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Joe Mauer scored from first on a Trevor Plouffe double on Aug. 16 and has been in and out of the lineup since. He missed his fourth game in nine Thursday.
Rookie Jose Berrios had the Twins down 6-0 after three innings but stayed in the game to get work and preserve the Twins bullpen.
With MLB games dragging again, Commissioner Rob Manfred pushes for a clock to speed pitchers along.
After a sharp outing goes for naught for the Twins, their manager says, "Our mental toughness needs to improve.''
Light made his debut April 26 when he was with the Red Sox but gave up two runs in one inning to the Braves. He was sent back to Class AAA Pawtucket but was summoned again a couple of months later. He made a relief appearance July 2 — when the Red Sox lost 21-2 to the Angels. He gave up five earned runs over 1 ⅔ innings.
There seems to be a growing aversion to playing doubleheaders because of the havoc they can create on a pitching staff.
Friday night's game turned into Saturday morning after it went into extra innings following a three-hour delay.
In an attempt to address some mechanical issues and improve his command, Twins pitching coach Neil Allen is ordering Jose Berrios to pick up the tempo
Twins starter Tyler Duffey retired the first 10 Royals batters but was gone from the game by the end of the fourth inning.
A sweep at Atlanta put the team's road record at 16-8 since the end of June.
Playing time has been scarce of late for big switch-hitting Kenny's Vargas. "It's part of the process," the 26-year-old said.
Is it the glasses? The rest? Nope. Joe Mauer has fixed his swing this month after noticing a flaw on video - and his numbers are rising, including a .516 on-base percentage this month.
Twins righthander Ervin Santana pitched seven shutout innings Tuesday against his old team in a 4-2 victory for the Twins.
"If you're going to consider candidates who are working for other teams, there's a process you must go through that is aimed toward being respectful," Twins president Dave St. Peter said.
Kyle Gibson wasn't able to end their losing streak.
Indications are the Twins intended to call up Pat Light, who was acquired from Boston for Fernando Abad, for Thursday's doubleheader. But Light's flight from Syracuse was canceled and he would not have arrived in time.
Both Twins starters were knocked out early and two pitchers are scheduled for MRIs today after reporting elbow and shoulder problems. Game 1 ended up with shortstop Eduardo Escobar on the mound.
Hector Santiago fell to 10-6 and is 0-2 in his two starts with the Twins after winning all six of his July starts while with the Angels.
Twins manager Paul Molitor has tried to avoid using Ryan Pressly in consecutive games, but he has used him that way four times over the past month.
Now fully healthy, Trevor Plouffe is ready to return to third base and be the everyday force that he wants to be. But that's not likely to happen.
An error and a horribly misjudged fly ball on consecutive plays by the former Twins center fielder led to all of Minnesota's runs on Monday night.
Righthander Ervin Santana, catcher Kurt Suzuki and relievers Brandon Kintzler and Fernando Abad have been the Twins mentioned most in trade rumblings.
Usually a second baseman, the veteran served as DH and delivered two homers.
Eduardo Escobar's three-run homer in the eighth gave the Twins a 5-4 lead and charged up the crowd. But he was a hero for only a few minutes.
Jorge Polanco was called up from Class AAA Rochester on Thursday when Eduardo Nunez was traded to San Francisco
Atlanta sprayed line drives all over Target Field on Wednesday night, knocking out Tyler Duffey early before holding on to beat the Twins 9-7
Game 7 of the 1991 World Series led to a night that Joe Mauer, 8 years old at the time, will never forget.
Catcher Kurt Suzuki did not start in Sunday's 8-7 loss to the Red Sox because of the cut he suffered on his chin the night before. But he hoped to return to the lineup Tuesday, when the Twins open a six-game homestand.
Miguel Sano's 10th error in his last 15 games at third base was followed by a three-run homer, the second allowed Sunday by Twins starter Tommy Milone.
In a franchise-record 4 hours, 11 minute game the Twins banged out 19 hits and got a big pick-me-up from a replay challenge.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred reacted positively when a fan suggested reducing the number of relief pitchers used in an inning or game.
Behind Kyle Gibson's eight innings of two-hit baseball, the Twins shook off a blowout loss on Thursday by beating the Red Sox on Friday night.
The David Ortiz farewell tour continued to be a success with his 527th career home run Thursday night. Big Papi went 3-for-5 with four RBI to add to his gaudy career numbers against his former team.
Twins outfielder Byron Buxton practiced on fielding baseballs off the Green Monster, but putting those skills to work will have to wait.
Rob Antony and Paul Molitor have had several conversations as the Aug. 1 nonwaiver trade deadline approaches. Antony has spoken with several teams about potential trades.
Joe Mauer opened the scoring with a home run in the first inning and Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario added homers in the ninth to aid Ervin Santana's seven solid innings.
Twins pitcher Tommy Milone took a one-hitter into the eighth inning before weakening in the ninth. But he still won his third straight start.
Justin Upton's solo homer off Ricky Nolasco in the second inning resulted in the game's only run.
The interim GM has climbed up the Twins' ranks since being hired as a media intern in 1988.
Despite efforts by the organization to improve its scouting, drafting and development of starters, the Twins have not seen one of their draft picks blossom into a capable starter in some time.
Prior to the All-Star Game, MLB announced the AL batting title will now be named for former Twin and seven-time batting champ Rod Carew. The NL award will be named after Tony Gwynn.
Kansas City's Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez homered in a six-pitch span off former teammate Johnny Cueto in the second inning to guide the American League to a 4-2 victory.
Being able to a share his first All-State Game selection with a couple of his former Yankees teammates and other baseball friends enhances everything, the Twins' infielder said.
Ervin Santana was lights-out on clear day. Wednesday's gem was his first complete game shutout since June 16, 2012 against Arizona. For the Twins, it was the first complete game shutout since Andrew Albers in 2013.
The Twins technically won two games Wednesday, since Tuesday's delayed game ended around 1 a.m.
They blew out the A's after waiting nearly three hours for the rain to subside.
The team insisted he earned it and didn't land there because the rules say somebody must.
The club has 10 days to trade or release the nine-year veteran, whose $5.3 million salary won't help his value in a potential trade, before exposing him to waivers.
The RBI total in a blowout win set a Twins rookie record. Kepler helped the Twins achieve their highest run total since they scored 20 against the Tigers on Aug. 22, 2014.
Escobar injured his left hamstring as he slid across home plate in the first inning. He returned to the field in the second but grimaced in pain moments after he made contact on a flyout in the bottom of the inning.
He gave up a 10th-inning homer after the Twins wasted earlier chances.
And the Cleveland rotation might just be good enough to deliver one.
Glen Perkins' labrum had to be reattached to the bone during surgery Thursday. In many cases, that means around eight months for recovery.
With the Twins in need of outfield help, Robbie Grossman is taking advantage of an opportunity he didn't initially see in Minnesota.
Over his past 43 plate appearances, he has struck out 19 times, including seven times over the first three games of the series against the Yankees.
Trevor Plouffe avoided a tag to score in the fourth inning, helping the Twins to a 7-4 victory over the Yankees that ended a five-game losing streak.
The Twins have reached an agreement with outfielder Alex Kirilloff, their first-round pick from the June 9 draft, according to a source with knowledge of the talks.
A victim of the Twins' roster shake-up in May, Tommy Milone also floated through waivers unclaimed and was outrighthed to Class AAA Rochester on May 7.
New York scored all its runs over the final three innings and held on to win 7-6. The Twins have lost five consecutive games for the fourth time this season.
Ervin Santana gave up five runs and 10 hits to the Angels in five innings on Tuesday, and the Twins' Opening Day starter now has a 7.71 ERA in his last five starts. "They just seemed to get a lot of good swings," manager Paul Molitor said.
The second baseman batted .341 during the Twins' 10-game homestand and has a .231 average after Monday night's victory over the Angels.
Ricky Nolasco pitched six solid innings and Byron Buxton was among three Twins who homered in the 9-4 victory.
High school outfielder Alex Kirilloff is considered a bat-first prospect whose offense will be his ticket to the majors with the Twins.
There are some good high school arms and a few good college position players eligible for the MLB first-year player draft, but the consensus is no one stands out from the pack.
Trevor Plouffe and Brian Dozier delivered key hits for the Twins, who now have a closer by committee in Brandon Kintzler and Fernando Abad.
The former manager has watched many Twins games on television, and knows what his successor, Paul Molitor, is going through this trying season.
Rasmussen, the Twins minor league pitching coordinator since 2009, is the interim pitching coach while Neil Allen remains on indefinite suspension after his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving. Rasmussen was the Fort Myers pitching coach from 1999 to 2008.
Nolasco coasted into the eighth inning against the Rays, when he gave up three singles to yield the go-ahead run.
Miguel Sano has a moderate strain of his left hamstring, and Twins General Manager Terry Ryan said Friday that the right fielder will need longer than the minimum 15 days on the disabled list to recover.
Eduardo Nunez hit an inside-the-park home run and every player in the batting order had a hit as the Twins rallied after Phil Hughes was knocked out in the fifth inning.
The Twins want to make sure Kyle Gibson, who is 0-3 with a 6.10 ERA, has enough endurance to throw 90 pitches in a game before he's activated.
Gibson was to make his first start since April 22 after recovering from shoulder soreness, but the Twins announced this morning that his back is bothering him.
According to the incident report, Allen was stopped by officers for the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office at around 2 a.m. Thursday at 6th Street S. and Park Avenue.
This is not the Twins offense hitting coach Tom Brunansky expected to see coming out of spring training, and he is constantly searching for ways to re-program hitters who have gotten away from what they do well.
The Twins hit three home runs Wednesday, including ones by Brian Dozier and Miguel Sano that, at least for a game, silenced the critics.
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