BOSTON -- After an outburst of offensive production in May, outfielder Torii Hunter has made his first appearance among the leading American League vote-getters for the 2015 All-Star Game, according to Monday's balloting update. Fans can continue to show their support by voting for him on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.
Hunter ranked 14th among outfielders, with 386,847 votes. He compiled a .333/.391/.566 slash line while registering six home runs and 25 RBIs in 25 games last month, and his .279 season batting average ranks 10th-best among qualified AL outfielders.
Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Twins rained out, to play split twin bill Wednesday
By Alec Shirkey
BOSTON -- Fresh off a wildly successful May, the Twins received an unexpected day of rest as the calendar turned to June.
Monday night's game against the Red Sox was postponed because of "moderate to heavy" rain showers forecasted around Fenway Park throughout the evening, the teams announced. The game will instead be made up at 12:35 p.m. CT on Wednesday as part of a split-admission, day-night doubleheader. The Red Sox expect Tuesday night's game to take place as scheduled.
The 2015 Draft will take place from Monday, June 8, through Wednesday, June 10, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB.com and MLB Network on Monday at 6 p.m. ET. Live Draft coverage from MLB Network's Studio 42 begins at 7 p.m., with the top 75 picks being streamed on MLB.com and broadcast on MLB Network. MLB.com's exclusive coverage of Day 2 begins with a live Draft show at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, with exclusive coverage of Day 3 beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
MLB.com's coverage includes Draft Central, the Top 200 Draft Prospects list and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of over 1,700 Draft-eligible players. Every selection will be tweeted live from @MLBDraftTracker, and you can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.
Gonsalves allows two hits, takes no-no into seventh
Twins No. 11 prospect whiffs 11, shares Minor League lead for strikeouts
By Alex M. Smith
Stephen Gonsalves has been slicing up opposing lineups for most of the season, but right now, he's nearly untouchable.
The Twins' No. 11 prospect took a no-hitter into the seventh inning for Class A Cedar Rapids on Monday, and finished the game with 11 strikeouts against two hits and four walks in a 5-0 win over Clinton. His third straight win was also his third straight game in which he did not allow an earned run.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Ricky Nolasco left his start against the Blue Jays in the second inning of the Twins' 6-5 win due to a sore right ankle on Sunday. He is listed as day to day and underwent an MRI exam during the game, but the results likely won't be released until Monday.
While facing Russell Martin to lead off the inning, Nolasco was checked on by Twins manager Paul Molitor and trainer Tony Leo after throwing three pitches. But after throwing two warmup pitches, Nolasco remained in the game.
By Rhett Bollinger and Gregor Chisholm
MINNEAPOLIS -- Torii Hunter connected on a go-ahead two-run double in the seventh inning to help lead the Twins to a 6-5 win over the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at Target Field.
With the win, the Twins took the three-game set and have now won eight of their last nine series. They went 20-7 in May to mark the first time they won 20 games in any month since going 22-6 in June of 1991. They also moved atop the American League Central at 30-19, and have the best record in the AL by percentage points over the Astros.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins manager Paul Molitor said he plans on sticking with an eight-man bullpen heading into their four-game series in Boston against the Red Sox.
The Twins have had a 13-man pitching staff since May 22, when right-hander Tim Stauffer was activated from the 15-day disabled list. Molitor said he prefers having 12 pitchers, but that they're not ready to make a move to bring up a position player just yet.
By Rhett Bollinger and Gregor Chisholm
MLB.com |@gregorMLB |
MINNEAPOLIS -- In a game that saw both teams struggle with runners in scoring position, Brian Dozier came through with a go-ahead RBI triple in the seventh inning to lift the Twins to a 3-2 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon at Target Field.
Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson was saddled with a no-decision, but pitched well enough to keep his club in the game -- despite not having his best stuff. The sinkerballer gave up two runs (one earned) on eight hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings. The lone earned run came on a solo shot by Kevin Pillar in the fourth. The bullpen was solid, as Brian Duensing, Ryan Pressly and Casey Fien combined to turn in 2 1/3 scoreless innings before handing it over to Blaine Boyer, who picked up his first save of the year with closer Glen Perkins unavailable.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Ervin Santana is continuing to throw live batting-practice sessions as part of his throwing program to get ready to return from his 80-game suspension for the use of a performance-enhancing substance.
Santana threw a 60-pitch live BP session on Wednesday, and is throwing again this weekend to mark his third time facing batters. He's eligible to return on July 4.
MINNEAPOLIS -- For as well as the Twins have been playing this year, it wasn't an unfamiliar sight to see the Blue Jays using home runs at Target Field to their advantage Friday night.
The Blue Jays entered Friday with a 12-5 record all-time at Target Field, with Toronto connecting on 26 homers in those 17 games. This time, it was Josh Donaldson crushing a three-run blast off Trevor May in the fifth to tie the game before former Twin Chris Colabello smacked the go-ahead two-run homer off closer Glen Perkins in the ninth to give the Blue Jays a 6-4 win.
MINNESOTA -- Chris Colabello's past year has been full of highs and lows. Friday night, the outfielder might've reached his highest point thus far in the Blue Jays' 6-4 victory over his former team, the Twins.
After two years with the Twins, Colabello was claimed off waivers by Toronto in the offseason. Shortly after, the outfielder was designated for assignment and outrighted to Triple-A. Colabello was called up earlier this month, and got revenge against his former team Friday, breaking open a tie game with a two-run home run in the ninth inning.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins' bullpen got a boost Friday night with Casey Fien returning to the fold.
Fien, on the 15-day disabled list since April 30 with a right shoulder strain, was reinstated Friday and tossed a scoreless eighth inning against the Blue Jays. It came after he tossed scoreless innings in rehab appearances with Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday and Wednesday, and was activated Friday. Right-hander Michael Tonkin was optioned to Triple-A.
Maybe all you need to know about the Minnesota Twins was on display in the bottom of the third inning Wednesday afternoon at Target Field. This would be the day the Twins would grab a share of first place in the American League Central, the day of another raucous clubhouse celebration after a 6-4 victory over the Red Sox. Sure, there's a long way to go, but for Minnesota, these small milestones have significance.
The Twins trailed the Red Sox, 2-0, in the bottom of the third inning, but they had the tying runs on base when veteran outfielder Torii Hunter stepped to the plate against Boston starter Rick Porcello.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins have been one of the biggest surprises in the Majors this year, 28-18 and tied for the American League Central lead with the Royals after completing a three-game sweep of the Red Sox on Wednesday.
The Twins have won seven of their past eight series, 19 of their past 25 games and 12 of their past 14 home games. They bounced back from a 1-6 record and have been the hottest team in the Majors over the last month, as their 22-8 record since April 25 is the best in the Majors in that span.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins completed a three-game sweep over the Red Sox with a 6-4 win powered by homers from Aaron Hicks and Eddie Rosario on Wednesday afternoon at Target Field. It marked the first sweep of Boston in Minnesota since 2006, and helped the Twins move into a tie for first place in the American League Central with the Royals at 28-18.
Right-hander Phil Hughes picked up the win for the Twins, allowing four runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings. He's now 4-0 in May after going 0-4 in April. Hughes was hurt by a pair of two-run homers from Dustin Pedroia, but was solid otherwise. After Minnesota used four relievers to record four outs, closer Glen Perkins shut the door in the ninth to improve to 18-for-18 in save opportunities.
Betsy Helfand is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop
By Mark Newman
Along with the new Web-based media player (version 5.0) that was introduced this week by Major League Baseball Advanced Media, there is another new reason to sign up now to watch live out-of-market games. The cost of a yearly subscription was lowered on Friday to $99.99 for MLB.TV Premium and $79.99 for MLB.TV.
This is the final weekend of May, and the price drop for MLB.TV reflects the fact that nearly a third of the regular season is in the books. The new HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download, and the new game scoreboard will make it easier to track games.
By Ian Browne and Betsy Helfand
MLB.com |@IanMBrowne |
MINNEAPOLIS -- Strong starting pitching and early offensive bursts have defined the Twins in May as they've shot up in the standings. Tuesday was no different for Minnesota, which used that formula to secure a 2-1 victory over the Red Sox at Target Field.
Following an 81-minute rain delay before the first pitch, three first-inning doubles provided enough offense for Twins starter Mike Pelfrey, who pitched seven innings and gave up just one run for his second consecutive quality start. Closer Glen Perkins came on in the eighth, worked out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam and nailed down a four-out save to secure the series victory.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. Betsy Helfand is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Considering he wasn't even added to the rotation until Ervin Santana's 80-game suspension right before the start of the season, Mike Pelfrey's impressive start is one of the biggest surprises for the Twins this season.
Pelfrey kept it rolling against the Red Sox on Tuesday, giving up just one run on five hits over seven innings to help lead the Twins to a 2-1 win. Pelfrey improved to 4-1 with a 2.77 ERA overall and has a 2.29 ERA over his past eight outings.
By Rhett Bollinger and Ian Browne
MLB.com |@IanMBrowne |
MINNEAPOLIS -- Ricky Nolasco picked up career win No. 100 with a season-high 7 2/3 innings, and was backed by a six-run second inning from the Twins in a 7-2 win over the Red Sox on Monday afternoon at Target Field.
Nolasco retired 15 of the final 16 batters he faced, and gave up two runs on six hits, while striking out five and walking none. The right-hander improved to 5-0 with a 3.77 ERA in five starts since missing nearly a month with right elbow inflammation. It helped the Twins improve to a season-high eight games above .500 at 26-18.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins just keep finding ways to score early, and it was again the case in a 7-2 win over the Red Sox on Monday at Target Field.
Minnesota knocked Boston right-hander Joe Kelly out of the game after just 1 1/3 innings, scoring six runs in the second inning. It marked the eighth straight game the Twins scored first, and they're 6-2 over that span. The Twins are 19-6 when they score before their opponent, and it's helped them to a surprising start with a 26-18 record that has them second in the American League Central.