Antony discusses possible moves ahead of Trade Deadline

Interim general manager expects busy week with plenty of offers

Antony discusses possible moves ahead of Trade Deadline

MINNEAPOLIS -- With one week until the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, Twins interim general manager Rob Antony knows how important this week could be for the future of the franchise and his potential to remain the club's full-time GM.

Antony, named the interim GM when Terry Ryan was unexpectedly relieved of his duties on July 18, has full discretion to make trades. Antony has been with the organization since 1987, serving in a variety of roles, including one as Ryan's right-hand man as an assistant general manager since 2007. Despite the fact that the Twins are mired in last place in the American League, he was just as surprised as everyone else when Ryan stepped down once he was informed by owner Jim Pohlad he would not return as GM next 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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Diaz on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Diaz on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the 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.

The latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week (July 18-24) is led by a trio of Diazes in Isan Diaz, Yandy Diaz and Lewin Diaz, each of whom had a big week.

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Trio of prospects among top performers in the Minors Monday

Cubs' No. 4 prospect goes 4-for-4 in a twin bill sweep for Class A South Bend

Trio of prospects among top performers in the Minors Monday

A pair of Cubs prospects shined at the Class A level on Monday, helping propel the South Bend Cubs to a doubleheader sweep of Peoria.

Eloy Jimenez -- Chicago's No. 4 prospect -- and Eddy Martinez (Cubs' No. 13) each contributed big offensive performances against the Chiefs.

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Twins rally again, but settle for Fenway split

Twins rally again, but settle for Fenway split

BOSTON -- Two of the biggest constants of the season for the Red Sox -- Rick Porcello winning at home and the Boston bats hitting at home -- intersected nicely in Sunday's 8-7 victory over the Twins that salvaged a split of a four-game series at Fenway Park.

Hanley Ramirez and Travis Shaw both smashed three-run homers while Dustin Pedroia added a tiebreaking solo shot. The long balls by Pedroia and Shaw came during a five-run fifth.

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Sano's error leads to big inning for Red Sox

Amid rough defensive series, Twins 3B can't make play to end fifth

Sano's error leads to big inning for Red Sox

BOSTON -- A rough series defensively for Twins third baseman Miguel Sano concluded with his most costly error yet, as he couldn't field a grounder that proved to be a four-run swing for the Red Sox.

Sano, who entered having made errors in back-to-back games and also had a pop fly land behind him Saturday, couldn't handle a grounder from Aaron Hill with two outs and two on in the fifth, allowing a run to score. Five pitches later Travis Shaw deposited a curveball from Tommy Milone into the right-field seats, which turned out to be crucial in Minnesota's 8-7 loss at Fenway Park.

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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.

Suzuki out of starting lineup with 'sore' chin

Molitor hopeful Twins catcher could play in emergency situation

Suzuki out of starting lineup with 'sore' chin

BOSTON -- Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki was held out of Sunday's 8-7 loss to the Red Sox after receiving eight stitches to his chin Saturday, but manager Paul Molitor said he was hopeful Suzuki would be available to play in an emergency.

Suzuki, who suffered the cut to his chin after a foul tip from Dustin Pedroia hit his mask in the second inning in Saturday's 11-9 win, worked with the training staff before Sunday's game to add more padding to his mask.

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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.

Sano kisses baseball before throwing to first for final out

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Sano kisses baseball before throwing to first for final out

Ervin Santana may have "Smell baseball" but Miguel Sano has the market cornered on "tenderly love baseball." Sano kissed the baseball before throwing to first for the final out in Saturday night's wild 11-9 win over the Red Sox. He said it's something he'd done in the Minor Leagues, but did it on Saturday because it was an emotional back-and-forth game. He let a popup drop behind third base and made a throwing error but also went 3-for-4 with a homer at the plate.

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Santana on a roll entering matchup with Braves

Santana on a roll entering matchup with Braves

The Twins and Braves played in one of the more memorable World Series in 1991, and 25 years later, they're set to meet again in Interleague Play, only this time they're both in last place in their respective leagues.

Minnesota, though, has been playing much better baseball of late, and will start right-hander Ervin Santana against his former team in the opening game of the two-game series at Target Field on Tuesday. Atlanta, which visits for the first time since 2010, counters with right-hander Lucas Harrell.

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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.

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 innings, 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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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.

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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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.

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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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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.

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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