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The Twins, after Eddie Rosario's pinch-hit blast and solo homers by Mitch Garver and C.J. Cron in the eighth inning, beat the Oakland Athletics 6-3 to end their first three-game losing streak of the season.
Matt Magill has made 28 appearances for the Twins this season, posting a 4.45 ERA. But This move by the Twins removes Magill from the 40-man roster, exposing him to waivers.
Michael Pineda has a 2.83 ERA over his past five starts, leaving any lingering elbow concerns behind after he missed a season because of Tommy John surgery.
The Twins are hoping to have their three sidelined starters back for the games against both New York teams and the Oakland A's.
The Twins tied Sunday's game with a three-run rally before Trevor May threw two fastballs in the upper 90s past Carlos Santana -- and then hung a curve ball.
Rocco Baldelli did not use the word "concussion" in describing Byron Buxton's condition, but the Twins figure to be careful with the health of their center fielder.
A quick look at Sunday's game.
Max Kepler hit two more home runs off Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer, giving him five for the season, and the Twins won again.
Eddie Rosario, out since June 26, hoped to return this weekend in Cleveland but could remain on the injured list until next week.
After the Twins won a challenged play at first base in the seventh inning, Jorge Polanco took advantage of the extended inning and ripped a two-run double to spark the comeback.
The Twins threatened to run away with the AL Central before hitting a 9-10 stretch right before the All-Star break that allowed Cleveland to chop Minnesota's lead to 5 1/2 games. Tonight is the first of 13 remaining games between the teams.
The Twins start the second half of their season with a 5 1/2-game lead in the American League Central. One reason for the success? New approaches to old issues. Our baseball writers go deep looking at some of the changes.
Rougned Odor's three-run homer off in the 11th inning was the decisive blow in a 4-1 loss to Rangers, a game that was antithetical to how the Twins rose to the top of the AL Central.
Former Cleveland reliever Cody Allen is trying to work his way back to the majors while a couple of others who were thought to be key parts of the Twins bullpen are sidelined at Rochester.
TWINS INSIDER It's notable that both Adalberto Mejia and Zack Littell returned to the club in the past week.
The pitching staff takes more lumps, as does the team's once-cushy lead over the Indians in the AL Central.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said he could use Marwin Gonzalez if he really wanted to, but preferred to give him another day to let his injured right big toe heal.
Mitch Garver's sharp single to left scored Byron Buxton in the 12th inning to complete the Twins' rally in Oakland.
Jose Berrios, who is 8-4 with a 2.89 ERA, will replace injured teammate Jake Odorizzi on the AL squad.
The Twins pitcher is headed for the injured list after getting hit hard at Oakland.
International prospects have power potential.
After a 57-minute rain delay before first pitch, the Twins and Rays played a 5:42 game in which Minnesota struck out 22 times.
Jorge Polanco is the first Minnesota starter since Joe Mauer in 2013, and the third Twins shortstop to start a Midsummer Classic.
LaMonte Wade Jr., a University of Maryland product, is batting .248 with five homers and 24 RBI in 70 games for the Red Wings with 51 walks and 43 strikeouts.
When Luis Arraez steps to the plate, his head is on a swivel like a quarterback going through his progressions. He's looking at the defense to see where he can hit the ball.
The center fielder says he is getting close to returning, but it's unclear if that means if he will be back Tuesday.
It's still a comfortable lead, so the short-term question is: When will the Twins start looking like themselves again?
Jose Berrios put on a strike-throwing clinic until the eighth, then his precious right hand let him down. He left with a blister on his ring finger before C.J. Cron and Eddie Rosario batted in runs in the 10th.
Cody Allen, who is the Indians all-time saves leader with 149, was released by the Angels this week.
The Twins were inches — or maybe an interference call — away from a triple play in the first inning Saturday.
Jake Odorizzi lasted only four innings, leading to Minnesota's fourth loss in its past five games, and the Twins defense continued its sloppy play with three more errors.
Martin Perez reached out to Santana for advice last weekend at Target Field when Santana was one of a few dozen players on hand to celebrate the retirement of Joe Mauer's No. 7.
A group of returning Twins were becoming comfortable with their swings and were eager to influence games. Mixing in some veteran newcomers gave them a recipe for a new identity.
Having sat out two games after being hit by a pitch Friday, Byron Buxton put the wrist to the test before Monday's game against Boston and was held out of the lineup.
There is a chance that Byron Buxton's right wrist could heal well enough for him to return to action over the next few days…
Rick Porcello, the 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner, held the Twins to four hits and one walk in seven innings. Jose Berrios shut down the Red Sox in his eight innings after giving up hits to the first three Boston batters.
The Twins offense came up empty until their penultimate at-bat, when Mitch Garver launched a two-run homer to center field.
Fernando Romero's latest stint in the big leagues lasted all of one day.
Nelson Cruz hit his fifth home run in eight games since returning from an wrist injured that sidelined him for several weeks and added a two-RBI single, too.
Fernando Romero had only earned his first save at any level Tuesday, but the 24-year-old Dominican's transition from being a starter to a reliever is going rougher than everyone imagined.
Four more home runs not only pushed their major league-leading total to 125, it tied the Twins' 55-year-old record for home runs before the All-Star break.
In six innings against the Tigers on Sunday, Jake Odorizzi gave up one run on five hits and one walk with eight more strikeouts. He has an 0.40 ERA over his past four outings.
JaCoby Jones homered twice for the Tigers, who finished with 15 hits while the Twins stayed uncharacteristically quiet.
Ryan Eades on Saturday pitched two scoreless innings in his major league debut for the Twins, arriving to the ballpark just before first pitch.
The Twins rolled to a 21-8 record in May, making it easier for them to take a conservative approach with their designated hitter.
The market had dried up for both veteran pitchers because teams would have needed to forfeit a draft pick for signing them before baseball's amateur draft, which starts today.
Jake Odorizzi and Byron Buxton provided the sparks to lead the Twins to a 7-0 lead, and the Twins survived a scary ending to win 9-7 for their 40th victory of the season.
Despite a never-ending quest to develop starting pitching, the Twins are likely to pick a position player in the first round of the major league baseball draft. Here's why.
Minnesota's offense resembled the roaring engine like it was for most of May, and Kyle Gibson cruised.
Nelson Cruz, batting .270 with seven homers and 22 RBI in 35 games, hasn't played since May 12 because of a strained left wrist.
Adalberto Mejia, who has been recovering from a right calf strain for a month, has been working out in Fort Myers. That's less than two hours away from St. Petersburg, where the Twins are this weekend.
The Twins loaded the bases in the top of the ninth inning, and Eddie Rosario came through with a two-run single to back up an eight-strikeout night from Jose Berrios.
Martin Perez, working with extra rest, was knocked out during the third inning as the Twins tied for their most lopsided defeat of the season in the opener of a 10-game road trip.
Jorge Polanco, who is in the top 10 in several offensive categories, did not start Thursday because of illness. The Twins said Polanco was available off the bench.
Twins Insider: The team's energy and success is setting the table for something bigger.
Teams have to overcome illness as well as injuries during the season. Jake Odorizzi and Max Kepler are the latest examples of players being able to focus enough to contribute.
Kyle Gibson retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced and Ehire Adrianza blasted a three-run home run to right field in the eighth inning to put the game away in front of 39,139 fans at Target Field.
As the summer rolls on, it will take more than the six starters the Twins have used to keep their momentum going toward the finish line. So pitchers such as Devin Smeltzer are worth watching.
Injured Twins catcher Mitch Garver has been running some and getting his swings in as he recovers from a mild high ankle sprain suffered May 14.
Nelson Cruz, batting .270 with seven homers and 22 RBI, hasn't played since May 14 because of a left wrist strain.
The Twins trailed by three, but wound up routing the White Sox 11-4 and in the process ran their season home run total to 101, becoming the second MLB team to reach at least 100 homers in 50 games.
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.