Player News - Twins

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Joe Mauer (quad) admitted Saturday that he's "been feeling terrible for a while."

Mauer has battled lingering pain in his right quad area for the last six weeks and has been in and out of the lineup of late. "Well, I feel terrible," Mauer said. "I’ve been feeling terrible for a while. But the season’s not over." The first baseman will be back in the lineup Sunday, but his playing time in the final week figures to continue to be curtailed.
Sep 25 - 10:08 AM

Max Kepler (neck) singled in one of his three plate appearances in his return to the lineup Saturday.

Kepler was removed from Thursday's contest and sat out Friday with a mild neck strain. It doesn't appear it will be an issue for him moving forward.
Sep 25 - 8:25 AM

Tyler Duffey turned in a rare good start, holding the Mariners to two runs in seven innings during the Twins' 3-2 victory on Saturday.

The only mistake he made came on a Nelson Cruz two-run blast in the fourth inning. Duffey gave up just four hits and no walks while fanning four in the game. He has pitched poorly all year long but maybe this effort will generate some positive vibes in the offseason. He improves to 9-11 with a 6.18 ERA in 131 innings.
Sep 24 - 10:08 PM

Brandon Kintzler protected a one-run lead in the ninth inning to earn his 15th save of the season on Saturday versus the Mariners.

He surrendered a lead-off single to Robinson Cano and then watched as Miguel Sano booted a ball at third base to put the first two runners on with nobody out. Kintzler then induced a double play ball and a fly ball to left to end the threat and the game. He has one of the lowest strikeout rates in the major leagues but he gets the job done regardless. He has a 2.98 ERA with 32 strikeouts and seven walks in 51 1/3 innings.
Sep 24 - 9:58 PM

Miguel Sano went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Mariners.

The fourth inning blast provided the winning margin in a game in which the Twins prevailed despite generating only three hits all night. Sano has been nursing a back injury in recent weeks but seemed fine tonight. He is now batting .240 with 24 home runs and 61 RBI. The 23-year-old's .797 OPS pales in comparison to the .916 OPS he put up as a rookie last year.
Sep 24 - 9:50 PM

Joe Mauer (quad) is not in the Twins' lineup Saturday against the Mariners.

Mauer is still battling right quad soreness. Saturday will mark his fifth straight absence. Kennys Vargas will draw another start at first base and bat fifth against M's lefty Ariel Miranda.
Sep 24 - 4:12 PM

Kyle Gibson yielded two runs in five innings Friday in a loss to the Mariners.

Gibson would love to end on a strong note after a very disappointing year. He's allowed three runs over eight innings in his last two outings, lowering his ERA from 5.34 to 5.04. He only has one start left now, though.
Sep 24 - 1:08 AM

Max Kepler (neck) is not in the Twins' lineup Friday.

Kepler was lifted from Thursday's game with a mild neck strain. He did report improvement Friday and is available off the bench. Logan Schafer will cover right field Friday.
Sep 23 - 6:02 PM

Joe Mauer might not start again until Sunday due to ongoing soreness in his right quad.

Mauer hasn't started since last Saturday, although he had been slated to play Wednesday before that game was rained out. After a terrific August, Mauer has fallen off to .119/.245/.238 in September. Kennys Vargas has been filling in at first base.
Sep 23 - 9:45 AM

Miguel Sano said Thursday that he plans to lose 20 pounds over the offseason.

Sano said the same thing heading into last offseason but wound up shedding only a few pounds prior to spring training. La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune notes that teammates "have had to stay on (Sano) about getting in his workouts" during the season. The 23-year-old does seem more committed to getting into better shape now after a disappointing season that's seen him bat just .236/.322/.459 while battling injuries. "My plans for next year are to work harder during the offseason, try to lose weight and come back next year and play the whole season at third base," Sano said.
Sep 23 - 9:39 AM

Byron Buxton went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Tigers.

Buxton burned Justin Verlander for a solo home run in the fifth inning. That shot knotted the score at 2-2, but the Twins wouldn't score again in the game and the Tigers eventually prevailed by a 4-2 final. In 264 at-bats, the 22-year-old outfielder is hitting .222/.276/.414 with eight homers, 32 RBI and nine steals. While Buxton has yet to make a real fantasy impact, he has all the talent in the world.
Sep 22 - 11:30 PM

Ervin Santana was up-and-down in Thursday's loss to the Tigers, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits over six innings.

Santana did strike out eight, but he also walked four. The Tigers burned him for a pair of runs in the second inning and another pair in the sixth. For the season as a whole, the 33-year-old right-hander has pitched to a very respectable 3.37 ERA and 1.22 WHIP through 29 starts. His final outing of the campaign will come in a road date with the Royals next Wednesday.
Sep 22 - 11:22 PM

Max Kepler was removed from Thursday's contest with a mild neck strain.

He sustained the injury when he was crunched into a wall in foul territory by teammate Kennys Vargas while chasing down a fly ball. He should be considered day-to-day.
Sep 22 - 10:58 PM

Max Kepler was forced to leave Thursday's game against the Tigers with an apparent injury.

Kepler got crunched into the wall in foul territory while chasing down a fly ball off the bat of Jose Iglesias. It's unclear at the moment exactly what occurred, but expect the Twins to provide an update on his status after the game.
Sep 22 - 10:55 PM

Miguel Sano is not in the Twins starting lineup for the second game of Thursday/s doubleheader against the Tigers.

Sano returned to the lineup for the day game after sitting out since last Monday due to soreness in his lower back. He should return to the lineup for Friday's series opener against the Mariners.
Sep 22 - 6:59 PM


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