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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...

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' Josh Donaldson, center, crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run off Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Dan Winkler during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Twins shelve Donaldson for wild card series with calf injury

Sep. 29, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson will miss the best-of-three AL first-round series against Houston because of a nagging injury to his right calf, and the team included rookie Alex Kirilloff on the roster that was set on Tuesday prior to Game 1. Donaldson missed 30 games this...

Cleveland Indians pitcher Shane Bieber throws against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

LEADING OFF: Playoffs begin, Bieber vs Cole in prime matchup

Sep. 29, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: MARQUEE MATCHUP Shane Bieber dominated this year for Cleveland, leading the American League in wins (8), ERA (1.63) and strikeouts (122). He didn’t allow a run in six of his 12 starts. Gerrit Cole delivered for the Yankees in his first season since...

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' Byron Buxton lies on the ground after being hit by a pitch from Cincinnati Reds' Lucas Sims during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

LEADING OFF: Ailing players heal up, Yanks back in Cleveland

Sep. 27, 2020 10:04 PM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors Monday: HOW DOES IT FEEL? American League playoff teams get only one day off to assess injuries and make roster decisions before the first round begins Tuesday. Minnesota has a couple of ailing hitters in third baseman Josh Donaldson (right calf) and center fielder...

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...

Milwaukee Brewers' Daniel Vogelbach celebrates after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

On final day, 2 NL spots and AL Central crown in play

Sep. 27, 2020 5:08 AM EDT

Four teams, two National League playoff spots. And the AL Central champion. Besides postseason seeding, that's what remains to be decided on the last scheduled day of this bizarre baseball season. It could all come down to the wire at once in a wild rush, too, with every meaningful game Sunday starting just...