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FILE  - In this Sept. 27, 2020, file photo, Minnesota Twins' Nelson Cruz, center, smiles in the dugout after the Twins clinched the AL Central championship with the Chicago White Sox's loss during the tenth inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis. Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz was voted Marvin Miller Man of the Year and Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was picked as Player of the Year in annual Players Choice award voting by the Major League Baseball Players Association.(AP Photo/Craig Lassig, File)

Twins' Nelson Cruz wins Marvin Miller Award for leadership

Oct. 22, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz was voted Marvin Miller Man of the Year and Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was picked as Player of the Year in annual Players Choice award voting by the Major League Baseball Players Association. Cruz hit .303 with 16 homers and 33...

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Peter Fairbanks celebrates their victory against the Houston Astros in Game 7 of a baseball American League Championship Series, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in San Diego. The Rays defeated the Astros 4-2 to win the series 4-3 games. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Inside the stable: A primer on the Rays' fearsome bullpen

Oct. 19, 2020 2:41 AM EDT

The Tampa Bay Rays have crossed the desert on some no-name horses. Advancing from the AL playoffs in San Diego to the World Series in Arlington, Texas, manager Kevin Cash leaned hard on his bullpen — a group he described as “a whole damn stable of guys who throw 98 miles per hour” during a...

Twins SS Polanco has ankle surgery in 2nd straight offseason

Oct. 12, 2020 8:56 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco is recovering from surgery on his right ankle for a second straight offseason. The Twins announced Monday that Polanco had a procedure last week to remove a mild bone spur and a small bone chip on the outside of the joint that went as planned. He...

Today in History

Oct. 7, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Oct. 7, the 281st day of 2020. There are 85 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 7, 1996, Fox News Channel made its debut. On this date: In 1910, a major wildfire devastated the northern Minnesota towns of Spooner and Baudette, charring at...

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)

A capsule look at the Astros-Athletics playoff series

Oct. 4, 2020 4:41 AM EDT

A capsule look at the best-of-five playoff series between the Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics in Los Angeles beginning Monday: ___ Season Series: Athletics won 7-3. ___ HOUSTON ASTROS Record: 29-31. Playoff Entry: second place, AL West. Playoff Seed: No. 6. Manager: Dusty Baker (first season). Projected...

FILE - In this April 1965 file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ron Perranoski poses. Perranoski, one of the Dodgers' greatest lefthanded relievers of all-time, passed away at the age of 84 on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, at his home in Vero Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/File)

Relief ace Perranoski, 2-time World Series champ, dies at 84

Oct. 3, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ron Perranoski, the left-handed ace of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ bullpen who helped them win a pair of World Series championships in the 1960s, has died. He was 84. He died Friday night at his home in Vero Beach, Florida, of complications from a long illness, his sister Pat Zailo...

Minnesota Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi spends a few moments alone on the mound after the 2020 season ended as the Twins lost the American League wild-card series to the Houston Astros, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Minneapolis. The Astros beat them 3-1 in Game 2, Odorizzi did not pitch in the series. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Over in a hurry: A couple bad days end MLB seasons

Oct. 2, 2020 1:13 AM EDT

Joey Votto was at a bit of a loss to describe what had happened to the Reds. Two games, 22 innings and zero runs: Just like that, Cincinnati and its faltering offense had been eliminated from the MLB playoffs by the Atlanta Braves. “There's so few opportunities to show your true selves in a two-game...

Minnesota Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi spends a few moments alone on the mound after the 2020 season ended as the Twins lost the American League wild-card series to the Houston Astros, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Minneapolis. The Astros beat them 3-1 in Game 2, Odorizzi did not pitch in the series. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Saddled by record streak, dazed Twins ponder playoff ousters

Oct. 1, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After taking a second straight division title by winning at a 60% rate during the regular season, the Minnesota Twins experienced no reward in the playoffs, only that familiar autumn exasperation for the franchise and those who follow it. The Twins, whose last World Series championship...

Atlanta Braves Freddie Freeman (5) celebrates driving in the game-winning run against the Cincinnati Reds in the 13th inning during Game 1 of a National League wild-card baseball series, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Atlanta. The Atlanta Braves won 1-0. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

September Madness: MLB stages 8 playoff games in 1 day

Oct. 1, 2020 2:44 AM EDT

Shortly after noon in Atlanta, Nick Senzel of the Cincinnati Reds slapped the first pitch from Max Fried to right field for a single, beginning a day of baseball unlike any that had come before. Eight postseason games, all starting in a span of around 10 hours. “This is like September Madness,”...

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...