Phil Hughes threw seven sharp innings, Kurt Suzuki hit his third homer of the season and the Minnesota Twins beat first-place Kansas City 4-1 on Saturday night to snap the Royals’ three-game winning streak. Hughes (13-8) allowed one run, seven hits and struck out six to outlast hard-throwing rookie Yordano Ventura (9-9), who threw six innings of one-hit ball before the Twins broke through in the seventh.
Joe Mauer had two hits in his return from the disabled list, including a go-ahead RBI single in the ninth inning, to help the Minnesota Twins to a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros on Monday night.
The Royals bolstered their offense Monday by acquiring outfielder Josh Willingham from the Minnesota Twins, a move the long-suffering franchise hopes will help them end a playoff drought that stretches back nearly three decades.
Leave it to a pair of former Oakland Athletics to end one of the worst skids the Minnesota Twins have ever had against another club. Kurt Suzuki hit a tiebreaking double and Josh Willingham added two-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Twins snapped a 12-game losing streak to Oakland by beating the A’s 6-1 on Sunday.
For six innings Friday night, the Minnesota Twins managed only one hit and sent the minimum to the plate against Scott Kazmir. They made things interesting in the seventh once it was all but too late in a 6-5 loss to the Oakland Athletics, Minnesota’s 11th straight in this suddenly lopsided series.
Fans in Iowa got a chance Wednesday to see two major leaguers in the minors. Joe Mauer and Ricky Nolasco both played for the Cedar Rapids Kernels, the Twins’ farm team.
The Minnesota Twins just kept scoring, and rookie Danny Santana played a key role in their biggest offensive game of the year. Santana had five hits and four RBIs, and the Twins set season highs for runs and hits in a rain-delayed 16-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
Trevor Plouffe got four hits and the Minnesota Twins stopped Jose Abreu, rallying past the Chicago White Sox 8-6 Saturday night to end a three-game skid. Abreu’s hitting streak ended at 21 games, longest in the AL this season. He went 0 for 3 with two walks, one of them intentional.
The Minnesota Twins have signed All-Star catcher Kurt Suzuki to a two-year, $12 million contract extension. The Twins got the deal done on Thursday, keeping a respected veteran around the clubhouse on a team that continues to struggle in the standings.
The Twins were playing short-handed Tuesday night against the Royals while outfielder Oswaldo Arcia spent time with his family following the birth of his baby boy. Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said Arcia declined to take paternity leave.
A big hit from Sam Fuld and a quick recovery by Glen Perkins gave the Minnesota Twins a win that temporarily helped them forget about a season that’s slipping away. Fuld hit a tiebreaking, two-run single off Javy Guerra in a three-run seventh inning, and the Twins defeated the Chicago White Sox 4-3 Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.
It’s hard to say who had the tougher night — Logan Darnell against Chicago’s hitters, or his Minnesota teammates against White Sox ace Chris Sale. Sale tied a season high with 12 strikeouts in eight dominant innings, Alexei Ramirez hit his 10th homer, and the White Sox beat the Twins 7-0 on Saturday night for their third straight win over the Twins.
Jose Abreu hit his major league-leading 30th homer and drove in three runs, leading the Chicago White Sox past the Minnesota Twins 9-5 on Friday night. Abreu had two hits and scored twice. The Cuban rookie has 77 RBIs — Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera began the day leading the majors with 80.
The Minnesota Twins plan to bring up left-hander Logan Darnell from Triple-A Rochester to start Saturday against the Chicago White Sox in place of ailing Kyle Gibson. Gibson played long toss from 120 feet and threw in the bullpen Friday. He’ll try to start Tuesday in Kansas City.
Taking place in Cooperstown, NY, six baseball players/managers will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The official induction ceremony will take place Sunday, July 27th.