Blue Jays surge into first place thanks to unstoppable July run (Big League Stew)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins July 30, 2016 at 11:56 PM

For the first time since April 4, the Toronto Blue Jays are in first place in the AL East. This time though, they own it alone after leapfrogging the Baltimore Orioles by defeating them 9-1 at Rogers Centre on Saturday afternoon. The win was the Blue Jays 16th in 22 games since July 1, when they were 5 1/2 games out of first place.

Buxton's 'electric' dash capped by leap over catcher
via Mlb.com - Twins July 30, 2016 at 11:50 PM

Byron Buxton's elite speed was on full display in Saturday's 6-5, 10-inning loss to the White Sox, as he scored from first on a stolen-base attempt in the third inning, and made a spectacular running catch in left-center to rob Melky Cabrera of extra bases the next inning.

Navarro's double in 10th lifts White Sox past Twins, 6-5 (The Associated Press)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins July 30, 2016 at 11:32 PM

''You start getting a little deja vu of last night,'' White Sox manager Robin Ventura said, referring to Friday night's loss in which Tommy Kahnle walked Joe Mauer for the game-winning run in the 12th. Avisail Garcia hit a leadoff double against Fernando Abad (1-4) in the 10th, and then scored easily when Navarro drove a fastball from Abad to the left-field corner for his third hit of the ninth.

Wiel Drives Kernels to 6-1 Win Over Bees
via Twins Digest July 30, 2016 at 10:26 PM

Zander Wiel belted his 11th home run of the season Saturday and drove in four total runs in the Cedar Rapids Kernels' 6-1 victory against the Burlington Bees at Community Field. Cedar Rapids posted its 10th consecutive road win and its sixth straight t...

Escobar's clutch HR not enough for Twins
via Mlb.com - Twins July 30, 2016 at 10:08 PM

It wasn't easy, but the White Sox were able to rally late after giving up a go-ahead three-run homer to Eduardo Escobar in the eighth inning. Down to their last out in the ninth, Melky Cabrera connected on a game-tying RBI single to keep them alive. And after getting out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth, the White Sox were lifted by a go-ahead RBI double from Dioner Navarro in the 10th inning in

White Sox 4, Twins 2: Morneau Beats Milone, Molitor
via Twinkie Town July 30, 2016 at 09:56 PM

The Morneau part was cool. This one finished awful wild. But before that, the early stuff. Here's some Tommy Milone numbers I found on BBRef this morning: .458/.941/1.382. That's OPS of hitters facing him the first / second / third times this year. Big shock, right? But guess what his career numbers are? .740/.741/.776. Whatever's gone Wrong with his successive passes through the lineup th

Wings blanked 3-0
via Twins Digest July 30, 2016 at 09:20 PM

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs blanked the Red Wings 3-0 Saturday night.

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Zulgad: Jerick McKinnon figures to see expanded role in Vikings’ offense July 30, 2016 at 07:44 PM
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Molitor hopes to find more playing time for Polanco
via Mlb.com - Twins July 30, 2016 at 06:08 PM

The Twins have focused on getting their top prospects consistent playing time at the Major League level, a strategy that has clearly worked out for right fielder Max Kepler. But in the case of Jorge Polanco, consistent at-bats might be more difficult to come by.

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Even with added receiver competiton, it could be Charles (Johnson) in charge
via Twins Digest July 30, 2016 at 04:44 PM

MANKATO — Jersey in hand, Charles Johnson was all smiles and sweat as he left the field at Blakeslee Stadium in Mankato following Saturday morning’s walk-through. Why wouldn’t he be smiling? He’s healthy again and… The post Even with added receiver competiton, it could be Charles (Johnson) in charge appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

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Back on the field, Joseph and Floyd will be two keys to Vikings defense July 30, 2016 at 02:56 PM
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Week That Was: Deals, Debuts (Rotoworld)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins July 30, 2016 at 01:14 PM

Let's run through all of the big trades and big-time prospect promotions of the past week.

Injury that sidelined Cordarrelle Patterson from practice believed to be minor
via Twins Digest July 30, 2016 at 11:50 AM

MANKATO — Cordarrelle Patterson’s injury shouldn’t cause an extended absence, a source told 1500 ESPN contributor Darren Wolfson. The injury, which Patterson sustained when he hit the ground hard after catching a pass in Friday’s practice… The post Injury that sidelined Cordarrelle Patterson from practice believed to be minor appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Citi

Farm Report: Eduardo Del Rosario strikes out 11 for the Kernels
via Twinkie Town July 30, 2016 at 09:56 AM

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from July 29th, 2016. AAA: Rochester Red Wings 4, Lehigh Valley IronPigs 2 Pat Dean had a solid outing, giving up two runs over 5.1 innings pitched, but the bullpen was even harder for the IronPigs, combining for 3.2 shut-out innings. Way to go RP Neil Ramirez, RP Ryan O'Rourke, RP D.J. Baxendale, and RP J.T. Chargois. 2B Tommy Field dr

A trade tree
via Baseball Outsider July 30, 2016 at 09:38 AM

Follow the bouncing roster spot:In 1999 the Twins drafted right handed pitcher Travis Bowyer in the 20th round. In 2001 they drafted Scott Tyler, also a right-handed pitcher, in the second round. Tyler never got above Double A, but Bowyer reached the majors for eight appearances in 2005.The Twins traded the two after the 2005 season to the then-Florida Marlins for veteran second baseman Luis Casti

Tim Lincecum's comeback couldn't be going any worse (Big League Stew)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins July 30, 2016 at 09:38 AM

Despite a mostly encouraging debut on June 18, Tim Lincecum’s comeback bid with the Los Angeles Angels has devolved into a disaster. Honestly, he just doesn’t look like a pitcher who belongs at the big league level, but that’s exactly where the Angels are likely to keep him. Lincecum has struggled to find consistency with any of his pitches.

Walk-off in the park: Mauer, Twins win in 12
via Mlb.com - Twins July 30, 2016 at 09:38 AM

Ricky Nolasco of the Twins and Jose Quintana of the White Sox started a pitcher's duel that lasted deep into the Minnesota night that ended when pinch-hitter Joe Mauer drew a bases-loaded walk in the 12th inning to give the Twins a 2-1 walk-off victory over the White Sox on Friday night at Target Field.