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Houston Astros' Carlos Correa, left, and Houston Astros' George Springer, leap in celebration after they defeated the Minnesota Twins 3-1 in Game 2 to clinch the American League wild-card baseball series, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Astros sweep as Twins lose 18th straight in playoffs

Sep. 30, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Shaken up by a scandal before the virus outbreak shrunk the season, the Houston Astros barely played well enough to reach the playoffs — with the rest of baseball actively rooting against them. Well, they're not ready to leave yet. Carlos Correa hit a two-out, tiebreaking home run...

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' 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 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...

A fly ball goes off the glove of Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton on a triple by Cleveland Indians' Jordan Luplow in the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Byron Buxton homers again as Twins beat Indians 8-4

Sep. 13, 2020 12:43 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With Byron Buxton healthy and again showing his tantalizing talent, the Minnesota Twins are looking more like the strong contenders in the American League they expected to be when this truncated season started. A return to their power-hitting ways has helped their surge, too. Buxton...

Minnesota Twins right fielder Brent Rooker dives for but misses a ball hit by Detroit Tigers' Jonathan Schoop for an RBI triple during the third inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

Twins win 3-2 in extra innings, sweep Tigers in doubleheader

Sep. 4, 2020 9:12 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Marwin Gonzalez singled home Willians Astudillo in the eighth inning, and the Minnesota Twins rallied to beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 and sweep Friday’s doubleheader. Astudillo served as Minnesota's automatic runner at second in the eighth inning of the seven-inning game. Gonzalez...

Minnesota Twins' Josh Donaldson, left, and Miguel Sano celebrate the Twins' 8-1 win over the Chicago White Sox in a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Donaldson drives in 2 in injury return as Twins beat Sox 8-1

Sep. 3, 2020 1:17 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Just seven games into his debut with the Minnesota Twins, with only four hits to show for it, Josh Donaldson found himself sidelined by a strained calf. After missing exactly half of this pandemic-shortened season, the big-swinging, sure-fielding third baseman was back in the lineup and...

Minnesota Twins' Marwin Gonzalez races to first base as he drives in two runs on a fielder's choice off Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito in the second inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Robert leads 1st-place White Sox in rally past Twins 8-5

Sep. 1, 2020 1:19 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Chicago White Sox initiated a teardown a little more than three years ago, rebuilding through trades that fetched rising stars like Lucas Giolito, Eloy Jiménez and Yoán Moncada. The most impactful move of all might have been signing Luis Robert. The Cuban rookie hit a tying...