Despite their dramatic victory today, the Minnesota Twins are now, officially, locked into the number two seed in the American League playoffs, and can no longer pass either Tampa Bay or the New York Yankees for the top spot.â†µ
Even if all three teams end up with identical records, the Twins would be on the short end because they went 3-5 against the Rays this season and 2-4 against the Yankees, meaning either of those teams would beat the Twins for the higher seed and home field advantage throughout the AL playoffs.â†µ
We could know as early as tonight who the Twins will play in Round One, if the Yankees are victorious in the second half of their doubleheader with the Boston Red Sox and the Rays lose to the Kansas City Royals. If the Yankees and Rays end up tied, Tampa Bay will be the AL East champions and the Twins will host the Yankees. If the Yankees win the east, the Twins will host Tampa Bay.