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Byron Buxton's blazing inside-the-park home run was one of his three hits and six Twins home runs Friday night against the Diamondbacks.
Mitch Garver's wife was set to fly from the Twin Cities to Rochester, N.Y., this weekend. Instead, she's still here and watching her husband in the big leagues.
Following a 9-3 drubbing in Game 1, 6-foot-10 pitcher Aaron Slegers gave up only two hits in 6 1/3 innings of his major league debut as the Twins won the first time against Cleveland at Target Field in 10 games.
Until Thursday, Glen Perkins had not stood on the Target Field mound since Oct. 2, 2015, had not worn a Twins uniform since April 10, 2016, and had not been certain he would ever pitch again several times.
A low-wattage, high-charm personality has made the 44-year old Twins pitcher — and Tuesday night's starter at Target Field — an extraordinarily popular teammate everywhere he's gone.
He doesn't yet have the famous mustache of Dennis Eckersley or Dan Quisenberry, but Trevor Hildenberger now has something more important in common with his fellow sidearmers: a major league save.
Three passed balls, an error, a wild pitch and a hit batsman -- all in one inning -- were some of the challenges the Twins overcame before Byron Buxton's big hit put them back in the lead.
Matt Belisle tried to hog the blame for ending the Twins' six-game winning streak on Saturday, tried to soak up all the responsibility for the Twins loosing their grip on a playoff spot after just one day. Yes, well, placing the blame on Belisle requires overlooking a few facts.
Thad Levine said he and Derek Falvey have been impressed with how the Twins responded to the trade of Kintzler and Garcia, going 8-3 to open August and move to the head of a six-team race for the final wild-card spot.
Eddie Rosario crushed a three-run home run, Max Kepler bashed a two-run shot, and once again Byron Buxton dazzled in center field
For the Twins' many players from Spanish-speaking countries, Players Weekend will be a way for them to be known by the names they've been called by friends and family all their lives.
Adalberto Mejia walked off the mound and onto the disabled list Tuesday night. His teammates paid their respects with a five-homer salute.
Even as Jorge Polanco trudged through the depth of a five-week slump — he went 8-for-77 (.104) from June 24 to Aug. 1 — he avoided tinkering with his stance or his swing.
Matt Belisle closed it out after the Twins came back from a 5-0 hole.
Glen Perkins, who hasn't pitched in a major league game in 16 months after surgery to reattach the labrum in his left shoulder, believes a rehab stint with Class AA Chattanooga next week could be the final step of his long journey back to the Twins.
"He's pitched well. He's getting opportunities that seem like more of the game-on-the-line situations," Twins manager Paul Molitor said.
The Twins might be intent on create a hot streak that carries them back into playoff contention. But on Thursday, they sure played like winter is coming in a 4-1 loss to Texas.
The Twins made a minor deal Thursday, picking up pitcher Gabriel Moya in exchange for John Ryan Murphy. Will there be more to come?
Zack Granite threw to a vacant base in the eighth inning, allowing the Dodgers to tie the game and then win in the bottom of the ninth.
Neither Byron Buxton nor Miguel Sano was in the Twins' lineup for a second consecutive day in Los Angeles.
The enduring image of the Twins' third straight loss, 6-2 to the Dodgers, will be umpires putting Paul Molitor through a lengthy mid-game paperwork audit.
Cody Bellinger's three-run shot over the center field wall gave the Dodgers a 6-4 victory, and put the Twins to 49-49 for the season 3 1/2 games back of Cleveland.
The Twins sent 19-year-old righthanded pitcher Huascar Ynoa to Atlanta, though the real acquisition for the Braves is salary relief.
Whether Braves lefty Jaime Garcia ever wears a Twins uniform or not, the prospective deal has established an objective that Derek Falvey made explicit Friday.
Inconsistent ace Ervin Santana had another one of those games Friday, getting pulled in the fourth after allowing a pair of home runs to Victor Martinez.
Starter has 3.65 career ERA, but a history of injuries.
Bartolo Colon produced a mixed effort in his Twins debut - starting strong but eventually allowing four earned runs in four innings - and manager Paul Molitor said the 44-year-old will make his next scheduled start.
Phil Hughes was placed on the 60-day disabled list to make room on the Twins roster for Bartolo Colon. Kennys Vargas was demoted so reliever Craig Breslow could be activated.
The Twins strung together fourth consecutive hits, with pinch hitter Eduardo Escobar driving in the go-ahead run and Eddie Rosario following with an RBI double to beat the Yankees.
Colon has 235 victories, piling up most of them back when his fastball was closer to 100 mph than 90, and he won a Cy Young Award in 2005 with the Angels.
Let's put it in terms that should awe Twins fans: Judge is bigger than Miguel Sano — he's 6-foot-7 and 282 pounds, compared to Sano's 6-4 and 260 — and he hits the ball harder and farther, too.
Robinson Cano broke the 10th-inning tie, which was 1-1 thanks to an RBI from Miguel Sano and a home run allowed by Ervin Santana. Brandon Kintzler pitched a clean 1-2-3 inning.
Tuesday's was the first All-Star Game since 2003 that won't have an effect on the postseason — home-field advantage will go to the team with the best record — and you could sense relief among the All-Stars.
Chaska's Brad Hand and Brooklyn Park's Pat Neshek have traveled similar paths to become All-Star relievers.
Sounding like a boxer beaten but unbowed, convinced he can win. That's what Miguel Sano was saying after his runner-up finish in the All-Star Home Run Derby: He wants a rematch in 2018.
Miguel Sano, whose talent was major league before his work ethic was, went home to the Dominican Republic after last season depressed about how he played and motivated to fix it.
The 2014 draft pick, now the shortstop at Class AA Chattanooga, singled and scored in the fourth inning.
Cameron Maybin pulled off the first successful steal of home against the Twins since 2003 on Wednesday, allowing the Angels to get in position to steal the finale of the three-game series.
Hector Santiago hasn't been the same pitcher since mid-May — he had a 2.76 ERA on May 9, and a 9.96 ERA and seven consecutive losses since.
Starter Hector Santiago and manager Paul Molitor appear at odds following abbreviated outing against the Royals.
"I remember in spring training I told [Santana], 'We're going to the All-Star Game together,' " Sano said. "So I'm glad that it is happening, that we get to go together and hopefully represent the team well."
The Twins reached the halfway point of the season Sunday one game over .500, 14 games better than a year ago. Sure doesn't feel like it, they said. That's what a long and lately lousy road trip will do.
The split of long day in Kansas City kept the AL Central standings frozen, since first-place Cleveland and fourth-place Detroit also split a pair.
The Twins on Saturday afternoon led 5-1 after three innings but the Royals used the long ball to claim an 11-6 victory and move into a tie for second place in the AL Central.
Ervin Santana botched an easy double-play ball, and never recovered on the mound as the Royals took advantage en route to an 8-1 victory.
It's believed Felix Jorge, scheduled starter in Game 2 Saturday, is the first Twins pitcher since Brad Thomas in 2001 to start a major league game out of Class AA.
Gordon will be the lone Twins player taking part this season, but he's the second member of his own family to take part in the Futures Game.
Miguel Sano and Max Kepler busted their slumps, combining for all four RBI. Afterward, Sano declined to address a social media report that he's been invited to participate in the All-Star Game's home run derby.
The Twins activated Phil Hughes early, and plan to pitch him out of the bullpen for the rest of the 2017 season.
An astonishing 17 of the first 31 Boston batters reached base, two of them via error but two of them via long home runs that left little doubt about the game's outcome.
The Twins scored one run, squandered another terrific start by Jose Berrios and fell out of first place after Monday's 4-1 loss to the Red Sox.
Assuming that goes well, the righthander should be back in a Twins uniform — and ready to assume a new role as a reliever — by the weekend.
Mason Melotakis, a second-round draft choice who was once considered a top bullpen prospect, was designated for assignment as part of the latest Twins' roster moves.
After a rain delay of nearly five hours, Nik Hurley didn't make it through the first inning of a 9-0 loss to the White Sox.
Miguel Sano and Kennys Vargas smashed home runs and the Twins' bullpen bailed out starter Ervin Santana for a 9-7 victory against the White Sox.
Twins manager Paul Molitor said the team will "try" Phil Hughes in the bullpen when he returns from the disabled list. He hasn't pitched since May 21.
Lewis signed at a news conference between games of the Twins' doubleheader, and he will soon report to the Twins' Gulf Coast League rookie team in Fort Myers, Fla.
Now 14-23 at home, the Twins fell out of first place for the first time since May 9. They will try to avoid a four-game sweep Sunday with Kyle Gibson on the mound against Trevor Bauer.
The Mariners handed Ervin Santana a two-run deficit just five pitches into his start Wednesday, and beat the Twins at Target Field.
Matt Belisle gave up four runs in the eighth inning and Craig Breslow five in the ninth as the Twins blew a one-run lead in a 13-8 loss to San Francisco.
Turley is almost certain to get another start for the Twins, likely Friday against Cleveland.
Twins catcher Chris Gimenez on Saturday stole his first base since August 4, 2015.
One inning after Kennys Vargas blasted a solo home run, Brian Dozier turned on a high fastball in the fifth inning to provide all the offense the Twins would need to beat the Giants.
Twins starter Ervin Santana pitched a 4-0 shutout, and three of those runs came off of his bat as well with a bases-clearing double.
Ehire Adrianza is a career .229 hitter, but since changing his swing the above-average shortstop has gone 8-for-27 (.296) in sporadic usage, and he believes he can do even better.
Friday is the the two-year anniversary of Chris Heston's career highlight: The day he no-hit the Mets in Citi Field.
The No. 1 pick in baseball is a crapshoot, and the Twins - with Tim Belcher and Joe Mauer as their previous top picks - know that as well as any other team.
Mike Zunino's two-out blast, his second homer of the game, came after Ben Gamel singled up the middle off Twins closer Brandon Kintzler. It was Seattle's fourth home run Wednesday.
Miguel Sano has pulled ahead of Cleveland's Jose Ramirez by 97,912 votes and Manny Machado by 118,836 in the fan voting for the starting spot at third base for the American League.
Joe Mauer is one of the great success stories not only in Minnesota draft history, but of the draft overall.
Joe Mauer blasted a pitch from Matt Barnes over the fence in left-center field for a home run that gave the Twins a 4-3 victory. It was Mauer's first walk-off home run in 6,010 career at-bats.
Eduardo Escobar, a Venezuelan native, flew to Miami after Monday afternoon's game to be interviewed by U.S. immigration, the final step in giving Escobar permanent resident status in the United States.
Baseball operations head Derek Falvey, handed the draft's most valuable asset in his first season as chief baseball officer, has the final say over how the Twins will use it.
The Twins bullpen, overburdened by a marathon holiday weekend, suffered its worst collapse in the team's 57-year history, giving up 14 runs in two innings to the Houston Astros.
Buxton said the finger was painful after the game, but "I was very relieved. It could have been worse than it was. Hopefully I'll be back out there tomorrow."
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