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Twins recalled 1B/DH Kennys Vargas from Triple-A Rochester.

Vargas was batting .227 with two home runs in the early going with Rochester. He doesn't figure to see much playing time with Robbie Grossman faring so well in the designated hitter spot.
Apr 23 - 9:17 AM

Twins recalled LHP Buddy Boshers from Triple-A Rochester.

Boshers had a nice 37/7 K/BB ratio over 36 relief innings for the Twins last season. He'll be used as a lefty specialist.
Apr 23 - 9:14 AM

Twins placed RHP Justin Haley on the 10-day disabled list with biceps tendinitis.

Haley unintentionally played a major role in Saturday's game by hitting JaCoby Jones in the face with a pitch. Tigers starter Matt Boyd retaliated later in the game by throwing at Miguel Sano, which cleared the benches and led to a pair of ejections. Somewhere in between these events, Haley must have injured his biceps. The right-hander holds a 4.15 ERA over five outings for the Twins this year.
Apr 22 - 9:51 PM

Twins optioned LHP Adalberto Mejia to Triple-A Rochester.

He lasted just 2 2/3 innings in a no-decision Saturday against Detroit. The 23-year-old joined the Twins last summer in the trade that sent Eduardo Nunez to the Giants. He holds a disappointing 6.17 ERA over four major league outings.
Apr 22 - 8:53 PM

Brian Dozier garnered two hits and a walk in five plate appearances and scored a run during Saturday's loss to the Tigers.

He singled in the first inning and was then caught trying to steal a base for the first time in six attempts this season. He walked and scored on a Jorge Polanco double in the second inning. In the ninth inning he represented the tying run after singling to center field, but was left stranded when the game came to an end. Dozier is off to a mediocre start, batting .242/.306/.364 with two homers, nine runs scored and three RBI.
Apr 22 - 6:25 PM

Adalberto Mejia surrendered three runs in a brief 2 2/3 inning start on Saturday against the Tigers.

Six of the eight of the outs he recorded came via the strikeout. He gave up five hits and three walks. He allowed an RBI single in the second inning, then gave up solo homers to both Nick Castellanos and Justin Upton in the third. Mejia has accumulated a mere 9 1/3 innings between his first three starts. He has a 5.79 ERA with 10 strikeouts and a scary eight walks. He will face the Royals on the road on Friday.
Apr 22 - 6:17 PM

Miguel Sano was ejected from Saturday's game against the Tigers following an altercation with James McCann.

Sano took exception to a pitch thrown behind him in the fifth inning and shoved McCann when he blocked his path to pitcher Matt Boyd. The benches cleared and Sano and Boyd were both ejected. Sano went 1-for-2 on the afternoon. Joe Mauer replaced him at first base after the ejection.
Apr 22 - 4:55 PM

Jason Castro is not in the Twins starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's contest against the Tigers.

It's just a routine day of rest for Castro. Chris Gimenez is starting behind the dish for the Twins and batting sixth against Matt Boyd and the Tigers.
Apr 22 - 11:24 AM

Joe Mauer is not in the Twins starting lineup for Saturday's showdown against the Tigers.

Mauer is taking a seat with left-hander Matt Boyd on the hill for the Tigers. The 34-year-old is off to a slow start at the plate, hitting just .207/.258/.224 with no homers and six RBI in his first 15 games.
Apr 22 - 11:20 AM

Eddie Rosario blasted a three-run homer in the sixth inning on Friday, powering the Twins to a come-from-behind 6-3 victory over the Tigers.

The Twins entered the sixth inning trailing 3-0 before rallying for six runs, capped off by Rosario's opposite field blast off of Joe Jimenez. It was Rosario's lone hit in three at-bats on the evening. He's off to a slow start, hitting just .226/.268/.302 with one homer and seven RBI.
Apr 21 - 11:28 PM

Robbie Grossman went 1-for-3 and drove home a pair of runs as the Twins topped the Tigers on Friday.

Grossman's two-run single in the sixth inning got the Twins on the board and started a six-run rally after Justin Verlander had walked the first three batters in the inning. He continues to be a pleasant surprise for the Twins, slashing .310/.473/.476 with seven RBI on the season.
Apr 21 - 11:26 PM

Brandon Kintzler slammed the door on the Tigers on Friday, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a three-run lead.

Kintzler picked up his fourth save of the season in his fourth opportunity. He allowed a leadoff single to Mikie Mahtook, but nothing came of it. The right-hander continues to build his job security and has yet to allow a run in 7 1/3 innings on the season.
Apr 21 - 11:24 PM

Hector Santiago struck out six over 6 1/3 innings of three-run ball in Friday's win over the Tigers.

The veteran southpaw allowed seven hits and one walk in the ballgame. The Tigers scored a pair in the third inning and added a solo homer in the sixth by James McCann, but that was the extent of the damage against him. Now 2-1 on the season, Santiago will carry a stellar 2.19 ERA and 0.97 WHIP Wednesday's showdown against the Rangers in Texas.
Apr 21 - 11:22 PM

Ervin Santana didn't factor into the decision Thursday after holding the Indians to one run and four hits in six innings.

Santana wasn't very efficient in this one, throwing 114 pitches in his six innings. Still, he was quite successful once again, this time while facing a significantly tougher opponent than he did his first three times out (he previously drew the Royals and the White Sox twice). He's allowed just two runs over 28 innings in his four starts.
Apr 20 - 5:49 PM

Byron Buxton was removed for a pinch-hitter after striking out and popping out in his two plate appearances Thursday.

The Twins had just four hits in this one, so Buxton wasn't the only one struggling. Still, his batting average slipped to .082 before he was lifted. The Twins need to stick with him; his defense is very valuable and he really has nothing left to prove in the minors. It's not likely to all click at once, though.
Apr 20 - 5:45 PM


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