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San Diego Padres relief pitcher Ryan Weathers throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fourth inning in Game 1 of a baseball NL Division Series, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Playoff experience: 3 make MLB debuts in 2020 postseason

Oct. 7, 2020 3:49 AM EDT

It's normal for a baseball player to dream of making his big league debut or pitching in the postseason. Doing both at the same time? That's a lot to digest — but Ryan Weathers handled it OK. “We felt confident we were going to use him tonight, and how he performed was everything we could have asked...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...