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Twins’ season down to three pivotal games

CLEVELAND — Now it’s down to three games, at home, against the defending American League champion and current Central Division champion Kansas City Royals. Regardless of how those three games turn out, the Minnesota Twins are relevant again.

They may even be postseason-bound again. The next three games, the last three games of the regular season, will tell.

“We’ve got to find ways to keep extending this thing. We’ve got three games left and we’re still there, although we do need some help,” said Twins manager Paul Molitor.

The Twins took care of business in Cleveland, winning three of four games in their series against the Indians that ended Thursday night with one of the Twins’ most thrilling victories of the year. After leading 1-0, then falling behind 2-1 in seventh inning, the Twins rallied for a run in the eighth inning and two in the ninth to win 4-2.

“Our guys play hard,” said Tyler Duffey, who pitched into the seventh inning, allowing just two runs. “I gave up the lead, but I knew we were not going to roll over.”

The Twins return home one game out of the second wild card in the American League. They probably have to win two, if not all three of the games against the Royals, and even that may not be enough if Houston and the Angels also keep winning.

“We look forward to being home,” Molitor said. “The division winner is coming in and they still are playing for the home field advantage. It’s going to be challenging. Our fans have been great. I think they have enjoyed seeing a competitive season.”