Minnesota Twins reliever Ryan Pressly didn't even turn his head when George Springer connected with his elevated fastball. Left fielder Eddie Rosario hardly moved. The only uncertainty stemmed from whether the moonshot would reach Target Field's third deck or the upper reaches of its second.
Houston smashed six home runs and completed a three-game sweep with a 17-6 dismantling at Target Field. Two pitchers were demoted after the game as the bullpen let a one-run game turn into another rout.
David Paulino allowed only two runs in his spot start for the Astros on Wednesday but wasn't efficient enough to complete more than four innings.
Reymin Guduan's tenure in the Astros' organization predates most. The hard-throwing left handed reliever signed in Sept. 2009 when he was just 17. The Astros under then-general manager Ed Wade acquired the wiry Dominican as an international free agent for just a $55,000 bonus.
Houston leads the AL West by 11 games and Washington is up by 8 1/2 games in the NL East, which could leave the other teams in those divisions fighting for wild-card spots even with four months of the season remaining.
OK, now can we say the AL West race is over?
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