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Despite a 7-12 record against the AL East, the Twins have won some key games against potentially playoff-bound teams.
This season, Minnesota is 2-2 against Toronto, who is the middle of a tight race for a Wild Card spot. Additionally, the Blue Jays' last series of the season is against the Twins and every win counts.
The Twins are also 2-2 against the Yankees, who have a commanding lead over the AL East. However, split series and .500 ball against the AL's worst can catch up to any .600+ team—even the Yankees.
The Twins are 2-3 against the Orioles, including a 19-7 win on July 16 and a comeback victory on July 17. The O's swept the Twins earlier in the season and cannot afford lose their swagger right now, especially against the league's worst.