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Playoff chase: If Twins advance, October will be mayhem for sports fans

If the Twins make the playoffs and win the Wild Card game, it'll start an extraordinary run of sports action for Twin Cities' sports fans.

Vikings fantasy football watch: Buy or sell on Thielen, Bradford?

Thielen and Bradford had great Week 1 performances. But will they continue?

Jerry Kill back at work, expected to call plays Saturday for Rutgers

Former Gophers head coach Jerry Kill, who was hospitalized over the weekend after suffering a seizure, is back at his assistant coaching job at Rutgers

Seven homers in seven innings: See 'em all here

Minnesota Twins' Jorge Polanco

Take a three-minute break and watch homer after homer after homer after home after homer after homer after homer.

The playoff chase: Twins aren't a fluke if you study run differential

Minnesota Twins' Robbie Grossman, left, is congratulated by teammate Byron Buxton (25) after scoring on a two-run single by Jorge Polanco

The trends point to continued success for the Twins, especially with the mediocrity of the teams behind them in the wild-card race.

Hot or not? Here's our Minnesota postseason fever-meter

Here's a look at the most popular local teams in the Twin Cities, with an eye toward the excitement and expectations surrounding them.

On the upswing: Mauer close to .300 for first time since his catching days

Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer

A red-hot August has pushed Joe Mauer's batting average to .296, putting him within striking distance of .300 -- a mark he hasn't reached at season's end since 2013.

Twins overhaul ticket options with new price levels and section names

The gates were opened at Target Field for fans for the Minnesota Twins home opener.

The Twins are adding new price levels and new section designations throughout Target Field. Not all of the details have been released, but here are the main changes.

Skolivia: Nick Swardson 'drafts' Olivia Munn; Vikings take notice

Comedian and noted Vikings fan Nick Swardson posted a photo with Aaron Rodgers' ex-girlfriend — and let the trolling begin.

Royce Lewis, batting .385, bashes first homer after Cedar Rapids promotion

The No. 1 overall pick in the June draft has hit safely in eight of nine games since his quick promotion from the Twins' Rookie League team.

Former U defensive back delivers controversial hit on Beckham Jr.

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) is tackled by Cleveland Browns strong safety Briean Boddy-Calhoun (20) in the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Cleveland.

Some decried Briean Boddy-Calhoun's low hit Monday night, which left Beckham, the New York Giants star, with a sprained ankle. Others noted that it was well-within NFL rules.

Twins in Chicago: Pregame eclipse viewing around home plate

The weather was a bit better for viewing the eclipse in Chicago, where the Twins are playing a doubleheader against the White Sox.

Timing of Miguel Sano's injury not terrible for the Twins

Twins third baseman Miguel Sano (center).

Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton and Jorge Polanco are among the those hitting well enough to compensate for Miguel Sano's stint on the disabled list,.

How fast is the Twins' Byron Buxton? See for yourself, kids

Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton (25) celebrated his inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the fourth inning as Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Godley (52) walked behind him.

Buxton's inside-the-park home run was the fastest recorded trip around the bases since MLB started keeping track.

More Lynx woes: Brunson out for two weeks with sprained ankle

Minnesota Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson (32)

The Lynx are now down two starters and enter the final games of the regular season with more of a battle than expected for the WNBA's best record.

'Erratic' Perkins has rough return to the mound during Game 1 loss

Glen Perkins pitches during a game against the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, at Target Field.

In his first appearance in 16 months, Twins pitcher Glen Perkins retired just one batter but acknowledged better days are ahead.

Lessons learned, love returned: Minnesota sportscaster Joe Boyle dies

The former Twins, North Stars and ESPN broadcaster, whose partners included Harmon Killebrew and Dick Vitale, set a trail that his son has followed in sports play-by-play.

Twins and playoffs: That 1 in 5 chance isn't really so bad

The Twins' Byron Buxton, left, was greeted in the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.

The Twins have a 22.2 percent chance of being in the postseason -- even though they are only a half-game out right now -- because of the number of teams currently crowded around the second wild-card spot.

'Bob McDonald Court' dedicated to Chisholm coaching legend

In this photo from 2013, Chisholm basketball coach Bob McDonald stopped to look at some of the basketball trophies on display in the Chisholm High hallways.

The northern Minnesota town honored their coach and teacher of 53 years by naming the school's basketball court in his honor.

Top draft pick Lewis rolls into Cedar Rapids, has big debut weekend

No. 1 overall draft pick Royce Lewis had five singles in nine at-bats over the weekend, including hits in his first four at-bats in Saturday's Midwest League debut. His jersey was auctioned off for a huge price, too.