How the postseason-bound Twins shocked the baseball world in 2017

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Minnesota's Aaron Slegers (0-1) gave up three runs-two earned-in 4 1/3 innings for his first major league decision. To me, it's kind of destructive to the car and being the guy that built them and worked on them, I don't see the need in all that. Forget the injuries. You look at the numbers on both sides and we've got to get better, especially in our division.

Romine then switched to first base, his ninth position of the night. This was the 85th victory of the year for the Twins.

"It was amazing for the fans to do that for me", Colon said of his seventh-inning salute. He walked two batters in the inning, including Max Kepler with the bases loaded.

At the start of the season, there's no way that the Twins could have possibly envisioned that they would have a promotion featuring Bartolo Colon. He allowed a baserunner in each of his five innings, but no runner reached second the final four innings, with two hits and two walks scattered throughout. They're spectacular, you see all the smoke, and every now and then, it would probably be OK.

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As they sit in those meetings, the men can point to highlights for any player. That's the question the front office will have to answer, and the work started right away. Jorge Polanco fielded the ball and threw to Castro, who dropped the throw.

NOTES: Minnesota's Miguel Sano was in the starting lineup for the first time since Aug. 19 after missing 38 games with a left shin stress reaction. Through determination and hard work in rehab, Carew recovered - and on July 3, he flew for the first time since his December 2016 operation.

The Vikings (2-2) lost more than just possession when Cook limped off with an injury to his left knee and did not return. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was Detroit's catcher in 2000 when Shane Halter played all nine positions in a game. Dozier leads the club with 34 long balls this year and was key to the Twins' August surge with a 1.023 OPS that month. Colon is 4-6 with a 5.50 ERA in 14 starts for Minnesota.

Detroit finished September with a 6-23 record.

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