A day after relinquishing his title as baseball's current Iron Man, Altuve reentered the Astros lineup and once again proved the engine that makes it go. He and the rest of the top four batters combined for nine hits of the team's 12 hits in its best offensive game in 16 days.
The Twins hit back-to-back homers off Fiers in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead. It was the 10th time this season Minnesota went back-to-back, the third-most in team history.
Two weeks removed from staining his right hamstring while running out a groundball, Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena has resumed baseball activites.
Astros reliever Luke Gregerson, who's been on the disabled list since July 28 with an oblique strain, could return to action this weekend. The veteran is scheduled to throw what manager A.J. Hinch called a "pretty aggressive" bullpen session at Target Field t o gauge his health.
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Wednesday's Say Hey, Baseball includes a quartet of high profile players retiring, a David Ortiz bobblehead gone wrong, and a pair of Cy Young candidates in Chicago.
Another career might be over too soon due to injuries and sudden ineffectiveness.
We used t o celebrate when the Pirates had a chance to finish over .500. That's not enough anymore.