Player News - Twins

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Joe Mauer delivered a walk-off victory for the Twins in the 12th inning on Friday with a pinch-hit bases-loaded walk.

It's only the second walk-off that Mauer has recorded in his career. It has been a disappointing season offensively for him, slashing just .263/.363/.376 with eight homers and 33 RBI.
Jul 30 - 12:09 AM

Ricky Nolasco delivered an outstanding performance in a no-decision against the White Sox on Friday, allowing one run on three hits over eight innings.

Nolasco surrendered a leadoff home run to Adam Eaton to start the ballgame, then limited the White Sox to just two hits and a walk over the rest of his outing. The right-hander struck out six on the evening. While he still isn't trustworthy in mixed leagues, he had delivered two strong outings in a row and could be worth a look in a decent matchup against the Indians in Cleveland on Wednesday.
Jul 30 - 12:07 AM

Trevor Plouffe (rib) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Monday.

Plouffe took batting practice with no issues Friday, clearing the way for his return to game action. He figures to be ready for activation by the end of next week if all goes well.
Jul 29 - 5:57 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Brandon Kintzler is "attracting considerable interest."

Kintzler has put up a 1.99 ERA and 20/3 K/BB ratio across 31 2/3 innings for the Twins this season after being signed to a minor league deal over the winter. He could help a contender in middle relief. Kintzler is arbitration-eligible for a final time this offseason, so the team acquiring him could also have him for 2017.
Jul 29 - 1:12 PM

Twins recalled INF Jorge Polanco from Triple-A Rochester.

He's taking the spot of Eduardo Nunez, who was just traded to the Giants for left-handed pitching prospect Adalberto Mejia. Polanco has put up decent numbers at Triple-A, hitting .276 with nine homers, six triples, 39 RBI and five steals in 75 games for Rochester. He spent a little time with the Twins earlier this year, batting .231 with one homer and four RBI over 13 games for the big club.
Jul 28 - 11:00 PM

Max Kepler went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored to help the Twins best the Orioles 6-2 on Thursday.

Kepler pulled a solo homer over the right field wall in the sixth inning to tie the game, and he later had an RBI single and a run scored in the Twins' decisive four-run seventh inning. It has been a coming out party for the 23-year-old this year, as Kepler is hitting .243/.319/.508 with 38 RBI and 29 runs scored in 58 games.
Jul 28 - 10:51 PM

Twins acquired LHP Adalberto Mejia from the Giants in exchange for SS Eduardo Nunez.

Mejia came in at No. 91 in Baseball America's latest prospect rankings. The 23-year-old from the Dominican Republic has pitched reasonably well this season, compiling a 2.81 ERA over 18 starts for Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Sacramento. He'll likely begin his Twins tenure with Triple-A Rochester but it's conceivable that he could work his way up to the majors before the end of 2016.
Jul 28 - 10:49 PM

Robbie Grossman went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in a win over the Orioles on Thursday.

Grossman had a single and a double and also collected a pair of walks, reaching base in four of his five plate appearances on the night. It has been quite a year thus far for Grossman, who is hitting .280 with a .864 OPS in 57 games. It's no surprise, then, that he's basically taken over as the everyday left fielder, and the 26-year-old should continue to find regular playing time going forward.
Jul 28 - 10:41 PM

Kyle Gibson limited the Orioles to two runs over six innings Thursday.

Gibson gave up a leadoff homer to Adam Jones, but he held the O's to just one more run despite giving up nine hits total on the evening. The right-hander also struck out six without issuing a free pass. He left before the game was decided, depriving him of his fourth win, but he lowered his ERA to 4.54 through 13 starts. Gibson will instead look for that fourth win Tuesday against the Indians.
Jul 28 - 10:29 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said that Tyler Duffey has not been taken off his scheduled Monday start.

Duffey was eviscerated to the tune of five runs on eight hits over 1 1/3 innings in Wednesday's loss to the Braves. Predictably, Molitor wasn't exactly jumping up-and-down at the prospect of handing the ball back to him for Monday's start against the Indians, but he did offer a half-hearted vote of confidence. "Right now he's scheduled to start Monday," Molitor said. "That's about all I can say about that right now." The 25-year-old right-hander holds a 6.12 ERA for the season as a whole.
Jul 28 - 12:04 AM

Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI as the Twins fell to the Braves in a slugfest on Wednesday night in Minnesota.

Suzuki's two-run blast came off of Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz in the fourth inning, pulling the Twins to within four runs at 7-3. He's enjoying a nice bounce-back season behind the plate for the Twins, hitting .292/.328/.447 with six long balls and 35 RBI.
Jul 27 - 11:32 PM

Tyler Duffey was obliterated on Wednesday, giving up five runs on eight hits in just 1 1/3 innings in a losing effort against the Braves.

Duffey walked one and didn't record a strikeout in the abbreviated outing. Just when Twins fans thought it couldn't get any worse after Duffey surrendered six runs over 2 1/3 innings his last time out, he was even worse against a struggling Braves offense on Wednesday. This could be the straw that forces him out of the Twins rotation before he has a chance to take on the Indians in Cleveland on Monday.
Jul 27 - 11:32 PM

Trevor Plouffe (rib) will participate in live batting practice on Friday.

Plouffe has had no setbacks in his recovery from a fractured rib and the Twins are encouraged enough in his progress that they will push up his scheduled batting practice to Friday. Assuming that goes smoothly, he should be able to begin a rehab assignment in short order. In 58 games prior to the injury, Plouffe was hitting .252/.283/.399 with seven homers and 27 RBI.
Jul 27 - 6:45 PM

Ervin Santana allowed two runs in a complete-game loss to the Braves on Tuesday.

Santana gave up seven hits without walking a batter and striking out five on the evening, needing a tidy 97 pitches to complete the job. Unfortunately for Santana, his hitters couldn't do anything against Braves starter Lucas Harrell et al, saddling him with his ninth loss. Through 19 starts, Santana owns a 3.78 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. Santana will look for some better luck Sunday against the White Sox.
Jul 26 - 10:42 PM

Trevor Plouffe (rib) hopes to begin a minor league rehab assignment by the end of this week.

But manager Paul Molitor cautioned that the middle of next week is more likely. Plouffe has been on the disabled list since July 4 with a fractured rib. He was batting just .252/.283/.399 with seven home runs and 27 RBI in 58 games before the injury.
Jul 26 - 5:30 PM


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