Player News - Twins

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Bartolo Colon allowed three earned runs, eight hits and no walks over five innings with two strikeouts in a no-decision Monday in a road start against the Dodgers.

Colon threw 44 of his 64 pitches for strikes, pitching slightly better than his team debut against the Yankees last Tuesday. Still, he owns a rough 7.00 ERA over his first two starts since signing with Minnesota. Since the Twins are in contention, it's hard to see them giving him many more chances until he shows dramatic improvement soon.
Jul 25 - 10:56 AM

Jason Castro posted a pair of doubles with an RBI in Monday's road loss against the Dodgers.

Castro continues to see regular playing time despite the fact he is still hitting just .223. However, he is showing some signs of life with multi-hit performances in two of his past three outings. Still, he is nothing more than a No. 2 fantasy option in most AL formats.
Jul 25 - 4:28 AM

Eddie Rosario posted a pair of doubles, a solo home run, two runs scored and three RBI in Monday's road loss against the Dodgers.

Rosario has rolled up two or more hits in three straight games and he is hitting a robust .369 (24-for-65) with 10 doubles, a home run and 10 RBI in the month of July while posting an outstanding .969 OPS. He has increased his average from .276 to .296 since the calendar flipped to July.
Jul 25 - 4:22 AM

Twins optioned RHP Kyle Gibson to Triple-A Rochester.

Gibson is clearing out for the arrival of Jaime Garcia. The right-hander holds a 6.08 ERA over 18 starts this season. Bartolo Colon will remain in the Twins' rotation for now.
Jul 25 - 1:36 AM

Jaime Garcia will make his Twins debut on Friday in Oakland.

Garcia was acquired via trade from the Braves on Monday. The Twins have not announced yet whose spot in the rotation he'll take, but Bartolo Colon would certainly appear to be vulnerable.
Jul 24 - 8:32 PM

Twins acquired C Anthony Recker, LHP Jaime Garcia and cash considerations from the Braves in exchange for RHP Huascar Ynoa.

Recker is a career .199/.283/.348 hitter over parts of seven seasons in the majors. He's merely a depth guy.
Jul 24 - 5:25 PM

Twins acquired LHP Jaime Garcia, C Anthony Recker and cash considerations from the Braves in exchange for RHP Huascar Ynoa.

The two sides tentatively agreed to a trade last week, but it was nixed due to physical concerns with Nick Burdi (elbow), who had been slated to go to Atlanta in the deal. Garcia has been up-and-down this season, posting a 4.30 ERA and 85/41 K/BB ratio over 113 innings, but he should offer Minnesota more reliable work at the back of their rotation.
Jul 24 - 5:22 PM

Braves optioned C Anthony Recker to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Recker was with the team over the weekend while Kurt Suzuki was on the bereavement list. He'll continue to serve as catching depth in the minors.
Jul 24 - 3:46 PM

Twins recalled RHP Alan Busenitz from Triple-A Rochester.

Busenitz, 26, has a 2.08 ERA over six appearances with the Twins this season. He'll operate in middle relief in his return to the big club.
Jul 24 - 1:13 PM

Twins designated LHP Craig Breslow for assignment.

The Twins took a shot on a retooled Breslow over the winter, but he has struggled with a 5.23 ERA over 30 appearances this season and has also missed time due to injury. Alan Busenitz will take his spot on the active roster.
Jul 24 - 1:10 PM

Brian Dozier clubbed his 16th home run of the season as the Twins fell to the Tigers in Minnesota on Sunday.

Dozier tagged Tigers' closer Justin Wilson for the solo shot in the ninth inning. He finished the afternoon 2-for-4 plus a walk and is now slashing .253/.340/.448 with 16 long balls and 48 RBI on the season.
Jul 23 - 6:35 PM

Adalberto Mejia pitched decently in a no-decision against the Tigers on Sunday, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits over 4 1/3 innings.

Mejia punched out five on the afternoon while walking two. All of the damage against him came on a Justin Upton two-run double in the third inning. Mejia now sports a 4.10 ERA and 1.45 WHIP on the season. He'll do battle against the A's his next time out in Oakland on Saturday.
Jul 23 - 6:35 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Jaime Garcia is "among the names" on the Brewers' radar.

Crasnick notes that the Brewers "are considering both long-term and rental starters at trade deadline." Garcia had appeared headed to the Twins last week in a trade, but it fell apart. It's possible he could still wind up in Minnesota, but there are multiple clubs interested in him now.
Jul 23 - 1:48 PM

Zach Granite went 3-for-4 and stole a base during a 6-5 win over the Tigers on Saturday.

The speedy centerfielder had his first multi-hit game in the majors yesterday and repeated the feat today. All three of his hits were singles. He has been starting almost every day since making his major league debut on July 8th. He stole 56 bases last year in the minors and makes for a nice pickup for fantasy owners in need of steals down the stretch.
Jul 23 - 12:21 AM

Brandon Kintzler got the final four outs of the game to earn a save against the Tigers on Saturday.

He allowed a leadoff single in the ninth inning but Jose Iglesias was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Kintzler didn't strike anyone out but that is normal for him. He has just 25 strikeouts in 42 2/3 innings. The save was his 27th in 30 chances. His 2.11 ERA has been steadily dropping -- he hasn't surrendered an earned run since June 18th.
Jul 23 - 12:15 AM


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