Twins come up short in marathon vs. Rays

Twins come up short in marathon vs. Rays

MINNEAPOLIS -- After trading punches all afternoon, the Rays outlasted the Twins, 8-6, in 15 innings on Sunday. The series finale marked the longest game in the history of Target Field, in terms of time. At 6 hours, 26 minutes, it was also the longest in the Major Leagues this season.

Minnesota left-hander Hector Santiago, who started and lost the series opener on Friday, served up consecutive solo home runs to open the final frame. Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison went the distance to break the deadlock. The Rays have now hit an American League-leading 74 homers on the year. The teams traded runs in the 13th inning.

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Patrick Donnelly is a contributor to MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Rays on Sunday.

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Mauer enjoys #ASGWorthy day at plate

Mauer enjoys #ASGWorthy day at plate

MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Mauer became all too familiar with the basepaths in Sunday's 8-6 loss at Target Field.

During the 15-inning marathon, the Twins' first baseman reached base successfully on seven of his eight trips to the plate, including three walks and a pair of RBIs. Mauer joined Rod Carew -- who accomplished the feat in 1972 -- as the only two players in franchise history to reach base at least seven times in a single game.

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Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

Yearly, single-team subscriptions are half off until Monday night

Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

MLB.TV will be offering 50 percent off subscriptions throughout Memorial Day weekend. MLB.TV Premium, with nearly two dozen features for subscribers to access and interact with live out-of-market Major League Baseball games at 60 frames per second on any of the more than 400 supported devices, is on sale for just $56.49. MLB.TV Single Team subscriptions are also available, on sale for $43.74.

Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich can attest to the value of MLB.TV to displaced military families. His brother Cameron has been able to follow games that way.

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Sano scares pitching coach with rubber snake

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Sano scares pitching coach with rubber snake

Things have been going well for the Minnesota Twins. Entering Sunday's game against the Rays, they were 26-19 and in first place in the AL Central. Everybody -- players, fans, coaches -- is in a good mood. Pitching coach Neil Allen was in a really good mood -- doling out high-fives in the dugout to anybody who wanted one. 

Miguel Sano, nearly as a good a prankster as he is a tater masher, decided this would be the perfect time for the ole rubber snake trick. It's even more beautiful in GIF form.

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Sano sits for second day; Molitor not worried

Third baseman battling hitting slump; given another day of rest to recharge

Sano sits for second day; Molitor not worried

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins manager Paul Molitor called Miguel Sano on Sunday morning before Sano even had a chance to make it to Target Field.

The phone conversation was a brief one, and Molitor told Sano he would not be in the starting lineup for the series finale against Tampa Bay. It marked the second consecutive day Molitor has elected to sit his slugging third baseman.

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Twins turn to Santana in opener vs. Astros

Twins turn to Santana in opener vs. Astros

Two of the American League's hottest teams, the Astros and the Twins, square off for a three-game series this week at Target Field, beginning with Monday's series opener at 1:10 p.m. CT.

Prior to Sunday, the Twins had a three-game lead in the AL Central in front of the Indians. The Astros, who have the most wins in baseball, lost only 16 of their first 50 games. In 2016, the World Series champion Cubs were 35-15 at the 50-game mark.

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Mejia, Dozier help Twins edge Rays

Mejia, Dozier help Twins edge Rays

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins clubbed a pair of tape measure home runs, including a go-ahead blast in the eighth by Brian Dozier to edge the Rays by a score of 5-3 on Saturday at Target Field.

Dozier launched a 2-1 fastball from Rays righty Tommy Hunter just below the upper deck in right-center to give Minnesota its first lead of the series. According to Statcast™, the ball traveled an estimated 423 feet with an exit velocity of 104.5 mph. It is tied for his longest projected homer of the season.

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Patrick Donnelly is a contributor to MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Rays on Saturday.

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Dozier hits rare homer to right at Target Field

Dozier hits rare homer to right at Target Field

MINNEAPOLIS -- It has got to the point where Brian Dozier doesn't even expect a home run when the ball soars toward right-center at Target Field.

So when the ball initially left his bat in the eighth inning, he was thinking double. But the ball carried a bit more than normal Saturday afternoon, right over the wall, which served as the go-ahead home run to lift the Twins past the Rays, 5-2.

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Perkins feels good after bullpen session

Perkins feels good after bullpen session

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins left-hander Glen Perkins is slated to throw one more bullpen session before a potential trip to Florida for extended spring training.

Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said that Perkins, who is on the 60-day disabled list, felt good after his bullpen session at Target Field on Friday.

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Struggling Sano comes up empty in loss

Struggling Sano comes up empty in loss

MINNEAPOLIS -- Regardless of the recent circumstances, it was about as ideal of a situation as the Twins could ask for.

The team's most impactful hitter, Miguel Sano, came to the plate representing the tying run in the eighth inning of Friday's 5-2 loss to the Rays. After Minnesota chased Tampa Bay righty Chris Archer from the game, Sano had a chance to serve as the hero with two on and two outs.

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Late rally not enough vs. Archer, Rays

Late rally not enough vs. Archer, Rays

MINNEAPOLIS -- Tampa Bay right-hander Chris Archer continued his dominance at Target Field, as he stymied a hot Minnesota lineup in the 5-2 victory on Friday. The loss snapped the first-place Twins' four-game winning streak.

Archer recorded a strikeout in all but one inning, notching a total of 11 punchouts. He has now whiffed double-digit batters in four of his last five starts. After scoring 28 runs over its last four games, Minnesota only managed a pair of runs -- on RBI singles by Kennys Vargas and Brian Dozier -- against Archer. He is now 4-0 with a 1.38 ERA in four career starts at Target Field.

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Patrick Donnelly is a contributor to MLB.com based in Minneapolis who covered the Rays on Friday.

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Prospect Burdi headed for elbow surgery

Prospect Burdi headed for elbow surgery

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins announced on Friday that right-handed prospect Nick Burdi will undergo Tommy John surgery after suffering a torn right ulnar collateral ligament.

"Nick had some pain in his elbow after his last outing," Minnesota's chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said. "We brought him up to Minnesota and had him evaluated. We will have to to wait and work out the next details with him. That information will be coming in the next few days."

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Patient approach still paying off for Mauer

Veteran remains a force while being selective at plate

Patient approach still paying off for Mauer

Joe Mauer will wait. He will wait and wait, and when you finally crack and throw him his pitch, he will hit it hard.

The crisp left-handed swing, keen eye and unbending discipline are still there. Close to four years after Mauer's last game at catcher, and eight years after his American League MVP Award-winning season, the 34-year-old veteran continues to preside over the heart of the Twins' order.

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Key questions for Twins, other division leaders

Rockies, Brewers also among those at top who are off to a surprising start

Key questions for Twins, other division leaders

Coming off their fifth 90-plus-loss season in the past six years, a last-place finish for the fourth time in that stretch and a season in which they had the worst record in the big leagues, the Twins were easily overlooked coming into this season by most prognosticators.

But not Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who did not hesitate to make his feelings known in the aftermath of the Twins' three-game sweep at Camden Yards this week

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fast start, Berrios secure Twins' sweep of O's

Fast start, Berrios secure Twins' sweep of O's

BALTIMORE -- The Twins scored four runs in the first two innings and held on for a 4-3 win, completing an impressive series sweep over the Orioles on Wednesday afternoon at Camden Yards.

The victory keeps Minnesota (25-18) in first place in the American League Central as it cruises along with four consecutive wins and its second three-game sweep of the season. Baltimore, which suffered its first losing homestand at 2-4, has dropped 10 of its past 13 games.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore who covered the Twins on Wednesday.

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Berrios dominating strike zone with fastball

Twins phenom succeeding even when missing his spot

Berrios dominating strike zone with fastball

Throughout baseball's history, hitters have said repeatedly that they try to look for "their pitch." One could argue a pitcher's main goal is to avoid giving hitters that pitch, and games are often won or lost depending on what hitters do with those rare opportunities.

Through three starts, including Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Orioles, the Twins' second-year phenom Jose Berrios has been sensational -- compiling a 3-0 record with a 1.66 ERA and 0.55 WHIP -- but he hasn't been perfect. In fact, Berrios has thrown more of his fastballs inside hitters' wheelhouses than outside them. The thing is, three of baseball's deepest offensive lineups -- the Indians, Rockies and O's -- haven't been able to do much of anything with those fastball mistakes. In those three starts, Berrios has allowed only two base hits on fastballs that landed within the zones classified by Statcast™ as the middle of the plate.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Romero fires six scoreless for Chattanooga

Romero fires six scoreless for Chattanooga

After his second straight scoreless start for the Dayton Dragons, also the longest of his career, Tony Santillan may not have much more to prove at the Class A level.

The Reds' No. 14 prospect flat-out dominated over eight innings on Wednesday against Great Lakes, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out five in a game that was suspended due to rain after 13 scoreless frames. In his previous turn, Santillan had completed a then-season-high seven innings after losing a perfect game bid with one out in the seventh.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jose Berrios struck out Caleb Joseph with a curveball that was pure sorcery

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Jose Berrios struck out Caleb Joseph with a curveball that was pure sorcery

It's still early in the season, but Twins phenom Jose Berrios seems to be rounding into his phenom form. After beating the Orioles, 4-3, on Wednesday, the 23-year-old is 3-0 with a 1.66 ERA and 22 strikeouts. MLB.com's Matt Kelly wrote up a great analysis of Berrios' three starts thus far and how he was able to get his fastball by O's hitters on Wednesday. Honestly though, we're still watching this ridiculous-looking breaking ball he unleashed upon Caleb Joseph.

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'Keep playing fun' is Buxton's mindset

Center fielder delivers go-ahead hit vs. Orioles

'Keep playing fun' is Buxton's mindset

While Ervin Santana rolled to his Major League-leading second shutout, the offense did just enough behind him with Byron Buxton and Kennys Vargas showing promising signs to help spark the offense in the 2-0 win on Tuesday at Camden Yards.

Buxton went 1-for-2 with an RBI single in the fifth, while Vargas went 2-for-4 with two doubles. It was Buxton's RBI single that proved to be the game-winner, and it was a perfectly placed grounder through the hole into left field to score Jorge Polanco.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sano keeps on proving he's #ASGWorthy

In first 4-hit game, Twins slugger belts 2-run HR, drives in 3

Sano keeps on proving he's #ASGWorthy

After hitting a bit of a lull offensively, averaging 2.3 runs per game during a six-game stretch from May 12-18, the Twins' offense has been coming around of late.

Minnesota scored 16 runs during its three-game series against the Royals, and broke out in a huge way against the Orioles on Monday, setting season highs in runs scored (14) and hits (21) in a 14-7 win at Camden Yards. It was the first time the Twins had at least 20 hits since Aug. 22, 2014, against the Tigers. It helped Minnesota to its fourth win over the past five games.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ervin shuts out O's to outduel Bundy

Ervin shuts out O's to outduel Bundy

BALTIMORE -- The Twins used a dominating shutout effort from road warrior Ervin Santana to keep rolling, edging the Orioles, 2-0, in Tuesday's series-clinching win at Camden Yards for their fifth win in six games.

Minnesota, which improved to 13-5 on the road this season and entered the day trailing only Houston for the best road winning percentage in baseball, ensured it would remain alone atop the American League Central with the win. The O's -- who entered the day with an MLB-best .750 home winning percentage -- suffered their third consecutive loss at Camden Yards.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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Twins rally with 21-hit salute, blow out O's

Twins rally with 21-hit salute, blow out O's

BALTIMORE -- The Twins roared back from a five-run deficit, led by Max Kepler's homer and four-RBI night, en route to totaling a season-high 21-hit output and cruising past the Orioles, 14-7, on Monday night at Camden Yards.

The series-opening win ensured the Twins would remain atop the American League Central for another night.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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Hughes on DL with right biceps issue

Gibson called up to face O's in Monday's opener

Hughes on DL with right biceps issue

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins right-hander Phil Hughes was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with inflammation of the right biceps tendon, opening the door for right-hander Kyle Gibson to be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to start Monday's series opener against the Orioles at Camden Yards.

Hughes lasted just four innings in Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Royals in Game 1 of a doubleheader, allowing five runs on six hits, including three homers, to fall to 4-3 with a 5.74 ERA. Hughes, who had season-ending thoracic outlet syndrome to alleviate pressure in his throwing shoulder in July 2016, said the symptoms are similar and got checked out by team doctors Monday. He said it didn't crop up until about the second or third inning of his start against the Royals.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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Twins' early homers set tone for twin-bill split

Twins' early homers set tone for twin-bill split

MINNEAPOLIS -- Robbie Grossman and Max Kepler belted two-run homers to help power the Twins to an 8-4 win over the Royals on Sunday in the nightcap of a doubleheader at Target Field. With the split, Minnesota improved to 7-1 against Kansas City and has won all three series this season between the American League Central rivals.

Salvador Perez clubbed two homers for Kansas City, including a two-run blast that opened the scoring in the first, after hitting a two-run shot in the Royals' 6-4 victory in Game 1. However, Grossman and Kepler answered in the bottom of the first. Both home runs came off Royals starter Ian Kennedy, who lasted just two innings and allowed five runs on three hits in his return from the disabled list.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Royals on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mejia 'extra' good in earning 1st MLB victory

Mejia 'extra' good in earning 1st MLB victory

MINNEAPOLIS -- Being the Twins' 26th man for Sunday's doubleheader, Adalberto Mejia's stay in the Majors was a short one.

But the rookie left-hander was solid in an 8-4 win over the Royals in the nightcap at Target Field, and he could rejoin the rotation as early as Friday, since the rule that requires 10 days in the Minors after being sent down doesn't apply to the 26th man.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hughes, Twins burned by KC HRs in G1 loss

Hughes, Twins burned by KC HRs in G1 loss

MINNEAPOLIS -- Salvador Perez, Jorge Bonifacio and Brandon Moss homered to help power the Royals to a 6-4 win over the Twins in the opener of a traditional doubleheader on Sunday at Target Field.

Perez was the first to go deep with a two-run homer in the second, while Bonifacio smacked a two-run shot in the fourth and was followed by a solo shot from Moss. Moss provided an insurance run with a solo blast in the eighth off reliever Adam Wilk. It was the first four-homer game for the Royals this season.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

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

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Gonsalves makes behind-the-back grab

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Gonsalves makes behind-the-back grab

In the second inning of his start against the Biloxi Shuckers on Saturday night, Chattanooga Lookouts lefty Stephen Gonsalves got Shuckers catcher Jacob Nottingham to flare a soft line drive to the first-base side of the mound -- a pretty simple play for his second baseman, and almost certainly an out. 

But Gonsalves -- the Twins' No. 2 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline -- is a giver, and on this particular night he wanted to give his defense a bit of a break. So he just went and snagged the ball himself, without even bothering to look.

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Twins rally in 9th, walk off against KC in 10th

Twins rally in 9th, walk off against KC in 10th

MINNEAPOLIS -- Pinch-hitter Kennys Vargas hit a tying homer in the ninth and Jorge Polanco came through with a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 10th to lead the Twins to a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Royals on Friday night at Target Field.

The Royals were two outs away from their first victory over the Twins in six tries this season, but Vargas connected for a two-run blast off closer Kelvin Herrera. After Twins closer Brandon Kintzler got out of a jam in the 10th thanks to a lineout double play back to the mound, Minnesota rallied in the 10th with the help of three straight walks to open the inning. It set the stage for Polanco's sacrifice fly to left field to score Joe Mauer.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Royals on Friday.

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