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Josh Willingham went 2-for-3 with a go-ahead homer off Bryan Shaw in the eighth as the Twins edged the Indians 4-2 on Monday.

Willingham had been in an 11-for-89 dry spell before tonight, with just one homer since June 25. The Twins sure would like to see him find his stroke again this week and give himself some trade value in advance of the deadline.
Jul 22 - 12:20 AM

Brian Dozier went 0-for-4 on Monday and is 1-for-16 to begin the second half.

Dozier had a two-homer game the Sunday before the All-Star break to end a quiet spell, but his batting average is back down to .234 now. Worse, he's drawn all of one walk in 70 at-bats this month, compared to 51 in 306 at-bats through the end of June.
Jul 22 - 12:15 AM

Twins recalled RHP Yohan Pino from Triple-A Rochester.

He'll get the start on Tuesday against the Indians. Pino has posted a 4.39 ERA and 19/7 K/BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings over five starts with the Twins this season and can be avoided in fantasy leagues.
Jul 21 - 11:43 PM

Twins optioned LHP Kris Johnson to Triple-A Rochester.

He's clearing room for Yohan Pino, who will be recalled to start Tuesday. Johnson was decent Monday, holding the Indians to two runs over five frames, but he's put up a 4.73 ERA overall in three starts. He could get another shot later this season.
Jul 21 - 11:41 PM

X-rays on Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton's right wrist came back negative.

Buxton was hit on the wrist by a pitch over the weekend. It was his left wrist that caused the top prospect to miss the first three months of the season. It's not clear when Buxton will return to High-A Fort Myers' lineup. He's batting .280/.357/.520 with three homers, six RBI and two steals over 13 games this season.
Jul 21 - 7:57 PM

Yohan Pino will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to start Tuesday against the Indians.

That was the expectation already, but it's now official. Pino, 30, owns a 4.39 ERA and 19/7 K/BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings over five starts with the Twins this season and can be ignored outside of AL-only formats.
Jul 21 - 5:40 PM

According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Twins recently explored a contract extension with Kurt Suzuki but "the talks didn't go very far."

Suzuki is having a career year offensively, boasting a .305/.364/.389 batting line in 82 games, and may look to cash in on the open market this winter given that productive catchers are in high demand. He signed a one-year, $2.75 million free agent contract with Minnesota last offseason. The Twins could shop the 30-year-old catcher at the July 31 trade deadline if they don't feel like they can afford to re-sign him.
Jul 21 - 3:20 PM

Kevin Correia fell to 5-12 after allowing four runs in four innings as the Twins lost 5-3 to the Rays on Sunday.

Correia had been on a roll, lowering his ERA from 6.11 to 4.61 over his last seven starts. The Rays stopped his momentum, pounding out seven hits and drawing three walks. The right-hander also struck out four. He'll take a 4.76 ERA, a 1.46 WHIP, and a 54/29 K/BB ratio into Friday's home start against the White Sox.
Jul 20 - 6:32 PM

Ricky Nolasco (elbow) could throw off a mound by the end of the week.

Nolasco will play catch from 120 feet on Monday before progressing to mound work if all goes according to plan. The right-hander has been shut down the last couple weeks with flexor pronator stiffness in his right elbow, but he's coming along nicely and should rejoin the Twins' rotation sometime next month if he can avoid setbacks.
Jul 20 - 2:08 PM

Joe Mauer (oblique) took some dry swings on Sunday.

They came after the first baseman played soft-toss and fielded a few ground balls on Saturday. It's obviously a great sign that Mauer is ready to swing a bat again, and he should progress to hitting in the cage and then taking batting practice if all goes well. He's been out since early July with a strained right oblique.
Jul 20 - 2:06 PM

Yohan Pino is expected to be recalled to start on Tuesday against the Indians.

The Twins have decided to keep Samuel Deduno in the bullpen rather than return him to the rotation. Pino struggled in his first three starts with the Twins but allowed just two runs over his last 11 innings before being optioned prior to the All-Star break.
Jul 20 - 12:03 PM

Twins right-handed pitching prospect Jose Berrios scattered four hits and a hit batsman over six innings, allowing one run while striking out five for Double-A New Britain.

Berrios hit 101 mph on the (possibly juiced) stadium radar gun, and pitched well in his second start. Despite a middling ERA, he has held Double-A batters to a .184/.262/.342 line and has a 0.909 WHIP. The 20-year old Puerto Rico-native projects as a solid mid-rotation starter, and could see time in the major leagues as soon as late-2015.
Jul 20 - 11:47 AM

Joe Mauer (oblique) went through a light workout Saturday, playing soft-toss and fielding a few ground balls, including a handful while on his knees.

It's a small step, but a step nonetheless. "At least he’s [doing] baseball activity," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Saturday. "Let’s wait and see what he comes in feeling like tomorrow. Maybe he’ll be able to swing pretty soon." Manager Ron Gardenhire seemed more pessimistic, saying that Mauer "still feels it" while coughing and sneezing, "so he’s obviously not ready to take swings." Mauer has been out since early July with a strained right oblique.
Jul 20 - 10:20 AM

Phil Hughes was blown up for 11 hits and five runs over seven innings Saturday in a loss to the Rays.

Hughes yielded three runs in the second inning and two in the seventh. He walked just one batter but also struck out only one. The right-hander got off to a good start this season but now owns a less-than-impressive 4.06 ERA.
Jul 19 - 10:04 PM

Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton stayed hot on Friday for High-A Fort Myers, going 4-for-6 with a home run, two walks, and a hit by pitch.

Buxton has gone 9-for-15 with a triple and two home runs over his last three games, raising his season line to .280/.357/.520. Buxton hit .326/.415/.472 with Fort Myers in 2013, and could be in line for a promotion to Double-A New Britain in short order. Despite missing the first three months of the season, Buxton is still the top prospect in baseball. The injury has obfuscated his timeline, but he could be in the major leagues in early 2015.
Jul 19 - 10:23 AM


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