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Called up from his rehab assignment at Class AAA Rochester on Wednesday, Miguel Sano might want to be 'Superman.' But the Twins don't need him to be a hero.
Los Angeles railed for three runs in the ninth, when the Angels batted around and had the bases loaded before Shohei Ohtani grounded into a force play to end the game.
The catcher, having a great start, will be out because of a high ankle sprain suffered Tuesday night.
The Twins took a four-run lead through four innings, then hung on — including play at the plate that injured catcher Mitch Garver in the eighth inning — to nip the Angels.
A struggling Jose Berrios, coupled with a sputtering offense in the late innings, led to a 5-4 loss to the Angels at Target Field.
There's no question Marwin Gonzalez can handle any defensive assignment Twins manager Rocco Baldelli asks of him.
Cruz said he could try to swing a bat as soon as Tuesday but will be smart about testing the injury.
Since Martin Perez joined the Twins starting rotation on April 15, the unit has a 3.08 ERA and is one of a few reasons why the team enters Friday's weekend home series with the best record in baseball.
The Twins on Wednesday hit four more home runs, and Kyle Gibson turned in an 11-strikeout gem for the team's 23rd win. Minnesota has the best record in baseball.
Mitch Garver was struck by part of a shattered bat in the first inning, then smashed a second-deck home run to lead the Twins to a 3-0 victory. Jose Berrios pitched seven innings of the shutout.
With the Twins down to one healthy catcher Tuesday, C.J. Cron caught Jake Odorizzi's bullpen session to polish up some rusty skills - just in case.
In seven innings, Martin Perez gave up two singles and two walks while striking out a career-high nine batters. He was supported by a 12-hit attack that featured three home runs.
Righthander Addison Reed, who has been slowed because of a left thumb sprain, finally will start a minor league rehabilitation assignment Tuesday when he pitches as the opener for Class AAA Rochester.
The first-place Twins had their chances to rally against Yankees starter Domingo German, but couldn't get out of an early hole in the rain-shortened game.
The Twins left fielder didn't play Friday but ended an 0-for-24 skid with a hit Saturday, then beat out a grounder hit to second baseman D.J. LeMahieu in the fourth inning of Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Yankees.
The Twins have fired out to a 20-11 start, the best record in baseball. And they were just as composed Saturday while discussing their victory as they were Friday after they committed two errors in a loss.
Jake Odorizzi pitched six scoreless innings, holding New York to two hits; Mitch Garver, C.J. Cron and Nelson Cruz hit home runs for the Twins.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli on Saturday showed a way he can vary his bullpen usage.
Gary Sanchez hit a pair of home runs to lead the Yankees to their ninth consecutive home win - and 14th in the past 15 - over the Twins.
All indications are Willians Astudillo's hamstring strain is not serious. He was injured on Saturday while scoring on a sacrifice fly.
Houston's Gerrit Cole, who had one win and a 4.73 ERA in his first six starts, limited the Twins to one hit and struck out 11 in seven innings. The Astros pounded seven extra-base hits off Michael Pineda and the pitchers who followed him.
Every play Ehire Adrianza makes is further proof that his surgically repaired left shoulder is holding up.
Miguel Sano has been working his way back from an injury at the end of the Dominican Winter League season.
Jose Berrios struck out eight and the Twins belted five home runs Saturday, continuing their assault on Orioles pitching. It's the 11th consecutive victory over Baltimore.
Back-to-back-to-back homers from the Twins in the first inning highlighted another barrage against Baltimore, this time 6-1 at Target Field.
Matt Magill was 3-3 with a 3.81 ERA for the Twins last season, pitching 56⅔ innings over 40 appearances.
Ryne Harper, a 30-year-old rookie, is only the fifth Twins reliever since 2017 to pitch at least three innings and give up no more than one hit.
Rocco Baldelli chose Adalberto Mejia to protect a two-run lead in the eighth inning. The first four Toronto batters he faced turned a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 victory for Toronto in front of an announced crowd of 11,727.
They forged a close relationship while coaching on the same staff with the Rays and now are first-year managers.
Home runs by C.J. Cron and Eddie Rosario were among seven extra-base hits that allowed the Twins to survive a shaky opening and late struggles by two relievers in a 6-4 victory.
Buxton added 15 pounds of muscle during the offseason, he said, so he could handle crashes into the wall like on Sunday.
Consecutive idle days for the Twins - one scheduled, one due to the recent late-winter storm - come just when Jonathan Schoop was showing signs of getting in that groove he desperately seeks.
Andrew Vasquez was brought into the game with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth inning on Wednesday. He faced three batters, hitting Brandon Nimmo before walking Pete Alonso and Robinson Cano. Each time a run was forced in.
Mitch Garver and Jonathan Schoop each homered twice.
The Twins plan to use lefthander Martin Perez during this week's series against the Mets, in case games are affected by weather when the Tigers roll into town later in the week.
The Twins appear to be more interested in seeing what they have than in contacting Dallas Keuchel about his modified contract demands.
Jose Berrios did all he could to make Max Kepler's first career leadoff home run hold up until he ran into Rhys Hoskins with a man on third and two out in the sixth.
Max Kepler and Willians Astudillo hit back-to-back homers early and Eddie Rosario added a three-run homer in the ninth; Michael Pineda picked up his first win with the Twins.
On Saturday, the Twins promoted righthander Chase De Jong to help out a suddenly taxed bullpen. Tyler Austin paid the price with his roster spot.
Starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi failed to get out of the first inning, and the Twins unraveled from there save for Jorge Polanco's big night at the plate.
Byron Buxton on Wednesday smashed into the center-field wall at Kansas City.
The Twins want to use all three of their catchers, and each started a game in the series against Cleveland. One of new manager Rocco Baldelli's early challenges is to determine who catches and when.
Fan favorite Willians Astudillo had two doubles, a sacrifice fly and an excellent defensive play in his first 2019 start. He was also hit by a pitch in the eighth inning, a play that had teammates grumbling.
The Twins have five scheduled days off before April 12. That's the most in the league, and presents a unique circumstance for rookie manager Rocco Baldelli.
For the Twins' new crew, it was their how-do-you-do moment as they finally solved two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber in the seventh inning of the 2-0 victory.
After another winter of relentless workouts, Jose Berrios is ready to tackle the goals he's established for himself. At age 24, he will be the youngest pitcher to start for the Twins on Opening Day in more than two decades.
It won't be long before all the Twins' offseason work — starting with the hiring of Rocco Baldelli to replace Paul Molitor — will be put to the test. What needs to go right for the Twins to be successful this season?
Jorge Polanco on Tuesday went through fielding drills with no setbacks, then the shortstop went to the back fields and was the designated hitter in a minor league intrasquad game.
The veteran reliever, who turns 30 on Wednesday, has yet to debut in the major leagues. He earned his spot by not allowing a run this spring.
Once again, it appears the Yankees and Red Sox are the teams to beat.
Cleveland still sports one of the most impressive rotations in the major leagues.
The righthander is expected to begin the season on the injured list.
The two-time defending NL champions head the list.
The veteran lefthander has demonstrated increased velocity this spring, but he wasn't able to finish off hitters Sunday.
This spring the Twins got a crash course in the game according to Rocco. The new manager has nontraditional ways to put his charges in the best position to thrive, part of the reason he was hired.
Fernando Romero imploded for the second consecutive outing as the Twins lost to Pittsburgh 6-5 at Hammond Stadium.
The Twins are allowing players to select their pregame hitting drills a-la-carte. The Twins routinely cancel on-field batting practice on day games following night games and are willing to scratch it more often.
Most notably: There will be a single trade deadline, All-Stars will be voted in on an Election Day, rosters will be expanded from 25 to 26 players and the injured list will be lengthened for pitchers.
The Twins bench coach — a holdover from Paul Molitor's staff — and new manager coordinate on all matters.
The former first-round pick posted a 3.68 ERA over eight appearances with the Twins last year.
The veteran designated hitter had an RBI single in three at-bats for his new team.
Slowed by a right oblique strain on Feb. 22 during a drill that might keep him out of games until he's cut from camp, Royce Lewis nevertheless is absorbing knowledge from Twins veterans and coaches.
A device to help flush the wound will be used for about a week, then Twins third baseman will be in a protective walking boot again. Trainer Tony Leo called it "an aggressive intervention."
Kyle Gibson is easing his way back from a bout with E. coli.
Tim Collins wants to show the Twins he belongs. "He's close," assistant pitching coach Jeremy Hefner said.
Lefthanded pitcher Martin Perez will be added to the rotation after the team sold him with a solid offseason presentation, heavy on analytics.
Jake Odorizzi believes that he developed bad habits in 2017 with Tampa Bay when he pitched with a sore back.
New manager Rocco Baldelli has created a program to simulate game action as much as possible during the workouts. That has led to some eye-opening changes.that are low on idle time and high on production.
Wes Johnson's style and background stand out. The Twins pitching coach is just getting to know his new team, but already he is keeping things lively.
Rocco Baldelli is putting his stamp on Twins spring camp.
Following a three-week bout with E. coli he contracted during an offseason mission trip to the Dominican Republic and Haiti, Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson is in camp and ready to get stronger.
The Twins are working this week to sign some of their young players to contracts that would last through their arbitration-eligible years. Who's on the list?
Nelson Cruz looks at his new Twins teammates and it reminds him of the teams he played for when he was young. But now, at age 39, he'll be the one giving out advice.
Jonathan Schoop, a former All-Star second baseman, said he is confident he can regain his top-notch form.
More than 65 current and former players and coaches will be at TwinsFest this weekend, with spring training only a few weeks away and fans anticipating the upcoming season.