After a strong homestand on which they won nine of 11, the Twins are trying their best avoid being sellers at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.
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Jose Berrios tossed a clean fifth inning for the American League and sat down three of the four batters he faced in the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday.
The ball wasn't flying out of Nationals Park quite as frequently as it did during Bryce Harper's heroic hometown homer binge a night earlier, but it was flying all the same in a dinger-driven, record-breaking 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.
After the All-Star break, right-hander Kyle Gibson (4-6, 3.42 ERA) will take the mound for the Twins against the Royals on Friday at Kauffman Stadium at 7:15 p.m. CT. Gibson had an impressive first half, striking out 114 batters in 115 2/3 innings, and gave up one run over eight innings in a win against the Rays last time out. The Royals will start lefty Danny Duffy (5-8, 4.59).
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.
Fernando Rodney is officially a United States citizen. The Dominican-born Twins reliever posted on Instagram on Monday that, "after 19 years in this wonderful country today I am blessed to say that I am an official US Citizen. Today I fly the American Flag but in my heart always hold my Dominican Flag." On Tuesday, he tweeted thanks to the Twins and Tigers.
Who do the Twins have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Minnesota's Top 30 Prospects on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Watch.
When Twins right-hander Jose Berrios met with the media for the first time in 2018 at TwinsFest in January, he was direct when asked about his personal goals for the season. Berrios wanted to reach 200 innings, win more games than last year and become an All-Star for the first time. The 24-year-old has already reached one of those milestones, getting named as an All-Star as the lone representative for the Twins in Washington D.C. at Nationals Park on Tuesday.
Brian Dozier hit a walk-off grand slam in the 10th off the Rays' Matt Andriese to give the Twins an 11-7 win over the Rays at Target Field on Sunday. The Twins fell behind, 4-1, but took the lead in both the seventh and eighth innings -- only to fail to protect it each time. The benches cleared two times in the seventh following a balk by Rays reliever Diego Castillo that allowed a run to score, but no punches were thrown.
The 20th edition of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game had no shortage of big moments, with the two sides combining for eight home runs -- doubling the previous Futures Game record -- as Team USA outslugged the World, 10-6, on All-Star Sunday at Nationals Park. Here is a recap of each player's performance, with a breakdown of each club's representatives.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.
Rosario hit himself with own bat flip
The benches cleared not once, but twice, in the Twins' 11-7 walk-off win over the Rays on Sunday at Target Field.
Prospect Kirilloff was at a 2013 playoff game
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.
The Twins appeared to be heading for yet another win, taking the lead with a four-run sixth, only to see it fall apart with nightmarish seventh and eighth innings from the bullpen.
Shortstop Royce Lewis, ranked as the Twins' top prospect and the No. 11 overall prospect by MLB Pipeline was promoted from Class A Cedar Rapids to Class A Advanced Fort Myers.
Center fielder Byron Buxton suffered a left hand injury on a swing with Triple-A Rochester on Thursday night, but X-rays performed on Friday came back negative and an MRI exam revealed only inflammation. Buxton, however, was placed on the 7-day Minor League disabled list with a left wrist sprain on Saturday, when the results of the MRI exam were announced.
It wasn't always pretty, as they nearly blew a seven-run lead, but the offense kept adding on and it led to yet another win for the suddenly rolling Twins, who have bounced back to win eight of nine at home after going 1-8 on their previous road trip.
Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson continued his breakout season by tossing eight innings of one-run ball in a 5-1 win over the Rays on Thursday at Target Field. Gibson scattered five hits and struck out nine as the Twins won for the seventh time in eight games. Eddie Rosario led Minnesota's offense with a two-run homer. Rays starter Blake Snell had his shortest start of the season, allowing three runs over three innings.
The Twins placed designated hitter/first-baseman Logan Morrison on the 10-day disabled list with a left hip impingement on Thursday.
Here is a glance at how the AL Central's landscape looks as trade talks keep gathering steam.
Right-hander Lance Lynn gave up four runs (three earned) over five-plus innings in the series finale on Wednesday, but the offense overcame an early three-run deficit, while Brian Dozier and Logan Morrison homered in the win over Kansas City. Dozier collected three RBIs in the game, playing a key role in the Twins' crucial three-run fourth inning. Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas accounted for the Royals' five runs -- Perez hit a three-run dinger in the first, and Moustakas added solo shots in the third and ninth.
The Twins placed reliever Addison Reed on the 10-day disabled list with right triceps tightness and recalled reliever Alan Busenitz from Triple-A Rochester before Wednesday's game against the Royals.
Twins launch dingers on Minneapolis' streets
The Twins have had trouble finding a consistent fifth starter in the absence of veteran Ervin Santana this season, as rookie Aaron Slegers couldn't build on his previous strong start in a rough outing against the Royals on Tuesday night at Target Field.
When Tim Scovell looked out his second-story window at the Charles Schwab office on the corner of 7th and Nicollet Avenue on Tuesday afternoon, he knew he couldn't pass up the opportunity.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.
The Twins Community Fund, in partnership with Cenex, reconstructs and rebuilds fields in nearby communities each season as part of the Fields for Kids program. On Monday, that movement took hold in Hutchinson, Minn., where the program broke ground at the Northwoods Park on a project that will provide new backstops, dugouts, fencing and provide field work.
Jose Berrios showed why he was named an All-Star, throwing seven strong innings, while Final Vote candidate Eddie Rosario and Eduardo Escobar showed why they're also deserving of All-Star consideration, helping spark a seventh-inning comeback to lift the Twins to a 3-1 win over the Royals in the series opener Monday. Backed by an Alcides Escobar RBI double in the third, Danny Duffy held Minnesota scoreless in six solid innings, with nine K's. But the Twins rallied against KC's bullpen, and Fernando Rodney stranded a pair of baserunners to notch his 20th save.
In a little over 20 minutes on Sunday, Brian Dozier amassed six total bases and three RBIs as he and the Twins piled on eight runs in the sixth inning. Minnesota used the big frame to cruise to a 10-1 win over the Orioles at Target Field, locking down its first four-game sweep of the season. Jake Odorizzi delivered his strongest start in nearly two months as he struck out five batters over six innings and held Baltimore scoreless. The Orioles' lone run came on Chris Davis' homer in the ninth.
Twins catcher Bobby Wilson smashed a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth inning to push the Twins to a 5-4 win over the Orioles at Target Field on Saturday. He finished the day 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Twins starter Kyle Gibson struck out nine batters over seven innings. O's starter Kevin Gausman allowed three runs on five hits with five strikeouts through five.
With his parents making the trip to Target Field from Berlin, Max Kepler crushed a 427-foot, two-run homer in the fourth inning to highlight a Minnesota offensive outburst as the Twins topped the Orioles, 6-2.
Twins utilityman Taylor Motter has been activated from the 7-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Rochester, the Twins announced on Friday.
Beckham tips cap to Cave after HR robbery
In his second appearance of the season, Aaron Slegers made a convincing argument that the fifth spot in the Twins' rotation should remain his. Slegers tossed six innings and held the Orioles to a single run as he and the Twins topped Baltimore, 5-2.
The Twins announced Thursday the signing of outfielder Trevor Larnach from Oregon State University, whom they selected with the 20th overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft.
The second quarter of the 2018 season is in the books, and by now each team has a much clearer picture of whether it is a pretender or contender, and a seller or buyer come the Trade Deadline. Expect a lot of activity in the selling department from almost every team in the American League Central.