Twins sign manager Paul Molitor to three-year contract extension

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A few days ago, it was reported that the Twins were expected to bring back Paul Molitor as manager after his contract expired. The two sides have officially agreed on a three-year contract, the Twins announced on Monday.

Molitor, 61, has managed the Twins to a 227-259 (.467) record over three seasons at the helm. This season, after losing 103 games in 2016, the Twins went 85-77, qualifying for the second AL Wild Card slot. In doing so, they became the first team to reach the postseason in the season following a 100-loss campaign.

Molitor earned enshrinement in the Baseball Hall of Fame for his 21-year career as a player, batting .306/.369/.448 across 15 seasons with the Brewers and three each with the Twins and Blue Jays.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.