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Weekend Wild Card Primer

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The Twins play the White Sox and the AL West is up for grabs

"THE VISIT LOOKS LIKE A RETURN TO FORM FOR M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN!"  "HELL YEAH MIGUEL!"
"THE VISIT LOOKS LIKE A RETURN TO FORM FOR M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN!" "HELL YEAH MIGUEL!"
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With King Felix slamming the door on the Rangers yesterday, the Twins are now just one game back of the second wild card spot as we enter the second week of September.  Everything is beautiful.

Here are the three series to keep your eyes on the next three days:

TWINS @ WHITE SOX

I probably didn't need to remind you about this one.  This is Minnesota's last series against the White Sox this year, which is a pity, as they've dispatched them to the tune of an 11-5 record so far in 2015.  Minnesota sends Ervin Santana, dominant in his last two starts, to the mound tonight against Erik Johnson, who is making just his second start of the year.  The rest of the weekend sees Tommy Milone take on Jose Quintana on Saturday, and a Sunday tilt between Kyle Gibson and Chris Sale.  Sale has been surprisingly mortal against the Twins all year, posting a 6.30 ERA in five starts.

There is still no update on Kurt Suzuki's availability for the weekend in the wake of Wednesday night's collision.

ATHLETICS @ RANGERS

The Rangers, who were leading the race for the second wild card slot by a much-more-comfortable 2.5 games just 48 hours ago, have played 18 scoreless innings since.  They return home to face the Athletics, who despite a lousy 2015 have handled Texas all year, going 9-4.  Both of tonight's starters, Colby Lewis and Jesse Chavezhave slumped of late.  Saturday sees Oakland send Sean Nolin out for his second start of the year versus Yovani Gallardo, and the series closes with a wonderfully named Felix v. Chi Chi battle (Doubront and Gonzalez).

ASTROS @ ANGELS

The Los Angeles Angels of Glendale, California, USA trail the Twins by just two games in the race for the final wild card slot, while the Rangers are within 2.5 games of the Astros for the AL West lead.  A sweep by either team changes the state of play for both the local nine and Texas with a quickness.  Would you like to see former major leaguer Alex Cora preview this series?  Sure, why not.