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Twins fire Molitor...Severino to start for Yankees...Gomes says he’ll be ready for Game 1

October 2, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have fired Paul Molitor, one season after he won the American League Manager of the Year award. In four seasons under Molitor, the Twins went 305-343 with one appearance in the playoffs in 2017. They were 78-84 this year, long out of postseason contention after a series of early setbacks to several key players. Molitor has been offered another position within the organization.

NEW YORK (AP) — Luis Severino will start the AL wild-card game for the New York Yankees for the second straight year. Yankees manager Aaron Boone made the announcement today, a day before the game against Oakland. The 24-year-old right-hander was chosen over J.A. Happ and Masahiro Tanaka. Reliever Liam Hendriks will start for Oakland. The 29-year-old right-hander will be only the fourth pitcher to start a postseason game after a regular season of no wins, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland All-Star catcher Yan Gomes said he’ll “absolutely” play Game 1 of the Indians’ AL Division Series against Houston despite cutting his right thumb last weekend. Gomes got hurt when he accidentally connected with the bat of Royals outfielder Alex Gordon while trying to throw out a runner Saturday in Kansas City. Gomes received two stitches, and there was doubt whether he would be ready for Game 1 on Friday.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have signed cornerback Dontae Johnson to shore up an injury-depleted secondary. Buffalo freed up room on the roster by releasing defensive end Nate Orchard today. Johnson is a fourth-year player and opened this season with Seattle. He was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 8 because of a groin injury and released by the Seahawks last week. Buffalo’s starting safety Micah Hyde hurt his groin in Sunday’s loss at Green Bay and is week to week.

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says injured quarterback Trevor Lawrence will play Saturday against Wake Forest. Lawrence missed the second half of fourth-ranked Clemson’s 27-23 win over Syracuse last week after taking a hard hit right before halftime. At first Swinney said Lawrence had concussion-like symptoms. But coaches now say the injury was more of a neck strain. Lawrence took part in all of Clemson’s practice yesterday.

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