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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.
After giving up five runs in the fourth inning, which included an odd balk, Tyler Duffey pitched until he was lifted with two outs and two runners on in the seventh.
The Jays started the game with two home runs off pitcher Phil Hughes, including one by Josh Donaldson, who let Twins coach Joe Vavra know he was miffed about what had taken placed during Saturday's game.
Twins closer Glen Perkins has had a setback in his recovery from soreness in his left shoulder. The new plan is for him to wait until the end of the week before trying to play catch again.
The Twins dusted off the postgame dance machine, winning at Target Field for the first time in eight games thanks to a three-run home run in the eighth inning by Eduardo Nunez.
Twins GM Terry Ryan is expected to keep making more adjustments as the Twins remain desperate for victories. And the trade market should heat up over the next month or so.
Eddie Rosario's multiple mistakes landed him in the doghouse, on the bench when he was pulled in the seventh inning Wednesday and ultimately on the way to the minor leagues.
Brian Dozier fumed in the clubhouse after Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Tigers, saying the 10-29 Twins, "did a lot of things wrong" in their latest defeat.
Phil Hughes left after just 75 pitches with the lead Tuesday night in Detroit, before the Twins bullpen lost the game in remarkable fashion.
Pitcher Jose Berrios is the most recent demotion, which happened after he gave up seven runs in two-thirds of an inning Monday in a 10-8 loss to the Tigers.
After Jose Berrios was knocked out during an eight-run first inning, the Twins tied the game -- and then lost because of two Detroit home runs.
Twins manager Paul Molitor reminds right fielder Miguel Sano at times that learning a new position takes time. He doesn't want his young slugger to get down if things aren't going well defensively.
Using an "oddball" lineup, the Twins won back-to-back games for first time since April 25-26 at home against Cleveland — which also was their last series win.
Despite Buxton's recent surge at Class AAA Rochester -- a .353 batting average over his past 13 games -- the club doesn't appear ready to call him back up any time soon.
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They led in the eighth inning before another bullpen implosion made it eight losses in a row.
But he struck out with runners at the corners to end the game.
Hunter, who played his 19th and final season with the Twins last year, has watched many of their games and seen the carnage that has led to the team being tied for worst record in baseball at 8-25.
The Twins got adequate offense and pitching until a late Orioles rally off Kevin Jepsen sent the team to its 24th loss of the season.
Monday's game was postponed, and the forecast for Wednesday's game is not promising with rain expected to fall from midday into the evening.
Twins manager Paul Molitor indicated after Monday night's game was postponed that he is committed to taking a look at the batter order with Mauer and his .420 on-base percentage on top of it.
The postponement seemed to be just what the Twins needed following a 1-5 road trip. But third baseman Trevor Plouffe and manager Paul Molitor disagreed.
Houston, which hit three home runs Wednesday, won back-to-back games for the first time this season while kicking the Twins out of town with a 2-12 road record.
Stuck in a slump, Eddie Rosario got Wednesday off and is trying to work on mechanical issues with hitting coach Tom Brunansky.
Unlike Jose Berrios, Alex Meyer's first start didn't last past the third inning Tuesday night. Meyer was optioned to Class AAA Rochester following the game.
Ervin Santana will be activated from the 15-day disabled list in time to start Saturday in Chicago. Twins manager Paul Molitor made the announcement after Santana threw 30 pitches during a simulated game Tuesday
Jose Berrios understood who he was up against on Monday in Dallas Keuchel -- and he successfully battled both the Astros' star and the umpire's strike zone.
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