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James Fillmore

Astros 4, Twins 1: Maeda excellent, everything else bad, 17 straight

This tied it. More came later. | Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Kenta did what was asked of him, but it was Astros swingman Framber Valdez who dominated this game.

While Kenta Maeda provided every inch of the postseason start Minnesota had hoped for when they signed him this offseason, blown opportunities give this one to the 2017 cheaters (and now prohibitive series favorites). Maeda only had one serious jam, and escaped it, leaving with a high-ish pitch count after five innings and a...

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TJ Gorsegner

Its been 17 games for us, but not for the players

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Time for a pep talk

Much has been said of the Twins’ 17 consecutive losses in the playoffs. It hurts as a fan, but its (probably) not a curse, its not about the attitude of the team, and its not anything more than a lousy coincidence. For fans, its been 17 straight losses. It hasn’t been that many for anyone in the organization though.

Since 2002, the Twins have had three different GMs (Terry Ryan twice!,) three managers, and several generations...

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Jorge Polanco error helps extend Twins’ postseason losing streak to 17 games

Polanco making a defensive stop on that ball was the hard part. The throw was the easy part, but he blew that.

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Josh Donaldson left off Twins wild-card roster due to injured calf

Donaldson could potentially replace an injured player for Wednesday's Game 2 or Game 3 on Thursday (if necessary).

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James Fillmore

ALWCS Game 1: Astros @ Twins

He’s back. | Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

Grab your coat, get your hat, leave your worries on the doorstep for a while.

Time: 1:08 Central. Vegas Line: -170 MIN / HOU +155 Weather: Partly sunny, teensy chance of mild showers, 55° at first pitch Opponent’s nice SB site: The Crawfish Boxes TV: ABC (!) Radio: So lonely without FSN hanging around

So they’re calling this the “Wild Card Series,” even though the Twins won their division and Houston had the...

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Twins set Wild Card series roster; Byron Buxton active, Josh Donaldson out

Buxton has been recovering from concussion symptoms since being hit in the head with a pitch, while Donaldson has been battling renewed calf issues.

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JohnFoley

Scouting by the numbers: #6 Houston @ #3 Minnesota

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An analytical preview of the best of three American League Wild Card Series

The third-seeded Twins host the sixth-seeded, defending American League champion Astros in a best-of-three American League Wild Card series. The Astros finished the regular season 29-31 in second place in the AL West, seven games behind the second-seeded Athletics. The 36-24 Twins clinched the AL Central by one game over Cleveland and Chicago. Houston, along...

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Twins add top prospect Alex Kirilloff to playoff roster

Kirilloff, 22, was the No. 15 overall pick of the 2016 draft. He missed the 2017 due to Tommy John surgery but cemented himself as one of the game’s top-50 overall prospects when he laid waste to Class-A pitching in 2018.

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Twins Designate Sean Poppen For Assignment

The Twins announced this morning that right-hander Sean Poppen has been designated for assignment. His spot on the 40-man roster will go to top outfield prospect Alex Kirilloff, who is being promoted for his MLB debut in Minnesota’s Wild Card showdown with the Astros.

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Twins reveal Wild Card roster; Kirilloff activated, Donaldson out

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Another prospect could make his debut this season. How 2020!

Only a few hours before the team starts on another trip in the playoffs, the Minnesota Twins have announced their active roster for the Wild Card series against the Houston Astros. Betsy Helfand of the St Paul Pioneer Press was first to the Twittersphere with the roster news:

Here’s the Twins’ Wild Card Series roster. The Twins have selected the contract of Alex...

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Joe Traub

Position-by-position advantage: Twins or Astros

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This 60-game regular season had its share of ups and downs, but it culminated with the Twins claiming their second consecutive division title. They lost to the Reds in 10 innings Sunday, but the White Sox valiant comeback effort against the Cubs came up short, so Minnesota claimed the division and the the third seed. Their opponent? The once vaunted Houston Astros, who have been anything but this year, entering the postseason with a losing record at 29-31....

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Twins To Add Top Prospect Alex Kirilloff To Playoff Roster

In a surprise move, the Twins are set to promote top outfield prospect Alex Kirilloff for what would be his MLB debut during the first round of the postseason.

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Ben Beecken

Welcome to Bizarro World: Pitching carried the Twins to playoffs

Kenta Maeda was a god-send for the Twins’ starting rotation this year. | Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

2019 feels like a long time ago, doesn’t it?

Everyone knows that 2020 has been a weird year. And, yes, “weird” is entirely too kind of a word.

But it’s been weird for the Twins, too. And not the part about the regular season only being 60 games and not starting until late July, either. Just ... everything else. It’s so different than 2019.

Don’t believe me? What if, 12...

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Bob Engvall

Ok Astros, don’t make me hate you even more

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All in all, the 60-game season was the best we could have done. Still, I am somewhat conflicted about this series with the Astros, which apparently simply means that I could and should be a happier person. But enough about me.

As many of you have suggested (and I suggested myself in a piece a couple of weeks ago), I’m pleased we are not playing the Yankees. I mean, enough is simply enough, and frankly, it’s been more than enough. Also, having the...

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Zach Koenig

A moment of reflection before the postseason madness

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It has been a remarkable feat just to get to this point

On March 12, 2020, Major League Baseball announced that the rest of Spring Training for all 30 clubs would be cancelled and the season postponed indefinitely. During what turned out to be a four-month hiatus, the sport—both players and owners—had to navigate tense labor negotiations and what must have been a logistical nightmare (Summer Camp, travel, empty stadiums, 60 game schedule...

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TJ Gorsegner

Twinkie Town Talk: Welcome to the playoffs

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The Twins face the Houston Astros in just few short hours, in the first postseason baseball game of 2020. In the meantime, here are some links for your enjoyment

In case you missed it:

Two seasons, separated by two decades, with two very different finishes Some resolution on the Appalachian League A Q&A with our sister site Crawfish Boxes previewing the upcoming series

Twins links from other sources:

Reusse thinks that Rocco Baldelli might have...

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TJ Gorsegner

Playoff preview: Q&A with Crawfish Boxes

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Talking Astros with their SBNation site

The 2020 MLB season kept teams in their respective geographic divisions, which means we didn’t play the Astros at all this season. Since they’re a little less-familiar of a foe, we exchanged questions with Dan Martin, one of the writers at our sister site Crawfish Boxes.

His answers to my questions are below, and I’ll add a link to my answers for his shortly.

1. The Astros are the worst...

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Imakesandwichesforaliving

Winnipeg in danger of losing Goldeyes

Shaw Park, home of the Winnipeg Goldeyes. | Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

Ownership and the city have been at odds over a new lease agreement for five years.

If you asked any long-term or die-hard American Association fan if they could imagine the league without the Winnipeg Goldeyes, they would probably scoff, “Yeah, right,” and go on their way. Unfortunately, it may be a possibility sooner rather than later.

Sam Katz, former mayor of Winnipeg and owner of the Fish, has...

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TheHans

Do we really want to play the Astros?

Sleeping giant, or flawed shell of what they were?

I listed the Astros as my number two pick behind...

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Twins win second straight A.L. Central title, will tango with Astros

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The loss puts the team at the third seed.

The Minnesota Twins had clinched a playoff spot in this short 2020 season already. However, the Chicago White Sox made this crazy season a little bit sweeter. Their 10-8 loss to the Chicago Cubs gave the Twins their second consecutive American League Central Division Championship in as many seasons. The last time back-to-back Central crowns were achieved was in 2009 and 2010.

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