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Brian Dozier went 3-for-4 with a home run on Saturday.

The home run was Dozier's 21st in 2014. Unfortunately for the Twins, the eighth inning solo shot came at a point when the team had already been buried by the incompetence of their starter, Trevor May, as they were down 7-1 when Dozier did went to work. The RBI was Dozier's 66th. He also hit his 33rd double of the year. Dozier's slashing .240/.346/.412, with 21 steals, 21 home runs and 106 runs scored.
Sep 21 - 12:09 AM

Trevor May was batted around by the Indians for seven runs on eight hits in just 4 2/3 innings on Saturday.

May allowed three runs in the second, the big blow being a Mike Aviles two-run triple. He also gave up a three-run homer to Yan Gomes in the fifth, which drove May from the game. In addition to the eight hits and seven runs, May struck out three and walked two. The start was a disappointing one, as it came on the heels of a ten strikeout performance against the White Sox in his last outing. May has the talent to be a major league starter, but so far, it's been a struggle. He holds a 8.39 ERA and 1.89 WHIP in eight starts, while allowing a .327 BAA. These numbers simply won't cut it at the big league level.
Sep 20 - 11:49 PM

Aaron Hicks was scratched from Saturday's lineup because of back stiffness.

Eduardo Nunez took his spot in left field against the Indians. Hicks is day-to-day.
Sep 20 - 7:54 PM

Twins executive vice president Terry Ryan confirmed Saturday that Tommy Milone (neck) had a cortisone injection at some point in the middle of the week.

It continues to look unlikely that the veteran southpaw will make it back before the end of the season, even though he was able to do some long-tossing on Friday. Anthony Swarzak will continue to occupy his spot in the rotation.
Sep 20 - 3:39 PM

Trevor Plouffe delivered a walk-off RBI single in a 5-4 win over the Indians in 10 innings on Friday.

Danny Santana and Brian Dozier each singled to begin the 10th inning before Joe Mauer was intentionally walked to load the bases. Kyle Crockett managed to get rookie Kennys Vargas to strike out swinging, but Terry Francona brought in Josh Tomlin to face Plouffe, who dropped a single into center field to end it. Plouffe hasn't been able to maintain the form he showed in August, but he's had a productive year on the whole, batting .251/.321/.422 with 14 home runs and 79 RBI.
Sep 20 - 12:43 AM

Phil Hughes allowed four runs over seven innings Friday in a no-decision against the Indians.

Hughes gave up 10 hits, his most in a start since back on July 11. He was in line for the loss before Cody Allen blew a save in the ninth inning. Hughes fanned five and walked none, so he now has an incredible 181/16 K/BB ratio over 201 2/3 innings. That puts him on track for the single-season MLB record, beating the 143/13 K/BB ratio that Bret Saberhagen put up in 1994. He'll make one final start next week against the Diamondbacks.
Sep 20 - 12:42 AM

Oswaldo Arcia (back) went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and a run scored Friday against the Twins.

He connected for a solo homer in the third inning and later added an RBI single in the seventh. Arcia missed the last two games after tweaking a muscle in the upper-left part of his back on Monday. The 23-year-old is now batting .237 with 19 homers and a .777 OPS in 94 games this season.
Sep 20 - 12:40 AM

Glen Perkins has been shut down for the remainder of the 2014 season due to a left forearm strain and nerve irritation in his left elbow.

It's actually terrific news for the Twins and for Perkins, as a precautionary MRI revealed no damage to his UCL. He'll take part in an offseason strengthening program, and is expected to be back to full-strength in around two months. He'll be ready to go for spring training 2015.
Sep 19 - 8:14 PM

Tommy Milone (neck) will do some long-tossing Friday after playing light catch the last couple days.

The Twins are holding out hope that Milone can make it back before the end of the season, but it's not looking likely at this point. Anthony Swarzak will make another start in his place on Sunday.
Sep 19 - 5:34 PM

LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Glen Perkins is dealing with "some nerve irritation and maybe a slight muscle strain" in his left elbow.

Neal adds that the ailment "doesn't appear to be serious." However, with just a week and a half left in the season, the closer will undoubtedly be shut down. The good news is that it doesn't sound like it will be a long-term issue for Perkins. Jared Burton will continue to fill in as the Twins' closer.
Sep 19 - 9:30 AM

Danny Santana went 3-for-5 with a triple, a double, a steal and three runs scored as the Twins topped the Tigers 8-4 on Wednesday.

Santana was playing center field again, even though the Twins decided to sit Eduardo Escobar (Eduardo Nunez played shortstop). The team keeps paying lip service to the idea of Santana as a shortstop, but if management believed in him there, he wouldn't be starting in the outfield so frequently. At least Santana is hitting; he has nine hits in his last four games, pushing his average back up to .324.
Sep 17 - 11:43 PM

Glen Perkins will undergo an MRI exam on his left elbow/biceps area on Thursday.

Perkins looked abysmal on Tuesday night, surrendering a three-run home run to J.D. Martinez en route to blowing his seventh save of the season. He certainly hasn't looked right as of late, posting a 14.21 ERA and 2.21 WHIP over his last eight outings (6 1/3 innings), so hopefully Thursday's exam will provide some answers. Casey Fien or Jared Burton would likely get the call to work the ninth inning in his absence.
Sep 17 - 7:53 PM

Glen Perkins (neck) won't pitch on Wednesday night.

Perkins, who's been dealing with neck discomfort all month, allowed a three-run homer to blow a save opportunity on Tuesday. He was scheduled to be examined by Twins team doctors on Wednesday afternoon. Jared Burton will close if needed Wednesday versus Detroit.
Sep 17 - 5:25 PM

Eduardo Escobar (shoulder) is not in the Twins' starting lineup Wednesday night versus Detroit.

Escobar is day-to-day after jamming his right shoulder on Tuesday night. Eduardo Nunez will start at shortstop and bat seventh Wednesday against the Tigers.
Sep 17 - 4:56 PM

Kennys Vargas went 3-for-4 with a home run Tuesday, falling just a double short of the cycle, as the Twins came back to edge the Tigers 4-3.

It was the best chance the 275-lb. Vargas may ever get at a cycle, as he legged out his first triple in 180 at-bats in the fourth inning. He followed that with a solo home run in the sixth, his eighth homer of the season, but he grounded out in his final chance at the feat. Still, the three-hit night raises his line to .294/.311/.489 with 36 RBI in 43 games this season.
Sep 16 - 11:27 PM

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