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Oswaldo Arcia returned to action on Wednesday July 30.

Jul 31 - 4:42 PM

Twins signed C Kurt Suzuki to a two-year, $12 million contract extension.

There's also a vesting option for 2017 based on plate appearances. The Twins had an opportunity to sell high on Suzuki during an All-Star season, but they decided to lock him up long-term instead. That means Josmil Pinto isn't going to take over at catcher in Minnesota anytime soon.
Jul 31 - 4:27 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Twins have reengaged Kurt Suzuki about an extension.

The initial round of talks didn't get very far, but Rosenthal is now hearing that there's a "reasonable chance it gets done." Suzuki is having a career year offensively at age 30, batting .304/.367/.386 in 347 plate appearances. He signed a bargain one-year, $2.75 million free agent contract with Minnesota last winter.
Jul 31 - 11:56 AM

Twins recalled 1B Kennys Vargas from Double-A New Britain.

Vargas, 23, was batting .281/.360/.472 with 17 home runs and 63 RBI in 97 games this season at the Double-A level. He could see regular starts at DH but is doubtful to hold fantasy value outside of AL-only leagues.
Jul 31 - 11:09 AM

Twins acquired LHP Tommy Milone from the Athletics for OF Sam Fuld; assigned him to Triple-A Rochester.

Milone was pushed even further down the A's rotation depth chart with Thursday's Jon Lester trade. He'll get new life in Minnesota, which is almost as pitcher-friendly as Oakland. The 27-year-old left-hander had a solid 3.55 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 61/26 K/BB ratio in 96 1/3 innings this season with the Athletics. He will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. It's a decent get for the Twins.
Jul 31 - 10:56 AM

Trevor Plouffe went hitless in a third straight game Wednesday and is hitting .190 in 42 at-bats since the All-Star break.

Plouffe hasn't really been any good since April. The Twins aren't going to replace him during the season, but he'll be a candidate to be non-tendered this winter if he doesn't step it up.
Jul 30 - 11:43 PM

A source tells Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that it appears Josh Willingham is "staying put" with the Twins through the trade deadline.

Berardino also notes that a deal during the August waiver trading period is still a possibility. The outfielder is hitting .225/.367/.439 this year. A report from ESPN's Jerry Crasnick earlier Wednesday said the club is hopeful to move Willingham this season.
Jul 30 - 10:37 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press believes Brian Duensing could draw some trade inquiries before Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline.

Duensing owns a 2.27 ERA and 1.19 WHIP as a reliever this season, and in a market where lefties Andrew Miller and Antonio Bastardo are drawing interest Berardino views Duensing as a trade candidate as well. He also reports the Twins haven't approached Duensing about a long-term deal. Duensing, 31, will be a free agent following the 2015 season.
Jul 30 - 7:49 PM

Joe Mauer (oblique) took batting practice on the field without incident Wednesday.

Mauer is slowly but surely recovering from an oblique strain that's kept him out since July 2. He'll likely need a short rehab assignment before being activated, but the 31-year-old appears on track for a return in the first few weeks of August.
Jul 30 - 6:57 PM

Mike Pelfrey (elbow) began a throwing program on Wednesday.

Pelfrey has been out since May 2, first with a groin strain and then nerve irritation in his elbow. He's got a long way back, but it's a step in the right direction. Pelfrey could be back with the Twins for a September cameo if things progress well.
Jul 30 - 6:54 PM

Oswaldo Arcia is not in the Twins' lineup Wednesday.

Arcia welcomed a son on Tuesday and is apparently not back with the club. He should return on Thursday.
Jul 30 - 4:52 PM

Twins prospect LHP Lewis Thorpe allowed two runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings on Tuesday for Low-A Cedar Rapids, striking out a season high 10 batters.

The outing easily was Thorpe’s best of the season, as he established new season highs with 10 strikeouts and 5 2/3 innings pitched. The Twins understandably have limited the 18-year-old’s workload this season, as he’s completed five innings in just two of his 10 starts. After a shaky month of June, Thorpe has fared much better in July, with a 3.51 ERA and 37-10 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 25 2/3 innings. The strong showing has lowered his season ERA to 4.74 through 43 2/3 frames. In his 2013 professional debut, the then-17-year-old left-hander posted a stellar 2.05 ERA and 64-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 44 innings for the GCL Twins.
Jul 30 - 1:45 PM

Twins pitching prospect Jose Berrios said Wednesday that he feels fine and has no pain or tightness in his right shoulder.

Berrios exited his start with Double-A New Britain Tuesday with a shoulder issue, but it appears it's only a minor concern. No further medical evaluation of the prospect is planned.
Jul 30 - 12:24 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Twins "really want to move" Josh Willingham, but a competing executive said he doesn't think "they're getting any bites."

The Mariners and Yankees have both been connected to Willingham, but it appears their interest might not be very strong. Willingham has 10 homers in 57 games this season but is batting just .219/.361/.421 overall. He's a free agent after the season, so the Twins would love to get something for him now while they can.
Jul 30 - 11:59 AM

Kyle Gibson struck out seven, allowing only two hits, over seven shutout innings in the Twins' 2-1 defeat of the Royals on Tuesday.

Gibson surrendered just two singles and walked two, needing just 95 pitches to get through his seven innings of work. The start was especially good to see because Gibson had missed his previous turn in the rotation due to back stiffness. The right-hander now owns a 3.94 ERA through 20 starts this year. Showing no lingering effects from the back injury, Gibson should be ready to roll for his next start, scheduled for Sunday at the White Sox.
Jul 29 - 11:37 PM


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