Guzman caps rally in Rangers’ 6-5 win over Houston
HOUSTON (AP) — Ronald Guzman said he is having the best week of his life, and after Saturday, it's hard to argue.
Guzman's first career homer tied the game in the eighth inning, and he put the Rangers ahead with an infield single in the 10th as Texas rallied from five runs down to beat the Houston Astros 6-5.
Twins keep catcher Mitch Garver for his potential as hitter over Chris Gimenez
FORT MYERS, FLA. The previous Twins baseball administration had made a notable trade for John Ryan Murphy, acquiring the catcher from the New York Yankees for outfielder Aaron Hicks before the 2016 season.
Murphys hitting was so feeble that he was sent to Class AAA Rochester and Juan Centeno was installed as the backup to Kurt Suzuki.
McHugh throws 6 innings in Astros’ 3-0 win over A’s
HOUSTON (AP) — Collin McHugh threw six innings, Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run single and the Houston Astros defeated the Oakland Athletics 3-0 on Saturday night.
McHugh (1-2) gave up six hits and struck out three. McHugh, who missed the first 3 1/2 months with right shoulder tendinitis and a right elbow injury, has allowed two runs or fewer in four of his six starts this season.
Astros’ bats come alive in 9-5 win over Diamondbacks
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston had not been playing like the team with the best record in the American League over the last few weeks. But the Astros are showing signs of coming out of their slump after the offense came alive to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, winning consecutive games for the first time in three weeks.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros continue to find ways to win, with their latest victory coming thanks to a player who was called up from the minors just a day earlier.
Juan Centeno hit an RBI single with two outs that capped a four-run rally in the ninth inning, lifting the Astros over the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 Sunday for their 71st victory.
Centeno was recalled from Triple-A Fresno on Saturday when catcher Evan Gattis landed on the disabled list with a concussion.
Astros place catcher McCann on concussion DL
HOUSTON (AP) — The Astros have placed catcher Brian McCann on the 7-day concussion disabled list.
The move is retroactive to Saturday and comes a day after Houston placed ace Dallas Keuchel on the 10-day disabled list because of a pinched nerve in his neck.
Houston isn't sure exactly when McCann was injured, but manager A.J. Hinch said that McCann told the team he wasn't feeling like himself on Saturday. He was then evaluated by a doctor who diagnosed him with a concussion.
Twins cut 3B Trevor Plouffe and C Juan Centeno
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have cut longtime third baseman Trevor Plouffe, the first significant move by new front office leaders Derek Falvey and Thad Levine.
Plouffe cleared waivers and has elected to become a free agent.
The 30-year-old was a first-round draft pick of the Twins back in 2004. After struggling to earn a spot as a shortstop, he turned himself into a reliable third baseman with solid power.
Plate umpire Layne hit in mask, leaves Mariners-Twins game
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Home plate umpire Jerry Layne was hit in the mask by a foul ball in the first inning and had to leave Sunday's game between Seattle and Minnesota.
A foul off the bat of the Mariners' Robinson Cano ricocheted directly off Layne's mask.
Layne stumbled to his right and was grabbed by catcher Juan Centeno, who was quickly aided by Cano. Layne was tended to by Minnesota trainers for a few minutes before gingerly leaving the field.
Gibson pitches first nine-inning complete game, Twins win
ATLANTA (AP) — Kyle Gibson is feeling stronger every time he gets to pitch.
"I'm just trying to keep developing into the guy I want to be," he said, "and you've got to go deep into the games when your team gives you a lead like that."
Gibson pitched his first nine-inning complete game and Minnesota beat Atlanta 10-3 on Wednesday night despite two hits from hyped Braves prospect Dansby Swanson in his big league debut.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With their stagnant offense struggling the way it is, the Houston Astros can't afford the sort of defensive mistakes center fielder Carlos Gomez made Monday night.
Tyler Duffey pitched six effective innings and Minnesota took advantage of two misplays by Gomez in a three-run fifth that sent the Twins to a 3-1 victory over Houston.
Gomez, the former Twins outfielder, let Jorge Polanco's single skip by him for a two-base error that allowed one run...
BOSTON The Twins didnt have the rally magic on Sunday as they fell just short in an 8-7 loss to the Red Sox.
The teams ended up splitting the four-game series, a series that included big plays and big innings. The Twins head back home having gone 4-3 on their seven-game road trip to Detroit and Boston.
After Miguel Sanos big error in the fifth put the Twins in a hole, they almost came back as a nervous announced crowd of 36,806 at Fenway Park looked on.
BOSTON (AP) — Minnesota Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki left Saturday night's game against the Boston Red Sox in the second inning after getting hit in the mask with a foul ball.
Suzuki walked to the dugout with a team trainer holding a towel to his chin. The team announced later that Suzuki got stitches on his chin.
Boston's Dustin Pedroia was at the plate and fouled one off the catcher.