Wild Card Watch: Twins 3 back with Indians' tough righty Salazar looming


The race for the final wild-card spot in the American League playoff race is down to four teams, with the Houston Astros leading the way against the Twins, Angels and Indians.

Prior to Houston's win over the Angels on Monday, Houston was on pace to win 86 games, according to Sports Illustrated. The Twins would need to win 10 of the final 13 games to match that total.

"We can win," said outfielder Torii Hunter, according to the Star Tribune. "We can get this wild card."

Brian Dozier added: "Well, we can’t wait around to see what happens. We’ve got to go."

As the Houston Chronicle notes, the Astros have been bad on the road and excellent at home – and most of the players on their team have never gone through a playoff push like this. Houston plays its next five games at home against the Angels and Rangers before finishing the regular season with six straight road games against Seattle and Arizona.

All the Twins can do is take care of their own business, and job No. 1 is finding a way to beat Indians right-hander Danny Salazar at Target Field Tuesday night.

Salazar is 2-0 against the Twins this season and he's struck out 21 of the 46 batters he's faced. The Twins counter with Ervin Santana, who has been sensational his last four outings, going at least seven innings in each while allowing two earned runs or fewer.

Cleveland is Minnesota's opponent in seven of the final 13 games, and they're just a game-and-a-half behind the Twins entering Tuesday's series opener.

Next Up

dnr trout stocking helicopter

DNR uses a helicopter to more efficiently stock lakes with trout

In the past, the DNR used airplanes to stock remote lakes with fish, but the survival rate of the fish was only 85%.

steve simon zoom call

Secretary of State explains plans for segregated absentee ballots

Election officials are reminding voters that it's too late to mail in your absentee ballots.

Halloween, trick-or-treating

Osterholm on safe trick-or-treating: 'I would say go ahead with it'

The infectious disease expert's opinion doesn't align with the CDC's guidance.

drop and go ballot plymouth

It's too late to mail your ballot, but you can still vote. Here's how.

Voters can drop off their absentee ballot, vote early in-person or head to the polls on Election Day.

2019-12-11 f1rst Wrestling Hanukka Havok-Darin Kamnetz-154

Dusting itself off after virus blow, F1rst Wrestling returns to the ring this Sunday

Minnesota's premier independent wrestling company was on top of the world before the virus hit.


McDonald's is bringing the McRib back in December

It hasn't appeared on menus for eight years.

Apple Valley High School

2 more Twin Cities districts moving to distance learning for grades 6-12

The decision was announced as infection rates in Dakota County rise.

covid-19 testing site sign

Here are the 4 free COVID-19 testing sites in MN for the week of Nov. 2

People don't need to have symptoms or insurance to get tested for free.

minnesota zoo

Minnesota Zoo launches activities to get people embracing nature

The zoo is hosting a pumpkin scavenger hunt and a "Do the Zoo, Not Zoom Day."