The realistic best-case scenario for the Twins at this point is to win the second AL wild card outright and have a day of rest between the end of the regular season and the single wild-card game.

But with the Angels and Astros also very much in the mix with a scant number of games left, a tie for that spot is quite possible. If it comes to that, the Twins and the fans would want to be in that dead heat with the Astros. Why?

The Twins would have home field for a Game 163 against Houston because of tiebreakers, while the Angels would have home field if they tied the Twins.

closer problems Royals closer Greg Holland was shut down for the season with a ligament tear, while Tigers closer Bruce Rondon was reportedly sent home for poor effort.

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