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Minnesota Lynx fans have a chance to get some free playoff tickets for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals Thursday night at Target Center. The Minnesota Twins have purchased 500 upper level tickets for Thursday night’s game, and they’ll be available to fans for free starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez and Josh Willingham homered, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 12-6 on Sunday for their 20th win in their last 25 games.
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.
The Minnesota Twins have activated Ricky Nolasco from the disabled list and put him right back into the rotation. Nolasco was starting Friday night against Kansas City. The right-hander started two games and allowed three runs in 9 1-3 innings during a rehabilitation stint at Class A Cedar Rapids.
The Minnesota Twins are relieved that prized center field prospect Byron Buxton only has a concussion following a violent outfield collision with a teammate. In Buxton’s first game for Double-A New Britain on Wednesday, Buxton suffered a head injury bad enough to knock him unconscious for about 10 minutes. He ran into right fielder Mike Kvasnicka after both of them ran full speed for a fly ball in the fifth inning.
On a night Trevor May made a forgettable big league debut, the Minnesota Twins pulled off a major rotation change in a matter of hours.
The Minnesota Twins traded veteran right-hander Kevin Correia to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night for a player to be named or cash.
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.
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.
The Minnesota Twins have claimed outfielder Jordan Schafer off waivers from the Atlanta Braves. The Twins announced the move Sunday.
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.
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.