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Trevor Plouffe went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Sunday's loss to the Yankees.

Plouffe's RBI base knock off Yankees reliever Justin Wilson merely acted as cosmetic effect in the 7-2 loss. He's hitting .255/.315/.457 with 14 homers and 55 RBI and looks to be on his way to a 20+ homer season for the first time since 2012.
Jul 26 - 5:24 PM

Kyle Gibson lost steam late in Sunday's loss to the Yankees, allowing six runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Gibson pitched well through four innings, but after allowing a solo homer to Chase Headley in the fifth inning, he loaded the bases with nobody out in the sixth on a single and a pair of walks. Three runs would come home in the frame before Gibson was pulled. An additional two runs scored on his line after he left the game. This marks back-to-back poor starts for the young right-hander, who has now allowed 12 runs in his last 10 1/3 innings. Recent struggles aside, his results for the season have mostly been positive, as he holds a 3.12 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 88/39 K/BB ratio over 124 innings. He'll face the Mariners at home in his next start.
Jul 26 - 5:16 PM

Ryan Pressly (lat) is a week away from resuming throwing.

Pressly has been on the shelf nearly all month with a strained right lat. He's not expected back until at least late August.
Jul 26 - 2:17 PM

Twins signed OF Xavier Avery to a minor league contract.

Avery opted out of his minor league deal with the Tigers earlier this month. He's hit .305/.371/.393 at the Triple-A level this season and offers the Twins some outfield depth.
Jul 26 - 12:06 PM

Byron Buxton (thumb) could miss as much as a month more of action.

Twins general manager Terry Ryan thinks that timeline "might be a bit of a stretch," but it's clear that the club will take its time with Buxton's recovery from sprained ligaments in his left thumb. Buxton began resistance drills underwater on Thursday and will begin hitting off a tee and doing flip drills this weekend. He could take batting practice on Thursday or Friday if all goes well. Ryan said that Buxton's rehab assignment will be "lengthy" since he's missed so much time.
Jul 26 - 10:42 AM

Torii Hunter went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Saturday's 8-5 loss to the Yankees.

Hunter's three-run homer off of Yankees starter CC Sabathia in the third inning made the score 5-0 Twinkies. The team wouldn't score again in the contest, though, ultimately falling 8-5 as the Yankees completed a big comeback. Sad loss aside, Hunter's putting in a strong season for the Twins. The home run was his 16th of the season and pushed his RBI total to 53. He's hitting .254/.308/.443 and while his average has fallen off compared to recent seasons, he continues to mash for power and should pass the 20-homer mark for the 11th time in his career sometime in the next few weeks.
Jul 25 - 10:33 PM

Tommy Milone pitched reasonably well in a Saturday no-decision against the Yankees, yielding four runs on four hits over six innings.

The Twins jumped Milone out to a 5-0 lead, but the Yankees bled that away with a solo homer by Alex Rodriguez in the fourth and three more runs in the seventh (including another Rodriguez homer). Despite the late struggles, Milone was still in line for the win until the Twins bullpen coughed up four runs in the top of the ninth inning. He struck out four and walked one in the contest. Milone's been solid for the Twins since entering the rotation in early June and currently holds a 3.58 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. He'll host the Mariners in his next start.
Jul 25 - 10:30 PM

Twins signed RHP Michael Bowden to a minor league contract.

The right-hander opted out of his contract with the Orioles earlier in the month after failing to get a call to the big leagues. He posted a terrific 1.91 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 52/20 K/BB ratio over 75 1/3 innings at Triple-A Norfolk. Bowden should make his way into the Twins bullpen relatively quickly.
Jul 25 - 1:34 PM

Phil Hughes fired seven scoreless frames in Friday's 10-1 blowout win over the Yankees.

Hughes got the best of his former team by scattering seven hits while walking none and striking out three. The right-hander has really turned his season around over the past two months, posting a 2.77 ERA and 30/5 K/BB ratio over his last nine starts. He'll try to keep it going next wee against the Mariners at home.
Jul 24 - 11:36 PM

Brian Dozier hit a two-run home run against the Yankees on Friday.

Dozier just keeps on mashing. The 28-year-old is now up to 21 home runs and 55 RBI on the year and should blow away his career-highs in both categories. While he's hitting just .208 this month, he continues to get it done in the power department.
Jul 24 - 11:35 PM

Trevor Plouffe went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored Friday against the Yankees.

Plouffe has gone deep in back-to-back games and now has four home runs in his last eight contests. He's batting .259 with 14 home runs and a .785 OPS on the year. He has a real chance at a 20-plus homer, 90-RBI season.
Jul 24 - 11:34 PM

Brian Dozier is out of the Twins' lineup Thursday.

It's just a day of rest for Dozier, who has 20 home runs and 53 RBI in 93 games this season for the Twins. Eduardo Nunez will fill in at second base against the Angels.
Jul 23 - 1:33 PM

In his return to the lineup, Miguel Sano (ankle) went 0-for-3 with two walks in Wednesday's loss to the Angels.

Sano was held out the past two games due to a sore right ankle. The 22-year-old designated hitter has looked like one of the game's most promising young bats in his brief time up, slashing .304/.431/.522. Most encouragingly, he shows tremendous patience and situational awareness as a neophyte.
Jul 23 - 1:16 AM

Mike Pelfrey took the loss Wednesday against the Angels by coughing up four runs (two earned) in six innings.

The good news is that Pelfrey pitched much better than he has been recently. The bad news is that the threshold for us saying so was the barroom floor. Pelfrey entered this evening 0-4 with a 7.59 ERA in his last six starts. He'd been particularly ineffective away from spacious Target Field, going 0-2 with a 17.69 ERA in his last three road outings. Though we'd usually suggest avoiding the right-hander in fantasy until he pulls himself out of this tailspin, AL-only owners will probably be interested in his Pittsburgh/Seattle two-start week on deck.
Jul 23 - 1:14 AM

Miguel Sano (ankle) is in the Twins' lineup Wednesday.

Sano hasn't played since Saturday due to a minor right ankle injury, missing the past two games. The infielder will bat cleanup and serve as the Twins' designated hitter in their contest against the Angels.
Jul 22 - 6:51 PM


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