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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.
Tyler Duffey should be able to provide longer relief appearances with the Twins in a stretch of 12 consecutive days of games.
After the Twins' bullpen failed for the second straight night against Toronto, the game ended with C.J. Cron thrown out at home on Byron Buxton's double in the ninth.
The Twins used five singles and seven walks to beat Detroit. Eddie Rosario's two-run single did the most damage.
By the middle of the week, Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey said, Miguel Sano will report to the Twins' Florida headquarters to begin a simulated, if shortened, spring training.
The Twins hit interleague early this season, and first up is a trip to Philadelphia to face the best hitter in baseball in his new home park.
Mitch Garver and Willians Astudillo had three hits each subbing in for regulars.
Eddie Rosario's single in the top of the ninth scored Byron Buxton, who started the game on the bench because of a sore back, with the winning run.
Rosario scored early with some daring baserunning, threw out a runner from left and tied the score in the ninth inning with an RBI single. Cruz drove in the winning run against a shift the following inning.
Baseball fans can finally compare two of the sport's fastest players side-by-side several times when the Twins and Royals play this season.
Nelson Cruz, who is 7-for-14 in his career against Trevor Bauer, was knocked to the ground twice Saturday.
Taylor Rogers succinctly summed up the meaning of Thursday's Opening Day victory, in which he was surprised to be on the field for the final outs.
Jose Berrios turned in one of the most dominating Opening Day performances ever by a Twins pitcher while Marwin Gonzalez, C.J. Cron and Nelson Cruz combined for the winning rally in a 2-0 victory.
For the players and coaches who have never before lined up on the foul line before a packed stadium and heard their names called out during introductions, the experience is a bit spine-tingling.
Twins pitching has been the American League's least effective over the past decade. Yet the optimism in the clubhouse, in the dugout and in the bullpen about the 2019 staff is relentlessly buoyant and earnestly sincere.
The revamped Twins lineup, with veteran slugger Nelson Cruz as its centerpiece, will rely on long-distance connections more than ever before, with all the side effects that strategy entails.
The righthander is expected to begin the season on the injured list.
The Twins resolved one roster battle on Saturday by trading outfielder Michael Reed to the Giants, clearing the way for Jake Cave to make the team as the fourth outfielder.
Fernando Romero's departure could open the door for a nonroster player — like lefthander Tim Collins or righthanders Ryne Harper or Mike Morin — to make the team.
The Twins have to turn a 36-man clubhouse into a 25-man Opening Day roster over the next six days. Many factors will figure in the final moves.
As spring training comes to an end, a multitude of competitors could end up crowding both Tyler Austin and Ronald Torreyes off the Twins roster.
Former Twins manager Molitor calls firing amicable as he visits spring training
Ryne Harper has been called up to the majors but never got to pitch. Sound vaguely familiar?
Twins pitcher Jose Berrios has two years and 44 days of service time and will be eligible for salary arbitration next winter.
Jason Castro's complex knee surgery was followed by seven months of daily rehabilitation exercises — all so he could esume the occupation that keeps causing the meniscus to tear.
Willians Astudillo has spent his professional career — a decade long already, though he didn't break through to the majors until June 30 of last year — defying expectations and exploding stereotypes.
An eight-run first inning did the trick, giving Jake Odorizzi plenty of breathing room.
Not everyone is a fan, and plenty of observers are entertained. "I've gotten a lot of flak about it from different people," new Twins reliever Blake Parker said.
The Twins have only known Luke Raley for a few months -- he came to the team in the Brian Dozier deal -- but they are impressed. He can play all three outfield positions.
Brian Dozier joined Washington after an injury-filled 2018, and after he says the Twins said "no" multiple times about negotiating a long-term deal to stay in Minnesota.
It doesn't take much kindling to ignite a firestorm of optimism for Byron Buxton, who so far this young spring training is knocking the baseball all over Florida.
With the Astros, Marwin Gonzalez' skills allowed the team to work through injuries and suspensions. Plus, there was one one of the biggest hits in Houston's history.
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