Twins won't get in way of Favre, MNF

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If the Twins and Tigers are forced to have a one-game playoff, it will take place at the Metrodome, but they won’t get in the way of “Monday Night Football.”
Nope. The Vikings are already scheduled to play the Packers there on Monday,
Oct. 5. According to the Metrodome lease, the Vikings have precedence
over the Twins in every situation outside of a World Series game.




“The NFL has no reason to reschedule the game and inconvenience its
fans, many of whom travel long distances and planned these trips when
the schedule was released in April,” NFL spokesman Dan Masonson said in
a statement.




If needed, the deciding game would likely be played on Tuesday, Oct. 6. While nobody blames the Vikings in
this situation, it does have a potential impact on the ALDS. The
American League team with the best record — right now it’s the Yankees
— can choose whether to begin the division series on Wednesday or
Thursday.

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.