Fulmer, ranked as the No. 50 overall prospect by MLBPipeline.com, gave up two runs on seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts. He became the first Tigers pitcher to win his debut since lefty Kyle Ryan on Aug. 30, 2014.
MINNEAPOLIS -- After his team gave up a season-high 18 hits in a 9-2 loss to the Tigers on Friday, Twins manager Paul Molitor didn't have many things to be pleased about.
But he couldn't help but be impressed -- and crack a joke -- about a great diving catch down the right-field line made by Miguel Sano to rob Miguel Cabrera of a hit to end the top of the seventh inning. It was Sano's first start in right field since Monday after making back-to-back starts at his natural position of third base, but it was evidence he's making progress in right.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Left-hander Tommy Milone is headed to the bullpen, as he's being replaced in the rotation by prospect Alex Meyer, who will make his first career start Tuesday against the Astros.
Right-hander Ricky Nolasco will start on regular rest against the Tigers on Sunday, and will be followed by top prospect Jose Berrios in the series opener in Houston on Monday. It'll be the second career start for Berrios, who gave up five runs over four-plus innings in his debut against the Indians on Wednesday.
Hit by liner in last start, Duffey takes on Tigers
By Brian Hall
Special to MLB.com |
Twins right-hander Tyler Duffey will get another chance to prove himself after his promotion from Triple-A when he opposes Tigers righty Jordan Zimmermann on Saturday at Target Field.
Duffey had to leave in the fifth inning of his previous start after taking a line drive off the back of his right shoulder. He left having allowed one run on five hits and two walks in four-plus innings.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins are off to another slow start this season, opening up 7-15 through their first 22 games.
Manager Paul Molitor said Wednesday they know they have a lot of ground to make up the rest of the year, and he addressed his team about its situation before the series opener vs. the Indians on Monday. He still believes it's too early to panic, but it's clear there are plenty of questions about this team. And that leads us to the first Twins Inbox of the regular season.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jose Berrios showed flashes of why he's considered one of the top pitching prospects for the Twins in recent years, but his Major League debut ultimately didn't go as planned.
Berrios, ranked as the Twins' No. 1 prospect and No. 16 overall, hit as high as 97 mph on the radar gun and showed off his impressive changeup and curveball, recording five strikeouts, but he lasted only four-plus innings in a 6-5 loss to the Indians. The 21-year-old right-hander gave up five runs on six hits, two walks and a hit-by-pitch.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Indians spoiled Twins top prospect Jose Berrios' highly anticipated Major League debut, knocking him out of the game after four-plus innings en route to a 6-5 win to avoid a three-game sweep on Wednesday night at Target Field.
"We had a little momentum coming into the series, and the first two games didn't go our way," Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis said. "Going into this off-day, we needed to get a win. We're a game above .500 right now. If you're looking at our past Aprils, I think that's much better than what we've done the last couple."
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Twins Minor Leaguer Rodriguez suspended for 80 games
Outfielder tests positive for performance-enhancing substance
By Quinn Roberts
Twins Minor League outfielder Reynaldo Rodriguez received an 80-game suspension on Thursday after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The suspension of Rodriguez, who is currently on the roster for the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings of the International League, is effective immediately.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins turned Target Field purple on Monday, celebrating the life and music of Prince in a tribute game against the Indians. Now, there will be a bit of baseball history located inside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
On Wednesday, the Twins and Indians finished putting together a package of items from Monday's game that have been authenticated and will be sent to the Rock Hall. Every player and coach from Minnesota and Cleveland autographed the lineup card from the Twins' 4-3 walk-off victory, in which players wore purple wristbands as part of the celebration of the late singer.
Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins manager Paul Molitor said he met with Kevin Jepsen after Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Indians to reiterate that he's still the club's closer despite blowing his last two save opportunities.
Molitor wanted to reassure Jepsen that he still has confidence in him going forward, and that he'll remain as the closer in Glen Perkins' absence. Jepsen couldn't hold a one-run lead in the Twins' eventual loss to the Nationals in 16 innings on Sunday, when he surrendered a tying solo homer to Bryce Harper, and he did the same on Tuesday, when he gave up a solo blast to Mike Napoli to tie the game.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins won in walk-off fashion for a second straight night, as Miguel Sano hit an RBI single into center field in the ninth inning to lift Minnesota to a 6-5 win over the Indians on Tuesday at Target Field.
Sano's game-winner came off closer Cody Allen and scored Brian Dozier after the Indians decided to walk Joe Mauer intentionally with one out after a double from Dozier. The Twins also won on a walk-off hit Monday on Oswaldo Arcia's ninth-inning homer.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Before he walked to the plate with two runners on base after the Indians intentionally walked Joe Mauer in a tie game in the ninth inning Tuesday night, Miguel Sano received some advice from Oswaldo Arcia.
Arcia came through with a walk-off homer on a fastball in the ninth inning on Monday, and he told Sano to look for the same pitch from Indians closer Cody Allen. Sano listened and lined a 1-1 fastball into center field to score Brian Dozier from second and hand Minnesota its second straight walk-off win with a 6-5 victory over Cleveland at Target Field.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins promoted top pitching prospectJose Berrios on Tuesday, and he is set to make his Major League debut in a start against the Indians on Wednesday.
The Twins announced the callup about an hour before Tuesday's game as right-handers Ervin Santana (back spasms) and Kyle Gibson (right shoulder strain) were placed on the 15-day disabled list. They also recalled infielder Jorge Polanco along with Berrios, who had to be added to the 40-man roster. But the club had an open spot after it lost catcher John Hicks on waivers to the Tigers on Saturday.
Pirates No. 1 prospect strikes out 11 in scoreless start for Triple-A Indianapolis
By Mike Rosenbaum
After he struggled in his last start for Triple-A Indianapolis, Pirates No. 1 prospect Tyler Glasnow returned to form Tuesday to fire six scoreless innings in a win against Durham.
Glasnow, No. 8 on the Top 100, was nothing short of dominant, allowing two hits and one walk while setting a Triple-A career-high with 11 strikeouts. He threw 56 of his season-high 87 pitches for strikes and, after logging exactly five innings in his first three turns, the six frames marked his longest of the season for the Indians.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Torii Hunter made Prince's "Little Red Corvette" the Twins' unofficial theme song last year, but after Prince's death on Thursday, the team will pay tribute to the Minnesota-born music legend by playing the song during the seventh-inning stretch in each of their remaining home games this season.
The practice began against the Indians on Monday night, when the Twins returned to Target Field after a five-game road trip. After the customary rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," "Little Red Corvette" was played, much to the excitement of the fans. The Twins previously didn't have a seventh-inning song, like how the Red Sox famously play Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline."
MINNEAPOLIS -- Oswaldo Arcia hit a walk-off solo shot off Indians reliever Zach McAllister in the ninth inning to lead the Twins to a 4-3 win Monday night at Target Field.
Arcia's towering blast to right came on a 1-2 fastball from McAllister, who had not allowed an earned run this season. It was the first walk-off homer for the Twins since Brian Dozier hit one against the Orioles last July 6. It gave Kevin Jepsen the win after a scoreless ninth and helped atone for Yan Gomes' game-tying homer in the eighth against reliever Ryan Pressly.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Considering Oswaldo Arcia had struck out in 10 of his previous 19 at-bats, hitting coach Tom Brunansky wasn't shy about yelling out to Arcia to shorten his swing after falling behind Indians reliever Zach McAllister in the ninth inning.
McAllister got Arcia to take a big swing and a miss on a 1-1 fastball to make it 1-2, and Brunansky had to remind Arcia to switch to a two-strike approach. Brunansky's advice paid off, as Arcia was able to connect on a 93-mph fastball over the plate and lift it into the right-field seats to give the Twins a 4-3 walk-off win on Monday, a day after losing a 16-inning marathon against the Nationals.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Two of the Twins' top youngsters are heading back to the Minors.
The Twins optioned outfielders Byron Buxton and Max Kepler to Triple-A Rochester on Monday. Utility man Danny Santana was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list, while right-hander Alex Meyer was recalled from Triple-A. Additionally, the Twins announced veteran outfielder David Murphy, who hit .194 in 10 games at Triple-A, exercised an out clause in his contract and is a free agent.
Rangers' No. 1 hits go-ahead shot in third multi-homer game, Reds' No. 4 strikes out nine in scoreless start
By Mike Rosenbaum
No. 7 overall prospectJoey Gallo slugged his sixth and seventh home runs of the season on Monday, including a go-ahead blast in the top of the 12th inning to help push Triple-A Round Rock past Memphis, 6-5.
The Rangers' No. 1 prospect drove in three runs and scored three times, also walking twice, as part of a 2-for-4 performance at the plate. Gallo connected on a two-run shot to right-center field in his first at-bat against Memphis starter Jeremy Hefner, and then took reliever Heath Wyatt deep to right field to open the 12th inning.
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.
Let's Go Crazy: Twins honor Prince with walk-off HR
By Matt Monagan |
When musical legend Prince tragically passed away last Thursday, the world mourned. Although they were on the road away from Minnesota (Prince's hometown), the Twins also paid their respects -- turning Target Field purple.
On Monday night, they were finally back home to host the Indians and a full-fledged "Prince Tribute Night" was at hand.
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.
A player's first full season in pro ball after being drafted can often be a trying one, as the transition to playing every day at a much higher level can be tough. For two members of this edition of Prospect Team of the Week (April 18-24), it has proven to not be so difficult.
WASHINGTON -- At various points in Sunday's game, the Twins held leads of 4-1, 4-3 and 5-4. But again and again, the Nationals erased Minnesota's advantages, and when the 16th inning ended, the Twins found themselves on the wrong end of a 6-5 classic.
While Washington manager Dusty Baker called Sunday the craziest game he's been a part of, Minnesota's Paul Molitor wasn't interested in ranking it.
MINNEAPOLIS -- After two uncharacteristically subpar seasons, Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is enjoying a renaissance so far this year, as he's among the league leaders in batting average and on-base percentage.
Mauer is aiming to be an All-Star for the seventh time in his career, and for the first time since his career-altering concussion in 2013 that forced him to move from catcher to first base. Fan voting on the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game ballot began Sunday for the 2016 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, which will be held at San Diego's Petco Park on July 12.
WASHINGTON -- Nearly six hours after first pitch Sunday, Nationals outfielder Chris Heisey smashed a 1-1 pitch over the left-center-field fence to send the Nats to a 6-5 victory and series sweep over the Twins and end a game that had more twists than a season of "Game of Thrones."
"This is the craziest. Yeah, this is the craziest," Nationals manager Dusty Baker said when asked where this game ranked among the wildest he'd been a part of. "We always say: Go to the ballpark, you always see something you've never seen before. Well, I certainly hadn't seen anything like this. This was crazy."
WASHINGTON -- Twins pitcher Tyler Duffey exited his season-debut start Sunday with a right arm contusion after being struck with a line drive in the fifth inning at Nationals Park. The Twins lost, 6-5, in 16 innings.
After the game, Duffey said the injury was not serious.
Club fans 18 times in loss to Nats, 15 against starter Roark
By Alex Putterman
WASHINGTON -- During the Twins' 2-0 loss to the Nationals, Brian Dozier knew his team was struggling to hit Nationals starter Tanner Roark. But the second baseman didn't realize quite how bad the damage was until he ducked back to the clubhouse in the late innings.
"I heard, 'Roark with a career-high 15 strikeouts,' and I said, 'What?'" Dozier said. "Too many times, we struck out too many times."