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The Minnesota Twins are bringing back Paul Molitor as manager after he led a historic turnaround.
The Twins announced Monday that Molitor is getting a new three-year deal that keeps him under contract through 2020. They went 85-77 this season, becoming the first team to make the playoffs after losing at least 100 games the previous year. They lost to the New York Yankees in the AL wild-card game last week.
Elite Mens Doug Williams Jersey Molitor spent the entire season in the final year of his initial three-year contract signed in 2014. New executives Derek Falvey and Thad Levine never addressed the manager’s future during the season, which saw a 26-game improvement from 2016. That led to some uncertainty about whether they would retain a manager they inherited when they took over.
In his previous outing, he struck out a career-high 15 over seven scoreless innings in his final regular-season start against Toronto.
Carrasco matched Tanaka into the sixth.
The 18-game winner gave up three hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. Also helped by two double plays, he struck out seven and was lifted with the bases loaded.
Miller retired Starlin Castro on a popup to end the inning.
That’s two of the better starting performers you’re going to see, Indians manager Terry Francona said.
Bird joined Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger as the only left-handed hitters to homer off Miller this season. Just threw the wrong pitch in the wrong spot, Miller said. It stinks. I mean, I’m the guy who lost the game.