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via Baseball Outsider August 02, 2015 at 06:09 AM

On Wednesday night, Wilmer Flores was visibly teary-eyedwhile playing what he thought was his final game with the Mets,On Friday night he hit a walk-off home run and got hisfourth standing ovation of the game.I daresay this was a week Wilmer Flores will never forget.Flores, an infielder who turns 24 next week, has spent his entire professional career with the New York Mets, with whom he signed at

Daily Dose: King Kershaw (Rotoworld)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins August 02, 2015 at 06:09 AM

In Sunday's Daily Dose, Jesse Pantuosco checks in on Clayton Kershaw's scoreless streak and a surprising performance from Travis Shaw.

Postgame Twinsights: Kyle Gibson keeps pitching out of trouble
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 02, 2015 at 06:09 AM

There probably would have been no walk-off celebration Saturday night without Kyle Gibson coming up big in the seventh. Twins manager Paul Molitor let his starter work out of a no-out jam in his final inning, even as his pitch count crept over 100. After Brad Miller doubled slow-footed pinch runner Logan Morrison to third, Gibson got a shallow fly ball to center and two groundouts to keep the Twin

Beloit Falls to Peoria, 7-5
via Twins Digest August 01, 2015 at 11:57 PM

In a game that had four home runs in it, the Snappers were almost able to get another one to win the game but the ball hit by Jose Brizuela flew out to deep left field to end the game at 7-5 for Beloit's seventh straight loss.

Baseball-Highlights from Saturday's MLB games (Reuters)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins August 01, 2015 at 11:39 PM

(Adds later games) Aug 1 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights from Saturday's Major League Baseball games: - - - - Red Sox 11, Rays 7 Third baseman Travis Shaw slugged the first two home runs of his major league career and had three RBIs as the Boston Red Sox produced an 11-7 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Shaw finished with a career-high four hits and also scored five runs, becoming the first Red

Suzuki's walk-off awakens bats from slumber
via Mlb.com - Twins August 01, 2015 at 11:33 PM

The Twins showed their resiliency against Mariners closer Carson Smith, scoring twice with two outs in the ninth, including a walk-off RBI single from Kurt Suzuki in a much-needed 3-2 win in front of a frenzied crowd at Target Field.

Baseball-Ninth-inning rally puts Twins back on winning track (Reuters)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins August 01, 2015 at 11:15 PM

With their offense sputtering and their lead in the wild-card race dwindling, the Minnesota Twins did what they had to do on Saturday to get a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners. The Twins scratched together three runs, two on wild pitches, with catcher Kurt Suzuki getting the game-winning hit with two outs in the bottom of the ninth when he ripped a single through the hole at shortstop. "I w

MIN 3, SEA 2: Ugly Wins Still Count
via Twinkie Town August 01, 2015 at 10:39 PM

Wild pitches. Shades of R.A. Dickey! HAHAHAHAHA Most of this game was a "pitcher's duel," as in an exhibition game where both teams batted an all-pitcher lineup. Through eight innings and two outs, the two teams combined were 1-14 with RISP. (That Twins hit loaded the bases, and they did not score.) The lone Twins run came on a wild pitch. The Mariners pulled ahead. Mike Montgomery, the 90-M

Suzuki's RBI single in 9th lifts Twins past Mariners, 3-2 (The Associated Press)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins August 01, 2015 at 10:15 PM

Kurt Suzuki hit the winning RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning after two wild pitches by Seattle closer Carson Smith let Minnesota tie the score, and the Twins beat the Mariners 3-2 on Saturday night. Miguel Sano led off the ninth with a double, moved up on an errant fastball by Smith (1-5) that nearly hit Torii Hunter in the head. Then with two outs, pinch-runner Shane Robinson sprint

Chiefs beat Wings 10-4
via Twins Digest August 01, 2015 at 09:51 PM

The Syracuse Chiefs outlasted the Red Wings 10-4 Saturday night at Frontier Field, in front of a crowd of 10,002 on Miracle on Ice Night.

Twins honor 50th anniversary of '65 AL pennant
via Mlb.com - Twins August 01, 2015 at 09:39 PM

Sandy Valdespino has had the first weekend of August marked on his calendar since late January. That's when the former outfielder got a letter from the Twins informing him of the plan to hold a 1965 reunion weekend, honoring the pennant-winning group on its 50th anniversary.

Rosenthal’s Latest: Dodgers, Mets, Hamels, Jays, Astros
via Twins Digest August 01, 2015 at 08:51 PM

An elite starting pitcher was a luxury good for the Dodgers, writes Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. That’s why Los Angeles passed on talents like Cole Hamels, David Price, and Johnny Cueto despite possessing the prospect depth to acquire their pick … Continue reading →

Rosenthal's Latest: Dodgers, Mets, Hamels, Jays, Astros
via MLB Trade Rumors August 01, 2015 at 08:33 PM

An elite starting pitcher was a luxury good for the Dodgers, writes Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. That’s why Los Angeles passed on talents like Cole Hamels, David Price, and Johnny Cueto despite possessing the prospect depth to acquire their pick of the litter. Instead, the club flexed its financial might to acquire Mat Latos, Alex Wood, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan, and Jose Peraza. The biggest

New father Plouffe back to work with Twins
via Mlb.com - Twins August 01, 2015 at 07:33 PM

It might be some time before Teddy Plouffe makes his Target Field debut, but his father, Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe, was happy to be back at work Saturday after spending the past three days on the paternity list.

Twinsights: Kevin Jepsen arrives, vows to keep walks under control
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 01, 2015 at 05:21 PM

For all their troubles lately, Twins relievers still have the fifth-best nine-inning walk rate in the majors (2.74). Newly acquired right-hander Kevin Jepsen, despite his reputation for being “effectively wild,” according to Twins general manager Terry Ryan, doesn’t have any intention of harming that collective strength. “I definitely know when I’m walking too many guys,” Jepsen said Saturday upon

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Home Game Preview Sat. 8.1.15
via Twins Digest August 01, 2015 at 01:27 PM

The Red Wings look to take the second game of this three-game set Saturday night against Syracuse.

Twinsights: Byron Buxton is using his downtime wisely
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 01, 2015 at 11:57 AM

Byron Buxton finally resumed taking batting practice on the field this week. Judging from the early results, his sprained left thumb has fully healed. “It feels great,” said Buxton, still rated the No. 1 prospect in baseball by MLB.com. “It feels like the BP I was taking (in June) and probably even better. I feel more grounded, more stable.” During an absence that has stretched on for nearly six w

Hello, Jepsen; good-bye, Hu
via Baseball Outsider August 01, 2015 at 06:09 AM

Chih-Wei Hu with Cedar Rapids in2014. The Twins did make a bullpen trade Friday afternoon: Kevin Jepsen from Tampa Bay for two minor league pitchers, Chih-Wei Hu and Alexis Tapia.The trade addresses the biggest need on the roster. I'm lukewarm on it only because I had already developed an emotional investment in Hu, who I saw last summer in his full-season league debut in Cedar Rapids. H

Snappers Lose Sixth Straight
via Twins Digest August 01, 2015 at 06:09 AM

The Beloit Snappers opened up their three game home series against the Peoria Chiefs by leaving nine runners on base which led them to a 4-2 loss, their sixth straight.