Twins general manager Terry Ryan said pitching prospect Jose Berrios will not be called up before the end of the season.
Ryan cited the 21-year-old's innings total -- he's thrown 70 1/3 innings at Triple-A Rochester this season -- as the reason the club won't use Berrios down the stretch. Berrios remains a high-ceiling pitching prospect, registering a 2.67 ERA, 1.098 WHIP and 78/13 K/BB ratio in 11 starts this year.
Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in a loss to the Yankees on Wednesday.
Bogaerts hit the solo homer in the sixth inning, his fifth home run of the season. The shortstop has hit over .300 in every month since June, and he's had multi-hit efforts in five of his last seven games. The great stretch has Bogarts overall line up to .319/.349/.414 with 63 RBI and 60 runs scored.
Stephen Drew had a big game Wednesday, going 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Red Sox.
Drew hit a three-run homer in the third inning, one of five home runs in the game. It was the latest in a stretch of good games for Drew, who is 9-for-12 with two doubles, two homers, nine RBI and six runs scored in his last four games. On the year, Drew is hitting just .211/.281/.404.
Greg Bird went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored against the Red Sox on Wednesday.
The Yankees scored 13 runs in the victory, and Bird's two-run homer off Red Sox starter Henry Owens in the second inning got the party started. The homer was Bird's third in 18 games since being promoted. The first baseman is batting .254/.333/.429 with 12 RBI and 12 runs scored through his first few weeks in the bigs.
Henry Owens didn't even escape the second inning Wednesday, allowing seven runs over 1 2/3 innings in a loss to the Yankees.
Even more surprising was the fact that Owens actually worked a perfect top of the first inning before completely falling apart in the second. The Yankees managed six hits -- including two home runs -- and two walks against Owens before he exited. His ERA rose from 4.03 to 5.87 in the start, evening his record at 2-2. Owens will look for a better showing Tuesday against the Blue Jays.