ARLINGTON -- The Twins and Rangers are both currently in first-place in their respective divisions. But they also could be competing against each other for the second seed in the American League Playoffs. Currently the AL East-leading Yankees and the AL Central-leading Twins have a better record than the Rangers, which would give those two teams homefield advantage in the postseason. But the Twins hold only a half-game advantage over the Rangers heading into Wednesday's contest. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and Rangers manager Ron Washington both said this week that their clubs are not looking at the race for homefield advantage, instead focusing on their current task at hand, and that's continuing to pick up wins as they chase a division crown.
"We just want to win a game [Wednesday], that's what we're worried about -- winning this one and moving on to [Thursday]," Gardenhire said. "You've just got to play it out and see what happens."