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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Twins' success a result of mental toughness

Resilient club bounces back from rough loss with solid all-around victory

Twins' success a result of mental toughness

MILWAUKEE -- There are valid reasons why the Minnesota Twins are in second place in the American League Central rather than fifth. One of those reasons was on display Saturday at Miller Park.

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Escobar, Hunter power Twins over Crew

Escobar, Hunter power Twins over Crew

MILWAUKEE -- Eduardo Escobar hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in the fifth inning, Torii Hunter added insurance with a pair of solo homers, and the Twins evened their Interleague series by beating Matt Garza and the Brewers, 5-2, on Saturday at Miller Park.

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Twins to 'mix and match' in CF due to injuries

Molitor doesn't see rotation at position as disadvantage

Twins to 'mix and match' in CF due to injuries

MILWAUKEE -- Due to injuries to outfielders Byron Buxton and Aaron Hicks, the Twins will be using a stable of players to play center field, according to manager Paul Molitor.

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Johan reportedly puts comeback on hold

Johan reportedly puts comeback on hold

Two-time American League Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana has put a halt to his attempt to try to come back from injury and pitch again in the Major Leagues this season, according to ESPN.com's Adam Rubin.

Rubin cited sources as saying that Santana has been most recently dealing with a toe infection and believes he would not have enough time to work back to a Major League-ready level in time to compete in 2015.

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May's outing turns sour at first glance

Gives up 6 runs, commits error while getting one out

May's outing turns sour at first glance

MILWAUKEE -- Trevor May's stellar month of June on the mound ended on a sour note Friday against the Brewers. The Twins right-hander, who had allowed just five runs over four starts in the month, was knocked around for six runs before he could record a second out in the Twins' 10-4 loss at Miller Park.

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Dozier, Parra hit leadoff HRs in Twins-Crew tilt

Dozier, Parra hit leadoff HRs in Twins-Crew tilt

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers' 10-4 win over the Twins on Friday night began with a couple of bangs.

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May's rough 1st signals Twins' long night

May's rough 1st signals Twins' long night

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers torched Twins pitchers Trevor May and Alex Meyer for 10 runs in the first two innings of Milwaukee's 10-4 win Friday at Miller Park, carrying Kyle Lohse to a historic victory.

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Sprained thumb lands Twins' Buxton on DL

Outfielder sustained injury on attempted steal; Minnesota recalls Santana

Sprained thumb lands Twins' Buxton on DL

MILWAUKEE -- The Twins placed Byron Buxton, the second overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft and the No. 1 prospect in baseball, according to MLB.com, on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a sprained left thumb. Manager Paul Molitor expects Buxton to miss four to six weeks.

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Meyer debuts in sticky situation

Right-hander gets out of jam before giving up 4 runs, 2 homers

Meyer debuts in sticky situation

MILWAUKEE -- Being shifted to the bullpen came as a relief for Alex Meyer, but his Major League debut on Friday offered little comfort. Meyer was called out of the bullpen after starter Trevor May managed to record just one out on his way to giving up six runs to the Brewers in a 10-4 loss.

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Molitor returns to Milwaukee roots

Twins manager played with Brewers for 15 years

Molitor returns to Milwaukee roots

MILWAUKEE -- Paul Molitor returned to Milwaukee on Friday night, still a winner in the standings and still suitably grateful for his experiences with the Brewers.

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Nolasco experiences another setback

A second bullpen session does not go as planned

Nolasco experiences another setback

MILWAUKEE -- Twins starter Ricky Nolasco threw a bullpen session on Friday in Minnesota and it didn't go well, according to manager Paul Molitor.

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Twins' Berrios, Kepler to play in Futures Game

Twins' Berrios, Kepler to play in Futures Game

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins prospects Jose Berrios and Max Kepler are set to represent the club in the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will take place on July 12 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

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Inbox: What has been the Twins' biggest surprise?

Beat reporter Rhett Bollinger answers fans' questions

Inbox: What has been the Twins' biggest surprise?

MINNEAPOLIS -- After going 5-3 on their homestand against the Cardinals, Cubs and White Sox, the Twins are six games above .500 (39-33) with an off-day on Thursday before playing 17 straight days heading into the All-Star break.

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Hughes outduels Sale as Twins top Sox

Hughes outduels Sale as Twins top Sox

MINNEAPOLIS -- White Sox ace Chris Sale fell short of striking out at least 12 batters for a sixth straight start, as he was outdueled by Phil Hughes in the Twins' 6-1 win on Wednesday afternoon at Target Field.

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Dominant effort shows Hughes finding form

Dominant effort shows Hughes finding form

MINNEAPOLIS -- While much was made about the impressive strikeout streak White Sox ace Chris Sale was on entering his start against the Twins on Wednesday, right-hander Phil Hughes entered on a roll of his own.

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Twins to call up top pitching prospect Meyer

Twins to call up top pitching prospect Meyer

It might be not how Alex Meyer thought he'd get to the big leagues, but the big right-hander has finally arrived.

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Four-K day a learning experience for Buxton

Four-K day a learning experience for Buxton

MINNEAPOLIS -- After striking out four times against White Sox ace Chris Sale in the Twins' 6-1 win on Wednesday, rookie center fielder Byron Buxton was asked if he had ever seen a pitcher like Sale during his time in the Minors.

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Twins option reliever Tonkin to Triple-A

Twins option reliever Tonkin to Triple-A

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins optioned right-handed reliever Michael Tonkin to Triple-A Rochester after Wednesday's 6-1 win over the White Sox, and they will make a corresponding roster move before Friday's game in Milwaukee.

Tonkin has posted a 5.73 ERA in 16 appearances this year, with 10 strikeouts and five walks in 11 innings. He was most recently recalled on June 12, posting a 6.00 ERA in four relief outings.

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Twins push back Nolasco's bullpen session

Twins push back Nolasco's bullpen session

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ricky Nolasco was slated to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday, but it was pushed back, as the right-hander needed extra time after receiving his orthotics on Tuesday.

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Hicks on track to begin rehab stint Friday

Hicks on track to begin rehab stint Friday

MINNEAPOLIS -- Outfielder Aaron Hicks is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Friday, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Wednesday.

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