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Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that the Padres and Twins are talking and one rumor has San Diego taking on Ricky Nolasco's contract as part of a deal.

It's interesting given that it's been reported elsewhere that the Padres are looking to cut some payroll. However, if they get the prospect(s) they want, perhaps taking on Nolasco's deal could be agreeable. The Twins have been looking for relief help, so Joaquin Benoit or possibly Craig Kimbrel could be fits.
Jul 31 - 11:35 AM

Eddie Rosario missed the cycle by a single, knocked in three runs and scored three runs Thursday as the Twins beat the Mariners 9-5.

Rosario was hitting .272/.296/.396 a week ago. Eight extra-base hits in five games have changed that in a hurry, pushing him up to .294/.316/.462. One would think his lack of plate discipline will catch up to him at some point, but even if that happens, his defense in left field will help him stay in the lineup.
Jul 31 - 1:20 AM

Aaron Hicks went 3-for-4 with a homer and a walk from the two hole Thursday against the Mariners.

The Twins never would have asked for this much from Hicks, but they're getting it. He's had multiple hits in five straight games, raising his average from .259 to .299. If the Twins keeps batting him second, he might even offer some mixed-league value down the stretch.
Jul 31 - 1:14 AM

Trevor Plouffe isn't expected to return from the paternity leave list until Saturday.

Plouffe missed Wednesday's game and will sit out the next two games as well. Miguel Sano is starting at third base Thursday.
Jul 30 - 5:48 PM

Ervin Santana was blasted for eight earned runs in 5 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Pirates.

Yikes. Santana entered the afternoon outing with a 2.60 ERA in four starts since returning from his PED suspension and he left it with a 3.78 ERA. The 32-year-old right-hander will try to get back on track next week in a road outing against the Blue Jays.
Jul 29 - 4:57 PM

Byron Buxton (thumb) will take batting practice on the field Thursday before then beginning to play in simulated games at the Twins' spring training complex.

It's unclear how many sim games he'll need, but if they go well Buxton will then be cleared for a rehab assignment. There had been some talk that the young outfielder could be out until as long as late August, but it's looking like it will definitely be sooner than that if he can avoid a setback.
Jul 29 - 12:52 PM

Byron Buxton (thumb) took batting practice on Tuesday.

He'll continue to take BP this week and could go through other pregame drills by the weekend. Buxton could be sent to the Twins' spring training complex next week if he continues to progress. The young outfielder isn't expected to be activated until mid- to late-August.
Jul 29 - 9:43 AM

Aaron Hicks went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored Tuesday against the Pirates.

Rather than one big hit, Hicks drove in runs in three different innings in the loss. That included an RBI triple in the sixth inning. Since being activated from the disabled list on July 3, Hicks is hitting .323 (21-for-65) with three homers, 14 RBI and 12 runs scored. Still just 25, Hicks may finally be delivering on some of the promise he showed as a prospect.
Jul 29 - 12:10 AM

Twins recalled INF Jorge Polanco from Triple-A Rochester.

He'll be up for a few days while Trevor Plouffe is on paternity leave. Polanco has hit .297/.338/.395 with four homers and 15 steals between Double- and Triple-A this season.
Jul 28 - 11:57 PM

Mike Pelfrey allowed three runs -- two earned -- over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Pirates on Tuesday.

Pelfrey gave up five hits and walked two in the outing. He kept the Pirates off the board until the fifth inning but didn't stick around long enough to factor in the decision. With the no-decision, Pelfrey remains without a win since June 7. He'll take a 5-7 record, 3.92 ERA and 1.46 WHIP into Sunday's tilt with the Mariners.
Jul 28 - 11:57 PM

Twins placed 3B Trevor Plouffe on the paternity leave list.

He can miss up to three games. Jorge Polanco has taken Plouffe's spot on the roster and we could see Miguel Sano get some time at third base the next couple days.
Jul 28 - 11:55 PM

Trevor Plouffe went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Sunday's loss to the Yankees.

Plouffe's RBI base knock off Yankees reliever Justin Wilson merely acted as cosmetic effect in the 7-2 loss. He's hitting .255/.315/.457 with 14 homers and 55 RBI and looks to be on his way to a 20+ homer season for the first time since 2012.
Jul 26 - 5:24 PM

Kyle Gibson lost steam late in Sunday's loss to the Yankees, allowing six runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Gibson pitched well through four innings, but after allowing a solo homer to Chase Headley in the fifth inning, he loaded the bases with nobody out in the sixth on a single and a pair of walks. Three runs would come home in the frame before Gibson was pulled. An additional two runs scored on his line after he left the game. This marks back-to-back poor starts for the young right-hander, who has now allowed 12 runs in his last 10 1/3 innings. Recent struggles aside, his results for the season have mostly been positive, as he holds a 3.12 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 88/39 K/BB ratio over 124 innings. He'll face the Mariners at home in his next start.
Jul 26 - 5:16 PM

Ryan Pressly (lat) is a week away from resuming throwing.

Pressly has been on the shelf nearly all month with a strained right lat. He's not expected back until at least late August.
Jul 26 - 2:17 PM

Twins signed OF Xavier Avery to a minor league contract.

Avery opted out of his minor league deal with the Tigers earlier this month. He's hit .305/.371/.393 at the Triple-A level this season and offers the Twins some outfield depth.
Jul 26 - 12:06 PM


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