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Houston Astros' Carlos Correa, left, and George Springer, center, jump in celebration of the Astros 4-1 win over the Minnesota Twins 4-1 in Game 1 of an American League wild-card baseball series, Tuesday Sept. 29, 2020, in Minneapolis. At right is Josh Reddick. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Astros win 4-1 in Game 1; Twins' record losing streak at 17

Sep. 29, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tarnished by scandal at the start of the year and below average during this pandemic-abbreviated season, the Houston Astros showed up for the playoffs with their usual confidence and poise. Just like that, they've got the edge on the Minnesota Twins in an elimination game. Jose Altuve...

Minnesota Twins' Josh Donaldson, center, crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run off Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Dan Winkler during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Twins shelve Donaldson for wild card series with calf injury

Sep. 29, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson will miss the best-of-three AL first-round series against Houston because of a nagging injury to his right calf, and the team included rookie Alex Kirilloff on the roster that was set on Tuesday prior to Game 1. Donaldson missed 30 games this...

Minnesota Twins pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to a Detroit Tigers batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Twins tout home-field edge against Astros, even without fans

Sep. 29, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins were determined to defend their division title and start this unusual postseason at home, even if the audience at Target Field this week will be confined to family members and cardboard cutouts. The ease and predictability of playing in their own ballpark during this...

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. signals as he walks to the mound to change pitchers during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)

A capsule look at the Astros-Twins playoff series

Sep. 29, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

A capsule look at the best-of-three playoff series between the Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis beginning Tuesday: ___ HOUSTON ASTROS Record: 29-31. Playoff Entry: second place, AL West. Playoff Seed: No. 6. Manager: Dusty Baker (first season). Projected Rotation: RHP Zack Greinke (3-3, 4.03 ERA,...

Members of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers in a baseball game to earn a playoff birth Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Pandemic playoffs: Brewers, Astros in despite losing records

Sep. 27, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers got off to a ragged start this year. They never got above .500. And they dropped their last game to finish with a losing record. Guess what? They’re going to the playoffs. “Weird. I guess that’s the only way to describe it. It’s fitting for...

Texas Rangers' Ronald Guzman (11) congratulates Rougned Odor, second from left, for hitting a three-run home run while Nick Solak, second from right, and Joey Gallo, right, look on during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)

Astros to playoffs with losing record after loss to Texas

Sep. 27, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Houston Astros are going into the playoffs with a losing record, a year after having the most wins in the major leagues. And with a different manager after the sign-stealing scandal last offseason that tarnished their 2017 World Series title. Dusty Baker is the first manager to...

Milwaukee Brewers' Daniel Vogelbach celebrates after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

On final day, 2 NL spots and AL Central crown in play

Sep. 27, 2020 5:08 AM EDT

Four teams, two National League playoff spots. And the AL Central champion. Besides postseason seeding, that's what remains to be decided on the last scheduled day of this bizarre baseball season. It could all come down to the wire at once in a wild rush, too, with every meaningful game Sunday starting just...

Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun, right, scores past St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

LEADING OFF: NL race down to final day — and maybe Monday

Sep. 27, 2020 1:21 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ LET'S GET IT SETTLED St. Louis, Milwaukee, San Francisco and Philadelphia enter the last day of the regular season competing for two postseason spots, and the biggest game of the day pits Christian Yelich's Brewers against Yadier Molina's Cardinals. A...

Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun, right, scores past St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

LEADING OFF: NL race down to final day — and maybe Monday

Sep. 27, 2020 12:33 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday: ___ LET'S GET IT SETTLED St. Louis, Milwaukee, San Francisco and Philadelphia enter the last day of the regular season competing for two postseason spots, and the biggest game of the day pits Christian Yelich's Brewers against Yadier Molina's Cardinals. A...

Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. throws to the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Five-run 7th inning powers Rangers past Astros 6-1

Sep. 26, 2020 11:12 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jeff Mathis hit a tie-breaking, three-run home run and Leody Taveras followed with a solo blast in a five-run seventh inning as the Texas Rangers beat the playoff-bound Houston Astros 6-1 on Saturday night. Mathis homered to left center, his third of the season, against rookie...