Twins acquired LHP Adalberto Mejia from the Giants in exchange for SS Eduardo Nunez.
Mejia came in at No. 91 in Baseball America's latest prospect rankings. The 23-year-old from the Dominican Republic has pitched reasonably well this season, compiling a 2.81 ERA over 18 starts for Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Sacramento. He'll likely begin his Twins tenure with Triple-A Rochester but it's conceivable that he could work his way up to the majors before the end of 2016.
Adam Jones hit a leadoff home run in a loss to the Twins on Thursday.
Jones jumped on the first pitch of the game from Twins starter Kyle Gibson, roping it just over the wall in left center. Jones also had a double in the game, finishing 2-for-4. The 30-year-old now has 19 homers after a slow start, batting .269/.317/.455 with 59 RBI and 63 runs scored.
Robbie Grossman went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in a win over the Orioles on Thursday.
Grossman had a single and a double and also collected a pair of walks, reaching base in four of his five plate appearances on the night. It has been quite a year thus far for Grossman, who is hitting .280 with a .864 OPS in 57 games. It's no surprise, then, that he's basically taken over as the everyday left fielder, and the 26-year-old should continue to find regular playing time going forward.
Giants acquired SS Eduardo Nunez from the Twins in exchange for LHP Adalberto Mejia.
Nunez had drawn interest from a number of teams before this trade including the Indians. Nunez mostly played shortstop for Minnesota but he's also spent a fair amount at third base and even started a few games at second earlier this year. He'll likely begin his Giants tenure at the hot corner while Matt Duffy continues to recover from an Achilles injury. Nunez has had a career season, hitting .296 with 12 HR, 47 RBI and 26 steals. The 29-year-old should eventually settle into a super utility role for the Giants.
Ubaldo Jimenez struck out eight while allowing just one run Thursday against the Twins.
Jimenez gave up five hits and walked three, but he managed to limit the damage for most of the evening. Unfortunately for Jimenez, the O's bullpen couldn't keep his lead, saddling him with a no-decision. It was nonetheless a promising turn for the 32-year-old, who had been kept on the sidelines -- and rumored to be offered in trade negotiations -- since the All-Star break. If Jimenez is given another start, it will likely come Wednesday against the Rangers.
Kyle Gibson limited the Orioles to two runs over six innings Thursday.
Gibson gave up a leadoff homer to Adam Jones, but he held the O's to just one more run despite giving up nine hits total on the evening. The right-hander also struck out six without issuing a free pass. He left before the game was decided, depriving him of his fourth win, but he lowered his ERA to 4.54 through 13 starts. Gibson will instead look for that fourth win Tuesday against the Indians.
Aledmys Diaz went 2-for-5 with a double and a two-run home run as the Cardinals edged the Marlins 5-4 on Thursday.
Diaz took Jose Fernandez deep for the two-run dinger in the third inning, and he added an RBI double in the fifth. The 25-year-old now has 14 home runs, 56 RBI and 64 runs scored in his rookie year. He continues to prove the naysayers wrong, batting .313/.378/.523 through 94 games.
Martin Prado went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Cardinals.
Prado connected with a Michael Wacha pitch for the two-run shot, his fourth of the season. Prado has been on quite the heater of late, going 14-for-29 in his last eight games, with five multi-hit contests in that span. The good stretch has his season line up to .325/.376/.428.