Caption Close The Astros had a rough regular season, finishing below . but it's playoff time and they get a chance to reset. The Twins lead the Astros 1-0 in the fifth inning of Game 1 of their first-round playoff series Tuesday afternoon at Minnesota's Target Field.
Article content The Minnesota Twins left third baseman Josh Donaldson off their roster for the American League wild-card series against the Houston Astros as he deals with a calf injury. Marwin Gonzalez is expected to start in his place at third base. The 34-year-old Donaldson last played Friday night in a 7-2 loss to the Reds but was lifted after one at-bat.
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson will miss the best-of-three AL first-round series against Houston because of a nagging injury to his right calf, and the team included rookie Alex Kirilloff on the roster that was set on Tuesday prior to Game 1. Donaldson missed 30 games this season with a muscle strain and returned to the lineup on Sept. but he was removed from Friday's game after the first inning with cramping.