Weather Forecast


Carter carries Astros

USA Today Sports Chris Carter of the Houston Astros clubs the second of his two home runs on Tuesday night. The Astros beat the Minnesota Twins 10-4.

HOUSTON (TSX) — Chris Carter flexed his muscles on Tuesday night.

Carter, the powerful Astros designated hitter, walloped two home runs Tuesday night off Twins starter Yohan Pino, almost certainly meaning the 30-year-old rookie will be sent back to the minor leagues after 10 big-league starts.

Jake Marisnick also went deep for Houston, and the Astros defeated the Twins 10-4.

Pino’s status was shaky anyway after posting a 4.59 ERA in his first nine starts.

Righthander Ricky Nolasco is expected to return to the starting rotation on Friday, and the Twins appear committed to giving Trevor May, another rookie, at least another start or two.

Oswaldo Arcia had a big night for the Twins in his return to the lineup after sitting out on Monday. Arcia hit two home runs and finished with three RBI.

Mixed feelings                              for Willingham

JoshWillingham had mixed feelings on being dealt from Minnesota to Kanas City.

Willingham, 35, was shipped to provide the first-place Royals an additional bat. Willingham is batting just .210/345/.402 with 12 home runs and 34 RBIs this season, but in two-plus seasons with the Twins, he’s hit .232/.353/.446 with 61 home runs and 192 RBIs in 324 games.

“Obviously the goal was to win with the Twins,” said Willingham, who signed with the Twins Dec. 15, 2011. “Unfortunately, we weren’t. Now I have a chance to go help another club and hopefully make the playoffs.”

For Willingham, making it to the postseason would serve as a triumph considering he has never participated in the playoffs in his 11th seasons in the bigs with previous stops with the Marlins, Nationals and Athletics.

“I’m happy for him,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “I’m excited for him to go get in a pennant race. He hasn’t enjoyed that I don’t think but one time in his career. He’s been a pleasure and it’s a tough moment for everyone in this clubhouse that’s been here with him.

“He’s a really good guy to have around, a great baseball player and a better person. It was hard; it wasn’t easy to see him go. But I’m happy that he’s going to a ball club that’s in a big race and he’s going to get to see what that’s like.”