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Twins
September 26, 2019
Minnesota Twins celebrate after the Twins clinched the AL Central on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Detroit. The Twins defeated the Detroit Tigers 5-1

Marwin Gonzalez: 'I knew this was a team that could win'

Gonzalez, who played on a World Series-winner in Houston, signed with the Twins two weeks after spring training opened, and he said he quickly knew that he'd made a smart decision.
Twins
September 25, 2019
Minnesota Twins pitcher Randy Dobnak

Dobnak gets the start as Twins hope to clinch title in Detroit

The magic number is 2 as the Twins and Tigers play the second game of a three-game series. Randy Dobnak, who has an even bigger day planned for Saturday, gets the start.
Twins
September 24, 2019
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi

Gonzalez scratched from Twins lineup; Odorizzi to open season's final road trip

Right-hander Jake Odortizzi will try to cut magic number, which stands at three with six games to play. Detroit will be trying to avoid its 110th loss of the season.
Twins
September 23, 2019
Minnesota Twins second baseman Luis Arraez (2) holds a plush squirrel as the Minnesota Twins celebrated their 5-0 win.

The Twins' magic number is 3 ... and Luis Arraez can't win AL batting title

Both the Twins and Indians are off Monday before making their playoff pushes in the final six games of the regular season.
Twins
September 22, 2019
Twins outfielder Max Kepler played both games of the day-night doubleheader in Cleveland on Saturday but has not been in the lineup since because of s

Still no Kepler as Twins play their final home game of the (regular) season

Martin Perez is on the mound and will try to shake off a poor outing against the White Sox. Twins look to take three of four from Royals
Twins
September 21, 2019
Jose Berrios.

Slump over, Jose Berrios makes final home start of 2019 regular season

The righthander has rebounded from a terrible August, and has the look of an ace again.
Twins
September 20, 2019
Minnesota Twins first baseman C.J. Cron (24) reacted after hitting a foul ball in the second inning. ] ANTHONY SOUFFLE • anthony.souffle@startribune

C.J. Cron returns to Twins lineup for Friday game vs. Royals

Randy Dobnak will start for the Twins, whose magic number to clinch the American League Central title is six.
Twins
September 20, 2019
Kansas City Royals pitcher Mike Montgomery

Royals' starter ejected, said umpire 'was after me personally'

It wasn't the calls, it was the attitude, Mike Montgomery says, suggesting that MLB may "need to go to automated [strike] zones" after his run-in with umpire Manny Gonzalez.
Twins
September 19, 2019
Gibson kicks off Twins' series vs. Kansas City; Kepler, Cron still out

Gibson kicks off Twins' series vs. Kansas City; Kepler, Cron still out

The Twins, their magic number still at 7, open a four-game series with the Kansas City Royals tonight at Target Field .
Twins
September 18, 2019
Jake Odorizzi

No Kepler, Cron or Gonzalez as Odorizzi and Twins face White Sox

After the Twins rallied twice for a 9-8 victory in 12 innings over the White Sox on Tuesday night, the teams are back at it for the final game of the series.
Twins
September 17, 2019
Twins outfielder Max Kepler

Kepler, Cron sit as Twins face White Sox with magic number at 8

Martin Perez will face Ross Detwiler after Chicago's All-Star Lucas Giolito is shut down for the season.
Twins
September 17, 2019
Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito.

Berrios among best at pickoffs; Sox ace pulled from tonight's start

All-Star Lucas Giolito, who pitched a complete-game shutout at Target Field last month, has been shut down for the season because of an injury.
Twins
September 16, 2019
Marwin Gonzalez

Another happy return for Twins: Marwin Gonzalez back in lineup

Multi-positional everyday player Gonzalez has been out of the lineup since Aug. 27 with an abdominal/oblique strain, an injury that he initially believed was minor.
Twins
September 15, 2019
Minnesota Twins infielder Ronald Torreyes dove safely into home off a single by outfielder LaMonte Wade Jr. (30) as Washington Nationals catcher Yan G

With tight grasp on AL Central race, Twins rest some key players Sunday

Jose Berrios will get an extra day off in the wake of Saturday's doubleheader sweep of Cleveland.
Twins
September 15, 2019
Twins pitcher Brusdar Graterol

Graterol becomes first Twin to eclipse 100 mph since 2009

Brusdar Graterol doesn't know the Twins' history. But he made plenty of it on Saturday.
Twins
September 14, 2019
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Devin Smeltzer (31) delivered a pitch in the second inning.

Devin Smeltzer gets the call to start first of two games in Cleveland

Twins have added rookie Jorge Alcala to their bullpen, just in case.
Blogs
September 13, 2019
Twins outfielder Max Kepler

Sano, Kepler return to lineup for opener in Cleveland

Extra-long batting practice on Friday in Cleveland allowed injured players to prove that they're well enough to play. The verdict: Miguel Sano and Max Kepler are well enough to play. Jake Cave and Marwin Gonzalez need more time.
Twins
September 13, 2019
Adrianza likely to miss rest of season with oblique strain

Adrianza likely to miss rest of season with oblique strain

Ehire Adrianza had to leave Thursday's game with a right oblique strain suffered when he swung at a pitch in the second inning.
Twins
September 12, 2019
Target Field will see rain, but no Sano or Kepler tonight

Target Field will see rain, but no Sano or Kepler tonight

The Twins and Nationals will wait out the passing rain at Target Field, and finish their three-game series with Kyle Gibson facing Patrick Corbin. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Twins
September 12, 2019
Kyle Gibson is Twins' nominee for Roberto Clemente Award

Kyle Gibson is Twins' nominee for Roberto Clemente Award

The veteran pitcher and his wife, Elizabeth, have been active in youth support and relief organizations for many years.
Twins
September 12, 2019
Minnesota Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario (20) walked back to the dugout after his fly ball was caught for an out in the eighth inning.

Rosario's misplay a key moment in Twins loss to Nationals

In the third inning, a misplay by Eddie Rosario in right field led to three runs and helped increase Washington's lead from 2-0 to 5-0.
Twins
September 11, 2019
Tall task as Twins face Nationals' Strasburg at Target Field

Tall task as Twins face Nationals' Strasburg at Target Field

Martin Perez will be on the mound for the Twins, who won the opener of the three-game series 5-0.
Twins
September 10, 2019
Sano, Cron, Kepler are not in Twins lineup to open series with Nationals

Sano, Cron, Kepler are not in Twins lineup to open series with Nationals

On a day when the team found out Byron Buxton would be lost for the season, it is shorthanded against the powerful Nationals.
Twins
September 8, 2019
Minnesota Twins' Ryan LaMarre, right, beats the tag by Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis to steal second base in the fourth inning of a ba

Buxton to see a specialist for shoulder; Twins re-acquire LaMarre

Byron Buxton is headed to California to be examined by a shoulder specialist; Ryan LaMarre is a Twin again after being reacquired from Atlanta for outfield depth.
Twins
September 7, 2019

No Cruz or Cave in Twins lineup Saturday vs. Indians

The Twins hope to bounce back following their 11-inning loss to Cleveland on Friday night.
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