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HOUSTON -- Justin Verlander gave up four hits and a run over eight innings to pick up his fourth win, and Michael Brantley, Carlos Correa and Josh Reddick each homered to lead the Houston Astros to a 7-1 victory over the visiting Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night. It was the seventh straight victory for Verlander (4-0) dating back to last season. He struck out eight and didn't walk a batter while improving to 20-9 all-time against the Twins and becoming the first Houston starter to pitch past the seventh inning this season.
HOUSTON -- Alex Bregman followed a two-run single in the fifth inning with a sacrifice fly in the seventh that sparked the host Houston Astros to a 10-4 comeback win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday. The Astros snapped a three-game losing skid behind Bregman, designated hitter Tyler White (2-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored), and left-hander Wade Miley, who retired 17 of the final 18 batters he faced following a rocky first inning. Houston trailed 3-0 four batters into the game.
HOUSTON -- Jorge Polanco recorded his second four-hit game of the season, including a two-run, two-out homer in the eighth inning to carry the Minnesota Twins to a 9-5 victory over the host Houston Astros in the opener of a three-game series Monday, April 22, at Minute Maid Park. Polanco went 4-for-5 with a double and his fourth home run, a shot off Astros reliever Chris Devenski that eluded right fielder Josh Reddick before landing in the first row of seats. Polanco plated Max Kepler with his blast and took the starch out of the Astros' latest comeback attempt.
BALTIMORE -- Mitch Garver hit two home runs and drove in five runs, Nelson Cruz had four hits including a pair of home runs and scored four runs and Eddie Rosario hit his fifth homer in three games as the visiting Minnesota Twins completed a sweep of its doubleheader with the Baltimore Orioles in a 16-7 victory on Saturday night. The Twins tied a team single-game record for home runs with eight long balls.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Nelson Cruz went 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs and Jake Odorizzi allowed just one run over 5 2/3 innings to pick up his first win of the season to help lead the Minnesota Twins to a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night, April 17. Odorizzi (1-2) allowed six hits and one walk while striking out six. Blake Parker retired all three batters he faced in the ninth, including two by strikeouts, to pick up his fourth save.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Teoscar Hernandez hit a three-run homer to highlight a four-run eighth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night, April 15, in Minneapolis. Hernandez finished with three hits, Randal Grichuk went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, and Justin Smoak went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored for Toronto, which won just the third time in its last 10 games. Sam Gaviglio (1-0) picked up the win with a scoreless inning of relief and Joe Biagini pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his first save.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Eddie Rosario had two hits and drove in two runs, and three Minnesota relievers combined to pitch three shutout innings to help lead the Twins to a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday afternoon, April 13, in Minneapolis. Michael Pineda (2-0) picked up the win, allowing three runs on eight hits over six innings while striking out five.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points as the visiting Toronto Raptors completed their regular-season schedule with a 120-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves Tuesday night, April 9. The Raptors (58-24) secured the second-best record in the NBA with the win, behind only the Milwaukee Bucks (60-21), who play their final game Wednesday. Fred VanVleet added 16 points for the Raptors, Chris Boucher added career bests with 15 points and 13 rebounds, Pascal Siakam and Norman Powell each scored 10 points.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Paul George and Russell Westbrook each scored 27 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 132-126 road win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis on Sunday, April 7. The Thunder had to come from behind, scoring 37 fourth-quarter points, to win their third consecutive game. Oklahoma City's first three-game winning streak since Feb. 11-22 has kept the Thunder in contention for the sixth spot in the Western Conference.
PHILADELPHIA -- Rhys Hoskins had three hits and drove in four runs and Odubel Herrera also had three hits as the host Philadelphia Phillies overcame a five-hit cycle by Minnesota's Jorge Polanco to defeat the Twins, 10-4, on Friday night, April 5.