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Nelson Cruz, the veteran designated hitter, set a franchise record for slugging percentage in a big offensive season.
While Max Kepler should be OK next spring without any further treatment on his nagging back, the Twins fear the same might not be the case for first baseman C.J. Cron.
The players were packing up Tuesday and coming to terms with a disappointing ending to a memorable season.
The highest-scoring team in Twins history went weakly into the winter with 5-1 loss to the New York Yankees on Monday, extending a baseball-record streak of postseason defeats that dates to 2004.
"When a guy like that speaks, everybody listens and perks their ears up and takes it in, because he's been in a lot of different situations," pitcher Kyle Gibson said.
In what could be his final start for the Twins, his team is asking nothing less from Jake Odorizzi than this: Save our season tonight against the Yankees at Target Field.
Eddie Rosario started each of the first two games in the American League Division Series standing in front of the short porch in Yankee Stadium.
Friday's 10-4 loss was the Twins' 14th consecutive postseason defeat, setting a major league record for October futility, and their 11th in a row to the Yankees.
The Twins were relatively happy about how they swung the bats Friday in the opening game of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees were ecstatic about the way they didn't.
First-year Twins manager Rocco Baldelli simply asks that players be themselves, stay prepared, and give it their all during the games. "Rocco wants you to be yourself," outfielder Eddie Rosario said.
Rookie infielder Luis Arraez is less than a week removed from being carted off the field following a collision at Kansas City.
Three days after Luis Arraez suffered a sprained right ankle that threatened his availability for the AL Division Series, the treatment is having an effect.
First pitch of Friday's game from Yankee Stadium will be at 6:07 p.m. Central time and televised on MLB Network. Saturday's game has an earlier start and a different network — 4:07 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.
No structural damage was found in Luis Arraez's right leg after Saturday's infield collision. The Twins must inform MLB which 25 players will face the Yankees in the AL Division Series by 9 a.m. Friday.
Minnesota now holds the title as baseball's most prolific home-run-hitting team, having hit three in their 5-4 loss to the Royals to overtake the Yankees on the season's final day.
Until Saturday, Tyler Duffey hadn't given up a run since July 28, a streak of 26 consecutive scoreless appearances and 23⅔ innings.
Jose Berrios pitched like a Game 1 starter Friday night, delivering a performance that the Twins would like to see repeated next week on the road in the playoffs.
Max Kepler has been in the lineup only twice in three weeks but seems to have made steady progress in his recovery from the soreness near his left shoulder
Winning 100 games for the second time in franchise history isn't nearly as vital as making choices that will help set the Twins' 25-man roster for the playoffs, which open next Friday, most likely against the Yankees in New York.
The Twins reached 300 home runs and pulled within one win of 100 on Thursday, finishing off a sweep of the Tigers with a 10-4 victory at Comerica Park.
Marwin Gonzalez included injured center fielder Byron Buxton and suspended righthander Michael Pineda in on the Twins clubhouse celebration via FaceTime on his phone.
The Twins broke out the champagne a little over two hours after rookies Randy Dobnak and Luis Arraez — who weren't even on the roster a few months ago — helped carry them past the Tigers in the 5-1 victory that clinched the AL Central title.
Sam Dyson had capsule repair surgery in his right shoulder in Los Angeles, and manager Rocco Baldelli said the 2020 season is in jeopardy for the reliever.
Kyle Gibson is willing to do whatever it takes to be part of the Twins postseason plans; Max Kepler's playing status has become a bit complicated.
Eddie Rosario made Detroit pay for intentionally walking Nelson Cruz. Rosario belted a crucial two-run double, the winning margin to open the three-game road series.
Kansas City scored seven runs off Taylor Rogers and two other relievers, but the Twins' magic number fell to four anyway.
The catcher becomes a free agent after the season, following three years in Minnesota.
Kyle Gibson was yanked in the second inning after seven Royals in a row reached base. Then Nelson Cruz, Miguel Sano and Mitch Garver went to work as the Twins reduced their magic number to six.
Tony Diaz and his powerful players practice their celebratory hand slaps — except in one notable case.
Eight Chicago pitchers combined to hold the Twins to three hits, all of them coming after Minnesota starter Jake Odorizzi, who pitched well, had been removed from the game.
Jonathan Schoop has been a part of 60 of the Twins' 124 double plays despite playing only 103 games.
Kyle Gibson made a surprise relief appearance and surrendered a game-turning three-run homer to Roberto Perez, and the error-prone Twins dropped a sloppy 7-5 decision to the Indians.
Rookie flamethrower Brusdar Graterol has been a starter in the minors for the Twins organization, but he will be used out of the bullpen the rest of this year.
Miguel Sano crushed a tie-breaking grand slam in Game 2 of a Saturday doubleheader, and the Twins all but terminated the Indians' three-year reign atop the AL Central with 2-0 and 9-5 victories.
Sam Dyson, acquired minutes before the trade deadline in July, threw two pitches in the bullpen on Friday, the first time on a mound in 10 days, and the pain in his right shoulder immediately returned.
Nelson Cruz never met Harmon Killebrew but the Twins' current home run leader has learned a lot during his time in Minnesota about the franchise's power-hitting icon
The teams were tied 2-2 in the third inning when heavy storms hit Cleveland, washing out the game. A split doubleheader will be held Saturday. Both ends will be bullpen games for the Twins.
The financial cost of Michael Pineda's drug suspension will total more than $1 million in salary and bonuses. The pitcher said he would like to remain with the Twins after this season.
Mitch Garver hit his 30th home run of the season, and Twins starter Jose Berrios on Tuesday went seven strong innings allowing just two hits.
The Twins are addressing injuries up and down the roster as the season winds down and the AL Central title is on the line.
The sprains and spasms and strains and bruises continue to mount, leaving the Twins' powerful lineup reduced to hobbled volunteers and spare parts.
The Twins are bracing for the possibility that Byron Buxton won't see any more action in 2019 because of his shoulder injury.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Eddie Rosario fielded a blast off Fenway Park's Green Monster and threw out Boston's Rafael Devers at home plate to cap a road trip in which the Twins won eight of 10 games.
Ian Miller admitted that he breathlessly scans each day's Twins lineup, hoping to see his name — but isn't complaining about the wait.
Jose Berrios' first offering was belted over the Green Monster, and the culprit — Mookie Betts — hit another homer off him in the second inning to lead the Red Sox to a 6-2 victory.
The Twins relief pitcher, acquired at the trade deadline, was sidelined in August by the same issue.
Thanks to Taylor Rogers, the first day of a 12-game stretch against teams with winning records couldn't have gone any better for the Twins, who beat Boston 6-5 and now own a 6½ game lead in the AL Central.
The rookie pitchers took the Twins into the fifth inning in their series opener at Fenway Park.
Following a two-month shutdown, Trevor Hildenberger was reactivated Aug. 20, and closed the minor league season with 8⅓ scoreless innings. He is confident the mechanical problems have been solved.
It has come down to this: 29 days, 27 games, one AL Central title at stake
The Twins begin a 10-day, three-city road trip in Chicago tonight. But for most of the players, it's an 11-day trek that began immediately following Sunday's game.
The Twins increased their lead in the AL Central to 3 1/2 games by hitting two home runs while Martin Perez kept Detroit's offense under control for six innings.
After entering the game, he robbed Ronny Rodriguez of extra bases.
Jake Cave has found ways to keep his timing, and it's showing.
Byron Buxton has played only nine games since July 13 while dealing with concussion symptoms, and then a dislocated shoulder joint.
Lucas Giolito was in total control from his first pitch to the last Wednesday afternoon, retiring 27 of the 30 batters he faced and striking out a dozen Twins in his 4-0 victory.
The Rangers will open air-conditioned, retractable-roofed Globe Life Field across the street next March, and the Twins won't miss fighting the hot-and-humid conditions in this 25-year-old park.
Jorge Polanco broke open a 3-3 tie with an eighth-inning triple off a rookie Rangers pitcher throwing 100 miles per hour on a 99-degree afternoon.
Thad Levine said they are not going to push the 20-year-old with a 100 mph fastball, but he was still moved up a level Saturday.
The All-Star righthander again couldn't get out of the fifth inning despite being handed a six-run lead before he took the mound.
Sam Dyson was initially given the victory Friday night.
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.