into the leadoff spot as Nelson Cruz sits out again because of an injured hip.
Twins
September 6
Rich Hill vs. Casey Mize as Twins, Tigers continue five-game series

Rich Hill vs. Casey Mize as Twins, Tigers continue five-game series

The Twins won the first three at Target Field, including a walk-off victory on Saturday night.
Twins
September 5
Avila goes on injured list as Twins face Tigers again

Avila goes on injured list as Twins face Tigers again

Top pitching prospects Jordan Balazovic and Matt Canterino were added to the St. Paul site as Ildemaro Vargas was lost to the Cubs via waivers.
Twins
September 4
Rooker called up, Kepler on injured list before Twins-Tigers doubleheader

Rooker called up, Kepler on injured list before Twins-Tigers doubleheader

There will be 20 games in the major leagues on Friday, including five doubleheaders, and that's the most in a single day in 46 years.
Twins
September 3
Nelson Cruz is Twins' nominee for Roberto Clemente Award

Nelson Cruz is Twins' nominee for Roberto Clemente Award

The 40-year-old designated hitter has been active in community service work in Minnesota and his native Dominican Republic.
Twins
September 2
Josh Donaldson

Josh Donaldson returns as Twins face White Sox

The Twins and White Sox have split the first two games at Target Field, and that means the Twins are a game-and-a-half behind first place Chicago entering play tonight.
Twins
September 1
Sano leads off as Pineda, Buxton return for Twins

Sano leads off as Pineda, Buxton return for Twins

Pineda sat out the first 36 games of the season to finish his 60-game suspension for using a masking agent in 2019.
Twins
August 31
Twins face White Sox no-hit artist Giolito to open 8-game homestand

Twins face White Sox no-hit artist Giolito to open 8-game homestand

The Twins will play three games against the first place White Sox and five against Detroit, which swept them last weekend.
Final, 10/27 R H E
Tampa Bay 1 5 0
LA Dodgers 3 5 0

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