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I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

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K-HEART SPORTS - WEDNESDAY - 09/27/17 - PM EDITION

The Minnesota Twins are on the cusp of grabbing the final American League playoff spot....

     UNDATED (AP) - The Minnesota Twins are on the cusp of grabbing the final American League playoff spot. A year after going 59-103, the worst record in the majors, the Twins are 83-74. They can wrap up the second wild card and their first postseason berth since 2010 with a win at Cleveland tonight or an Angels loss to the White Sox in Chicago. The matchup will see Cleveland's Danny Salazar (5-6, 4.48 ERA) face off against Minnesota's Adalberto Mejia (4-6, 4.48 ERA).
 
     In other baseball news:

    - The World Series champion Cubs make another attempt at clinching a second straight NL Central title tonight in St. Louis. The Cubs' first attempt Tuesday ended in an 8-7 loss to the Cardinals.

    - Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has reached 200 hits for the fourth season in a row. With his single in the first inning of today's game at Texas, Altuve became only the fourth right-handed hitter in major league history with four consecutive 200-hit seasons. The last right-handed hitter with at least four consecutive 200-hit seasons was Michael Young, with five in a row for Texas from 2003-07. Kirby Puckett also did it for Minnesota from 1986-89.

     - Adrian Beltre is likely done for the season after playing 13 games with a strained left hamstring before the Texas Rangers were eliminated from playoff contention. Beltre is his 20th major league season and got his 3,000th career hit in July. He wasn't in the lineup for the series finale against the Houston Astros today.
 
     - San Francisco pitcher Matt Cain says he'll retire after his start at home on Saturday against San Diego. The 32-year-old told his teammates today in a closed meeting before the game at Chase Field against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Cain, 3-11 this season, made his big-league debut with the Giants in 2005. He pitched in two of the Giants' three winning World Series appearances since 2010. The right-hander has a career record of 104-118 with a 3.69 ERA. He pitched the first perfect game in Giants' history in 2012.
 
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     EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Case Keenum is coming off the best game of his NFL career, preparing to start again this week for the Minnesota Vikings.  The possibility increased today when Sam Bradford was held out of practice for more rest for his sore left knee. Coach Mike Zimmer said they're "doing everything" they can to get Bradford ready to play Sunday against Detroit.  But Wednesdays are important days for work on the game plan, and Bradford's absence won't help his cause to be cleared for action against the Lions.
 
     Zimmer said Bradford will remain the starter as soon as he's healthy again, but Keenum's performance in the victory over Tampa Bay certainly gave the Vikings more confidence they can win without Bradford.
 
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     LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville has placed coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on administrative leave amid a federal bribery investigation.  Jurich is on paid leave, while Pitino is on unpaid leave. The coach's attorney, Steve Spence, told the Courier-Journal today that Louisville has "effectively fired" Pitino.
 
     Pitino's exit comes after the school acknowledged on Tuesday that the men's program is part of a federal investigation into alleged bribery of recruits. The 65-year-old coach was not named in the indictment that resulted in the arrest of 10 people including four assistant coaches at other schools and an Adidas executive.
 
     It is the latest black eye for the Cardinals program. Pitino and Louisville are in the middle of appealing NCAA sanctions following an embarrassing sex scandal.  Jurich has supported Pitino through his transgressions during the athletic director's nearly 20-year tenure at the university.
 

 

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