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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 pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to a Detroit Tigers batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Twins tout home-field edge against Astros, even without fans

Sep. 29, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins were determined to defend their division title and start this unusual postseason at home, even if the audience at Target Field this week will be confined to family members and cardboard cutouts. The ease and predictability of playing in their own ballpark during this...

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. signals as he walks to the mound to change pitchers during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)

A capsule look at the Astros-Twins playoff series

Sep. 29, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

A capsule look at the best-of-three playoff series between the Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis beginning Tuesday: ___ HOUSTON ASTROS Record: 29-31. Playoff Entry: second place, AL West. Playoff Seed: No. 6. Manager: Dusty Baker (first season). Projected Rotation: RHP Zack Greinke (3-3, 4.03 ERA,...

Minnesota Twins pitcher Jorge Alcala, right, tags out Cincinnati Reds' Nick Castellanos as he tries to steal home on a wild pitch during the tenth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Minneapolis. The Reds won 5-3. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)

Reds beat Twins 5-3 in 10; Minnesota wins AL Central

Sep. 27, 2020 9:11 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tucker Barnhart and Eugenio Suárez had RBI singles during a three-run 10th inning, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Minnesota Twins 5-3 Sunday in a regular-season finale that determined postseason matchups. Cincinnati (31-29) became the National League’s seventh seed and will...

Minnesota Twins pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to a Detroit Tigers batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Twins assume first in AL Central with 7-6 win against Tigers

Sep. 23, 2020 11:52 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jake Cave hit a pair of home runs, Kenta Maeda finished off his regular season with another strong start and the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 7-6 on Wednesday night to take over sole possession of the AL Central lead for the first time since late August. Eddie Rosario added a...

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 outfielders Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton and Max Kepler, from left, celebrate the team's 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox in a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Twins hit 3 homers, slow down White Sox with 5-1 win

Sep. 17, 2020 1:03 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano each hit a two-run homer, and the Minnesota Twins denied the Chicago White Sox a chance to clinch their first playoff berth in 12 years with a 5-1 victory Wednesday night. Eddie Rosario also went deep and Minnesota pitchers retired their final 18 batters against...

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to a Cleveland Indians batter during the first inning of a game Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)

Buxton, Twins hand Bieber 1st loss, beat Indians 3-1

Sep. 12, 2020 1:00 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The best pitcher in baseball this season by so many measures, Cleveland's Shane Bieber has made so few mistakes. Byron Buxton prepared himself for the rare occasion and sent a misplaced slider into the empty seats on the first pitch he saw. Buxton hit a two-run homer and Kenta Maeda...

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brady Singer delivers in the seventh inning of the baseball team's game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Singer flirts with no-hitter for 8, Royals beat Indians 11-1

Sep. 10, 2020 9:48 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Brady Singer's bid at history turned to heartbreak in one pitch. "I had all the confidence in the world we were going to see it happen,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. Singer allowed just one hit — a two-out single to Austin Hedges through an infield shift in the eighth...

Minnesota Twins pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to a Detroit Tigers batter during  the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Buxton beats out infield single in 9th; Twins top Tigers 4-3

Sep. 5, 2020 11:23 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Miguel Sanó led Minnesota's rally against the Detroit bullpen with a home run and the tying single in the ninth inning, before Byron Buxton beat out an infield single for the game-winning RBI to give the Twins a 4-3 victory over the Tigers on Saturday night. “He can hit, he...