Rick Porcello allowed six runs in under four innings Friday, and Detroit lost 11-4 to the Minnesota Twins on a night the Tigers had hoped to clinch the AL Central title. Detroit could have wrapped up the division with a victory and a Kansas City loss, but Porcello (15-13) endured another rough outing down the stretch, and the Tigers fell way behind early. Oswaldo Arcia hit a two-run homer in the first, and Minnesota led 6-0 in the fourth.
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At the end of their penultimate home stand, the Minnesota Twins left the friendly confines of Target Field with a record of 61-82. With only 19 games remaining in the season, it seems fairly well assured that the Twins will end their fourth straight season with 90+ losses. Speculation and debate over potential organizational change will run rampant. And Twins fans will spend another off-season wondering when their favorite team will manage to climb their way out of baseball’s cellar.
Albert Pujols homered and hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the ninth inning for his 2,500th hit, leading the Los Angeles Angels over Minnesota 8-5 Saturday night for their third straight win over the Twins.
The foray for Trevor May into major league duty has been difficult. The Minnesota Twins haven’t won any of his starts. This one brought incremental progress, which the rookie right-hander will have to settle for.
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.
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.
Brian Dozier came frustratingly close to getting the Minnesota Twins on the board against Oakland starter Jon Lester on Thursday night. Dozier’s hit a ball in the sixth inning that just curved foul over the left field fence that would have tied the game. Instead he walked and the Twins could not muster much against Lester, who pitched a three-hitter for his fourth career shutout, and the Athletics beat Minnesota 3-0.
Danny Duffy trudged off the mound with the bases loaded and his team trailing by a run, and took a seat in the dugout to watch Jason Frasor try to bail him out.
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A former Twins slugger came home Monday night, while the man currently leading the Twins in home runs tried to show off his skills for a national audience. Justin Morneau returned to Target Field for the first time since being traded last August, and was greeted with a rousing ovation. Something he thought he was prepared for based on the number of Twins fans who were in Denver over the weekend for the series between the Rockies and Twins.
Brian Dozier played his own version of Home Run Derby against the Colorado Rockies, hitting two into the left-field seats. Next up, the real thing — in his home park. Dozier had his first career multihomer game to get cranked up for the derby and the Minnesota Twins beat the Rockies 13-5 on Sunday.
The MLB All-Star Game is coming to Minneapolis this year with events starting as early as Friday. It prompted us to ponder some of the great All-Star moments in history for the Twins organization.
Sometimes a team’s best players don’t make the All-Star team. Here are the American League’s mid-season team MVPs.
Jose Bautista and Troy Tulowitzki have announced three members of their respective teams for Monday night’s Home Run Derby at Target Field. Joining Bautista on the American League team are Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes, who was last year’s Derby winner, Baltimore’s Adam Jones and Brian Dozier of the host Twins.