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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.
After not pitching in the Seattle series, Rogers picked up the win on Monday night despite the game-tying run scoring while he was in the game.
The 22-year-old minor league batting champion has impressed Twins manager Rocco Baldelli with his ability to square the baseball with his bat.
The loss was the Twins' first in a week, and they went without a home run for the first time since May 5.
The Twins became the highest-scoring team in the major leagues on Saturday night, blasted six home runs to take the top spot in that category, too, in an 18-4 rout of the Mariners, the Twins' fifth straight win.
"I feel like a rookie again," the 80-year-old Twins Hall of Famer said.
Helped by singles, Martin Perez became the team's third six-game winner.
The Twins put the designated hitter on the 10-day injured list because of a sore left wrist.
Luis Arraez was angry about being part of three losses as a member of the Rochester Red Wings -- until he found out he was being called up to the Twins.
Michael Pineda pitched seven strong innings and the Twins hit four home runs in the first four innings while Miguel Sano went 2-for-5 in his 2019 Twins debut.
As C.J. Cron sat on the team's flight Thursday, part of Jake Odorizzi's meal kept dropping into his lap. And so began what Cron figures will be years of ridicule.
Nelson Cruz's sore wrist caused the Twins to pinch-hit for him in a key situation and Martin Perez suffered his first loss of the season after he left the game with a bruised heel.
It's too early, manager Rocco Baldelli said, to know whether the 38-year-old designated hitter can avoid a stay on the injured list.
C.J. Cron and Blake Parker get to face their former team.
After the Tigers hit four home runs in an afternoon victory, the Twins turned in a 15-hit attack to win the nightcap.
Saturday was Ron Gardenhire's 79th career ejection and sixth by umpire Hunter Wendelstedt, including a memorable one during the 2010 playoffs.
Jake Odorizzi on Friday pitched seven innings of one-hit baseball, and the Twins earned their third shutout in four games by dominating the Tigers 6-0.
Fine weeks into the season, the Twins are three games ahead in the AL Central and exuding confidence. "We believe we're the best team in the league," said second baseman Jonathan Schoop.
Sano went 4-for-4 on Thursday, including a two-run homer, in Class A Fort Myers' 4-3 walkoff victory over Clearwater. Then he packed his bags for Class AA Pensacola, where the 2017 All-Star is expected to play this weekend.
After taking three of four from Houston, the Twins travel to New York to take on the injury-decimated Yankees.
The Twins routed the Astros 8-2 on Thursday to win the four-game series 3-1 at Target Field.
Good to pitch, good to hit: That's the balance the Twins were seeking when Target Field was built. But that hasn't always been the case in a ballpark that faced unique construction challenges.
The center fielder has started wearing a protective mitten for his left hand once he reaches base.
The greatest visiting pitcher in Target Field history created another masterpiece Monday. Then Ehire Adrianza defaced it and Jake Odorizzi eclipsed it.
After beating the Orioles six times in nine days, the Twins move on to a week of tougher competition, against the Astros at Target Field followed by a weekend series with the Yankees.
Only four days after getting sent down to the minors, the outfielder was recalled to replace the injured Willians Astudillo.
The Twins will face Justin Verlander for the second time in five days to open the four-game series.
How — if at all — should the Twins respond to what looks like a deficiency?
Hitting has always been Eddie Rosario's passion. Fielding came second, but he has applied the same disciplined approach to preventing runs as to producing them.
Justin Verlander became the 10th pitcher ever to record 20 wins against the Twins, a group that includes four members of the Hall of Fame.
With 27 games scheduled over 27 days beginning Friday, the Twins decided to expand their bullpen to eight pitchers. Jake Cave's fourth outfielder spot was the casualty.
Eddie Rosario's three-run home run Tuesday in Houston made it look like Twins offense would roll once again but the Astros strung together big innings to get the win.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli has said Byron Buxton has permission to try to steal a base whenever he chooses.
After drubbing the Orioles, Twins keep hits coming vs. Houston.
Byron Buxton hadn't been caught since May 23, 2017, in Baltimore, when he actually stole the base but overslid and was tagged out.
Eddie Rosario cut off a ball headed for the outfield wall, backhanded it and then spun and uncoiled a strong throw toward the infield, all in one motion, helping preserve a victory over the Orioles on Sunday.
How the Twins battled through Sunday's game thrilled manager Rocco Baldelli: "It was beautiful. You could talk probably all day about what we saw and what we have to be happy about."
Eddie Rosario led the charge. He connected twice in Game 1 and hit an encore home run in Game 2, allowing him to tie Harmon Killebrew and Brian Dozier's franchise record of five home runs in a three-game stretch.
Hanser Alberto, a 26-year-old infielder who, despite playing more than 100 career games for the Rangers and Orioles, had never hit a home run until Saturday — and it came off one of his closest friends.
Ballparks are full of behind-the-scenes employees who interact with the players on a daily basis, and those are relationships that immediately reconnect when the schedule brings players back.
The Twins will play a doubleheader with Baltimore starting at 3:05 p.m. Saturday, with the rain out creating the team's seventh off day in the opening three weeks of the season.
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