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Minnesota Twins' Max Kepler, right, smiles as he scores on a solo home run to tie the baseball game in the eighth inning Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Twins top Tigers 5-4 in 10th, sit half-game behind White Sox

Sep. 23, 2020 12:38 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As a gift from third baseman Josh Donaldson, each of the Minnesota Twins now have dark blue jersey-style bathrobes with their name across the back. Nelson Cruz even started draping his over the shoulders of each teammate who hit a homer. With the division race as tight as ever and a...

Minnesota Twins' Max Kepler (26) celebrates with Minnesota Twins' Marwin Gonzalez (9) after they score on Kepler's two-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

Kepler homers and Twins beat Cubs and Darvish 4-0

Sep. 20, 2020 11:43 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Max Kepler homered, José Berríos threw six shutout innings to outduel Yu Darvish and the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 on Sunday night. Kepler had three hits and Josh Donaldson added two for the Twins, who took two of three from the NL Central-leading Cubs. After...

Minnesota Twins' Jake Cave (60) runs to score on a single hit by Eddie Rosario against the Chicago Cubs during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Twins clinch 2nd straight playoff spot, beat Mills, Cubs 8-1

Sep. 20, 2020 12:22 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Eddie Rosario, Miguel Sanó and Josh Donaldson homered as the Minnesota Twins clinched a second straight postseason berth with an 8-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night. The Twins are guaranteed at least a wild-card berth. They trail the Chicago White Sox by three games in...

Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson (24) tags out Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant (17) at third base during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

Hendricks sparkles, Cubs edge Twins 1-0 for 5th straight win

Sep. 19, 2020 12:14 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Hendricks tossed eight innings of three-hit, shutout ball to outduel Rich Hill, and the Chicago Cubs edged the Minnesota Twins 1-0 on Friday night for their fifth straight win. Hendricks stuck out 10 and walked one before Jeremy Jeffress worked around two walks in the ninth for his...

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dane Dunning delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Dunning pitches White Sox past Twins for 6th straight win

Sep. 16, 2020 12:55 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Pitching in a big game during a pennant race, Dane Dunning resembled a seasoned veteran in only his fifth major league start. He had some company, too. No longer just a bunch of promising young kids, the Chicago White Sox are looking down at the rest of the American League. Dunning tossed...

Chicago White Sox's Adam Engel (15) celebrates with catcher Yasmani Grandal and relief pitcher Alex Colome the team's 3-1 win over the Minnesota Twins after a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Engel gets big hit as White Sox top Twins 3-1

Sep. 15, 2020 1:23 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Engel delivered a tiebreaking pinch-hit single in the eighth inning, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 3-1 on Monday night to increase their lead in the AL Central. Chicago opened its pivotal four-game set against Minnesota with its ninth win in 10 games. The White Sox...

Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz, right, celebrates with Max Kepler after Cruz hit a home run during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)

Cruz, Twins power up again in 7-5 win against Indians

Sep. 13, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nelson Cruz hit his 16th homer, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 7-5 on Sunday to complete a sweep of their weekend series. Marwin Gonzalez, Ryan Jeffers and Josh Donaldson also connected, helping Minnesota win for the 10th time in 12 games. The Twins have multiple...

St. Louis Cardinals' Harrison Bader celebrates after scoring during the third inning in the second game of a baseball doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Wieters has 19-pitch at-bat as Cardinals split DH with Twins

Sep. 8, 2020 10:52 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Backup catcher Matt Wieters acknowledges he might have to get in better shape for the St. Louis Cardinals. He nearly did, all in one trip to the plate. Wieters hit 14 foul balls during a grueling 19-pitch at-bat that finished with a deep flyout with the bases loaded during a wild rally...

Minnesota Twins pitcher Michael Pineda throws against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Pineda stays sharp with 7 innings as Twins beat Tigers 6-2

Sep. 7, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ryan Jeffers hit his first major league homer to spark Minnesota's four-run third inning, and Michael Pineda stayed sharp in his return from suspension by finishing seven innings for the Twins in a 6-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday. Pineda (1-0) allowed two runs and three hits,...

Detroit Tigers' pitcher Casey Mize throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Greiner, Tigers pounce on Twins bullpen for 10-8 win

Sep. 6, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Grayson Greiner hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning off left fielder Eddie Rosario's glove and the Detroit Tigers rocked Minnesota’s bullpen for eight runs to beat the Twins 10-8 Sunday. Detroit erased a four-run deficit by raking Minnesota’s relievers in the late...