KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Byron Buxton tripled, doubled, drove in two runs and scored twice as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-6 on Thursday night. Buxton delivered a one-out double in the ninth inning and after Jorge Polanco reached on an infield hit, Robbie Grossman and Miguel Sano delivered consecutive RBI singles to give Minnesota a 6-4 lead. Max Kepler's two-out single made it 7-4.
MINNEAPOLIS—Nearly a month ago, the Minnesota Vikings lost their starting quarterback and hastily traded for another. Nearly two weeks ago, the Vikings lost their star running back and a key offensive lineman. However, Minnesota hasn't lost a game in more than eight months.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The title defense ended for the Kansas City Royals despite scoring three runs with two outs in the eighth to beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 Wednesday night. Kendrys Morales drove in the go-ahead run with a double, and Alex Gordon added a two-run single as the Royals topped the Twins for the 15th time in 18 games this year. However, soon after the Royals' big eighth inning, the Baltimore Orioles rallied to beat the Toronto Blue Jays, eliminating the 2015 World Series champion Royals from postseason contention.
MINNEAPOLIS—Not even a sore wrist could keep Seattle Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz from reaching the seats this weekend at Target Field. Cruz hit two solo home runs and Jesus Sucre continued his hot hitting since his recall from Triple-A with a two-run homer as the Seattle Mariners held on for a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Twins, who lost their 100th game and will finish with the league's worst record and the top pick in next year's draft.
MINNEAPOLIS—Early homers by Jorge Polanco and Miguel Sano helped the Minnesota Twins snap a seven-game losing streak on Saturday, as they never trailed in beating the Seattle Mariners 3-2. Minnesota, which has 99 losses, got seven solid innings from starter Tyler Duffey (9-11), who allowed just four hits and no walks. Seattle starter Ariel Miranda (5-2) allowed just three hits in four innings, but two of them cleared the fence. A trio of Mariners relievers retired the final 12 Twins batters in a row.
DETROIT — Ian Kinsler drove in two runs and Daniel Norris recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night at Comerica Park. Kinsler hit his 26th homer in the first inning and added a go-ahead sacrifice fly. Norris, whose previous high was nine strikeouts, pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up two solo homers but did not figure in the decision.
MINNEAPOLIS—Mike Napoli's mammoth home run to lead off the fifth inning capped off an early see-saw battle and proved to be the difference in the Indians 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night at Target Field. The Central Division leading Indians (82-58) dropped eight of their first 12 meetings with the last-place Twins (52-89) but won the last five encounters. Cleveland maintains its six-game cushion over second-place Detroit, which beat Baltimore 4-1 on Friday. The Twins, owners of the worst record in baseball, have lost 18 of their last 21 games.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Kansas City Royals scored seven runs in the ninth inning to break a tie game in a 10-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night at Target Field. The Royals loaded the bases with nobody out against Twins closer Brandon Kintzler before Drew Butera's one-out single through the hole between first and second scored the eventual winning run. Two batters later, Paulo Orlando rolled a two-run single to right field, giving Kansas City a three-run lead.
MINNEAPOLIS—Brian Dozier homered three times for the Minnesota Twins but the collective bats of the Kansas City Royals were too much in an 11-5 victory for the visitors on Monday afternoon at Target Field. Kendrys Morales and Eric Hosmer each homered and the Royals pounded out 16 hits as Kansas City started a critical six-game road trip with a win. The Royals trail the Baltimore Orioles by four games for the second wild card spot in the American League and their next 13 games are against teams that are currently under .500.
MINNEAPOLIS—Byron Buxton and Trevor Plouffe homered to help the Minnesota Twins snap a 13-game losing streak on Thursday in an 8-5 win over the Chicago White Sox at Target Field. The losing skid was tied for the second-longest in team history, one shy of team record of 14 set in 1982, a group that lost a franchise-record 102 times. Buxton's homer came in his first game back since being recalled from Triple-A Rochester earlier in the day on Thursday. It was the second home run of the season for the rookie center fielder, who entered the game hitting a paltry .193.