Barring something unforeseen, the Minnesota Twins and Arizona Diamondbacks will finish at the bottom of their respective divisions. The Diamondbacks also have a chance at finishing with a pair of ugly skids. With a resurgent Ricky Nolasco on the mound, Minnesota will try to send Arizona to its season high-tying seventh loss in a row and 11th straight away from home in Monday’s opener of a three-game series. The Twins (66-89) dropped five games behind fourth-place Chicago in the AL Central with a 7-2 loss to Cleveland on Sunday and the White Sox’s 10-5 victory in Tampa Bay.

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Clayton Kershaw wins his 20th, Rusney Castillo makes his debut and Glen Perkins’ season is over in the Week That Was.

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  Chicago White Sox slugger Paul Konerko insisted he would “finish on the field” in his final major league season after he sustained a broken hand, and 17 days later he’s back in the lineup . Konerko is playing first base and batting sixth for the White Sox, who take on the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on Friday night. Coincidentally, the Trop was the site of the only inside-the-park home run of his career, in 2000, so it makes for an extra-special stop on his farewell tour. Konerko has said he’s retiring after parts of 18 seasons in the majors, mostly with Chicago. Konerko’s farewell appeared to be dealt an unfair blow Sept. 2 when he applied a tag to Danny Santana of the Minnesota Twins and sustained a broken bone in his glove hand. From the moment everyone realized the seriousness of the injury, Konerko was quick to say it wouldn’t keep him from playing again, even with time growing short.   Konerko today: “I’ll finish on the field. …I don’t care if I go up there and take three pitches and strike out, I’ll finish on the field.” — Colleen Kane (@ChiTribKane) September 6, 2014   Konerko has described his hand in recent days as feeling “sore,” and it’s a sound assumption that he wouldn’t be playing yet if this injury had happened in the prime of his career, and the White Sox were in the playoff hunt. He’s a special case, though.

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After a 13-inning victory the night before, the long-shot Cleveland Indians held out hope that they could still sneak into the playoffs. Trevor Plouffe singled in Danny Santana in the 10th inning to give the Minnesota Twins a 5-4, comeback victory over Cleveland, further damaging the Indians’ already slim playoff hopes. You got a lead and you end up losing,” said starting pitcher Trevor Bauer, who struck out six in six innings. All these losses, they stink.” Santana led off the ninth with a single off Kyle Crockett (4-1) and advanced to third on Brian Dozier’s single to right-center.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — All-Star closer Glen Perkins is being shut down for the season by the Minnesota Twins because of a strain and secondary nerve irritation in his left forearm.

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The Detroit Tigers were barely finished celebrating another go-ahead homer in the ninth inning when an ill-advised dive and an infield single cost them a victory. Aaron Hicks hit a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning and the Minnesota Twins rallied for a 4-3 victory over the AL Central-leading Tigers on Tuesday night. ”Anybody who thought this was going to be easy and we’d go out and win every game really doesn’t understand the game of baseball,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. After J.D. Martinez hit a three-run home run to give Detroit a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth, Trevor Plouffe drew a one-out walk against Joe Nathan (4-4) in the bottom of the inning and was replaced by pinch-runner Doug Bernier.

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There’s so little time left to make up ground in saves and steals, but there are options for you nonetheless.

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The Detroit Tigers expected David Price to bolster their postseason chances when they traded for the 2012 Cy Young Award winner this summer. After winning 11 games with Tampa Bay, though, he has a losing record as a Tigers starter and his latest setback further tightened the AL Central race. The left-hander gave up five runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings Wednesday night as the Minnesota Twins beat the Tigers 8-4 ahead of Detroit’s big weekend series in Kansas City. Price (14-12) fell to 3-4 since coming to the Tigers in a July 31 trade with the Rays.

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Seth Trachtman highlights the hottest hitters over the past week using the Season Pass player rater.

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