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April 20

Molitor goes with the same lineup for the first time

Ervin Santana is on the mound today as the Twins try to avoid being swept is what has become a three game series.
Twins
April 19

Twins-Indians postgame thoughts, and an update on Gardenhire's cancer surgery

Postgame reactions from Target Field, which include an update on former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire's prostate cancer surgery at Mayo Clinic.
Twins
April 18

Buxton returns to lineup as Twins take on Indians

After getting Monday off, Byron Buxton is batting ninth in the Twins lineup Tuesday night. Phil Hughes looks to improve to 3-0 on the young season as he distances himself from surgery last season.
Twins
April 18

Postgame: Homers bothering Gibson; Duffey still spotless as a reliever

The former starter hasn't allowed a run in four appearances, while the current starter has given up four homers in three starts.
Twins
April 17

Kepler moves to center field as Twins open four-game series with Indians

Derek Falvey provided a first-hand scouting report on his old team to Twins manager Paul Molitor.
Twins
April 16

Postgame: Bad hitting with runners on base; Buxton missed big moment

Ryan Pressly made a quick decision, and probably the right one, on 10th-inning bunt.
Twins
April 16

Dozier texts his manager early Easter morning: Let me play today

Paul Molitor has restored his leadoff hitter in Sunday's finale against the White Sox, and will give Robbie Grossman a chance to play the outfield, too.
Twins
April 15

Twins postgame: Santana sizzles on a Saturday afternoon

The Twins righthander Ervin Santana now has thrown 15 scoreless innings against the White Sox in less than a week. He's 3-0 with a 0.41 ERA this season.
Twins
April 15

Dozier's sore knee knocks him out of today's Twins lineup vs. White Sox

Dozier is available off the bench today, but felt something in his knee while running to first base during Friday's game
Twins
April 15

Postgame: Thoughts on Dozier, Mauer and Buxton after Twins' loss

There's a nice pitching matchup on Saturday as Ervin Santana faces Jose Quintana. The three-game series will be on the line for the Twins
Twins
April 14
Chicago White Sox's Avisail Garcia hits an RBI-single off Cleveland In...

After rain delay, Twins face Chicago's history-making all-Garcia outfield

This will be the first time in major league history that all three starting outfielders have the same last name.
Twins
April 14

Hughes points to 'unseen' double play as key in Twins' rout in Detroit

An 11-5 victory meant the two teams are tied atop the American League Central with 6-3 records.
Twins
April 13
Byron Buxton

With fly-ball pitcher Hughes on mound, Buxton back in Twins lineup

Last time Phil Hughes pitched, Byron Buxton recorded a career-high eight putouts. So manager Paul Molitor has returned him to the lineup despite a lack of offense.
Twins
April 12
Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton warms up in the batters box in the first...

Buxton gets a day off for Twins as strikeouts continue to pile up

The young outfielder is 2-for-29 on the season, and has struck out 17 times, including all three at-bats on Tuesday. Eddie Rosario is in center field.
Twins
April 11

Postgame: Twins feel they hit Detroit's Boyd OK, despite lack of base hits

The Twins didn't have a hit until the sixth inning, and never scored off Tigers starter Matt Boyd. But that overstates the left-hander's effectivesss.
Twins
April 11
Minnesota Twins catcher Jason Castro (21) celebrated with catcher Chri...

Molitor puts aside injury worries, pencils both catchers into lineup

With Joe Mauer getting the day off against a lefthander, Chris Gimenez is the unexpected backup infielder for the Twins.
Twins
April 10

Sano, Buxton trending in opposite directions through first week

The two young Twins players have been noticeable at season's start, but not always for the right reasons. One has sparked the offense, the other has anchored the Twins' defense.
Twins
April 9

Postgame: Santana would have pitched seventh; Twins spend extra night in Chicago

The Twins' hotel in suburban Detroit is booked -- with the Red Sox -- so they'll wait to travel on the off day.
Twins
April 9
Max Kepler

Lefty on the mound, but Molitor keeps Twins' lefty-heavy lineup intact

Max Kepler will bat ninth for the first time in his career as the Twins try to improve to 5-1.
Twins
April 8

Postgame: Strike zone was tight, but Mejia says he kept his temper

Brian Dozier starts highlight-worthy double play; Jose Berrios wins Triple-A opener.
Twins
April 8
Byron Buxton celebrated his third inning catch at Target Field on open...

Slumping Byron Buxton still upbeat, but Molitor moves him to seventh

Adalberto Mejía will make his first major league start as the Twins try to go 5-0 for the first time since 1968.
Twins
April 8

Postgame: Sano gets a tutorial at first base

With Joe Mauer having the night off, Sano got his first career start at a new position. "It was fun," he said.
Twins
April 7

Hughes makes first start in 10 months on chilly night in Chicago

With Phil Hughes on the hill, the Twins can go 4-0 for the first time in 30 years with a victory over the White Sox on Friday night
Twins
April 6

Twins postgame: Thoughts on Polanco, Buxton and the Royals

Jorge Polanco was faced with a challenging decision on a relay play during the Twins 5-3 win over Kansas City on Thursday
Twins
April 6
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson works the second inning o...

Gibson makes his season debut as Twins go for sweep of Royals

The Twins could go to 3-0 for the first time since 2007 when they play host to Kansas City today at Target Field.