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MLB: Tuesday review: Minnesota Twins seal rare series win

The Minnesota Twins defeated the New York Yankees for the first time over the course of a season since 2001 in the highlight of Tuesday's action.

In the six games the Twins have played against New York, they have beaten them four times.

Twins cash in on home advantage

Minnesota and the Yankees shared a four-game series earlier in the season, however the Twins beat the Bronx Bombers in a short two-game match-up at Target Field to clinch the season series 4-2.

The Twins had been downtrodden by the Yankees for so long over the course of 22 years, but this set of players for Minnesota actually fought back.

They were two games up in the first series before being pegged back. However, they edged past the Yankees in the two-game series, largely thanks to great pitching from Sonny Gray on Monday and Joe Ryan on Tuesday.

Twins’ outfielder Byron Buxton spoke to MLB.com after the win and said: "I don’t even know how to put that into words. Twenty-two years, I was six.

"This one felt extra good after hearing that. I know we’ve talked a lot about it over the years, about going to Yankee Stadium, playing the Yankees.

"It feels a lot like that monkey is off the back for sure now. For me, I can’t remember the last time I’ve played and won a series against them, it’s something for us to build off."

The Twins are +3000 to win the 2023 World Series.

Garcia ends Rays' winning streak at home

Luis Garcia went for only three hits over six innings as the Houston Astros ended the Tampa Bay Rays’ home unbeaten start.

The Rays went 14 games unbeaten at the start of the season home and away, and it was 14 again which marked the end as the Astros shutout Tampa to claim the first away win at Tropicana Field this season.

Only three teams had a longer winning home record from the start of a season, the 1880 Chicago White Stockings hold the MLB record with 21.

This was the first time the Rays had been shut out this season and they still have a 20-4 record and lead the American League East Division by 4.5 games over the Baltimore Orioles (15-8).

Speaking to the official Rays website, team manager Kevin Cash said: "It was a little weird walking in the clubhouse to no booming music or anything like that. But I’m guessing they’ll get the music back on soon.

"It was a big inning that cost us, they are good hitting team. Garcia can spin the baseball really well and he’s got like, three different breaking balls that he can throw in the zone whenever he wants."

Despite the loss, Tampa remain in a really good position right now and are priced at +800 to win the World Series.

Reynolds agrees new deal with Pirates

Amongst all the action on Tuesday, there was news coming out of the Pittsburgh Pirates that outfielder Bryan Reynolds has decided to stay with them.

The 28-year-old held talks in Spring Training and they broke down and he wanted to be traded, but it appears he has had a change of heart and agreed a deal.

While the deal hasn’t been confirmed, it is thought the contract is for eight years and worth $108million.

This is significant for the Pirates as it’s the largest in franchise history and they were one of four teams never to have signed a player to a deal worth at least $100m.

That leaves Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox and Oakland Athletics as teams who have never broken the $100m barrier.

Reynolds has had a hot start to the season and is hitting .294 and leads the team with 18 RBI’s, tied for the lead with five home runs and has three stolen bases.

Despite a loss on Tuesday night to the Los Angeles Dodgers which snapped a seven-game winning streak, the Pirates have the joint-best record in the National League (16-8) along with the Atlanta Braves.

Speaking to the official Pirates website, manager Derek Shelton said: "Well, I think you all know I’m a huge Bryan Reynolds fan. Bryan Reynolds having the ability to be here is really important and means a lot to us."

The Pirates are +1400 to win the National League Central Division, while Reynolds is +4000 to win the National League Most Valuable Player award.

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