Buxton early exit, Twins fall; Garcia HR, Texas takes 3 of 4

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Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton fails to catch a single by Texas Rangers' Ezequiel Duran during the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

By PATRICK DONNELLY

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Twins All-Star center fielder Byron Buxton exited early with tightness in his right hip and the Texas Rangers beat Minnesota 2-1. Buxton left in the seventh inning. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said “it could be more than a day-to-day issue.

Buxton has often been hurt in the past. Adolis García homered and extended his hitting streak to a career-high 19 games and Corey Seager singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth inning.

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After leading the AL Central for much of the season, the Twins have gone 9-10 in August and now trail Cleveland by two games. Texas took three of four in the series. The Rangers are 5-3 since replacing Chris Woodward with interim manager Tony Beasley last week. The Twins turned their second triple play of the season.