Kansas City Royals (22-47, fifth in the AL Central) vs. Minnesota Twins (46-22, first in the AL Central)
Nelson Cruz homers has 3 RBIs as Twins rout M’s 10-5
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nelson Cruz and C.J. Cron supplied the power for the team that leads the majors in home runs.
But utility infielder Ehire Adrianza supplied the hustle and the spark in the...
A look at what's happening around the majors Tuesday:
Twins slugger Nelson Cruz has homered in four straight games, his streak coming soon after his return from a strained...
DETROIT (AP) — The way Jake Odorizzi is pitching, the Minnesota Twins know they won't need many runs to win games.
Garver, Gonzalez lift Twins over Tigers 6-3
DETROIT (AP) — Not much can contain the Twins power hitters right now, not even spacious Comerica Park.
On pace to become the majors' first-ever 300-homer club, Minnesota hit three more in a...
SEATTLE (AP) — Minnesota Twins slugger Nelson Cruz was disappointed he won't get a chance to play against one of his former teams.
Taking care of his strained left wrist was a bigger...
A look at what's happening around the majors today:
Oakland right-hander Mike Fiers (3-3, 5.48 ERA) pitches in Seattle, starting for the first time since his second...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gerrit Cole got a big play from his shortstop and settled in for a superb performance.
After Cole walked the first two batters of the game, Carlos Correa made a backhanded...
Minnesota chases series sweep over Orioles
Baltimore Orioles (10-17, fifth in the AL East) vs. Minnesota Twins (14-9, first in the AL Central)
Cruz hit 2 of Twins’ 5 homers in 6-1 win over Orioles
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — By adding Nelson Cruz, C.J. Cron and Jonathan Schoop in the offseason, the Minnesota Twins envisioned a lineup with more power.
Polanco has 4 hits, 4 RBIs in Twins’ 9-5 win over Astros
HOUSTON (AP) — After Jorge Polanco's start to the season, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli is running out of things to say about his young shortstop.
BALTIMORE (AP) — There will be plenty of games this season in which the Minnesota Twins use the long ball to win. When that doesn't happen, they're happy to go with Plan B.
Pineda scheduled to start as Minnesota hosts Toronto
Toronto Blue Jays (7-12, fourth in the AL East) vs. Minnesota Twins (9-6, second in the AL Central)
Minneapolis; Thursday, 1 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Blue Jays: Clay Buchholz (0-0,...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two starts ago, on a soggy mound in Philadelphia, Jake Odorizzi let the rain derail his pitching and didn't finish the first inning.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli really wanted to give Byron Buxton a rest, a day after the center fielder bruised his ribs when he crashed into the wall chasing down...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — From his vantage point in the dugout, Rocco Baldelli had no idea whether the chopper that Nelson Cruz hit toward third base with two outs in the 10th inning Tuesday night...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nearly two years since his last time on a big league mound, Michael Pineda looked better than ever in his Minnesota Twins debut.
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Twins start fresh with rookie manager Baldelli in dugout
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins hired the youngest manager in the major leagues. They remade the right side of the infield. There will be a new closer, too, should rookie skipper Rocco...
Baldelli era begins for Twins with Buxton-Sano priority
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The retirement of Joe Mauer freed up an annual $23 million allocation from Minnesota's payroll and the free agent market remains wide open with spring training just a week away.
Now, though, is not the time for the Twins to spend. Derek Falvey and Thad Levine of the front office are instead focused on pushing several underperforming young players for more.
Twins sign Cruz for DH power, clubhouse leadership
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With an opening for a designated hitter and a need for more power in the lineup, the Minnesota Twins found quite a fit on the free agent market with a six-time All-Star in Nelson Cruz.
They'll be counting on his impact beyond the middle of the batting order. There's a clubhouse filled with still-developing players who could use his wisdom, too.
Beltre farewell? Mariners top Rangers 3-1 to finish off 2018
SEATTLE (AP) — Adrian Beltre was not ready to say Sunday was the final game of his career.
Every other part of the day had the feel of a farewell, and a celebration for one of the best third basemen ever.
"I wanted to make sure to enjoy it, do what you do and if this is it, this is it," Beltre said. "It was just not something I could say was defined, 'This was my last game or my last out, last groundball, last hit.' But it could be. So it's difficult to explain, but I do not know how I feel."
Herrmann homer lifts Mariners past A’s, gives Astros AL West
SEATTLE (AP) — Pinch-hitter Chris Herrmann's two-run homer in the 11th inning gave the Seattle Mariners a 10-8 win over Oakland on Tuesday night, clinching the AL West for Houston and leaving the Athletics with a wild-card matchup against the New York Yankees.
Seattle overcame an 8-5 eighth-inning deficit and dropped the A's 2½ games behind the Yankees for home-field advantage in the Oct. 3 winner-take-all matchup. Oakland had been 68-0 when leading after seven innings.
Vogelbach’s slam in 8th powers Seattle over Houston 4-1
HOUSTON (AP) — When Houston's Jake Marisnick made a highlight-reel catch on a ball hit by Robinson Cano for the second out of the eighth inning Monday night, Seattle manager Scott Servais started to think it just might not be his team's night.
Turns out he just had to wait a little bit longer.
Rookie pinch-hitter Daniel Vogelbach hit his first career grand slam two batters later, lifting the Mariners over the Houston Astros 4-1 on Monday night.
Mariners’ Cruz continues power surge vs Angels in 8-2 win
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Nelson Cruz has enjoyed plenty of success over the years against the Los Angeles Angels.
This season has been the best yet.
The veteran slugger hit a three-run homer, Mike Leake pitched seven strong innings and the Seattle Mariners started a 10-game road trip with an 8-2 victory over the Angels on Thursday night.
Hedges, Renfroe homer, Padres top free-falling Mariners 5-4
SEATTLE (AP) — The Padres opened their bullpen gate and slammed the door on the Mariners' chances of a comeback.
Four San Diego relievers set a franchise record by striking out nine consecutive batters, preserving a two-run lead in the Padres' 5-4 victory over Seattle on Wednesday.
Back-to-back homers by Cruz, Span lead M’s past O’s 5-2
SEATTLE (AP) — Dee Gordon says it's too early for the Seattle Mariners to be worried about the wild-card math. He thinks they should just concentrate on winning games.
Nelson Cruz and Denard Span hit back-to-back home runs, and Seattle overcame sloppy infield defense to beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 on Wednesday night.
Rookie Nix, Padres beat King Felix, Mariners, 2-1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Even after watching Nelson Cruz drive his 79th pitch over the center field fence to make it a one-run game with one out in the ninth, San Diego Padres rookie Jacob Nix hoped manager Andy Green would let him finish.
Balk-off: Mariners beat Dodgers 5-4 on Floro’s flinch
SEATTLE (AP) — Anytime Nelson Cruz sees something awkward from a pitcher in his delivery, his default is to start screaming that it's a balk, even if it's not.
For a change, Cruz was exactly right. He pointed and yelled at Los Angeles' Dylan Floro, who was called for a balk with one out in the 10th inning that scored Cameron Maybin and gave the Seattle Mariners a 5-4 win over the Dodgers on Saturday night.
Healy helps Mariners rally to take 3rd straight from Astros
HOUSTON (AP) — When Seattle reliever Alex Colome saw Houston's Tony Kemp knock his pitch into center field with one on in the eighth inning, he was certain it would be an extra-base hit.
Guillermo Heredia made sure that wasn't the case.
Heredia made a spectacular case to preserve Seattle's lead, Ryon Healy had three hits and drove in the go-ahead run, and the Mariners beat the Astros 3-2 on Saturday night.
Cruz’s double in 8th helps Mariners beat Astros 5-2
HOUSTON (AP) — The Seattle Mariners are feeling pretty good after beating Houston All-Stars Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole on consecutive nights.
Still, they know they have a lot more work to do as they chase their first playoff berth since 2001.
"We came here and wanted to start playing some better games and that's what we've done," manager Scott Servais said. "We're just playing better baseball right now and the top of the lineup has been really swinging the bat well."
Seager and Cruz power Mariners to 6-3 win over Blue Jays
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners had been waiting for a big day from Kyle Seager to spark their struggling offense, and they finally got it Sunday.
Seager hit two home runs and Nelson Cruz added another as the Mariners powered their way to a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
"We had the Seager game today," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "We've been waiting for that one and Kyle was huge there."
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners can't seem to get their struggling bats back in a groove and end their freefall in the AL playoff picture.
Toronto's Marco Estrada became the latest to leave Seattle's batters baffled, using his mix of offspeed pitches to take a no-hitter into the seventh inning of the Blue Jays' 5-1 win over the Mariners on Saturday night.
Paxton, Cruz power Mariners over Cole, Astros 2-0
SEATTLE (AP) — James Paxton wanted a healthy return from the disabled list and a chance to beat the first-place Houston Astros.
He and the Seattle Mariners got just that with a tidy 2-0 victory Monday night.
Paxton excelled in his first start since suffering lower back inflammation in Anaheim on July 12, and he needed to in order to outduel Houston starter Gerrit Cole, who had a perfect game through four innings.
BALTIMORE (AP) — In an unprecedented four-game sweep in Baltimore, the Seattle Mariners outscored the Orioles by a total of six runs and twice prevailed in extra innings.
The difference between the two teams, to a large degree, is that Seattle finds a way to win, and the Orioles keep coming up with a variety of ways to lose.
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have made a habit this year of mounting comebacks, winning by one run and prevailing in extra innings.
They combined all three of those traits in a rousing, drama-filled matchup with the Baltimore Orioles.
Denard Span hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the 11th inning after Kyle Seager delivered a two-run homer in the ninth, and the Mariners pulled out an 8-7 victory Wednesday night.
Seager HR, 3 RBIs lift Mariners past Orioles 3-2
BALTIMORE (AP) — Nelson Cruz wasn't available, so Kyle Seager assumed the role of big bopper for the Seattle Mariners.
And what a job he did.
Seager homered and hit a pivotal two-run single in the eighth inning to back a fine pitching performance by James Paxton and help Seattle beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 Tuesday night.
BOSTON (AP) — In a showdown of All-Star sluggers, Nelson Cruz had more RBIs, but J.D. Martinez had more help.
Martinez homered and drove in five, and the Boston Red Sox rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Seattle Mariners 14-10 on Friday despite a monster night from Cruz.
LeBlanc shuts down Red Sox in Mariners’ 1-0 win
SEATTLE (AP) — Despite having a fastball that doesn't reach 90 miles an hour, Wade LeBlanc effectively shut down one of the best lineups in the American League.
LeBlanc pitched into the eighth inning and Nelson Cruz had an RBI single as the Seattle Mariners beat the Boston Red Sox 1-0 Saturday night.
SEATTLE (AP) — Something about the big moments brings out the best in Mitch Haniger.
His two-run home run in the ninth on Wednesday, after a stellar defensive play in the top of the inning, gave the Seattle Mariners an 8-6 victory and sweep of the three-game series over the Los Angeles Angels.
"We have such a powerful lineup," Haniger said. "On any given night it can be somebody else and that's kind of the vibe. There's no panic."
SEATTLE (AP) — A healthy and confident Nelson Cruz usually means good things are on the horizon for the Seattle Mariners.
Cruz homered twice and the surprising Mariners overcame Mike Trout's two home runs to beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-3 on Monday night.
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have been waiting for Nelson Cruz to get going. They have been waiting for Dee Gordon to return from the disabled list. And they had been waiting for a victory after two losses at home.
They got all three Thursday night in a 6-1 win over the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field.