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Twins leave Miguel Sano off playoff roster vs. Yankees

October 3, 2017 GMT

              FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Twins' Miguel Sano smiles before a baseball game against the San Diego Padres in San Diego. Sano is coming back just in time for the playoffs. The Twins activated their All-Star third baseman on Friday, Sept. 29, in time for the season's final series against Detroit. Sano has missed 38 games with a stress reaction after fouling a ball off his left shin, and had been on the 10-day disabled list. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
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FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Twins' Miguel Sano smiles before a baseball game against the San Diego Padres in San Diego. Sano is coming back just in time for the playoffs. The Twins activated their All-Star third baseman on Friday, Sept. 29, in time for the season's final series against Detroit. Sano has missed 38 games with a stress reaction after fouling a ball off his left shin, and had been on the 10-day disabled list. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
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FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Twins' Miguel Sano smiles before a baseball game against the San Diego Padres in San Diego. Sano is coming back just in time for the playoffs. The Twins activated their All-Star third baseman on Friday, Sept. 29, in time for the season's final series against Detroit. Sano has missed 38 games with a stress reaction after fouling a ball off his left shin, and had been on the 10-day disabled list. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Minnesota left All-Star third baseman Miguel Sano off its roster for the Twins’ AL wild-card playoff game against the New York Yankees after he failed to fully recover from an injured left shin.

Sano missed 38 games after fouling a ball off his shin, returned as a pinch hitter Friday and was Minnesota’s designated hitter Saturday and Sunday. He was pinch-hit for in the eighth inning of Sunday’s regular-season finale after feeling discomfort in the leg. Sano went 1 for 8 with three strikeouts in the series against Detroit and finished the season with a .264 average. 28 homers and 77 RBIs in 114 games.

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Kennys Vargas or Robbie Grossman likely will be the DH in Tuesday night’s game.

Luis Severino (14-6) starts for the Yankees and Ervin Santana (16-8) for the Twins.

New York kept left-hander CC Sabathia and right-hander Sonny Gray among its nine relief pitchers. Minnesota’s bullpen includes a pair of starters, Jose Berrios and Adalberto Mejia.

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