LOS ANGELES -- George Springer powered the Houston Astros to the franchise's first World Series championship, crushing a two-run home run in the second inning Wednesday that gave his club a commanding lead on the way to a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7. In a World Series that saw back-and-forth battles nearly every game, only the Astros got off and running in Game 7, and the Dodgers never recovered from Houston's five-run outburst in the opening two innings.
CLEVELAND -- One year after losing 103 games, the Minnesota Twins are headed to the playoffs. Despite a 4-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night at Progressive Field, the Twins clinched the second American League wild card when the Los Angeles Angels fell 6-4 to the Chicago White Sox in 10 innings. Minnesota (83-74) will be on the road to face the New York Yankees or the Boston Red Sox in the AL wild-card game Tuesday. Before getting help from the Angels, the Twins fell to the Indians, who got a homer from Yan Gomes and three hits from Carlos Santana.
CLEVELAND—Brian Dozier's three-run homer in the eighth inning lifted the Twins to an 8-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians in a wild slugfest Tuesday night at Progressive Field, moving Minnesota to the brink of a playoff berth. With their fifth win in a row, the Twins lowered their magic number for clinching the American League's second wild-card spot to one. Minnesota pounded out 17 hits and used a club-record 10 pitchers in the game that saw starter Bartolo Colon leave after one inning because of illness.
NEW YORK -- CC Sabathia pitched six solid innings as the New York Yankees widened their lead in the wild-card race with a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. After the first pitch was delayed 65 minutes by heavy rain, Sabathia (12-5) helped the Yankees (84-67) take a six-game lead over the Twins (78-73) for the first American League wild card while remaining three games behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Eddie Rosario's two-run, two-out homer in the 10th inning sent the Minnesota Twins to a 3-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night. Joe Mauer hit a one-out single, and Rosario followed with a towering homer to right field off rookie right-hander Phil Maton on a 2-0 count. Minnesota kept its hold on the second wild-card spot in the American League with its fourth walk-off win of the season.
Major League Baseball released its 2018 regular-season schedule on Tuesday with a wrinkle that hasn't been seen in 50 years. All 30 teams will begin their respective season on March 29, marking the first time in a half-century that every club opens play on the same day. The 1968 campaign began with all 20 teams in action. In addition, March 29 represents the earliest start to a major league season, excluding special international events. It also marks only the 12th time in league history -- and first since 2011 -- that the season will begin on a Thursday.
MINNEAPOLIS—Tyler Johnson caught a long touchdown pass, and Minnesota survived a stern test from underdog Buffalo in a 17-7 season-opening win Thursday in the Gophers' first game under new coach P.J. Fleck at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Johnson caught a 61-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Conor Rhoda in the first quarter, and running back Shannon Brooks had a 1-yard touchdown plunge for Minnesota later in the first quarter. But the Gophers couldn't pull away from the visiting Bulls until late in the fourth quarter.
The game between the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians was rained out Wednesday night at Target Field in Minneapolis. Wednesday's game will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Thursday. The Indians won the series opener 8-1 on Tuesday for their fifth consecutive victory. Cleveland (65-52) leads the American League Central by 5 1/2 games over Kansas City (61-59) and by six games over Minnesota (59-58).
MILWAUKEE -- Bartolo Colon pitched seven shutout innings, and Brian Dozier homered for the second consecutive game as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 4-0 on Wednesday night at Miller Park. Coming off his first complete game of his season, the 44-year-old Colon (2-1) scattered five hits and walked just one batter while striking out five.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins hit five home runs to power their way to an 11-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario each hit two homers, and Brian Dozier had the biggest blast of the night, a go-ahead grand slam in the fourth inning. Dozier also drove in a run later in the game to cap his season-high five-RBI night.