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Twins face Royals in home finale, with eyes on playoffs

Left-hander Martin Perez gets the start Sunday afternoon as the Minnesota Twins play their final regular-season home game against the Kansas City Royals in Minneapolis.

Barring a major collapse in the final seven games of the season, the Twins (95-60) will return to Target Field in early October to take part in the American League Division Series. Minnesota heads into Sunday's contest with a four-game lead in the AL Central over the Cleveland Indians and with a magic number of four to garner their first division title since 2010.

Perez (10-7, 4.92 ERA) is 1-1 with a 4.46 ERA in six career starts against Kansas City, which will be going for a split of the four-game series after rallying for a 12-5 victory on Saturday night. Perez is 0-1 with a 7.02 ERA in three starts against the Royals this season, allowing 18 hits, four walks and 13 earned runs over 16 2/3 innings while striking out 12.

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Leaders
AVG: W. Merrifield.299
HR: J. Soler45
RBI: J. Soler111
SB: A. Mondesi42
W: J. Junis9
ERA: B. Keller4.19
Saves: I. Kennedy30
K: J. Junis164
AL Central
TeamWLPctGB
Minnesota 9560.613-
Cleveland 9164.5874
Chi White Sox 6886.44226.5
Kansas City 5799.36538.5
Detroit 45109.29249.5
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .246 (21)
Runs: 662 (26)
Hits: 1302 (21)
Home Runs: 158 (28)
Stolen Bases: 114 (2)
OBP: .308 (26)
SLG: .399 (27)
Total Bases: 2114 (27)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 5.13 (26)
Runs Allowed: 827 (23)
Saves: 37 (15)
Strikeouts: 1189 (30)
OpBA: .272 (27)
OBP: .347 (29)
SLG: .453 (23)
Run Support: 4.34 (26)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
9/12 K. Gutierrez Called Up from Minors
9/12 K. Gutierrez Placed on 60-Day IL (Fractured right toe)
9/12 R. Rosario Acquired Off Waivers Chi. Cubs
9/10 J. Newberry Removed From 10-Day IL (Right shoulder inflammation)
9/3 J. Hahn Recalled From Minors Rehab Assignment
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Injuries
Date Player Status
9/12 K. Gutierrez Fractured right toe (on 60-day IL)
8/20 J. Newberry Right shoulder inflammation (10-day IL)
8/5 C. Gallagher Strained left oblique (10-day IL)
8/4 D. Duffy Strained left hamstring (10-day IL)
7/17 A. Mondesi Left shoulder subluxation (10-day IL)
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