The PED crucible, which we hoped would be microscopic by now, just won’t go away. It’s turned into a twisted game show of “Name That Cheat.”
Andrew Albers threw a two-hitter in his second career start and the Minnesota Twins backed him with a pair of home runs to beat the Cleveland Indians 3-0 Monday night. Albers (2-0) allowed just two singles, walked none and struck out two. Brian Dozier and Trevor Plouffe homered to help the Twins win for the eighth time in 11 games.
The Minnesota Twins have reinstated outfielder Wilkin Ramirez from the disabled list after missing 69 games with concussion problems. Ramirez was first put on the disabled list on May 26. He struggled with lingering symptoms for quite a while before beginning a rehab assignment three weeks ago. Ramirez says he sought the counsel of Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, who has a long history with concussions.
The double-digit losses and ERA over 5.00 are frustrating enough for Mike Pelfrey. Even worse for the Minnesota Twins right-hander is the lack of progress he’s showing this season. “This is by far the worst season of my career,” he said after a 5-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. “It started off brutal and I thought I was getting better for two months, but these last three starts have seemed as (bad) as the first two months.” Pelfrey (4-10) lasted just five-plus innings, giving up five runs, four earned, and four hits with five walks. He left the game in the sixth inning after allowing the first two batters to reach on a single and a walk. The Twins’ bullpen allowed both inherited runners to score to turn a 4-3 lead into a 5-4 deficit.
The eyes of America are indeed on the Bronx these days where a certain slugger will make his home debut tonight at Yankee Stadium.
Jeremy Guthrie pitched a four-hitter and Eric Hosmer drove in a career-high five runs to help the Kansas City Royals rout the Minnesota Twins 13-0 on Monday night. The Royals, who have won 12 of their past 13 games, scored a season-high 13 runs. Guthrie (12-7) won his fourth straight start to log his 12th victory, which is a career high. It was his second career shutout and he lowered his earned run average to 3.94. The right-hander retired the final 13 batters, did not allow a Twins runner to reach third base and only two touched second base. He struck out seven and walked one.
Justin Morneau and Oswaldo Arcia homered as the Minnesota Twins beat the Houston Astros 3-2 Sunday for a three-game sweep. Four Twins relievers combined for four scoreless innings, sending Houston to its fourth straight loss. Arcia led off the seventh with a home run that broke a 2-all tie. He connected against Brad Peacock (1-4), who was promoted from Triple-A to make the start and struck out 10.
Ryan Doumit hit the go-ahead single in the seventh inning, Minnesota’s bullpen pitched six scoreless innings and the Twins beat the Houston Astros 6-4 on Saturday night. After starter Kyle Gibson allowed four runs and nine hits in three innings, Anthony Swarzak struck out five in the next three innings and the American League’s second-best bullpen came through for Minnesota. Brian Duensing (4-1) followed with a scoreless seventh and Casey Fien a scoreless eighth to set up All-Star Glen Perkins for his 26th save.
The Kansas City Royals won their ninth straight game, stretching their longest winning streak in more than a decade by beating Minnesota 7-2 Thursday behind Billy Butler’s hitting and Lorenzo Cain’s highlight reel catch in center field.
Brian Dozier and Justin Morneau homered, Samuel Deduno pitched seven scoreless innings and the Minnesota Twins blanked the Seattle Mariners 4-0 Saturday. It was the fifth shutout of the season for Minnesota, which has won four of its last six games and is 6-3 since the All Star break. Brad Miller and Kyle Seager each had two hits for Seattle, which has lost three of four.
Kevin Correia believed he was prepared and in control heading into his start against the Seattle Mariners. It turns out, he wasn’t. Correia allowed six runs and seven hits in the Minnesota Twins’ 8-2 loss to the Mariners on Thursday night.
Both the Baltimore Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates are enjoying quality seasons midway through this year. With each team presenting a legitimate threat to make the playoffs in their respective leagues, the question is, which is most likely to achieve that goal?
A chain of convenience stores is cutting ties with Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun in the wake of his season-ending suspension. Gary Gonczy, director of marketing and advertising for Kwik Trip, Inc., says the company will no longer use Braun as a spokesman.
Kevin Correia threw six sharp innings for his first win in a month, Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau each had two hits and a walk, and Minnesota beat Cleveland 3-2 on Saturday night for its fourth-straight win. Correia (7-6) allowed only three hits — one of them a two-run homer by Jason Kipnis — with one walk and three strikeouts. The Indians entered the day 1½ games behind Detroit in the AL Central and led 2-0 after Kipnis’ homer in the sixth. Corey Kluber,
With the two leagues set to square off in their annual exhibition featuring its greatest stars on July 16, all eyes will be on Citi Field. With home field advantage during the World Series on the line, the question very simply put is, can the National League maintain its grip on the contest for the fourth straight year?