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Byron Buxton exits AL Wild Card game with back tightness

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Twins outfielder Byron Buxton made a great catch in the bottom of the second inning, robbing Todd Frazier of extra bases in Tuesday’s American League Wild Card game. Unfortunately, Buxton banged himself up in the process. He exited in the bottom of the fifth inning with back tightness,’s Rhett Bollinger reports.

The Twins are trailing the Yankees 7-4 going into the bottom of the sixth inning. If they’re going to come back, they’ll have to do it without Buxton.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.