Ryan Vogelsong

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 23:  Ryan Vogelsong #14 of the Pittsburgh Pirates delivers a pitch in the first inning during the game against the Colorado Rockiesmat PNC Park on May 23, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
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Twins sign Ryan Vogelsong to a minor league deal

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The Twins have signed Ryan Vogelsong to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Vogelsong missed over two months last season after being hit in the face by a pitch. He didn’t pitch all that well when he was healthy, though, posting a 4.81 ERA and 61/41 K/BB ratio over 82.1 innings with the Pirates. He’s 39 but he could probably still eat innings for a non-contender, so Minnesota is probably a good landing spot for him.

What’s on Tap: Previewing Sunday’s action

TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 29: Toronto Blue Jays fans display a sign in the upper deck expressing optimism about their teamâs chances of winning the wild card during MLB game action against the Baltimore Orioles on September 29, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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If you’re planning on bandwagoning Team Entropy this October, now is the time to get on board. Sunday’s slate will determine whether or not multiple tie-breakers will be scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, since any postponed games that have bearing on playoff seeding will need to be played before the wild card games kick off on Wednesday.

In the National League, the Giants and Cardinals could force a tie-breaker if the Giants lose to the Dodgers and the Cardinals beat the Pirates, effectively tying their regular season records. Left-hander Matt Moore will take the hill for the Giants against the Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda, in what will also be Vin Scully’s final hurrah in the broadcast booth. The Cardinals, meanwhile, will go with Adam Wainwright to close out the season against the Pirates’  veteran right-hander (and former Giant) Ryan Vogelsong.

Over in the American League, things are significantly more complicated, as both wild cards have yet to be claimed and the seeding among division winners isn’t fully set in stone. With Justin Verlander at the helm, the Tigers will play a must-win game against the Braves’ Julio Teheran if they want to remain in the wild card race come Monday. Even if Verlander turns out another Cy Young-worthy start, however, they’ll still need either the Blue Jays or Orioles to stumble in order to keep their playoff hopes alive.

You can find more from Sunday’s action below.

Baltimore Orioles (Kevin Gausman) @ New York Yankees (Luis Cessa), 3:05 PM EDT

Houston Astros (Brady Rodgers) @ Los Angeles Angels (Jhoulys Chacin), 3:05 PM EDT

Los Angeles Dodgers (Kenta Maeda) @ San Francisco Giants (Matt Moore), 3:05 PM EDT

Miami Marlins (Tom Koehler) @ Washington Nationals (Max Scherzer), 3:05 PM EDT

New York Mets (Gabriel Ynoa) @ Philadelphia Phillies (Jerad Eickhoff), 3:05 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Rays (Chase Whitley) @ Texas Rangers (Martin Perez), 3:05 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays (Aaron Sanchez) @ Boston Red Sox (David Price), 3:05 PM EDT

Chicago Cubs (Kyle Hendricks) @ Cincinnati Reds (Robert Stephenson), 3:10 PM EDT

Detroit Tigers (Justin Verlander) @ Atlanta Braves (Julio Teheran), 3:10 PM EDT

Milwaukee Brewers (Tyler Cravy) @ Colorado Rockies (German Marquez), 3:10 PM EDT

Minnesota Twins (Jose Berrios) @ Chicago White Sox (Chris Sale), 3:10 PM EDT

Oakland Athletics (Sean Manea) @ Seattle Mariners (Felix Hernandez), 3:10 PM EDT

San Diego Padres (Paul Clemens) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Matt Koch), 3:10 PM EDT

Cleveland Indians (Josh Tomlin) @ Kansas City Royals (Ian Kennedy), 3:15 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Pirates (Ryan Vogelsong) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Adam Wainwright), 3:15 PM EDT

What’s on Tap: Previewing Sunday’s action

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 06:  Starting pitcher James Paxton #65 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Texas Rangers in the third inning at Safeco Field on September 6, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The Mariners are set to clinch a three-game sweep over the Athletics on Sunday, provided they can keep their starter together. Literally. Left-hander James Paxton ripped the middle fingernail of his throwing hand on August 30 and, though the injury isn’t serious enough to land him on the disabled list, it has kept him on a strict pitch limit during the first week of September.

The lefty used a combination of tape and glue to keep his finger intact during a throwing session on Friday and should be in fine form to toss a few innings for Seattle over the weekend, albeit without his cutter. He went 4 ⅓ innings in his last start with Seattle, delivering six runs, a Jonathan Lucroy home run, and eight strikeouts to the Rangers while using a fake fingernail to protect his nailbed. Despite the barrage of runs allowed, the most the 27-year-old had given up since July 15, Paxton joined Matt Young, Kazuhiro Sasaki, and Felix Hernandez as one of four Seattle hurlers to strike out four batters in a single inning.

Against Paxton and a 74-68 Mariners’ lineup, the A’s will send out rookie right-hander Raul Alcantara, whose major league career got off to a rocky start last week with five hits, five runs, three HBP, and zero strikeouts in three innings pitched. The series finale is set to commence in Oakland at 4:05 PM EDT.

The rest of Sunday’s action:

Tampa Bay Rays (Matt Andriese) @ New York Yankees (Luis Cessa), 1:05 PM EDT

Boston Red Sox (Clay Buchholz) @ Toronto Blue Jays (Aaron Sanchez), 1:07 PM EDT

Baltimore Orioles (Chris Tillman) @ Detroit Tigers (Justin Verlander), 1:10 PM EDT

Los Angeles Dodgers (Kenta Maeda) @ Miami Marlins (Jose Urena), 1:10 PM EDT

Cincinnati Reds (Brandon Finnegan) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (Ryan Vogelsong), 1:35 PM EDT

New York Mets (Seth Lugo) @ Atlanta Braves (Williams Perez), 1:35 PM EDT

Philadelphia Phillies (Adam Morgan) @ Washington Nationals (Gio Gonzalez), 1:35 PM EDT

Cleveland Indians (Corey Kluber) @ Minnesota Twins (Jose Berrios), 2:10 PM EDT

Kansas City Royals (Ian Kennedy) @ Chicago White Sox (Chris Sale), 2:10 PM EDT

Milwaukee Brewers (Zach Davies) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Luke Weaver), 2:15 PM EDT

Texas Rangers (Colby Lewis) @ Los Angeles Angels (Jered Weaver), 3:35 PM EDT

San Francisco Giants (Matt Moore) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Zack Greinke), 4:10 PM EDT

Colorado Rockies (Chad Bettis) @ San Diego Padres (Edwin Jackson), 4:40 PM EDT

Chicago Cubs (Jake Arrieta) @ Houston Astros (Mike Fiers), 8:05 PM EDT