Minnesota Twins defeat Toronto Blue Jays, 6-3

TORONTO - Reliever Jesse Crain spent much of the season trying to throw hard and not mixing his pitches, and eventually he spent five weeks at Class AAA Rochester to get sorted out.

But Crain returned in July, kept working on his mechanics and now has thrown 7 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings, including an outing Monday in which he got three of his four outs by strikeout in a 6-3 victory over Toronto. Crain was credited with the victory after starter Jeff Manship faile...

TORONTO - September baseball requires different approaches. Contenders are excited to come to the ballpark every day. Non-contenders are evaluating prospects while some players ponder offseason hunting trips.

Then there are teams such as the Twins, who hold on to hope despite falling from 3 1/2 to seven games behind Detroit in the AL Central over a stretch of five days. Many followers have prepared their 2009 eulogy, but there's too much pride in their clubhouse to pack...