The Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays have long been out of the playoff race in the AL, but their matchup in the penultimate game of 2012 won't go totally unnoticed.
That's because Twins All-Star Joe Mauer has an outside chance of winning his fourth batting title, and he'll likely need a big game Tuesday night when he faces Blue Jays rookie Chad Jenkins for the first time.
Minnesota (66-94) is trying to avoid finishing with the worst record in the AL for the second straight year -- it is one game behind Cleveland -- after winning the Central Division in 2009 and 2010.
Obviously, not much has gone right for the Twins this season, but Mauer's comeback year has given their fans something to root for down the stretch.
After being limited to 82 games and hitting a career-low .287 in 2011, Mauer can set a career high for games if he plays Tuesday and Wednesday. That appears likely to happen, as he's hitting .322 and chasing Detroit's Miguel Cabrera (.329) i...