Adrianza's 2 RBIs, Sano's 2 hits not enough

Adrianza's 2 RBIs, Sano's 2 hits not enough

MINNEAPOLIS -- Victor Martinez recorded his first multihomer game of the season to back right-hander Anibal Sanchez and lead the Tigers to a 6-3 win against the Twins on Friday night at Target Field.

Twins All-Star right-hander Ervin Santana struggled, lasting a season-low 3 1/3 innings and allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks. He gave up a solo blast to Martinez in the second, an RBI double off the wall to Justin Upton in the third and a two-run shot to Martinez in the fourth. He also threw a run-scoring wild pitch.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis.

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Twins seek more consistency from Santana

All-Star right-hander has had feast-or-famine season

Twins seek more consistency from Santana

MINNEAPOLIS -- There's no doubt that right-hander Ervin Santana was the Twins' much-needed ace in the first half, rightfully earning his second All-Star Game appearance.

But it's also clear that if the Twins are going to continue to contend in the second half, they're going to need that same version of Santana going forward with more consistency. Santana has either been incredible -- he has allowed two runs or fewer in 13 starts this season, including a MLB-leading four complete games -- or he has been off with his command and struggled. Friday night against the Tigers fell into the latter category, as he allowed five runs over a season-low 3 1/3 innings in a 6-3 loss to the Tigers at Target Field.

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Twins unveil Kelly statue outside Target Field

Longtime manager honored as part of '87 championship celebration

Twins unveil Kelly statue outside Target Field

MINNEAPOLIS -- With the Twins celebrating the 30th anniversary of their first World Series title this weekend, the organization officially unveiled a statue outside of Target Field honoring long-time manager Tom Kelly, who guided them to World Series championships in '87 and '91.

Kelly, surrounded by Twins management, his players from the '87 club and his family, was on hand for the unveiling, which became the eighth legends statue at the ballpark.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braves shopping Garcia after talks with Twins

Possibility exists clubs could reach a deal

Braves shopping Garcia after talks with Twins

The Braves continue to engage other trade partners for left-hander Jaime Garcia after having extensive discussions with the Twins on Thursday night without reaching a deal.

A Major League source said Friday the two sides had not reached an agreement, and Atlanta is continuing to shop the veteran as he's set to start Friday night against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. There is still a chance the teams could complete a trade, but it appears ongoing talks will be necessary to reach an agreement on the players and money that would be exchanged. Despite a source saying the clubs were close to a deal on Thursday night, an agreement between the two clubs was never reached, so medical issues are not the reason for the hold up.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

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Gibson looking to right ship vs. Tigers

Gibson looking to right ship vs. Tigers

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Tigers and Twins continue a three-game set at Target Field on Saturday, with Jordan Zimmermann taking the mound for Detroit and Kyle Gibson getting the ball for Minnesota.

Zimmermann (6-7, 5.58 ERA) brought his 2017 road winless streak to a close his last time out, tossing 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball and scattering seven hits against the Royals. The one run allowed was the fewest since his first start of 2017.

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Twins ride 6-run 2nd, Berrios to win vs. Yanks

Twins ride 6-run 2nd, Berrios to win vs. Yanks

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jose Berrios threw 6 2/3 strong innings and Miguel Sano crushed a three-run homer as part of a six-run second inning to lift the Twins to a 6-1 win over the Yankees on Wednesday, marking their first series victory over New York in Minnesota since 2008. It was also the first series win for the Twins over the Yankees since '14.

Unable to find his curveball or changeup early, Yankees lefty Jordan Montgomery was hit hard, allowing six runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings. All six runs came with two outs in the second, keyed by a two-run single from Zack Granite, an RBI single from Eduardo Escobar and Sano's team-leading 23rd blast of the year.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

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Rock solid: Granite sparks rally with 1st RBIs

Rookie's 2-run single begins Twins' 6-run outburst in 2nd

Rock solid: Granite sparks rally with 1st RBIs

MINNEAPOLIS -- Zack Granite admitted the time since being called up to the Twins has been one of the craziest periods of his life.

On Wednesday, Granite culminated the chaos with a second-inning single to collect the first two RBIs of his Major League career. His two-out single sparked a six-run outburst, and the Twins never looked back in the eventual 6-1 victory over the Yankees at Target Field.

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Bartolo mulling future, focused on contributing

Bartolo mulling future, focused on contributing

MINNEAPOLIS -- Despite an ESPN report that Twins right-hander Bartolo Colon is mulling retirement, sources close to the 20-year veteran told MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez that Colon is focused on contributing to the Twins.

Colon, Major League Baseball's longest-tenured pitcher, told ESPN that his ensuing start vs. the Dodgers on Monday could be a "determining factor in making a decision" about retiring. Twins manager Paul Molitor, however, met with Colon on Wednesday, and he downplayed the report. Colon also indicated to the Twins before he signed that he wants to pitch next year. He's long had the goal to pass Hall of Famer Juan Marichal's 243 wins, which are the most by a Dominican-born player. Colon has 235 career victories.

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Buxton, Santiago making progress after injuries

Buxton, Santiago making progress after injuries

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins manager Paul Molitor said center fielder Byron Buxton and left-hander Hector Santiago are making progress with their injuries, with Buxton on track to potentially be activated as soon as next Tuesday, while Santiago threw a bullpen session with no issues on Tuesday.

Buxton, on the 10-day disabled list since Saturday with a left groin strain, has been rehabbing at Target Field, and he is eligible to be activated on Tuesday, when the Twins are in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. They're still working out if he'll need a rehab assignment before rejoining the team.

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Wade blasts grand slam for Chattanooga

Wade blasts grand slam for Chattanooga

Astros prospects Daz Cameron and Ronnie Dawson put up monster numbers to help lead Class A Quad Cities to a 20-3 win over Lansing on Wednesday night.

The duo combined to go 6-for-9 with two triples, three home runs, four runs scored and eight RBIs on a night where everything went right for the River Bandits' offense.

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Sano homers, but Twins drop Colon's debut

Sano homers, but Twins drop Colon's debut

MINNEAPOLIS -- While the Yankees' front office was busy finalizing the details of a trade that they hope will bolster their postseason chances, Gary Sanchez delivered a two-run double and Didi Gregorius homered as the Yankees pushed past the Twins, 6-3, on Tuesday at Target Field.

New York evened the series with the victory, improving to 11-3 in its last 14 meetings with Minnesota. With reinforcements Todd Frazier, Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson en route from the White Sox, the Bombers now sit three games behind the division-leading Red Sox in the American League East.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis.

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Promising early on, Colon falters in Twins debut

Veteran righty solid through 4 innings, but Yankees pounce in 5th

Promising early on, Colon falters in Twins debut

MINNEAPOLIS -- For three innings, Bartolo Colon looked like the All-Star he was with the Mets last season when he located his two-seamers on the corners and finished with the lowest walks-per-nine-innings rate in the National League. But it began to unravel for him in the fourth and fifth innings en route to a 6-3 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday night at Target Field.

Colon, pitching for his 10th Major League team in his 20th season, joined the Twins on a Minor League deal in an effort to boost their starting pitching depth. But the 44-year-old's Minnesota debut didn't quite go to plan, as he was charged with four runs on eight hits over four-plus innings, which caused his 8.14 ERA with the Braves to rise to 9.00, while falling to 2-9 on the year. But it was enough for him to get another start, which will come on Tuesday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

With Bartolo up, Hughes to 60-day DL

Breslow reinstated; Vargas optioned to make room

With Bartolo up, Hughes to 60-day DL

MINNEAPOLIS -- Before Tuesday's tilt with the Yankees at Target Field, the Twins announced that they selected the contract of 44-year-old righty Bartolo Colon from Triple-A Rochester and reinstated left-handed reliever Craig Breslow from the 10-day disabled list. Colon got the start against New York on Tuesday; Minnesota is the 10th organization of his 20-year career.

In order to make room on both the 40- and 25-man rosters, Minnesota placed right-hander Phil Hughes on the 60-day DL with a recurrence of thoracic outlet syndrome symptoms.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bartolo fans Judge using veteran trickery

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Bartolo fans Judge using veteran trickery

Bartolo Colon hasn't had the smoothest age-44 season. After a successful and storied stint with the Mets, he lasted only a half season with the Braves before the team designated him for assignment. Luckily, the Twins picked him up.

During Colon's Tuesday night Twins debut against the Yankees, he showed that he still has a few tricks up his sleeve, particularly in the first inning when the wily vet squared off against Home Run Derby champion Aaron Judge.

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Twins host national PLAY campaign

Youngsters spent two hours touring clubhouse, facilities, receiving pointers from players

Twins host national PLAY campaign

MINNEAPOLIS -- At the same time Twins head athletic trainer Dave Pruemer introduced himself in the home dugout, Target Field was being drenched by a heavy storm behind him. It would have been easy for the weather to dampen the spirits of the Blaine Bengals, a local 13U travel team, on Tuesday morning.

Instead, Pruemer and the rest of the staff involved made the most of the two hours with several 12- and 13-year-old baseball players at a professional ballpark. The boys even got a glimpse Minnesota's clubhouse and facilities, as well as spend time with big league ballplayers.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Buxton named Heart and Hustle Award winner

Buxton named Heart and Hustle Award winner

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association revealed the 30 preliminary winners of the 2017 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday. The honor is the only one voted on by former players, and is bestowed each year upon the active player who most represents a passion for the game of baseball, and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.

Past winners of the Heart and Hustle Award include David Eckstein (2005), Hall of Famer Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012), Dustin Pedroia (2013), Josh Harrison (2014), Anthony Rizzo (2015) and Todd Frazier (2016).

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Twins rally late, Kintzler gets 26th save

Twins rally late, Kintzler gets 26th save

MINNEAPOLIS -- Eduardo Escobar delivered a go-ahead, pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth inning and Eddie Rosario drove in a pair of runs to help the Twins to a 4-2 win over the Yankees in the series opener on Monday night at Target Field.

Minnesota took the lead with two eighth-inning runs, spoiling Caleb Smith's Major League debut. Joe Mauer sparked the rally with a leadoff single just out of Aaron Judge's reach, a play with an 18-percent catch probability, and Miguel Sano followed with a single to left field. Escobar delivered what proved to be a game-winning single into left field, while Rosario provided insurance with an RBI double.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

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Kintzler's 'rain save' closes good night for 'pen

Kintzler's 'rain save' closes good night for 'pen

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins right-hander Brandon Kintzler kept his focus on home plate, even as the rain poured down on the All-Star closer.

Lightning bolts lit up the dark Minnesota sky just beyond Target Field as Kintzler attempted to grip the soaked laces of the baseball. Kintzler worked quickly in order to get to the dry clubhouse, needing just 10 pitches to close the book on a 4-2 victory over the Yankees on Monday.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Twins bash 2 HRs but drop finale to Astros

Twins bash 2 HRs but drop finale to Astros

HOUSTON -- It didn't much matter that the top seven batters in the Astros' order produced no RBIs and Carlos Correa was absent, given a day of rest. Houston had Norichika Aoki and Jake Marisnick backing up a superb seven innings from starter Mike Fiers in Sunday's series-clinching 5-3 win over the Twins.

The Astros' 8-9 hitters, Aoki and Marisnick, provided the offense the team needed for its 62nd win, combining for three RBIs, pacing Houston to its 21st series win and second series win against Minnesota in 2017.

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Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston and covered the Twins on Sunday.

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Adrianza comes up big in Twins' loss to Astros

Adrianza comes up big in Twins' loss to Astros

HOUSTON -- Most of Minnesota's offense on Sunday centered on switch-hitting shortstop Ehire Adrianza, who connected on his first home run of the season and collected two of the Twins' five hits while batting in the No. 9 spot.

The Twins fell to the Astros, 5-3, in the series finale at Minute Maid Park, but Adrianza came up big, especially when his upper-deck solo shot off Houston starter Mike Fiers with one out in the third inning gave Minnesota a 2-1 lead.

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Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston and covered the Twins on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ervin the escape artist denies Astros

Santana faces two bases-loaded jams, gets away unscathed

Ervin the escape artist denies Astros

HOUSTON -- All-Star right-hander Ervin Santana acknowledged that he didn't have his best stuff on Saturday against the Astros, by far the best hitting team in the American League.

But where Santana excelled, in the middle of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park, was in limiting the damage in a 4-2 Minnesota win. Twice he pitched out of bases-loaded jams, and reliever Taylor Rogers came out unscathed after inheriting a bases-juiced jam in the seventh, with the Twins preserving the two-run lead.

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Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston and covered the Twins on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Twins snap 7-game losing streak to Astros

Twins snap 7-game losing streak to Astros

HOUSTON -- After a soft comebacker ricocheted off the glove of Astros reliever Tony Sipp, Eddie Rosario stretched what would have been a routine double play into a double and secured the Twins' 4-2 win on Saturday at Minute Maid Park.

Much earlier in the evening, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier clubbed his second leadoff home run in as many days, helping the Twins end their three-game losing streak while at the same time earning their first win against the 61-win Astros this season. Prior to Saturday, Minnesota had lost seven in a row to the Astros, dating back to Aug. 9, 2016.

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Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston and covered the Twins on Saturday.

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Mauer activated; Buxton placed on DL

Mauer activated; Buxton placed on DL

HOUSTON -- As expected, first baseman Joe Mauer was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list on Saturday, and outfielder Byron Buxton, who left Friday's game with a groin injury, was placed on the 10-day DL.

Mauer had missed six games because of a strained lower back. Since June 20, he is batting .345 with a .429 OBP.

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Twins can't recover after Berrios falters early

Twins can't recover after Berrios falters early

HOUSTON -- Every Astros starter had a hit, including three from Marwin Gonzalez and two apiece from Jose Altuve, Carlos Beltran and Josh Reddick, as Houston continued its assault on Twins pitching with a 10-5 win in the series opener on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

The Astros, who scored 40 runs in a three-game series at Minnesota at the end of May, sent 12 batters to the plate in the second inning and scored eight runs, capped by a three-run homer by Brian McCann. At 61-29, the Astros are 32 games over .500 for the first time since the final day of the 1999 season.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Christian Boutwell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston and covered the Twins on Friday.

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Torii once played catch with young Springer

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Torii once played catch with young Springer

Imagine the memories that come from playing catch with a real ballplayer before a game. Every time it happens, it's a wonderful scene, one we've seen in ballparks across the country in recent months. 

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Dozier sets Twins record for leadoff homers

Dozier sets Twins record for leadoff homers

HOUSTON -- Minnesota second baseman Brian Dozier needed only two pitches to set a franchise record.

On the second pitch of Friday's series-opening 10-5 loss to Houston, Dozier clubbed his second leadoff home run this season off Astros starter Charlie Morton. The solo blast was his 21st career leadoff shot, surpassing Jacque Jones' 20 for the most in Twins history.

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Christian Boutwell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston and covered the Twins on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Will Twins be Trade Deadline players?

Beat reporter Rhett Bollinger fields questions from fans

Inbox: Will Twins be Trade Deadline players?

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins were a pleasant surprise in the first half, entering the All-Star break with a 45-43 record that has them in contention. How they play the rest of this month could go a long way toward what they decide to do at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

So in that sense, it's difficult to predict whether the Twins will be buyers or sellers, and to what extent, until we see how the Twins do in the coming weeks against tough clubs, including the Astros, Yankees and Dodgers. But it's clear pitching is an issue for the Twins, who could use rotation and bullpen help. And that brings us to this week's Twins Inbox:

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Twins not all-in, but target long-term upgrades

Twins not all-in, but target long-term upgrades

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins find themselves in an interesting position heading into the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, as they were expected to be sellers, but have played well enough to remain in contention in both the American League Central and the two AL Wild Card spots.

The new front office, led by chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine, has tough decisions to make, as the Twins are not expected to trade Minor League assets that could help them in the future for short-term help. Pitching remains an issue, but they're more likely to make trades for players under team control beyond this year, or for relief help that won't cost them much in terms of prospects.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Young, athletic Twins surprise in 1st half

Minnesota bounces back from tough 2016, is within striking distance in AL Central at break

Young, athletic Twins surprise in 1st half

MINNEAPOLIS -- After finishing last season with the worst record in the Majors, the Twins weren't expected to compete this year. Yet they've been one of the biggest surprises in baseball, and they are within striking distance of the first-place Indians at the All-Star break.

Minnesota finished the first half at 45-43 while sending three players to the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard for the first time since 2009. Right-hander Ervin Santana, third baseman Miguel Sano and closer Brandon Kintzler played pivotal roles in helping the Twins finish the first half above .500.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.