Twins tripped up late in extras loss to Royals

Twins tripped up late in extras loss to Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Lorenzo Cain scored from third on an infield dribbler off the bat of Jarrod Dyson with one out in the 10th inning as the Royals earned a 3-2 walk-off win over the Twins on Friday night before 38,868 fans at Kauffman Stadium.

Cain led off the 10th with a double and went to third with one out on a wild pitch. Dyson then hit a chopper to first baseman Joe Mauer off pitcher Aaron Thompson. Mauer fired home, but the tag was late as Cain slid in headfirst to give Kansas City its first walk-off win of the season.

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Robinson placed on family emergency list

Twins activate outfielder Hicks from 15-day disabled list

Robinson placed on family emergency list

KANSAS CITY -- The Twins placed outfielder Shane Robinson on the family emergency list on Friday, and activated fellow outfielder Aaron Hicks from the 15-day disabled list.

It marks the second time that Robinson has been placed on the family emergency list this season, as he also missed three games in mid-May. Robinson's seven-month old daughter, Harper, was born with a stomach/esophagus condition that requires multiple surgeries. She suffered a complication on Thursday, which caused Robinson to leave the team and join his wife in Boston where Harper is being treated.

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All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

Watch selection shows on ESPN; Final Vote to get underway Monday

All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

It was historic because it happened exclusively online. It was personal because it decided the fate of your favorite players. It was intense because you argued a lot. And it was teamwork because you helped shatter a Major League Baseball record.

After 65 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday.

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Gibson fires 8 scoreless as Twins blank Royals

Gibson fires 8 scoreless as Twins blank Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson continued his mastery of the Royals by humming through eight scoreless innings and allowing just four singles in a 2-0 win on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals lost their fourth straight as the Twins moved 3 1/2 games out of first in the American League Central.

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Sano logs first MLB hit in debut vs. Royals

Sano logs first MLB hit in debut vs. Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Top prospect Miguel Sano made his long-awaited debut with the Twins on Thursday, serving as the designated hitter and hitting sixth against the Royals.

Sano went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts in his debut, reaching on an infield single in the ninth inning off closer Greg Holland for his first Major League hit. Shane Robinson replaced him as a pinch-runner, but Sano's hit led to a run with Eduardo Escobar coming through with an RBI triple to give the Twins some breathing room in a 2-0 win at Kauffman Stadium.

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Twins rewarded after showing faith in Gibson

Twins rewarded after showing faith in Gibson

KANSAS CITY -- It's evident that Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson has taken a major step forward in his development as a starting pitcher in his second full season in the Majors, and with that has come trust from manager Paul Molitor.

It was clear on Thursday night against the first-place Royals, as Molitor kept Gibson in the game despite running into a jam in the eighth inning. Gibson allowed two runners to reach with one out, but he remained in the game despite being over 100 pitches, and Gibson was able to retire the heart of Kansas City's order to help lift Minnesota to a 2-0 win.

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Mike Bauman

Sano enjoys Major taste of winning most of all

Sano enjoys Major taste of winning most of all

KANSAS CITY -- Before Thursday night's game, Miguel Sano was asked repeatedly what his goal was for his Major League debut.

His answer never really varied by more than a few words. "Try to get a win tonight," Sano said.

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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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Jonathan Mayo

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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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayo on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

Sano, ranked the No. 9 overall prospect by MLB.com, was held out of the Double-A Chattanooga lineup on Wednesday night. He is ranked No. 2 among Twins prospects.

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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.

Cueto (5-5, 2.84) gave up one run on four hits, one walk and one hit batter for his first win since June 7. He also recorded eight strikeouts, giving him exactly 100 on the season. The 29-year-old right-hander is in the final year of his current contract, and he has been considered by many as a candidate to be moved before the non-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31.

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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.

May, coming off his worst outing of the season, bounced back to give up just two runs, one earned, on six hits and three walks over 6 1/3 innings in a 2-1 loss to the Reds.

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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.

Santana made his third and final rehab start with Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday, tossing eight scoreless innings, which sets him up to start in Kansas City on Sunday. Molitor said the Twins could decide to move a starter to the bullpen or option one to Triple-A Rochester, and he said they're also considering a six-man rotation in the short term.

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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.

Even after an ugly seventh inning that saw the Twins commit two errors that led to two unearned runs, Hughes was strong yet again on Tuesday in an 8-5 win over the Reds during a game that was delayed by rain for 121 minutes.

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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.

Santana, who is lined up to make his return from his 80-game suspension on Sunday in Kansas City, pitched well in his three rehab starts with Rochester. Santana showed no signs of rust, posting a 1.84 ERA along with 11 strikeouts and four walks in 20 2/3 innings.

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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.

While throwing a career-high 122 pitches, DeSclafani was charged with six earned runs over 6 2/3 innings with two walks and seven strikeouts. Torii Hunter homered in the first inning to give the Twins a 1-0 lead. One run crossed in the top of the second inning and another followed in the fifth before separation came in a four-run Minnesota seventh. The big hit was Kurt Suzuki's two-run single against Burke Badenhop, who replaced DeSclafani.

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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.

Berrios, ranked as the No. 26 overall prospect by MLBPipeline.com, went 8-3 with a 3.08 ERA in 15 starts with Chattanooga. The 21-year-old struck out 92, walked 24 and allowed six homers in 90 2/3 innings.

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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.

Pelfrey, though, turned in his second rough outing over his past four starts, as he lasted two-plus innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits and three walks in an 11-7 loss to the Reds at Great American Ball Park. It marked the second time in his past four outings he gave up eight runs, and he has a 6.84 ERA over that span.

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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.

Cincinnati, which was coming off being swept by the Mets while scoring only four runs in three games, built a 9-1 run lead through three innings. As 10 men batted in a five-run Reds third, Eugenio Suarez hit a two-run double to center field as Twins starter Mike Pelfrey's final batter. Later in the inning with the bases loaded against Alex Meyer, Joey Votto hit a two-run single. Every Reds position player had at least one hit in the game, including Tucker Barnhart with a 4-for-5 night.

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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.

Nolasco, on the 15-day disabled list since June 4 with a right ankle impingement, is scheduled to see Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C. Anderson is a noted ankle and foot specialist who serves as the co-chair of the National Football League's foot and ankle committee.

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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.

Milone didn't factor into the decision, but he also didn't allow a run over six innings and struck out seven. From the third to fifth inning, the left-hander fanned six in three perfect frames and he didn't surrender his second hit until the sixth.

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Jonathan Mayo

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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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayo on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

Twins starter Tommy Milone fired six scoreless innings and surrendered just two hits, but was lifted from the game for a pinch hitter when Minnesota was threatening in the sixth.

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