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Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton, right, steals second base as Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa takes the throw in the first inning of an American League wild-card series baseball game Tuesday, Sept 29, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Buxton 'not 100%,' out of Twins lineup for Game 2 vs. Astros

Sep. 30, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins held center fielder Byron Buxton out of their lineup Wednesday for the elimination game against Houston for unspecified health reasons, five days after he was hit in the head by a pitch. Buxton experienced mild concussion symptoms after the beaning forced him out of...

San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval warms up before the team's baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Former World Series MVP Sandoval on Braves' roster vs. Reds

Sep. 30, 2020 10:46 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Pablo Sandoval is on the Atlanta Braves' roster for the NL wild-card series against the Cincinnati Reds. The 2012 World Series MVP joined the Braves after being released by the San Francisco Giants a couple of weeks ago. He started at third base in the final game of the regular season, going...

Minnesota Twins' Max Kepler, left, beats the tag by Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado to score on a Nelson Cruz's RBI double off Astros pitcher Zack Greinke in the third inning in Game 1 of an American League wild-card baseball series, Tuesday Sept. 29, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Curses! Postseason losses continue for long-suffering teams

Sep. 30, 2020 2:40 AM EDT

It was not a good start to the Major League Baseball postseason for those who don’t believe in curses. The Minnesota Twins and Oakland Athletics extended their string of postseason futility on Tuesday with losses in the openers of their respective best-of-three, wild-card series. If they don't win Game 2...

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated by Aaron Hicks after hitting a two-run home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Shane Bieber (57) in the first inning of Game 1 of an American League wild-card baseball series, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

No debate: Judge, Yankees pound Bieber, Indians in opener

Sep. 29, 2020 11:54 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — On a night for debates, Aaron Judge, Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees made quite an opening statement. Shane Bieber had no rebuttal. Judge smashed a tone-setting, two-run homer on Bieber's fourth pitch, Cole struck out 13 in his New York playoff debut and the Yankees opened their AL...

Tampa Bay Rays' Randy Arozarena hits a triple off Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Robbie Ray during the fourth inning of Game 1 of a wild card series playoff baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Snell sharp, Margot HR, Rays beat Blue Jays 3-1 in opener

Sep. 29, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Beyond ace lefty Blake Snell, the small-market Tampa Bay Rays are light on household names. On the postseason stage, the American League’s No. 1 seed showed just where all that dominance is coming from. “Tonight was a pretty good representation of the Tampa Bay...

Cincinnati Reds' Trevor Bauer reacts after striking out Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich in the eighth inning during a baseball game in Cincinnati, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. The Reds won 6-1. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

LEADING OFF: Wild, 8-game day opens with Bauer vs Fried

Sep. 29, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors Wednesday: ___ CRAZY EIGHT How’s this for wild: MLB is set to stage eight postseason games on the same day for the first time. National League clubs will open their best-of-three wild-card series, while four American League teams are already facing elimination...

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...

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

Sep. 29, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019. Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on...

Chicago White Sox's Lucas Giolito, clockwise from top left, celebrates with James McCann, Jose Abreu, Alex Colome, Nick Madrigal and Yoan Moncada (10) after the White Sox defeated the Oakland Athletics in Game 1 of an American League wild-card baseball series Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Giolito dazzles, Abreu slugs White Sox past A's in opener

Sep. 29, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Lucas Giolito released a brief yell of delight and marched quickly back to the dugout, his work day going just brilliantly for the Chicago White Sox. Giolito simply dazzled in his postseason debut, stymieing the Oakland Athletics through six perfect innings and sending the White Sox...

Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant, top right, is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Cubs, Marlins set to meet after bumpy paths to postseason

Sep. 29, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs manager David Ross had to remind himself Monday night that Chicago was still two days away from opening the playoffs against the Miami Marlins. Game 1 of their best-of-three wild-card series is Wednesday at Wrigley Field. And Ross can't wait. “I was laying in bed last night,...