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Twins recalled INF Eduardo Nunez from Triple-A Rochester.

Nunez, who was recently acquired from the Yankees, will function as the 26th man for Thursday's doubleheader and play third base in the nightcap. He'll be optioned back to Triple-A on Friday.
Apr 17 - 4:37 PM

Kyle Gibson pitched four-hit ball for eight innings and combined with Anthony Swarzak on a shutout of the Blue Jays on Thursday.

It's a depleted Blue Jays lineup, but that's still quite an outing for the 26-year-old. He's already 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA this year after going 2-4 with a 6.53 ERA in 10 starts as a rookie last season. While he should remain a decent enough AL-only starter, we don't expect him to last as an asset in mixed leagues.
Apr 17 - 4:34 PM

Joe Mauer contributed two hits and scored two runs Thursday against the Blue Jays.

Mauer has been striking out more than usual -- 17 times in 14 games -- but he has his average up to .293, and with nine walks mixed in, he's scored 10 runs. That's quite an improvement over his pace from last year, when, despite a .404 OBP, he scored just 62 times in 113 games.
Apr 17 - 4:28 PM

Twins' No. 8 hitter Aaron Hicks went 0-for-4 in Thursday's win, dropping his average to .170.

Hicks has walked nine times in 47 at-bats, but he's not making any sort of case to move into the leadoff spot yet. Maybe that will come later. As is, he's just fighting to stay in the lineup.
Apr 17 - 4:24 PM

Jason Bartlett (ankle) is set to begin a rehab assignment on Thursday with High-A Fort Myers.

Bartlett has been on the shelf since April 7 with a sprained left ankle. The Twins are expected to leave him on his minor league rehab assignment for a couple of weeks so that he can work on his swing. Bartlett batted just .093 with a .245 OPS during spring training.
Apr 17 - 12:58 PM

Eduardo Nunez will be the Twins' 26th man for the second half of Thursday's doubleheader vs. the Blue Jays.

MLB's rulebook dictates that Nunez can't officially be added to the Twins' active roster until after the first game is over. Nunez was acquired from the Yankees on April 7 for minor league left-hander Miguel Slubaran. The 26-year-old infielder owns a weak .267/.313/.379 career batting line in the majors and is a poor defender.
Apr 17 - 11:49 AM

Trevor Plouffe hit his first home run of the year in the ninth inning of Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays.

Plouffe is known mostly for his power, but he's managed to stay fantasy relevant through the early weeks of the season by posting a high batting average and exercising surprising plate discipline. Despite the homer being his first, Plouffe has slashed .314/.426/.451 with nine RBI thus far. The average will go down -- he's just a .243 career hitter -- but the homers should increase, keeping him on fantasy radars in deep mixed and AL-only leagues for another year.
Apr 16 - 12:10 AM

Chris Colabello continued his strong April on Tuesday, going 3-for-5 with an RBI in a loss to the Blue Jays.

Colabello leads the American League with 15 RBI after first inning RBI double. He's hitting .306/.346/.490 through the team's first 13 games after management basically tried to sell him for parts this winter. It remains to be seen how long he'll be able to continue at this pace, but he's worth riding until the wheel stops.
Apr 16 - 12:06 AM

Phil Hughes allowed four runs on eight hits over five-plus innings against the Blue Jays and was saddled with his first loss in a Twins uniform Tuesday.

Hughes was rolling right along until the sixth inning, when he allowed the first four batters to reach base. All four came around to score -- two after Hughes had exited the game -- marring what had been an otherwise positive performance for the right-hander. The fact that it was Hughes' first loss as a member of the Twins speaks less to his prior effectiveness as it does to his run support in those outings, though, as it was his third straight start allowing four runs. On a brighter note, he did strike out seven batters over his five innings, giving him a 17/5 K/BB ratio over 15 innings thus far. Hughes will continue looking for his first win of the season in Sunday's tilt at the Royals.
Apr 15 - 11:52 PM

Oswaldo Arcia received a cortisone shot in his right wrist Tuesday.

Arcia was placed on the DL last week due to right wrist inflammation, and he's had issues with the wrist dating back to last season. Obviously, the Twins are hoping the cortisone injection will speed up the healing process. Arcia is hoping to return when first eligible, but that's not a given.
Apr 15 - 7:50 PM

Glen Perkins pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his third save of the season, closing out the Twins' 4-3 win over the Royals on Sunday.

Perkins struck out Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez before getting Mike Moustakas to fly out to end the game. After blowing his first save opportunity of the season and allowing runs in two of his first three appearances, Perkins has now thrown three straight scoreless innings.
Apr 13 - 5:27 PM

Josmil Pinto hit a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Royals.

It was Pinto's second home run of the series and third of the year. The catcher has hit safely in six of his eight games played this year but is batting just .231 on the season.
Apr 13 - 5:25 PM

Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 with a stolen base in Sunday's win over the Royals.

Mauer had two of the team's five hits in the game. He got off to a slow start but has turned it on lately, with Sunday representing his fifth multi-hit game in his last eight games. Mauer also stole his first base of the year in the game.
Apr 13 - 5:15 PM

Kevin Correia allowed three runs over seven-plus innings in taking a no-decision against the Royals on Sunday.

Correia was strong for most of the day, throwing seven shutout innings before allowing three runs without recording an out in the eighth. The big inning blew his chance of picking up his first win of the year, and he'll continue to search for it in a rematch with the Royals next weekend.
Apr 13 - 5:07 PM

A CT scan has revealed a hairline fracture in Josh Willingham's left wrist.

Willingham does not need surgery but will visit with some hand specialists. Even with a minor fracture, the Twins are hopeful that the outfielder will be ready to go once his 15 days are up. Willingham is eligible to return on April 22.
Apr 13 - 2:12 PM


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