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Wrung out often by the Twins' habit of momentum swings and dramatic finishes, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli pined for an uneventful, wire-to-wire blowout victory. He got it.
Jorge Polance made three errors in the two games iatMilwaukee, including one in the inning when the Brewers hit their game-winning three-run homer.
The Twins built a lead, watched it disappear in about five ugly minutes, then recaptured it with one tremendous Marwin Gonzalez swing to beat Milwaukee 7-5.
Nelson Cruz's plan is to test it again a few times during this road trip and do wrist-strengthening exercises, with the expectation of being activated when he's eligible to return on Monday.
Jake Odorizzi had a strong start, and the Twins offense came through behind him to end a four-game losing streak and go back up by one game in the AL Central.
Worst in AL Central account for 26 of final 45 games.
Randy Dobnak, a 24-year-old right-hander, started the season at Class A Fort Myers before working his way through the Twins' minor league system with 125 strong innings.
When Atlanta catcher Tyler Flowers came to the plate with the bases loaded Wednesday, Twins coach Tony Diaz signaled third baseman Miguel…
Jose Berrios hadn't allowed more than three earned runs in a start since mid-May. Tuesday, he opened his first career start against Atlanta by allowing a home run on the first pitch It didn't get better.
The Twins' designated hitter — already the most homer-iffic DH in franchise history — launched three more rockets into the Target Field seats
Nelson Cruz's home run and pair of doubles helped the Twins win the weekend series opener with the Royals 11-9.
A day after crashing into the outfield wall in Miami, Byron Buxton's left shoulder on Friday was more tender from the collision. It's the third injury that has knocked Buxton out of the lineup in six weeks.
The Yankees handed the Twins a 10-7 loss on Wednesday night and for the 13th consecutive year won the season series. The Twins' lead in the AL Central is down to two games over Cleveland.
The teams traded late-inning rallies before the Yankees triumphed in the 10th, a game capped by a ninth-inning homer and game-ending diving catch by ex-Twin Aaron Hicks.
Both relievers had been designated for assignment since the All-Star break.
The A's dealt the home team a gut-punch of a loss, coming back with two out and nobody on against Taylor Rogers.
It was the first time the Twins have lost three games in a row, and it featured another 0-and-2 home run pitch by Trevor May, a dropped fly ball by Eddie Rosario and other ugliness.
Ehire Adrianza was sitting on the bench when Twins manager Rocco Baldelli approached him with a question: Can you pitch?
Two unearned runs in the first inning Tuesday night got the Twins off on wrong foot. It was a deficit they nearly overcame but left the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth and lost 3-2.
Jose Berrios threw a scoreless All-Star inning for the second consecutive season, including a fly out by Javy Baez of the Cubs. Berrios and Baez grew up in the same town and married sisters.
The spike in home runs over the past three seasons, and in particular this one, has created concern throughout the sport about the ball.
Cleveland pitchers provided two very different, but very emotional, moments for the sellout crowd at Progressive Field to remember.
For a couple of days, the Twins' All-Star pitchers get to enjoy the rewards of being recognized by their peers and fans.
Only a season removed from failing a drug test that led to an 80-game suspension, Jorge Polanco has become that rock-steady shortstop the Twins have been seeking for years.
He made an error while a teammate was pitching and struck out with the winning run on third base. But Royce Lewis could hardly stop smiling
Taylor Rogers finished with a seven-out save after the Rangers got within a run.
The outfielder was called up because of C.J. Cron's thumb injury, then promptly suffered one of his own.
The Twins' four homers gave them 165 on the season; they also set a team record by hitting nine doubles in the game.
The Twins catcher/infielder/outfielder hasn't felt right since running into the wall June 25.
With the Twins putting so many infielders in the corners, Byron Buxton is helping them learn the ropes.
With 16 home runs at the season's midpoint despite missing two weeks with a sore wrist, Nelson Cruz is on course to record his sixth consecutive 30-homer season.
A long rain delay didn't save Lewis Thorpe in his debut vs. White Sox ace Lucas Giolito.
His coaches' instructions were to throw strikes and get ahead of hitters. So he did.
The Twins pitcher thought he would have more company as team feels snubbed.
The Twins' five home runs come in all shapes and sizes. But they all cuont the same and added up to a big victory on the south side of Chicago
Lewis Thorpe was 3-4 with a 5.71 ERA at Class AAA Rochester when he was summoned in the wake of the Twins' 18-inning game on Thursday. With the Twins help, his parents flew in from Australia for Sunday's game.
Starter Jose Berrios aided a weary bullpen and Miguel Sano homered twice, but the Twins fell 6-4 to White Sox.
The first pitch LaMonte Wade Jr. saw as a big-leaguer hit him in the shoulder.
Nelson Cruz lined a double in the seventh inning to boost the Twins to a 6-4 victory over Tampa Bay despite losing Eddie Rosario to a sprained ankle that forced some major shuffling in the injury-wrecked outfield.
Eddie Rosario, who injured his ankle Wednesday night, has 20 home runs but has not been offered a spot among the eight participants in the July 8 derby in Cleveland.
Miguel Sano knows what it's like to lose a close election, and he remembers his teammates campaigning for him.
Blake Snell allowed 11 hits, recorded only 10 outs, and became the fifth Cy Young winner, including both of last year's awardees, to absorb a loss against the Twins this season.
Kyle Gibson issued a career-worst five walks and rookie Sean Poppen was asked to pitch the final four innings of the 9-4 loss before being returned to Rochester.
The Harvard graduate, reinforcing a tired bullpen, was called upon to pitch the final four innings against the Red Sox.
The Twins haven't had many beefs with umpires during their charge into first place, but their 8-6 loss to the Royals ended with Nelson Cruz gesturing angrily.
The Twins loaded the bases four times, pounded the Royals for 15 hits but failed to get a hit in a number of key situations in Sunday afternoon's loss to Kansas City.
They clubbed two more home runs and got a go-ahead double from C.J. Cron.
Making a rare appearance in right, Marwin Gonzalez made a diving catch to rob the dangerous Billy Hamilton to start the ninth inning.
TWINS INSIDER On Father's Day, Ehire Adrianza is "still working hard for him."
The Twins own the highest-scoring offense in the American League, and there's no mystery about why.
After a Twins rally was capped by Byron Buxton's home run in the bottom of the ninth, the Twins made three of their errors in a messy 10th inning for a 9-6 Seattle victory.
Keoni Cavaco, who turned 18 on June 2, is a 6-1, 180-pound infielder and will report to the Gulf Coast League Twins in Fort Myers. He signed for 3.5% under his slot dollar figure assigned by Major League Baseball.
Marwin Gonzalez struck out three times before finally making game-winning contacts and Trevor May picked up his first save of the season.
Willians Astudillo, nicknamed "La Tortuga" for his hustling exploits on the bases, batted just .190 (12-for-63) in 17 games since being activated May 12 following a strained hamstring.
Michael Pineda was solid on the mound in his return, and Mitch Garver, C.J. Cron and Nelson Cruz belted bombs for the Twins in a 6-3 victory.
The Twins avoided a three-game sweep thanks to Max Kepler's power surge: Three home runs, including one on the second pitch of the game. It snapped an 0-for-21 skid for Kepler.
All-Star rosters for the July 9 game in Cleveland will be announced on June 30. The Twins figure to have one of their largest contingents of All-Stars ever
Hours after it was reported that reliever Craig Kimbrel would sign with the Cubs, the Twins bullpen caved in following a rain delay.
The Twins made an offer to Craig Kimbrel according to a source with knowledge of the team's thinking, and believed it was competitive. But the Twins appeared unwilling to offer a three-year contract like the Cubs.
Devin Smeltzer gave up only five hits over 6 1/3 innings in his second major league start. But four of them were home runs as Cleveland opened the three-game series by showing off some power.
The Twins used four of their first five picks Tuesday on impressive hitters who can play in the infield, and scouting director Sean Johnson said they both expected and welcomed that fact.
Matt Wallner grew up "getting blown out" of the revolving doors at the Metrodome after watching Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer, Torii Hunter and others. "My dream has always been to play for the hometown team."
The Twins used their first pick in the amateur draft to take an infielder who hadn't gotten much exposure, then followed up with a former Minnesota prep baseball star who grew up watching the team.
Rocco Baldelli came to the Twins with two decades of experience, strong opinions on what's important and what's not -- and the confidence to stand by those ideas.
Devin Smeltzer, a lefthander who rose from Class AA to the majors in only eight weeks, made one of the most memorable introductions in Twins history in the 5-3 victory.
Michael Pineda, fresh off producing five 1-2-3 innings against the Brewers one night earlier, went on the injured list Tuesday but just for rest.
Orlando Arcia's two-run shot in the eighth inning off Taylor Rogers was the difference and halted the Twins' winning streak at six.
Garver is scheduled to work out with the Blue Wahoos on Tuesday, including proving he can run on that ankle, then catch five innings Wednesday and a full game Friday.
Miguel Sano and Jonathan Schoop each homered twice to lead Thursday's attack, which completed a 6-1 road trip for the Twins. Minnesota has 98 home runs on the season, an MLB best.
A signature Eddie Rosario moment in Thursday's 16-7 Twins victory over the Angels came on a ball that traveled maybe 150 feet.
The Twins will wait until Nelson Cruz has his left wrist examined again Friday afternoon before making any decisions about his status.
The decision not to play as scheduled, which under MLB rules belongs to the home team, angered Twins and Angels players, who had been counting on a day off Thursday.
The Twins tied the game at 3 by scoring three run on three pitches and them blew it open with an inning that left the Angels distracted and defeated.
His second homer in five days since his return from injury gives Twins their sixth victory in seven games.
The Hall of Famer said he developed a lot of optimism about this Twins team during spring training, so he is not surprised to find them in first place.
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