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When lefthander Adalberto Mejia wasn't nibbling at the corners of the plate on Friday, he was missing by feet. The game was set up for the Indians to end Mejia's night with one big blow. But Mejia never let that hit happen.
They could use their 26th and 27th different pitchers of the season by the end of the weekend after calling up righthanders Trevor Hildenberger and Dillon Gee.
Jose Berrios' nickname is "La Máquina" — The Machine. And the machine was working perfectly Wednesday as Berrios devoured Chicago's lineup to raise his record to 7-1.
Glen Perkins, still on the comeback trail following surgery last year for a torn labrum, will be shut down one week because of biceps tendinitis.
At no point in his major league debut Saturday did Alan Busenitz calm down. "I couldn't tell if I was breathing," the Twins reliever said about coming in to face Cleveland.
Cleveland spent the weekend offering multiple reasons why it is superior to the Twins, finishing off a four-game sweep during the weekend takover of first place.
Migeul Sano was 2-for-15 with a walk in the four-game series with the Indians, hitting a handful of balls to the warning track.
The Mississippi State slugger is headed to Elizabethton to begin his pro career.
Nik Turley failed to supply a lift for a troubled Twins rotation.
The win allowed the Twins to salvage a split of the four-game series and set them up for an important four-game weekend series at home — including a Saturday doubleheader — against the Indians.
Shortstop Royce Lewis, the first overall pick by the Twins in Monday's MLB draft, was expected to arrive Thursday night in the Twin Cities for a physical exam Friday.
The money the Twins saved in Day 1 of the MLB draft will help land two LSU-committed players they selected on Day 2.
As expected, the Twins selected a prep star from California with the first overall pick of the Major League Baseball draft Monday. But it wasn't Hunter Greene.
Twins lefthander Hector Santiago wonders if pitching in the World Baseball Classic is the reason why he has landed on the disabled list for the first time in his seven-year big-league career.
When potential No. 1 pick Hunter Greene worked out for the Twins at Target Field last week, they collected all kinds of data that wouldn't have been nearly as easy to obtain otherwise.
The Twins are looking long and hard at Hunter Greene, the talented high school senior from California, as the No. 1 overall pick in Monday's MLB draft.
Although he began the season touring the Class AA Southern League, Randy Rosario already believed he was major league material.
The Twins left Target Field on Wednesday saddled with a four-game losing streak and a scarred bullpen. They had no idea how long it would take for them to recover.
If the rotation stays on schedule after that, the move also sets up Santana to pitch the finale of a four-game series against Cleveland during the next homestand.
Albert Pujols on Saturday night launched a fourth-inning grand slam off Ervin Santana to reach the milestone.
Robbie Grossman was 6-for-34 (.176) last season when he put the first pitch in play. This season, he's already 10-for-23 (.435)
A trio of two-run homers from Twins hitters Friday night gave Kyle Gibson a comfort zone on the mound.
Randy Rosario, with a 1.90 ERA in 10 games at Chattanooga, was happy but not surprised to get the call to the big leagues.
The Twins on Thursday night got a home run from Miguel Sano, turned a triple play and used an Angels' error in the ninth inning to come back for a 4-2 victory in Anaheim.
In 78 career games in Anaheim, Joe Mauer is batting .343 with nine home runs, 49 RBI, a .416 on base percentage and .911 on base-plus-slugging percentage.
Twins starter Jose Berrios on Tuesday needed 104 pitches to get through five innings. His lack of command made his curveball less effective, and Astros hitters squared up.
The hitters were in workout gear and surrounded by a batting cage. The pitcher threw from behind a protective L-screen. It was simulated baseball at…
After the Twins came up empty with runners in scoring position, Brian Dozier connected by going the opposite way.
The team would like the rookie lefthander to have more faith in the signs he's receiving.
The Tampa Bay righthander struck out 11, using his showcase slider to devastating effect.
The righthander will have his season shortened by injury for the second year in a row.
Adalberto Mejia went seven solid innings in the nightcap after the Royals got to Phil Hughes, who is going on the disabled list, in the opener.
"It's very frustrating," said Hughes, 5-3 with a 5.74 ERA this season. "I hoped a lot of this was behind me."
The Twins avoided a series sweep thanks to another strong outing from Jose Berrios, who struck out a career high in a 2-0 win in the second game of a doubleheader. The Twins lost the first game 5-1.
Paul Molitor didn't like the atmosphere in the dugout during Game 1 of the Twins' doubleheader against Colorado, and the manager used an unusual method to address it.
Break down the tape. Dive deep into the numbers. Do background checks. Flip a coin. Indications are that a handful of Twins' officials have seen all the top prospects — and all have different rankings.
Indians rough up lefty for six runs and avert sweep.
Local blogger Parker Hageman, whose video breakdowns of hitters' swings have been a hit in recent years, took to Twitter late Saturday to point out a smudge on the bill of Berrios' cap that the righthander touched frequently during his outing. Hageman also showed video of Berrios reaching for the area every time he received a new baseball.
Back from the minors, 22-year-old Jose Berrios impressed with the best outing of his major league career. He allowed just two hits in 7.2 innings in the Twins' 4-1 victory over the Indians.
Brandon Kintzler's 10 saves are second in the American League to Boston's Craig Kimbrel, who recorded his 11th Saturday.
Miguel Sano's first-inning home run stood up in the 1-0 victory, as Ervin Santana struggled at times with five walks but moved to 6-1 on the season.
The Twins will soon find out if Jose Berrios, 3-7 with an 8.02 ERA in 11 major league starts last season, polished his pitching at Class AAA to the point where he can succeed. He starts Saturday in Cleveland.
Three home runs in the first two innings piled up an early lead they nearly gave back.
He's 3-0 at Class AAA, but the team needed convincing he's ready for the major leagues.
Phil Hughes starts Thursday, Ervin Saturday on Friday and there's still uncertainty about Saturday. That game will not be started by Adam Wilk, a lefty claimed on waivers from the Mets
The second baseman is expected to be in the lineup Thursday.
The Twins took the lead on a Kennys Vargas home run off former Minnesota pitcher Mike Pelfrey, and former White Sox pitcher Hector Santiago upped his record vs. Chicago to 5-1 with a 1.59 ERA.
The incident began when Tigers pitcher Matt Boyd threw a pitch behind Sano, and the Twins third baseman responded by pointing and yelling at Boyd.
The anticipated pitcher's duel between Ervin Santana and Chris Sale turned into a long after of home runs -- and a ninth-inning meltdown by the Twins that ended with 23 runs being scored.
Despite his second-inning knockout over the weekend, Nick Tepesch is expected to start Thursday in Chicago. Saturday's starter remains more of a mystery.
Twins catcher Chris Gimenez asked for a slider. Ervin Santana shook him off to a changeup. Sandy Leon didn't miss it.
"I've been banging my head against the wall," Twins reliever Glen Perkins said Wednesday. "I'd like to be further along than I am, but that is the way it goes."
The Twins want to know if he's getting away with things against minor league hitters that won't work in the majors. So don't expect Jose Berrios to be called up when the Twins need a fifth starter.
The Twins are 12-11 after one month. Last season, they had lost 34 games before finally winning for the 12th time. It's the first time the Twins have reached May 1 with a winning record since 2010.
Hughes gave up two runs in the second inning to Kansas City, but Miguel Sano's three-run homer in the third put the Twins ahead for good in what wound up as a 7-5 victory over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
Fastballs, curveballs or changeups. Left field, center or right. Miguel Sano is not missing many pitches and is launching them all over ballparks.
Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario has begun to produce — and he's done it by using center field more. He had two hits on Friday to raise his batting average to .273.
Miguel Sano came inches away from a grand slam before Joe Mauer delivered the go-ahead hit of the Twins' 6-4 victory.
Buddy Boshers pitched 2⅓ scoreless innings Sunday and was sent back to Rochester after the game. Now he's back, and understands the business.
Kyle Gibson might need a solid outing against the offensively challenged Royals on Friday to ensure his future in the rotation, team personnel have indicated.
Looking for their first three-game road sweep over the Rangers in decades, the Twins give away early 2-0 lead in a big way.
Hector Santiago will be away from the Twins after his grandmother passed away. Buddy Boshers is a fresh arm option.
A seven-run fifth inning, including a Miguel Sano home run and three straight doubles, produced a win over the Rangers.
Lefthanded reliever Ryan O'Rourke was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. He'll be out until early next season.
Brian Dozier looked for a changeup from Rangers lefthander Martin Perez in the fifth inning Monday night, and guessed right.
Major League Baseball on Monday suspended Twins third baseman Miguel Sano one game for his role in a benches-clearing incident on Saturday against Detroit. Sano also was fined.
Justin Haley (10-day DL) and Adalberto Mejia (Class AAA Rochester) are out; lefthander Buddy Boshers and first baseman Kennys Vargas will be promoted.
Blowup erupted after Detroit's JaCoby Jones was hit in the face with a pitch.
The Twins blew leads in all three games against the Indians at Target Field, and have now lost four in a row to fall under .500 after a 4-0 start to the season.
The Twins weren't happy with home plate umpire Alan Porter's strike zone at times on Thursday, and Paul Molitor ultimately paid the price.
Max Kepler's gaffe in right field - dropping a routine fly ball - was just the start of the Twins' issues Tuesday night. The Twins have dropped from 5-1 to 7-7 in the last week.
Moved to the bullpen near the end of spring, Tyler Duffey has been a revelation during the early weeks of the season with 8 ⅔ scoreless innings, including 2 ⅔ on Monday against the Indians.
Twins second baseman Brian Dozier felt some discomfort in his knee Friday night, so the team elected to give him Saturday to rest though he was available to pinch hit.
The Twins scored five times in the bottom of the first inning and let ace pitcher Ervin Santana cruise from there Saturday against the White Sox at Target Field.
Rookie lefthander Adalberto Mejia took a step forward in second start, but the Twins's offense failed to gain traction in a 2-1 loss.
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