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KANSAS CITY, MO. – The Twins have recalled utility player Taylor Motter from Class AAA Rochester. He will take the spot of pitcher Fernando…
The Twins understand Miguel Sano's situation, and also considered that it is All-Star week and he has not had a break yet.
Back-to-back home runs by Houston's George Springer and Alex Bregman in the 10th inning capped a wild All-Star game in Washington, won 8-6 by the visiting American League.
Free agency and the use of the designated hitter in the National League were hot topics during All-Star festivities in Washington.
Those who know Jose Berrios say he carries himself as if he knows he's good — but he backs it up with work he does behind the scenes. That intersection of talent and sweat that has his career ascending.
The Padres lefthander is getting to appear at his second consecutive All-Star Game, and has a group of friends and family along for the trip.
Cleveland struggled a bit going into the break but still enjoys a comfortable lead in the AL Central.
Top minor-league prospect Alex Kiriloff had two hits while former Twins Torii Hunter and David Ortiz managed the USA and World teams.
Joe Mauer had four RBI and the Twins on Friday night jumped to an 8-1 advantage, but Tampa Bay wasn't going away quietly.
X-rays of Byron Buxton's left wrist Friday were negative, but the center fielder was not considered in the clear yet after being injured Thursday…
The Twins beat Kansas City 8-5 for their sixth victory in seven games against baseball's two worst teams, which have a combined record of 52-133 so far this season.
Twins officials said the timing is right, with the upcoming All-Star break, for Addison Reed to get healthy.
Jose Berrios was just starting to plan for the four days off that come during the All-Star break when he found out that he wouldn't be getting the time off.
As much as the Twins have struggled this season, their woes are no match for Baltimore, which dropped all four games at Target Field and fell to 41 games below .500.
Mitch Garver, who is splitting time with Bobby Wilson behind the plate, is batting .542 (13-for-24) since June 21, raising his average 50 points to .268.
With the Twins struggling to stay in contention, there might be some moves made before the July 31 trade deadline.
Backup catcher Bobby Wilson drove in three runs and Max Kepler homered for a second consecutive day as the Twins won 5-4 over the Orioles.
Max Kepler, batting .165 in the previous 24 games, had two hits Thursday against Baltimore and a two-run homer Friday. On Saturday, he hammered a 2-0 fastball clocked at 96 miles per hour.
Half the season is gone, important players have underperformed and the deficits are too great to make up.
Brewers complete sweep with three solo home runs.
He went 2-for-3 with an RBI on Wednesday against the Brewers to finish 3-for-11 in the series.
Three Brewers pitchers combined on the two-hitter, and Eric Thames' two-run homer in the fifth inning provided all the runs Milwaukee would need.
Grossman's fifth-inning slam got the Twins on an early roll, but the Brewers rallied to tie the score in the ninth against closer Fernando Rodney and won it in extra innings on a bases-loaded walk by Zack Littell.
The Twins have repeatedly said they will leave Buxton at Rochester until he gets his bat going — and that meant beyond his 20-day rehab.
If you want to watch the Twins play the Brewers on Tuesday, don't head to Fox Sports North. Head for your computer, smartphone or tablet.
Lance Lynn was chased during an eight-run second inning that had the Twins playing catch-up from there.
But they have popped out during breaks in the action to get a taste of fresh air.
Joe Mauer had five RBI for the Twins, but with the wind blowing out the Cubs hit four home runs en route to a 10-6 victory.
In 609 games and 2,342 plate appearances over nine minor league seasons, Willians Astudillo has walked 80 times while striking out 76. Miguel Sano has struck out 66 times — this year.
After Logan Morrison homered in the seventh, closer Fernando Rodney blew the save for the Twins vs. the White Sox. Morrison, though, came through again by scoring the game-winning run.
The last time the Twins played at Wrigley Field was 2009, so many of the current Twins on Friday will play in front of the outfield ivy for the first time.
CHICAGO – Lefthander Adalberto Mejia will be called up from Class AAA Rochester in time to start Saturday against the Cubs in an interleague…
Chicago's rally began with two deflected infield hits off Twins starter Lance Lynn and the game unraveled from there in an 8-4 loss to open a nine-game road trip.
The Twins sent Fernando Romero down after Saturday's 9-6 loss to Texas to call up reliever Alan Busenitz to prop up a beleaguered bullpen.
Unable to find the right pitch at the right time to finish off hitters, Odorizzi was beaten down a wave of soft line drives Saturday and knocked out of the game in the second inning.
The Twins lost to the Texas Rangers 9-6 Saturday at Target Field.
Max Kepler's two-run homer broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning; he also made a key catch in the eighth inning as the Twins won for a second consecutive night over the Red Sox.
Addison Reed was nearly unhittable the first few weeks of his Twins career, but recent outings have been vastly different.
Although Miguel Sano currently weighs close to 300 pounds, his weight isn't as much an issue as his problem hitting the slider.
Eddie Rosario and Eduardo Escobar have combined for 39 percent of the Twins' home runs, as well as one-third of the team's extra-base hits and RBI.
Jake Cave stepped into the starting lineup and had three hits, including a home run and double, as the Twins ended a long up-and-down homestand with a 6-5 record.
The center fielder ran the bases Sunday, evidence that he's feeling less discomfort. He also has been getting some swings in while waiting for the hairline fracture to heal.
Ryan Pressly gave up a two-run home run in the seventh and Addison Reed allowed a solo shot an inning later as the Twins lost 4-2 at Target Field.
This weekend would have marked Shohei Ohtani's first games in Minnesota, but Twins fans will be unable to see him here until next season — and Angels fans are afraid they might have to wait just as long.
Outfielder Trevor Larnach, whose team plays host to Minnesota this weekend for a trip to the College World Series, is viewed as a power prospect on the rise
Whatever the reason might be, the Twins seem to have rediscovered their groove. And Eddie Rosario is leading the way.
Righthander Zack Littell is expected to be called up as the 26th player and make one of the starts against the White Sox.
A year after selecting No. 1 overall, Twins will have to wait and see who's available before their turn
Rosario routinely makes bad-ball hitting a good thing, like Sunday, when he blasted three home runs.
After trailing 9-0 in Kansas City on Wednesday, the Twins fell behind Cleveland 8-0 before rallying on Thursday, only to have Francisco Lindor's fourth-extra base hit of the night send them to defeat.
Joe Mauer, on the DL for nearly two weeks due to a neck strain and concussion-like symptoms, took batting practice Thursday but did not make it through fielding drills.
Miguel Sano will return to the Twins for Friday's game in Seattle after finishing a stint on the disabled list and a rehab assignment.
Just when the pitching staff is starting to find a groove, the Twins offense can't find ways to score. "It's a little disappointing to be honest," Twins manager Paul Molitor said.
Detroit's Niko Goodrum blasted a two-run home run that was the deciding factor in Wednesday's game, a blemish on an otherwise fine afternoon for Twins starter Kyle Gibson
Twins starter Lance Lynn on Tuesday wasn't happy with his ending but pitched 6⅔ of a 6-0 win thanks to a pair of doubles each from Ehire Adrianza and Brian Dozier.
Expect the Twins, who currently have 12 pitchers and 13 position players on the roster, to light up the transaction wire between the end of Wednesday's series finale against Detroit and Friday's game at Seattle.
Baseball Insider: Detroit, coming off a terrible season, is rebuilding with more of a carefree attitude under Ron Gardenhire.
"It's a tentative schedule, depending on how he copes and how the body responds," manager Paul Molitor said.
The Star Tribune's La Velle E. Neal III takes a look around the American League Central.
On Friday the Twins lost to the Brewers 8-3 in Game 1 of the Border Battle at Target Field.
Righthander Kyle Gibson was hit early and too often, and Twins hitters were befuddled by lefthander Brent Suter's craftiness as they lost to Milwaukee 8-3.
Mauer had suffered a slight injury to the left side of his neck while chasing after then diving for a foul ball during last weekend's series in Anaheim.
The Twins saw Sunday in their 2-1 loss to the Angels that Shohei Ohtani — the pitcher — is the real deal.
A baserunning blunder in the top of the ninth contributed to the Twins' sixth walk-off loss of the season. But players were looking at the big picture and happy with their overall improved play.
After hitting a tying double to right on Friday to cap a comeback victory, Mitch Garver's RBI double in the 12th inning drove in Eddie Rosario with the winning run in a 5-3 victory.
Max Kepler was hit by a pitch in the hand on Thursday night and was out of the lineup Friday, although he was called upon in the ninth inning.
The Twins' Friday-night rally, sparked by Eddie Rosario's second home run of the game, overcame Lance Lynn's struggles on the mound.
Byron Buxton is batting only .186, but his return to the Twins lineup on Thursday night was met with open arms.
The 19-year-old shortstop will have shoulder surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews.
Paul Molitor was a hitting coach for one of the most unorthodox players in baseball history.
Eddie Rosario went 5-for-12 in the series with Toronto, belting two home runs, a double and four RBI.
The Twins and Blue Jays took turns claiming and giving up the lead before Toronto pounced on the Twins in extra innings Tuesday. Minnesota has now lost 11 of 12 games.
Jake Odorizzi limited the Reds to one run in six innings of work, and Mitch Garver's home run supplied the offense.
Fernando Rodney has thrown his changeup an average of 35.4 percent in his career. But this year, he has thrown it only 18.6 percent of the time.
The Twins returned home hoping to end a seven-game losing skid but instead lost 15-9 in a game they led 8-4.
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