The drama continues in the AL Wild Card race.
Ervin Santana struck out 11 batters over eight innings of one-run ball and Eddie Rosario hit a go-ahead two-run triple in the top of the ninth as the Twins topped the American League West-leading Astros 3-2 on Saturday night in Houston. Santana was also terrific last Sunday versus Houston, racking up 10 strikeouts over seven scoreless frames in a big 7-5 victory for the Twins. Minnesota is 1 1/2 games back of the Rangers for the second Wild Card spot. Texas beat Anaheim 2-1 on Saturday behind another terrific Derek Holland outing, dropping the Angels to 3 1/2 games back in the AL Wild Card chase.
Compare this to the National League Wild Card scene, where the Cubs are 7 1/2 games ahead of the next closest team for the second spot and the Pirates stand three games up on Chicago for the top spot.
Your box scores and AP recaps from Saturday …
Rays 3, Yankees 2
Orioles 1, Blue Jays 5
Brewers 8, Reds 6 (Game 1)
Diamondbacks 0, Cubs 2
Phillies 2, Red Sox 9
Pirates 1, Cardinals 4
Brewers 7, Reds 3 (Game 2)
Braves 2, Nationals 8
Indians 0, Tigers 6
White Sox 6, Royals 1
Twins 3, Astros 2
Mets 7, Marlins 0
Giants 7, Rockies 3
Dodgers 2, Padres 0
Rangers 2, Angels 1
Mariners 8, Athletics 3
Justin Turner was going to be out by a mile on this ill-advised stolen base attempt in the bottom of the fourth inning Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, but he got a little creative …
That’s just the third stolen base of the season for Turner and just his 17th steal in 531 major league games.
Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com has the story:
The Cubs scratched Kyle Schwarber from Wednesday’s lineup with right rib soreness and can only hope this isn’t a serious injury for their hard-charging rookie.
The Cubs sent Schwarber to get an MRI as a precaution after he felt discomfort in the batting cage while warming up before a 7-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field.
There’s expected to be an update coming Thursday.
“From what I understand, just in the batting tunnel this morning he felt something in his side,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said during his postgame press conference. “So immediately we just shut it down, let him out of there. He’s undergoing some tests right now. I don’t have anything to report yet.”
An oblique strain would knock Schwarber out for at least the next two weeks, and possibly the rest of the regular season. The 22-year-old has put up 13 homers, 38 RBI, and a .917 OPS in 48 games.