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Miguel Sano, sidelined for the season's final six weeks by a stress reaction in his left shin, might require surgery to insert a permanent rod to help support the bone.
Twins centerfielder Byron Buxton made a spectacular catch in the second inning, but left the game in the fourth. Zack Granite replaced him, and made a crucial baserunning error.
The Twins are in the wild-card playoff for the first time. But it was the excitement that surrounded their "Game 163s" in 2008 and 2009 that led to baseball creating the one-game showdown.
All indications, including the Twins' own history, suggest that the 2017 postseason, no matter if it lasts one night or a month, is only the prelude to something that figures to last much longer.
Miguel Sano spent Monday afternoon in the visitors' clubhouse, undergoing treatment for his sore left shin and hitting a few pitches in the indoor cages.
Twins manager Paul Molitor, 61, enters Tuesday's wild card game in New York with zero games of postseason managing experience. He does not have a contract for next season.
In the regular-season finale, 44-year-old Bartolo Colon allowed only three hits and just one run over 6 1/3 innings, a performance that helped deliver the Twins' 85th victory of the season.
The Twins lost 3-2 on Saturday to a Tigers team that used Andrew Romine at all nine positions on the field, including at pitcher for one at-bat by Miguel Sano.
Three-time All-Star Glen Perkins was tearful Saturday night after perhaps his final big-league game.
In the Twins' 6-3 victory over Detroit on Friday, Miguel Sano played for the first time since Aug. 19, and Jose Berrios earned the victory after coming out of the bullpen for the first time in his career.
Dave Pruemer, 46, was hired by the Twins in 1995, shortly after graduating from Southern Illinois, and he worked at nearly every level of the system, starting at rookie-level Elizabethton
A line drive off Todd Frazier's bat in the fifth inning Wednesday struck a young girl in the face, visibly affecting Frazier and several other players who witnessed it.
The Twins lost for the fifth time in six games Wednesday and fell to 1-8 in the Bronx over the last three years, continuing their long and durable domination by the Yankees.
Jose Berrios' command was absent, or at least shaky. The rest of the Twins contributed mistakes or fell short during the 5-2 loss at Yankee Stadium.
Manager Paul Molitor is concerned about Sano trying to regain his timing in the midst of a postseason chase.
Since Eduardo Escobar took over at Sano's position full-time while he recuperates, the backup has homered eight times, or one every 13.6 at-bats.
Jaime Garcia took advantage of the Twins being overaggressive at bat, striking out seven of the first 10 batters, while Ervin Santana pitched well in a ballpark that hasn't been kind to him in the past.
The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects. All the players are 14 or younger.
A series of well-placed hits by the Blue Jays did in the Twins.
Byron Buxton has stolen 25 bases in 26 attempts this season, and the past 21 in a row.
Bartolo Colon's shutout - on 'Big Sexy Night' in his honor - vanished in the fifth inning, and Minnesota's bats went quiet.
He says he's only vaguely aware of his success, and not at all concerned about having the title of "closer."
Bartolo Colon's shortest non-injury-related start in more than six years set the tone for a deflating loss to the Royals that ended a 3-4 road trip.
With 21 days remaining in the season, the Twins still have 19 games to play, and they remain ahead of the pack chasing the final AL wild-card spot.
Byron Buxton's hand might still be sore almost 10 days after he injured it while swinging a bat but as far as he is concerned, nothing has changed about his job.
After allowing only two runs over nine critical innings during the winning streak, the Twins' bullpen corps stumbled on Saturday in a 5-2 loss.
One night after a three-run ninth-inning rally stung and stunned the former champs, Minnesota scored in each of the first five innings on Friday but let the Royals back in it.
The Twins hired buses to take the entire Class A Miracle team, eliminated Wednesday from the now-canceled Florida State League playoffs, to Atlanta to catch flights home.
After a controversial checked-swing ruling on a potential strike three, the Royals' Lorenzo Cain converted his extra chance into two runs.
The 6-10 righthander gave up two hits over 6⅓ innings vs. Cleveland in his major league debut last month.
Max Kepler took an 88 mph slider off the shin in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Twins rallied to win - good for a sweep the three-game series.
An MRI determined Byron Buxton's hamate bone in his left hand is intact, and the pain he experienced a day earlier was the result of a bruise
One reason the twins are contending for a postseason berth: Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton and Max Kepler are playing the way the Twins imagined they would long ago.
Asked about changes to his game on the basepaths, the second baseman says: "You go through things during a season that allow you to do things, and sometimes not to do things."
Toronto took a six-run lead in the sixth inning, then had to hold off a late-inning Twins rally that included a grand slam from Max Kepler. The Blue Jays later benefited from a pop-up double.
Glen Perkins' third outing Saturday since returning from shoulder surgery lasted only three batters, a sign that he's learning what he can do with the tools at his disposal.
Bartolo Colon pitched an efficient outing, and Byron Buxton showed off with speed at the plate and in the outfield during the 6-1 victory.
Miguel Sano, sidelined with an injured shin, is eligible to return Wednesday but still cannot run, and he hasn't been able to hit or do fielding drills, either.
A sloppy fourth inning, which started with a walk and included two errors, led to three White Sox runs and a Wild Card race that tightened even more.
Catcher Jason Castro took foul balls off his face mask in three consecutive innings during Wednesday's game in Chicago and was replaced by Chris Gimenez.
Since 2015, John Curtiss has added a slider to his mix, a couple mph to his velocity, and the confidence to close to his mind-set. He was called up by the Twins earlier this week.
With the offense again humming, Kyle Gibson on Tuesday escaped trouble twice on the mound against the White Sox and made it past the sixth inning for the first time in a month.
Dillon Gee had been pitching out of the Twins bullpen, but retired 18 of 20 hitters he faced in beating the White Sox on Monday. That earned him Saturday's starting spot in Toronto.
The Twins are hopeful to get Miguel Sano back from his disabled list stint early next week.
Dillon Gee allowed only two baserunners in six innings while the Twins offense jumped to an early Game 2 lead after its rally in the opener fell one run short.
Byron Buxton's blazing inside-the-park home run was one of his three hits and six Twins home runs Friday night against the Diamondbacks.
Mitch Garver's wife was set to fly from the Twin Cities to Rochester, N.Y., this weekend. Instead, she's still here and watching her husband in the big leagues.
Following a 9-3 drubbing in Game 1, 6-foot-10 pitcher Aaron Slegers gave up only two hits in 6 1/3 innings of his major league debut as the Twins won the first time against Cleveland at Target Field in 10 games.
Until Thursday, Glen Perkins had not stood on the Target Field mound since Oct. 2, 2015, had not worn a Twins uniform since April 10, 2016, and had not been certain he would ever pitch again several times.
A low-wattage, high-charm personality has made the 44-year old Twins pitcher — and Tuesday night's starter at Target Field — an extraordinarily popular teammate everywhere he's gone.
He doesn't yet have the famous mustache of Dennis Eckersley or Dan Quisenberry, but Trevor Hildenberger now has something more important in common with his fellow sidearmers: a major league save.
Three passed balls, an error, a wild pitch and a hit batsman -- all in one inning -- were some of the challenges the Twins overcame before Byron Buxton's big hit put them back in the lead.
Matt Belisle tried to hog the blame for ending the Twins' six-game winning streak on Saturday, tried to soak up all the responsibility for the Twins loosing their grip on a playoff spot after just one day. Yes, well, placing the blame on Belisle requires overlooking a few facts.
Thad Levine said he and Derek Falvey have been impressed with how the Twins responded to the trade of Kintzler and Garcia, going 8-3 to open August and move to the head of a six-team race for the final wild-card spot.
Eddie Rosario crushed a three-run home run, Max Kepler bashed a two-run shot, and once again Byron Buxton dazzled in center field
For the Twins' many players from Spanish-speaking countries, Players Weekend will be a way for them to be known by the names they've been called by friends and family all their lives.
Adalberto Mejia walked off the mound and onto the disabled list Tuesday night. His teammates paid their respects with a five-homer salute.
Even as Jorge Polanco trudged through the depth of a five-week slump — he went 8-for-77 (.104) from June 24 to Aug. 1 — he avoided tinkering with his stance or his swing.
Matt Belisle closed it out after the Twins came back from a 5-0 hole.
Glen Perkins, who hasn't pitched in a major league game in 16 months after surgery to reattach the labrum in his left shoulder, believes a rehab stint with Class AA Chattanooga next week could be the final step of his long journey back to the Twins.
"He's pitched well. He's getting opportunities that seem like more of the game-on-the-line situations," Twins manager Paul Molitor said.
The Twins might be intent on create a hot streak that carries them back into playoff contention. But on Thursday, they sure played like winter is coming in a 4-1 loss to Texas.
The Twins made a minor deal Thursday, picking up pitcher Gabriel Moya in exchange for John Ryan Murphy. Will there be more to come?
Zack Granite threw to a vacant base in the eighth inning, allowing the Dodgers to tie the game and then win in the bottom of the ninth.
Neither Byron Buxton nor Miguel Sano was in the Twins' lineup for a second consecutive day in Los Angeles.
The enduring image of the Twins' third straight loss, 6-2 to the Dodgers, will be umpires putting Paul Molitor through a lengthy mid-game paperwork audit.
Cody Bellinger's three-run shot over the center field wall gave the Dodgers a 6-4 victory, and put the Twins to 49-49 for the season 3 1/2 games back of Cleveland.
The Twins sent 19-year-old righthanded pitcher Huascar Ynoa to Atlanta, though the real acquisition for the Braves is salary relief.
Whether Braves lefty Jaime Garcia ever wears a Twins uniform or not, the prospective deal has established an objective that Derek Falvey made explicit Friday.
Inconsistent ace Ervin Santana had another one of those games Friday, getting pulled in the fourth after allowing a pair of home runs to Victor Martinez.
Starter has 3.65 career ERA, but a history of injuries.
Bartolo Colon produced a mixed effort in his Twins debut - starting strong but eventually allowing four earned runs in four innings - and manager Paul Molitor said the 44-year-old will make his next scheduled start.
Phil Hughes was placed on the 60-day disabled list to make room on the Twins roster for Bartolo Colon. Kennys Vargas was demoted so reliever Craig Breslow could be activated.
The Twins strung together fourth consecutive hits, with pinch hitter Eduardo Escobar driving in the go-ahead run and Eddie Rosario following with an RBI double to beat the Yankees.
Colon has 235 victories, piling up most of them back when his fastball was closer to 100 mph than 90, and he won a Cy Young Award in 2005 with the Angels.
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