Five-run 7th sparks Twins past Sox in wild one

Five-run 7th sparks Twins past Sox in wild one

BOSTON -- Undeterred by squandering an early lead, the Twins came storming back for an impressive 11-9 victory over the Red Sox on a gusty Saturday night at Fenway Park.

Down 8-5 after six, the Twins came up with a five-spot in the seventh. Eduardo Nunez's two-out, two-run single up the middle snapped an 8-8 tie.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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Suzuki has chin stitched up after foul tip

Twins catcher didn't suffer concussion, but Centeno will start finale

Suzuki has chin stitched up after foul tip

BOSTON -- Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki, a top candidate to be dealt before the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, left Saturday's 11-9 win over the Red Sox in the second inning after being hit in the facemask by a foul tip from Dustin Pedroia. Suzuki left to get eight stitches on his chin, but didn't suffer a concussion, the Twins announced.

Suzuki, who missed Friday's game because he's been banged up from several foul tips behind the plate since the All-Star break, was helped off the field by trainer Dave Pruemer. He left with a towel covering his face, as he suffered the cut from the impact of the foul tip. Juan Centeno replaced Suzuki behind the plate.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

This time, Twins' offense picks up pitchers

In club's longest nine-inning game, Minnesota rallies late and tallies 19 hits

This time, Twins' offense picks up pitchers

BOSTON -- A night after the Twins won by outpitching the Red Sox at Fenway Park, this time they simply outhit them in a wild game Saturday that was the longest nine-inning game in team history at four hours, 11 minutes.

It was the kind of the win the early-season Twins likely wouldn't have pulled off, as Ricky Nolasco lasted two innings and they trailed by three runs with two outs in the seventh. But with the help of a five-run rally in the seventh, Minnesota was able to come through with an 11-9 victory while collecting a season-high 19 hits.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kintzler suddenly garnering plenty of interest

Closer says Twins were only team who gave him a shot

Kintzler suddenly garnering plenty of interest

BOSTON -- When Brandon Kintzler signed a Minor League deal with the Twins in December, he never imagined he'd be the closer at any point this season.

Kintzler was just looking for a team to give him a shot to prove he was healthy after undergoing knee surgery after the 2014 season and spending time last season rehabbing the injury. Kintzler, who pitched with the Brewers from 2010-15, has proved he's healthy and much more, as he's been a pleasant surprise with a 2.05 ERA and converting all eight of his save opportunities, including a 1-2-3 ninth in Saturday's 11-9 victory over the Red Sox.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Milone starts finale, aims to build on strong effort

Milone starts finale, aims to build on strong effort

Home sure has been a happy place for Rick Porcello this season. The Red Sox right-hander is 9-0 with a 2.98 ERA in 10 starts at Fenway Park.

He comes into Sunday's series finale against the Twins looking to become the first Red Sox starter since 1961 to begin the season 10-0 at home.

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

Gordon among top prospect performers Saturday

Brewers prospect caps huge game with walk-off shot; Indians' No. 2 notches season-high four hits

Gordon among top prospect performers Saturday

The Midwest League is notorious for dampening the power of young hitters. Apparently no one told that to Isan Diaz.

The Brewers' No. 11 prospect slugged a pair of home runs on Saturday, including a walk-off shot to propel Class A Wisconsin past Lake County, 9-8. Diaz also hit a triple in the contest en route to finishing 3-for-4, while his six RBIs represented a new career high.

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Pipeline preview: Gonsalves featured in duel of the day

Pipeline preview: Gonsalves featured in duel of the day

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in Sunday's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Kevin Newman (Pirates' No. 11), Altoona vs. Akron (6 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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Carew attends HOF cermony in triumph of fortitude

Legend recalls recent heart attack, Tony Gwynn and AL batting titles

Carew attends HOF cermony in triumph of fortitude

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- When Rod Carew had a heart attack this past September near his home in Southern California, the first goals in his recovery was to make it to Spring Training and the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies this year.

He can now check off both boxes. Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr. will be handed their plaques on Sunday behind the newly reconstructed Clark Sports Center.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Twins escape 9th-inning jam to top Red Sox

Twins escape 9th-inning jam to top Red Sox

BOSTON -- After Mookie Betts smacked his second straight leadoff homer for the Red Sox, it seemed it could be another long night for the Twins. Instead, right-hander Kyle Gibson settled in, tossing eight strong innings of two-hit ball, and was backed by a solo homer from Brian Dozier and an RBI double from Miguel Sano in a 2-1 win on Friday night at Fenway Park.

It wasn't easy for Minnesota after Gibson departed, however, as closer Brandon Kintzler loaded the bases with nobody out with David Ortiz at the plate for Boston. But Kintzler got Ortiz to ground into a double play, with the Twins getting the outs at home and first. Hanley Ramirez lined out to right to end the game, and it handed Kintzler his seventh save.

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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.

Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston.

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Surprise! Kepler's mom visits son at Fenway

Kathy travels from Berlin to see Twins rookie play for the first time

Surprise! Kepler's mom visits son at Fenway

BOSTON -- As Twins rookie right fielder Max Kepler walked onto field at Fenway Park to take batting practice at the historic ballpark for the first time in his career on Thursday, he heard a familiar voice call out his childhood nickname.

Kepler turned around and immediately recognized it was his mom, Kathy, who surprised him by flying in from his native Berlin to see him play in the Majors for the first time. She was joined by his sister, Emma, who attends Florida State University, and was also able to make the surprise trip.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Great start from Gibson doesn't go to waste

Molitor pulls righty after 8 strong innings, then Kintzler escapes the ninth

Great start from Gibson doesn't go to waste

BOSTON -- As Kyle Gibson finished up the eighth inning, his seventh straight frame without giving up a hit to the Red Sox, he did his best to avoid Twins manager Paul Molitor in the Fenway Park dugout.

Gibson, who was at 96 pitches, wanted to go back out for the ninth, but he knew his manager was likely to turn to closer Brandon Kintzler to protect a one-run lead. Molitor quickly decided to go with Kintzler, and it nearly backfired after he loaded the bases with nobody out with David Ortiz coming to the plate. But Kintzler somehow wriggled his way out of the jam with the help of a double play with the infield in to help preserve a 2-1 win for the Twins and an outstanding performance from Gibson.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Berrios, Diaz among top prospect performers Friday

Mariners slugger makes immediate impact with new team; top Twins prospect fires eight strong

Berrios, Diaz among top prospect performers Friday

Dan Vogelbach sure knows how to make an introduction. Playing in his first game with Triple-A Tacoma since being traded from the Cubs to the Mariners on Wednesday, Seattle's new No. 15 prospect went 3-for-3 with two RBIs.

The 23-year-old wasted no time showing off his power stroke, hitting his 17th homer of the season in his first at-bat with Tacoma. After hitting that solo blast to right field in the second inning, Vogelbach followed up with an RBI double to left in the third.

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Twins have no answers for sizzling Sox

Twins have no answers for sizzling Sox

BOSTON -- The front four in the Red Sox's batting order -- led by five hits from Dustin Pedroia -- overpowered the Twins in a 13-2 romp in Thursday night's opener of a four-game series at Fenway Park.

Steven Wright was perfect for 4 1/3 innings while improving his record to 12-5. The knuckleballer allowed four hits and two runs (one earned) over eight innings, walking one and equaling a career high with nine strikeouts. The win allowed Boston to maintain a half-game lead over the Orioles in the American League East.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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Offense knuckles under vs. Wright

Offense knuckles under vs. Wright

BOSTON -- For as rough as this season has been for the Twins, they've been playing better baseball in recent weeks, as they entered Thursday's game against the Red Sox having won 10 of their last 15 games.

But it wasn't pretty in a 13-2 loss in the series opener at Fenway Park, as Tyler Duffey lasted a season-worst 2 1/3 innings, while Boston knuckleballer Steven Wright stymied the offense for eight strong innings. It marked Minnesota's first loss by more than five runs since June 17, when it lost by six to the Yankees.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Boshers rejoins 'pen; Ramirez DFA'd

Boshers rejoins 'pen; Ramirez DFA'd

BOSTON -- Lefty reliever Buddy Boshers rejoined the Twins before their series opener against the Red Sox on Thursday and right-handed reliever Neil Ramirez was designated for assignment.

Boshers pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief in Thursday's 13-2 loss, giving up two runs on three hits with two strikeouts.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Twins get to K-Rod, win homer duel vs. Tigers

Twins get to K-Rod, win homer duel vs. Tigers

DETROIT -- Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario hit ninth-inning home runs off Francisco Rodriguez to send the Twins to their first series win against an American League Central opponent since mid-May, taking the three-game set against the Tigers with a 4-1 win Wednesday afternoon at Comerica Park.

Ervin Santana and Justin Verlander gave up first-inning solo homers but settled in from there to deliver a pitchers' duel. While Verlander allowed only one other hit over his eight innings, walking two and striking out nine, Santana scattered six hits with a walk and two strikeouts to match for seven-plus innings.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

Kyle Beery is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Twins on Wednesday.

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Santana turns in strong outing opposite Verlander

Santana turns in strong outing opposite Verlander

DETROIT -- Ervin Santana turned in another quality start Wednesday to help the Twins take a road series from division-rival Detroit. He allowed one run on six hits over seven-plus innings and took a no-decision in Minnesota's 4-1 win.

It was his fourth quality start in six outings since June 19. Santana is 2-1 with a 2.03 ERA during that stretch. His solid outing came on a day that the Twins really needed it, as Tigers starter Justin Verlander delivered a strong start of his own, allowing one run over eight innings.

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Kyle Beery is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Twins on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kepler's homework pays off against K-Rod

Kepler's homework pays off against K-Rod

DETROIT -- Max Kepler came through in the clutch Wednesday afternoon in the Twins' 4-1 win over the Tigers at Comerica Park. Faced with the tall task of getting a ninth-inning hit off Francisco Rodriguez, Kepler took some advice from a teammate and belted a solo home run to right field that gave the Twins a 2-1 lead.

"I was [sitting on changeup]," Kepler said. "I remember somebody telling me he likes to throw changeups in all his fastball counts. Luckily he left it up, because if it were down, it probably would have been a good pitch."

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Kyle Beery is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Twins on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Molitor pleased with quality of Vargas' at-bats

Molitor pleased with quality of Vargas' at-bats

DETROIT -- First baseman Kennys Vargas made his season debut for the Twins back on July 4 after spending the first part of the season at Triple-A Rochester. Vargas returned by hitting .471 with three home runs and four RBIs over six games leading into the All-Star break.

He had lost some of that power coming out of the break, entering Wednesday's series finale in Detroit having gone 3-for-15 in four games since, but that's nothing Twins manager Paul Molitor didn't expect.

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Kyle Beery is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Twins on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gordon among top prospect performers Wednesday

Pair of Dodgers pitching prospects each rack up double-digit K's in strong starts

Gordon among top prospect performers Wednesday

Ten was the magic number for a pair of Dodgers pitchers on Wednesday night as both Jose De Leon and Yadier Alvarez struck out 10 hitters in their respective starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City and Class A Great Lakes.

De Leon, the Dodgers' No. 2 prospect and No. 20 on the Top 100, yielded four hits over a career-high eight scoreless innings to pace Oklahoma City in a 7-0 shutout of Tacoma. The 23-year-old right-hander hit one batter but did not issue a walk in the outing, as he demonstrated exemplary command of his arsenal by throwing 80 of his 105 pitches for strikes.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Twins hold on for Milone, top Tigers for first time in '16

Twins hold on for Milone, top Tigers for first time in '16

DETROIT -- An unexpected pitching duel between Tommy Milone and Anibal Sanchez broke out before the Twins busted out a five-run seventh inning, capped by a Brian Dozier two-run home run, for a 6-2 victory over the Tigers on Tuesday at Comerica Park.

The win was Minnesota's first over Detroit in eight tries this season.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

Kyle Beery is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit.

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Milone pitches to contact, nearly gets first shutout

Lefty takes one-hitter into 9th in longest start since joining Twins in 2014

Milone pitches to contact, nearly gets first shutout

DETROIT -- It has been four years since Tommy Milone threw the lone nine-inning complete game of his career. Tuesday night at Comerica Park, Milone entered the ninth three outs away from notching his first career shutout.

Milone, however, ran into a bit of a wall in the ninth, allowing three straight hits to lead off the inning. After giving up a Nick Castellanos sacrifice fly with runners at the corners, Milone's night was over after 8 1/3 innings. He delivered his best outing of the season -- and his longest as a Twin -- giving up two earned runs on four hits, with four strikeouts, in Minnesota's 6-2 win over Detroit.

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

Molitor learning to be patient with scuffling club

Molitor learning to be patient with scuffling club

DETROIT -- Paul Molitor, who has been told by Twins owner and CEO Jim Pohlad that he will remain the team's manager into the 2017 campaign, said it can be difficult trying to make things happen amid the team's struggles, given his tendency to press in trying to create offense.

"You look for it, but you don't want to force it," Molitor said.

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

Nunez named Twins' Heart and Hustle Award winner

Award recognizes passion, desire and work ethic

Nunez named Twins' Heart and Hustle Award winner

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) announced the 30 preliminary winners of the 2016 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday, honoring one player from each of the 30 Major League teams.

The Heart and Hustle Award, given annually, celebrates active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. It's the only award in the Majors that is voted on by former players, and voting is conducted prior to the All-Star break.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ryan dismissed; Antony named interim GM

Longtime executive was with Twins for better part of 44 years

Ryan dismissed; Antony named interim GM

MINNEAPOLIS -- Terry Ryan was relieved of his duties as the Twins' executive vice president and general manager on Monday, with assistant GM Rob Antony replacing him on an interim basis through the end of the 2016 season. The Twins have not yet begun the search for Ryan's full-time replacement, but they hope to fill the position before the offseason begins.

"Since joining our organization as a player in 1972, Terry has been a dedicated, loyal and respected member of the Minnesota Twins family," Twins owner and CEO Jim Pohlad said in announcing the dismissal. "Terry has been a gifted leader of the baseball department for over 18 seasons. It is impossible to overstate his contribution to our game, our team and the Upper Midwest baseball community.

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

With GM search underway, Twins open to outside hire

With GM search underway, Twins open to outside hire

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins have not yet begun their search for a replacement for outgoing general manager Terry Ryan, but they hope to have a successor in place by the end of the 2016 regular season. Although the franchise traditionally has preferred to hire from within, the Twins will consider both internal and external candidates, and they could turn to an external search firm to guide their search.

"Yes, I would say [we're] nervous," said Twins owner and CEO Jim Pohlad. "We haven't had to [search recently], and even if we ultimately went outside to hire a person, that's even harder, because they're not as known a quantity. We're going to do a thorough process at vetting all of the candidates that are put forth to us, and hopefully at the end of that, we'll have a good sense for people and maybe we won't be so nervous."

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

Twins' offense held in check during opener

Twins' offense held in check during opener

DETROIT -- Matt Boyd tossed six scoreless innings in arguably his best outing as a Tiger, allowing Justin Upton's second-inning solo homer off Ricky Nolasco to stand as the lone run in a 1-0 win over the Twins on Monday at Comerica Park.

Boyd, making his second start since rejoining the injury-riddled Tigers rotation, held Minnesota to three hits and one runner in scoring position. The southpaw mixed fastballs and breaking balls to fan seven, including All-Star Eduardo Nunez and slugger Miguel Sano twice each. Boyd also induced seven ground-ball outs, including a key double play from Brian Dozier after Sano singled leading off the fourth.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

Kyle Beery is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit.

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