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

Dbacks outfielder Steven Souza injured his right shoulder last night

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Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Steven Souza dove for a ball in a spring training game last night, missed, and ended up injuring his right shoulder.

It looked bad, too. Center fielder Jarrod Dyson stood over him, frantically waving to the dugout for a trainer as Souza kicked his legs in apparent pain. Souza held his arms awkwardly as he walked off the field. At the moment the Dbacks are calling it a right shoulder strain, but he’ll get an MRI on it today after which a more specific diagnosis will come.

If Souza is out for a while it’s a pretty big blow to Arizona’s 2018 plan. Souza was acquired to help cushion the blow of losing J.D. Martinez in free agency. While not the hitter Martinez is, Souza hit 30 homers in Tampa Bay last year, stood likely to at least match that in the more hitter-friendly confines of Chase Field and, of course, plays superior defense.

Potential replacements for Souza include moving David Peralta from left to right and inserting Yasmany Tomas in left or having fourth outfielder Dyson, or perhaps a platoon of Dyson and utilityman Chris Owings, handle right. Socrates Brito is another internal option.

Obviously the Snakes will wait to hear the results of the MRI before going too deeply into replacement plans, all the while hoping that Souza’s injury is far less serious than it appeared to be last night.