Max Kepler and Brian Dozier homered, Byron Buxton had three hits and the playoff-chasing Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Friday night.
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Twins stabilize wild-card chances
The Twins righted the ship on Thursday with a 12-1 win over the Tigers, as their chance at earning the second wild-card berth jumped with nine games remaining. The Rangers stayed alive with a victory, while the Angels' chances took a big hit with a loss to the Indians.
For teams with shaky rotations, the postseason prescription is always the same: Use the mediocre starters less, and try to get more from the better relievers. Too bad Minnesota no longer has Brandon Kintzler.
Joe Mauer and Jorge Polanco had three hits each, and the Minnesota Twins extended their lead for the American League's second wild card by beating the Detroit Tigers 12-1 on Thursday night.
Rangers back in the hunt?
The Twins' chances for the second wild-card spot went down slightly after being swept by the Yankees. Combined with a loss by the Angels, the door is now open for the Rangers, who saw their chances nearly double. The Royals aren't out of it just yet either.
William Weinbaum ESPN
The frightful Yankee Stadium episode Wed. in which a little girl was injured by a foul ball calls to mind the ongoing concerns of Mandy Coolbaugh, whose husband Mike -- a minor league first-base coach -- was killed 7/22/07 on a liner that struck him in the neck. She says when she and their two toddler sons attended Mike's games, he insisted that they stay in an area with protective netting and that she advocates extending netting at ballparks.
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
Hall-of-Famer Rod Carew catches up with Tito Francona. Carew, who survived a massive heart attack in 2015 and received a heart transplant, wanted to check up on Francona, who underwent a cardiac procedure for an irregular heartbeat in early July.
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
I have talked to or texted with a lot of the Puerto Rican players in MLB, and a lot of them have not heard from their families regarding the impact of Hurricane Maria. This morning, Hurricane Maria became the first category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Puerto Rico since the 1920's. After the direct hit, most of the island is without power and communication is very limited.
Eduardo Escobar has done well filling in for the injured third baseman, as the Twins have had an unlikely offensive surge in his absence.
Aaron Judge hit his AL-leading 45th home run and topped 100 RBI, Didi Gregorius surpassed Derek Jeter for the most home runs by a Yankees shortstop and New York beat the Minnesota Twins 11-3 Wednesday for a three-game sweep.
The Twins' Miguel Sano has not played since Aug. 19 due to a shin injury, and it is unlikely he will return to third base this season.
Can the Twins hold off the Angels?
The Yankees are all but locked into a wild-card spot, while the Twins have a significant advantage over the Angels despite losing four of five. The Rangers' two-game win streak is probably too little, too late, while losing streaks by the Mariners (four games) and Royals (three) have just about sunk them.
Yankees go for the sweep
The Yankees moved up ace Luis Severino to the finale of their three-game set against the Twins on Wednesday (1 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App). The Yankees and Twins are in the top two spots for the AL wild-card berths.
CC Sabathia recovered from a shaky start to pitch six innings, Brett Gardner had a pair of tying hits and the New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Tuesday night to ensure their sixth straight series win.
A wild fight to the finish
The AL wild-card race takes center stage Tuesday as the top three teams are all in action on ESPN (Twins at Yankees, 7 p.m. ET; Indians at Angels, 10 p.m. ET). The Yankees have a five-game lead over the Twins and are a heavy favorite to make the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Angels need all the wins they can get.
The Twins dropped the first game of a 10-game road trip, with two more in the Bronx, four in Detroit and three in Cleveland. Don't print those playoff tickets just yet.
Aaron Judge hit his 44th home run, Aroldis Chapman pitched out of big trouble in the eighth inning and the New York Yankees edged the Minnesota Twins 2-1 on Monday night to increase their AL wild-card lead.
Mauer showing signs of his old self
For the first nine years of his career, Joe Mauer was one of the most complete hitters in baseball, taking home the 2009 AL MVP award. Since a concussion ended his 2013 season, he has fallen to merely solid. But this season has been a resurgence for Mauer, as he is hitting .306 with an .810 OPS.