Astros shoot to KO Twins, punch ticket to another ALCS

MINNEAPOLIS — The Houston Astros will try to advance to the American League Championship Series for the seventh season in a row when they face the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday. The Astros hold a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five AL Division Series entering Game 4. Houston split the first two games of the series at home before cruising to a 9-1 win in Game 3 on Tuesday in Minnesota. Jose Abreu homered twice for the

Twins aim to cash in on home-field advantage in Game 3 vs. Astros

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins will try to remain perfect at home in the postseason when they host the Houston Astros on Tuesday afternoon in Game 3 of the American League Division Series. The best-of-five series is even at 1-1 after each team won a game in Houston. The Astros won the series opener 6-4 on Saturday and lost the second contest 6-2 on Sunday. Yordan Alvarez racked up three home runs for Houston in

Bryan Abreu gives Astros boost against Twins

HOUSTON — While ace Justin Verlander worked six shutout innings and closer Ryan Pressly retired the side in order in the top of the ninth, the hold provided by reliever Bryan Abreu proved as critical as any pitching effort received by the Houston Astros in their 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins in Game 1 of this American League Division Series on Saturday. After Minnesota struck for four runs off Hector Neris in the seventh

Twins carry momentum into ALDS opener vs. experienced Astros

HOUSTON — Royce Lewis didn’t make the Minnesota Twins’ home crowd of 38,450 on Tuesday wait long to exhale and exorcise the angst that accompanied 18 consecutive postseason losses. The pent-up frustration accumulated from Minnesota, having lost every playoff contest dating back to Game 2 of the 2004 American League Division Series, needed a release valve. Lewis provided one with his two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. It was the defining

Twins look to win first playoff series since 2002, oust Blue Jays

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins finally snapped their 18-game playoff drought. Now, the Twins will try to take it one step further and win their first postseason series in over two decades. Minnesota will face the visiting Toronto Blue Jays in Game 2 of a best-of-three American League wild-card series on Wednesday afternoon. The Twins are coming off a 3-1 win in the series opener that was fueled by two home runs from Royce Lewis.