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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.
The Twins are 3-0 for the first time since 2007. Now off to Chicago for three with the White Sox, the good vibes flowed after a dominant series against the Royals.
In five-plus innings in Thursday's 5-3 victory over Kansas City, Kyle Gibson gave up three earned runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
Robbie Grossman's 14.1 percent walk rate led the Twins last season. He's a switch-hitter who is a career .286 against lefthanded pitchers but hit .344 against them in 2016.
The Twins honored Rick Stelmaszek, who is battling pancreatic cancer, with the first pitch on Opening Day.
Twins righthander Phil Hughes on Saturday threw four scoreless innings in a minor league game. But the bigger questions are if he is healthy, serious about throwing more changeups and ready for the regular season.
There has not been a makeover of the roster, although it might eventually happen. But there was an inside-out build at work in Fort Myers that will sweep through the minor league system and end up at 1 Twins Way.
The Twins completed spring training with a 3-3 tie against their Class AAA affiliate, the Rochester Red Wings, on Friday.
Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey said the team began considering switching to a 13-man staff in recent days as concerns about pitchers were raised.
Alex Wimmers has given up two earned runs in nine innings of work this spring on eight hits and four walks while holding opponents to a .229 batting average.
Nick Tepesch gave up two runs in 3⅔ innings, and is hoping to eventually gain a spot as a long reliever, even though he could start the season at Class AAA Rochester.
Twins pitcher Justin Haley gave up four earned runs on five hits and one walk in two innings of work Sunday against the Red Sox, his former organization.
Ryan Vogelsong's line Saturday - two runs on four hits and two walks - wasn't the best for someone in the running for a spot in the rotation.
Twins manager Paul Molitor praised the Korean slugger's consistency this spring, leading to a whopping .840 slugging percentage.
Hughes has spent most of his career looking for another pitch to throw, something to neutralize hitters and keep his ERA down.
May, who was in contention to be the Twins' No. 5 starter, said he felt something in his elbow on Wednesday during a pitch to Team USA's Andrew McCutchen.
Pitcher Kyle Gibson made it look easy for five innings during the Twins 13-0 basting of Boston for their eighth consecutive victory.
After a rough start aginst the first three batters for the World Baseball Classic team, Twins righthander Trevor May shut the door.
He saw a lot of flaws in his highly touted rookie season.
The WBC returns for the fourth time, and 10 players from the Twins organization — five from Puerto Rico — are on rosters for the tournament. Pool play begins Monday.
While Jorge Polanco's errors this spring are troubling the Twins remain committed to giving him a long, hard look at shortstop. His offensive potential is a big reason.
As Tyler Duffey fights for a spot in the Twins rotation, he has to prove he can be intense but keep his poise when things don't go right.
It started against Hector Santiago, continued through Tyler Duffey and included Felix Jorge then the rest of the Twins bullpen. The Twins trailed 13-0 after three innings.
The Twins clubhouse has buzzed about Fernando Romero's work in the bullpen and during workouts, leading to great anticipation before Sunday's scoreless outing. Hunter makes his debut in April, Hawkins in May.
Trevor May, looking to return to the Twins rotation, was pleased with his first outing this spring.
Jason Castro will be paid $24.5 million over the next three seasons, and not because he's going to put up big numbers at the plate. It's because of his defensive skill set, with pitch framing at the forefront.
James Rowson was hired as Twins hitting coach because of his ability to communicate and help hitters grow. He sees his job as helping players find their swing, as long as they put in the work.
There are 28 new players and coaches in trainingcamp this year, but many of the culprits responsible for last season's 103 losses were back as manager Paul Molitor listed his objectives for 2017.
Brandon Kintzler inherited the Twins' closer role in 2016, but he will accept any bullpen spot this season.
Hughes admitted Monday that he had numbness and tingling in his hand going back to 2015. He said there were times his arm felt as if he had thrown 90 pitches — and it was the first inning.
Glen Perkins, who pitched in only two games last season, was supposed to throw Friday but backed off, opting to give his arm more rest after several long-toss throwing sessions in recent weeks.
Breaking down each position's outlook entering the 2017 season.
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