Late-game rally falls short for Twins vs. Tigers

Late-game rally falls short for Twins vs. Tigers

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jose Iglesias homered late to support a solid showing by Matthew Boyd as the Tigers claimed the series finale over the Twins, 9-5, on Sunday at Target Field. The win was Detroit's third series victory over Minnesota in as many meetings, and the Tigers hold a 6-3 record against the Twins.

Boyd was pulled after a leadoff single by Eddie Rosario in the seventh after he held the Twins to three runs. Boyd struck out a career-high eight batters and walked three, while scattering four hits. His lone mistake came on a 2-1 fastball, which Eduardo Escobar clubbed for a game-tying home run in the third. Escobar's blast had an exit velocity of 108.4 mph and marked his hardest hit tracked by Statcast™.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis who covered the Tigers on Sunday.

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Twins plan to rotate trio at shortstop

Twins plan to rotate trio at shortstop

MINNEAPOLIS -- With rookie shortstop Jorge Polanco struggling offensively, Twins manager Paul Molitor said he plans to rotate Ehire Adrianza, Eduardo Escobar and Polanco at the position based on matchups going forward.

Polanco started at short on Sunday, but it was his first start there since Tuesday, as Adrianza started on Wednesday and Friday, and Escobar manned short on Saturday. Polanco, 24, entered Sunday hitting .218/.269/.313, while Adrianza, 27, is batting .306/.349/.417 and Escobar, 28, is slashing .275/.331/.432.

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Colon, Twins to head west, face Dodgers

Colon, Twins to head west, face Dodgers

The Twins head out on Monday for an eight-game West Coast trip, starting with a three-game series against the Dodgers. It will be Minnesota's first trip to Dodger Stadium since 2005 and a good test for the Twins as Los Angeles boasts the best record in the Majors.

Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-6, 4.21 ERA) is expected to be activated to make the start for the Dodgers. Ryu missed three weeks with with a bruised left foot and has thrown two simulated games. Ryu posted a 1-1 record with a 4.73 ERA in five starts in June, while striking out 27 batters in 26 2/3 innings.

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Twins hang on to beat Tigers after Gibson's gem

Twins hang on to beat Tigers after Gibson's gem

MINNEAPOLIS -- Early run support by the offense backed a solid showing from right-hander Kyle Gibson to ultimately help the Twins edge the Tigers, 6-5, on Saturday at Target Field. Minnesota staved off a late push by Detroit to snap its three-game losing streak to the American League Central rival. The Twins also kept pace in the division, as both the Indians and Royals won.

Gibson spun a season-best 7 1/3 innings of three-run ball to earn his sixth win of the year. It marked his longest outing since he tossed eight frames on Sept. 13, 2016, against the Tigers. Alex Presley notched three of the Tigers' five hits off Gibson, including an RBI double in the eighth to chase Gibson out of the game. Gibson struck out five batters and walked three, lowering his season ERA to 6.08.

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Gibson has best outing of year against Tigers

Right-hander shows good fastball command in 7 1/3 innings

Gibson has best outing of year against Tigers

MINNEAPOLIS -- It was the kind of performance the Twins had been hoping to see from Kyle Gibson all season, and it came just days after Minnesota was close to acquiring Atlanta's Jaime Garcia, which could've put Gibson's spot in the rotation in jeopardy.

Gibson was expected to be counted on as a key member of the rotation, but instead he's struggled and was even optioned to Triple-A Rochester in early May to iron out his issues. Since his return, he's been better, but still has had issues with his consistency. Against the Tigers on Saturday, however, Gibson was impressive, throwing 7 1/3 solid innings in a 6-5 win over the Tigers at Target Field.

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Twins celebrate 30th anniversary of '87 team

MVP Viola says teammates believed in one another, thanks fans

Twins celebrate 30th anniversary of '87 team

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins celebrated the 30th anniversary of their 1987 World Series title with a special pregame ceremony before Saturday's game against the Tigers at Target Field.

A day after a statue depicting former manager Tom Kelly was unveiled outside of Target Field, members of the '87 team were on hand for the ceremony emceed by broadcaster Dick Bremer. Frank Viola, the MVP of the '87 Fall Classic, gave a speech on the field on behalf of his teammates.

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Perkins pitches in Minors game, strikes out 2

Optimism growing he could return this season

Perkins pitches in Minors game, strikes out 2

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins left-hander Glen Perkins took an important step in his recovery from last year's shoulder labrum surgery, pitching in a game for the first time since April 10, 2016.

Perkins, who underwent the operation in June 2016, threw a scoreless 1-2-3 inning on eight pitches in the Gulf Coast League on Saturday, striking out two and reaching 90 mph on the radar gun. Perkins is expected to make one more appearance with the GCL Twins before moving up to pitch with Class A Advanced Fort Myers.

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Adrianza's 2 RBIs, Sano's 2 hits not enough

Adrianza's 2 RBIs, Sano's 2 hits not enough

MINNEAPOLIS -- Victor Martinez recorded his first multihomer game of the season to back right-hander Anibal Sanchez and lead the Tigers to a 6-3 win against the Twins on Friday night at Target Field.

Twins All-Star right-hander Ervin Santana struggled, lasting a season-low 3 1/3 innings and allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks. He gave up a solo blast to Martinez in the second, an RBI double off the wall to Justin Upton in the third and a two-run shot to Martinez in the fourth. He also threw a run-scoring wild pitch.

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Twins seek more consistency from Santana

All-Star right-hander has had feast-or-famine season

Twins seek more consistency from Santana

MINNEAPOLIS -- There's no doubt that right-hander Ervin Santana was the Twins' much-needed ace in the first half, rightfully earning his second All-Star Game appearance.

But it's also clear that if the Twins are going to continue to contend in the second half, they're going to need that same version of Santana going forward with more consistency. Santana has either been incredible -- he has allowed two runs or fewer in 13 starts this season, including a MLB-leading four complete games -- or he has been off with his command and struggled. Friday night against the Tigers fell into the latter category, as he allowed five runs over a season-low 3 1/3 innings in a 6-3 loss to the Tigers at Target Field.

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Twins unveil Kelly statue outside Target Field

Longtime manager honored as part of '87 championship celebration

Twins unveil Kelly statue outside Target Field

MINNEAPOLIS -- With the Twins celebrating the 30th anniversary of their first World Series title this weekend, the organization officially unveiled a statue outside of Target Field honoring long-time manager Tom Kelly, who guided them to World Series championships in '87 and '91.

Kelly, surrounded by Twins management, his players from the '87 club and his family, was on hand for the unveiling, which became the eighth legends statue at the ballpark.

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Braves shopping Garcia after talks with Twins

Possibility exists clubs could reach a deal

Braves shopping Garcia after talks with Twins

The Braves continue to engage other trade partners for left-hander Jaime Garcia after having extensive discussions with the Twins on Thursday night without reaching a deal.

A Major League source said Friday the two sides had not reached an agreement, and Atlanta is continuing to shop the veteran as he's set to start Friday night against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. There is still a chance the teams could complete a trade, but it appears ongoing talks will be necessary to reach an agreement on the players and money that would be exchanged. Despite a source saying the clubs were close to a deal on Thursday night, an agreement between the two clubs was never reached, so medical issues are not the reason for the hold up.

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Twins ride 6-run 2nd, Berrios to win vs. Yanks

Twins ride 6-run 2nd, Berrios to win vs. Yanks

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jose Berrios threw 6 2/3 strong innings and Miguel Sano crushed a three-run homer as part of a six-run second inning to lift the Twins to a 6-1 win over the Yankees on Wednesday, marking their first series victory over New York in Minnesota since 2008. It was also the first series win for the Twins over the Yankees since '14.

Unable to find his curveball or changeup early, Yankees lefty Jordan Montgomery was hit hard, allowing six runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings. All six runs came with two outs in the second, keyed by a two-run single from Zack Granite, an RBI single from Eduardo Escobar and Sano's team-leading 23rd blast of the year.

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Rock solid: Granite sparks rally with 1st RBIs

Rookie's 2-run single begins Twins' 6-run outburst in 2nd

Rock solid: Granite sparks rally with 1st RBIs

MINNEAPOLIS -- Zack Granite admitted the time since being called up to the Twins has been one of the craziest periods of his life.

On Wednesday, Granite culminated the chaos with a second-inning single to collect the first two RBIs of his Major League career. His two-out single sparked a six-run outburst, and the Twins never looked back in the eventual 6-1 victory over the Yankees at Target Field.

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Bartolo mulling future, focused on contributing

Bartolo mulling future, focused on contributing

MINNEAPOLIS -- Despite an ESPN report that Twins right-hander Bartolo Colon is mulling retirement, sources close to the 20-year veteran told MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez that Colon is focused on contributing to the Twins.

Colon, Major League Baseball's longest-tenured pitcher, told ESPN that his ensuing start vs. the Dodgers on Monday could be a "determining factor in making a decision" about retiring. Twins manager Paul Molitor, however, met with Colon on Wednesday, and he downplayed the report. Colon also indicated to the Twins before he signed that he wants to pitch next year. He's long had the goal to pass Hall of Famer Juan Marichal's 243 wins, which are the most by a Dominican-born player. Colon has 235 career victories.

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Buxton, Santiago making progress after injuries

Buxton, Santiago making progress after injuries

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins manager Paul Molitor said center fielder Byron Buxton and left-hander Hector Santiago are making progress with their injuries, with Buxton on track to potentially be activated as soon as next Tuesday, while Santiago threw a bullpen session with no issues on Tuesday.

Buxton, on the 10-day disabled list since Saturday with a left groin strain, has been rehabbing at Target Field, and he is eligible to be activated on Tuesday, when the Twins are in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. They're still working out if he'll need a rehab assignment before rejoining the team.

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Wade blasts grand slam for Chattanooga

Wade blasts grand slam for Chattanooga

Astros prospects Daz Cameron and Ronnie Dawson put up monster numbers to help lead Class A Quad Cities to a 20-3 win over Lansing on Wednesday night.

The duo combined to go 6-for-9 with two triples, three home runs, four runs scored and eight RBIs on a night where everything went right for the River Bandits' offense.

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Sano homers, but Twins drop Colon's debut

Sano homers, but Twins drop Colon's debut

MINNEAPOLIS -- While the Yankees' front office was busy finalizing the details of a trade that they hope will bolster their postseason chances, Gary Sanchez delivered a two-run double and Didi Gregorius homered as the Yankees pushed past the Twins, 6-3, on Tuesday at Target Field.

New York evened the series with the victory, improving to 11-3 in its last 14 meetings with Minnesota. With reinforcements Todd Frazier, Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson en route from the White Sox, the Bombers now sit three games behind the division-leading Red Sox in the American League East.

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Promising early on, Colon falters in Twins debut

Veteran righty solid through 4 innings, but Yankees pounce in 5th

Promising early on, Colon falters in Twins debut

MINNEAPOLIS -- For three innings, Bartolo Colon looked like the All-Star he was with the Mets last season when he located his two-seamers on the corners and finished with the lowest walks-per-nine-innings rate in the National League. But it began to unravel for him in the fourth and fifth innings en route to a 6-3 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday night at Target Field.

Colon, pitching for his 10th Major League team in his 20th season, joined the Twins on a Minor League deal in an effort to boost their starting pitching depth. But the 44-year-old's Minnesota debut didn't quite go to plan, as he was charged with four runs on eight hits over four-plus innings, which caused his 8.14 ERA with the Braves to rise to 9.00, while falling to 2-9 on the year. But it was enough for him to get another start, which will come on Tuesday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

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With Bartolo up, Hughes to 60-day DL

Breslow reinstated; Vargas optioned to make room

With Bartolo up, Hughes to 60-day DL

MINNEAPOLIS -- Before Tuesday's tilt with the Yankees at Target Field, the Twins announced that they selected the contract of 44-year-old righty Bartolo Colon from Triple-A Rochester and reinstated left-handed reliever Craig Breslow from the 10-day disabled list. Colon got the start against New York on Tuesday; Minnesota is the 10th organization of his 20-year career.

In order to make room on both the 40- and 25-man rosters, Minnesota placed right-hander Phil Hughes on the 60-day DL with a recurrence of thoracic outlet syndrome symptoms.

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Bartolo fans Judge using veteran trickery

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Bartolo fans Judge using veteran trickery

Bartolo Colon hasn't had the smoothest age-44 season. After a successful and storied stint with the Mets, he lasted only a half season with the Braves before the team designated him for assignment. Luckily, the Twins picked him up.

During Colon's Tuesday night Twins debut against the Yankees, he showed that he still has a few tricks up his sleeve, particularly in the first inning when the wily vet squared off against Home Run Derby champion Aaron Judge.

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Twins host national PLAY campaign

Youngsters spent two hours touring clubhouse, facilities, receiving pointers from players

Twins host national PLAY campaign

MINNEAPOLIS -- At the same time Twins head athletic trainer Dave Pruemer introduced himself in the home dugout, Target Field was being drenched by a heavy storm behind him. It would have been easy for the weather to dampen the spirits of the Blaine Bengals, a local 13U travel team, on Tuesday morning.

Instead, Pruemer and the rest of the staff involved made the most of the two hours with several 12- and 13-year-old baseball players at a professional ballpark. The boys even got a glimpse Minnesota's clubhouse and facilities, as well as spend time with big league ballplayers.

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Buxton named Heart and Hustle Award winner

Buxton named Heart and Hustle Award winner

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association revealed the 30 preliminary winners of the 2017 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday. The honor is the only one voted on by former players, and is bestowed each year upon the active player who most represents a passion for the game of baseball, and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.

Past winners of the Heart and Hustle Award include David Eckstein (2005), Hall of Famer Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012), Dustin Pedroia (2013), Josh Harrison (2014), Anthony Rizzo (2015) and Todd Frazier (2016).

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Twins rally late, Kintzler gets 26th save

Twins rally late, Kintzler gets 26th save

MINNEAPOLIS -- Eduardo Escobar delivered a go-ahead, pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth inning and Eddie Rosario drove in a pair of runs to help the Twins to a 4-2 win over the Yankees in the series opener on Monday night at Target Field.

Minnesota took the lead with two eighth-inning runs, spoiling Caleb Smith's Major League debut. Joe Mauer sparked the rally with a leadoff single just out of Aaron Judge's reach, a play with an 18-percent catch probability, and Miguel Sano followed with a single to left field. Escobar delivered what proved to be a game-winning single into left field, while Rosario provided insurance with an RBI double.

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Kintzler's 'rain save' closes good night for 'pen

Kintzler's 'rain save' closes good night for 'pen

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins right-hander Brandon Kintzler kept his focus on home plate, even as the rain poured down on the All-Star closer.

Lightning bolts lit up the dark Minnesota sky just beyond Target Field as Kintzler attempted to grip the soaked laces of the baseball. Kintzler worked quickly in order to get to the dry clubhouse, needing just 10 pitches to close the book on a 4-2 victory over the Yankees on Monday.

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Twins bash 2 HRs but drop finale to Astros

Twins bash 2 HRs but drop finale to Astros

HOUSTON -- It didn't much matter that the top seven batters in the Astros' order produced no RBIs and Carlos Correa was absent, given a day of rest. Houston had Norichika Aoki and Jake Marisnick backing up a superb seven innings from starter Mike Fiers in Sunday's series-clinching 5-3 win over the Twins.

The Astros' 8-9 hitters, Aoki and Marisnick, provided the offense the team needed for its 62nd win, combining for three RBIs, pacing Houston to its 21st series win and second series win against Minnesota in 2017.

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Adrianza comes up big in Twins' loss to Astros

Adrianza comes up big in Twins' loss to Astros

HOUSTON -- Most of Minnesota's offense on Sunday centered on switch-hitting shortstop Ehire Adrianza, who connected on his first home run of the season and collected two of the Twins' five hits while batting in the No. 9 spot.

The Twins fell to the Astros, 5-3, in the series finale at Minute Maid Park, but Adrianza came up big, especially when his upper-deck solo shot off Houston starter Mike Fiers with one out in the third inning gave Minnesota a 2-1 lead.

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Ervin the escape artist denies Astros

Santana faces two bases-loaded jams, gets away unscathed

Ervin the escape artist denies Astros

HOUSTON -- All-Star right-hander Ervin Santana acknowledged that he didn't have his best stuff on Saturday against the Astros, by far the best hitting team in the American League.

But where Santana excelled, in the middle of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park, was in limiting the damage in a 4-2 Minnesota win. Twice he pitched out of bases-loaded jams, and reliever Taylor Rogers came out unscathed after inheriting a bases-juiced jam in the seventh, with the Twins preserving the two-run lead.

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Twins snap 7-game losing streak to Astros

Twins snap 7-game losing streak to Astros

HOUSTON -- After a soft comebacker ricocheted off the glove of Astros reliever Tony Sipp, Eddie Rosario stretched what would have been a routine double play into a double and secured the Twins' 4-2 win on Saturday at Minute Maid Park.

Much earlier in the evening, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier clubbed his second leadoff home run in as many days, helping the Twins end their three-game losing streak while at the same time earning their first win against the 61-win Astros this season. Prior to Saturday, Minnesota had lost seven in a row to the Astros, dating back to Aug. 9, 2016.

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Mauer activated; Buxton placed on DL

Mauer activated; Buxton placed on DL

HOUSTON -- As expected, first baseman Joe Mauer was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list on Saturday, and outfielder Byron Buxton, who left Friday's game with a groin injury, was placed on the 10-day DL.

Mauer had missed six games because of a strained lower back. Since June 20, he is batting .345 with a .429 OBP.

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