Trio of HRs help Twins maintain 2nd Wild Card
via Mlb.com - Twins August 22, 2017 at 10:20 PM

Jorge Polanco, Kennys Vargas and Eddie Rosario homered to back a strong effort from right-hander Kyle Gibson and carry the Twins to a 4-1 win over the White Sox on Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. It helped the Twins remain in the second AL Wild Card spot ahead of the Angels.

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A trip to Cedar Rapids: Ben Rortvedt
via Baseball Outsider August 22, 2017 at 09:38 AM

There are few players on the Cedar Rapids Kernels roster more important to the Twins future than Ben Rortvedt, a left-handed hitting catcher selected in the second round in the 2016 draft.Rortvedt isn't putting up good numbers for the Kernels. Indeed, backup catcher Caleb Hamilton has hit three times the homers (nine for Hamilton, three for Rortvedt) and has about 50 points of on-base percentage a

Twins split on South Side, lead for 2nd WC
via Mlb.com - Twins August 22, 2017 at 09:38 AM

Blasts from Jorge Polanco and Brian Dozier highlighted a four-homer performance as the Minnesota Twins stormed to a 10-2 win and split a straight doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on Monday.

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A trip to Cedar Rapids: The pitchers
via Baseball Outsider August 21, 2017 at 09:38 AM

While the Twins were demolishing the Arizona Diamondbacks during the weekend, I was in Cedar Rapids watching their low A team, the Kernels, sweep the Beloit Snappers.I wrote at some length about Royce Lewis, the No.1 overall pick in the June draft who is now playing shortstop for Cedar Rapids, for the Monday print column. He's hitting leadoff and sporting a .400 batting average going into today's

Rosario rakes slam in Twins' 9-run first frame
via Mlb.com - Twins August 20, 2017 at 08:02 PM

Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario delivered the signature blow of a nine-run first inning in Minnesota's 12-5 victory over Arizona at Target Field on Sunday.

Gleeman and The Geek #329: Youth Is Served
via Aaron Gleeman August 20, 2017 at 06:38 PM

Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included the maturation of the Twins' young lineup, their soft schedule coming up, Byron Buxton's transformation, the buzzkill around Miguel Sano's injury, Glen Perkins' return, Mitch Garver replacing an injured Robbie Grossman, Andy MacPhail and Michael Cuddyer going into the Twins' Hall of Fame, and potential […]

Twins sweep D-backs behind early outburst
via Mlb.com - Twins August 20, 2017 at 05:38 PM

They played 8 1/2 innings at Target Field on Sunday afternoon, but the D-backs-Twins game was decided much earlier when Minnesota scored nine runs in the first inning en route to a 12-5 win and a sweep of the three-game series.

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Pic of the Week
via Baseball Outsider August 20, 2017 at 09:38 AM

Byron Buxton celebrates Friday night'sinside the park homer.Apparently I missed quite the performance by Byron Buxton Friday night while at Cedar Rapids.A standup triple. A standup double. An inside-the-park homer, timed by Statcast at 13.85 seconds, the fastest such jaunt in the almost three seasons that the service has been timing players.No, he's not a bust.

Colon, Twins eye 3-game sweep of D-backs
via Mlb.com - Twins August 20, 2017 at 09:38 AM

The D-backs and Twins wrap up a three-game weekend set at Target Field on Sunday, as Minnesota righty Bartolo Colon (4-10, 6.70 ERA) counters Arizona lefty T.J. McFarland (4-4, 4.14) in an Interleague matchup. The Twins are tied with the Angels for the second American League Wild Card, while the D-backs are one game behind the National League Wild Card-leading Rockies.

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A trip to CR: An Amaurys Minier jersey
via Baseball Outsider August 19, 2017 at 09:38 AM

The Kernels wore these jerseys Fridayto honor the University of Iowa Hawkeyes.I'm a University of Minnesota grad.What am I doing?For the second year in a row, I wound up winning a jersey of a player for the Cedar Rapids Kernels.It's quite possible that for the second year in a row, that player will get dropped by the organization before next season opens.Last year it was Michael Cedarroth, a third

Twins erupt for 6 HRs to back Ervin's effort
via Mlb.com - Twins August 19, 2017 at 09:38 AM

The Twins hit six homers to overcome a three-run deficit and back right-hander Ervin Santana in a 10-3 win over the D-backs in Friday night's Interleague series opener at Target Field.