Player News - Twins

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Joe Mauer went 3-for-5 and belted a solo home run as his team fell to the Tigers on Saturday.

He led off the Twins' half of the first inning with the bomb off Ryan Carpenter. He has now homered in back-to-back games but has just five jacks on the season. The 35-year-old owns a .279/.357/.384 slash line with 38 RBI and 44 runs in 390 plate appearances. He can help his fantasy owners in the batting average category but isn't going to do a whole lot of anything else.
Aug 19 - 12:28 AM

Tyler Austin went 3-for-4 and cracked a solo home run during a loss to the Tigers on Saturday.

His blast off starter Ryan Carpenter in the second inning was his third bomb in his first six games with the Twins. He played 34 games for the Yankees earlier in the year and is hitting a combined .241/.297/.518 with 11 homers and 28 RBI in 155 plate appearances. He should get semi-regular playing time for his new team down the stretch.
Aug 19 - 12:23 AM

Kohl Stewart drew the start against the Tigers and allowed three runs in 2 2/3 innings on Saturday.

He fell apart in the third inning following a comebacker that he failed to field. He then walked the next two batters to load the bases before drilling Mikie Mahtook with a pitch to force in a run. Ronny Rodriguez then swatted a two-run double to chase Stewart from the game. He made his major-league debut in his previous start and has now allowed six runs in his first seven innings. The 23-year-old is not a fantasy option until he shows he is ready for the majors.
Aug 19 - 12:19 AM

Twins optioned OF Johnny Field to Triple-A Rochester.

Field was claimed off waivers from the Indians earlier this month and was recalled on August 6, but he managed just one hit in 16 at-bats with the big club. The Twins are expected to recall Robbie Grossman in a corresponding move, one that will likely come Sunday.
Aug 18 - 11:45 PM

Joe Mauer crunched a pinch-hit, three-run dinger to provide the key blow as the Twins beat the Tigers 5-4 on Friday.

The come-from-behind blast turned the game around as the Twins tried to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Mauer was getting the day off until called from the bench in a clutch situation. He has a relatively empty .274 batting average with four home runs and 37 RBI in 385 plate appearances in the final year of his $184 million contract. He is in his 15th season with the Twins.
Aug 18 - 2:29 AM

Eddie Rosario went 1-for-4 and cracked a solo home run during a win against the Tigers on Friday.

He yanked a Matt Boyd offering over the wall as the Twins began their comeback in the sixth inning. The 26-year-old outfielder broke out at the plate last year and has kicked it up another notch this year. He has a .295 batting average with 21 home runs, 69 RBI, 77 runs scored and seven stolen bases through 119 games. That is excellent production considering the mediocre lineup surrounding him.
Aug 18 - 2:20 AM

Taylor Rogers retired the last batter of the ballgame and was awarded with his first career save on Friday against the Tigers.

The Twins' bullpen is a hot mess since the departure of Fernando Rodney. The Twins came in to the ninth inning nursing a two-run lead and sent Matt Magill out to lock it down. He got the first two outs but gave up a run in the process, so they turned to the left-hander Rogers to get the final out against switch-hitter Jeimer Candelario. Rogers has one save and a 3.55 ERA in 54 games. He has a nice 58:13 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 50 2/3 innings and could see more save chances depending on platoon matchups in the ninth inning. Trevor Hildenberger will get most of the save chances but he hasn't been very good and could lose the closer's role at any time.
Aug 18 - 2:16 AM

Kyle Gibson allowed three runs in seven innings and snared a win against the Tigers on Friday.

He struck out five, walked three and surrendered eight base hits in the quality start. He trailed 3-0 after six innings but was able to stick around long enough for the Twins' offense to come to life and give him enough support to get the win. He improved his record to 7-9 with a strong 3.51 ERA after 25 starts. He draws another attractive matchup against the White Sox coming up on Wednesday.
Aug 18 - 2:07 AM

Logan Forsythe went a perfect 5-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored as the Twins blasted the Tigers 15-8 on Thursday.

Forsythe had a pair of doubles among his five hits, including a two-run double in the second inning. The move from the playoff-hopeful Dodgers to the idling Twins didn't seem to be a good one for Forsythe at the time, but he's made the best of it, hitting a robust .449 with four doubles, eight RBI and eight runs scored in 14 games with his new club. That may still be just AL-only territory, but if he keeps it up he'll force his way onto the deeper mixed league radar as well.
Aug 17 - 12:57 AM

Miguel Sano went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Tigers on Thursday.

Sano got in on the party with a two-run homer in the second inning and later tacked on an RBI walk in the sixth. After a bit of a slow start following his promotion in late July, the 25-year-old now has three homers in his last seven games. He's 9-for-28 in those seven games to raise his overall line to .226/.299/.438 through 54 games in what's been a mostly lost year. Perhaps he can salvage that with a good month and a half to close out 2018.
Aug 17 - 12:48 AM

Jorge Polanco went 2-for-4 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored in Thursday's lopsided win over the Tigers.

Polanco, the third batter Tigers starter Francisco Liriano saw, launched a three-run homer in the first inning to set the tone for what would be a high-scoring affair. The homer was his second of the year, giving him 20 RBI and 22 runs scored. In 39 games since returning from a PED suspension, the 25-year-old has been terrific, hitting .291/.354/.419 and proving that last year's late breakout had some merit.
Aug 17 - 12:43 AM

Ervin Santana allowed seven runs, including three home runs, over four innings in a no-decision Thursday against the Tigers.

Somehow, Santana was actually the better of the two starters in this one, as Francisco Liriano failed to get out of the second inning for the Tigers. It's been tough sledding for the 35-year-old since he came off the disabled list on July 25 -- he's 0-1 with a 8.03 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in five starts. That's pretty brutal, and even though Tuesday offers a softer spot against the White Sox, Santana can't be used for fantasy purposes as things stand.
Aug 17 - 12:30 AM

Adalberto Mejia (elbow) has been diagnosed with nerve irritation.

That's what doctors found after putting him through a battery of tests at the Mayo Clinic. There's no timetable for the 25-year-old to begin a rehab assignment as Mejia was simply told to rest. With Minnesota well out of playoff contention, there won't be any rush for the left-hander to return this season.
Aug 16 - 9:18 PM

Eddie Rosario is not in the Twins' lineup Thursday against the Tigers.

He'll take a seat with left-hander Francisco Liriano on the mound for Detroit. Rosario got off to a booming start this year but has limped to a .232 average since the All-Star break. Utility man Ehire Adrianza will fill in at left field and bat ninth in Thursday night's series opener.
Aug 16 - 4:52 PM

Trevor Hildenberger worked a scoreless ninth inning for his third save Wednesday in Minnesota’s win over the Pirates.

Hildenberger struck out one while throwing eight of his 14 pitches for strikes. He issued a one-out walk to Elias Diaz but Josh Harrison followed that up by grounding into a game-ending double play. The right-hander has limped to a shaky 4.58 ERA over 57 relief outings this year, though he remains the favorite for ninth-inning work in Minnesota following Fernando Rodney’s trade to Oakland.
Aug 15 - 5:10 PM


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