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Last game as Twins? Cuddyer, Kubel, Nathan could be gone in 2012

As the season wraps at Target Field tonight, there's one more plot line other than the Twins' effort to avoid 100 losses. It could also be the last game for some popular players who seem to have been in Twins Territory forever.
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As the season wraps at Target Field tonight, there's one more plot line other than the Twins' effort to avoid 100 losses. It could also be the last game for some popular players who seem to have been in Twins Territory forever.

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