The Twins belted eight doubles in beating the Reds 7-3 and in the process clinched a home-field date to open next week's MLB playoffs. But there is more work to be done.
The Twins haven't totally become a one-trick, home runs-or-bust pony, but they aren't getting enough runners on base or stacking enough hits to have as many big innings as they had in 2019.
The Twins consider themselves lucky that Byron Buxton, who has missed time because of concussions twice in his career, wasn't more seriously hurt. The news was even better for Josh Donaldson.
Luis Arraez returned to the Twins lineup Saturday and gave it a spark, but other key players were still out.
It's an important night for the Twins as they face Cincinnati in the penultimate game of the regular season. The Twins can clinch the AL Central with a win and a White Sox loss to the Cubs. A win by the Twins under any circumstances means they would clinch home field for the first round.
Although the Twins lost 7-2 to Cincinnati, and saw Josh Donaldson and Byron Buxton exit with potential injuries, Minnesota has a one-game lead in the division with two games to play.
Playoff ball means it's Jose Berrios' time to bear down rather than backslide
The 2020 version of the Homer Hanky will be available for purchase early next week, in time for Tuesday's opening game of the playoffs.
A look back at Friday night's game.
Twins bench coach Mike Bell is part of three generations of Bells in the major leagues - the majority of which has been in Cincinnati
The Twins can clinch a home playoff berth as they face Cincinnati tonight at Target Field and get Nelson Cruz back in the lineup.
Even though the Twins didn't play, Thursday's games had a significant impact on what could happen when the playoffs begin next week. Here's the latest.
No face-to-face contact is allowed with people outside the quarantine, so it's up to the roughly 130 members of the Twins' traveling party to occupy themselves. It's not always easy.
The Twins are a game ahead of the White Sox heading into the final weekend of the regular season.
Cincinnati has the lowest team batting average (.211) in baseball, but at 29-28 it is in a dogfight for a playoff spot.
Josh Donaldson took a lot of heat for his ejection last week in Chicago. But, as the twins fortunes have changed, he's become a bathrobe-buying hero.
Columnist Chip Scoggins joins Michael Rand to talk about what's at stake for the final week of the regular season and what's ahead for the twins in the MLB playoffs.
Jake Cave put on the "Rally Robe" twice Wednesday thanks to the third multihomer game of his career, and he made a diving catch of a Victor Reyes liner in the sixth.
Because of injuries, the Twins have put their first-choice lineup on the field in only two of 57 games this season.
There have been position changes, piles of strikeouts and legal entanglements, but there's always the chance he could become the most prodigious power hitter in the game.