Santana, Twins squander early lead, drop 9th straight

Santana, Twins squander early lead, drop 9th straight

TORONTO -- Melvin Upton Jr. served what looked like a soft single into right field, but it took him on a non-stop trip around the bases that lifted the Toronto Blue Jays to an 8-7 comeback win over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre.

The win leaves the Blue Jays atop the American League East by a game over the Red Sox, after Boston defeated Kansas City later in the evening, and three games ahead of the Orioles, after Baltimore's second consecutive loss to the Yankees.

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto.

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Santana gives up season-high 6 runs as gem unravels

Santana gives up season-high 6 runs as gem unravels

TORONTO -- Ervin Santana entered Saturday's outing against the Blue Jays as one of the hottest pitchers in the Major Leagues, and for five innings, he looked as though he would turn in another gem.

But everything turned for Santana after the fifth inning, and the veteran finished his outing allowing a season-high-tying six earned runs over 6 2/3 innings in the Twins' 8-7 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

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

Gibson, Twins look to halt skid in finale

Gibson, Twins look to halt skid in finale

The Blue Jays will look to continue their upward momentum in the American League East standings, while the Twins hope to end their nine-game losing streak when the two teams meet up in the series finale on Sunday at Rogers Centre.

Toronto's 8-7 come-from-behind victory on Saturday ensured the Blue Jays would stay atop the AL East for another day, and they look to end their homestand with a sweep of the last-place Twins.

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

Gonsalves among top prospect performers Saturday

Top Red Sox pitcher impresses in second start; Twins' No. 3 continues hot streak

Gonsalves among top prospect performers Saturday

It hasn't taken Jason Groome long to reward the Red Sox for rolling the dice on him with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2016 Draft.

Making his second professional start on Saturday, Groome, No. 35 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, allowed one earned run and struck out five of the nine hitters he faced in two innings for Boston's Gulf Coast League affiliate in a contest against the Twins'.

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Mauer (quads) feeling better, returns to lineup

Mauer (quads) feeling better, returns to lineup

TORONTO -- Twins first baseman Joe Mauer returned to the lineup for Saturday's game against the Blue Jays, batting second and playing first base.

Mauer went 0-for-5 with a strikeout in the Twins' 8-7 loss.

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

Wimmers promoted, makes successful MLB debut

No. 21 pick in 2010, who has overcome much, fans two in perfect inning

Wimmers promoted, makes successful MLB debut

TORONTO -- With his Minor League season winding down at Triple-A Rochester, Alex Wimmers was cleaning up his home in western New York last week when his wife urged him to take his passport with him for the Red Wings' upcoming eight-game road trip in fear of losing it.

Little did Wimmers realize how crucial the document would be.

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Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Molitor hoping Twins make most of opportunities

Molitor hoping Twins make most of opportunities

TORONTO -- Prior to Friday's series opener against the Blue Jays, Twins manager Paul Molitor called a rare team meeting in an attempt to get his group on the same page with a little over a month remaining in the season.

The meeting didn't have an immediate impact on the team's recent struggles -- the Twins dropped their eighth consecutive game, losing 15-8. But with 34 games remaining, Molitor stressed the importance of players taking advantage of opportunities.

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Twins trounced by Blue Jays' bat strength

Twins trounced by Blue Jays' bat strength

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' offense finally came back to life on Friday, recording 15 hits in Toronto's 15-8 rout of the Twins.

The win, combined with the Red Sox's loss to the Royals, puts the Blue Jays in sole possession of first place in the American League East, one game ahead of Boston. Toronto also gained an additional game on the Orioles, who lost earlier in the evening at Yankee Stadium.

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto and covered the Blue Jays on Friday.

Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto and covered the Twins on Friday.

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Kirilloff among top prospect performers Friday

Indians' No. 7 outduels Blue Jays' No. 17 in impressive matchup

Kirilloff among top prospect performers Friday

Fans in attendance for Friday's matchup between Class A Lake County and Lansing were treated to a pitchers' duel between starters Triston McKenzie and Ryan Borucki, who combined for 11 scoreless innings and 18 strikeouts. Ultimately, it was McKenzie, the Indians' No. 7 prospect, who recorded the win as the Captains shut out Lansing, 3-0.

Making his fifth start for Lake County, McKenzie surrendered just two hits and a walk over six scoreless innings. He struck out nine, throwing 57 of his 84 pitches for strikes.

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Berrios optioned to Triple-A after rough start

Rookie to work on mechanics at Rochester; righty Duffey also sent down

Berrios optioned to Triple-A after rough start

MINNEAPOLIS -- After posting a 10.20 ERA through his first four Major League starts, the Twins sent highly regarded prospect Jose Berrios to Triple-A Rochester for more seasoning, and he responded by posting a 2.71 ERA over 13 starts in the Minors to get his second call to the big leagues.

The Twins were hopeful he'd find more success in his second go-around, but it simply hasn't worked out that way, as he's continued to struggle. The right-hander had another rough outing in Thursday's 8-5 loss to the Tigers and was optioned to Triple-A Rochester along with fellow right-hander Tyler Duffey. Lefty Andrew Albers will be called up on Friday, while the other roster move is to be announced.

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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' late offense can't bail out Berrios

Twins' late offense can't bail out Berrios

MINNEAPOLIS -- After a lull in mid-August, Detroit's offense is starting to heat up. The Tigers stayed hot against the Twins, reaching eight runs for a fourth straight game in an 8-5 win to complete a three-game sweep at Target Field on Thursday.

It moved the Tigers two games back of the second American League Wild Card spot and was Detroit's fourth straight win, while Minnesota has lost seven in a row.

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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.

Do-Hyoung Park is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Tigers on Thursday.

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Romero, Wells among top prospect performers Thursday

Brewers' No. 2 prospect notches first multi-homer game for Sky Sox

Romero, Wells among top prospect performers Thursday

Lewis Brinson seems to be enjoying life in the Brewers' organization.

The No. 18 overall prospect (Brewers' No. 2) has done nothing but rake since he was acquired from Texas before the non-waiver Trade Deadline and that theme continued Thursday night with a pair of homers in Triple-A Colorado Springs' 5-0 win over Oklahoma City.

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More shaky pitching leads to 6th straight loss

More shaky pitching leads to 6th straight loss

MINNEAPOLIS -- Miguel Cabrera set the tone with a solo homer in the first inning, and the Tigers capitalized with a five-run third, capped by a three-run blast from Justin Upton, in a 9-4 win over the Twins on Wednesday at Target Field.

It gave Detroit a second straight win over Minnesota, and the Tigers remain three games back of the Orioles for the second American League Wild Card spot.

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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.

Do-Hyoung Park is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Tigers on Wednesday.

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Rosario's defense taking center stage

Rosario's defense taking center stage

MINNEAPOLIS -- It was another rough night for the Twins' pitching staff in a 9-4 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday, but it could have been even worse if not for three impressive catches by center fielder Eddie Rosario.

With elite defender Byron Buxton at Triple-A Rochester since late July to work on his swing, Rosario has served as the everyday center fielder. And although he doesn't have the range of Buxton, he's filled in capably in center despite playing mostly in left for the last two seasons.

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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.

Wrist surgery to end season for Twins' Park

Wrist surgery to end season for Twins' Park

MINNEAPOLIS -- First baseman/designated hitter Byungho Park, who was one of the Twins' major acquisitions last offseason, will undergo season-ending surgery on his right wrist on Thursday, the club announced on Wednesday.

Park, 30, who was at Triple-A Rochester, had been dealing with an injured wrist throughout the season, but it worsened recently. Hand specialist Dr. Thomas Varecka will perform the operation.

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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.

Santiago to miss start with bruised thumb

Fellow lefty Dean to face Blue Jays on Friday in Toronto

Santiago to miss start with bruised thumb

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins left-hander Hector Santiago is dealing with a bruised left thumb and will be skipped in the rotation, with fellow lefty Pat Dean slated to start on Friday in Toronto instead.

Manager Paul Molitor said that Santiago's injury isn't considered serious and that the team is hopeful that giving him a break will help him with the injury. Santiago has struggled since being acquired from the Angels at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, going 0-4 with a 10.89 ERA in four starts.

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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 drop 5th straight after pitchers struggle

Twins drop 5th straight after pitchers struggle

MINNEAPOLIS -- It took a little while for Detroit's offense to get rolling, but the Tigers used back-to-back three-run innings in the sixth and seventh to down the Twins in an 8-3 win on a drizzly Tuesday night at Target Field.

Detroit is three games out of a Wild Card berth.

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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.

Do-Hyoung Park is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Tigers on Tuesday.

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Dozier sets career high with 29th HR of '16

Dozier sets career high with 29th HR of '16

MINNEAPOLIS -- While the rest of Minnesota's offense has started to cool down around him, Brian Dozier has continued to stay hot.

Dozier connected on a solo shot in the fifth inning on Tuesday against the Tigers to set a career high with 29 homers on the season. It gave the Twins a brief one-run lead, but it wasn't enough, as the pitching faltered late in an 8-3 loss at Target Field.

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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.

May, Boshers, Milone take steps forward

May, Boshers, Milone take steps forward

MINNEAPOLIS -- Injured pitchers Trevor May, Buddy Boshers and Tommy Milone all started throwing programs while the Twins were on the road in Atlanta and Kansas City last week.

May, who has been out since Aug. 7 with a strained lower back, played catch at 90 feet on Monday, and he's been pain-free. He hopes to throw off a mound in early September, and said that his goal is to finish the season healthy in the bullpen.

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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.

Garver among top prospect performers Tuesday

Top Mets prospects continue to show off talent at Double-A

Garver among top prospect performers Tuesday

Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith proved worthy of their elite prospect rankings as the duo led Double-A Binghamton to a 9-1 victory over Hartford on Tuesday night.

The duo, ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the Mets' system, combined to go 6-for-10 with five RBIs in just the latest of several good offensive games for both players.

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

Inbox: How will Twins improve over offseason?

Beat reporter Rhett Bollinger answers fans' questions

Inbox: How will Twins improve over offseason?

MINNEAPOLIS -- Despite their recent scuffles that saw manager Paul Molitor visibly frustrated by a four-game sweep at the hands of the Royals over the weekend, the Twins have played better baseball over the past two months.

After an almost unfathomable 11-34 start, the Twins have gone 38-41, including a 24-22 record since July 1. But the horrible start ultimately cost Terry Ryan his job, as he was dismissed as general manager on July 18. Minnesota is currently conducting a search for a new general manager, but the club has kept the process quiet so far. There are a lot of questions about how a new front office might look for the Twins, who pride themselves on stability. With that in mind, here's this week's Inbox.

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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.

Santana's season-high 10 K's can't slow Royals

Santana's season-high 10 K's can't slow Royals

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals continue to ride dominating starting pitching with their seventh quality start in their last eight games.

This time it was back to left-hander Danny Duffy, who held the Twins to one run, while Eric Hosmer's go-ahead RBI double in the sixth was the difference offensively for the Royals in a 2-1 win on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium. Kansas City swept the four-game series with its eighth straight victory. Minnesota dropped to 2-11 in the season series and is 0-7 vs. Kansas City on the road.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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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IMAX movie brings The Show on the road

Special presentation of 'We Are Baseball' transports viewers on Hall of Fame tour

IMAX movie brings The Show on the road

Nestled in the five-trailer platform that comprises the "We Are Baseball" traveling Hall of Fame tour is a mobile theater that shows an 11-minute IMAX movie, spotlighting the best of what the game provides today, and offering glimpses of where it is headed in the future.

Baseball, steeped deeply in tradition, will always connect generations and harken back to its past. But Major League Baseball has taken a deliberate and giant step forward, shifting its focus to a younger generation of fans stimulated more by what is in front of them than by what has already happened.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Twins host RBI Central Regional Tournament

Twins host RBI Central Regional Tournament

On July 18, the baseball championship games of the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Central Regional Tournament were played at Target Field. While holding up their phones to capture the moment, the players took their first steps onto the field. Many had never even been on a Major League field before but they were about to play a baseball game on one.

Split into three divisions, Senior Boys Baseball (18U), Junior Boys Baseball (15U), and Senior Girls Softball (18U), a total of 15 teams congregated from across the Midwest to compete in the weekend tournament. Beginning on July 16, the baseball games were played at Parade Stadium and Neiman Athletic Complex, in Minneapolis, and Toni Stone Stadium in St. Paul. The softball games were held at the Dunning Softball Complex in St. Paul.

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Twins can't find way to solve pesky Royals

Santana's 10 K's aren't enough in finale; Minnesota now 2-11 vs. KC

Twins can't find way to solve pesky Royals

KANSAS CITY -- After the Twins won both games in Atlanta earlier this week, it gave them 16 wins over their previous 24 road games.

But despite that recent success away from Target Field, the Twins just can't find a way to beat the Royals this season, especially at Kauffman Stadium. Those woes continued on Sunday in a 2-1 loss, leaving the Twins 2-11 vs. the Royals this year, including an 0-7 mark in Kansas City. It was the Kansas City's first four-game sweep of Minnesota since 1999 and its first four-game sweep over the Twins at Kauffman Stadium since 1975.

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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 call up Light to replace Mejia

Twins call up Light to replace Mejia

KANSAS CITY -- With Adalberto Mejia optioned to Triple-A Rochester after throwing 2 1/3 innings in his Major League debut on Saturday, the Twins called up right-handed reliever Pat Light prior to Sunday's game against the Royals.

Light, who was acquired from the Red Sox on Aug. 1 in the trade that sent Fernando Abad to Boston, posted a 2.57 ERA with six strikeouts and two walks in seven innings with Rochester. Light also had a 2.32 ERA with 36 strikeouts and 17 walks in 31 innings with Triple-A Pawtucket prior to the trade.

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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.

Santiago struggles, Twins blanked in KC

Santiago struggles, Twins blanked in KC

KANSAS CITY -- The defending World Series champions may not be done after all.

The Royals, after a miserable 7-19 July that plummeted them seemingly out of contention, suddenly can do no wrong in August. Behind Alex Gordon's two home runs and yet another dominant performance by right-hander Ian Kennedy, the Royals thumped the Twins, 10-0, on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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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Mejia spells bullpen in brief visit to bigs

Reliever sent back to Rochester after Twins' loss to Royals

Mejia spells bullpen in brief visit to bigs

KANSAS CITY -- After Friday's marathon of a game, which went 11 innings and featured a rain delay of more than three hours, the Twins needed another arm in their bullpen, so they called up left-hander Adalberto Mejia from Triple-A Rochester on Saturday. First baseman/designated hitter Kennys Vargas was optioned to Triple-A.

Mejia, who was acquired in the July 28 trade that sent Eduardo Nunez to the Giants, immediately saw action in the 10-0 loss to the Royals, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk in 2 1/3 innings in relief of Hector Santiago, who lasted 4 2/3 innings.

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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.