Kendrys Morales is on his way back to Seattle to try and give the Mariners’ struggling offense a boost as they chase a playoff spot. The Minnesota Twins traded Morales to the Mariners on Thursday for minor-league pitcher Stephen Pryor. Morales hit 23 home runs and drove in 80 runs for the Mariners last season, but turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer from Seattle to become a free agent.
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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.
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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.
Felix Hernandez pitched eight strong innings and Robinson Cano had four hits and the Seattle Mariners defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-2 on Sunday. Hernandez (5-1) continued his recent domination of the Twins, giving up two runs and seven hits while striking out five and walking one.
Brian Dozier doesn’t like talking about his power-hitting abilities. When told his manager referred to him as Minnesota’s “igniter” over the past couple of games — during which he homered on consecutive nights — the Twins second baseman looked embarrassed. “The igniter? Oh goodness,” Dozier said Saturday night after hitting a three-run homer that proved to be the game-winning hit in Minnesota’s 4-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
The Mariners may have Cano’s double-play partner for the next decade in Brad Miller.
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.
The Minnesota Twins optioned infielder Chris Colabello to Triple-A Rochester following Sunday’ 10-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Target Field.
Ryan Doumit’s two-run triple off Tom Wilhelmsen with one out in the ninth inning sent the Minnesota Twins to a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday afternoon. This was the third blown save of the season for Wilhelmsen (0-1), all in his last four tries.
Look for Jesus Montero to take a step forward this year, possibly to the All-Star level that many saw in him as he came up through the minors.
Minnesota Twins left-hander Scott Diamond has dropped his appeal of a six-game suspension for throwing behind Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton.
All King Felix needs is one. Felix Hernandez struck out five in a five-hitter and Eric Thames hit a solo homer in the eighth inning to lift the Seattle Mariners to a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.