Twins
October 4
Manager Mayo Smith of the Detroit Tigers tossed into a whirlpool bath by pitcher Mickey Lolich, left, after the Tigers won the 1968 American League pe

Reusse: '68 Tigers had story all their own besides beating Gibson in Game 7

Mickey Lolich, a lefty with a big gut, was selected World Series MVP after making three starts and defeating the sleek Bob Gibson.
Twins
October 4
Ron Perranoski, April 22, 1970

Perranoski, reliever who shined for Dodgers and Twins, dead at 84

Ron Perranoski, who led the AL in saves while pitching for the Twins in 1969 and '70, died at his home in Vero Beach, Fla., of complications from a long illness
Twins
October 4
The Twins have been in touch with Nelson Cruz about his returning for another season but have not set their payroll.

Oddities of 2020 leave Twins with plans to make, little to go on

Budgets dictate decisions, and it's almost impossible, given the ongoing pandemic, to reliably forecast what MLB finances will look like by next spring, or how that uncertainty will affect the value of players.
Twins
October 2
Twins player-by-player look ahead: Will they stay or will they go?

Twins player-by-player look ahead: Will they stay or will they go?

Part of the Twins trying to figure out how to end their 18-game postseason losing streak is to build a team that can handle both the grind of the regular season and the added stresses of the playoffs.
Twins
October 2
Mystery of why Byron Buxton didn't start Game 2 unsolved, unflattering

Mystery of why Byron Buxton didn't start Game 2 unsolved, unflattering

We still have no idea why Buxton, the Twins' most important player, didn't start their most important game -- nor why he was deemed fit enough to pinch run later in that game. That's a problem.
Twins
October 2
Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco couldn’t reach an single by Houston’s Kyle Tucker on Tuesday.

Polanco may need surgery; Twins face dilemma with coaching staff

After struggling through the season's final weeks, shortstop Jorge Polanco may need more ankle surgery despite missing only five of the Twins' games this season.
Twins
October 2
Twins rookie Alex Kirilloff got his first hit in the fourth innin and could be part of the team's improvement in 2021 and beyond.

Souhan: Ending playoff failure era may best be a job for youngest Twins

Many fans may again demand that the Twins fix all of their problems with one, flashy free agent signing. But the answer to this team's problems could reside within the organization.
Twins
October 2
Jose Berrios

'We know we fell short.' Falvey ponders conquering 'Octoberphobia'

Twins executive Derek Falvey Falvey and manager Rocco Baldelli understand that the fan base has 'Octoberphobia' when it comes to the Twins and the playoffs.
Twins
October 2
Rich Hill, at 40, had a solid regular season for the Twins, but the team’s early exit prevented him from appearing in the playoffs.

Twins signed five players for postseason help; only one played

Newcomers Josh Donaldson, Tyler Clippard, Jake Odorizzi and Rich Hill all watched from the bench as the Twins were swept by Houston - and Sergio Romo was the losing pitcher in Game 1.
Twins
October 1
Twins season fades away as surely as baseball's COVID protocols

Twins season fades away as surely as baseball's COVID protocols

The Twins season began with high hopes for a World Series and a long list of dos and don’ts distributed by Major League Baseball governing on-field protocol for players. Both ended up as mere suggestions.
Twins
October 1
Twins second baseman Luis Arraez was tagged out at home by Astros catcher Martin Maldonado in the fifth inning. It would have been the go ahead run.

Reusse: Twins must learn 'bomba ball' doesn't work when it matters most

A team that's only capable of jogging around the bases, with some of that based on a few hitters only capable of hitting meatballs, is not going to cut it in pressurized competition of the playoffs.
Twins
October 1
Minnesota Twins Miguel Sano on the dugout at the end of the game.

Twins swept by Houston. 'It seemed like we played into their trap'

The most bizarre season in baseball history ended in the most familiar way possible for the Twins on Wednesday: A meek loss and another unceremonious sweep.
Twins
October 1
Carlos Correa celebrated after hitting a home run in the seventh inning.

Correa taunts Astros haters: 'What are they going to say now?'

While Byron Buxton was mostly absent Wednesday, his draft classmate was busy showing why he went first overall in 2012.
Twins
October 1
Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario spoke to home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez after he struck out in the sixth inning. Gonzalez ejected Rosario for the i

Rosario ejected, Berrios exits early as frustration fills Twins' day

There was passion, frustration and reflection from the Twins on a day their season came to an end.
Twins
October 1
Twins pitcher Jose Berrios in the dugout after finishing the fifth inning.

Souhan: Quick hook for starters leads to quick exit from playoffs

Do not let the oddities of this short, strange season distract you from the fact this was the most embarrassing loss of the Twins' record-breaking postseason losing streak.
Twins
October 1
Twins pinch runner Byron Buxton was tagged out in a rundown by Astros pitcher Cristian Javier in the eighth inning.

Buxton sits to start Game 2, gets picked off as pinch runner

Byron Buxton's 2020 season began with him out of the lineup because of a mid-foot sprain and interrupted by a left shoulder strain. It didn't end very well, either.
Twins
October 1
Twins players watched from the dugout in the ninth inning.

Hartman: Twins run into familiar end to unfamiliar season

Despite their playoff loss, the Twins did well to navigate in a pandemic and win the AL Central.
Twins
September 30

Lost causes: Longest postseason losing streaks among major North American sports teams

The Twins have the unpleasant distinction of being alone at the top.
Twins
September 30

Twins-Houston Game 2 recap

A look back at Wednesday's game.
Twins
September 30
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Watch the replay: Twins playoff postgame show on StribSports Live

Michael Rand broke down the Game 2 loss to the Astros and talked about all the things that went wrong during another Twins playoff failure.

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