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Kepler 2-run triple, Maeda sharp, Twins top Tigers 4-2

Kepler 2-run triple, Maeda sharp, Twins top Tigers 4-2

Max Kepler hit a two-run triple during a four-run sixth inning and the Minnesota Twins waited out another young Detroit starter, beating the Tigers 4-2By BRIAN HALL Associated PressJuly 10, 2021, 4:30 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleMINNEAPOLIS — Max Kepler hit a two-run triple during a four-run sixth inning and the Minnesota Twins waited out another young Detroit starter, beating the Tigers 4-2 Friday night.Like left-hander Tarik Skubal a night earlier, Detroit rookie Matt Manning didn’t allow a hit through the first four innings.Minnesota finally broke through with an RBI single by Trevor Larnach to start the scoring in the sixth. Left fielder Robbie Grossman tried for Kepler’s sinking liner, but it hit the ground and skipped past him.“Our guys stayed at it,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “Eventually, kind of unlocked the starter a little bit, had some decent at-bats and made some things happen.”Jorge Alcala (2-3) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of a standout Kenta Maeda.Manning (1-3) was vying for his best career outing in his fifth major league start. Like Skubal the previous night, Manning’s no-hit bid ended with one out in the fifth. He allowed two hits and three walks.Manning was optioned to Triple-A Toledo after the game. The plan is for Manning to make a start there during the All-Star break and he could return to Detroit after the break.“It was a step forward,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “Everything’s new to him, everything’s a first for him, everything is putting one step in front of the other. … I think his heartbeat is settling in. I think his head is in a good place. I think he knows what he has to do in order to stay in games, and also win these games.”According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Skubal and Manning are the first rookie starters to have back-to-back games with 4 1/3 no-hit innings since St. Louis’ Daniel Ponce de Leon and Austin Gomber in 2018.Manning allowed a single to Luis Arraez and walked Josh Donaldson to start the sixth. Ian Krol, making his first appearance in the majors since one outing with the Los Angeles Angels in 2018, came on in relief. He allowed both inherited runners to score and surrendered two more runs before Buck Farmer ended the inning.Grossman hit a two-run homer, his career-high 12th of the season, in the eighth.“It was one of those plays where I thought I could catch it,” Grossman said of Kepler’s liner. “I felt like I was right there. I came up short and I’m going to put that on myself.”MORE MAEDAMaeda was out after five scoreless innings and 84 pitches. He was dealing with all-around fatigue and Baldelli decided to go to the bullpen instead of trying to squeeze another inning out of Maeda.“I definitely felt some fatigue during the game today, and obviously, I wasn’t in the best condition to pitch, fatigue-wise,” Maeda said through an interpreter. “But we have the All-Star break right around the corner, so hopefully, I can recover well and then be in the best condition I can be for the next outing.”Maeda had his second straight scoreless start and kept Detroit’s hitters off-balance with his slider and split-finger fastball. He gave up two hits and had seven strikeouts.TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: LHP Derek Holland (left shoulder inflammation) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list after the game with Manning going to Triple-A. Holland made a rehab start on Thursday for Toledo and pitched a scoreless inning with a walk. … Miguel Cabrera played 1B for the first time since June 22 and Hinch said he made the decision based on the way Cabrera has been moving better. Cabrera will be out of the lineup on Saturday.Twins: C Mitch Garver (groin contusion) caught a bullpen session on Thursday and Baldelli indicated Garver and OF Jake Cave (stress reaction in low back) could start a rehab assignment next week. Garver has been out since June 2 and Cave has been out since May 13. … OF Byron Buxton has done some aerobic-type work and swung a bat one-handed but he’s not been cleared for any further activity with his fractured left hand.UP NEXTRHP Bailey Ober (1-1, 4.85 ERA) will start for Minnesota on Saturday. Ober earned his first career win in his last start with five scoreless innings against the Chicago White Sox. Detroit will start RHP Kyle Funkhouser (3-0, 2.59) as part of a bullpen game. Funkhouser has made one start in 23 appearances this season, pitching 2 2/3 innings against the White Sox on June 13.———More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Jeffers, Sanó hit homers, lead Happ, Twins over Tigers 5-3

Jeffers, Sanó hit homers, lead Happ, Twins over Tigers 5-3

Ryan Jeffers and Miguel Sanó homered, leading JBy BRIAN HALL Associated PressJuly 9, 2021, 3:53 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleMINNEAPOLIS — Ryan Jeffers and Miguel Sanó homered, leading J.A. Happ and the Minnesota Twins over the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Thursday night.Jeffers’ homer with one out in the fifth inning marked Minnesota’s first runner against Tigers starter Tarik Skubal.“I consider him one of the best young starting pitchers in baseball,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He’s very tough. We’re going to see a lot of him going forward. We kind of waited him out.”Sanó started the seventh with his 15th homer of the season, connecting against off Skubal (5-8) to tie the game at 3.Max Kepler beat out an infield single and Gilberto Celestino followed with another grounder. Detroit tried to turn a double play, but Kepler was called safe at second and Celestino beat the relay throw to first.The Tigers requested a replay review, but it confirmed second baseman Willi Castro pulled his foot off the bag too quickly, keeping Kepler safe.After a sacrifice bunt, reliever José Cisnero unleashed a wild pitch that scored Kepler with the go-ahead run. Jorge Polanco added a sacrifice fly.“We obviously didn’t execute and gave away a lot of outs, a few outs on defense and maybe a few opportunities on offense,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said, “We couldn’t keep them in the ballpark either. Those are three keys to this game and it is frustrating. It has not been our norm. You’re reminded quickly. If you don’t execute in this game, it can hurt you at the end.”Happ (5-4) allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings, his longest outing since April.“It’s been obviously a work in the progress here,” Happ said. “I thought we were more efficient in getting to the sides of the plate that we needed to get to. (Jeffers) and I have been working over the last couple weeks and tonight I feel like that’s the best we’ve been together, I think.”Tyler Duffey pitched a perfect eighth and Taylor Rogers secured his eighth save in 10 chances.Eric Haase hit a two-run homer for Detroit, which had won four of five.STREAK SNAPPEDSkubal surrendered five runs — three earned — and six hits in six innings, snapping a string of wins in his last four decisions.“I think my misses just became too middle and then I was also working behind guys,” Skubal said. “I thought my stuff was a lot better than what the stat line will show.”FIRST OF MANYThursday’s game started a four-game series between the two teams before the All-Star break. They will play eight games in a row against each other, opening the second half with a four-game series in Detroit.“When we first saw the schedule and we were talking about this, we were wondering if there was a misprint or if there was something that could be done about it,” Baldelli said. “We were told, no, it was not a misprint and no, there was nothing we could do about it.”TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: RHP Spencer Turnbull (right forearm strain) was evaluated by Dr. Keith Meister, who recommended the pitcher shut down his throwing program after he had a recurrence of pain when he started to throw again after a period of rest. … LHP Matthew Boyd (left arm discomfort) has reported feeling good during his throwing program. Boyd is doing long-toss but hasn’t advanced to mound work. … OF Robbie Grossman was out of the lineup with a jammed finger. … OF Victor Reyes (intercostal strain) was activated from the injured list and optioned to Triple-A Toledo, where he was on a rehab assignment.Twins: 3B Josh Donaldson returned to the lineup after missing four games with a strained right hamstring. … Baldelli said RHPs Luke Farrell (right oblique strain) and Randy Dobnak (right middle finger strain) are taking it slow in their rehab. Farrell went for an additional series of images that confirmed the oblique issue. Dobnak tried throwing but reported feeling the issue in his finger still. Baldelli said both will continue rest and treatment and could return to baseball activity next week.UP NEXTRHP Kenta Maeda (4-3, 5.03 ERA) starts Friday night for Minnesota, and Detroit counters with rookie RHP Matt Manning (1-2, 7.94). Maeda bounced back from one of his worst starts of the season against the Chicago White Sox with his best outing in his last start. He threw six scoreless innings with a season-high 10 strikeouts to beat the Kansas City Royals. Manning will be making his fifth career start and first against the Twins. Manning lasted just 2 2/3 innings in his last start, giving up two runs to the White Sox.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

All-Star Lynn wins 6-1 as White Sox improve to 10-2 vs Twins

All-Star Lynn wins 6-1 as White Sox improve to 10-2 vs Twins

Lance Lynn allowed one run over six innings in his first start since earning a berth on the AL All-Star team, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 6-1 after cutting outfielder Adam EatonBy BRIAN HALL Associated PressJuly 7, 2021, 9:52 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleMINNEAPOLIS — Lance Lynn allowed one run over six innings in his first start since earning a spot on the AL All-Star team, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 6-1 Wednesday after cutting outfielder Adam Eaton.Tim Anderson had four hits and Leury García hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the second inning and added a run-scoring triple and a single.Eaton was designated for assignment to open a roster spot for outfielder Adam Engel, who was activated off the injured list after recovering from a strained right hamstring and went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles. The 32-year-old Eaton hit .201 with a career-low .642 OPS in 58 games during his 10th major league season.Chicago is 10-2 against Minnesota this season, outscoring the Twins 91-47. The White Sox had 15 hits for the third time this season to go along with 18- and 16-hit games.“We come to the ballpark every day to compete,” Anderson said. “We go out there and give it everything we’ve got and see what happens. We’ve been playing pretty good. Guys have been stepping all year and guys have been coming up and just falling into place. Couldn’t be more happy with where we’re at right now.”Lynn (9-3) was picked Sunday for his second All-Star appearance, his first since 2012. The 34-year-old right-hander gave up four hits and three walks, striking out six. He surrendered a season-high six runs in a loss at Houston on June 19 but has allowed two runs over his last three starts and 15 innings, lowering his ERA to 1.99.Four relievers combined for three scoreless innings of two-hit relief.“It was a good win, especially going into the off day with three going into the break,” Lynn said. “Offense was great. We were able to add on, just kind of kept going there, and then the defense was awesome behind me. I had a little issue there with some command in the fourth and the fifth. I was able to get through it.”Michael Pineda (3-5), returning from more than three weeks on the injured list due to right elbow inflammation, allowed a career-high 12 hits and five runs in 5 1/3 innings.“I feel normal,” Pineda said. “I have to be better with my slider, be better with locating my slider.”Rookie Trevor Larnach led off the fourth with his seventh home run, a drive into the bullpens in left-center. Minnesota has lost seven of nine, including five against the AL Central-leading White Sox.“Some unlikely guys that aren’t there at the beginning of the year but are helping them in a lot of big ways,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said of Chicago. “But I think a lot of their success really comes down to the way they’ve pitched this year. …“They go out there and compete very well, and hold the opposition down. I think that’s been the biggest challenge for us against them is going out there and facing those good arms and competing against those guys. You can see why they win games. They’re a good team.”García’s third homer and Anderson’s RBI double in the fifth built a 3-1 lead, and García hit a run-scoring triple in a two-run sixth that included Jake Burger’s RBI double.ON A ROLLAnderson reached base all five times he came to the plate, adding a walk to go with his 12th career four-hit game. It was his second career game reaching base five times. Anderson is 11 for 21 (.524) through the first five games of the current road trip.TRAINER’S ROOMWhite Sox: C Yasmani Grandal had surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn tendon in his left knee. Grandal, who was placed on the injured list the previous day, had returned to Chicago for further testing. The White Sox expect him to return this season but will update the original diagnosis of four-to-six weeks.Twins: 3B Josh Donaldson was out of the lineup for the fourth straight game with a strained right hamstring, Donaldson will go through a full workout before Thursday’s game before determining his status. … RHP Griffin Jax was optioned to Triple-A St. Paul to make room on the roster for Pineda.UP NEXTWhite Sox: LHP Dallas Keuchel (6-3, 4.48 ERA) will start Friday’s series opener in Baltimore. Keuchel has allowed 12 earned runs in 11 2/3 innings over his last three games, including two starts.Twins: LHP J.A. Happ (4-4, 6.09) starts Thursday as Minnesota opens a four-game home series against Detroit. Happ is 2-4 with an 8.62 ERA over his last 10 starts. The Tigers are scheduled to start LHP Tarik Skubal (5-7, 4.35).———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Rodón sharp on a rainy night as White Sox beat Twins 4-1

Rodón sharp on a rainy night as White Sox beat Twins 4-1

Carlos Rodón (7-3) allowed one run on seven hits, and the Chicago White Sox took advantage of sloppy play by the Minnesota Twins to win 4-1 in Minnesota on a rainy Tuesday nightBy BRIAN HALL Associated PressJuly 7, 2021, 4:45 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleMINNEAPOLIS — Carlos Rodón pitched six strong innings and the Chicago White Sox took advantage of sloppy play by the Minnesota Twins to win 4-1 on a rainy Tuesday night.Catcher Zack Collins, making the start after Yasmani Grandal went on the injured list earlier in the day with a torn tendon in his left knee, had a two-run single in the second inning after two walks and two errors by the Twins.“These guys refuse to give in, refuse to give up,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “They give you their best shot. They went out and there’s a win to show for it.”Headed to his first All-Star game next week, Rodón (7-3) allowed one run on seven hits. He struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter as Chicago snapped a three-game losing streak.“This team’s a bunch of bulldogs,” Rodón said. “We come to the park every day and we want to win the game.”Michael Kopech pitched a scoreless seventh and Liam Hendriks pitched the final two innings for his 22nd save.Collins’ single in the second was the only hit Chicago would put up in seven innings against Minnesota starter José Berríos (7-3). Just one of the runs was earned against Berríos, who struck out 10 batters.“I mean it was a pretty damn good start no matter which way you spin it,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “A couple of walks in an inning, we didn’t play clean baseball behind him, resulted in a couple of runs. I mean besides that, every way you cut it up, this was just a very, very good, solid outing by him.”PLAYING THROUGHThe two teams, who had a rainout last week in Chicago rescheduled for July 19, played through a steady, light rain for much of the game. The grounds crew tended to the mound, home plate and infield after most innings. The rain became heavier in the final two innings, but the game played without a delay.Only once did weather appear to play a part in the outcome.Chicago outfielders Brian Goodwin and Adam Eaton didn’t see Nelson Cruz’s high flyball in the sixth inning. Second baseman Leury García sprinted to the outfield and pointed the location to the outfielders, but the ball fell in safely for a hit.Luis Arraez went to second base on the play and scored on Alex Kirilloff’s single to center.“The wind’s blowing, the rain’s up there, it’s definitely not the easiest, especially for pitchers,” Collins said. “They don’t have any sticky stuff anymore. They don’t have anything to get a grip and it’s raining out there pretty hard. Obviously, it’s got to be pretty tough, but they didn’t look too shabby tonight.”SLIP AND SLIDEThe worst of the weather didn’t bother Billy Hamilton. After coming on as a defensive replacement in center field, Hamilton made a highlight, leaping catch of a liner off the bat of Max Kepler in the ninth inning.Hamilton jumped high to catch the ball before landing on his stomach and sliding on the muddy warning track. He turned around smiling and got up covered in mud.“I’ve got a short-term memory and to see him, I’ve seen (Jim) Edmonds do some great things and Dave Henderson, but I don’t know if you’re going to see a better one than that,” La Russa said. “Just sensational.”TRAINER’S ROOMWhite Sox: Grandal is expected to miss approximately four to six weeks. … OF Adam Engel is expected to be activated from the injured list and play in Wednesday afternoon’s game in Minnesota. Engel has been out since June 19 with a hamstring injury. … LHP Aaron Bummer (strained right hamstring) could possibly be activated for the weekend series at Baltimore. La Russa said “fingers crossed” that Bummer would return, but only if he’s “really ready.”Twins: Cruz was back in the lineup after missing two games with a stiff neck that has been exacerbated by a lingering chest cold and severe coughing. Cruz was examined by doctors and cleared of any other complications. … 3B Josh Donaldson was out of the lineup for the third straight game due to a strained right hamstring.UP NEXTRHP Lance Lynn (8-3, 2.02 ERA) starts the afternoon series finale for Chicago on Wednesday. Minnesota will activate RHP Michael Pineda (3-4, 3.70) from the injured list to start. Pineda has been out since June 13 with right elbow inflammation. Lynn is 1-0 with two earned runs allowed in 11 innings against the Twins this season.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Indians OF Naylor injured in scary collision, Twins win 8-2

Indians OF Naylor injured in scary collision, Twins win 8-2

Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer shortly after Cleveland right fielder Josh Naylor was carted off the field following a frightening collision with a teammate, and the Minnesota Twins went beat the Indians 8-2By BRIAN HALL Associated PressJune 27, 2021, 9:27 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleMINNEAPOLIS — Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer shortly after Cleveland right fielder Josh Naylor was carted off the field following a frightening collision with a teammate, and the Minnesota Twins went beat the Indians 8-2 on Sunday.Cleveland manager Terry Francona said Naylor had suffered a broken bone, but didn’t say which one, and was being treated at a hospital.Naylor and rookie second baseman Ernie Clement chased a popup in short right field in the fourth inning on a ball hit by Jorge Polanco. Naylor went flying after the collision and had his right foot catch underneath him, twisting the foot the wrong way.Naylor writhed on the ground in pain and teammates immediately called for medical attention. His foot was placed in an air cast and he was taken off the field on a stretcher.Clement, playing his seventh game in the majors, had the ball glance off his glove for a single. He had a cut on his chin.Played resumed after a 12-minute delay and Justin Garza relieved for his major league debut. Two batters later, Cruz hit his 434th career homer, tying him with Juan González and Andruw Jones for 47th on the all-time list.Andrelton Simmons and Josh Donaldson also homered for Minnesota, which has won seven of nine games and won the series 2-1 against Cleveland after Saturday’s game was postponed due to rain.J.A. Happ (4-3) bounced back with six strong innings. He allowed two runs on six hits, striking out seven. In his previous eight starts, covering 36 2/3 innings, he had surrendered 38 earned runs.Minnesota native Sam Hentges (1-2) took the loss for Cleveland. He gave up six runs on six hits and four walks in 3 1/3 innings.The 6-foot-6 left-hander was a fourth-round draft pick by the Indians in 2014 out of Mounds View High School, approximately 12 miles northeast of Target Field.René Rivera homered for Cleveland, which has lost five of eight.TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: RHP Zach Plesac (right thumb fracture) will start a rehab assignment with Double-A Akron on Tuesday and he’s scheduled to pitch two innings. He’s been out since fracturing the tip of his thumb on a chair while taking off his shirt on May 23. … Francona said C Roberto Pérez (Fourth finger fracture) and OF Franmil Reyes (left oblique strain) are feeling good on their rehab assignments with Triple-A Columbus. Francona said the team would re-evaluate Reyes’ status when it returns home following the trip from Minnesota.Twins: RHP Michael Pineda will make a rehab start with Triple-A St. Paul this week as he recovers from right elbow inflammation. He threw a simulated game on Saturday.UP NEXTIndians: RHP Eli Morgan (0-2, 10.32 ERA) will start the opener of a three-game home series against Detroit on Monday. Morgan will be making his fourth start of his rookie season after giving up four runs in five innings in a loss to the Chicago Cubs in his last outing. The Tigers are scheduled to start RHP Matt Manning (1-1, 3.38).Twins: RHP Kenta Maeda (3-2, 4.85) starts Monday as Minnesota travels for a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox. Maeda hasn’t made it out of the sixth inning since April 7 but won his last start at Texas when he allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings. Chicago has RHP Lucas Giolito (5-5, 3.80) lined up opposite of Maeda.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Indians-Twins postponed because of a forecast of rain

Indians-Twins postponed because of a forecast of rain

The game between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins was postponed with heavy rain forecast in the area for much of the dayBy BRIAN HALL Associated PressJune 26, 2021, 7:37 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleMINNEAPOLIS — Saturday’s game between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins was postponed with heavy rain forecast in the area for much of the day.The game has been rescheduled as part of a split doubleheader on Sept. 14 when Cleveland returns to Minnesota. Game 1 will be at 1:10 p.m. Central before the regularly scheduled 6:40 p.m. start.Players remained in the clubhouse well after the scheduled 1:10 p.m. first pitch on Saturday. Rain had just started to fall when the postponement was announced.The two teams are scheduled to play at 1:10 p.m. Central on Sunday. Cleveland will push Minnesota native Sam Hentges (1-1, 6.40 ERA) back a day to start Sunday’s game. The Twins will make a minor switch.Left-hander J.A. Happ (3-3, 6.09) will stay in his scheduled spot and start Sunday. Kenta Maeda, who was scheduled to start Saturday, will instead start the opener of a four-game road series against the Chicago White Sox on Monday.“We’re looking at the teams we’re playing,” Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said of the switch. “The Indians are a little more left-handed heavy.”During his pregame video conference, Baldelli said it was unlikely a doubleheader would be scheduled for Sunday. Cleveland returns to Minnesota two more times this season and the September series includes a day off on each side for both teams.“I think both teams had the preference for playing in September, but we had to work through that first with Major League Baseball,” Baldelli said after the postponement.“When you do have to add another game into the mix, instead of burning an off day, adding the two seven-inning games can be OK. The fact that we have those off days surrounding that series does make it a lot easier to get back on track as far as our starting pitchers.”Skipping a day now might be beneficial for both teams, who are dealing with injuries, particularly on the pitching side.Right-hander Michael Pineda threw a simulated game on the field Sunday and will head out for a rehab start with Triple-A St. Paul this week. The Twins also put pitchers Randy Dobnak and Luke Farrell on the injured list the past two days, and they are also missing starting catcher Mitch Garver and center fielder Byron Buxton on the injured list.The Indians have their top three starters on the injured list in Shane Bieber, Zach Plesac and Aaron Civale. Plesac threw a 32-pitch bullpen session on Sunday without complication. He had no restrictions on pitch type after previously being withheld from throwing his curveball.With the postponement, Cleveland won’t need to adjust for Monday’s starter. The team had planned on calling up Logan Allen for a Monday home start against Detroit. Instead, Eli Morgan will start Monday followed by J.C. Mejia and Cal Quantrill.Indians manager Terry Francona said he got good reports on reliever Cam Hill (right wrist surgery), who threw a scoreless inning in a rehab appearance on Friday, as well as outfielder Franmil Reyes, who went 1 for 3 on his rehab assignment.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports