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Astros' Altuve wins AL MVP, Marlins' Stanton earns NL honor

Houston Astros' Jose Altuve

Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros have grown together, enduring an arduous rebuild and coming out the other side among baseball's best.

Manfred: MLB pace changes will happen with or without union

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred

Major League Baseball will change rules to speed games next year with or without an agreement with the players' association.

Twins could lure Japanese star Ohtani after voiding Dominican teen's deal

The termination of Jelfry Marte's contract is why the Twins have been identified last week as one of three teams with the ability to offer Japanese star Shohei Ohtani more than $3 million.

Molitor rewarded with American League's top manager award

Paul Molitor was chosen as the American League's top manager over two other finalists, each of whom led their teams to 100-win seasons

Souhan: Twins almost had to explain why they let AL's top manager go

If Derek Falvey and Thad Levine had fired Paul Molitor, Tuesday would have become one of the more embarrassing days in Twins history.

American League Manager of the Year voting results

Here are the totals in the AL Manager of the Year voting:

Sano has surgery, will start rehab in New York

The operation on the Twins' third baseman was done in New York at the Hospital for Special Surgery. A rod was inserted to help strengthen Sano's lower left leg.

Falvey, Levine ready for second GM meetings as Twins bosses

Derek Falvey and Thad Levine spent much of last year's meetings getting a crash course on their own players. Now, they already have "a pretty good understanding" of what other teams covet.

Reusse: Dozier emulates Grant's credo about durability

It is harder to play through injuries these days than ever. But 50 years ago, Bud Grant came down from Winnipeg to coach the Vikings and soon was telling us durability was as important as ability.

Reusse: Halladay's death stings players he influenced, including Twins' May

Trevor May was a high school pitcher in Washington when he was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. Soon after, he was exposed to Roy Halladay.

Twins' Buxton named Wilson Defensive Player of the Year

Sabermetrics determined the center fielder was the top defensive player in the major leagues this year.

'Hey, Doc. I'd love to talk': When athletes work on their mental game

Kyle Gibson of the Twins credits a sports psychology professional with helping to turn around his 2017 season, and other Minnesota athletes have worked on their mental game since they were teenagers.

Finest in the field: Buxton, Dozier win Gold Glove awards

It's the first time since Joe Mauer won as a catcher in 2010 that any Twins player has earned a Gold Glove, which is awarded for best defensive player at each position.

After firing by Twins, Mientkiewicz hired to manage Toledo Mud Hens

Doug Mientikiewicz will manage the Class AAA minor-league team in the Detroit organization, reestablishing his ties to former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.

Twins will let Tonkin leave to sign with team in Japan

The Twins will open another roster spot Wednesday by allowing righthanded reliever Michael Tonkin to sign a contract with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.

Souhan: RIP, Stelly. You could turn the mundane into the hilarious

'Stelly' helped a young baseball writer learn the game. More important, he treated people well and talked baseball like the savant and grassroots comedian that he was.

Twins name Derek Shelton bench coach

Shelton, 47, is a former catcher in the Yankees minor league organization, but he's been in the major leagues as a coach for 13 seasons

Twins release Gimenez, O'Rourke; Molitor is manager of year finalist

The Twins continued to clear space on their 40-man roster by waiving catcher Chris Gimenez and lefthander Ryan O'Rourke.

Former Twins coach Stelmaszek dies at 69

Rick Stelmaszek oversaw the bullpen, organized spring training, tutored the catchers and kept Twins players entertained with sense of humor.