• Right-hander Liam Hendriks became the first Twins pitcher with at least eight strikeouts in a game this season when he struck out eight in 4 2/3 innings in relief on Friday night. Hendriks struck out 15 batters over 10 2/3 innings in his last two relief appearances of the season.
• With 10 strikeouts on Friday, the Twins have struck out 1,401 times this season, which ranks as the third most in Major League history. The 2013 Astros rank second all-time with 1,511 strikeouts, while the '10 D-backs hold the dubious record with 1,529 strikeouts.
• Trevor Plouffe set a career high for hits in a month with 33 after picking up three more hits on Friday. The third baseman's 33 hits in September ranks sixth in the American League.
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