For the Minnesota Twins, barreling their way to a third straight 90-loss season, it's about the little things - like not watching another team celebrate a playoff berth.
They had their noses rubbed in it Sunday in Oakland, where the Athletics beat Minnesota 11-7 to complete a four-game sweep and clinch their second straight AL West title.
The Twins are trying to avoid the same fate this week at Target Field, where they opened a season-ending homestand against AL Central contenders with a 4-3 victory over Detroit in 11 innings Monday night.
The first-place Tigers could have wrapped up a postseason spot with a win. Their magic number is two for securing the AL Central crown.
''We held them off from celebrating on our field for one more day,'' said closer Glen Perkins, who pitched two scoreless innings. ''We'd like to see (the Tigers) not celebrate on our field.''
Brian Dozier tied the score at 3 with a leadoff homer in the ninth, his team-high 18th, and scored the winning run in ...