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Nicky Delmonico hits walkoff home run for White Sox, clinches second Wild Card for Twins


On Wednesday night, Twins fans were White Sox fans. The Twins didn’t take care of their own business, falling to the Indians 4-2. But if the White Sox beat the Angels, they would clinch the second American League Wild Card slot.

The White Sox took a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning, but it was quickly erased by a Kole Calhoun three-run home run in the fifth. Andrelton Simmons hit an RBi single in the top of the sixth to give the Angels the lead back, and the White Sox promptly responded as Tim Anderson locked the game back up at four apiece with an RBI single of his own.

The game went into extra innings, but Nicky Delmonico ended the Angels’ postseason hopes and clinched them on the behalf of the Twins with a walk-off two-run home run to right field off of Blake Parker.

The Twins have become the first team to reach the playoffs the season after losing 100 games. Assuming the Red Sox win the AL East — they lead by three games — the Twins will face the Yankees in New York on Tuesday for the American League Wild Card game. The winner of that will play either the Indians or Astros.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.