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

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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.

Mookie Betts, Javier Baez leading off the All-Star lineups

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I can’t imagine what it’s like to fill out the lineup card for an All-Star team. Most of the guys are 1-4 hitters on their own teams, but you gotta slot most of them someplace lower. Egos are probably a consideration. Strategic stuff. “Which top of the order or middle of the lineup hitter is batting eighth?” is both a difficult and thankless question.

Dave Roberts and A.J. Hinch have to do it anyway, and today they released the All-Star lineups. Seeing Bryce Harper batting sixth and Manny Machado batting seventh is just not part of the usual baseball experience:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

1. Mookie Betts, RF
2. Jose Altuve, 2B
3. Mike Trout, CF
4. J.D. Martinez, DH
5. Jose Ramirez, 3B
6. Aaron Judge, LF
7. Manny Machado, SS
8. Jose Abreu, 1B
9. Salvador Perez, C

NATIONAL LEAGUE

1. Javier Baez, 2B
2. Nolan Arenado, 3B
3. Paul Goldschmidt, DH
4. Freddie Freeman, 1B
5. Matt Kemp, LF
6. Bryce Harper, CF
7. Nick Markakis, RF
8. Brandon Crawford, SS
9. Willson Contreras, C

Not that this is gonna hold for long what with all of the substitutions.