Phenom Sano promoted by Twins, Vargas optioned

Phenom Sano promoted by Twins, Vargas optioned

CINCINNATI -- In a surprising move, the Twins optioned first baseman/designated hitter Kennys Vargas to Double-A Chattanooga after Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Reds. The Twins made a corresponding move before Thursday's game, and they called up top prospect Miguel Sano.

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Twins agree with int'l SS Javier on $4M bonus

Twins agree with int'l SS Javier on $4M bonus

The Twins have made a splash on the international market, agreeing to a $4 million deal with Dominican Republic teenage shortstop Wander Javier, according to industry sources.

There are some scouts who believe that Javier, ranked No. 8 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list, has the potential to be the best all-around player in the class. There are others who would like to see him display his talents more consistently.

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What to expect: Miguel Sano

Twins slugger looks to join Buxton as mainstay in lineup

What to expect: Miguel Sano

In the last few weeks, the Minnesota Twins called up their No. 1 prospect in Byron Buxton and their No. 3 guy in Alex Meyer. So no one was caught off-guard -- especially not in this year of "Promotionpalooza" -- when it was time for No. 2 Twins prospect Miguel Sano to get the call.

When Kennys Vargas was optioned on Tuesday, it became clear that Sano's time had arrived. The Twins are hoping they've timed the 22-year-old Dominican third baseman's first call to the big leagues at exactly the right time. The Double-A Southern League All-Star was really locked in with Chattanooga and the organization clearly doesn't have a problem calling guys up straight from Double-A, as they did the same thing with Buxton a few weeks back.

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Gibson hopes to set tone as Twins hit KC

Gibson hopes to set tone as Twins hit KC

The first-place Royals and second-place Twins hope to make a statement in a four-game series at Kauffman Stadium that begins on Thursday.

Kansas City has proved its run to the World Series last year was no fluke, while Minnesota has been one of the biggest surprises in baseball this season.

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May battles, but error costly as Twins fall

May battles, but error costly as Twins fall

CINCINNATI -- In potentially his final start in a Reds uniform at Great American Ball Park, ace Johnny Cueto threw eight strong innings to lead the Reds to a series-clinching 2-1 victory over the Twins on Wednesday.

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Five famous quotes that were about Miguel Sano

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Five famous quotes that were about Miguel Sano

On Wednesday afternoon, the Twins brought joy to the hearts of prospect fans everywhere when Rhett Bollinger reported that they were calling up uber-prospect Miguel Sano. The 22-year-old, who, according to MLB Pipeline, "has nearly as much power as anyone in the Minor Leagues, with the potential for his 2013 output [35 home runs] to become an annual occurrence," was hitting .274/.374/.544 with 15 home runs at the time of the call-up. He also looks wonderfully sassy when pretending his bat is a sword. 

Hoping to know just what to expect when Sano, we looked to history's greatest thinkers and writers. Turns out that much has already been written about the third baseman. 

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May states rotation case with fine outing

May states rotation case with fine outing

CINCINNATI -- After a strong showing against the Reds on Wednesday, Trevor May isn't making the Twins' decision on their rotation any easier, with Ervin Santana set to return from his 80-game suspension on Sunday in Kansas City.

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Santana's return has Twins weighing options

Among potential strategies is using six-man rotation until ASG break

Santana's return has Twins weighing options

CINCINNATI -- Right-hander Ervin Santana is set to make his return from his 80-game suspension on Sunday against the Royals, and manager Paul Molitor said the Twins are weighing their rotation options.

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Robinson day to day after being hit by pitch

Robinson day to day after being hit by pitch

CINCINNATI -- Twins outfielder Shane Robinson left Wednesday's game against the Reds in the sixth inning after being hit near his left elbow by a 96-mph fastball from right-hander Johnny Cueto in the fifth. It was later announced he had a left elbow contusion.

Robinson, who started in left field, was hit near his left elbow in the top of the fifth. He was looked at by Twins manager Paul Molitor and trainer Dave Pruemer, and he remained in the game.

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Hughes maximizing quality in successful run

With 2.47 ERA over last five starts, Twins righty hurt only by solo homers, defense in win over Reds

Hughes maximizing quality in successful run

CINCINNATI -- After a slow start to the season, right-hander Phil Hughes has found his groove this month and is looking more and more like the pitcher who was the Twins' best starter last season.

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Santana displays readiness for Twins debut

Righty tosses eight scoreless innings in final Triple-A outing, scheduled for Sunday start

Santana displays readiness for Twins debut

CINCINNATI -- Twins right-hander Ervin Santana was impressive in his final tuneup with Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday, tossing eight scoreless innings against Pawtucket.

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Twins rain on Reds, then fend off rally for win

Twins rain on Reds, then fend off rally for win

CINCINNATI -- The Twins had never faced Reds rookie starter Anthony DeSclafani before, but they clearly did a good job with their advanced reconnaissance. Minnesota scattered 15 hits in the game, including 11 off of DeSclafani, before holding on for a messy 8-5 victory Tuesday that evened the three-game series ahead of Wednesday's matinee finale at Great American Ball Park.

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Twins bump Berrios up to Triple-A Rochester

Club's No. 4 prospect scheduled to make first start with affiliate on Friday

Twins bump Berrios up to Triple-A Rochester

CINCINNATI -- After a strong showing at Double-A Chattanooga, Twins No. 4 prospect Jose Berrios was promoted to Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday.

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Twins don't quit, make valiant comeback bid

Dozier's three-run HR caps six-run fourth, but bats stymied thereafter

Twins don't quit, make valiant comeback bid

CINCINNATI -- After falling behind by eight runs after just three innings, it would've been easy for the Twins to roll over against the Reds on Monday night at Great American Ball Park.

But the Twins rallied for six runs in the fourth, keyed by a three-run homer from Brian Dozier off right-hander Mike Leake with two outs. It made it just a two-run game, but the Twins weren't able to add on in an eventual 11-7 loss.

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Location issues lead to Pelfrey's rough outing

Twins righty roughed up for nine runs in two-plus

Location issues lead to Pelfrey's rough outing

CINCINNATI -- Considering Twins manager Paul Molitor mentioned him as a potential All-Star before Monday night's game, Mike Pelfrey's spot in the rotation should be safe once right-hander Ervin Santana returns from his 80-game suspension Sunday.

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Twins stage huge rally, but can't catch Reds

Twins stage huge rally, but can't catch Reds

CINCINNATI -- In a game where a cornucopia of runs were scored in the early innings, the Reds held off the Twins to claim a series-opening 11-7 victory on Monday night at Great American Ball Park.

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Nolasco to get third opinion on ankle

Twins right-hander endured setback Friday

Nolasco to get third opinion on ankle

CINCINNATI -- Twins right-hander Ricky Nolasco is set to get another opinion on his right ankle after suffering another setback Friday, when he still felt discomfort and had to end his bullpen session early.

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Torii, Dozier seek All-Star votes in final week

Balloting concludes Thursday at 10:59 p.m. CT

Torii, Dozier seek All-Star votes in final week

CINCINNATI -- The final 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot update was released on Monday, and right fielder Torii Hunter remained the lone Twins player among the leading vote-getters at his position, but remains millions of votes behind his competitors.

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Son of 'Pudge' flirts with no-no in front of dad

Rodriguez goes 6 1/3 innings before allowing a hit in fourth career start

Son of 'Pudge' flirts with no-no in front of dad

The stars nearly aligned for Dereck Rodriguez -- son of the former 14-time All-Star catcher, Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez -- on Monday.

With his dad in the crowd, the Rookie League Elizabethton hurler didn't allow a hit until he gave up a single to Bristol's Carlos Munoz with one out in the seventh. He worked around the base hit and finished with seven strikeouts vs. just one walk over seven shutout innings as the E-Twins blanked the Pirates, 6-0.

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Walker hits Minor League best 23rd home run

Twins' No. 12 prospect homers in third consecutive game for Double-A Chattanooga

Walker hits Minor League best 23rd home run

The hottest bat in the Minor Leagues right now is also one of its most powerful. Twins No. 12 prospect Adam Brett Walker continued his torrid stretch on Monday night, homering for the third straight game and extending his Minor League season home run lead with his 23rd dinger of the year. Walker's most recent blast was the only run that Rays No. 9 prospect Blake Snell allowed in six innings for the Biscuits.

The outfielder has homered in five of his past six contests, a run that includes the Southern League Home Run Derby crown he won last week. Walker simply cannot cease hammering the baseball out of the park. While the Lookouts dropped Monday's contest to Montgomery, 5-3, Walker's steady power has helped the team to a 44-29 record.

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Milone makes case to stick with Twins rotation

Lefty allows 2 hits in 6 shutout innings Sunday vs. Brewers

Milone makes case to stick with Twins rotation

MILWAUKEE -- Tommy Milone's spot in the Twins' starting rotation could potentially be on the line with the return of Ervin Santana about a week away. However, the 28-year-old continued to make a case for keeping it in the Twins' 5-3 loss to the Brewers on Sunday at Miller Park.

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Twins trio, led by Sano, on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of Week

Twins trio, led by Sano, on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

When Miguel Sano was hitting just .159 and slugging .381 in April, no one in the Twins organization was overly concerned. They knew the rust from having missed the 2014 season because of Tommy John surgery would be considerable, and fully expected him to return to the power-hitting corner infielder he was before the injury.

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Twins' streaking bullpen hits speedbump

Boyer, Fien falter as Brewers notch 5 runs in 7th, 8th

Twins' streaking bullpen hits speedbump

MILWAUKEE -- Handing a 1-0 lead to his bullpen in the seventh inning hasn't caused Twins' manager Paul Molitor to worry of late. That changed on Sunday as both Blaine Boyer and Casey Fien weren't able to lock down the win for Minnesota, ultimately losing 5-3 to the Brewers at Miller Park.

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Milone strong but Twins' rally comes up short

Milone strong but Twins' rally comes up short

MILWAUKEE -- Mike Fiers pitched seven quality innings before Ryan Braun and Adam Lind hit two-run home runs in the eighth to lift the Brewers to a 5-3 win over the Twins on Sunday at Miller Park.

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Twins weigh options as Santana nears return

Righty set to rejoin rotation after suspension ends July 5

Twins weigh options as Santana nears return

MILWAUKEE -- With the return of starter Ervin Santana looming, the Twins have a decision to make when it comes to their starting rotation, and it isn't going to be an easy one.

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Hunter crushes way to 7th on Twins' HR list

Veteran hits 201st and 202nd homers Saturday to pass Gaetti

Hunter crushes way to 7th on Twins' HR list

MILWAUKEE -- Torii Hunter certainly left his mark on the Twins' 5-2 win over the Brewers at Miller Park on Saturday. The right fielder also made an impression in the Twins' history books.

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Gibson back to inducing ground balls in win

Righty snaps three-start losing streak with impressive 6 2/3 innings

Gibson back to inducing ground balls in win

MILWAUKEE -- When Twins starter Kyle Gibson is on his game, he's inducing ground ball after ground ball. It was a trait he had partially lost during his three-start losing streak before Saturday's 5-2 win over the Brewers at Miller Park.

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