Player News - Twins

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Joe Mauer is not in the Twins' lineup Thursday.

It appears to be a routine day off. Byung-Ho Park is on the bench again, as well. The Twins are going with Trevor Plouffe at first base, Eduardo Nunez at third, Eduardo Escobar at shortstop, Robbie Grossman in the designated hitter spot and Danny Santana in left field.
Jun 30 - 11:39 AM

Trevor May (back) will pitch on Saturday and Sunday for Triple-A Rochester before being re-evaluated.

It presumably will be the last hurdle for him to clear before he's activated. May has missed the last three weeks of action due to back spasms.
Jun 30 - 11:18 AM

Miguel Sano (hamstring) will play both games of a doubleheader for Triple-A Rochester on Thursday.

He'll play third base in one game and serve as the designated hitter in the other. Sano has hit a couple home runs while on his rehab assignment but has just three hits in 19 at-bats overall. The Twins would like to see him look a bit better at the plate before activating him. "He’s hit a couple of homers. That’s been about the extent of his offensive output, which isn’t bad," manager Paul Molitor said. "I just think you look for signs that … his at-bats are normal. It’s not always results or a hot streak [you’re looking for] — you can just tell if he’s recognizing pitchers or doing what you’re accustomed to him doing."
Jun 30 - 11:16 AM

Ricky Nolasco gave up three home runs and was pounded for seven runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings to take a loss on Wednesday.

He struck out five and walked one. Nolasco has a 3-6 record with an ugly 5.31 ERA in 96 2/3 innings. He is a bad pitcher on a bad team -- not the stuff fantasy dreams are made of. He will have two starts next week if you are desperate enough to take the risk.
Jun 29 - 11:47 PM

Eduardo Nunez went 3-for-5 with a home run in the Twins' loss on Wednesday.

His surprisingly good season continues. Now batting .316 with 11 home runs, the 29-year-old veteran is smashing his career highs in every category this year. He is eligible at third base and shortstop, and could soon gain eligibility at second base in many formats. He is making the most of his first real chance at everyday playing time.
Jun 29 - 11:40 PM

Twins RHP prospect Jose Berrios allowed just one hit over seven shutout innings Tuesday in a win for Triple-A Rochester.

Berrios has now gone 15 innings without allowing a run. The right-hander took a no-hitter into the seventh but lost it on a one-out double by Pawtucket third baseman Jantzen Witte. He finished the game with six strikeouts and only two walks. The 22-year-old had a tough time in a four-game stint with the Twins last month (1-1, 10.20 ERA) but he should get another chance later this year.
Source: MILB.com
Jun 29 - 1:59 PM

Brian Dozier went 3-for-4 with two home runs and all four RBI as the Twins blanked the White Sox 4-0 on Tuesday.

Dozier now has four homers in his last three games and seven in the month of June, a month in which he's hitting .361 with 19 RBI and 18 runs scored. During a 10-game hitting streak, the 29-year-old has raised his average from .227 to .259. Reports of his death were certainly exaggerated, and Dozier now has 12 home runs on the year to go with that .259/.341/.463 line.
Jun 28 - 11:14 PM

Kyle Gibson threw seven shutout innings in Tuesday's win over the White Sox.

Gibson turned in easily his best start of the season, scattering five hits and a walk while striking out a season-high seven batters. The win was his first of the year in eight starts, leaving his record at 1-5. The 28-year-old will continue working on his 5.12 ERA and 1.49 WHIP Sunday against the Rangers.
Jun 28 - 11:07 PM

Twins general manager Terry Ryan announced Tuesday that Phil Hughes will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery on July 6.

The Twins had been hopeful that he would be able to return late in the season from a compression fracture above his left knee, but Hughes was also dealing with shoulder pain. Further evaluation showed he was dealing with thoracic outlet syndrome and he'll need to have a rib removed to alleviate the pain. He's expected to be ready to go for the start of the 2017 season.
Jun 28 - 8:50 PM

Brian Dozier went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Yankees.

Let us pause to appreciate the sheer magnitude of the Twins' power display. All seven of their runs scored via the home run, with Dozier, Danny Santana, Trevor Plouffe, Max Kepler, Eduardo Nunez and Juan Centeno upping their homer totals by the end of the game. Dozier's was the only non-solo shot, as he cranked a two-run dinger off of Yankees starter/pinata Nathan Eovaldi in the sixth inning. After a sluggish start to the season, the versatile second baseman is now hitting .252/.336/.436 with 10 homers, 32 RBI and six steals across 266 at-bats. On the micro level, he has homered in back-to-back games.
Jun 26 - 3:48 PM

Tyler Duffey was phenomenal in Sunday's 7-1 win over the Yankees, striking out eight and allowing one run on two hits over eight innings.

Duffey did not walk a batter on the afternoon. He finished the contest having thrown 104 pitches (70 strikes). The Twins were actually considering pulling him from the rotation prior to Sunday's outing, as he entered the weekend the owner of a 6.18 ERA and 1.58 WHIP. He had allowed at least four runs in each of his seven starts since May 15. While the 25-year-old right-hander probably earned another start with his domination of the dormant Yankees, he will need to keep this up if he wants to keep the gig. A home start against the Rangers shows next on his schedule.
Jun 26 - 3:36 PM

Miguel Sano (hamstring) is expected to need 3-4 more rehab games before being activated from the disabled list.

He's already played two, but the Twins would like him to work on his timing and pitch recognition for a bit longer. Sano is also slated to play the outfield at least once after handling third base for his first two rehab contests.
Jun 26 - 11:36 AM

Trevor Plouffe (groin) is back in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

Plouffe missed a couple games with a mild groin strain. He's at first base Sunday, as the Twins are using Joe Mauer in the designated hitter spot and again benching Byung-ho Park. Byron Buxton and Kurt Suzuki are also getting breathers, as Danny Santana and Juan Centeno are in center field and at catcher, respectively.

Ervin Santana took a no-decision after tossing five innings of one-run ball Saturday against the Yankees.

Santana held the Yankees scoreless before giving up an RBI single to Carlos Beltran in his final inning of work. He fanned two and walked a pair in the no-decision and has now delivered back-to-back encouraging starts against New York. He’ll try to carry that momentum into a start against the Rangers next Friday at home.
Jun 25 - 4:10 PM

Brian Dozier socked a solo homer in a loss to the Yankees on Saturday.

His second-inning blast off Michael Pineda was the only offense of the day for the Twins. Dozier got off to a miserable start at the plate this season, but he’s batting .337 with 14 extra-base hits (including four homers), 13 RBI, and three steals over 23 games this month. We don’t expect the batting average to last, but he’s safe to use again in standard fantasy leagues.
Jun 25 - 4:09 PM


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