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Twins to-do: Play better on Father's Day than they did on Mother's Day

    Kyle Gibson, assistant pitching coach Jeremy Hefner and director of team travel Mike Herman had their kids on the Target Field grass this morning, something they all do regularly. But it’s more poignant on Father’s Day.

    Like all MLB teams, the Twins will wear tie-dyed baby blue caps today to mark the holiday. The Twins lost on Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, one of the few categories where they haven’t succeeded.

    They’ll try to reverse that today without Byron Buxton for a second straight day. The center fielder, hit on the right wrist by a pitch on Friday, is getting treatment and is doing better, Rocco Baldelli said, “but we’ll always err on the side of caution” with a player as valuable as Buxton.

    Max Kepler moves to center in Buxton’s place again, and Marwin Gonzalez will be in right. Both homered on Friday, by coincidence.

    Here are the lineups for the finale of the three-game series with Kansas City:



Merrifield 1B

Mondesi SS

Gordon LF

Soler DH

Cuthbert 3B

Bonifacio RF

Lopez 2B

Maldonado C

Hamilton CF


Junis RHP




Kepler CF

Polanco SS

Cruz DH

Rosario LF

Sano 3B

Gonzalez RF

Schoop 2B

Castro C

Adrianza 1B


Perez LHP

Joe Mauer's No. 7 will be retired as Jake Odorizzi pitches for Twins vs. Royals

It's Joe Mauer Day at Target Field. Mauer, who played 15 seasons for the Twins, will have his No. 7 retired before tonight's game against Kansas City.

Mauer and his wife, Maddie, in this photo by the Star Tribune's Anthony Souffle, got the celebration started before Friday's dramatic victory over the Royals.

Target Field gates open at 4 p.m., with the ceremony beginning at 5:45. That will delay the game until about 6:45.

Jake Odorizzi, who has been one of baseball's top pitchers with a 9-2 record and 1.92 ERA, will start for the Twins against Kansas City's righthander Glenn Sparkman (1-2, 3.58).

Twins CF Byron Buxton's injured wrist checked out OK.  He's available for pinch running and fielding, but probably can't hit tonight. Max Kepler will play center field.

Here are the lineups:


You can read Mauer memories from our four columnists ... Chip Scoggins here, Sid Hartman here, Jim Souhan here and Patrick Reusse here. The pictures on the site are classic.

Reusse was prolific last night. His first edition column on C.J. Cron bit the dust after the heroics of Mitch Garver and Kyle Gibson when he insisted on writing a new column. They both live forever online ...

Final, 6/16 R H E
Kansas City 23-48 8 9 0
Minnesota 47-23 6 15 2

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