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Torii Hunter went 1-for-4 with a two-run double in Sunday's win over the Blue Jays.

Hunter's double off Robert Ozuna came with the Twins down 5-4 in the seventh inning. The hit put them on the right side of a 6-5 score which would ultimately stand as the final. When the Twins signed Hunter in the off-season, the move looked like your typical nostalgia signing by a mediocre team. It hasn't played out that way. The Twins are currently 30-19 and Hunter is hitting a cool .280/.332/.458 with seven homers, 32 RBI and 25 runs scored. These numbers are very much in line with what's he's done over the last four seasons.
May 31 - 5:41 PM

J.R. Graham entered Sunday's game against the Blue Jays in the second inning and allowed one run (unearned) over three innings.

Graham was pushed into emergency duty early after Twins starter Ricky Nolasco went down with an injury in the first. He gave the team three innings, striking out four and walking one. While Graham didn't scoop up a win in the game, he was awarded a hold, his first of the season. Over 20 1/3 innings of relief, he's pitched to a 3.10 ERA with a 16/7 K/BB ratio.
May 31 - 5:29 PM

Ricky Nolasco left Sunday's start against the Blue Jays with a sore right ankle.

The Twins are calling him day-to-day for now, but they'll know more after Nolasco undergoes an MRI. Nolasco was charged with two runs on three hits over one inning of work before exiting.
May 31 - 3:11 PM

Ricky Nolasco left Sunday's start versus the Blue Jays with an undisclosed injury.

He was visited by the Twins' trainer twice and exited in the second inning. Nolasco has dealt with elbow issues the last two seasons but it's unclear if that's what he might be dealing with this time. The Twins should have an update on his status before long.
May 31 - 2:46 PM

Brian Dozier delivered a go-ahead RBI triple in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Blue Jays.

With the score tied in the bottom of the seventh, Dozier drove a ball to the right-center field gap and Ezequiel Carrera came up empty-handed while attempting a diving catch, which allowed Aaron Hicks to score the go-ahead. Dozier finished the day 1-for-4 and is batting .247/.325/.500 with nine home runs, 25 RBI, and three stolen bases over 47 games this season. He's not stealing as many bases as fantasy owners expected, but the added power is making up for it.
May 30 - 5:14 PM

Blaine Boyer tossed a perfect ninth inning Saturday against the Blue Jays for his first save of the season.

Boyer was filling in for Glen Perkins, who had thrown in three out of the last four days and took the loss in a rare shaky outing on Friday. This was just the third save of Boyer's career. The 33-year-old has a 2.19 ERA and 10/6 K/BB ratio over 24 2/3 innings this season. The Twins are 19-7 this month, tops in the American League.
May 30 - 5:13 PM

Kyle Gibson was handed a no-decision Saturday after allowing two runs (one earned) over 5 2/3 innings against the Blue Jays.

The first run scored on a solo homer by Kevin Pillar in the fourth inning, but the Blue Jays tied the game in the sixth inning thanks to a throwing error by catcher Chris Herrmann. Gibson gave up eight hits and four walks, so the Blue Jays had plenty of chances, but he managed to minimize the damage by inducing three double plays. The 27-year-old owns a 2.61 ERA through 10 starts this season, but with the lack of strikeouts, we're skeptical about his ability to maintain it.
May 30 - 5:12 PM

Chris Herrmann slugged a solo home run Saturday against the Blue Jays.

It was his first home run since August 30, 2013. He had gone 157 at-bats without one. Herrmann, who also committed two throwing errors Saturday, is batting .171/.227/.317 over 15 games this season while serving as Kurt Suzuki's backup.
May 30 - 5:11 PM

Torii Hunter is not in the Twins starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Blue Jays.

It's just a routine day of rest for the veteran outfielder. Eddie Rosario will start in right field with Eduardo Nunez serving as the club's designated hitter and batting second against opposing right-hander Aaron Sanchez. Look for Hunter to be back in there for Sunday's series finale.
May 30 - 11:21 AM

Torii Hunter went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in a losing effort against the Blue Jays on Friday.

Hunter's RBI knock off Mark Buehrle came during a four-run uprising in the first inning, though the Twins would be limited to just one hit the remainder of the game. He has been very impressive in his return to Minnesota, slashing .281/.333/.461 with a team-leading 30 RBI.
May 29 - 11:29 PM

Trevor May pitched decently in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Friday, allowing four runs on eight hits over his six innings of work.

May punched out five on the night while issuing just one free pass. The Twins staked him to an early 4-0 lead after one inning, but he was unable to hold on to earn his fourth victory of the season. He'll carry a 5.07 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 41/9 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's start against the Red Sox in Boston.
May 29 - 11:27 PM

Ervin Santana threw 60 pitches in a live batting practice session on Friday without any issues.

He'll throw again this weekend before heading to extended spring training to start working in live game action. He's in line to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester in mid-June before rejoining the Twins when his suspension is up in July.
May 29 - 8:16 PM

Twins optioned RHP Michael Tonkin to Triple-A Rochester.

Tonkin holds a 5.14 ERA with seven strikeouts over seven relief innings with the big club this season. He'll get another shot at some point.
May 29 - 3:51 PM

Twins activated RHP Casey Fien from the 15-day disabled list.

Fien missed a month of action with a right shoulder strain. He'll return to a setup role for the Twins.
May 29 - 3:50 PM

Aaron Hicks hit his first homer of the year and walked Wednesday as the Twins topped the Red Sox 6-4.

Hicks didn't even have an RBI in 48 at-bats since being called up. The Twins have tried to make him more aggressive at the plate -- which explains why he also had just one walk in 13 games -- and he did jump all over a bad changeup from Rick Porcello today, delivering a two-run blast. Plus, now he has that second walk, too!
May 27 - 4:04 PM


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