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  • July 29, 2019
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers have agreed to a contract
    extension with play-by-play announcer Charley
    Steiner ,
    who will work a reduced schedule in 2019 at his request.The team said Monday the
    deal extends through the 2021 season. Steiner, who is 69, is entering his 15th
    season with the Dodgers.Steiner says he’s trying to keep pace with Father Time,
    Mother Nature and the road, all of which he points out have “never lost a
    battle.”The Dodgers have hired Tim Neverett to handle play-by-play for an
    unspecified number of games on SportsNet LA while TV announcer Joe Davis works
    national assignments and on AM 570 radio while Steiner is off.Neverett worked
    the last three years as the radio play-by-play voice of the Boston Red Sox, who
    beat the Dodgers in the World Series in October.Previously, the 52-year-old
    announcer spent seven years as the radio and TV voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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    , and in Las Vegas, where he called games for the
    Dodgers’ and San Diego Padres’ Triple-A teams. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — By the time
    their series opener against Kansas City concluded, the Minnesota Twins had
    played almost as much dominoes as baseball.Play was halted for 1 hour, 31
    minutes in the top of the fourth inning and again for 53 minutes in the bottom
    of the sixth. The game concluded at 12:56 a.m. local time.When all was said and
    done, the Twins were rewarded for their patience with a 6-4 win over the Royals
    in a game that ended early Saturday morning.“It was a long night,” Twins manager
    Paul Molitor said. “It’s a lot easier when you win.”Jake Cave drew a
    bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning to score the go-ahead run for the Twins,
    who held on to win their 50th game of the season.Minnesota had a one-run lead
    when heavy rain forced the game’s first stoppage. After the delay, Kansas City
    scored two runs in the top of the fifth off Twins reliever Gabriel Moya (1-0) to
    take a 4-3 advantage. The Twins responded with two runs in the bottom half of
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    , including one on the walk by Cave.“I just got behind just
    about everyone it felt like from that second inning on,” Flynn said.Minnesota
    added a run in the sixth before more rain stopped the action once again for
    nearly an hour.Players from both sides had time to kill while they waited for a
    series of storms to pass. Dominoes were a popular way to pass the time, while
    some players watched other games on TV or stayed loose in the batting cages.“I
    think you learn about people when you go through long nights and stopping and
    playing, stopping and playing,” Molitor said. “We just tried to keep it as loose
    as we could up here in the clubhouse and at the same time remind these guys that
    we had to finish what we had started.”The multiple delays forced both teams to
    dig into their bullpens. Twins starter Jake Odorizzi exited after 3 1/3 innings,
    while Royals right-hander Heath Fillmyer was limited to three innings in his
    start. The two teams combined to use nine relievers.“Just a grind. We just
    struggled,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “We were behind the counts. It was
    just a grind for us.”Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 23rd
    save.Minnesota struck first on Friday with a three-run second inning. Miguel
    Sano’s liner down the third base line bounced off the glove of Hunter Dozier and
    into foul territory, allowing two Twins runs to score.Salvador Perez’s 19th home
    run of the year cut Minnesota’s lead to 3-2 in the third.SANTANA RETURNS TO
    MINNESOTAFor the first time in more than a
    decade ,
    former Twins ace Johan Santana is back in Minnesota.Santana made his return to
    Minneapolis for the weekend as he prepares to be induced into the Twins Hall of
    Fame on Saturday. The two-time Cy Young winner was joined at Target Field by
    several former teammates, including Michael Cuddyer, Justin Morneau, Christian
    Guzman.While talking about his return, Santana got a bit nostalgic about the
    Metrodome, the since-demolished former home of the Twins. On the old Metrodome
    site sits U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings.“When I saw that, I
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    , because that was home,” Santana said. “That’s where all
    the magic happened.”Santana spent eight years with Minnesota before a trade sent
    him to the Mets. He was 93-44 with a 3.22 ERA during his Twins tenure. He’ll be
    inducted during a pregame ceremony prior to Saturday’s game between the Twins
    and Royals.TWINS CLAIM TWO OFF WAIVERSPrior to Friday’s game, Minnesota claimed
    RHP Oliver Drake off waivers from Toronto and INF Johnny Field off waivers from
    Tampa Bay. Drake will join the Twins on Saturday, while Field will report to
    Triple-A Rochester. Drake will take the roster spot of Matt Magill, who will be
    placed on the paternity list.UP NEXTRoyals: RHP Burch Smith is making just his
    fifth start of the year after moving from the bullpen to the rotation in early
    July. Smith posted a 7.47 ERA in his first four starts this season.Twins: RHP
    Jose Berrios is looking to bounce back from his last outing, in which he needed
    106 pitches to get through 4 2/3 innings in a loss to Boston.