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The former Twins first baseman retired, partly because of concussion-related issues, after being an American League MVP and National League batting champion.
Twins starter Jake Odorizzi gave up a solo home run to Gleyber Torres in the second inning, and the Yankees added single runs in the third and seventh innings. Eddie Rosario's home run in the eighth closed the gap, but the Yankees quickly widened it again with two ninth-inning runs.
Randy Dobnak, one week after getting married, will face Masahiro Tanaka as the Twins hope to even up the best-of-five series.
The Twins lost to the Yankees and now face a crucial Game 2 on Saturday at Yankee Stadium in the ALDS.
When Luis Arraez was carted off the field last weekend in Kansas City, few people thought he'd be back on the field for the Twins-Yankees series, which starts tonight at 6:07 p.m.
The Twins will have 12 pitchers and 13 position players on the 25-man roster when they face the Yankees in the American League Division Series.
Manager Rocco Baldelli said infielder Luis Arraez's sprained ankle has improved to the point where he could be on the team's 25-man playoff roster that will be announced Friday morning.
The Twins have until Friday morning to decide whether rookie infielder is well enough to play in AL Division Series.
Winning streak is at five, and team-record 102 wins are within reach, but Twins are mostly enjoying a "mental break" on final weekend.
The second game of a three-game series had been set for 6:15 p.m., but a storm would likely have forced postponement.
Leaf-peeping road trips, fall weddings, MEA weekend … the optimists out there might want to start considering plans and compare calendars to this playoff schedule.
Ian Miller is searching for his first major league hit. He'll lead off for the Twins and play left field. LaMonte Wade Jr. is playing first base for the first time as a pro.
Gonzalez, who played on a World Series-winner in Houston, signed with the Twins two weeks after spring training opened, and he said he quickly knew that he'd made a smart decision.
The magic number is 2 as the Twins and Tigers play the second game of a three-game series. Randy Dobnak, who has an even bigger day planned for Saturday, gets the start.
Right-hander Jake Odortizzi will try to cut magic number, which stands at three with six games to play. Detroit will be trying to avoid its 110th loss of the season.
Both the Twins and Indians are off Monday before making their playoff pushes in the final six games of the regular season.
Martin Perez is on the mound and will try to shake off a poor outing against the White Sox. Twins look to take three of four from Royals
The righthander has rebounded from a terrible August, and has the look of an ace again.
Randy Dobnak will start for the Twins, whose magic number to clinch the American League Central title is six.
It wasn't the calls, it was the attitude, Mike Montgomery says, suggesting that MLB may "need to go to automated [strike] zones" after his run-in with umpire Manny Gonzalez.