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Tommy Milone shut out the White Sox for seven innings Wednesday to improve to 7-4.

Three of those wins have come against the White Sox. He has an 0.87 ERA against them and a 4.27 ERA versus everyone else. The quality start tonight was his first in seven tries since the All-Star break.
Sep 2 - 11:27 PM

Kevin Jepsen picked up his 10th save with Glen Perkins unavailable Wednesday.

Jepsen pitched a perfect inning in a 2-0 game for his fifth save in five attempts since joining the Twins. He's been nearly flawless, allowing just two runs in 15 2/3 innings for his new team.
Sep 2 - 11:25 PM

Miguel Sano hit his 15th homer Wednesday off the White Sox's Carlos Rodon.

10 of those homers have come in his last 19 games. That's pretty amazing, but still not as amazing as the fact that he's hitting .296 despite striking out 77 times in 51 games.
Sep 2 - 11:21 PM

Phil Hughes (back) will throw a bullpen session on Thursday.

It will be the first work Hughes has done off a mound since he went on the disabled list with a back injury in mid-August. Assuming things progress Hughes could be back in the Twins' rotation before the end of the month, but with minor league seasons drawing to a close he's running out of time to head out on a rehab assignment. The picture will be clearer after Thursday's session.
Sep 2 - 11:17 PM

Glen Perkins was unavailable Wednesday due to back stiffness.

Perkins dealt with back issues recently but pitched as recently as Tuesday, earning the save against the White Sox. On Wednesday, that honor went to Kevin Jepsen as Perkins watched. Perkins had a precautionary MRI taken of the back and is likely to stay behind as the team departs on a road trip Friday. The results of the MRI, and how his back feels Thursday, should give a better indication of what he's dealing with.
Sep 2 - 11:10 PM

Aaron Hicks (hamstring) will rejoin the Twins on Friday.

Hicks is first eligible to return from the disabled list Thursday, but he'll be back a day later when the Twins open a series against the Astros. Hicks was hitting .268/.318/.411 before going down with a left hamstring strain in mid-August.
Sep 2 - 9:00 PM

Twins general manager Terry Ryan said pitching prospect Jose Berrios will not be called up before the end of the season.

Ryan cited the 21-year-old's innings total -- he's thrown 70 1/3 innings at Triple-A Rochester this season -- as the reason the club won't use Berrios down the stretch. Berrios remains a high-ceiling pitching prospect, registering a 2.67 ERA, 1.098 WHIP and 78/13 K/BB ratio in 11 starts this year.
Sep 2 - 8:01 PM

Miguel Sano (hamstring) is in the Twins' starting lineup on Wednesday night against the White Sox.

Sano has been nursing a mild right hamstring strain since last Thursday, but the young designated hitter has simply been taking it easy on the bases and will continue to do so as the Twins try to maintain a good spot in the American League Wild Card race. Sano hit his 14th home run on Tuesday night and he boasts a 1.011 OPS with 41 RBI through his first 50 major league games.
Sep 2 - 5:44 PM

Twins OF prospect Adam Brett Walker drilled his 30th home run Tuesday in a win for Double-A Chattanooga.

With teammates Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton up in Minnesota, it feels like Walker is the only one left in Chattanooga. From a pure power standpoint, Walker is right up there with some of the game's best prospects but his high strikeout numbers (188 Ks in 481 at-bats) and low batting average (.243) remain a concern. The 23-year-old has also flashed a decent set of wheels with 13 steals on 17 attempts this year. We'd expect him to make his big-league debut sometime in 2016.
Source: MILB.com
Sep 2 - 4:01 PM

Glen Perkins returned to the closer role on Tuesday, allowing a run on three hits but earning the save in the Twins' 8-6 win over the White Sox.

It wasn't a smooth return to the ninth inning by any means, but the left-hander was still able to get the job done after back issues forced him out of the role last week. With Perkins taking over as closer, Kevin Jepsen returned to a setup role. Perkins now has 32 saves with a 2.68 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 46/8 K/BB ratio in 50 1/3 innings this year.
Sep 1 - 11:58 PM

Miguel Sano went 3-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored Tuesday against the White Sox.

It was Sano's solo homer in the bottom of the seventh inning that tied the game and eventually allowed the Twins to come back and secure the win. The homer was his 14th through 50 games this year. He strikes out a lot, too, which was expected, but the Twins will take the whiffs when they come with a .295/.403/.608 line. At just 22 years old, Sano should continue to be a special player for years to come.
Sep 1 - 11:45 PM

Eduardo Escobar went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in a win over the White Sox on Tuesday.

Escobar had a pair of doubles in the game, but it was his RBI single in the second inning that got the Twins on the board against Chris Sale. He would come around to score later in the four-run frame. After a career campaign in 2014, Escobar is once again having a solid season at the dish, batting .261/.306/.441 with eight homers, 42 RBI and 37 runs scored in the Twin Cities.
Sep 1 - 11:42 PM

Tyler Duffey allowed three runs over 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the White Sox on Tuesday.

Duffey was handed a golden opportunity to register an elusive victory against Chris Sale after the Twins spotted him a four-run lead, but the right-hander couldn't stick it out long enough to get the win. Duffey was solid until the fifth inning, when the Sox got to Duffey for two hits and three walks. Duffey owns a 4.56 ERA and 1.56 WHIP through five starts this year. He'll look for a better showing Sunday at the Astros.
Sep 1 - 11:37 PM

Twins minor leaguer Adrian Salcedo has been suspended 100 games after testing positive for the second time for Heptaminol, a stimulant.

That'll cap off a highly dissapointing 2015 for the 24-year-old right-hander, who posted a 4.70 ERA in 23 innings between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Rochester. Salcedo might be cut loose from the Twins this winter.
Sep 1 - 5:40 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said Tuesday that Jose Berrios could still be called up.

But the Minnesota skipper wouldn't offer anything concrete about the situation. Berrios wasn't included in the Twins' initial round of September callups despite boasting a 2.67 ERA, 1.098 WHIP, and 78/13 K/BB ratio in 70 1/3 innings (11 starts) this season at Triple-A. Molitor noted that the club is worried about Berrios' workload and wary of using the 21-year-old right-hander in relief.
Sep 1 - 5:36 PM


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