Los Angeles Angels defeat Minnesota Twins, 11-5

Twins right fielder Michael Cuddyer left Friday night's game in the 11th inning because of a strained lower back.

"I'll be fine. It just tightened up," Cuddyer said. "It's not going to be a lasting thing."

Nonetheless, the Twins waited to announce their corresponding roster move to clear space for newly acquired Orlando Cabrera.

The leading candidates were Alexi Casilla and Brian Buscher, and teammates appeared to be saying their goodbyes to Buscher. But if Cuddye...

By acquiring Orlando Cabrera before Friday's nonwaiver trade deadline, the Twins addressed their need for a middle infielder, but their failure to add a middle reliever seemed glaring by the end of their 11-5, 11-inning loss to the Angels.

The Twins led 5-2 in the seventh, but the Angels scored two more runs off starter Nick Blackburn before Mike Napoli hit a game-tying home run off the previously unflappable Matt Guerrier in the eighth.

Once Guerrier and closer Joe ...

The Tigers and White Sox began Friday second and third, respectively, in the American League in team ERA -- and traded for pitchers on deadline day.

The Twins were in the top half of the AL in runs scored -- at least 30 runs more than Detroit or Chicago -- and traded for offense.

May the team that made the best deadline-day move win.

The Twins, White Sox and Tigers brought the AL Central to center stage Friday with moves to improve their playoff chances. The Tiger...