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Twins Become First Team To Make Playoffs After 100-Loss Season

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The Minnesota Twins have plenty to celebrate as their Wild Card playoff berth clinch made Minnesota the first team to lose at least 100 and then make the postseason the following year.

The Twins earned an AL wild-card berth after the Los Angeles Angels lost in extra innings to the Chicago White Sox.

Minnesota will play either Boston or New York in the Wild Card round.

“It’s been awesome watching this team come together all season,” Twins’ first baseman Joe Mauer said as the team celebrated. “This is the best sound in the world. It’s been one of the most fun years that I’ve ever had.

“I like our guys. This is the culmination of a lot of hard work over the last few years.”

“This is gonna be a fun couple of days getting ready for what’s next,” said Twins manager Paul Molitor. “I like our chances. It means a lot to all of us.”

“It’s part of your job as a manger to imagine what could happen,” Molitor said. “This year, it came to fruition. I couldn’t be prouder of this team.”

“Just to be able to come back and do this is incredible,” Minnesota center fielder Byron Buxton said. “We’re just going to take it one step at a time, just like we’ve been doing.”

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Rays Recall Austin Meadows

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The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled outfielder Austin Meadows to their active roster, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Tompkin.

In addition to Meadows, right handers Austin Pruitt and Chih-Wei Hu, along with lefty Hoby Milner, will be joining the big league roster.

Meadows, 23, posted a  .292/.327/.468 line over 165 plate appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this season, prior to being sent over in exchange for starting pitcher Chris Archer.

 

 

 

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Orioles’ Adam Jones Discusses Vetoed Trade, Free Agency

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Baltimore Orioles veteran outfielder Adam Jones has seen the organization undergo a major rebuild, and have traded away pieces to start from scratch. Jones was expected to be traded but it has been reported that the veteran exercised his 10-and-5 rights to veto a trade that would’ve sent him from Baltimore to the Phillies shortly before the non-waiver trade deadline.

“It just wasn’t right for me” Jones said, during an interview with Sara Perlman of MASNsports.com.

“I was playing center field at the time, and they wanted me to go play right field and platoon. That was the situation there, and it’s understandable. That’s how their roster was constructed, and that’s National League ball — double-switch and all that kind of stuff. … It wasn’t the right move for me, especially going into free agency. I’m not going into free agency looking like I’m [Nolan] Arenado, [Manny] Machado or [Bryce] Harper — obviously not — but I want to continue to create and maintain my stock. Going there to platoon, obviously in a good environment, a winning environment, would’ve hurt me in the long run. If I was 36, 37, a little older and toward the end of it all, of course — that would’ve been a very ideal and smart move, because it’d make sense. … I wish the Phillies the best, because I believe they have a really good team.”

Jones also discussed his pending free agency, adding, “Whoever wants me to run around [in the outfield] for them, whether it’s center, right, left, I could care less. I just want to play.”

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Yankees Activate Aaron Judge

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The New York Yankees have activated slugger Aaron Judge for tonight;s game, manager Aaron Boone said, according to SNY’s Andy Martino.

Judge has not been cleared to hit in a live game, he will be able to play in the field and run the bases while he finished his preparations for his full return. Although Judge isn’t fully back, this step is welcomed for a Yankees team that his been dreadful at the plate for over a month, and has seen their lead for the top Wild Card spot dwindle.

 

 

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