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Manager Paul Molitor was forced to go to his bullpen early Sunday. And once that door opened, it wouldn't close.
Players know that with the deadline approaching, there could be jobs on the line.
Despite some late drama, the Twins crafted a 6-5 victory over Detroit to top off a night of celebration in front of an announced crowd of 33,700 at Target Field.
Don't rule out the Twins trading for Jaime Garcia just yet.
Pitching coach Neil Allen delivered a forceful lecture to Jose Berrios on the mound in the top of the second inning. Then the Twins offense broke open the game with six runs that also helped him settle in.
The 44-year-old pitcher had another rough outing on Tuesday, and is considering retirement, according to an ESPN report.
He's not taking quality at-bats, and it looks like he's trying to lift everything. He's struck out 17 times in his past 18 games after striking out 26 times over his previous 54.
Four of Houston's five runs in Sunday's victory over the Twins scored because Minnesota's defense came up short in an variety of ways.
The Twins' victory, thanks to a quirky double by Eddie Rosario, snapped a seven-game losing streak to Houston going back to last season.
HOUSTON – Next up: Bartolo Colon.The Twins announced on Saturday that Colon will make his Twins debut Tuesday when they play host to
Houston's eight-run second inning on Friday at Minute Maid Park had the Twins reliving bad memories of May routs by the Astros at Target Field.
Twins manager Paul Molitor said he hopes to know where Bartolo Colon's next outing will take place in the next couple of days.
As they return from the break, the Twins are 2½ games behind Cleveland in the American League Central. They'll start off with tough tests at Houston and against the Yankees.
Sano said he received advice from Brian Dozier, who participated in the derby in 2014 at Target Field, to take his time and not waste energy.
Kyle Gibson fell apart — twice in one game — and the offense stopped being a threat after the second inning. The Twins gave up 10 or more runs for the 12th time this season.
On Sunday, Zach Granite pulled off a Byron Buxton imitation when he raced back to the fence to make a leaping grab of Manny Machado's dangerous-looking drive.
Zack Granite battled Baltimore righthander Michael Givens in an 11-pitch encounter that ended with Granite flying out to left in his Major League at-bat.
The Twins left 11 runners on base Saturday, and were 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position. Jonathan Schoop and Mark Trumbo hit home runs for Baltimore.
After Thursday night's 6-4 victory over Baltimore, in which the Twins scored all of their runs in the third inning, Minnesota has won three of four since returning from a disappointing road trip.
By saving money at the top and bottom of the bonus pool recommended by the league, the Twins were able to sign some players who had the leverage of possibly going to college.
Mejia wins third consecutive start with seven strong innings vs. Angels
Carew, 71, took to the field under a standing ovation, making his first Minnesota appearance since undergoing a heart transplant on Dec. 16.
The Twins won in Cleveland again on Sunday afternoon, the first time they'd swept a three-game series in that city in more than a quarter-century.
A sinus infection and sore throat forced Eddie Rosario out of the starting lineup on Saturday. But on Sunday he felt much better. And it showed.
Two of meager five hits are clutch late-inning homers.
That left the team with a corner outfield tandem of Robbie Grossman and Chris Gimenez.
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.
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