Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson has been scratched from Wednesday’s start against Cleveland due to lower back stiffness. Gibson, 8-8 with a 4.19 ERA, will be replaced by Anthony Swarzak.
Last in the American League Central Division and now third from the bottom in the wild card race, it’s pretty clear the Twins will be sellers at the trading deadline.
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Another series loss has the Minnesota Twins contemplating their trade-deadline options. Kevin Correia absorbed his major league-leading 12th loss, and Minnesota’s late comeback was thwarted by the resurgent Tampa Bay Rays in a 5-3 defeat on Sunday.
A pair of former Twins returned to Target Field as part of Tuesday’s All-Star game. Carlos Gomez came to the Twins in 2008 as part of a trade for ace left-hander Johan Santana. He quickly earned a reputation as an energetic – if quirky – young player.
It’s hard to blame Neil Johnson, a retired high school teacher from Shakopee, if he’s a little numb and starry-eyed this week. Johnson is one of 30 educators from around the country who were chosen by Major League Baseball as “All-Star Teachers.”
Yohan Pino has the game ball to prove he belongs in the majors, even if he doesn’t have a big league job anymore. The Minnesota Twins rookie right-hander earned his first major league victory — beating the Seattle Mariners 4-2 Thursday night in his fifth big league appearance — and was told after the game that he’s being sent back to the minors to make room for LHP Kris Johnson to start Friday at Colorado.
Kendrys Morales knocked in three and Chris Colabello hit a two-run double to back Kyle Gibson’s six shutout innings. It was the third time since June 14 that the Twins scored at least eight runs — the second time they did it in a win.
Sam Fuld so rarely hits home runs it’s difficult for the Minnesota center fielder to tell the difference between a deep fly ball and a shot that might leave the park. Fuld barely cleared the wall with his second home run of the season, Phil Hughes pitched into the eighth inning and the Twins beat the Seattle Mariners 2-0 on Tuesday night.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has never been on the losing side of an All-Star game, and with Target Field hosting this year’s festivities, he doesn’t plan on starting now. This will be the third time Gardenhire’s been a part of an American League All-Star staff.
The Minnesota Twins were unable to advance a runner past first base through the first six innings against Hisashi Iwakuma on Monday night in a 2-0 loss to the Mariners.
Twins right-hander Ricky Nolasco is being sent back to Minnesota because of a sore right elbow. Nolasco is scheduled to have his elbow examined on Tuesday and undergo an MRI. Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said Nolasco (5-7) met with manager Ron Gardenhire on Monday before the series opener against the Seattle Mariners and told him he had felt pain all season.
This weekend likely isn’t Derek Jeter’s last time playing in Minnesota — he’s nearly a lock to make his 14th All-Star team here in a little more than a week. But it will be his last time playing against the Twins, with the future Hall of Famer announcing that this will be his final season.
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Twins first baseman Joe Mauer has left Minnesota’s game against the Kansas City Royals with a strained muscle in his right side.