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Santana Homers, Indians Beat Twins 4-3 To Avoid Sweep https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/14/santana-homers-indians-beat-twins-4-3-to-avoid-sweep/
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Carlos Santana hit a solo home run that broke a seventh-inning tie and the Cleveland Indians avoided a sweep against the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins with a 4-3 win on Sunday.]]>

CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Santana hit a solo home run that broke a seventh-inning tie and the Cleveland Indians avoided a sweep against the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins with a 4-3 win on Sunday.

After the Indians lost the first two matchups, All-Star MVP Shane Bieber helped Cleveland salvage the finale and close within 6 ½ games of the Twins.

Santana, coming off his first career All-Star appearance, lined an 0-2 pitch from Trevor May (3-2) into the right-field seats for his 21st homer of the season.

Adam Cimber (5-2) pitched 1 1/3 innings and worked out of two jams. The right-hander struck out Nelson Cruz with the bases loaded to end the seventh and whiffed Miguel Sanó with the tying run on second to finish the eighth.

Brad Hand pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 25 opportunities. Second baseman Jason Kipnis misplayed Ehire Adrianza’s grounder to start the inning, but Hand struck out the next three batters, including Jorge Polanco in a matchup of All-Stars.

Bieber, who struck out the side in his one inning against the NL on Tuesday night in front of a hometown crowd, took a three-hit shutout into the seventh before Minnesota rallied with three runs and tied the game. Two replay reviews — both resulting in a Minnesota batter being hit by a pitch — played a major role in the inning.

Luis Arraez drew a leadoff walk in the seventh and Mitch Garver was hit by a pitch, a call that was upheld after a Cleveland challenge. Marwin González’s single scored Arraez and Sanó’s single loaded the bases.

Bieber’s 0-2 pitch to Jake Cave was ruled a foul ball, but the Twins challenged the call. The replay showed the ball hit Cave on the hand, forcing in a run and cutting the lead to 3-2.

Bieber struck out Jonathan Schoop and was relieved by Oliver Perez. Max Kepler’s bloop hit to center tied the game. Polanco struck out and Cimber whiffed Cruz.

José Ramírez gave Cleveland a first-inning lead with a run-scoring double. Greg Allen and Tyler Naquin had RBI singles in the fourth.

Twins All-Star José Berríos allowed three runs in in five innings. The right-hander, who also pitched a scoreless inning against the NL, hasn’t won since June 6.

Twins center fielder Byron Buxton was out of the lineup after leaving Saturday’s game. He made a head-first, diving catch on Oscar Mercado’s sinking liner in the eighth.

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Twins Set 1st-Half Homer Record In 15-6 Win Over Rangers https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/06/twins-set-1st-half-homer-record-in-15-6-win-over-rangers/
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/06/twins-set-1st-half-homer-record-in-15-6-win-over-rangers/#respond Sat, 06 Jul 2019 15:55:37 +0000 Twins – WCCO | CBS Minnesota





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Back home from their first losing road trip of the season, the Minnesota Twins put their record-setting power on display.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Back home from their first losing road trip of the season, the Minnesota Twins put their record-setting power on display.

All-Star shortstop Jorge Polanco homered on his 26th birthday, Martin Perez held his former team scoreless until the seventh inning and Minnesota routed the Texas Rangers 15-6 on a drizzly Friday night at Target Field.

Polanco and rookie Luis Arraez went deep in a six-run second. Jonathan Schoop and Mitch Garver also connected to give the Twins a major league-record 165 home runs before the All-Star break — surpassing the 161 hit by the Yankees last year. Minnesota finished the entire 2018 season with 166 long balls.

“It’s something special, something to be proud of,” said Schoop, who went 3 for 5 with four RBIs.

That wasn’t Minnesota’s only impressive feat at the plate Friday night.

In the second, they slugged six extra-base hits in an inning for the first time in 53 years and only the second since the club moved to Minnesota in 1961. It also happened on June 9, 1966, when the team hit five homers and a double in the seventh against the Kansas City A’s.

The 13 extra-base hits for the game tied a club record set earlier this season. And the nine doubles tied a franchise mark dating to June 9, 1934, when the Twins were still the Washington Senators. Minnesota had a season-high 20 hits, and its 15 runs matched the most the Rangers allowed in a game this year.

“I just think we made a lot of mistakes,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said. “Up in the zone and middle of the plate is not a good recipe to keep that offense from scoring runs.”

Perez (8-3), who signed with Minnesota last winter after spending his first seven seasons with Texas, took a four-hit shutout into the seventh, again relying on the cut fastball that has been so effective for him this season.

“It was a big game for me, and special for me to win,” Perez said.

But he couldn’t get an out in the seventh, giving up a walk and three consecutive hits for two runs before leaving to a standing ovation from the announced sellout crowd of 38,073. Ryne Harper allowed both inherited runners to score, the second on Shin-Soo Choo’s two-run homer.

“I know he had a lot of success early on and a lot of teams hadn’t seen that cutter,” Woodward said about Perez. “I thought he did a pretty good job of attacking the strike zone. He’s always had the good two-seamer. Adding that cutter, they kind of play off one another. It keeps you from squaring up a lot of balls.”

Minnesota entered 7-10 since June 6. A 2-4 trip to Chicago and Oakland cut its AL Central lead — as large as 11 1/2 games in early June — to six games, the smallest margin since May 20. But the Twins wasted little time staking Perez to a big cushion, batting around in the second and stringing together eight hits off starter Adrian Simpson (6-6).

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: DH Nelson Cruz exited in the fourth with right heel discomfort. The team called it a precautionary move, and Cruz didn’t consider the injury a big deal. … Minnesota utilityman Marwin Gonzalez returned to the lineup, in left field, after missing two games with a sore right big toe. … LF Eddie Rosario (sprained left ankle) ran straight ahead on the field before the game but probably won’t be activated Sunday when he’s eligible, manager Rocco Baldelli said. “Once the (All-Star) break ends, we’re hopeful he will be ready soon,” he said.

C Willians Astudillo (left oblique strain) is not close to resuming baseball activities. “It’s a fairly significant oblique injury, and we have to let him heal,” Baldelli said.

Rangers: Woodward said he prefers backup catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa (sprained right middle finger) start hitting better on his rehab assignment at Triple-A Nashville before the Rangers bring him back. Kiner-Falefa was 1 for 10 in his first three games with the Sounds.

ROSTER MOVE

Twins: RHP Blake Parker went on the paternity list, and the Twins recalled RHP Kohl Stewart from Triple-A Rochester for his fourth stint with the big club. The Twins need a starter for Sunday, but Baldelli doesn’t expect to announce one until after Saturday’s game. Stewart pitched in relief Monday night.

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP Michael Pineda (5-4, 4.78 ERA) has never beaten the Rangers, going 0-4 with a 5.66 ERA in six starts. Pineda won at Chicago in his last start, allowing one run in six innings while tying his season high with eight strikeouts.

Rangers: RHP Jesse Chavez (3-3, 2.97) makes his third start since joining the rotation. Last time out he lost 6-2 at Tampa Bay. But this could be a good matchup for Chavez, who has allowed one earned run over 18 1/3 innings in four career appearances at Target Field.

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Marcus Semien Hits Grand Slam, Solo Homer As A’s Beat Twins https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/04/marcus-semien-hits-grand-slam-solo-homer-as-as-beat-twins/
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Marcus Semien’s second big swing of the day finally gave the Oakland Athletics some breathing room in an oh-so-tight series with the AL Central-leading Twins.]]>
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Semien’s second big swing of the day finally gave the Oakland Athletics some breathing room in an oh-so-tight series with the AL Central-leading Twins.

Semien hit a grand slam in the eighth inning after his tying homer leading off the fifth, Chris Herrmann had a career-high four hits, and the A’s beat Minnesota 7-2 on Thursday for a winning series in a matchup of contenders.

“We had two grand slams this series,” said Semien, who followed up a slam by Herrmann on Tuesday night. “That’s the best you can do. We’ve hit a lot of home runs, but just haven’t had people on base when we do it. That’s been our struggle.”

Semien sent the first pitch from Mike Morin over the wall in left-center for his 13th homer of the year and fourth career grand slam. He matched his career high with five RBIs, also done last year, while notching his fifth two-homer game and second this season.

Wei-Chung Wang (1-0) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief for his first career win in 34 appearances over parts of three major league seasons — and it was a timely outing by the Taiwanese lefty on a day the A’s bullpen was thin after a 4-3, 12-inning loss Wednesday night.
“He earned it,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said.

Wang got a celebratory beer shower afterward, and it meant so much after his journey.

“This is what I’m happiest about,” he said. “Last year when I was pitching in Korea, I wasn’t sure I’d make it back here to the big leagues.”

Ehire Adrianza’s single with two outs in the top of the fifth had put Minnesota ahead after he reached on a bases-loaded catcher’s interference in the first to give the Twins a 1-0 lead.

Semien’s first drive of the day gave the A’s a home run in nine straight games. Oakland went ahead on Mark Canha’s groundout four batters late.

Jose Berrios (8-5) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings with two strikeouts and three walks to lose his second straight start and third consecutive decision.

The right-hander remains winless against the A’s in four career starts. Berrios earned his second straight All-Star nod Wednesday, when he was added to the AL roster to replace Jake Odorizzi after his teammate had to pull out because of a blister.

The Twins endured their first losing road trip of 2019 at 2-4.

“We have very few guys that I would say are at full strength right now, so our guys are going out there and giving it everything they have,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “Obviously we didn’t win as many games on this trip as we’d like. We were in a lot of these games, even under circumstances that were far less than ideal.”

Herrmann’s two-out single in the fourth tied the game at 1. The Twins went ahead in the first inning when Nelson Cruz and Luis Arraez hit back-to-back singles with two outs then Miguel Sano loaded the bases on a walk before the catcher’s interference forced home a run.

Oakland right-hander Tanner Anderson is still searching for his first win of the year but pitched well after being sick this week, allowing two runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings in his fifth career start. Anderson had been battling a bad cold in recent days.

The A’s have an eight-game winning streak on July 4, last losing on Independence Day in 2011 at Seattle.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: DH Marwin Gonzalez missed a second straight game after he was a late scratch Wednesday with a bruised right big toe he hurt fouling a ball off the foot Tuesday night. “He’s doing better,” Baldelli said. “After a couple of days he’s going to be OK to get out there. He’s available but he is sore and we just want to let him heal up as opposed to putting him out there, forcing it and causing something else to happen that we don’t want to happen.”

Athletics: OF Chad Pinder, who turned an ankle pregame Wednesday when he stepped on a screen while taking groundballs, was still sore though Melvin expected him to be fine to start Friday against the Mariners as Oakland faces three straight lefties. C Nick Hundley (knee surgery, back) will travel Friday to Arizona tomorrow to get some more rehab work and do baseball activities, hopeful of starting a rehab assignment in about 10 days. … Top prospect LHP Jesus Luzardo, who came out of his start for Triple-A Las Vegas after four innings Tuesday and an MRI exam revealed a Grade 2 lat strain on the left side, had been “very close” to being called up to the big leagues before the setback, Melvin said.

UP NEXT

LHP Martin Perez (7-3, 4.15 ERA) pitches the opener Friday of a weekend series against Texas with two days of extra rest as the Twins return home. The A’s start LHP Brett Anderson (8-5, 3.92) at Seattle on Friday night. He is 9-5 with a 2.34 ERA in 21 career outings and 20 starts vs. the Mariners.

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Garver’s Single In The 12th Inning Lifts Twins Past A’s https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/04/garvers-single-in-the-12th-inning-lifts-twins-past-as/
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Matt Chapman knows how close he came to scoring the winning run in the 10th inning. ]]>
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Matt Chapman knows how close he came to scoring the winning run in the 10th inning.

Instead, the Minnesota Twins triumphed in the 12th when Mitch Garver hit a go-ahead single with one out to send his team past the Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Wednesday night.

In the 10th, the A’s challenged whether catcher Garver tagged Chapman at home trying for the would-be winning run on Mark Canha’s slow chopper that third baseman Miguel Sano charged and fired home. The out call was upheld, though manager Bob Melvin said after the game, “he looked safe to me.”

“It’s one of those plays that’s just bang-bang, it could go either way. I don’t know if video was conclusive enough to overturn something, especially when it’s going to end the game like that,” Chapman said. “Obviously looking back on it now it’s a huge play and we’d love to have that go our way. That would have been huge. We had other opportunities to win the game, too.”

A’s closer Blake Treinen (2-3) issued consecutive one-out walks and Byron Buxton hustled home as the Twins won for just the second time in their last six games.

Late lineup addition Jorge Polanco hit a tying solo homer in the eighth for the Twins. That marked Minnesota’s 161st homer through 85 games, tying the pre-All-Star break record set by the Yankees last year.

Treinen returned from the 10-day injured list and though Melvin planned to use him at least once in a non-pressure situation initially, that wasn’t how it worked out in his first appearance since a shaky outing June 20, when he surrendered three earned runs to Tampa Bay without retiring a batter. Oakland needed him.

“We just want to make sure he’s healthy,” Melvin said.

Both teams missed chances in the 11th and the A’s in the 12th when Jurickson Profar was tagged out at second.

Blake Parker (1-2) worked out of trouble in each of his two innings for the win, striking out three. Taylor Rogers finished the 4-hour, 40-minute game for his 11th save.

“It took a lot. We’ve played a handful of games already this year similar to this one where it takes a mental fortitude from everybody involved to maintain your composure and continue to play,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “Our guys did that again. We’ve been tested in some pretty unique ways this year. For our guys to go out there again and grind this win out, it’s extremely satisfying.”

A’s second baseman Franklin Barreto committed consecutive errors on one play in the seventh — a fielding error when he didn’t step on the bag then a wild throw to first — and Minnesota got a run back. Initially Barreto was credited with making a putout at second against Ehire Adrianza but Twins challenged Adrianza was safe the call was overturned on review, then Adrianza was caught in a rundown going for home when Byron Buxton a squeeze.

Ramon Laureano hit a three-run homer off Twins starter Kyle Gibson in the second to give Mike Fiers an early cushion. Oakland has homered in eight straight games.

Fiers retired the first 14 Twins batters in order before Sano’s two-out double in the fifth. The Oakland right-hander, 6-0 over his last 11 starts, settled for a no-decision after allowing two runs on five hits over six innings. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter for the sixth time this year.

Oakland dropped to 9-2 against the AL Central this season and 61-21 dating to Aug. 23, 2016.

ALL-STAR AGAIN

Right-hander Jose Berrios is headed to a second straight AL All-Star game after being added for next week’s Midsummer Classic in Cleveland when teammate Jake Odorizzi had to pull out because of a blister. Baldelli called after Berrios had finished breakfast Wednesday at the team hotel. “I’ll be honest with you, I’ve been waiting for that call all week,” said Berrios, whose own blister on his pitching hand has completely healed.

“I’ve been throwing the ball pretty well,” he said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: DH Marwin Gonzalez was a late scratch because of a bruised right big toe he hurt fouling a ball off the foot Tuesday night. Gonzalez was going to have the toe examined to make sure it’s nothing serios, manager Rocco Baldelli said. Gonzalez was banged up in general needing a break and was listed as day-to-day. Polanco started in his place, batting third. … RHP Odorizzi went on the 10-day injured list with the blister on his right middle finger that he hurt during Tuesday’s losing start. Minnesota recalled RHP Zack Littell from Triple-A Rochester to fill the roster spot.

Athletics: Top prospect LHP Jesus Luzardo has had another setback. He came out of his start for Triple-A Las Vegas after four innings Tuesday and an MRI exam revealed a Grade 2 lat strain on the left side. There is no timetable for his return, the A’s said. … LHP Sean Manaea will follow up his 30-pitch bullpen session from Tuesday with another in the coming days before the A’s determine when to have him start a rehab assignment. Manaea had shoulder surgery in September then last month dealt with a sore muscle in his right side. … RHP Jharel Cotton, who had surgery last month on his strained right hamstring that he injured working back from Tommy John surgery, is set to throw live batting practice Thursday at Class-A Stockton.

UP NEXT

Berrios (8-4, 2.89 ERA) starts the afternoon series finale looking to bounce back from a loss his last time out and is trying to beat the A’s for the first time in four career starts. Oakland counters with RHP Tanner Anderson (0-3, 7.13) in his fifth career start.

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Twins Place All-Star Pitcher Jake Odorizzi On Injured List https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/03/twins-place-all-star-pitcher-jake-odorizzi-on-injured-list/
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The Minnesota Twins announced Wednesday that right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi has been placed on the 10-day injured list. ]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Twins announced Wednesday that right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi has been placed on the 10-day injured list.

The team says Odorizzi was placed on the injured list after the pitcher suffered a blister on his right middle finger during Tuesday’s game against the Oakland Athletics.

To replace Odorizzi on the roster, Twins recalled right-handed pitcher Zack Littell from Triple-A Rochester.

In late June, Odorizzi was selected as a reserve pitcher for the All-Star Game. Jorge Polanco will be the starting shortstop in the game.

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Cruz, Kepler Hit 2 HRs, Twins Beat White Sox 10-3 https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/30/cruz-kepler-hit-2-hrs-twins-beat-white-sox-10-3/
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Nelson Cruz got the onslaught started in the first inning and punctuated it with one mammoth home run in the ninth.]]>

CHICAGO (AP) — Nelson Cruz got the onslaught started in the first inning and punctuated it with one mammoth home run in the ninth.

He wasn’t the only Twins player connecting.

Cruz and Max Kepler each hit two home runs, Miguel Sano went deep, and Michael Pineda threw six solid innings to lead Minnesota to a 10-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.

Cruz hit a pair of two-run homers, connecting against Ivan Nova (3-7) in the first and launching a 469-foot shot to center off Jose Ruiz in the ninth. That gave him three multihomer games this season and 30 in his career.

Cruz also doubled, singled and drove in five runs.

“Definitely, it feels good when you can hit it and know right away that it’s going,” he said.

Kepler connected leading off the fifth against Nova and added a solo driveagainst Josh Osich in the seventh for his career-high 21st home run. It was his third game this season with at least two homers and his seventh since he debuted for Minnesota in 2015.

Sano homered for the third time in two games, when he hit a two-run shot in the eighth.

“We’ve hit some balls over the fence this year,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “Today was another game where we were able to do it. When you do that, they matter. Those home runs matter. They’re not just talking points. They actually change the game in your favor very quickly. And when you have a lineup full of guys that can do it, it becomes just a very dangerous proposition up and down the lineup.”

Pineda (5-4) gave up one run and four hits in his first win since May 21. The right-hander matched a season high with eight strikeouts and walked one after going 0-1 in his previous five starts.

Jorge Polanco singled twice and scored three runs. The AL Central-leading Twins came away with the win after matching a season high with back-to-back losses.

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Ross Detwiler Gets 1st Win In 3 Years, White Sox Power Past Twins https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/28/ross-detwiler-gets-1st-win-in-3-years-white-sox-power-past-twins/
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Ross Detwiler pitched five effective innings for his first win in nearly three years and the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota 6-4 on Friday night to snap a seven-game losing streak against the Twins.]]>
CHICAGO (AP) — Ross Detwiler pitched five effective innings for his first win in nearly three years and the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota 6-4 on Friday night to snap a seven-game losing streak against the Twins.

James McCann and Eloy Jiménez each hit long, two-run homers, and Jon Jay and José Abreu added RBI singles during a two-run fifth that put Chicago ahead for good. The White Sox have won two straight after losing seven of nine.

Miguel Sanó hit a pair of two-run shots for his fifth career multihomer game. His second drive, off Kelvin Herrera in the ninth, cut it to 6-4.

Alex Colomé entered and got the final three outs for his 17th save.

Detwiler (1-0), a journeyman left-hander, allowed two runs and six hits in a start after the injury-depleted White Sox purchased the 33-year-old’s contract from Triple-A Charlotte. His previous big league win was on Sept. 18, 2016 as a member of the Oakland Athletics.

Detwiler pitched in one game, with Seattle, in the majors last year and allowed three runs in six-innings during a loss against Houston in August. He entered 23-42 with a 4.36 ERA over 10 seasons with six major league teams and was 1-2 with a 3.98 ERA in eight starts with Charlotte this year.

Minnesota’s José Berríos (8-4) allowed six runs (three earned) and nine hits in 7 1/3 innings. The righty pitched into the eighth after the Twins lost 5-2 in 18 innings Thursday and was lifted after Jiménez’s 13th homer made it 6-2.

McCann lofted the first pitch he saw over the center field fence for his ninth homer and a 2-0 Chicago lead in the first.

With two outs in the second, Sanó’s 10th homer tied it.

The Twins loaded the bases on three straight walks in the seventh, but José Rondón snared Jorge Polanco’s hard grounder at third to start a double play.

ALONSO DFA’d

The White Sox designated 1B/DH Yonder Alonso for assignment on Friday. The 32-year-old batted just .178 with seven homers and 27 RBIs in 67 games. GM Rick Hahn cited Alonso’s lack of production as the reason for releasing him.

Alonso was an All-Star in 2017 and he hit .250 with 23 homers and 83 RBIs for the Indians last season. The White Sox acquired Alonso, along with a contract that pays him $8 million this season, in a trade with Cleveland in December.

MORE ROSTER MOVES

The Twins optioned LHP Zack Littell to Triple-A Rochester and recalled LHP Lewis Thorpe.

Besides purchasing Detwiler’s contract from Charlotte, the White Sox recalled OF Daniel Palka from the Triple-A club and slotted him at DH, batting fifth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: Placed OF Eddie Rosario on the 10-day IL (left ankle sprain) before Friday’s game, retroactive to Thursday. Rosario, who leads Minnesota with 20 home runs, got hurt Wednesday running the bases in the third inning against Tampa Bay. Minnesota activated INF Ehire Adrianza from the 10-day injured list (abdominal issues) and started him at shortstop. He had a triple, single and a walk.

White Sox: Placed SS Tim Anderson the 10-day IL (right high ankle sprain). GM Rick Hahn expects Anderson to miss four to six weeks.

Anderson, who is hitting .317 with 11 homers and 37 RBIs, suffered the injury fielding a grounder Tuesday at Boston.

UP NEXT: Twins RHP Michael Pineda (4-4, 5.02) faces White Sox RHP Iván Nova (3-6, 5.91) on Saturday in the second game of the series. Neither has won since late May.

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Twins’ Jorge Polanco To Start As AL All-Star Shortstop https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/28/twins-jorge-polanco-to-start-as-al-all-star-shortstop/
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Polnaco is the first Twins All-Star starter since 2013, when Joe Mauer made the line-up.]]>
NEW YORK (AP/WCCO) — Surrounded by sweet-swinging sluggers Christian Yelich, Cody Bellinger and Ronald Acuña Jr., All-Star stalwart Nolan Arenado is set for a new role with the National League — elder statesman.

“It shows how good these young guys are,” Arenado said.

The five-time All-Star will be joined by a bumper crop of talent in one of the youngest All-Star Game lineups ever — a millennial-heavy NL group that could make history at the midsummer showcase in Cleveland on July 9.

Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco was the leading vote-getter for shortstops in the American League and will start in the All-Star game. Polanco will be the Twins only starter in Cleveland.
He could have teammates as the reserves will be announced Sunday.

Polnaco is the first Twins All-Star starter since 2013, when Joe Mauer made the line-up.

Major League Baseball revealed the results from fan balloting for its All-Star starters Thursday, and the average age of the eight NL starters is 25.8 years old. Depending on who is chosen as the club’s designated hitter, the starting position players could be the youngest ever, surpassing the 1967 NL and 2017 AL clubs, which averaged 26.0 years old.

“I’ve never seen this much young talent in the game,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who will lead the NL. “There’s a lot of fun players to watch — talented and the personalities from some of these young players.”

Angels star Mike Trout was the leading vote getter in the final round. He’ll be joined on the AL squad by three Astros — Alex Bregman, George Springer and Michael Brantley — and two Yankees — Gary Sánchez and DJ LeMahieu.

The lineups are full of unlikely names. LeMahieu didn’t crack New York’s opening day lineup. Rangers designated hitter Hunter Pence could only find a minor league contract as a free agent last offseason. Diamondbacks second baseman Ketel Marte and the Twins’ Polanco hardly garnered All-Star attention in previous years. Now they’re All-Star starters.

“It was quite a wild journey from this year to last year,” Pence said. “And to even be speaking about this now, is a miracle. It’s a blessing, and I’m very grateful.”

The NL’s oldest elected starters are 29-year-old Freddie Freeman from Atlanta and 28-year-old Arenado of Colorado.

“Some of these young players are unbelievable players,” Arenado said. “We’re fortunate to be in this time, when you get to see how good they are.”

Indians first baseman Carlos Santana was elected to start in his home park in the 33-year-old’s first All-Star selection. He’ll be joined in the lineup by Brantley, a former teammate who left the Indians in free agency last offseason for a $32 million, two-year deal with Houston. Brantley edged Yankees slugger Aaron Judge by 0.9% for the final outfield spot.

The Cubs’ Willson Contreras and Javier Baez will each start for the NL for the second straight year. Baez was elected at shortstop a year after starting at second. Only three other All-Stars have started in consecutive years at different positions.

Trout is set to be the sixth AL player to start six times before turning 28. The others are Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Ivan Rodriguez, Rod Carew and Ken Griffey Jr. It’s Trout’s eighth straight selection overall.

“I just enjoy going to them,” he said. “Every year it seems like I am slowing it down and embracing the experience. The first couple I was running around and it went so fast.”

Yelich was second in voting behind Trout. He homered in last year’s All-Star Game, then staged a second-half tear that ended in him winning NL MVP. He’s been just as good in 2019, leading the majors with 29 homers while hitting .332 with a 1.149 OPS.

“In spring, there were a lot of questions if I could do it again,” Yelich said. “Was it a fluke? Am I a good player? That stuff kind of lights a fire in me.

“I didn’t know how the year was going to go, but I wasn’t going to look back on last year and think anything was guaranteed. Just because you’re an MVP the previous year, you’re not going to just walk through the next year and everything was going to be fine.”

The league adopted a new balloting structure this season, which operated exclusively through Google. Fans voted up until June 21 to determine finalists for All-Star starters. The top three vote getters at each position — top nine in the outfield — in each league then entered a second phase of voting, which ran Wednesday and Thursday. Vote totals were reset prior to the final round.

Fans elected the nine starting players for the AL team and eight for the NL — with the extra AL player being the designated hitter. The rest of the 32-man rosters for each league, including the DH for the National League, will be determined by player balloting and selections from the Commissioner’s Office. Those All-Stars will be announced Sunday.

The first All-Star Game was in 1933 in Chicago. All-Star starters have been elected by fans since 1970. Balloting was moved exclusively online in 2015.

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Rays Beat Twins 5-2 In Longest Game Ever Played At Target Field https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/27/rays-beat-twins-5-2-in-longest-game-ever-played-at-target-field/
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Yandy Díaz hit a sacrifice fly for Tampa Bay in the 18th inning to break a tie that lasted since the second, and the Rays finally pulled away from Minnesota for a 5-2 victory on Thursday to avoid being swept in a series by the Twins for the first time in 13 years.

Ryan Yarbrough (7-3), the eighth reliever and the 22nd player used by the Rays during the game that lasted 5:42 after rain delayed the first pitch by 57 minutes, threw three scoreless innings for the victory.

After the first eight relievers for the Twins allowed just two hits over a combined 10 innings, Ryne Harper (3-1) faltered in the 18th while pitching for the third straight game and the sixth time in the past 10 days.

The Rays loaded the bases with nobody out, just as they did in the 10th against Blake Parker when they failed to score. Díaz hit a medium-depth fly ball with one out to left fielder Luis Arraez, whose strong throw was a little too far up the first-base line for catcher Jason Castro to catch and make the tag before Brandon Lowe’s left hand grazed the plate on his head-first slide.

Willy Adames and Ji-Man Choi followed with RBI singles to give the Rays some insurance and salvage a 3-7 record from this three-time zone road trip. Just 13 days ago, they led the American League East by a half-game over the New York Yankees. Now they’re 6½ games back.

Rays pitchers set a franchise record with 22 strikeouts. This matched their longest game in history, innings-wise, and this was also the most innings played in Target Field’s 10-season history. The Twins beat the Boston Red Sox in 17 innings just last week.

The Twins turned to starter Kyle Gibson (9-4) for the 17th inning, his first relief appearance in 170 career games.

WAY BACK WHEN

Ryne Stanek made his major league-leading 23rd start for the Rays in their trendsetting opener role, falling behind 2-0 in the first of his two innings. Arraez had the third hit of the frame for the Twins, a sharp two-out single to right field that prompted third base coach Tony Diaz to wave Nelson Cruz home.

The throw by Guillermo Heredia would’ve beaten the 38-year-old designated hitter by a long way, but the ball skipped past catcher Mike Zunino for an error on Heredia as Cruz safely reached the plate.

The Twins, who lead the major leagues in runs and several other hitting categories, left starter Martín Pérez hanging after he allowed only three hits over seven stellar innings.

After allowing consecutive two-out RBIs in the second that tied the game, a double by Michael Brosseau in his first major league start and a single by Heredia, Pérez finished his afternoon by retiring 16 consecutive batters. Pérez was 0-2 with a 7.50 ERA in his previous five turns.

The Twins, who were missing three regulars from their lineup to injuries, went without a home run in two straight games for the first time since May 30-31, also against the Rays.

The Rays, who improved to just 11-16 since beating the Twins 14-3 on May 30, were further thinned when center fielder Kevin Kiermaier departed with tightness in his lower right leg in the second inning.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: 3B Yandy Diaz was reinstated from the injured list after the minimum 10-day stay and placed in the cleanup spot in the batting order. To make room on the roster, RHP Hunter Wood, who has a 2.24 ERA in 24 innings, was sent to Triple-A for the third time this month.

Twins: The multi-positional Willians Astudillo, who has spent most of his time behind the plate, was placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained left oblique. He said he initially hurt the muscle while making a catch against the wall in RF on Tuesday, then aggravated it while swinging in his last at-bat on Wednesday. OF LaMonte Wade was recalled from Triple-A to fill his spot, the first time in the major leagues for the ninth-round draft pick in 2015.

UP NEXT

Rays: The starting pitcher for the series opener on Friday night against Texas has yet to be determined. RHP Lance Lynn (9-4, 4.32 ERA) takes the mound for the Rangers, as the Rays start a 10-game homestand that lasts until the All-Star break.

Twins: RHP Jose Berrios (8-3, 2.84 ERA) will take his 17th turn of the season in Chicago on Friday night, opening a three-game series. Berrios has a 1.63 ERA in four starts this month. The White Sox were waiting to announce their starting pitcher.

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Nelson Cruz’s 3-Run Double In 7th Leads Twins Past Rays 6-4 https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/26/nelson-cruzs-3-run-double-in-7th-leads-twins-past-rays-6-4/
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nelson Cruz had three hits for Minnesota, including the go-ahead, three-run, two-out double after Tampa Bay starter Charlie Morton left in the seventh inning to lead the Twins past the Rays 6-4 on Wednesday night.

Taylor Rogers recorded the last four outs for his 10th save, and the Twins beat the Rays for the fifth straight time.

Cruz, who had 373 career home runs and turns 39 on Monday, beat out an infield single that died in the grass halfway up the third-base line during a three-run first against Morton (8-2). His last hit was more in form, a crushed line drive off Emilio Pagan with an exit velocity of 108 mph that landed in deep center field.

READ MORE: Meet The Minnesota Twins’ Team Barber

The seventh-inning rally was fueled by an error on Morton that could’ve easily been charged to first baseman Ji-Man Choi, who fumbled a grounder when he popped up too soon in anticipation of a double play. Morton, the American League ERA leader, dropped the toss by Choi to first. Then Rays manager Kevin Cash went to the bullpen one batter later.

Twins starter Jake Odorizzi squandered his 3-0 lead, when Kevin Kiermaier hit a two-run homer in the second inning and Tommy Pham went deep to tie the game in the sixth. Odorizzi was removed one batter later. Trevor May (3-1) allowed a solo shot to Willy Adames in the seventh, but the momentum didn’t last long for the struggling Rays. They are just 10-16 since beating the Twins 14-3 at home on May 30.

INJURIES INCREASE

Eddie Rosario and C.J. Cron hit RBI singles in the first, and Rosario later raced home on Morton’s wild pitch. The basepaths weren’t as kind to Rosario in the third, when he sprained his left ankle while trying to turn a single into a double. The Twins were already fielding a lineup without fellow starting outfielders Byron Buxton and Max Kepler and multi-position player Marwin Gonzalez, another regular.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: 3B/1B Yandy Diaz went through drills without trouble for his right hamstring and stayed on track for reinstatement from the injured list on Thursday.

Twins: Kepler began on the bench with swelling in his bruised right elbow, stemming from a pitch that hit him in the previous game, but he entered in the eighth inning for defense. Buxton was still testing his bruised right wrist that has sidelined him for the last 11 games, with the possibility remaining of a short rehab assignment in the minors before he returns to the lineup.

UP NEXT

Rays: The starter for the series finale was to be determined following the game, with the possibility of using an opener out of the bullpen.

Twins: LHP Martín Pérez will take the mound on Thursday afternoon. He’s 0-2 with a 7.50 ERA in 24 innings over his last five turns.

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‘He Makes Me Look Like A Different Guy’: Meet The Minnesota Twins’ Team Barber https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/26/he-makes-me-look-like-a-different-guy-meet-the-minnesota-twins-team-barber/
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In the hours before taking on the Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Twins outfielder Jake Cave is getting a haircut.

“I’ve gone up and down a couple times between Triple-A and here, and whenever I come up I always try to get an Andy Fade cut,” Cave said.

His barber’s name is Andy Duran, but the Twins know their team barber as “Andy Fade.”

“I try to be here all home stands, so you come to the field, get these guys ready, make them look good for the game,” Duran said.

Duran is from Rochester, New York, and was born in the Dominican Republic. He came up in Triple-A baseball.

“I made my way up here just like a player [laughs]!” Duran said. “Making a good relationship with the guys, with the team, you know. Doing what you’ve got to do. That’s the key,” Duran said.

A man who cares about his hair, or his beard, is loyal to his barber.

“They get called up and they was like, ‘Hey, you want to come into Minneapolis?’ I’m like, ‘For sure, let’s do it,’ you know. So that’s how everything started, like, in 2014, around there,” Duran said.

You earn that loyalty when you’re good at what you do.

“There’s times where I’m in Triple-A, you know, I keep trying to hold off. Like, if I get the call up soon, how long can I hold off on this haircut so I can see Andy up there?” Cave said.

“You know, I don’t even ask him what he wants. I already know his style, what he wants,” Duran said. “Some of them the signs, like little lines and stuff like that, so you know, I do it all.”

Sure, Duran gets paid for these sweet fades, but there’s more.

“It’s nice when you see yourself on camera and you see yourself, you’re looking good, you know. I like when I do my job and I look at it on TV and I’m like, ‘Oh, you know, it came out perfect, you know, it came out good,’” Duran said. “I like that. That’s me. Everyone. Not just Cave [laughs]!”

It’s easier to play well when you’ve got a guy like Duran in your clubhouse.

“He makes me look like a different guy. I got all these grays in my hair, he makes it look good,” Cave said. “I’m definitely not dyeing it. I’m rolling with it.”

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Twins Drum Up ‘Bomba Ballot’ Support For All-Star Candidates https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/26/twins-drum-up-bomba-ballot-support-for-all-star-candidates/
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Twins are getting out the vote, but not in the way you may think. They’re making a big push to grab one or more of the starting spots in the forthcoming All-Star game.

The Minneapolis Police Department’s bomb squad was recruited to show up at Target Field in support of the Twins’ “Bomba Squad.” Major League Baseball’s All-Star voting is now in its final stage.

Four of the finalists who have made it this far are, of course, Twins players.

The players that receive the most votes at each position will be starters, and all four Twins up for the honor play different positions:

  • C.J. Cron (1B)
  • Jorge Polanco (SS)
  • Nelson Cruz (DH)
  • Eddie Rosario (OF)

Only four other clubs had more all-star finalists: Astros (7), Braves (7), Cubs (7) and the Yankees (6).

Voting opened at 11 a.m. and will continue through Thursday at 3 p.m.

The Twins play another round against Tampa Bay Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. at Target Field.

The 2019 MLB All-Star Game will take place on July 9 in Cleveland.

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Twins Extend Snell’s Woes, Beat Rays 9-4 https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/26/twins-extend-snells-woes-beat-rays-9-4/
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have beaten up on left-handed pitching and former Cy Young award winners in their rise to the American League’s best record and majors’ top offense.

A struggling Blake Snell was the latest victim.

Eddie Rosario had four hits, Willians Astudillo added three hits and Minnesota extended Snell’s troubles in a 9-4 win against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.

Jonathan Schoop and C.J. Cron hit solo homers for the Twins, who got to Snell (4-7) for seven runs and 11 hits in just 3 1/3 innings.

“I remember last year, I faced him twice, and he struck me out,” Astudillo said. “So after that, I said he won’t strike me out again. Here we were again today, and we won the game.”

Kyle Gibson (8-4) allowed four runs and seven hits in seven innings as the Twins won for the third time in four games.

Minnesota owns a major league-best .303 average against lefties this season with 40 home runs and their .889 OPS is baseball’s best mark against left-handers.

The Twins have also beaten five different Cy Young winners this season, including the two reigning winners in Snell and New York’s Jacob deGrom.

“We go out there to compete and our guys go out there and have good at-bats no matter who it is,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “It doesn’t mean you’re going to win. It doesn’t mean you’re going to hit any home runs or square any balls up, but our guys are certainly confident in what they’re doing and not afraid at all.”

Snell was coming off a disastrous six-run outing at the New York Yankees in which he only retired one batter. He started this one with a clean first inning, but Astudillo got Minnesota started with an RBI single in the second.

The Twins scored three runs in each of the third and fourth innings to chase Snell, with Rosario tallying an RBI single in each.

“Blake’s stuff is totally equipped to go out there and have success against whatever offense it is,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. “I know it’s not happening right now for him, but we’ve got to get him back to that point for sure.”

Snell has won once in his last nine starts. In five starts in June, he has a 12.11 ERA and has given up six or more runs three times.

“People would think I’m crazy if I told them I feel better right now than I did last year,” Snell said. “And I really do. Yeah, it’s frustrating. I’m going to continue to get better. I’m going to continue to focus on what I need to focus on and be the best me I can be. I can’t say it enough. I’m very confident in the way I feel.”

Willy Adames had two hits, including a solo homer for Tampa Bay, which has lost six of eight and is 10-14 since the start of June.

GLASNOW SHUT DOWN

Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow, on the 60-day disabled list with a right forearm strain, will be shut down as he experienced discomfort while throwing from 90 feet on Sunday. An MRI revealed right flexor inflammation and the team said he will be re-evaluated in three weeks.

“We’ll shut him down three or four weeks and then get him built back up,” Cash said. “We’ve got to start seeing Tyler when he does get back where he’s throwing, where he’s throwing and feeling good the next day.”

Glasnow is 6-1 with a 1.86 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings this season and was named the AL pitcher of the month for April.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: INF Daniel Robertson underwent arthroscopic surgery on Monday to remove a loose body in his right knee. He’s expected to miss four to six weeks. … RHP Diego Castillo has been diagnosed with a right shoulder impingement and is expected to miss about two weeks. … Cash said INF Yandy Díaz (right hamstring discomfort) could be activated from the injured list and back in the lineup on Thursday. … LHP José Alvarado could rejoin the team during the upcoming homestand, according to Cash. Alvarado has been out since June 1 because of a family issue and he was moved to the restricted list.

Twins: OF Max Kepler left the game with a right elbow contusion after being hit in the arm by a pitch from Hunter Wood. Baldelli said Kepler had some swelling but was “OK.” Kepler had X-rays done on Tuesday that didn’t show any issues and is slated for an MRI on Wednesday. … OF Byron Buxton hit before the game and Baldelli said he felt good, so the team will have Buxton hit for a second straight day Wednesday. … INF Ehire Adrianza is nearing a return from abdominal issues, according to Baldelli. … OF Marwin Gonzalez is progressing from a right hamstring strain and ran at 75% before the game. … Baldelli downplayed any concern over the blister developed by RHP José Berríos in his last start.

UP NEXT

Two of the AL’s top pitchers in ERA match up on Wednesday night. Tampa Bay’s Charlie Morton (8-1) leads the league in ERA at 2.31 and Jake Odorizzi (10-3) starts for Minnesota against his former team. Odorizzi is third in the AL — behind Texas’ Mike Minor — with a 2.58 ERA. Odorizzi stumbled a bit in his past two starts, giving up eight runs in 10 innings in two games against Kansas City, but he threw six scoreless innings against Tampa Bay on June 2. Morton allowed two runs in seven innings in a win against the Twins on May 30.

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4 Twins Selected As Finalists In All-Star Ballot https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/24/4-twins-selected-as-finalists-in-all-star-ballot/
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The finalists for the 2019 Google MLB All-Star Ballot are in, and four Minnesota Twins have been selected.

On Friday night, first baseman C.J. Cron, shortstop Jorge Polanco, outfielder Eddie Rosario and designated hitter Nelson Cruz learned they will advance to the Google MLB All-Star Starters Election.

“Minnesota has been one of the best stories in baseball this season, building a large lead in the AL Central as the club goes in search of its first division title since 2010,” MLB’s Andrew Simon wrote. “The offense has been a driving force, with the Twins leading the Majors in runs per game, homers and slugging percentage. Polanco has established himself as a legitimate MVP candidate, while offseason acquisitions Cron and Cruz have added significant muscle to a sturdy lineup.”

Only four other clubs had more all-star finalists: Astros (7), Braves (7), Cubs (7) and the Yankees (6).

Related: Primary voting totals for All-Star finalists

The balloting process is now down to three players at each position (with nine outfielders). Voting for the Starters Election begins Wednesday and winners will be announced Thursday night.

The 2019 MLB All-Star Game will take place on July 9 in Cleveland.

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Dozier’s 3-Run Homer Sends Bailey, Royals Over Twins 6-1 https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/23/doziers-3-run-homer-sends-bailey-royals-over-twins-6-1/
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — In the span of a week, Hunter Dozier went from the injured list to the delivery room to the star role in the Kansas City Royals’ 6-1 win over the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins.

The young slugger hit a three-run shot during a five-run third inning Sunday, made a couple of stellar defensive plays at third base and gave Homer Bailey and the Kansas City bullpen all the offense they needed against the Twins on a soggy, overcast afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

“I knew my timing was going to be off,” said Dozier, who had been sidelined the last three weeks with an oblique strain. “I felt better today. Hopefully keep getting better and better.”

Dozier returned to the team on Friday after spending the previous night in the hospital, where his wife gave birth to the couple’s second child. And while he struggled at the plate in his first couple of games back, that timing seemed to have returned against Minnesota.

“They struck him out with a slider the first time up, and the second time they tried the same ploy,” Royals manager Ned Yost said, “and it didn’t work.”

Bailey (7-6) only made one significant mistake, leaving a pitch over the plate that Eddie Rosario steered inside the right-field foul pole. Otherwise, the revitalized right-hander followed back-to-back scoreless starts against Detroit and Seattle by giving up five hits and a walk.

The Royals’ bullpen shut down the Twins the rest of the way. Kevin McCarthy left the bases loaded in the seventh, then recorded the next six outs to earn his first career save.

“I’d hoped it would come a little sooner,” he said, “but I’m glad I got it.”

Alex Gordon added two RBIs and Nicky Lopez also drove in a run for the Royals, who did most of their damage against Michael Pineda (4-4) in the third inning. Pineda wound up lasting five, allowing eight hits while taking his first loss since May 5 at Yankee Stadium.

He didn’t get much support as the Twins stranded 11 runners on base.

“Bailey threw the ball well. He had to work for everything, but he made good pitches when he had to,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “When you get that big hit or a couple of big hits, it can give you a lift. It’s tough to get that first big hit with people on base, and we didn’t get that.”

With rain in the forecast, Bailey and Pineda engaged in a tidy pitchers’ duel through the first couple innings. But that ended abruptly when Pineda took the mound in the third.

After retiring Martin Maldonado, the big right-hander gave up a base hit to Billy Hamilton — the first of what would become five straight. And they came in quite the variety: Whit Merrifield delivered on a hit-and-run, Lopez had a bunt single and Gordon doubled down the right-field line.

The big blow came from Dozier, though. His three-run shot soared over the visiting bullpen in left field, giving Kansas City a 5-0 lead and the youngster another boost in his All-Star bid.

Dozier is among the three AL finalists at third base in voting that begins Wednesday.

“In the third inning they got some soft contact. I hang one pitch, my slider and they hit a big homer,” Pineda said. “That cost me the game. I just tried to compete.”

Bailey’s streak of 16 2/3 scoreless innings finally ended when Rosario cracked his 20th homer of the year leading off the fourth inning. But Bailey got a modicum of revenge in the sixth, when he struck out Rosario after a 14-pitch at-bat to conclude his afternoon.

STATS AND STREAKS

The Twins’ Jorge Polanco extended his 36-game on-base streak with a single in the seventh. That is tied for fifth-longest in club history. … Luis Arraez had his first four-hit game for Minnesota. … Bailey has not allowed more than three runs in a start since April 30.

NEGRO LEAGUES SALUTE

The Royals wore uniforms of the 1942 Kansas City Monarchs and the Twins dressed as the St. Paul Gophers from 1908 for their throwback day at the K. It also was “Dressed to the Nines” day at the park, and many fans came dressed in suits, dresses and vintage clothing.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins OF Byron Buxton hit before the game to test his right wrist, and manager Rocco Baldelli said it’s possible he could play Tuesday. “We have to make sure he’s 100 percent before we activate him for a game,” Baldelli said. “We’re very close to making a decision.” … RHP Jose Berrios should make his next start despite leaving Saturday’s game with a blister, Baldelli said.

UP NEXT

The Royals head to Cleveland on Monday night to open a three-game set with RHP Brad Keller (3-9, 4.45 ERA) on the hill. The Twins are off Monday before starting a three-game set against Tampa Bay.

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Kepler, Rosario Help Rally Twins To 8-7 Win Over Royals https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/22/kepler-rosario-help-rally-twins-to-8-7-win-over-royals/
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins again showed the resilience that has allowed them to avoid a three-game losing streak this season.

Max Kepler’s RBI single drove in the tiebreaking run and Eddie Rosario added a run-scoring hit to cap Minnesota’s three-run rally in the eighth inning, and the Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 8-7 Friday night.

Minnesota scored five runs in the last three innings.

“We never quit,” said Miguel Sano, whose tying home run leading off the eighth inning started the rally.

“I think we needed this win today to get back to the way of playing that we had a couple of weeks ago,” said Rosario, whose third single of the night gave the Twins their final run. “Everybody was encouraging each other in the dugout.”

Ryne Harper (3-0) pitched one-plus inning to pick up the win despite allowing Jorge Soler’s 21st leadoff home run in the bottom of the eighth that pulled the Royals back within one. Taylor Rogers got the last six outs for his ninth save in 11 chances.

Cheslor Cuthbert had three hits and four RBIs — tying career highs in both — for the Royals, who have lost a major league-high 26 games in which they’ve held a lead. Kansas City has been outscored 177-125 after the sixth inning this season.

“Four of the five runs they scored late against the bullpen came on two strikes,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “We just couldn’t put them away.”

Trailing 6-3 in the seventh — the Twins’ second three-run deficit of the game — they pulled within one on Nelson Cruz’s two-run single.

Sano’s homer off Jake Diekman (0-5) tied the score, and came after he struck out in his previous three at-bats.

“The first couple of at-bats I was struggling like the last few days,” Sano said. “I never put my head down. I come into work every day hard. I had the opportunity in that at-bat and I was lucky. I said I needed to do something, a walk, single, whatever. God gave me the opportunity to hit a homer.”

Pinch-hitter Mitch Garver then walked and Jonathan Schoop singled. Max Kepler’s single to right drove in pinch-runner Willians Astudillo with the go-ahead run, with Schoop advancing to third and Kepler taking second on the throw. After Jorge Polanco and Cruz hit fielder’s choice grounders, Rosario singled to left to drive in Polanco to make it 8-6.

“We had several guys come through at different moments,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “It came with big hits, with getting on base and with the long ball. Our guys are resilient and they keep it going.”

Royals starter Jakob Junis allowed three runs and six hits in six innings.

Martin Perez gave up six runs — four earned — in five innings for the Twins.

The Royals scored three runs in the first inning for the second straight game. Cuthbert had an RBI double down the left-field line for the first run. With two outs, Humberto Arteaga rolled a grounder to short, but Polanco’s throw pulled first baseman C.J. Cron off the bag and Soler scored. Martin Maldonado singled against the shift to drive in Cuthbert to make it 3-0.

Cron led off the second with a 424-foot home run to center to get the Twins on the scoreboard.

Minnesota tied it in the fifth with two outs. Rosario’s single scored Schoop and sent Cruz to third. Rosario then stole second, and an errant throw by Maldonado allowed Cruz to score the tying run.

Cuthbert’s three-run home run in the fifth gave the Royals a 6-3 lead.

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Gordon, Sparkman Lead Royals Past Twins, Odorizzi 4-1 https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/20/gordon-sparkman-lead-royals-past-twins-odorizzi-4-1/
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Gordon had a two-run single and Lucas Duda added an RBI single as the Kansas City Royals jumped on Jake Odorizzi in the first inning and beat the Minnesota Twins 4-1 Thursday night. Glenn Sparkman (2-3) gave up just one run and five hits in a season high-tying seven […]]]>
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Gordon had a two-run single and Lucas Duda added an RBI single as the Kansas City Royals jumped on Jake Odorizzi in the first inning and beat the Minnesota Twins 4-1 Thursday night.

Glenn Sparkman (2-3) gave up just one run and five hits in a season high-tying seven innings. He walked one and struck out three. Duda, had two hits and scored a run to help the Royals win for the fourth time in five games.

Jake Diekman pitched a perfect eighth and Ian Kennedy got the last three outs for his ninth save in 11 opportunities.

Odorizzi (10-3) came in tied with Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito for the major league lead in wins, but lasted just four innings. He gave up four runs and eight hits with one walk and two strikeouts.

Jorge Polanco homered with one out in the first to put Minnesota ahead.

However, the Royals came right back in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. Whit Merrifield doubled and advanced to third on Nicky Lopez’s single to left-center. Gordon then doubled to deep right-center to drive both runners in. With one out, Cheslor Cuthbert grounded to Odorizzi, who threw to third to get Gordon, but Willians Astudillo’s errant throw to first allowed Cuthbert to advance to third. Cuthbert then scored on Duda’s single to right that ended his 0-for-20 slump.

The Royals added another run in the fourth. Duda got his second single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Humberto Arteaga, who made his major league debut Thursday. Duda scored on a double by Martin Maldonado.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins C Mitch Garver started Thursday’s game but left after the seventh inning with left heel soreness. OF Byron Buxton is traveling with the club, though he’s not eligible to return from the 10-day injured list until Tuesday. He went on the IL on Tuesday, retroactive to last Saturday, with a right wrist contusion. Manager Rocco Baldelli said, “Judging by the way that he’s moving around and everything that he’s doing, everything’s going very well.”

Royals 3B Hunter Dozier finished a three-day rehab in Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Wednesday. He’s been on the 10-day injured list since June 3 (retroactive to May 31) with a right oblique strain. He was expected to return to Kansas City on Thursday for the birth of his child. He’s expected to head to Triple-A Omaha to continue the rehab through the weekend. Manager Ned Yost did not have an update on Dozier’s status.

ROSTER MOVES

Twins recalled RHP Kohl Stewart from Triple-A Rochester and optioned RHP Sean Poppen to Rochester. The Twins played 17 innings against Boston on Tuesday. The Twins are near the end of a 13-day stretch without a day off. They’ll be off June 24 following this four-game series.

Royals SS Adalberto Mondesi was placed on the 10-day IL with what Yost called a “very minor” right groin strain. Yost said it was more precautionary than anything. He was replaced on the roster by SS Arteaga from Triple-A Omaha. Arteaga, 25, is in his ninth season in the Royals’ system since being signed as a 16-year-old non-drafted free agent in 2010. Yost said he liked everything about Arteaga’s game. “His defense has always been spectacular for me, wherever I put him — third, short or second,” he said. “He’s developed into a very nice offensive player.”

UP NEXT

LHP Martin Perez (7-3, 4.09 ERA) will get the start for Minnesota. He’ll face Royals RHP Jakob Junis (4-6, 5.33 ERA) in the second game of the four-game series.

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Twins Lose To Red Sox Following Longest Game In Target Field History https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/20/twins-lose-to-red-sox-following-longest-game-in-target-field-history/
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Eduardo Rodríguez knew his job was to pile up innings after the Boston Red Sox had to go 17 innings in Tuesday’s loss at Minnesota. ]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eduardo Rodríguez knew his job was to pile up innings after the Boston Red Sox had to go 17 innings in Tuesday’s loss at Minnesota.

Even after giving up runs early Wednesday night, Rodriguez wasn’t going to be taken out. He had to handle the workload, regardless of results.

The Boston left-hander picked up the team’s bullpen, Brock Holt drove in three runs and the Red Sox beat the Twins 9-4 on Wednesday night.

“It was a matter of him giving us a chance to win or giving (up) a lot of runs and going deep in the game regardless,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “So, I think he liked giving us a chance to win and get that ‘W.’ He’s been good.”

Rodríguez (8-4) allowed four runs and eight hits, but more important, he lasted seven innings after the Red Sox used eight relievers in Tuesday’s marathon. Rodriguez has gone at least seven in his past two starts, relying more on his fastball and changeup mix, and has given the team much-needed innings in each outing.

“It means a lot to save the bullpen, go out there and give seven innings,” Rodriguez said. “I think for me, it’s something I’ve tried to do a long time. I had a chance the last two starts to help the bullpen and feel really good with that.”

Boston scored three runs in the second, fifth and eighth innings to win for the seventh time in eight games. The AL Central-leading Twins have dropped three of four and lost a home series for just the second time this season.

Kyle Gibson (7-4) couldn’t lighten the load on Minnesota’s bullpen. He tied a career high with five walks and threw 94 pitches in 4 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits.

“That might have been some of the worst stuff I’ve had in quite a while,” Gibson said. “Frustrating night knowing that anything that looked like a quality start was a win, unfortunately, but I didn’t get it done.”

Eddie Rosario’s RBI single put Minnesota ahead in the first, but Holt, Michael Chavis and Mookie Betts each had RBI singles in the second.

Willians Astudillo and Max Kepler homered in the fourth to give the Twins a 4-3 lead, but Boston rallied again.

Xander Bogaerts ripped an RBI double to left. Holt plated another run with a sacrifice fly and Chavis chased Gibson with his second hit.

“Last night, you start playing that many innings, guys get a little antsy, maybe try to do a little bit too much,” Holt said. “I feel like our situational hitting was pretty solid tonight. We got a guy on third, we got him in, for the most part. Just better approaches tonight, I think.”

Rodríguez settled in and retired 11 of the final 12 batters he faced after Kepler’s homer.

“Ultimately, he was able to persevere through some innings where he had to work a little bit,” Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said of Rodriguez. “Early on, we thought maybe we’d have the opportunity to get to him with the kinds of at-bats we were having. Ultimately, he did a nice job.

DEVERS HURT

Boston’s Rafael Devers left in fifth inning with tightness in his right hamstring. He was injured running out an infield single. Cora said Devers would likely be out of the lineup Friday, but called his third baseman day to day.

“I just felt that it was a little bit tight,” Devers said through an interpreter. “It’s not as bad as what I dealt with last year. Hopefully, I can go out there and play, but it’s up to the coaches to see if they let me play on Friday.”

ROSTER MOVES

The Red Sox placed Hector Velázquez on the injured list with a lower back strain and recalled right-hander Josh Smith from Triple-A Pawtucket. Velázquez pitched four innings in Tuesday’s game, but had a recurrence of the back injury that forced him to the injured list before he returned Tuesday.

Minnesota placed Marwin Gonzalez on the injured list with a right hamstring strain. The Twins also placed reliever Blake Parker on the family medical emergency list.

Astudillo was recalled from Triple-A Rochester, and the team selected the contract of right-hander Sean Poppen from Triple-A. Poppen, a 19th-round draft choice in 2016 out of Harvard, made his major league debut and allowed three runs in four innings.

Baldelli said after the game that Poppen would be optioned back to Rochester.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: Nathan Eovaldi (right elbow) threw for the third straight day. Cora said Eovaldi would take a day off and the team would map out his next throwing session. … Heath Hembree (right elbow extensor strain) played catch before the game.

Twins: To make room on the 40-man roster for Poppen, Minnesota moved Adalberto Mejía to the 60-day disabled list. Mejía has been out since the start of May with a right calf strain.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Following an off day, Boston returns home Friday against Toronto. Chris Sale (3-7, 3.49 ERA) takes the mound for the Red Sox with the Jays starting Trent Thornton (2-5, 4.36). Sale has allowed two total runs over his past three starts and has struck out at least 10 in four straight games.

Twins: Jake Odorizzi (10-2, 2.24) will try to keep his run going as Minnesota opens a four-game series at Kansas City on Thursday. Odorizzi has won 10 straight decisions and beat the Royals in his last start. Kansas City will start Glenn Sparkman (1-3, 4.01).

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Max Kepler’s Hit In 17th Gives Twins 4-3 Win Over Red Sox https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/19/max-keplers-hit-in-17th-gives-twins-4-3-win-over-red-sox/
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Max Kepler was supposed to have the night off. Instead, the Twins outfielder wound up playing 12 innings and delivered three huge hits.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Max Kepler was supposed to have the night off. Instead, the Twins outfielder wound up playing 12 innings and delivered three huge hits.

Kepler’s single with one out in the 17th gave Minnesota a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox early Wednesday in the longest game by innings in Target Field history.

Kepler hit a tying homer in the 13th before his hit down the first-base line past a five-man Red Sox infield scored Luis Arraez to end a game that took 5 hours, 45 minutes — tied for the fourth-longest in Twins history.

“Everybody just wanted to put an end to the game,” said Kepler, who pinch hit for Marwin Gonzalez in the sixth inning. “It was a wild game. I’m glad it went our way in the end.”

The winning hit came off Brian Johnson (1-1), who pitched the 17th inning for the Red Sox. Johnson threw three innings as Boston’s starting pitcher Sunday.

“That’s a way better story and way more fun if we win and the outcome of that game,” Johnson said. “It wasn’t the result, so it’s tough to swallow.”

The game ended at 12:55 a.m. local time on the first walk-off win of the season for the Twins, who have yet to lose three straight games all season.

“That was one of the best games I’ve been a part of, ever, in baseball,” said Twins manager Rocco Baldelli. “I think a lot of people in that clubhouse can say the same thing.”

Boston had a six-game winning streak snapped.

The Red Sox used eight relievers in relief of lefty David Price, who went just five innings. The Twins also used eight arms out of the bullpen to back up Michael Pineda’s strong start. Pineda allowed one run in six innings.

Boston had a runner on third and nobody out in the 17th but couldn’t score against Zack Littell (1-0), who earned his first career win. With Andrew Benintendi standing on third base, J.D. Martinez struck out for the fifth time. Rafael Devers then grounded out to first, and Xander Bogaerts grounded to third.

“There was a lot of stuff weird in this game, but we played to the end,” said Boston manager Alex Cora. “They scored one more run than us.”

The teams traded solo homers in the 13th inning. Mookie Betts put Boston up 3-2 before Kepler launched his 18th homer to keep the game going.

Kepler also had a big hit in the eighth as his two-out single to left tied the game at 2.

The Twins (48-24) maintained a tie for the best record in baseball.

“That would be so hard to go that far and use all the pitchers that you did, grind out at-bats and then lose,” said Mitch Garver, who caught all 17 innings for the Twins. “I’ve been on the losing side of those before.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: OF Steve Pearce (lower back strain) and RHP Tyler Thornburg (right hip impingement) were both scheduled to play in a rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Pawtucket, but the game was rained out.

Twins: Minnesota placed CF Byron Buxton on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to June 15th, with a right wrist contusion. The Twins recalled outfielder Jake Cave from Triple-A Rochester to take Buxton’s spot on the roster. Cave started in center field Tuesday. … Infielder Ehire Adrianza was also played on the 10-day IL on Tuesday with abdominal issues, and rookie Arraez was called up from Rochester as a corresponding roster move.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (7-4) matched his longest start of the season in his most recent outing, going seven innings in a win at Baltimore. He’s won three of his last four starts.

Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (7-3) is looking to build off his best start of the season. Minnesota’s veteran righty threw eight shutout innings and allowed just two hits in a win against Kansas City his last time out.

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Twins’ Byron Buxton Placed On Injured List https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/18/twins-byron-buxton-placed-on-injured-list/
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The Minnesota Twins have placed outfield Byron Buxton on the injured list for an injury suffered on Friday. ]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Twins have placed outfield Byron Buxton on the injured list for an injury suffered on Friday.

On Tuesday, the team said Buxton suffered a right wrist contusion after getting hit by a pitch in the game against Kansas City.

Buxton is placed on a 10-day injured list starting from the date of the injury, June 15.

Buxton has played in 65 games for the Twins this season, hitting .266 with nine home runs.

The Twins recalled outfielder Jake Cave from Triple-A Rochester to replace Buxton on the 25-man roster.

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Mitch Garver’s HR Backs Kyle Gibson In Twins’ 2-0 Win Over Royals https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/14/mitch-garvers-hr-backs-kyle-gibson-in-twins-2-0-win-over-royals/
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It was the Twins’ league-leading 133rd homer. Minnesota has a home run in 12 straight games.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mitch Garver’s two-run homer in the eighth inning snapped a scoreless tie, and Kyle Gibson gave up two hits in eight innings in the Minnesota Twins’ 2-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

Garver’s 11th home run of the season was deep to the berm in center field off Kansas City reliever Jake Diekman (0-4) after Max Kepler had walked. Minnesota has won 16 of its past 22 games and started a big weekend at Target Field with three expected sellouts and Joe Mauer’s number retirement ceremony on Saturday.

Gibson (7-3) struck out six in his longest outing of the season. Taylor Rogers secured his seventh save in nine chances.

Kepler reached base three times but the Twins’ No. 1 offense was stifled by Royals starter Brad Keller. Keller matched Gibson along the way, surrendering just three hits and striking out five.

Garver finally supplied the power Minnesota has enjoyed all season.

It was the Twins’ league-leading 133rd homer. Minnesota has a home run in 12 straight games.

BUXTON’S BRUISE

Byron Buxton was hit in the wrist by a pitch from Keller in the sixth inning but stayed in the game. However, Marwin Gonzalez pinch hit for Buxton in the eighth and Buxton was announced out with a right wrist bruise. The team said Buxton was day to day.

ROSTER MOVES

Both teams were active before the game. Kansas City optioned struggling first baseman Ryan O’Hearn to Triple-A Omaha and recalled outfielder Jorge Bonifacio. O’Hearn was hitting .188 in 56 games.

Manager Ned Yost indicated Bonifacio’s arrival was because the team is facing a slew of left-handed starters in the next two series and that his appearance will be short-lived with Hunter Dozier close to being activated from the injured list.

Minnesota swapped out right-handed relievers, sending Fernando Romero back to Triple-A and recalling Zack Littell. Manager Rocco Baldelli said Littell, mostly a starter in his minor league career, will be used in the bullpen going forward.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Royals: Alex Gordon was in the lineup at designated hitter a game after being hit by a pitch in the shoulder.

Twins: Rogers pitched for the first time since June 6 after dealing with a back injury.

UP NEXT

RHP Jake Odorizzi (9-2, 1.92 ERA) starts for Minnesota in the second game of the three-game series, with Kansas City countering with RHP Glenn Sparkman (1-2, 3.58). Odorizzi has won nine straight decisions, the longest active streak in the majors, and hasn’t allowed a run in six of his past seven starts. Sparkman is 1-1 with a 3.15 ERA in four games as a starter this season.

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Prince Night At Target Field: 10,000 Fans Will Get A Prince-Themed Twins Jersey https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/14/prince-night-at-target-field-10000-fans-will-get-a-prince-themed-twins-jersey/
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Target Field will be filled with purple Friday night.

The Minnesota Twins begin a new series Friday night against the Kansas City Royals at Target Field, and it’s Prince Night.

The first 10,000 fans will get a limited-edition Purple Prince Twins Jersey and there will be Prince-themed fireworks after the game.

Nelson Cruz propelled the offense Thursday afternoon against the Mariners. He hit that home run and had 3 RBIs during the 10 to 5 win.

The Twins won 2 out of 3 from the Mariners in the series. Their lead in the American League central is now 11 games over Cleveland.

Tickets for Friday’s game are still available but will not include the co-themed Prince/Twins hat.

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Jorge Polanco, Twins Rally For 6-5 Victory Over Mariners https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/11/jorge-polanco-twins-rally-for-6-5-victory-over-mariners/
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Jorge Polanco scored the tying run on a wild pitch and Marwin Gonzalez hit the go-ahead RBI single during Minnesota’s three-run rally in the eighth inning, giving the Twins a 6-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jorge Polanco scored the tying run on a wild pitch and Marwin Gonzalez hit the go-ahead RBI single during Minnesota’s three-run rally in the eighth inning, giving the Twins a 6-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

Polanco, who entered the game second in the AL in batting, reached base all four times he batted. He tried for a hustle double on each of his three hits, beating the tag at second base twice. That included the eighth against reliever Brandon Brennan (2-5), when Polanco followed Max Kepler’s leadoff double with his own on a head-first slide to cut the lead to 5-4.

After advancing on a long fly out by Eddie Rosario, Polanco raced home on a stray slider by Austin Adams that skipped in the dirt past catcher Tom Murphy. Gonzalez put the surging Twins in front with his sharp single, clapping his hands in satisfaction as he pointed to an exuberant home dugout during the sprint to first.

The Mariners started the ninth with two singles against Trevor May, but the right-hander notched his first save of the season by striking out Edwin Encarnación looking and retiring the next two batters. Matt Magill (2-0) pitched a perfect eighth for the Twins, who have won 19 of their last 25 games.

Encarnación gave the Mariners a third-inning lead with a three-run home run off starter Martin Perez, after reaching the 400-homer mark for his career in the previous game. A two-out infield single by Mallex Smith started the rally, putting starter Mike Leake in position for a third straight victory after logging 16 innings with just three runs allowed over his previous two turns.

The Twins, who entered the evening with the second-most homers in the major leagues, muscled their way back in the fourth inning. Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run home run, and Jason Castro followed with the tying solo shot. That gave the Twins their seventh set of back-to-back homers this year, matching the Mariners for the most in baseball.

With the team playing at home for the first time in two weeks, the Twins rolled out new red “Bomba Squad” T-shirts to tout their newfound power with a fan giveaway and played a siren sound effect over the ballpark speakers after each homer.

Daniel Vogelbach’s RBI single against Perez put the Mariners back in front. Perez has logged only 17 1/3 innings over his last four starts.

DOUBLE E

Encarnación hit his 21st home run of the season and the 16th of his career at Target Field, the second-most by a visiting player in the 10-year history of the facility. Salvador Perez has hit 17 homers here for the Kansas City Royals.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: 2B Dee Gordon (bruised right wrist) returned to the lineup after a 19-game absence, bringing the number of players on the injured list down to 10. Manager Scott Servais said SS J.P. Crawford (sprained left ankle) will likely be the next reinstatement when the team starts a series in Oakland on Friday, provided he finishes a rehab assignment with Class A Modesto this week unscathed. Crawford has missed the last 13 games.

Twins: With the lineup fully healthy and only one player (LH reliever Adalberto Mejia) on the injured list, 1B C.J. Cron got the rest day with Gonzalez playing there, Nelson Cruz serving as the DH and Miguel Sano at 3B.

UP NEXT

Mariners: LHP Tommy Milone (1-1, 3.10 ERA) will be the primary pitcher on Wednesday night, with a to-be-determined reliever serving as the opener. Servais announced that LHP Yusei Kikuchi will start on Thursday afternoon.

Twins: RHP Jose Berrios (8-2, 3.14 ERA) will take the mound for the middle game of the series. He has completed at least six innings in 11 of 13 turns this season.

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Twins Sign Top Draft Pick Keoni Cavaco, With $4.05M Bonus https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/11/twins-sign-top-draft-pick-keoni-cavaco-with-4-05m-bonus/
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The Minnesota Twins have signed their first-round draft pick, high school infielder Keoni Cavaco.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have signed their first-round draft pick, high school infielder Keoni Cavaco.

Cavaco was in Minnesota on Tuesday to tour Target Field and finalize his contract, which came with a $4.05 million signing bonus. That’s $147,300 below the assigned slot value for the 13th overall selection.

Cavaco, who turned 18 on June 2, played third base and shortstop for Eastlake High School in Chula Vista, California. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound San Diego State recruit will report to Minnesota’s rookie level team in Fort Myers, Florida. He told reporters his goal was to reach the majors in three years.

Realistic or not, the Twins have been salivating over his character and skill set since Cavaco’s senior season began. Chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said the team watched him 55 times over the last year, led by Southern California scout John Leavitt.

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Twins Head Home For 9-Game Stint, Announce Sellouts https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/10/twins-head-home-for-9-game-stint-announce-sellouts/
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The Minnesota Twins return to Target Field for a nine-game homestand Tuesday and are reminding fans to get their tickets while they’re hot.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Twins return to Target Field for a nine-game homestand Tuesday and are reminding fans to get their tickets while they’re hot.

The Twins will host the Seattle Mariners for their first three-game series Tuesday through Thursday. The following series will be against the Kansas City Royals Friday through Sunday, and they’ll end their home stint by hosting the Boston Red Sox the following Monday through Wednesday.

The Twins announced there are limited amounts of tickets left for their Friday game against the Royals, which includes “Prince Night” and photo opportunities with Twins alumni. Tickets for Saturday’s game, which will feature Joe Mauer’s retirement ceremony, and Sunday’s Father’s Day game are both officially sold out.

To grab tickets for the Mariners and Red Sox series, or for the remaining home games this season, visit the Twins’ website.

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Cruz Homers In 4th Straight game, Twins Trample Tigers 12-2 https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/10/cruz-homers-in-4th-straight-game-twins-trample-tigers-12-2/
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The way Jake Odorizzi is pitching, the Minnesota Twins know they won’t need many runs to win games.]]>
DETROIT (AP) — The way Jake Odorizzi is pitching, the Minnesota Twins know they won’t need many runs to win games.

Sunday, they took care of that in a hurry.

Nelson Cruz homered for the fourth straight game and the Twins connected four times in all to rout the Detroit Tigers 12-2.

“The way Jake is pitching this season, it puts the opposition in a very tough spot,” Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said. “They know that if we score any runs at all, we’re going to be in great shape.”

With a big lead, Odorizzi (9-2) cruised through six innings, allowing one run on five hits. He struck out eight, most with his baffling fastball movement, and has given up just one run in his past 22 1/3 innings.

“I was able to move it up and down in the zone and pretty much spot it anywhere I wanted,” he said.

Odorizzi isn’t giving away his secrets, and with 78 strikeouts in 70 1/3 innings, hitters don’t seem close to figuring them out.

“I’m not a hitter, so I don’t know what they are seeing,” he said. “I just know that I’m going to take this as far as I can.”

Unsurprisingly, Minnesota’s early offense was provided by Cruz, a longtime Tigers nemesis. He hit a two-run homer in the first, and connected in all three games in Detroit.

Cruz has 14 regular-season homers at Comerica Park, tying Alex Gordon for the most by an active visiting player. Cruz has played 47 games in Detroit against Gordon’s 96, and he has also homered in each of his three postseason games at the ballpark.

“Nelson has a unique ability to impact the ball, and an equally unique ability to put the barrel on pitches in every zone,” Baldelli said. “That’s why he’s one of the best hitters of his generation.”

Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and Eddie Rosario also homered for the Twins. Minnesota hit eight homers while winning two of three in Detroit and remain on pace to become the first major league team to hit 300 home runs.

“The best part about pitching for these guys is that they never give the opposing pitch a breath,” Odorizzi said. “As soon as they let someone on base, they have to think about giving up a two-run homer.”

The Tigers have lost 13 of their last 15 at Comerica Park.

“This can be difficult and it can be draining,” outfielder Nicholas Castellanos said. “But there are lessons to be learned from this. The game ain’t easy and it ain’t fun.”

Ryan Carpenter (1-3) was tagged for eight runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. He was the first Tigers pitcher to allow eight runs and 10 hits in fewer than four innings since Anibal Sanchez on Aug. 8, 2017.

“We had a good game plan and I went out and attacked their hitters,” he said. “I just wasn’t able to execute my pitches.”

The Twins took the lead after two batters when Jorge Polanco singled and scored on Mitch Garver’s double. Cruz followed with a two-run homer to give the Twins three runs before Carpenter had recorded an out.

“You’ve got to play mistake-free baseball to beat them, and today wasn’t our day for that,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “They jumped us early and kept pounding away.”

Detroit got a run in the bottom of the first when Castellanos grounded into a double play with runners at the corners.

Sano hit Carpenter’s first pitch of the fourth over the right-center field scoreboard to make it 4-1, and Polanco added a sacrifice fly before Rosario’s RBI single ended Carpenter’s day. C.J. Cron then made it 8-1 with a two-run double off Austin Adams.

Cruz’s RBI single in the fifth gave the Twins an eight-run lead, and Buxton hit a two-run homer off Carlos Torres to make it 11-1 in the sixth.

The Tigers put two runners on in the sixth, but Castellanos took off on a routine fly to right with one out. He was doubled off second while watching from third base.

“I took a secondary lead, and when I saw the way (Brandon Dixon) swung at it, I thought it would drop and I could score,” he said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: LHP Adalberto Mejia (calf) continues to work out with Class A Fort Myers, but has yet to appear in a game.

Tigers: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (elbow) began a rehab stint for Class A Lakeland on Saturday, allowing two runs on three hits in 2 2/3 innings.

UP NEXT

Both teams are off on Monday. The Twins return home to begin a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, while the Tigers will play three games against the Kansas City Royals. The third game will take place in Omaha and will be the first major league game played in Nebraska.

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Garver, Gonzalez Lift Twins Over Tigers 6-3 https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/07/garver-gonzalez-lift-twins-over-tigers-6-3/
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Mitch Garver homered and had three hits, Marwin Gonzalez matched his career high with four hits and the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 6-3 Friday night.]]>
DETROIT (AP) — Mitch Garver homered and had three hits, Marwin Gonzalez matched his career high with four hits and the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 6-3 Friday night.

C.J. Cron and Nelson Cruz also homered for Minnesota, which is 6-1 against the Tigers this season.

Ryne Harper (1-0) got his first career win after striking out the side in the seventh inning. Blake Parker pitched the ninth for his ninth save.

Joe Jimenez (2-4) took the loss, allowing two runs in the eighth inning. Jimenez is 3-7 with a 6.40 ERA since pitching in last year’s All-Star Game.

Michael Pineda, activated from the injured list before the game, pitched five innings and allowed three runs and eight hits.

Detroit starter Matthew Boyd allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings. He struck out eight with no walks but allowed two homers.

The Tigers took the lead on Brandon Dixon’s first-inning sacrifice fly, but the Twins scored twice in the third.

Byron Buxton singled and moved to second when Boyd was called for a balk. Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected after arguing the call, then Boyd allowed a two-run, two-out homer to Garver.

Detroit tied it in the fourth on doubles by Miguel Cabrera and Ronny Rodriguez, and Nicholas Castellanos made it 3-2 with an RBI single in the fifth.

Cron’s 14th homer made it 3-3 in the sixth, and the Twins jumped ahead against Jimenez in the eighth.

Cruz led off the inning with his ninth homer, and after Eddie Rosario lined out, Cron doubled and Gonzalez followed with his fourth hit, an RBI single that gave the Twins a 5-3 lead.

The Tigers had the tying runs in scoring position with two out in the eighth, but Dawel Lugo grounded out to pitcher Tyler Duffey.

Garver added an RBI single in the ninth.

Detroit has lost 12 of 13 at home.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: Pineda missed one start with knee tendinitis. To make room for him on the roster, the Twins sent LHP Devin Smeltzer to Triple-A Rochester.

Tigers: Because of injuries, Gardenhire is unable to use any of his starting infielders on defense. 3B Jeimer Candelario (shoulder), SS Jordy Mercer (quad strain) and 2B Josh Harrison (hamstring) are all on the injured list, while Cabrera is unable to play first base because of knee issues.

UP NEXT

The teams play the second of three games Saturday. Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson (6-2, 3.75) will start against a Tigers opener that has not been announced. Nick Ramirez (1-0, 2.37) is expected to be Detroit’s primary pitcher.

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Max Kepler Hits 3 Homers, Twins Edge Indians 5-4 To Avoid Sweep https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/06/max-kepler-hits-3-homers-twins-edge-indians-5-4-to-avoid-sweep/
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer felt great about most of the pitches he threw to Minnesota’s Max Kepler. The Twins outfielder liked them more.

Kepler homered three times off Bauer, and José Berríos locked up Cleveland’s lineup into the seventh inning as the Twins avoided a sweep — and their first three-game losing streak — by beating the Indians 5-4 on Thursday night.

Kepler, who entered hitless in his previous 21 at-bats, connected in the first, third and seventh innings off Bauer (4-6), who thought he was making mostly quality pitches but gave up homers on a changeup, fastball and slider.

“Two of them I felt like were pitches that were supposed to be in my favor,” Bauer said. “Clearly, they weren’t.”

Kepler also walked in the fifth, and the 26-year-old came up in the ninth with a chance to become the 19th player to hit four homers in one game — a feat rarer than a perfect game. But left-hander Josh Smith kept Kepler in the park, getting him to hit a hard grounder to the right side that he beat out for a single.

Kepler said history wasn’t on his mind.

“I thought about it for a second, but I got back within myself and had the same approach as every other at-bat — see it and try to put the bat on it,” he said.

It was Kepler’s second career three-homer game. The other one also came against the Indians on Aug. 1, 2016, and Kepler acknowledged having a brief flashback to that performance.

“The game is very unique. Odd things like this happen and crazy situations that you can’t really pin,” he said. “But I’m honored to be a part of it. Some days you don’t see the ball great, other days you see it like a beach ball.”

The AL-Central leading Twins took the series finale and again moved 10½ games ahead of Cleveland, whose run of three straight division titles could be coming to an end.

Berríos (8-2) had another strong outing against the Indians. The right-hander allowed just one run — a homer by Roberto Pérez — and two hits before being replaced in the seventh. Berrios beat Cleveland on opening day, striking out 10 in 7 2/3 shutout innings.

Indians rookie Oscar Mercado’s pinch-hit homer in the ninth pulled Cleveland to 5-4 before Taylor Rogers retired Pérez for his sixth save.
Baseball’s biggest surprise in 2019, Minnesota has only lost two in a row four times this season. Just one Twins team has gone longer without losing three straight this late: the 1970 squad, which dropped three in a row from June 17-20.

The Indians were hoping to cut into a deficit they never imagined would be so big, so early. But Bauer remained winless since April 30 — a span of seven starts.

He gave up a home run to Kepler on his second pitch and finished allowing five runs and five hits in eight innings. Not bad, but not what Cleveland needed with three full-time starters sidelined with injuries.

Following the game, Bauer, who was hit on the left foot by Marwin Gonzalez’s comebacker in the second, said he feels snake bit. He’s making good pitches, but not getting results.

“I executed really well all night and it just seems like anything that can go wrong will go wrong for me right now,” he said after losing his fifth straight decision. “I get gun shy every time a ball goes in the air because it seems like everything that gets hit in the air is a homer.”

Bauer got emotional as he talked about wanting to do more following teammate Carlos Carrasco’s diagnosis with a blood condition.

“We had a tough last couple days as a team, as a family, with Carlos and that news,” he said. “We needed a strong performance tonight and I wanted to help those guys out a little bit, try to pull us back closer in the playoff race and it just didn’t go that way for me.”

TED’S COMPANY

Kepler joined Hall of Famer Ted Williams as the only players to have multiple three-homer games against Cleveland. Williams did it in 1946 and 1957.

HOMER HAPPY

The Twins lead the majors with 117 homers and are on pace to hit 307, which would smash the record of 267 hit by the Yankees last season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: DH Nelson Cruz was not in the starting lineup. The club is being cautious with his workload after he missed 18 games with a strained left wrist.

Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger (strained back muscle) threw 58 pitches in a rehab start at Triple-A Columbus. He’ll likely pitch again for the Clippers before being activated.

UP NEXT

Twins: Manager Rocco Baldelli hasn’t decided on his starter for the series opener in Detroit, but a likely option is RHP Michael Pineda (4-3, 5.34 ERA), who is eligible to return from the injured list after being sidelined with right knee tendinitis.

Indians: Rookie RHP Zach Plesac (0-1, 1.46 ERA) makes his third career start in the opener of a three-game series against the New York Yankees.

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Twins Announce New Security Policies At Target Field https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/06/twins-announce-new-security-policies-at-target-field/
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Despite two straight losses in Cleveland, the Minnesota Twins are still a first-place ball club.

The Twins winning ways means more fans, which led to long wait times to get into Target Field over Memorial Day weekend. As a result, the team announced significant security changes Thursday.

RELATED: Twins Fever Causing Big Headaches At Target Field Entrances

One of the main changes will happen this coming Tuesday. Fans walking into the stadium won’t have to be put their keys or cellphones in a dish anymore. They can simply hold them or leave them in their pockets as they walk into Target Field. The Twins have installed new software in the magnetometers that will now beep only if a weapon is detected.

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A bag-change policy will also begin on July 5 when the Twins play the Texas Rangers. Bags and purses with single zippers won’t be a problem. Neither will drawstring and diaper bags, clear bags or medical device bags.

But multi-compartment bags and backpacks will no longer be allowed. Matt Hoy, the team’s senior vice president of operations, says they are trying to avoid what happened over Memorial Day weekend.

“Say [we had] 39,000 people here. If a third of them have a bag, that’s 13,000 bags. And if you have to go through five, 10 pockets on each one, the math just doesn’t work and it creates … a substantial wait for everybody,” Hoy said. “We’re doing everything we can to try and streamline the guest experience after entering the ballpark.”

Even with these new policies in place, the Twins still want fans to arrive early. Gates open an hour-and-a-half before first pitch during the week, and two hours before first pitch on the weekends.

Beginning July 5, bags larger than 16 x 16 x 8 will also not be allowed into the stadium. Here is more information on the new entry policies.

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Cleveland Adds Another Win Against The Twins, 9-7 https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/06/cleveland-adds-another-win-against-the-twins-9-7/
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The Indians trail the Twins by 9 1/2 games in the AL Central after taking the first two games in this series.]]>
CLEVELAND (AP) — Roberto Pérez wanted to do something special for Carlos Carrasco when he came to the plate with the game tied in the seventh inning Wednesday night.

Cleveland’s catcher came through with a solo home run to give the Indians the lead in their 9-7 win over the Minnesota Twins.

The Indians used seven relief pitchers after announcing Carrasco, their scheduled starter, will be sidelined indefinitely because of a recently diagnosed blood condition.

Pérez spoke with reporters following the game in front of his locker, which is located next to Carrasco’s in Cleveland’s clubhouse.

“He’s part of our family,” Perez said. “He’s been here for a long time. Of course, this one was for him.”

Carrasco had been feeling lethargic for weeks and was placed on the 10-day injured list. The Indians gave no specifics on Carrasco’s disorder, but said they expect him to return at some point this season.

Cleveland’s comeback win came at the end of a difficult day and a long game that took 3 hours, 26 minutes and was stopped by a rain delay for 1 hour, 43 minutes in the top of the seventh.

Indians manager Terry Francona admitted the victory came at an opportune time.

“It turned a night that was long and challenging into a really fun night,” he said. “We’ve had our challenges thrown at us and we’ll probably have more, but tonight was a fun night to be part of us.”

Jordan Luplow’s two-run homer in the seventh off Blake Parker (0-2) tied the game for Cleveland, which came back from a 5-1 deficit. Pérez homered two batters later.

Francisco Lindor homered in the eighth —his third in two games. Luplow had an RBI double in the sixth while José Ramirez, mired in a season-long slump, drove in three runs.

The Indians, knowing they would need a deep bullpen to get through the game, began the night with 10 relievers. Nick Wittgren (3-0) allowed a run in the seventh while Brad Hand pitched the ninth for his 18th save in 18 chances.

Tyler Clippard making his 10th major league start in his 712th career appearance, allowed three runs in 1 1/3 innings. Tyler Olson, Nick Goody, A.J. Cole and Adam Cimber also pitched for Cleveland.

“It obviously didn’t end the way we wanted,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “It was an odd night, kind of a long night where a lot of funky things happened out there during the game.”

The Indians trail the Twins by 9 1/2 games in the AL Central after taking the first two games in this series.

“We’re pretty far behind the Twins,” Francona said. “I get that, but I don’t want our guys coming to the ballpark with their tail between their legs. That doesn’t help anybody.”

Minnesota leads the majors with 114 home runs and displayed its power again. Byron Buxton homered off Olson to cap a four-run second — a blast that landed about a half-dozen rows from the top of the bleachers in left-center and traveled an estimated 454 feet.

Nelson Cruz, who returned Tuesday after missing 19 games with a wrist injury, homered in the third. Jorge Polanco hit a solo homer in the fifth and added an RBI single in the seventh.

Carrasco is the third pitcher who opened the season in Cleveland rotation’s to go on the IL, joining Corey Kluber (broken right arm) and Mike Clevinger (strained back muscle).

Twins starter Martín Pérez lasted 4 2/3 innings and was charged with five runs — two earned.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Indians: Clevinger is scheduled to pitch four or five innings on a rehab assignment for Triple-A Columbus on Thursday.

TOUGH OUTING

Parker entered the game in the seventh with a two-run lead, but allowed the two homers and three runs.

“I didn’t have my command of any of my pitches,” said Parker, who had converted all eight of his save chances going into the game. “Left balls right down the middle and getting behind them.”

SWING AND A DRIVE

Since the Indians won the game, Francona was able to find humor in talking about far Buxton’s home run traveled.

“I told Olson if that scoreboard wouldn’t have been there I would have picked up that ball on the way home,” Francona said. “That’s one of the longest home runs…my goodness.”

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP José Berríos (7-2, 3.71 ERA) held Cleveland to two hits in 7 2/3 scoreless innings on Opening Day at Target Field in a 2-0 win.

Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer (4-5, 3.76 ERA) got the loss Friday against the Chicago White Sox after his teammates committed four errors, leading to four unearned runs.

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Lindor Hits 2 Of Cleveland’s 4 Homers In 5-2 Win Over Twins https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/04/lindor-hits-2-of-clevelands-4-homers-in-5-2-win-over-twins/
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Francisco Lindor hit two of Cleveland’s four home runs and the Indians defeated the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Tuesday night.]]>
CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians manager Terry Francona doesn’t need any reminders about how well the Minnesota Twins have played this season. The numbers are in front of him every day.

Francona’s approach is for the Indians to try to win each game, and that is just what they did against the team with the best record in the majors.

Francisco Lindor hit two of Cleveland’s four home runs Tuesday and the Indians defeated the Twins 5-2.

Lindor hit a solo home run in the third and broke a 1-all tie with a two-run homer in the fifth. Roberto Perez and Jake Bauers added back-to-back homers in the seventh.

The Indians have struggled offensively, but at least for one night out-hit the Twins 6-5. Minnesota holds a 10 ½-game lead over Cleveland in AL Central and leads the AL in runs, homers and batting average.

“I know we’re far from first place right now,” Lindor said. “It’s inevitable to see how many games out we are, but it doesn’t matter. We’ve still got a long way to go.”

Shane Bieber (5-2) gave up solo homers to Marwin Gonzalez in the second and Eddie Rosario in the sixth. He allowed two runs and struck out seven in seven-plus innings.

Bieber was pulled after Byron Buxton reached on Lindor’s fielding error to start the eighth. Oliver Perez struck out Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco and Nelson Cruz. Brad Hand hit Mitch Garver with one out in the ninth, but got Gonzalez to bounce into a game-ending double play. Hand picked up his 17th save in 17 opportunities.

Rookie left-hander Devin Smeltzer (0-1) gave up all four homers in his second major league start. Smeltzer allowed five runs in 6 1/3 innings.

“The hits, I’m not worried about,” he said. “I know they left the yard, but I got behind in the count. That’s why I left them over the plate and why they got me.”

Lindor, who missed the first three weeks because of calf and ankle injuries, doubled in the seventh and walked in the first.

“He needed to get some at-bats and everything, but now he’s starting to look like Frankie,” Francona said.

Rosario moved into a tie for the AL lead with his 18th home run. Jorge Polanco, who ranks second in the league in batting, was 1 for 3 for a .336 average. Cruz played for the first time since May 12 when he strained his left wrist, and was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.

Smeltzer, a 23-year-old left-hander, pitched six scoreless innings against Tampa Bay in his major league debut last week. He was diagnosed with bladder cancer when he was nine years old. The cancer went into full remission when in 2012. Smeltzer was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016 and acquired by the Twins last season for second baseman Brian Dozier.

HEADS UP

Smeltzer’s attempted pickoff throw in the first inning caught Gonzalez off guard, striking him on the right upper chest. A stunned Gonzalez grabbed the ball before breaking into laughter, as did Lindor, who was on first.

“I haven’t fooled anybody in probably four years with that,” Smeltzer said. “I guess it worked because I fooled our first baseman.”

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli also joked about the miscue, saying, “All of (Marwin’s) buddies in the dugout gave it to him pretty good. Smeltzer has got a pretty good pickoff move.”

SOLID CLUB

Francona believes the Twins, who have won 16 of 20, are for real.

“They’re hitting the ball like crazy,” he said. “Their starting pitching is getting them deep enough into games where they can mix and match in their bullpen. They’ve really put together a pretty nice little run here.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: RHP Michael Pineda (right knee tendinitis) is on track to be activated off the 10-day injured list after he becomes eligible on Thursday.

Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger (strained muscle in upper back) will begin a rehab assignment Thursday at Triple-A Columbus. RHP Jefry Rodriguez (strained shoulder) is on the 10-day IL and will be shut down for two to three weeks.

UP NEXT

Twins: LHP Martín Pérez (7-2, 3.71 ERA) has allowed 24 earned runs in 23 2/3 career innings against Cleveland, posting a 1-2 record and 9.13 ERA in six appearances.

Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco (4-6, 4.98 ERA) has lost three consecutive starts. His last victory was on May 14, when he threw seven scoreless innings against the White Sox.

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MLB-Best Twins Rally, Beat Rays 5-3 In Matchup Of Hot Teams https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/31/mlb-best-twins-rally-beat-rays-5-3-in-matchup-of-hot-teams/
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Eddie Rosario hit a tiebreaking two-run single off Adam Kolarek in the ninth inning after a pair of batters were hit by pitches, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 Friday night in a matchup of two of the major leagues’ hottest teams.]]>
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins are a hit — and getting hit.

Eddie Rosario hit a tiebreaking two-run single off Adam Kolarek in the ninth inning after a pair of batters were hit by pitches, and the Twins beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 Friday night in a matchup of two of the major leagues’ hottest teams.

Minnesota, a big league-best 38-18, overcame a 3-1 fifth-inning deficit and won for the 13th time in 16 games. The Twins opened a season-high 10½-game lead in the AL Central.

“We don’t want our guys getting nicked up or anything, but sometimes you take the baserunners any way you can,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “And sometimes it takes a base hit with men on base to kind of wake everyone up and get things going.”

José Berríos and Taylor Rogers (2-1) combined on a four-hitter and stopped a six-game winning streak by the Rays (35-20), their longest since last August. Tampa Bay won the series opener 14-3 and had allowed three runs or fewer in its previous nine games.

“It’s something we’ve seen this year. In the games that we have not played our best or lost, we’ve come back the day after and really pulled together and played good baseball,” Baldelli said. “It’s what we’ve come to expect. I think we have the type of guys that regardless of what happens today, they’ll be ready to play tomorrow.”

Helped by $7.11 tickets, the Rays drew 14,375 to Tropicana Field after three straight days of crowds ranging from 5,786 to 8,076.

The Twins have scored three or more runs in 24 straight games, matching the Minnesota record for a single season, set in 2006. They trailed 3-1 in the fifth before Polanco drove in a run with his second double and scored on a single by Willians Astudillo.

Diego Castillo (1-4) hit Jonathan Schoop on the left shoulder with a slider leading off the ninth. Schoop was sacrificed to second and took third on a groundout. Polanco was intentionally walked, and Castillo plunked Astudillo on the left arm with a slider on a 1-2 count.

Kolarek, a left-hander, relieved to face the left-handed hitting Rosario, and Rosario grounded an opposite-field single to left, past the spot vacated when third baseman Christian Arroyo shifted toward shortstop.

Rogers (2-1) retired his first six batters, allowed Daniel Robertson’s two-out single in the ninth, then retired Mike Zunino on a groundout.

Berríos struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and three hits.

Rays opener Ryne Stanek gave up one run in two innings.

Astudillo had an RBI single in the first, but Kevin Kiermaier’s two-run homer in the second put the Rays ahead. Austin Meadows stole home in the third when with runners at the corners and two outs, Willy Adames got caught in a rundown while Meadows dashed home. The throw from Schoop at second was in the dirt and got away from Astudillo at the plate.

Astudillo was thrown out at the plate by Kiermaier while trying to score on C.J. Cron’s two-out double to center.

SCARY

Rays pitcher Emilio Pagán was hit on the right cheek by a line drive off Schoop’s bat in the sixth but remained in he game.

“I was lucky,” Pagan said. “Probably my No. 1 fear, most pitchers will agree, that a ball coming back at you is not a fun situation to be in. It could have gotten me on my hand a lot more serious, and it definitely could have hit me in the face a lot harder.”

SHORT BENCH

Tampa Bay played with C Travis d’Arnaud as the only healthy backup. Outfielders Tommy Pham (right leg cramp) and Avisail Garcia (overall body soreness/hamstrings) were limited to pinch hitting.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: Polanco was at DH after missing Thursday’s game due to illness.

Rays: C Zunino (strained left quadriceps) was reinstated from the 10-day IL and C Erik Kratz was designated for assignment. INF Yandy Díaz (bruised left hand) was sent to extended spring training. INF Matt Duffy, out all season with a strained left hamstring, said a specialist he saw this week found no structural damage. Duffy could resume jogging Monday.

UP NEXT

RHP Kyle Gibson (5-2, 4.08) is to start Saturday for the Twins and RHP Yonny Chirinos (6-1. 2.91) for the Rays.

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Unbeaten Charlie Morton Leads Rays In 14-3 Pounding Of Twins https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/30/unbeaten-charlie-morton-leads-rays-in-14-3-pounding-of-twins/
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Charlie Morton has fit right in with the surging Tampa Bay Rays.

The veteran right-hander remained unbeaten with his new team Thursday night, benefiting from its biggest offensive outburst of the season in a 14-3 victory over the major league-best Minnesota Twins.

Every player in Tampa Bay’s lineup had at least one hit. Austin Meadows paced the barrage with four RBIs, including the big blow in a six-run third inning against starter Martin Perez (7-2) — a three-run double down the right field line.

The young outfielder who is batting .361 also singled home a run in the fourth, when the Rays scored five more times to make it 11-0.

“That was big, to set the tone like that and get those three runs on the board early,” Meadows said. “I was definitely excited. It was a lot of fun to be a part of.”

Martin Perez (credit: Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

In addition to multiple hits in five consecutive games, Meadows has three doubles, three homers and 11 RBIs during a season-best six-game winning streak that has the second-place Rays within a half-game of the New York Yankees in the AL East.

Tampa Bay’s winning streak is its longest since the team won eight straight in August last year.

Morton (6-0) limited the Twins, who rank among the big league leaders in numerous offensive categories, to two hits before Luis Arraez doubled and scored on Ehire Adrianza’s two-out single in the fifth.

The 35-year-old Morton, who won 15 games for Houston last season after helping the Astros win the 2017 World Series, has allowed two or fewer runs in 10 of his 12 starts for Tampa Bay.

The Twins top the majors in homers, runs and slugging percentage, but had little success against Morton, who struck out six and didn’t issue a walk while yielding two runs and four hits in a season-high seven innings.

“I felt pretty good. I thought I had all my pitches working,” he said. “The guys swung the bat awesome. They played awesome defense behind me. It was a great game all around.”

Morton improved to 9-0 over his last 19 starts with the Astros and Rays, who signed him to a $30 million, two-year contract as a free agent in December.

It’s the longest unbeaten stretch of his career, as well as the second-longest active streak in the majors behind Clayton Kershaw (11-0 in 20 starts) of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“He was outstanding,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said, adding that pitching with a big lead is not as easy as Morton made it look.

“Charlie has been around long enough to know that you still have to get outs, and the last thing you want to do is tax the bullpen,” Cash explained. “I was really impressed with his performance.”

Brandon Lowe had three RBIs, Ji-Man Choi hit a two-run homer and Christian Arroyo, Willy Adames, Travis d’Arnaud and Avisail Garcia also drove in runs for the Rays.

SHORT OUTING

Perez allowed a season-high six runs and six hits over 2 2/3 innings for the Twins. It was the lefty’s shortest start since last Sept. 18, when he was with Texas and lasted just 1 2/3 innings at Seattle. His only shorter appearance this season was April 10, a two-inning outing on the road against the New York Mets. Perez’s ERA climbed from 2.95 to 3.71.

“One of the bad outings,” Perez said. “It’s going to happen. We’re not perfect.”

HELLO, ROCCO

Former Rays player and coach Rocco Baldelli returned to Tropicana Field for the first time as manager of the Twins. Baldelli was drafted sixth overall by Tampa Bay in 2000 and played parts of six seasons with the Rays. He was part of Cash’s staff with the Rays for four years before being hired by the Twins last October. The Rays paid tribute to Baldelli between the first and second innings with a video played on the scoreboard.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: DH Nelson Cruz (strained left wrist) is taking batting practice and could be nearing a return. “We should know something soon,” Baldelli said. C Mitch Garver (high left ankle sprain) is on a rehab assignment with Double-A Pensacola and will have his status evaluated after Friday’s game. CF Byron Buxton, who left Tuesday’s game after bruising his right knee running into the wall, was in the starting lineup.

Rays: C Mike Zunino (left quad strain) played seven innings for Class A Charlotte, going 0 for 3 with three strikeouts. His status will be re-evaluated Friday. … INF Yandy Diaz (bruised left hand) took batting practice, but Cash said the hand remains sore. Zunino and Diaz are already eligible to return from the 10-day injured list.

UP NEXT

Twins right-hander Jose Berrios (7-2, 3.20 ERA) starts the second game of the series Friday night. He’s allowed 13 runs (11 earned) and 29 hits over his last three outings. Ryne Stanek will be the opener for the Rays.

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‘Bomba Squad’: Relaxed, Hard-Hitting Twins Are Stressing Out Opponents https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/29/bomba-squad-relaxed-hard-hitting-twins-are-stressing-out-opponents/
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The signs of a potent lineup were evident with the Minnesota Twins in spring training, factoring in the addition of a few accomplished power hitters and the anticipation of further development by their homegrown players.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The signs of a potent lineup were evident with the Minnesota Twins in spring training, factoring in the addition of a few accomplished power hitters and the anticipation of further development by their homegrown players.

Even the most optimistic member of the organization would’ve had trouble envisioning a start like this, though. One-third of the way through the season, the Twins have been hitting like the famed 1927 New York Yankees. Well, better than that, actually.

READ MORE: Why Are The Twins Hitting So Many Home Runs?

The Twins (37-17) lead the major leagues in several hitting categories, the most obvious reason they have the best record in the major leagues. Their 106 home runs are the most, fueling a .515 team slugging percentage that, if sustained, would be the best in big league history. Those ’27 Yankees slugged at .488, a clip that stood until the Boston Red Sox finished at .491 in 2003.

“Everybody’s happy when you’re hitting a lot of bombas,” left fielder Eddie Rosario said as he switched from English to Spanish with a sly smile.

Rosario, who leads the Twins with 39 runs, 17 homers and 47 RBIs, is one of six Latino regulars in the lineup, and the Twins have already been touting on social media the “Bomba Squad ” as the official hashtag-based nickname. Other catchy options like “‘Sota Pop,” ”The HR Department,” and “New Power Generation,” in tribute to Minnesota music icon Prince, have been bandied about.

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Given the messaging from rookie manager Rocco Baldelli, though, these Twins don’t appear to be at risk for getting caught up in the accolades or the gimmicks.

“It’s a good start to a long season, but I think all of us in here are just trying to stay in the present, work on our day-to-day tasks, and not get too ahead of ourselves,” said right fielder Max Kepler, who along with Rosario, center fielder Byron Buxton, and third baseman Miguel Sanó debuted with Minnesota at various points during the 2015 season. Shortstop Jorge Polanco, another product of the Twins farm system, beat them to the majors by a year but didn’t become a regular until 2017.

With the arrival this year of first baseman C.J. Cron, designated hitter Nelson Cruz, second baseman Jonathan Schoop and multi-positional player Marwin Gonzalez, all of whom topped the 20-homer mark within the previous two seasons, the Twins clearly were going to field at least a deep, versatile lineup. They’ve displayed much more than that, tallying eight-plus runs in 16 different games and reaching double digits six times.

Even the catchers, Jason Castro, Mitch Garver and Willians Astudillo, have been difficult outs. Their combined .901 on-base-plus-slugging percentage is a collective second best in the majors at the position, behind the Chicago Cubs (.976).

With 55 home runs in May and two games left in the month, starting Thursday with at Tampa Bay in the opener of a 10-game trip, the Twins have set their team record for homers in one month. They’ve got eight players on pace to finish with at least 20 home runs. They’re on their way, along with four other teams in this especially power-packed season in baseball, to break the season record of 267 homers set just last year by the Yankees.

What’s remarkable about the Minnesota method is the lack of whiffs. The Twins have struck out 410 times, the third-fewest in the majors. They’ve assembled a bunch of aggressive hitters seeking to drive the ball where they can as soon as the first pitch.

READ MORE: Twins Fever Causing Big Headaches At Target Field Entrances

From Baldelli to hitting coach James Rowson to assistant hitting coach Rudy Hernández, the Twins have also encouraged their hitters to adopt an approach — both before and during the game — that they’re comfortable with rather than conforming to an organizational standard. That’s often music to a millennial’s ears. Baldelli has also fostered an encouragement of players to rest at appropriate points on the schedule, like

“The more relaxed you are, in theory, the more comfortable you play,” Baldelli said. “We want the lowest-stress environment possible, so that when our players show up to the field, they just worry about going out there, having a good time, and playing as best they can.”

That philosophy has been working so far. The defense has been sound and the pitching has been somewhere between reliable and superb, with rookie Devin Smeltzer’s six shutout innings of the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday the latest example of the latter.

With 108 games remaining, if they played at merely a .500 winning percentage the rest of the way, the Twins would still reach 91 wins.

“I know what the last few years felt like when we were the ones not in this position,” Buxton said, “so to be in this position with the focus and the mindset and the determination and the dedication or whatever you want to classify it as, that’s the top of the list right now.”

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Cancer Survivor Smeltzer Strong In Debut, Twins Top Brewers https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/29/cancer-survivor-smeltzer-strong-in-debut-twins-top-brewers/
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Devin Smeltzer added another chapter to his inspiring comeback story, pitching six shutout innings in his big league debut and helping the Minnesota Twins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 Tuesday night.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Devin Smeltzer added another chapter to his inspiring comeback story, pitching six shutout innings in his big league debut and helping the Minnesota Twins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 Tuesday night.

Diagnosed with a grapefruit-sized cancerous tumor against his bladder when he was just 9 years old, Smeltzer wasn’t deterred in his goal to reach the majors. The 23-year-old got his chance this week after the Twins put pitcher Michael Pineda on the injured list with right knee tendinitis.

Smeltzer allowed three hits, walked none and struck out seven. Showing a funky, three-quarter style delivery, the lanky left-hander threw 69 pitches, 53 for strikes.

Smeltzer left with the game scoreless and got a no-decision.

Eddie Rosario homered and Max Kepler added a two-run double for Minnesota, which has won 12 of 14 and has the best record in the majors.

Keston Hiura and Yasmani Grandal homered late and Alex Claudio took the loss for the Brewers.

Matt Magill (1-0) tossed a scoreless inning and Ryne Harper got the final out for his first career save.

Milwaukee starter Zach Davies allowed five hits and struck out four in six shutout innings.

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Devin Smeltzer Throws 6 Shutout Innings In Debut, Twins Top Brewers https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/28/devin-smeltzer-throws-6-shutout-innings-in-debut-twins-top-brewers/
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Devin Smeltzer added another chapter to his inspiring comeback story, pitching six shutout innings in his big league debut and helping the Minnesota Twins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 Tuesday night.

Diagnosed with a grapefruit-sized cancerous tumor against his bladder when he was just 9 years old, Smeltzer wasn’t deterred in his goal to reach the majors. The 23-year-old got his chance this week after the Twins put pitcher Michael Pineda on the injured list with right knee tendinitis.

READ MORE: Why Are The Twins Hitting So Many Home Runs?

Smeltzer allowed three hits, walked none and struck out seven. Showing a funky, three-quarter style delivery, the lanky left-hander threw 69 pitches, 53 for strikes.

Smeltzer left with the game scoreless and got a no-decision.

In nine combined starts at Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Rochester, Smeltzer was 3-2 with a 1.15 ERA. Facing the Brewers, he retired his final eight Brewers, striking out Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich to end the sixth.

Max Kepler, Marwin Gonzalez and Eddie Rosario (credit: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Smeltzer danced around damage in the second, third and fourth innings when, with a runner on base, the final out each inning was a catch on the warning track.

The Twins got Smeltzer last July in a trade that sent second baseman Brian Dozier to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Eddie Rosario homered and Max Kepler added a two-run double for Minnesota, which has won 12 of 14 and has the best record in the majors.
Keston Hiura and Yasmani Grandal homered late for the Brewers.

Rosario capped a five-run seventh inning with a two-run drive off Junior Guerra. It was the Twins’ 56th home run in May, setting a franchise record for a month.

It came after C.J. Cron doubled off Guerra to make it 3-0. Kepler, named American League Player of the Week, doubled in two runs earlier in the inning against Alex Claudio (1-2).

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Matt Magill (1-0) tossed a scoreless inning and Ryne Harper got the final out for his first career save.

In the fourth, Kepler made a leaping grab at the wall, lost the ball in the transfer and doubled up Ryan Braun at second base. Milwaukee unsuccessfully challenged the catch and is 1-6 in replay challenges this season.

Milwaukee starter Zach Davies allowed five hits and struck out four in six shutout innings.

SUCCESSFUL STARTERS

Smeltzer is the fourth Twins starter in team history to throw at least six shutout innings in his major league debut. Andrew Albers, Anthony Swarzak and Eric Milton are the others.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Brewers: RHP Jeremy Jeffress who was nearly hit in the head by a line drive Monday and fell back at an awkward angle, said he feels fine. Entering Tuesday, 3B Travis Shaw (right wrist) was 2 for 19 in his first five games on a Triple-A rehab assignment with six strikeouts. Manager Craig Counsell said there is no timetable for his return.

Twins: CF Byron Buxton left in the second inning with a bruised right knee after crashing hard into the fence in front of the bullpens as he tried to catch a second-inning triple by Grandal. Tended to by a trainer, Buxton appeared to walk and jog OK, but was removed. He is day to day.

UP NEXT

Brewers: send RHP Chase Anderson (2-0, 3.25) to the hill Thursday for the start of a four-game series in Pittsburgh. The Pirates plan to go with RHP Joe Musgrove (3-5. 4.27).

Twins: open a 10-game road trip Thursday with the first of four games in Tampa Bay. LHP Martin Pérez (7-1, 2.95), who has won six of eight starts since joining the rotation, is scheduled to face the Rays’ Charlie Morton (5-0, 2.54).

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Twins Fever Causing Big Headaches At Target Field Entrances https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/28/twins-fever-causing-big-headaches-at-target-field-entrances/
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The early bird gets much more than just the worm at Target Field.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The early bird gets much more than just the worm at Target Field.

“I like to see batting practice and that’s always fun, maybe get a ball,” said fan Greg Durand.

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He was at the entrance gate the moment they opened Tuesday evening. By arriving early, fans spend little to no time waiting in line.

But when you combine the Twins suddenly having the best record in the majors, and a holiday weekend with perfect weather, the line to enter the ballpark can grow and slow significantly

“Lines were completely out past the statues, onto the street,” said fan Shamiere Bridgeford.

She was at Saturday’s game and entered at Gate 19 near right field. Wait times over the weekend were reported around 45 minutes to an hour as first pitch approached.

“There were people that were clearly cutting,” Bridgeford said.

Matt Hoy, senior vice president of operations, knows the organization can do better.

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“We’re really exploring everything we can to try to expedite the entry into the ballpark,” Hoy said.

That starts with new technology, which was being tested out at Gate 14. The metal detectors there specifically target large metal objects, such as a weapon. That means fans didn’t have to take out their phones, keys and loose change as they normally have. An usher outside was instructing those walking up to keep those items in their pockets.

“I think it’s a good idea and it worked really nice today, so I’m glad they’re pursuing that,” said fan Marcia Logeais, one of the first to enter Gate 14.

That change could happen at every gate as soon as the next home stand.

“It’s a welcomed change in the software and Major League Baseball’s approved it,” Hoy said.

He also wants to remind season tickets holders that there are entrance lanes dedicated specifically for them. There’s also dedicated lanes for people who have a bag or do not.

Besides arriving early, the idea of not bringing a bag stands out most of Hoy.

“If you think about it, 39,000 people showed up here on Saturday and Sunday. If a third of them bring bags, that’s 13,000 bags we have to search,” Hoy said.

On weekends, which often draw the larger crowds, Hoy said they might deploy more staff outside the gates to direct everyone to which entrances and lanes might be the fastest at the time.

Staff are also trying to cut down on wait times at concession stands. That means hiring more employees to ensure every food vendor is open and fully staffed. DNC Sportservice, which handles the ballpark food, is having a hiring fair June 4 at the Bat and Barrel Restaurant from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Why Are The Twins Hitting So Many Home Runs? https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/28/why-are-the-twins-hitting-so-many-home-runs/
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Twins are on fire.

As of May 27, they’ve hit homers in 20 of their last 21 games, tied the club record for most dingers in a month, and became one of only two teams in MLB history to reach 100 goners in the first 50 games of the season.

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“Once that ball gets rolling, it’s kind of tough to stop,” said first baseman C.J. Cron, who’s hit 13 home runs so far this year. “I don’t know what it is, but we hunt pitches and hit them really hard and it’s been really fun so far.”

The players talk about a contagious excitement.

“We are a really good team, really good chemistry, we like to be around each other,” said second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who’s hit 10 home runs this season. “We just go out there and have fun.”

League-wide, home runs are up this season. Some have attributed that to the balls everywhere flying farther, though the MLB denies making any changes to the ball.

(credit: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

“Part of it is teams are swinging for the fences more,” said John Bonnes, author of the website Twins Daily. “Even amongst those, the Twins are at the top of their league.”

Bonnes says there are two big factors when it comes to the Twins hitting. First, the team signed power hitters Nelson Cruz, Jonathan Schoop and C.J. Cron in the off-season.

“I think we’re doing the things they expected us to do,” said Cron.

Second is baseball players tend to get better between the ages of 25 and 28. Eddie Rosario (16HR) is 27, Max Kepler (12HR) is 26, Mitch Garver (9HR) is 28 and Jorge Polanco (9HR) is 25.

“This is the time in a baseball player’s career that they’re supposed to take a step forward, and they’re all taking that step forward together,” said Bonnes.

Schoop says he’s learned from last year and made adjustments to his swing. Polanco says he’s swinging harder at better pitches. Cron says the Twins hitting coach has preached swinging at good pitches and hitting them hard.

“The secret is having good hitters,” said Twins hitting coach James Rowson. “I think it’s a combination of those guys learning and now just coming into their own as players.”

Rowson and others also credited new head coach Rocco Baldelli’s looser coaching style.

“We’re not worried about fitting inside any box,” said Rowson. “It’s always like go out there, be your best, have your best at bat and we’ll see what happens.”

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Rosario, Homer-Happy Twins Romp Past White Sox 11-4 https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/24/rosario-homer-happy-twins-romp-past-white-sox-11-4/
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Eddie Rosario went 4 for 5 with three RBIs and one of Minnesota’s three home runs in another power-packed romp by the major league-leading Twins, who beat the Chicago White Sox 11-4 on Friday night for their ninth win in their last 10 games.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eddie Rosario went 4 for 5 with three RBIs and one of Minnesota’s three home runs in another power-packed romp by the major league-leading Twins, who beat the Chicago White Sox 11-4 on Friday night for their ninth win in their last 10 games.

Max Kepler was 3 for 4 with four RBIs and a homer and Miguel Sanó also went deep for the Twins (34-16), who reached double-digit runs for the fourth time in their last eight games and became only the second team in baseball history to hit the 100-homer mark in just 50 games. They have the most runs (300) in the majors.

Jose Berrios (7-2) was the latest beneficiary of the big swings, after falling behind 4-1. Rosario tied the game in the third with his 15th homer. Two batters later, Sanó swatted a 2-2 changeup from Reynaldo López (3-5) into the seats for his fifth long ball in seven games this season since coming off the injured list.

Tim Anderson went 3 for 3 and Yonder Alonso drove in two runs for the White Sox.

Eddie Rosario (credit: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The Twins arrived home from a seven-game West Coast road swing extended by one day due to a rare California rainout in good spirits and in even better shape in the standings, winning three out of four in Seattle against the Mariners before sweeping the Los Angeles Angels.
After outscoring their opponents 67-27 during the trip, the Twins built an eight-game lead in the American League Central over three-time defending division champion Cleveland. The Indians won Friday to keep pace.

If there was a nit to pick, that was in the second when shortstop Jorge Polanco sidearmed a throw to first base after fielding a routine grounder by Eloy Jimenez and watched it sail over C.J. Cron’s head for an error. That triggered a four-run inning against Berrios, though three of them were unearned.

The last three starts by Berrios have been his worst three of 11 turns, with 29 hits and 13 runs allowed over 17 innings.

HOMER HAPPY

Seattle, with 600 home run club members Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez in the lineup in 1999, was the only team in history to reach triple-digit homers in 50 games, with 102, until the Twins joined them. The major league season record was set by the New York Yankees last year with 267.

STRUGGLING STARTERS

Lucas Giolito’s four-hit shutout that beat powerhouse Houston on Thursday, his first career complete game, didn’t create any momentum for López. The right-hander failed to finish the fourth inning, allowing eight runs for the second time this season and pushing his ERA to 6.03. López allowed only two earned runs over his last two turns, but Giolito has been a tough solo act to follow. Even factoring in his 6-1 record and 2.77 ERA, White Sox starters entered the game with the second-worst ERA and the second-most walks in the American League.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: Catcher Welington Castillo took a foul ball off the top of his mask in the eighth inning and was removed from the game.
Twins: DH Nelson Cruz was eligible for reinstatement from the injured list, but the Twins opted for caution with his strained left wrist.

UP NEXT

White Sox: LHP Manny Banuelos (2-3, 7.26 ERA) was slated to come off the injured list and start on Saturday afternoon after the minimum 10-day stay. He was shelved with a strained left shoulder.

Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (4-2, 4.47) will take the mound in the middle game of the series. He’s 7-4 with a 2.93 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 92 innings over 14 career starts against the White Sox.

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Minnesota Twins On Pace To Crush MLB’s Single-Season Record For Home Runs https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/24/minnesota-twins-on-pace-to-crush-mlbs-single-season-record-for-home-runs/
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/24/minnesota-twins-on-pace-to-crush-mlbs-single-season-record-for-home-runs/#comments Fri, 24 May 2019 17:18:44 +0000 Twins – WCCO | CBS Minnesota






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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Twins continue to smash home runs at an astonishing pace – and if they keep it up, they could break a record.

For the first 49 games of the season, the Twins have the MLB’s best 98 home runs. It’s tied for the second-most home runs in the first 50 games in MLB history, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

It puts them on pace for 324 homers for the season, which would crush the New York Yankees’ 2018 record of 267 home runs.

On Thursday, the Twins hit eight home runs against the Los Angeles Angels. It was the third time in franchise history and the second time this season Minnesota homered eight times.

This is getting ridiculous.

Actually, it’s not. We’re having so much fun hitting dingers! #TwinsWin #MNTwins pic.twitter.com/eQXLA8t88P

— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) May 24, 2019

Next up: The Twins return home and open a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox.

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