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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."
Losing bell tolls for Twins after nearly 6½ hours over 15 innings.
The Twins bullpen was forced to throw 201 pitches and absorb 9⅔ innings in the 15-inning defeat, with all seven relievers and Hector Santiago, Wednesday's scheduled starter, forced into action.
The Twins have turned to a four-man bench for now.
The the Twins' shortstop puzzle might lie in Jorge Polanco, a 23-year-old Dominican who was projected, as recently as 15 months ago, to be a second baseman.
Buck Showalter is now a believer in the team that had the worst record in baseball last season, proclaiming the Twins' sweep of the series much more than a fluke.
Jose Berrios shook off allowing three solo home runs to pitch another slid outing, and the bullpen led by Taylor Rogers got the outs needed to send the Twins to a sweep and a 14-5 road record.
Just one Baltimore base runner reached third base Tuesday night against Ervin Santana, who led the Twins to a 2-0 victory over the Orioles.
Miguel Sano's 37 RBI lead the American League, and he's quick to deflect the praise. "Everybody here is hitting really good," he said.
Jorge Polanco and Miguel Sano had four hits apiece, Joe Mauer had his first three-hit game since Aug. 16 and Kyle Gibson was the winning pitcher despite giving up six runs in five innings.
The Twins spend extra time practicing those in-between fly balls, striving for better communication and fewer collisions.
Scouting meetings are so intricately detailed now, they're practically entertainment, at least to a baseball junkie like Twins manager Paul Molitor.
The matter of a makeup date was in the hands of the players, thanks to a collectively bargained MLB limit of three day-night doubleheaders per season without player approval.
Kennys Vargas parked a game-tying pinch-hit home run deep into the seats in the ninth inning. The Twins then drew three consecutive walks and won in 10 innings.
According to FanGraphs' Ultimate Zone Rating, Mauer is 2.4 runs better than an average first baseman. That's already easily the best mark since he moved to the position in 2014, and it leads the American League.
The Twins on Tuesday homered in their 16th consecutive game, but Twins pitchers have also given up a long ball in 10 consecutive home games.
Uncertainty has surrounded the identity of the Twins' starter on each of the first two Saturdays of May, and this Saturday will make it three in a row.
The bullpen, one of the reasons for surprise and optimism though the first four weeks of the season, melted down during last week's six-game homestand.
In the span of three days, new Twins brass decided Kyle Gibson, Danny Santana and Michael Tonkin could not survive subpar starts in 2017.
Ahead of Sunday's much-anticipated pitching matchup of Chris Sale and Ervin Santana, Boston scored eight times in the second inning en route to an 11-1 romp over the Twins.
His first career walk-off homer ruined a late Red Sox rally.
The Twins' top pitching prospect, frequently flawless at Class AAA but mostly disappointing in 14 major league starts, is one of two candidates to be called up for a start.
Three plays in center field - including two hard hits into the wall - eventually prompted Twins manager Paul Molitor to pull Byron Buxton from Thursday's game for his own good.
Kyle Gibson, a fixture in the Twins rotation since his 2013 debut, pitched four more chaotic innings in a substandard season Thursday and was sent to the minors after Thursday's loss to Oakland.
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