Player News - Twins

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Kevin Jepsen allowed two runs but was able to earn his sixth save Sunday against the Mariners.

Nelson Cruz hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth inning with the host Mariners trailing 5-2, but that quickly got erased when Kyle Seager grounded into a double play. Adam Lind followed with a two-out single and then Franklin Gutierrez socked a two-out, two-run homer to deep center. Jepsen was left in to face pinch-hitter Dae Ho Lee and struck him out on three pitches to end the growing threat. He has an unsightly 5.91 ERA for the year, but Jepsen's job seems safe for now.
May 29 - 7:17 PM

Ricky Nolasco held the Mariners to two earned runs in six innings Sunday for his second win.

It was the best start in five weeks for Nolasco, who dropped his ERA from 5.54 to 5.28. He struck out seven, issued only one walk, and only gave up three hits. Nolasco will try to stay in this groove for his next scheduled start at home against the Rays. He can't be trusted yet in standard mixed fantasy leagues.
May 29 - 7:13 PM

Glen Perkins (shoulder) has resumed a throwing program.

Perkins had to be shut down for a week after feeling stiffness in his pitching shoulder. He will throw off a mound later this week, assuming all goes well. Perkins has been on the shelf since mid-April and obviously still has numerous hurdles to clear before rejoining the Twins' bullpen.
May 29 - 3:03 PM

Kurt Suzuki (head) is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

Suzuki left Saturday's game after taking a foul ball to the face mask. He's feeling better Sunday but will sit out as a precaution. Juan Centeno is behind the plate.
May 29 - 2:08 PM

Eduardo Nunez continued his dream season in Saturday’s 6-5 win over the Mariners, pounding out four hits, including his fifth homer of the year.

Nunez is now hitting .333/.363/.510 in one of the more unexpected performances of the year. He’s bounced around from third base to shortstop to second base defensively, which has helped his playing time remain high. Although his .366 BABIP suggests that his batting average should drop, he has an outside chance to hit double-digit homers and steal 20-plus bases. No shortstop did that in 2015.
May 29 - 1:43 AM

Phil Hughes gave up four earned runs on nine hits and three walks in just 4 2/3 innings in Saturday’s win over the Mariners.

It could’ve been worse. The Mariners had the bases loaded four different times against Hughes, but hitters went 0-for-4 with a double play in those situations. That helped the right-hander limit the damage, despite the 12 baserunners. He now has a 5.74 ERA with only 30 strikeouts in 53 1/3 innings and will next get the Rays at home.
May 29 - 1:41 AM

Kurt Suzuki left Saturday's game against the Mariners after getting a foul ball to the face mask.

The Twins are likely concerned that Suzuki suffered a concussion, but further information should come after the game. Juan Centano replaced the 32-year-old catcher, who was hitting .200/.257/.284 in 106 plate appearances.
May 28 - 11:36 PM

Pat Dean beat the Mariners by allowing two runs over seven innings and striking out eight on Friday.

He walked none. Dean's fastball is well below average, forcing him to be on point with his slider and changeup. He's more than held his own through two major league starts, but we wouldn't recommend him in AL-only leagues.
May 28 - 1:22 AM

Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and a walk against the Mariners on Friday.

Mauer seems to be finding his stroke again after a rough three weeks to open May. He's been a fine player overall this year, with his .281 average, .389 OBP and .401 slugging percentage. Still, with four homers, 15 runs scored and 15 RBI in 46 games, he hasn't been able to do much for his fantasy owners.
May 28 - 1:18 AM

Byron Buxton homered as part of a three-hit night on Wednesday at Triple-A Rochester.

Buxton has 17 hits over his last 10 games at the Triple-A level and is now batting .333/.394/.576 with five home runs and four stolen bases in 24 games since his late-April demotion. The dynamic center field prospect should be back in the majors within the next couple of weeks and seems poised for much better results in what will be his third cup of coffee. Buxton opened the 2016 season with a brutal .156/.208/.289 batting line in 49 plate appearances for Minnesota.
Source: MiLB.com
May 26 - 8:56 AM

Kevin Jepsen earned his fourth save of the season Wednesday in the Twins' 7-5 win over the Royals.

Jepsen worked around a Jarrod Dyson one-out double to preserve the Twins' two-run lead. It was only the 12th win of the season for Minnesota. Jepsen is operating as the club's fill-in closer with Glen Perkins (shoulder) sidelined indefinitely, but there haven't been many opportunities for saves.
May 25 - 4:44 PM

Tyler Duffey allowed five earned runs in 6 2/3 innings but picked up a win on Wednesday versus the Royals.

Minnesota's offense finally offered up some run support, plating six before the beginning of the sixth inning. Duffey surrendered all five of his runs in the top of the fourth -- on a walk, a single, two doubles, and a triple. He is 2-3 with a 3.93 ERA for the year.
May 25 - 4:41 PM

Brian Dozier is back in the Twins' starting lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Royals.

Dozier was given two days of rest in an effort to lift him out of his early-season slump. He has a brutal .199/.288/.318 slash line in 151 total at-bats this season, but Minnesota will hit him second on Wednesday against Kansas City right-hander Dillon Gee.
May 25 - 11:13 AM

Twins transferred LHP Glen Perkins from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Perkins remains out indefinitely with ongoing discomfort in his strained left shoulder. This move clears a 40-man roster spot for lefty reliever Buddy Boshers.
May 25 - 11:11 AM

Twins placed OF Darin Mastroianni on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.

An oblique strain will typically require 3-4 weeks of recovery for a position player. Mastro is hitless in 11 plate appearances this season at the major league level.
May 25 - 11:10 AM


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