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September 15
Blankenhorn makes debut as Twins face White Sox in Chicago

Blankenhorn makes debut as Twins face White Sox in Chicago

Major League Baseball's new playoff format was finalized today, with bubble sites in California and Texas after the first round.
Twins
September 14
Berrios vs. Cease as Twins, White Sox battle for AL Central lead

Berrios vs. Cease as Twins, White Sox battle for AL Central lead

Chicago is a game ahead of the Twins after going 18-2 combined against Kansas City and Detroit this season.
Twins
September 13
Minnesota Twins right fielder Max Kepler

Kepler returns as Twins lose rookie outfielder Rooker for season

The Twins and Cleveland finish their three-game series today at Target Field with Max Kepler taking Brent Rooker's spot on the roster.
Sports
September 12
Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Sergio Romo (54) and Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) had to be separated by teammates after getting i

Romo gets one-game suspension before Twins face Cleveland

Twins reliever Sergio Romo was suspended for one game by MLB for his part in inciting an eighth-inning brouhaha Friday night with Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor, who was fined an undisclosed amount.
Twins
September 11
Shane Bieber

After rain delay, it's Bieber vs. Maeda at Target Field

Two of baseball's top statistical pitchers face each other in the opener of a crucial three-game series at Target Field.
Twins
September 8
Berrios, Dobnak start; Cruz returns for doubleheader in St. Louis

Berrios, Dobnak start; Cruz returns for doubleheader in St. Louis

The Cardinals will have a condensed schedule this month as they try to make up games postponed when COVID-19 hit them. First pitch is at 2:15 p.m.
Twins
September 7
Twins activate Cody Stashak, send down Devin Smeltzer before playing Tigers

Twins activate Cody Stashak, send down Devin Smeltzer before playing Tigers

LaMonte Wade Jr. moves into the leadoff spot as Nelson Cruz sits out again because of an injured hip.
Twins
September 6
Rich Hill vs. Casey Mize as Twins, Tigers continue five-game series

Rich Hill vs. Casey Mize as Twins, Tigers continue five-game series

The Twins won the first three at Target Field, including a walk-off victory on Saturday night.
Twins
September 5
Avila goes on injured list as Twins face Tigers again

Avila goes on injured list as Twins face Tigers again

Top pitching prospects Jordan Balazovic and Matt Canterino were added to the St. Paul site as Ildemaro Vargas was lost to the Cubs via waivers.
Twins
September 4
Rooker called up, Kepler on injured list before Twins-Tigers doubleheader

Rooker called up, Kepler on injured list before Twins-Tigers doubleheader

There will be 20 games in the major leagues on Friday, including five doubleheaders, and that's the most in a single day in 46 years.
Twins
September 3
Nelson Cruz is Twins' nominee for Roberto Clemente Award

Nelson Cruz is Twins' nominee for Roberto Clemente Award

The 40-year-old designated hitter has been active in community service work in Minnesota and his native Dominican Republic.
Twins
September 2
Josh Donaldson

Josh Donaldson returns as Twins face White Sox

The Twins and White Sox have split the first two games at Target Field, and that means the Twins are a game-and-a-half behind first place Chicago entering play tonight.
Twins
September 1
Sano leads off as Pineda, Buxton return for Twins

Sano leads off as Pineda, Buxton return for Twins

Pineda sat out the first 36 games of the season to finish his 60-game suspension for using a masking agent in 2019.
Twins
August 31
Twins face White Sox no-hit artist Giolito to open 8-game homestand

Twins face White Sox no-hit artist Giolito to open 8-game homestand

The Twins will play three games against the first place White Sox and five against Detroit, which swept them last weekend.
Twins
August 31
Twins not expected to make a splash on trade deadline day

Twins not expected to make a splash on trade deadline day

The Twins need their offense to get back on track as the powerful White Sox come to Target Field for a three game series that starts on Monday.
Twins
August 29
Twins, Tigers will try again with Saturday doubleheader at Comerica Park

Twins, Tigers will try again with Saturday doubleheader at Comerica Park

Friday's scheduled twin bill was rained out after Thursday's game was postponed by the players' walkout.
Twins
August 28
Twins doubleheader rained out; they'll play 2 on Saturday in Detroit

Twins doubleheader rained out; they'll play 2 on Saturday in Detroit

Thursday's game was postponed by a players' walkout, and the teams were trying to play two today at Comerica Park. Juan Minaya and Lewis Thorpe were promoted for the games by the Twins.
Twins
August 26
Twins, Cleveland finish three-game set with Berrios facing Clevinger

Twins, Cleveland finish three-game set with Berrios facing Clevinger

The first place Twins fell to the Cleveland on Tuesday night as Shane Bieber strengthened his Cy Young Award credentials.
Twins
August 25
Twins try to accomplish something new: Beating 'best pitcher in baseball'

Twins try to accomplish something new: Beating 'best pitcher in baseball'

Shane Bieber, who owns best ERA in MLB, has started eight career games against Minnesota, and his team is 7-1.
Twins
August 24
Teammates applauded Twins starter Kenta Maeda, lower right, after he returned to the dugout after his no-hitter was broken up in the top of the ninth

No batting practice, but Twins are ready for AL Central 'showdown'

Five weeks to play, only 1 1/2 games between the AL Central's top two teams -- is this an important series? Kind of.
Twins
August 21
Ryan Jeffers hits an RBI single off Brewers pitcher Brandon Woodruff on Thursday.

Jeffers now No. 1 catcher as beat-up Twins open long road trip

With Cleveland and Chicago surging, the Twins need to maintain their lead in the AL Central while down four players. Manager Rocco Baldelli has shaken up his lineup for tonight's game.
Twins
August 19
Hill returns, Littell optioned as Twins meet Brewers at Target Field

Hill returns, Littell optioned as Twins meet Brewers at Target Field

Hill, 40, pitched only one game this season before being sidelined because of a sore shoulder.
Twins
August 19
At 115 pitches, Kenta Maeda was pushing his limit with Twins

At 115 pitches, Kenta Maeda was pushing his limit with Twins

The team's best pitching performance in years made for compelling baseball at Target Field on Tuesday night.
Twins
August 18
Maeda tries to improve to 4-0 as Twins open series vs. Brewers

Maeda tries to improve to 4-0 as Twins open series vs. Brewers

Maeda was acquired in the offseason from the Los Angeles Dodgers for young reliever Brusdar Graterol.
Twins
August 17
Wisler starts for Twins; Royals irritated by umpire and Romo

Wisler starts for Twins; Royals irritated by umpire and Romo

The Royals were unhappy with Sergio Romo, who animatedly signaled strike on a couple of occasions and yelled at them as he finished his three-strikeout save on Sunday.
Final, 9/23 R H E
Detroit 22-32 6 11 0
Minnesota 35-22 7 7 1