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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Pressure on May in rubber game matinee

Pressure on May in rubber game matinee

Reds ace Johnny Cueto and Twins rookie Trevor May will take the mound in the three-game season series finale on Wednesday at Great American Ball Park. First pitch is at 12:35 p.m. ET after the two teams waited out a two-hour, one-minute rain delay Tuesday night before Minnesota evened the set.

Cueto gave up only two hits over six innings in his last start on Friday, but three straight two-out walks, including one with the bases loaded, scored the winning run for the Mets. He pitched on eight days' rest after he was pushed back from his originally scheduled start on June 23 to give his previous injured elbow more rest.

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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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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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