Player News - Twins

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Ervin Santana allowed three runs in seven innings and earned a 10-4 victory over the Tigers on Saturday.

His team trailed 3-2 when he was done pitching but scored eight times in the top of the eighth inning and Santana was credited with the win. He struck out five batters without issuing a base-on-balls in the quality start. He surrendered seven knocks, including a solo home run by first baseman Efren Navarro. The 34-year-old former Angel, Royal and Brave improves to 16-8 with a 3.36 ERA in 206 1/3 innings. He has been homer-happy this year, allowing 31 longballs in his 32 starts but it hasn't hurt him in the win/loss or ERA columns.
Sep 23 - 10:05 PM

Max Kepler's left hip injury is believed to be minor.

But the Twins will wait to see how Kepler feels on Sunday before offering a status update. Kepler exited Saturday's game against the Tigers in the top of the second inning after injuring himself on a throw home from right field. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Sep 23 - 10:03 PM

Robbie Grossman went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored in a win over the Tigers on Saturday.

He poked an RBI single in the seventh inning that plated Ehire Adrianza. In the eighth inning he drove in two more runs with another single as the Twins scored eight runs in the inning. The designated hitter has a .249 batting average with nine home runs, 45 RBI and 62 runs scored in 439 plate appearances.
Sep 23 - 9:57 PM

Zack Granite whacked a three-run homer during Saturday's come-from-behind win over the Tigers.

His blast was the crowning blow of a huge eight-run, eighth-inning outburst for the Twins. He entered the game as a pinch runner for Joe Mauer earlier in that frame. The Twins batted around, giving Granite a chance to face left-handed reliever Blane Hardy with two men on base. Granite blasted his first major league home run to put the game beyond the reach of the weak-hitting Tigers. The rookie outfielder had only 10 total home runs in his five-year minor league career. He now owns a .235 batting average with one homer and 11 RBI in 35 games.
Sep 23 - 9:53 PM

Max Kepler exited Saturday's game against the Tigers due to a left hip injury.

Kepler looked to be in pain after a throw from the outfield in the bottom of the first inning and Ehire Adrianza took his spot in the lineup in the top of the second. This hip injury could obviously threaten Kepler's availability for the final week of the regular season.
Sep 23 - 6:53 PM

Brian Dozier went 2-for-5 with a homer and a stolen base on Friday, leading the Twins to a 7-3 victory over the Tigers.

Dozier's solo shot came off of Shane Greene in the ninth inning, capping off the scoring in the ballgame. He also scored a pair of runs in the ballgame. With his hot second half, Dozier is now hitting .259/.347/.477 with 32 homers, 86 RBI and 16 swipes.
Sep 22 - 10:06 PM

Byron Buxton went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI as the Twins defeated the Tigers on Friday.

Buxton put the Twins ahead with a two-run double in the fourth inning, a lead they wouldn't relinquish. He also scored a pair of runs in the contest. With the three-hit night, Buxton is now hitting .256/.319/.426 with 16 homers, 50 RBI and 27 stolen bases.
Sep 22 - 10:06 PM

Max Kepler crushed his 19th home run as the Twins topped the Tigers on Friday night in Detroit.

His solo shot off of left-hander Daniel Norris tied the game at 1-1 in the second inning. He also chipped in an RBI single in the fourth to increase their lead to 4-2. With his 2-for-4 night, Kepler is now slashing .244/.315/.430 with 19 bombs and 68 RBI.
Sep 22 - 10:06 PM

Kyle Gibson earned his 12th victory of the season on Friday, limiting the Tigers to three runs on five hits over his seven frames.

The right-hander racked up six strikeouts on the evening while walking two. Two of the three runs he gave up came via solo homers, with Nicholas Castellanos in the second inning and Ian Kinsler in the sixth. He'll bring a 5.02 ERA and 1.52 WHIP into his final start of the regular season on Thursday against the Indians in Cleveland.
Sep 22 - 10:06 PM

Joe Mauer went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored to help the Twins beat up on the Tigers 12-1 on Thursday.

Mauer bopped a two-run double in the sixth inning to extend the Twins' lead, one of the team's 14 hits on the night. It's no surprise that Mauer had three of them, as he's been lighting the world on fire this month. Coming into Thursday's game, the 34-year-old was hitting .375/.418/.514 in September, and after it he's batting .311/.388/.427 overall. In a year with some really terrific reclamation projects, none are better to see than Mauer's.
Sep 22 - 1:28 AM

Eduardo Escobar went 2-for-5 with an RBI double and three runs scored in Thursday's win over the Tigers.

It took a while for the Twins to break through, but Escobar's run-scoring double in the fourth inning opened the floodgates in the 12-1 thumping. Escobar also reached base and scored in the seventh and eighth innings as the Twins piled on. The 28-year-old is quietly having a decent offensive year, batting .251/.309/.440 with 19 homers, 64 RBI and 58 runs scored after Thursday.
Sep 22 - 1:23 AM

Robbie Grossman went 1-for-3 with an RBI sac fly, a stolen base and two runs scored in a win over the Tigers on Thursday.

The stolen base was just the third of the year for Grossman. The 28-year-old has been finding his way into the lineup with some frequency this year, and he's responded by hitting .246/.366/.385 with nine homers in 112 games.
Sep 22 - 1:19 AM

Adalberto Mejia (biceps) held the Tigers to one run over 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision Thursday.

Mejia scattered four hits and a walk while striking out five, and if it weren't for him still working to rebuild endurance he may have finally gotten his first win of the second half. As it is, the 24-year-old will just have to settle for a team win and a moral victory. Through 20 starts, Mejia holds a 4.48 ERA and 1.55 WHIP, and he'll keep searching for that first second-half win Wednesday against the Indians.
Sep 22 - 1:14 AM

Bartolo Colon was bombed for six earned runs over just 3 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Yankees.

This one will hurt the Twins' postseason hopes. Colon looked relatively good until the bottom of the third, when Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez slugged back-to-back homers as part of a three-run frame. New York then poured on six runs in the bottom of the fourth and two more in the fifth. Colon has a wretched 6.63 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in 135 2/3 total innings this season between Atlanta and Minnesota.
Sep 20 - 4:46 PM

Jose Berrios had a rough outing Tuesday versus the Yankees, allowing three runs over just 3 1/3 innings of work.

Berrios admitted after his last start that he was feeling fatigued, and he wasn’t sharp in this one. He needed a whopping 90 pitches to get through his 3 1/3 frames, giving up five hits and walking four batters. Berrios has made a big leap forward this season, but it’s going to be hard for fantasy owners to trust him these last couple weeks. He faces the Tigers on the road on Sunday.
Sep 20 - 12:04 AM


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