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.

Nick Williams has been trying to sell Jake Arrieta on the Phillies

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CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that Phillies outfielder Nick Williams has been working out daily with free agent starter Jake Arrieta in Austin. The right-hander, who won the 2015 National League Cy Young Award, still remains teamless with spring training less than a month away. Williams has been trying to sell Arrieta on joining the Phillies.

Williams said of Arrieta, “He loves it here [Austin]. He has told me he likes working with young guys. I’m like, ‘All right, come on up.’ But I’m not writing the check. I don’t know what he wants. I don’t really dig into that because I’m not really in his position.”

On GM Matt Klentak’s hunt for pitching help, new manager Gabe Kapler said, “The pursuit is very real. I have a lot of trust that we’ll either go in [to spring training] with a new toy or we will pass on the opportunity because we’re better off giving this collection of pitchers a really healthy look because we thought that we could go acquire that piece a little bit later on this season or in the offseason next year.”

Arrieta, who turns 32 years old in March, went 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA and a 163/55 K/BB ratio in 168 1/3 innings last season with the Cubs. The Cubs, Cardinals, and Brewers have been linked to Arrieta this month.

Presently, the Phillies’ starting rotation figures to include Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff, and Vince Velasquez along with some combination of Nick Pivetta, Ben Lively, Zach Eflin, Mark Leiter, and Jake Thompson. Arrieta would certainly amount to a big upgrade in the starting rotation and could make the Phillies a more attractive landing spot for Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, who become free agents after the 2018 campaign. The Phillies are expected to be in the mix for either or both players.