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Joe Mauer, 1B11/1/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: The Twins will hire Paul Molitor as their next manager, according to Patrick Reusse of 1500ESPN.
Insight: He was the favorite and will take over Ron Gardenhire. Molitor will be the third manager in franchise history.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B9/29/2014 5:33:00 PM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe underwent surgery to repair his fractured left forearm according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Plouffe originally thought he wasn't going to need the surgery, but a second opinion convinced him to receive it. He should be ready for spring training.
Joe Mauer, 1B9/28/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is not a good fantasy start on the last day of the season.
Insight: Not many are against Tigers pitcher David Price, but Mauer is just 3-for-20 against Price in his career. One of those hits is a double while Mauer also has two RBI, four walks and six strikeouts against the Tiger lefty.
Tommy Milone, SP9/28/2014 9:18:00 AM
Description: Twins starter Tommy Milone threw a scoreless inning in his return to the mound on Saturday.
Insight: Milone had not pitched since Sept. 2 due to shoulder fatigue and a neck injury. He did not receive another start, but the scoreless inning is encouraging. Milone finishes the year with a 6-4 record and 4.19 ERA in 118 innings.
Brian Dozier, 2B9/27/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier goes 2-for-6 with a homer Saturday versus Detroit.
Insight: It was his 23rd of the year, and now is hitting .244/.347/.419 with 71 RBI. Dozier has made for great value for fantasy owners in 2014.
Eduardo Escobar, SS/3B9/27/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Twins infielder Eduardo Escobar has monster night.
Insight: Not only did he hit his sixth homer rof the year, but Escobar also had six RBI on a 4-for-5 night. Not a bad way to end a season.
Ricky Nolasco, SP9/27/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Ricky Nolasco wins sixth game of season.
Insight: In his final start of 2014, Nolasco went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks, and struck out six. It has not been a good year, however (6-12, 5.38 ERA). Nolasco will look to rebound in 2015.
Phil Hughes, SP9/25/2014 5:00:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes turned down an opportunity to pitch this weekend to reach his 210 innings quota and earn a $500,000 bonus according to MLB.com.
Insight: That's a head scratcher. Hughes pitched eight innings on Tuesday before the game was stopped due to rain, which ultimately left Hughes 1/3 inning short of 210 on the season. Minnesota offered to let him pitch this weekend to receive the bonus, but he turned it down. If you really don't need the money Hughes, I'll take a half a million bucks. In all seriousness, Hughes has been excellent this year, posting a 16-10 record with a 3.52 ERA and 186 strikeouts versus just 16 walks.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B9/25/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe tweeted on Thursday that he will not need surgery to repair his fractured left forearm.
Insight: Plouffe broke his forearm on Wednesday when A.J. Pollock's leg hit his arm on a slide at third base. He will not need surgery but will be in a cast for six-to-eight weeks. We expect him to be fine for spring training next year.
Kurt Suzuki, C9/25/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: It is a small sample size, but Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is a career .400 (4-for-10) hitter against Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer.
Insight: The catcher also has a home run in his 10 at-bats. Prior to his 0-for-3 on Tuesday, Suzuki had hits in his previous nine games.
Phil Hughes, SP9/24/2014 6:13:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes pitches gem against Arizona.
Insight: He only needed 96 pitches to get through eight innings. Hughes had five strikeouts and let up only one run, on five hits. He is now 16-10 with a respectable 3.52 ERA.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B9/24/2014 3:59:00 PM
Description: Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe is done for the season after the diagnosis came back as a fractured left forearm.
Insight: Plouffe collided with A.J. Pollock. He'll finish the season batting .258 with 14 HR, 79 RBI and a .750 OPS.
Joe Mauer, 1B9/23/2014 8:58:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer left Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks with a right elbow bruise according to Phil Miller of the Star Tribune.
Insight: Arizona pitcher Andrew Chafin hit Mauer with a pitch in the first inning. Mauer is being called day-to-day. It didn't sound like an x-ray would be necessary.
Joe Mauer, 1B9/22/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is not in the starting lineup against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: It is the last week of the season, so fantasy owners need to expect the stars to sit in meaningless games. Chris Parmelee will start at first base on Monday.
Trevor May, SP9/21/2014 9:28:00 AM
Description: Twins pitcher Trevor May was ineffective in Saturday's loss to Cleveland.
Insight: He falls to 3-5 after only going 4 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits. May's ERA catapulted to 8.39. As of now he is not a relevant fantasy option heading into 2015.
Glen Perkins, SP9/19/2014 8:47:00 PM
Description: Twins closer Glen Perkins will not pitch for the remainder of the 2014 season due to a left forearm strain and nerve irritation in his left elbow according to MLB.com
Insight: On a positive note, an MRI revealed no damage to his UCL. He will participate in an offseason strengthening program, and is expected to be ready to go by spring training.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF9/19/2014 1:00:00 PM
Description: Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia (upper back tightness) whould be a very nice option Friday if he's back in the starting lineup.
Insight: Arcia is 4-for-8 with three home runs and six RBI versus Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer. He's currently on a five-game hitting streak.
Sam Fuld, LF9/18/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Sam Fuld was 2-for-4 with two RBI in a loss against the Rangers on Thursday.
Insight: Fuld hit a two-run triple in the third inning to score Derek Norris and Coco Crisp. Those were the only runs Oakland scored in the 7-2 loss as Texas completed the three game sweep.
Joe Mauer, 1B9/17/2014 11:28:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is a .167 hitter (3-for-18), with five strikeouts against Tigers' starter David Price.
Insight: Mauer has had a disappointing season in 2014, and that trend could continue tonight versus one of Detroit's aces.
Kennys Vargas, DHHot9/16/2014 11:45:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas went 3-for-4 with two runs and a home run against the Tigers on Tuesday.
Insight: Vargas scored the first run of the game and extended the Minnesota lead in the sixth with a solo home run. Vargas is batting .294 with eight home runs and 36 RBI in 180 at-bats this year.
Ricky Nolasco, SPHot9/16/2014 11:38:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Ricky Nolasco pitched eight shutout innings, allowed five hits, struck out five and walked one in a no-decision against the Tigers on Tuesday.
Insight: Nolasco was in line for the victory until Twins closer Glen Perkins yielded three runs in the top of the ninth. Minnesota rallied in the bottom of the inning to win, 4-3. Nolasco is 5-11 with a 5.34 ERA, but he has an ERA of 1.35 in his last three starts.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF9/16/2014 9:47:00 AM
Description: Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia had to be taken out of Monday's game with upper back tightness.
Insight: Arcia was 1-for-3, including his 18th homerun of the season, before bing removed. He has struggled from an average standpoint in 2014 (.231/.304/.456), but has shown nice power. Consider Arcia day-to-day going forward.
Trevor May, SP9/14/2014 6:41:00 PM
Description: Twins pitcher Trevor May struck out 10 and walked none in six innings against the White Sox on Sunday.
Insight: May allowed three runs on five hits as well. The 24-year-old has now won his last three starts and is 3-4 on the year.
Brian Dozier, 2B9/14/2014 11:18:00 AM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is 2-for-12 in his career against White Sox pitcher Hector Noesi.
Insight: Dozier does have a home run against Noesi, but other than that, has struggled against the right hander. Dozier also struggled in a doubleheader on Saturday, going 0-for-7 in the two games combined.
Tommy Milone, SP9/13/2014 3:27:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Tommy Milone is unlikely to start on Monday due to a sore neck.
Insight: Milone was already pushed back to start Monday when Friday's game was rained out. With only two weeks remaining in the season, it is possible Milone is done for the year. Anthony Swarsak is the best candidate to start in Milone's place on Monday.
Joe Mauer, 1B9/12/2014 1:36:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is a .444 hitter (9-for-18) against White Soxc starter Jose Quintana.
Insight: For the season, he is hitting just.272 with four home runs and 46 RBI, which is certainly disappointing based on his historic standards.
Ricky Nolasco, SP9/11/2014 6:07:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Ricky Nolasco pitched well, allowing one run on six hits in seven innings but lost, 2-0, to the Indians.
Insight: Nolasco gave up a solo home run to Carlos Santana for his one run. Santana added the Indians second run in the eighth inning. Nolasco is 5-11 with a 5.64 ERA this year.
Kennys Vargas, DHHot9/11/2014 2:59:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas went 2-for-4 with a RBI against Corey Kluber in Minnesota's loss to Cleveland on Thursday.
Insight: Vargas singled to score Danny Santana in the top of the first, and the Twins didn't score again until the ninth. Vargas is batting .306 with seven home runs and 35 RBI in 160 at-bats this year. The Twins and Indians will play again on Thursday.
Danny Santana, OF/SS9/11/2014 12:08:00 PM
Description: Twins leadoff hitter Danny Santana is back in the starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Indians.
Insight: Santana missed two games due to a lower back strain. Minnesota has a double header against Cleveland on Thursday, and Santana is slated to bat lead off and play center field in the first game. In 84 games this season, the rookie has been impressive, batting .320/.358/.475 with seven home runs and 15 stolen bases.
Oswaldo Arcia, RFHot9/9/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia went 2-for-4 and hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning as the Twins beat the Indians, 4-3, on Tuesday.
Insight: Arcia's home run capped off a four-run fourth inning for the Twins, who then held on to win. Arcia does not hit for much of an average .220/.293/.439, but he does occasionally hit a long ball. He has 16 homers and 48 RBI on the year.
Danny Santana, OF/SS9/9/2014 3:28:00 PM
Description: Twins leadoff hitter Danny Santana has been downgraded to out for Tuesday's game against Cleveland due to a strained lower back.
Insight: Santana hasn't played since leaving Saturday's game. He's hitting .320 with seven homers, 37 RBI, 57 runs and 15 steals in 337 at-bats and has been one of the biggest fantasy surprises this season.
Glen Perkins, SP9/9/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Twins closer Glen Perkins is questionable for Tuesday's game against Cleveland due to a sore neck.
Insight: Perkins had an MRI which showed no structural damage, but hasn't pitched since Sept. 4. He's 3-2 with 33 saves and a 2.88 ERA. Jared Burton is likely the closing option if Perkins isn't ready to go.
Danny Santana, OF/SS9/9/2014 10:19:00 AM
Description: Twins leadoff hitter Danny Santana is questionable for Tuesday's game against Cleveland due to a strained lower back.
Insight: Santana hasn't played since leaving Saturday's game. He's hitting .320 with seven homers, 37 RBI, 57 runs and 15 steals in 337 at-bats and has been one of the biggest fantasy surprises this season.
Joe Mauer, 1B9/6/2014 11:15:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer was 2-for-3 with a walk on Saturday in a loss against the Angels.
Insight: Mauer has been getting on base a lot lately, with at least a hit and a walk in each of his last four games. In his last eight games, Mauer is batting .344 with a double, a triple and six RBI. For the season, he is hitting just.277 with four home runs and 46 RBI, which is disappointing based on his standards.
Joe Mauer, 1B9/3/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer is a career .393 hitter versus White Sox left-hander John Danks
Insight: Interestingly, none of the 22 hits are home runs and only three are extra-base hits. Mauer's numbers are below expectations this season and he's also missed time due to injury. The career .319 hitter is batting just .273 this season.
Phil Hughes, SPHot9/1/2014 6:04:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes allowed three runs over eight innings Monday at Baltimore, but none were earned.
Insight: Hughes has had the best season of his career, going 15-9 with a 3.54 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP in 180 2/3 innings. His 10.47 K/BB is second best all-time among pitchers with at least 150 innings.
Joe Mauer, 1B 9/1/2014 5:59:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer went 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBI Monday at Baltimore.
Insight: Mauer went 3-for-23 (.130) in his last seven games of August after getting his average up to .281 on Aug. 23. After his three-hit game Monday, Mauer is hitting .276 with four homers, 45 RBI, 51 runs and a .731 OPS in 377 at-bats.
Chris Parmelee, OF/1B8/31/2014 9:01:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Chris Parmelee slashed three hits in Sunday's loss to the Orioles.
Insight: The game was Parmelee's first multi-hit game since early August. The 26-year-old finished August with a .193 batting average. He does not have much fantasy value.
Ricky Nolasco, SP8/31/2014 6:26:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Ricky Nolasco allowed eight runs on 12 hits in five innings against the Orioles on Sunday.
Insight: Nolasco also allowed two home runs, struck out two and walked two. He followed up his masterful start from last week against Kansas City, seven shutout innings, with arguably the worst start of his season. Nolasco cannot be counted on down the stretch.
Brian Dozier, 2B8/31/2014 6:17:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier went 3-for-5 with two runs in the loss to Baltimore on Sunday.
Insight: Dozier seems back on track, with hits in his last 10 games. Over that stretch, Dozier is batting .405 with eight RBI but no home runs. He is hitting .244 with 20 bombs, and 61 RBI this season.
Joe Mauer, 1BCold8/29/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer returned to the Twins lineup on Friday and went 0-for-3.
Insight: Mauer pinched hit on Thursday, which was a routine day of rest. The first baseman has one hit in his last 15 at-bats.
Joe Mauer, 1B8/28/2014 4:48:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer is not in the Twins lineup on Thursday against Kansas City.
Insight: It's just a normal day of rest for Mauer. Too bad because he has a career 1.204 OPS against Jeremy Guthrie in 25 at-bats.
Joe Mauer, 1B8/28/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer is a career .360 hitter versus Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Nothing unusual there, Mauer is a .319 hitter against everyone. What is unusual is that he's hit three homers and has a 1.204 OPS against Guthrie in 25 at-bats.
Kyle Gibson, SPCold8/24/2014 7:15:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Kyle Gibson allowed five runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings Sunday against the Tigers.
Insight: Gibson has thrown at least six innings while allowing one run or less 11 times this season, but he's also given up five runs or more 10 times.
Brian Dozier, 2BCold8/24/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is just 1-for-11 with seven strikeouts against Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer. The only good news is the one hit was a home run.
Insight: Dozier has struggled since the All-Star break, hitting .202 with two homers in 142 plate appearances. He did most of his damage from April to June (15 of his 20 HR) and should not be started Sunday.
Joe Mauer, 1BHot8/23/2014 4:44:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer went 2-for-3 with a double, three RBI, two walks and two runs in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against Detroit.
Insight: Mauer has gone 15-for-42 (.357) with four doubles, two homers, 10 RBI and 10 walks since he returned from an oblique strain on Aug. 11. His average is up to .281, the highest it's been since May 27.
Brian Dozier, 2B8/23/2014 4:39:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier has reached base eight times in the past two games.
Insight: Dozier went 1-for-2 with a double, one RBI, three walks and three runs in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers. He's struggled since the All-Star break, hitting .207 with two homers in 121 at-bats.
Kennys Vargas, DHHot8/23/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas went 2-for-4 with two doubles and five RBI in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against Detroit.
Insight: Vargas has batted .329 with seven doubles, four homers, 22 RBI and .919 OPS in 85 at-bats since he was called up.
Oswaldo Arcia, RFHot8/23/2014 11:57:00 AM
Description: Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader, but he's expected to play in Game 2, according to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune.
Insight: Arcia spent most of the night in the hospital with his sick child. He has six homers, three doubles and 14 RBI over his last 10 games.
Joe Mauer, 1BHot8/23/2014 11:22:00 AM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer has batted .333 with three doubles, two homers, seven RBI, eight walks and five runs in 11 games since he returned from the disabled list.
Insight: Mauer has his average up to .278 and his OPS to .732. He hit .300 or better seven times in the previous 10 seasons and has never batted below .287, but he'll need to bat nearly .360 in the final 35 games to hit .300 this season. He's 23-for-62 (.371) with four doubles, three homers and 12 walks in his career against Tigers starter Justin Verlander, so he could be a solid first base option Saturday.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B8/23/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe went 3-for-6 with a double, a homer, three RBI and four runs Friday against the Tigers.
Insight: Plouffe has driven in a career-high 63 runs in 420 at-bats this season and he's tied for second in the AL with 34 doubles, but he's only hitting .245 with 10 homers and a .719 OPS.
Oswaldo Arcia, RFHot8/23/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia has blasted six homers in his last 10 games.
Insight: Arcia has driven in 14 runs in that span. The 23-year-old suddenly has 14 homers, 40 RBI, 36 runs and a .764 OPS in 265 at-bats this season.
Danny Santana, OF/SSHot8/23/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: The Twins put 20 runs on the board against the Tigers Friday night, and leadoff hitter Danny Santana went 3-for-6 with a walk, a homer, four RBI and two runs.
Insight: Santana has settled in as Minnesota's starting center fielder, but he also has eligibility at shortstop, which makes him extra valuable. He's hitting .319 with six homers, 32 RBI, 44 runs and 12 steals in 273 at-bats.
Phil Hughes, SPHot8/21/2014 4:26:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes pitched seven great innings against the Indians on Thursday, only allowing a solo home run to Zach Walters in the fourth inning.
Insight: Hughes has won four straight starts to raise his record to 14-8 and his ERA from 4.01 to 3.65. During that stretch, he has 1.32 ERA and 30 strikeouts versus two walks. Hughes had eight K's and no BB on Thursday.
Kennys Vargas, DHHot8/21/2014 4:23:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs on Thursday against the Indians and their ace pitcher Corey Kluber.
Insight: Vargas has a four-game hitting streak with two 3-for-4 games and two home runs during that span. In 68 at-bats so far with the Twins, Vargas is hitting.309 with three home runs and 16 RBI.
Phil Hughes, SPHot8/21/2014 11:30:00 AM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes got off to a great start this season, stumbled in June and July, but has regained his early season form in August.
Insight: Hughes won all three of his starts in August and lowered his ERA from 4.12 to 3.76 in that stretch. The right-hander has a 2.60 FIP this season so he should continue to pitch well.
Brian Dozier, 2BCold8/21/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is just 1-for-11 against Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber.
Insight: Two players heading in oppositite directions. Dozier is batting .204 since the All-Star break with two home runs and a .647 OPS in 30 games, while Kluber has been one of the best pitchers in the league going 4-0 with a 0.76 ERA and 0.692 WHIP. Avoid this matchup.
Byron Buxton, CF8/18/2014 8:07:00 PM
Description: Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton (concussion) isn't expected to play again this season.
Insight: Buxton, ranked as the first overall prospect in baseball by MLB.com and Baseball America, suffered a concussion when he collided with a teammate on Aug. 13. He also dealt with a wrist injury earlier this season and has played just 31 games. He's batted .240 with four homers, 16 RBI and six steals. The earliest we're likely to see the 20-year-old in the majors is late 2015.
Kurt Suzuki, C8/18/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is not in Monday night's starting lineup.
Insight: Suzuki went 5-for-10 in the most recent series with the Royals. He has had a very good season, but home runs haven't been a big part of it. He's hitting .307 with three long balls, 49 RBI, 32 runs and a .768 OPS.
Joe Mauer, 1BHot8/18/2014 10:21:00 AM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer is a career .417 hitter (10-for-24) versus Royals starter Jason Vargas.
Insight: Mauer has hit safely in five of six games, including a pair of home runs since he returned from the DL to raise his average to .275. He still has more to go if he's to reach his career average of .320, but this favorable matchup could help.
Joe Mauer, 1B8/17/2014 11:13:00 AM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer is a career .333 hitter (8-for-24) with a pair of home runs versus Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Mauer has hit safely in four of five games since he returned from the DL to raise his average to .273, but he still has more to go if he's to reach his career average of .320.
Kurt Suzuki, CHot8/16/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and two runs Saturday against the Royals.
Insight: Suzuki has had a very good season, but home runs haven't been a big part of it. He's hitting .310 with three long balls, 49 RBI, 32 runs and a .777 OPS.
Phil Hughes, SPHot8/16/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes has allowed three runs on 18 hits and posted a 22/2 K/BB over 20 1/3 innings this month.
Insight: Hughes won all three of his starts in August and lowered his ERA from 4.12 to 3.76 in that stretch. The right-hander has a 2.60 FIP this season so he should continue to pitch well.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B8/15/2014 12:30:00 PM
Description: Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe is an ugly 1-for-12 with five strikeouts against Royals starter Danny Duffy.
Insight: Plouffe has not hit for the power he has in past seasons. He hit 24 in 2012 and fantasy owners were hoping for more than the 14 he blasted last season and the eight he's hit in 100 games this year. Avoid him Friday.
Byron Buxton, CF8/13/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton was carted off the field after colliding with a teammate playing for Double-A New Britain Wednesday. UPDATE: Buxton has a concussion but no broken bones, according to Jeff Passon of Yahoo Sports
Insight: Buxton, ranked as the first overall prospect in baseball by MLB.com and Baseball America, has been limited to 31 games by a wrist injury this season. He's batted .240 with four homers, 16 RBI and six steals. Wednesday was his first game since he was promoted to Double-A.
Joe Mauer, 1B8/13/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer hit his first homer since May 3 Wednesday against the Astros.
Insight: Mauer has hit safely in three straight games since he returned from the DL, giving him a 15-game hitting streak.
Danny Santana, OF/SSHot8/13/2014 6:23:00 PM
Description: Minnesota CF/SS Danny Santana has gone 21-for-54 (.389) with three doubles, five RBI, five steals and 12 runs in August.
Insight: Santana hasn't stopped hitting since he was called up in May. The 23-year-old is batting .331 with five homers, 27 RBI, 39 runs and 11 steals in 236 at-bats and he has shortstop eligibility. He's a must-own in all leagues.
Kennys Vargas, DH8/13/2014 6:20:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas has hit .300 with two homers, 11 RBI and a .792 OPS since he was called up on July 31.
Insight: Vargas isn't a high-level prospect in Minnesota's organization, but the Twins had him skip Triple-A altogether after he hit .281 with 17 home runs over 97 games with Double-A New Britain. He's unlikely to keep this up.
Kyle Gibson, SP8/13/2014 6:14:00 PM
Description: Minnesota right-hander Kyle Gibson gave up one run on six hits in 7 2/3 innings to beat the Astros Wednesday afternoon.
Insight: Gibson (11-9, 3.96 ERA) has thrown at least seven innings while allowing two runs or less nine times this season, but he's also allowed five earned runs or more eight times. Such is the life for a pitcher with good control but just 4.97 strikeouts per nine innings.
Ricky Nolasco, SPCold8/12/2014 9:05:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Ricky Nolasco (elbow) will rejoin the rotation Friday against the Royals, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Nolasco has been out with a flexor pronator injury in his elbow since July 7. He has had a miserable season, going 5-7 with a 5.90 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP in 103 2/3 innings.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF8/12/2014 5:24:00 PM
Description: Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia (back) is in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Arcia hurt his back on a swing Friday and missed the last three games. He's hitting .227 with eight homers, 26 RBI and a .702 OPS in 225 at-bats this season.
Joe Mauer, 1B8/11/2014 5:24:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer (oblique) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Mauer (.271) suffered a right oblique strain July 1. Prior to the injury, Mauer hit safely in 12 straight games and he hit .400 in 15 at-bats during his rehab assignment.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B8/11/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe is questionable for Monday's game against Houston due to a bruised left foot.
Insight: Plouffe has hit .249 with 31 doubles, eight homers, 54 RBI and a .726 OPS this season, making him a low-end third baseman.
Phil Hughes, SPHot8/10/2014 7:17:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes allowed one run on four hits and struck out seven over seven innings to beat the Athletics on Sunday.
Insight: Hughes now has a 2.64 FIP on the year and should continue to trim his 3.88 ERA. He's gone 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA his last two starts.
Danny Santana, OF/SSHot8/10/2014 7:09:00 PM
Description: Minnesota CF/SS Danny Santana went 3-for-5 with a steal and two runs Sunday against the Athletics.
Insight: Santana's .315 average, five homers, 27 RBI, 37 runs and 10 steals in 239 plate appearances would make him an ordinary fantasy option in the outfield, but he has eligibility at both second base and shortstop.
Josh Willingham, LF8/10/2014 7:08:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham went 1-for-4 with a homer, a walk and two RBI Sunday at Oakland.
Insight: Willingham has been home run or bust this season. He's hitting .210 with five doubles, a triple, 12 homers, 34 RBI, 34 runs and a .747 OPS in 224 at-bats.
Brian Dozier, 2B8/10/2014 7:04:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier went 1-for-4 with his first homre since July 22 Sunday at Oakland.
Insight: Dozier has hit .314 in August and now has 20 homers, 51 RBI, 82 runs and 19 steals on the year. One more steal and he'll become baseball's first 20-20 man this season.
Joe Mauer, 1B8/10/2014 1:56:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer (oblique) is expected to come off the disabled list on Monday, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Mauer (.271) suffered a right oblique strain July 1. Prior to the injury, Mauer hit safely in 12 straight games.
Phil Hughes, SP 8/6/2014 12:34:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes struck out nine batters and allowed one run on seven hits in six innings Tuesday against the Padres.
Insight: Hughes has the second largest difference between his ERA and FIP among qualified starters this season (4.01 ERA, 2.68 FIP). He should continue to trim that ERA in the last two months of the season.
Joe Mauer, 1B8/5/2014 5:41:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer (oblique) is expected to be activated from the disabled list for the team's series at Houston from Aug. 11-13, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com.
Insight: Mauer suffered a right oblique strain July 1. He'll stay on his rehab assignment through the weekend and should be back Monday.
Danny Santana, OF/SSHot8/3/2014 9:28:00 PM
Description: Minnesota CF/SS Danny Santana had a "career" day banging out five hits, knocking in four runs and stealing two bases.
Insight: He's hitting .325 with five homers, 27 RBI, 32 runs and eight steals in 191 at-bats. His shortstop eligibility makes him a valuable fantasy asset.
Josh Willingham, LF8/3/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is 9-for-18 with three home runs and a 1.591 OPS versus White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.
Insight: Willingham hasn't been a good fantasy option since hitting 35 homers in 2012, but has hit safely in six of his last eight games and could be a viable option Sunday.
Ricky Nolasco, SPCold8/1/2014 8:15:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Ricky Nolasco (elbow) will return on Aug. 15 barring a setback, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: That means Nolasco, who has been out with a flexor pronator injury in his elbow since July 7, will make two rehab starts. He has had a miserable season, going 5-7 with a 5.90 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP in 103 2/3 innings. Among pitchers with 100 innings this season, only one player has an ERA higher than Nolasco's.
Ricky Nolasco, SPCold8/1/2014 7:22:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Ricky Nolasco (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment next week, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Nolasco has been out with a flexor pronator injury in his elbow since July 7. He's had a miserable season, going 5-7 with a 5.90 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP in 103 2/3 innings. Among pitchers with 100 innings this season, only one player has an ERA higher than Nolasco's.
Joe Mauer, 1B8/1/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment next week, according to beat writer Mike Berardino.
Insight: Mauer suffered a right oblique strain July 1. He was just starting to hit, putting up a 12-game hitting streak before the injury.
Brian Dozier, 2B8/1/2014 5:19:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier missed Thursday's game due to swelling in his left thumb, but he's back in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Dozier hit just .230 with four home runs and two steals in July. He'll try to improve upon his .234 average, 19 homers, 48 RBI, 17 steals and 72 runs in the first game of August Friday night.
Josh Willingham, LFCold8/1/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has struck out 12 times in 25 plate appearances against starter Chris Sale.
Insight: Willingham hasn't been a good fantasy option since hitting 35 homers in 2012 and its probably best to avoid him again Friday.
Kurt Suzuki, C7/31/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki has signed a two-year, $12 million contract extension with a vesting option for 2017, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Insight: Suzuki, who made the All-Star team this year, was reportedly on the trade block, but the Twins have decided to make a commitment to the 30-year-old rather than hand the catcher job to Josmil Pinto.
Tommy Milone, SP7/31/2014 12:24:00 PM
Description: The Athletics have traded left-hander Tommy Milone to the Twins for Sam Fuld.
Insight: Milone went 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP over his last 11 starts but was sent down when Oakland traded for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. He was moved further down the starting pitcher hierarchy when Oakland acquired Jon Lester from Boston on Thursday. It's surprising the A's couldn't get more than Sam Fuld, who's a strong defensive outfielder but isn't a good hitter. Oakland waived Fuld in April but needed him back with Coco Crisp (neck) hurting and Yoenis Cespedes moved in the deal for Lester.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF7/30/2014 5:07:00 PM
Description: Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia is out again Wednesday, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Arcia's son was born Tuesday morning. He's back with the team but isn't in the lineup. The 23-year-old has hit .221 with seven homers in 195 at-bats this season.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF7/29/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia is not with the team on Tuesday due to the birth of his son, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com.
Insight: Arcia is expected back with the Twins on Wednesday, so he hasn't been placed on the paternity leave list. The 23-year-old has hit .221 with seven homers in 195 at-bats this season.
Joe Mauer, 1B7/29/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer (oblique) is expected to begin taking batting practice Wednesday after taking swings in the cage Monday without incident.
Insight: Mauer suffered a right oblique strain July 1. He was just starting to hit, putting up a 12-game hitting streak, before the injury.
Phil Hughes, SPCold7/27/2014 12:46:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes (shin) will not miss a start, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Hughes was hit in the shin by a comebacker in his last start. After posting a 6.31 ERA in his last seven starts, Hughes has the second largest disparity in baseball between his FIP (2.71) and his ERA (4.10).
Josh Willingham, LFCold7/26/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has struck out 11 times in 22 plate appearances against Saturday's starter Chris Sale.
Insight: Willingham hasn't been a good fantasy option since hitting 35 homers in 2012 and its probably best to avoid him.
Josh Willingham, LFCold7/25/2014 11:09:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has gone deep twice in his last four games, but he hasn't had a good month otherwise.
Insight: He's 9-for-60 (.150) in July and 15-for-104 (.144) in his last 32 games. Despite a .213 average, Willingham's OPS is still .776 because he's continued to walk and hit for some power.
Phil Hughes, SPCold7/24/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes left Thursday night's game after being hit with a ball off the bat of Adam Dunn.
Insight: Hughes will get an X-ray and then we will know the extent of the injury. The right-hander had given up five earned runs in each of his last two outings heading into tonight and five or more earned runs in five of his last six so likely wasn't in any lineups.
Danny Santana, OF/SS 7/23/2014 7:36:00 PM
Description: Minnesota CF/SS Danny Santana went 3-for-3 with a triple Wednesday against the Indians.
Insight: The Twins dropped Santana to ninth in the order Wednesday, but he should be back up to leadoff soon. He's hitting .325 with two homers, 16 RBI, 22 runs and six steals in 154 at-bats.
Danny Santana, OF/SSCold7/19/2014 11:30:00 PM
Description: Minnesota CF/SS Danny Santana just off the DL suffered through a horrible night going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.
Insight: Santana had been out since June 26 due to a knee injury. He's 1-for-9 in the two games since he's returned. Bench him until he starts to get back into the swing of things.
Danny Santana, OF/SS7/18/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: Minnesota CF/SS Danny Santana (knee) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Santana has been out since June 26 due to a knee injury. He'll return to a .328 average, two homers, 16 RBI, six steals and an .814 OPS, though his production has been assisted by a .400 BABIP.
Brian Dozier, 2B 7/13/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier went 3-for-6 with a double, two homers and four RBI Sunday at Colorado.
Insight: Dozier didn't make the All-Star team because the American League second-base field is so deep, but he has a strong case. He's hit just .242 but has 18 homers, 45 RBI, 69 runs and 16 steals. AL captain Jose Bautista picked Dozier to participate in the Home Run Derby on Monday.
Kurt Suzuki, C7/12/2014 3:38:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is not in Saturday's starting lineup versus Tyler Matzek and the Colorado Rockies.
Insight: Suzuki is a .300 hitting catcher that almost no one is talking about. He's batting .306 with 18 doubles, two homers, 35 RBI, 25 runs and a .756 OPS.
Danny Santana, OF/SS7/9/2014 8:25:00 PM
Description: Minnesota CF/SS Danny Santana (knee) will not play again prior to the All-Star break, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com.
Insight: Santana will need a rehab assignment before returning. He's batted .328 with 10 doubles, two homers and six steals in 134 at-bats this season.
Miguel Sano, 3B7/8/2014 8:42:00 PM
Description: Twins third base prospect Miguel Sano (elbow) will not play in the Arizona Fall League but could get some action in winter ball, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com.
Insight: Sano underwent Tommy John surgery in March. The 21-year-old third baseman already has 90 home runs in 1,375 minor league at-bats. Baseball America ranked Sano as the No. 6 prospect in baseball prior to this season.
Ricky Nolasco, SPCold7/8/2014 7:22:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Ricky Nolasco's MRI ruled out UCL damage and revealed flexor pronator stiffness on the opposite side of his elbow, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Pres.
Insight: He's out indefinitely but this is good news for him because he won't need Tommy John surgery. Nolasco has had a miserable season, going 5-7 with a 5.90 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP in 103 2/3 innings. He has the worst ERA in baseball among qualified starters.
Ricky Nolasco, SPCold7/8/2014 6:24:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Ricky Nolasco has been placed on the disabled list with a right elbow sprain.
Insight: Nolasco has had a miserable season, going 5-7 with a 5.90 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP in 103 2/3 innings. He has the worst ERA in baseball among qualified starters.
Ricky Nolasco, SPCold7/7/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Ricky Nolasco is dealing with soreness in his right elbow and will undergo an MRI, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Nolasco has had a miserable season, going 5-7 with a 5.90 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP in 103 2/3 innings. He has the worst ERA in baseball among qualified starters.
Josh Willingham, LFCold7/7/2014 11:40:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is struggling to find his swing, batting just .147 over the past four weeks and faces a pitcher in Hisashi Iwakuma that has had his number.
Insight: Willingham is 0-for-8 against Iwakuma and has collected just one hit in his last 19 at-bats. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
Chris Colabello, 1BHot7/6/2014 5:40:00 PM
Description: Twins 1B Chris Colabello is 4-for-8 with a double and home run since returning to the big leagues three games ago.
Insight: Colabello started out 27-for-78 (.346) with three homers and 26 RBI in April , but went so cold that he was sent back down to Triple-A. We will see how long this streak lasts.
Josh Willingham, LF7/6/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has been dreadful against Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda in 12 career at-bats (.083 average, one hit, five strikeouts)
Insight: Willingham's average has dropped 82 points since June 11 (.311 to .229) and he's not a good bet to turn things around this afternoon against Kuroda as his lifetime numbers against him are poor and he's hitting righties worse than lefties this year, too.
Brian Dozier, 2BCold7/4/2014 8:59:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier went 1-for-5 with a solo homer Friday against the Yankees.
Insight: Dozier hadn't hit one out since June 14. He's gone just 4-for-37 (.108) over his last nine games.
Phil Hughes, SPCold7/3/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes has allowed 17 earned runs on 27 hits in his last 19 innings.
Insight: Hughes gave up two home runs and seven earned runs in 6 1/3 innings Thursday against the Yankees and is now 8-4 with a 3.95 ERA. He has a 1.18 WHIP and a 2.78 FIP this season, but it could be problematic if his home run issue from his years with New York resurface. He'll take on the Mariners in Seattle on Tuesday.
Josh Willingham, LFCold7/2/2014 12:22:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham usually hits lefties well, but he's batted .105 with seven strikeouts in 19 at-bats against Royals starter Jason Vargas.
Insight: Willingham has a career .856 OPS against left-handers, but he's never been able to solve Vargas. The outfielder also has hit .136 with 17 Ks in his last 44 at-bats, so he's someone to avoid Wednesday.
Joe Mauer, 1B7/2/2014 12:13:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer (oblique) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Mauer suffered a right oblique strain Tuesday night. He was just starting to hit, putting up a 12-game hitting streak, but he'll be out until after the All-Star break.
Joe Mauer, 1B 7/1/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer left Tuesday's game with a strained right oblique, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com.
Insight: Mauer (.271, 2 HR, 28 RBI) is just starting to hit, but this could land him on the disabled list. He extended his hitting streak to 12 games before leaving.
Josh Willingham, LFCold7/1/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is not in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said he wanted to get as many lefties in the lineup as possible against James Shields, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com, so Willingham will take a seat. The outfielder has hit .136 with 17 Ks in his last 44 at-bats.
Brian Dozier, 2BCold7/1/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Royals. He's getting his first rest day of the season.
Insight: Dozier has started all but two games for the Twins this season and he missed both of those due to a back injury. He went 10-for-54 (.185) with zero homers in his last 15 games of June so manager Ron Gardenhire will get him some rest.
Kendrys Morales, DHCold7/1/2014 10:09:00 AM
Description: Twins DH/1B Kendrys Morales is 1-for-12 (.083) against Royals starter James Shields.
Insight: Morales didn't play the first two months of the season and entered the Twins lineup immediately after signing, so some rust was to be expected and that's what we've seen so far (.215, 1 HR, 9 RBI in 20 games). This unfavorable matchup isn't likely to turn it around.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B6/30/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe is expected to be activated from the disabled list in time for Monday's game against Kansas City.
Insight: Plouffe has hit .241 with 22 doubles, five homers, 38 RBI and a .720 OPS this season so he's not in great demand by fantasy owners.
Kyle Gibson, SP 6/29/2014 6:20:00 PM
Description: Minnesota right-hander Kyle Gibson allowed two runs on eight hits over eight innings in a win over Texas on Sunday.
Insight: Gibson gave up seven runs over two innings in his last start, but he'll finish with a 3.16 ERA in June. With a 3.77 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP and 50 Ks in 93 innings, Gibson is an AL-only starter at best.
Kendrys Morales, DHCold6/28/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Twins DH/1B Kendrys Morales is 3-for-22 (.136) with nine strikeouts against Texas ace Yu Darvish.
Insight: Morales didn't play the first two months of the season and entered the Twins lineup immediately after signing, so some rust was to be expected and that's what we've seen so far (.239, 1 HR, 8 RBI in 17 games). This unfavorable matchup isn't likely to turn it around.
Danny Santana, OF/SS6/27/2014 8:55:00 PM
Description: Minnesota CF/SS Danny Santana has been put on the 15-day DL.
Insight: He's been diagnosed with a bruised knee. Santana has played well in his first big league season, contributing a .328 average in 137 at bats.
Kevin Correia, SPHot6/27/2014 11:07:00 AM
Description: Don't let Twins starter Kevin Correia's bad record get in the way of noticing how well he's been pitching in June.
Insight: Hes, he already has an AL leading eight losses this season (4-8, 5.02 ERA, 1.458 WHIP), but over his last three starts he's 2-1 with a 1.00 ERA and 1.111 WHIP.
Joe Mauer, 1BHot6/26/2014 9:41:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer extended his hitting streak to seven games Thursday in a loss to Los Angeles.
Insight: He went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a single and three RBI. Mauer has hit .414 with nine RBI over his last seven games.
Chris Parmelee, OF/1BHot6/26/2014 9:25:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Chris Parmelee slashed three hits in Thursday's loss to Los Angeles.
Insight: Parmelee has gone ten for his last 19 to raise his average from .174 to .250. He's still not seeing regular at bats so fantasy owners should hold off for the time being.
Danny Santana, SS6/26/2014 9:56:00 AM
Description: Twins shortstop-turned-outfielder Danny Santana is is doubtful for Thursday's game against the LA Dodgers due to a sore knee/hamstring.
Insight: Santana has been a pleasant surprise batting .326 with two homers, 16 RBI, 19 runs and six steals in just 36 games.
Joe Mauer, 1B6/26/2014 9:28:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is just a career .250 hitter versus Jered Weaver with a .644 OPS.
Insight: For many hitters that wouldn't be so bad, but Mauer is a lifetime .319 hitter. His current .680 OPS is the worst of his career.
Aaron Hicks, CF6/25/2014 7:43:00 PM
Description: Minnesota activated outfielder Aaron Hicks from the disabled list but immediately optioned him down to Double-A New Britain.
Insight: Hicks (.198, 1 HR, 9 RBI) strained his shoulder earlier this month. Even if he does get another chance with the Twins this year, Hicks won't be a fantasy option.
Kendrys Morales, DH6/25/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Twins DH/1B Kendrys Morales hit his first homer of the season Tuesday against the Angels.
Insight: Morales has hit .222 in 54 at-bats since he signed with the Twins. He didn't play the first two months of the season and entered the Twins lineup immediately after signing, so some rust was to be expected.
Josh Willingham, LFCold6/24/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has gone 8-for-24 (.333) with three doubles and two home runs against Angels starter C.J. Wilson.
Insight: Willingham has struggled lately, going 3-for-29 (.103) in his last nine games, but this matchup could wake up his bat.
Joe Mauer, 1BCold6/24/2014 10:27:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer has batted .234 with a .543 OPS against lefties this season and he's been even worse against Angels starter C.J. Wilson.
Insight: In 22 at-bats against Wilson, Mauer has two hits and seven Ks. The three-time batting champion has hit just .261 this season.
Kurt Suzuki, CHot6/22/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki went 3-for-4 with a double Sunday against the White Sox.
Insight: Suzuki continues to be an undervalued fantasy asset. He's batting .321 with 15 doubles, two homers, 32 RBI, 20 runs and a .798 OPS.
Kurt Suzuki, C6/22/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki could be in for a tough day Sunday against White Sox starter John Danks.
Insight: Suzuki (.313, 2 HR, 32 RBI) has only managed one hit against him in 15 career at bats. The veteran's eight-game hitting streak could be in jeopardy.
Kendrys Morales, DH6/21/2014 12:12:00 PM
Description: Twins DH/1B Kendrys Morales will try his hand at fielding for the first time this season.
Insight: Morales is batting just .209 since signing with the Twins 11 games ago. He hit .277 with 23 homers, 80 RBI and a .785 OPS in 2013 and the Twins (and fantasy owners) hope he'll provide them with similar power.
Josh Willingham, LF6/21/2014 12:10:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is not in the starting lineup on Saturday.
Insight: Willingham is just getting a day off after putting together a mediocre week of work (.136, 1 HR, 2 RBI, .527 OPS)
Glen Perkins, SP6/19/2014 11:28:00 AM
Description: Twins closer Glen Perkins should be available for Thursday's game after missing Wednesday due to a sore back.
Insight: Perkins is pitching well, posting a 2-0 record with a 2.76 ERA, 0.989 WHIP and 17 saves. He's blown just two saves all season.
Josh Willingham, LF6/19/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is a career .533 lifetime (8-for-15) against White Sox starter Jose Quintana.
Insight: Willingham has forgotten how to swing the bat this week, going 1-for-19 over the past six games, so he might not be able to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Kyle Gibson, SPHot6/18/2014 6:27:00 PM
Description: Minnesota right-hander Kyle Gibson allowed just one hit and no walks in seven scoreless innings Wednesday at Boston.
Insight: Gibson is unscored upon in his last 21 innings (9 H, 5 BB, 16 Ks) and now has a 3.25 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP on the year. The right-hander's value is limited because his K/9 is just 4.99, but he has a 55.8 percent ground-ball rate, a 0.43 HR/9 and a 3.51 FIP.
Chris Parmelee, OF/1B6/18/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Three of the Twins' four hits on Wednesday came off the bat of Chris Parmelee.
Insight: Parmelee gave the Twins a 1-0 lead with his solo shot in the tenth but Casey Fien quickly coughed up the lead by allowing David Ortiz and Mike Napoli to hit back-to-back homers in the bottom of the inning. Even after going 3-for-4, Parmelee's season average is still barely over .200. He's not a fantasy option.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B6/15/2014 12:00:00 PM
Description: Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe has been placed on the disabled list with a left oblique strain.
Insight: Plouffe suffered the injury in the bottom of the third inning Saturday when he attempted to make a diving stop on an Ian Kinsler ground ball. He has hit .241 with 22 doubles, five homers, 38 RBI and a .720 OPS this season so he's replaceable in fantasy leagues.
Josh Willingham, LFHot6/15/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham owns a .389 lifetime average against Detroit starter Rick Porcello.
Insight: He's gone 7-for-18 with two doubles, two homers and five walks against Porcello. Willingham is also 18-for-54 (.333) with five homers, 17 RBI, 16 walks and 11 runs since May 28.
Brian Dozier, 2B6/14/2014 8:22:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier (back) had a pinch-hit two-run homer in the ninth inning Saturday against the Tigers.
Insight: Dozier left Wednesday's game with lower-back tightness and didn't start the past two games, but the Twins put him up to bat while trailing 12-7 in the ninth inning Saturday. He must be feeling better.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B6/14/2014 6:40:00 PM
Description: Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe left Saturday's game with a left oblique strain, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Plouffe suffered the injury in the bottom of the third inning when he attempted to make a diving stop on an Ian Kinsler ground ball. He has hit .241 with 22 doubles, five homers, 38 RBI and a .720 OPS this season so he's replaceable in fantasy leagues.
Brian Dozier, 2B6/14/2014 2:18:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, who left Wednesday's game and did not play Friday due to a tight lower back, will sit out Saturday as well.
Insight: Dozier is just 1-for-13 (.077) against Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez. Hopefully his sore back won't linger too much longer, but it won't be the end of the world if he takes another day to rest the injury in an unfavorable matchup. He has been one of the biggest surprises this season filling up box scores with 14 HR, 33 RBI, 54 runs, 14 SB and an .808 OPS.
Brian Dozier, 2B6/14/2014 11:49:00 AM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, who left Wednesday's game did not play Friday due to a tight lower back and ought to consider sitting Saturday as well in an extremely unfavorable matchup.
Insight: Dozier is just 1-for-13 (.077) against Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez. He has been one of the biggest surprises this season filling up box scores with 14 HR, 33 RBI, 54 runs, 14 SB and an .808 OPS. Hopefully his sore back won't linger too long, but it won't be the end of the world if he takes another day to rest the injury.
Kyle Gibson, SPHot6/13/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: Minnesota right-hander Kyle Gibson ran his scoreless streak to 15 innings Friday in a win against Detroit.
Insight: He's only allowed nine hits over that span. As good as he's been, it's tough to endorse Gibson (6-5, 3.55 ERA) as a fantasy option when he's only striking out 4.5 hitters per nine innings.
Brian Dozier, 2B6/13/2014 2:44:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier left Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays with lower-back tightness and is not in Friday's starting lineup, according to Twins pr Dustin Morse.
Insight: Dozier has been one of the biggest surprises this season filling up box scores with 14 HR, 33 RBI, 54 runs, 14 SB and an .808 OPS. Hopefully his sore back won't linger too long.
Joe Mauer, 1BCold6/12/2014 11:23:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is 1-for-10 against Detroit left-hander Drew Smyly.
Insight: The career .320 hitter is batting just .263 this season. It's probably best to stay away from this matchup.
Josh Willingham, LFHot6/11/2014 4:27:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has batted .360 with five homers, 17 RBI and 15 walks in his last 15 games.
Insight: After hitting .208 with 14 homers in 389 at-bats last year and missing six weeks due to a fractured hand this year, Willingham is back to producing fantasy-worthy numbers.
Joe Mauer, 1B6/11/2014 4:25:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer went 3-for-4 with a double Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Mauer's 19 percent K rate, .263 average and .678 OPS are all career worsts. This may be the last year he's even worth owning in fantasy, as he will lose catcher eligibility next year and is a below-average fantasy first baseman.
Kendrys Morales, DH6/11/2014 4:23:00 PM
Description: Twins DH/1B Kendrys Morales has gone 6-for-13 (.462) with three doubles and three RBI in three games with the team.
Insight: Morales signed with the Twins on June 7 after failing to draw interest on the free-agent market due to the draft-pick compensation he was tied to prior to the 2014 MLB Draft. He hit .277 with 23 homers, 80 RBI and a .785 OPS in 2013.
Phil Hughes, SPHot6/11/2014 4:21:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes threw 80 of his 101 pitches for strikes over seven scoreless innings Wednesday afternoon at Toronto.
Insight: Hughes struck out nine and didn't walk anyone. He has just eight walks all season and is 7-2 with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. The right-hander has the highest zone percentage in baseball and the fourth-highest chase rate.
Josmil Pinto, C6/11/2014 4:16:00 PM
Description: The Twins have demoted catcher Josmil Pinto to the minors.
Insight: The 25-year-old backstop had five homers, 17 walks and a .902 OPS in April, but he went 14-for-70 (.200) with two homers, three walks and a .555 OPS in his last 23 games and has been sitting often.
Brian Dozier, 2BHot6/11/2014 1:46:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier left Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays with lower-back tightness, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com.
Insight: Dozier had a collision with shortstop Eduardo Nunez as both were chasing a pop up to shallow center field. He went down and Nunez tripped over him and made contact with his back.
Danny Santana, SSHot6/11/2014 11:54:00 AM
Description: Twins shortstop-turned-outfielder Danny Santana is leading off against Toronto on Wednesday and playing center.
Insight: Santana enters the matchup against Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman on a six-game hitting streak during which he's collected seven singles, one double, two homers and nine RBI. Since being called up in May, Santana's done nothing but hit as he boasts a .370/.407/.506 slash line and .913 OPS in 81 at-bats.
Kevin Correia, SP6/10/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Kevin Correia was dealing in Tuesday's win over Toronto.
Insight: He held a stacked Blue Jays lineup to just six hits over six scoreless innings. Even after throwing all zeros Tuesday, Correia still has an ERA well over five. Don't expect him to be a fantasy factor any time soon.
Mike Pelfrey, SP6/10/2014 7:34:00 PM
Description: Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey (right elbow) had surgery to relieve pressure on the ulnar nerve in his right elbow, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Pelfrey will miss the next two-to-four months. He has a 4.56 ERA and a 5.2 K/9 in his career and a 7.99 ERA this season, so he's not a fantasy option anyway.
Danny Santana, SSHot6/9/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Twins utilityman Danny Santana continued his hot hitting Monday at Toronto.
Insight: Santana went 2-for-5 with a solo homer and is batting .364 with five doubles, two homers, 11 RBI, nine runs and four steals in 77 at-bats this season. He has eligibility at both second base and shortstop as well as in the outfield.
Brian Dozier, 2BHot6/9/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier went 1-for-3 with a solo homer Monday at Toronto.
Insight: Dozier wrapped up May in a 4-for-40 (.100) slump, but he's gone 11-for-33 (.333) with four doubles, two homers, five RBI and nine runs in the first nine games of June.
Kendrys Morales, DH6/9/2014 4:13:00 PM
Description: Twins DH/1B Kendrys Morales is already in the starting lineup, two days after agreeing to a deal with Minnesota.
Insight: Morales figures to be very rusty considering the complete lack of work. We are talking zero minor league at-bats. He may add value down the road, but a wait-and-see attitude is recommended.
Jason Kubel, DHCold6/8/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Minnesota DH/OF Jason Kubel has been designated for assignment.
Insight: The Twins needed to clear a roster spot to make room for Kendrys Morales. Kubel (.224, 1 HR, 13 RBI) hasn't done much this year so it's no surprise that he's the odd man out.
Eduardo Nunez, SS6/8/2014 7:44:00 PM
Description: Twins shortstop Eduardo Nunez clubbed his second home run of the season Sunday against Houston.
Insight: It was part of a three-hit game for Nunez, who finished with two RBI in his five trips to the plate. Nunez has only seen 55 at bats this year but he's made the most of them, hitting .291 with a .436 slugging percentage.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF6/8/2014 1:01:00 PM
Description: Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia is back in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Arcia (.281, 4 HR, 13 RBI) sprained his ankle Thursday night on a pickoff play at second base. He'll serve as the designated hitter Sunday against Houston.
Joe Mauer, 1B6/8/2014 12:51:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is not in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Mauer's .264 average, .677 OPS and 19.3 percent K rate are all career worsts, and he has hit just two homers with 15 RBI in 55 games. He's getting a day off to rest Sunday.
Kyle Gibson, SP6/7/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Kyle Gibson allowed just three hits in seven scoreless innings Saturday against the Astros.
Insight: Gibson has a 3.91 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP, but he's struck out just 35 batters in 69 innings.
Danny Santana, SS6/7/2014 7:28:00 PM
Description: Twins utilityman Danny Santana drove in five runs and had four hits Saturday against the Astros.
Insight: Santana is up to .373 in 67 at-bats this season. He's hitting .500 on balls in play, so this won't last.
Kendrys Morales, DH6/7/2014 4:31:00 PM
Description: Free agent DH/1B Kendrys Morales has agreed to a one-year, prorated $12 million deal with Minnesota.
Insight: That computes to around $7.6 million. In retrospect, Morales (.277, 23 HR, 80 RBI in 2013) probably would have been better off accepting Seattle's one-year qualifying offer last winter. That would have paid him $14 million. Regardless, Morales should provide an offensive boost for a team that has struggled to score runs this season.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF6/7/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia is not in the lineup again as Minnesota faces off against Houston on Saturday afternoon.
Insight: Arcia (.281, 4 HR, 13 RBI) sprained his ankle Thursday night on a pickoff play at second base. He was confident he would return on Saturday, but that apparently isn't happening.
Joe Mauer, 1B6/7/2014 9:34:00 AM
Description: The wind will be blowing out to right field on Saturday and Minnesota's left-hand hitter, Joe Mauer, already has a favorable matchup against Houston starter Scott Feldman.
Insight: Mauer is a career .333 hitter with a home run versus Feldman. Mauer has played 54 of 59 games this season, but the move to be an exclusive 1B hasn't helped his batting stroke. He's hitting just .269 with 15 RBI and a .690 OPS. That's well below expectations for this career .320 hitter.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF6/6/2014 6:42:00 PM
Description: Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia won't suit up Friday against Houston. SOURCE: Fox Sports North
Insight: Arcia (.286, 4 HR, 13 RBI) sprained his ankle last night on a pickoff play at second base. He's confident he'll return on Saturday. Jason Kubel (.230, 1 HR, 13 RBI) is filling in at right field tonight.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF6/6/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Minnesota right fielder Oswaldo Arcia sprained his right ankle and left the game in the sixth inning Thursday against Milwaukee.
Insight: Arcia, who hit a grand slam in the third inning, rolled his ankle when he was picked off second base. It's a bad break for the 23-year-old, who's batting .366 over his last 10 games and .286 overall (4 HR, 13 RBI). Consider Arcia, who was replaced by Chris Parmelee, day-to-day.
Mike Pelfrey, SP6/6/2014 11:30:00 AM
Description: Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey (right elbow) is scheduled to have his elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews on Monday in Florida. Source: Brian Murphy, Pioneer Press.
Insight: Uh oh. A visit to MLB's equivalent of "He Who Shall Not Be Named" is never a good thing for pitchers. After initally landing on the DL with a groin strain, Pelfrey then reported having elbow issues. Regardless of how the visit goes, Big Pelf was never much of a fantasy option anyway, posting a 7.99 ERA in five starts.
Aaron Hicks, CFCold6/4/2014 9:51:00 AM
Description: Minnesota could be close to demoting outfielder Aaron Hicks. SOURCE: Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Insight: We imagine Hicks, who is hitting just .190 this season, will be sent down as soon as Sam Fuld returns from his concussion. Hicks still has a long career ahead of him but the Twins can't afford to keep trotting him out there when he's not hitting.
Brian Dozier, 2B6/4/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Minnesota second baseman Brian Dozier scorched three hits in Tuesday's win against Milwaukee.
Insight: Dozier, who hit just .246 in May, has gone 6-for-13 over his last three games. He leads all second basemen with 12 home runs this season.
Joe Mauer, 1B6/2/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer mashed three hits Monday in a loss to Milwaukee.
Insight: 2014 has not been one of Mauer's better seasons (.275, 2 HR, 15 RBI in 50 games) but his catcher eligibility remains an asset in fantasy leagues. Of course, he won't have that next season so enjoy using him at catcher while you still can.
Phil Hughes, SPHot6/1/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes pitched well against his former team on Sunday.
Insight: Hughes held the Yankees to three hits and two runs in eight innings. That lowers his ERA to 3.12, which leads all Minnesota starting pitchers. He'll face the Astros in his next start Friday at Target Field.
Danny Santana, SS5/31/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Twins utilityman Danny Santana left Friday's game with a lacerated eyelid and is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: His helmet caused the injury when he stole third base in the second inning. Santana will need stitches. The 23-year-old has hit .375 with four doubles and two steals in 40 at-bats this season. Eduardo Escobar (.322, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 11 runs) will get the start and bat second.
Brian Dozier, 2BCold5/30/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier fell deeper into a slump Friday against the Yankees.
Insight: Dozier went 0-for-5 and is two for his last 27 (.074). He has 11 homers, 12 steals, 43 runs and 32 walks, so he's worth holding.
Danny Santana, SS5/30/2014 8:31:00 PM
Description: Twins utilityman Danny Santana left Friday's game with a lacerated eyelid, according to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune.
Insight: His helmet caused the injury when he stole third base in the second inning. Santana will need stitches. The 23-year-old has hit .375 with four doubles and two steals in 40 at-bats this season.
Oswaldo Arcia, RFHot5/29/2014 9:18:00 PM
Description: Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia went 3-for-5 in Thursday's loss to the Rangers.
Insight: By doing so, he extended his hitting streak to six games. Now that Chris Colabello (.232, 4 HR, 30 RBI) is back in the minors, Arcia (.257, 1 HR, 2 RBI) should see regular at bats in right field.
Danny Santana, SS5/29/2014 9:14:00 PM
Description: Twins utility man Danny Santana racked up three hits Thursday in a loss to Texas.
Insight: That marks a career-high for the 23-year-old. He's hit .368 with three RBI since making his big league debut earlier this month.
Oswaldo Arcia, RFHot5/29/2014 12:38:00 PM
Description: Minnesota outfielder Oswaldo Arcia has hit well in the cleanup role over the past three games.
Insight: Although batting .200 for the season, he's hitting at a .333 pace since being installed into the No. 4 hole. We have our doubts as to whether this level of production will continue long-term.
Danny Santana, SS5/29/2014 11:53:00 AM
Description: IF/OF Danny Santana will get another start in center field with Aaron Hicks sidelined by injury.
Insight: Santana is batting .324 through his 34 at-bats, but considering he's a career .274 hitter in the minors he likely won't continue at this pace.
Mike Pelfrey, SP5/29/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey (strained groin) halted his rehab assignment and returned to Minnesota.
Insight: This time its a shoulder issue. No fantasy owners should be considering him for a roster spot of any kind.
Sam Fuld, LF5/29/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Twins outfielder Sam Fuld (concussion) was evaluated on Wednesday in Pittsburgh and it was termed "positive" but there is still no timetable for his return. SOURCE: Twins beat writer Mike Berardino.
Insight: Fuld has never shown any indication of being fantasy worthy. He's batting .232 with a homer and seven RBI this season.
Aaron Hicks, CF5/29/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks is questionable for Thursday afternoon's game against Texas due to a stiff lower back.
Insight: Hicks was a late scratch on Wednesday. He's still not producing much offensively, batting .195 with a homer, eight RBI and 13 runs scored, so this shouldn't change fantasy lineups. The Twins used rookie Danny Santana in center on Wednesday, who is off to a nice start to his major league career (.324, .807 OPS in 34 at-bats).
Kurt Suzuki, C5/28/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: If you're selecting a catcher for Wednesday, don't pick Minnesota's Kurt Suzuki.
Insight: Suzuki is 2-for-31 (.065) against Rangers left-hander Joe Saunders. He's had a strong season, hitting .297 with two homers, 27 RBI and just 12 Ks, but he isn't likely to have a good day Wednesday against Saunders.
Phil Hughes, SPHot5/27/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Minnesota right-hander Phil Hughes hasn't walked a batter since April 20.
Insight: He's thrown 40 1/3 innings over his last six starts without issuing a single free pass. He's also allowed just four home runs all season after dealing with homer issues for years with New York, especially in Yankee Stadium. After allowing three runs on eight hits in seven innings Tuesday against the Rangers, Hughes has a 3.23 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP to go with a 50/6 K/BB.
Phil Hughes, SPHot5/27/2014 1:57:00 PM
Description: Minnesota right-hander Phil Hughes has won five of him last six starts (the other was a no-decision) yielding two runs or less in his last five outings.
Insight: He dominated the Tigers, Red Sox and Padres giving up just one total run over his last 20 innings as he's become a solid fantasy option. He'll need to be at his very best facing Yu Darvish and the Rangers Tuesday night.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B 5/26/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Minnesota 3B Trevor Plouffe went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Monday against the Rangers.
Insight: Plouffe only has four home runs, but he's doubled 18 times and driven in 30 runs. He's shown much better plate discipline this season (20.6 O-swing%, 10.5 BB%) and his .309 BABIP is low for a player with a 28 percent line-drive rate.
Josh Willingham, LF5/26/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is finally back in the starting lineup.
Insight: Willingham will bat fifth in Monday's lineup. He last played on April 6.
Ricky Nolasco, SPCold5/25/2014 8:58:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Ricky Nolasco allowed seven runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings Sunday at San Francisco.
Insight: Minnesota's signing of Nolasco hasn't gone as planned. He's 2-5 with a 6.12 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP in 60 1/3 innings.
Chris Colabello, 1BCold5/25/2014 7:35:00 PM
Description: The Twins have optioned Chris Colabello to Triple-A.
Insight: Colabello didn't start the last six games and has hit .110 with 28 strikeouts in his past 73 at-bats. He started out 27-for-78 (.346) with three homers and 26 RBI.
Josh Willingham, LF5/25/2014 10:20:00 AM
Description: The Twins are expected to activate left fielder Josh Willingham from the disabled list on Monday. SOURCE: Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Insight: He needed a month and a half to recover from a fractured wrist. Willingham's home run potential is intriguing (78 round-trippers since 2011) but his low batting average (.256 in 3,632 career at bats) makes him a risk in fantasy.
Kurt Suzuki, CHot5/18/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Minnesota catcher Kurt Suzuki is hitting .322 with 26 RBI this season and has batted .314 against Mariners starter Felix Hernandez.
Insight: Suzuki has gone 11-for-35 with four doubles and a homer against Hernandez, Sunday's scheduled starter against the Twins.
Joe Mauer, 1B5/18/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is the rare hitter who has had success against Seattle's Felix Hernandez.
Insight: Mauer has picked up 14 hits (4 2B, 2 HR) in 33 at-bats (.424) against Hernandez. Don't shy away from using him Sunday against the M's.
Brian Dozier, 2BHot5/17/2014 9:45:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier went 2-for-3 with a homer, three RBI and two runs Saturday against the Mariners.
Insight: Dozier (.258, 11 HR, 12 SB, .862 OPS) is the only player in baseball with at least 10 homers and 10 steals, and he leads baseball with 40 runs.
Glen Perkins, SP5/17/2014 9:42:00 PM
Description: Twins closer Glen Perkins has pitched in four of the last five days, including three straight, and recorded a win, two saves and a blown save.
Insight: He saved the last two games after blowing one on May 15 against the Red Sox. He has 12 saves, a 3.54 ERA and an impeccable 29/3 K/BB in 20 1/3 innings this season. Minnesota signed him to a four-year contract extension in March, so he has more job security than most closers.
Samuel Deduno, SP5/17/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Samuel Deduno won his first game of the year with six strong innings Saturday against the Mariners.
Insight: Deduno had a 3.83 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP in 108 innings last season, and he has similar numbers this year -- 3.53 ERA, 1.35 WHIP.
Brian Dozier, 2B5/16/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier hit his 10th homer of the season Friday against the Mariners.
Insight: Only one player in the majors has 10 homers and 10 steals, and it's Dozier. He also leads baseball with 38 runs.
Kurt Suzuki, CHot5/15/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Minnesota catcher Kurt Suzuki (3-for-5) scored the game-winning run Thursday in a walkoff win over the Red Sox.
Insight: Suzuki is 10-for-23 with three RBI in his last five outings. His .325 average in 114 at bats this season leads all big league catchers.
Eduardo Escobar, SSHot5/15/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar went 3-for 4 against the Red Sox on Thursday.
Insight: Escobar has been a pleasant surprise for Minnesota this season. In 75 at bats, he's hitting .347 with a .533 slugging percentage. The 25-year-old has been especially effective over his last five outings, collecting a .450 average over that stretch (9-for-20).
Phil Hughes, SPHot5/15/2014 9:01:00 PM
Description: Minnesota right-hander Phil Hughes pitched well in a no-decision Thursday against Boston.
Insight: He limited the BoSox to five hits and one earned run over six innings. Closer Glen Perkins coughed up the lead in the ninth inning but the Twins got it back on a walkoff single by Aaron Hicks in the tenth. Hughes is undefeated with a 1.95 ERA over his past five starts.
Chris Colabello, 1BCold5/15/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Chris Colabello's hot start is a thing of the past and fantasy owners should be running in the opposite direction.
Insight: Colabello is hitless in his last five games (13 at-bats) and has just four RBI in his last 17 games after posting 26 in his first 20 games this season.
Chris Parmelee, OF/1BHot5/14/2014 9:16:00 AM
Description: Minnesota 1B/OF Chris Parmelee belted a walkoff home run Tuesday against Boston.
Insight: It was part of a three-hit night for the 26-year-old. Parmelee has hit .438 in 16 at bats since his callup at the end of last week.
Byron Buxton, CF5/13/2014 8:33:00 PM
Description: Twins prospect Byron Buxton's latest left wrist injury isn't any worse than his initial one, but the team doesn't know how much time he'll miss. SOURCE: Rhett Bollinger, mlb.com
Insight: Buxton, ranked as the first overall prospect in baseball by MLB.com and Baseball America, missed the first five weeks of the regular season with a wrist injury and aggravated it on a slide into third base on Saturday. Even if he stays healthy, the 20-year-old is a year away from the majors.
Josh Willingham, LF5/13/2014 8:24:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (wrist) is likely to start a rehab assignment this weekend, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com.
Insight: Willingham was hit in the left wrist by a pitch on April 6 and suffered a fracture. He took batting practice Tuesday without any issues and will take BP again on Wednesday.
Byron Buxton, CF5/10/2014 8:09:00 PM
Description: Twins prospect Byron Buxton re-injured his left wrist on a slide into third base Saturday while playing for High-A Fort Myers and will undergo an MRI, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.
Insight: Buxton, ranked as the first overall prospect in baseball by MLB.com and Baseball America, also hurt his wrist while diving for a ball in mid-March and sat out the first five weeks of the season. Even if he stays healthy, the 20-year-old is a year away from the majors.
Brian Dozier, 2B5/10/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier came in 0-for-10 with six strikeouts against Tigers starter Max Scherzer but he hit a three-run homer off the right-hander in the third inning Saturday.
Insight: Dozier didn't have another hit on the day and is hitting .236, but he has nine home runs, 17 RBI, 33 runs, 11 steals and 28 walks. He has been a top-15 overall fantasy option this season.
Joe Mauer, 1B5/10/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is in Saturday's lineup, at DH, according to beat writer Mike Berardino.
Insight: He missed his fifth straight game due to back spasms on Friday night, but apparently won't need more time, or a trip to the disabled list. He's batting .296 with two homers and 22 runs scored.
Trevor Plouffe, 3BCold5/10/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Minnesota 3B Trevor Plouffe is 1-for-13 (.077) with seven strikeouts against Detroit ace Max Scherzer.
Insight: Plouffe has zero hits in his last 16 at-bats. Add an unfavorable matchup and he shouldn't be in any fantasy lineups on Saturday. Update: Plouffe is not in the Twins starting lineup for Saturday
Danny Santana, SS5/10/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: It will once again be Danny Santana at shortstop on Saturday with Eduardo Escobar at 3B for Trevor Plouffe.
Insight: Santana is batting .385 through his first five games, but fantasy owners shouldn't expect that level of production to continue for very long. He batted .268 at Rochester this spring and is a career .274 in seven minor league seasons.
Trevor Plouffe, 3BCold5/10/2014 10:20:00 AM
Description: Minnesota 3B Trevor Plouffe is 1-for-13 (.077) with seven strikeouts against Detroit ace Max Scherzer.
Insight: Plouffe has zero hits in his last 16 at-bats. Add an unfavorable matchup and he shouldn't be in any fantasy lineups on Saturday.
Brian Dozier, 2B5/10/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is an ugly 0-for-8 with six strikeouts versus Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer.
Insight: Dozier is hitting .237 this season, but he's been highly productive with 32 runs, eight homers, 14 RBI and 11 steals. Add his 28 walks, which ranks him third in baseball, and gives him a respectable .367 OBP.
Trevor Plouffe, 3BCold5/9/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Minnesota 3B Trevor Plouffe has picked up zero hits in his last 16 at-bats.
Insight: He's hitting .119 (5-for-42) with 16 strikeouts in May after batting .307 in April. The third baseman has just one homer all season.
Phil Hughes, SPHot5/9/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Twins right-hander Phil Hughes ran his record to 4-1 with seven shutout innings Friday at Detroit.
Insight: Hughes has won four straight starts with a 2.05 ERA in that span after starting out 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in his first three. The right-hander now has a 3.92 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP on the year. The move to Minnesota appears to have solved his home-run issues; he has allowed four in 41 1/3 innings.
Aaron Hicks, CF5/9/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks will return from the 7-day concussion DL Friday night.
Insight: Hicks is hitting eighth Friday against Detroit. The 24-year-old has hit .178 with one homer and a .575 OPS in 25 games this season after batting .192 in 81 games as a rookie.
Josh Willingham, LF5/9/2014 5:45:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (wrist) will take batting practice on the field Saturday for the first time since his injury, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com.
Insight: Willingham was hit in the left wrist by a pitch on April 6 and suffered a fracture. He had to stop a batting practice session on April 29 when he felt continued soreness, but he's had no issues since then.
Joe Mauer, 1B5/9/2014 5:40:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is not in Friday's lineup, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com.
Insight: He'll miss his fifth straight game due to back spasms and may have to go on the disabled list.
Trevor Plouffe, 3BCold5/9/2014 12:04:00 PM
Description: Minnesota 3B Trevor Plouffe is a .167 career hitter against Tigers starter Justin Verlander.
Insight: Plouffe certainly isn't alone in his failure against Verlander. What really concerns us though, is that he's hitting just .132 in May with a whopping 15 strikeouts in 38 at bats. Until Plouffe (.254, 1 HR, 22 RBI) figures it out, we don't recommend playing him in fantasy.
Sam Fuld, LF5/8/2014 1:59:00 PM
Description: The Twins have placed outfielder Sam Fuld (concussion) on the 7-day disabled list.
Insight: The Twins have four outfielders on the DL: Josh Willingham, Aaron Hicks, Oswaldo Arcia and Fuld. Infielder Eduardo Escobar started in center field Thursday at Cleveland.
Joe Mauer, 1B5/8/2014 12:20:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer may need to go on the disabled list, according to LaVelle E. Neal of the Star Tribune.
Insight: He missed his fourth straight game due to back spasms on Thursday. Chris Colabello has been starting in his place at first base.
Brian Dozier, 2B5/8/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier has gone 6-for-12 with two doubles and six walks against Indians starter Justin Masterson.
Insight: Dozier is hitting .234 this season, but he's been highly productive with 31 runs, eight homers, 14 RBI and 11 steals. His 25 walks rank fifth in baseball.
Joe Mauer, 1B5/7/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: As expected, Twins first baseman Joe Mauer won't suit up Wednesday against the Indians. SOURCE: Mike Berardino, St. Paul Pioneer Press
Insight: He's still dealing with back spasms. The team is holding out hope Mauer (.296, 2 HR, 11 RBI) won't have to go on the DL. Chris Colabello (.270, 4 HR, 28 RBI) has been filling in at first base.
Joe Mauer, 1B5/7/2014 12:27:00 PM
Description: Minnesota 1B Joe Mauer (back) is likely a couple days away from returning, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Mauer exited Sunday's game with back spasms and missed the last two games. Don't expect him to be in there Wednesday either.
Josh Willingham, LF5/6/2014 8:58:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (wrist) hit off a tee on Tuesday, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Willingham was hit in the left wrist by a pitch on April 6 and suffered a fracture. He had to stop a batting practice session early on April 29 when he felt continued soreness, but he did some light swinging Monday and had no issues Tuesday. He should be able to ramp up his activity again soon.
Joe Mauer, 1B5/6/2014 4:35:00 PM
Description: Minnesota 1B Joe Mauer (back) is not in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Mauer exited Sunday's game with back spasms and still isn't ready to return. Chris Colabello will get another start at first base.
Kyle Gibson, SP5/5/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: After two rough outings in a row, Twins starter Kyle Gibson was excellent Monday against Cleveland.
Insight: The Indians managed just two hits in seven innings against him. Despite an impressive 3.50 ERA over six starts, Gibson has actually walked more batters than he's struck out this season (17 BB, 16 K's).
Joe Mauer, 1B5/5/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: Minnesota 1B Joe Mauer is sitting out Monday against Cleveland. SOURCE: LaVelle Neal, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Insight: Mauer exited Sunday's game with back spasms and still needs time to recover. Tonight it will be Chris Colabello (.274, 3 HR, 27 RBI) at first base with Chris Hermann (.138, 0 HR, 0 RBI) getting the nod in right field.
Phil Hughes, SPHot5/4/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Twins right-hander Phil Hughes has gone 3-0 with a 2.79 ERA in his last three starts.
Insight: Hughes had a 7.20 ERA in his first three starts. He's actually been pretty good this season despite what his 4.72 ERA suggests. He has a 29/6 K/BB and a 1.05 HR/9 in 34 1/3 innings, but he's had some horrible batted-ball luck with men on base and in scoring position and he's stranded just 66.8 percent of his baserunners.
Kurt Suzuki, C5/4/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki drove in three runs Sunday against the Orioles.
Insight: Suzuki went 3-for-3 with two doubles and now has a .325 average and 22 RBI. No backstop has more RBI.
Joe Mauer, 1B5/4/2014 3:47:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer left Sunday's game with back spasms. SOURCE: Rhett Bollinger, MLB.com
Insight: He lined out to center in his only at bat of the afternoon. Chris Colabello (.270, 3 HR, 27 RBI) has come on to play first base.
Joe Mauer, 1BHot5/4/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer crushed three hits in Saturday's 6-1 win over Baltimore.
Insight: He's gone 6-for-13 over his last three games. Mauer is still well below his career average of .322 but at .298 with 11 RBI, he hasn't given fantasy owners much to complain about.
Brian Dozier, 2B5/3/2014 9:10:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier hit his eighth homer of the season in the Twins 6-1 win over the Orioles.
Insight: Dozier is only hitting .246 on the year, but its productive with 29 runs, 12 RBI and nine steals.
Samuel Deduno, SP5/2/2014 6:15:00 PM
Description: The Twins are welcoming right-hander Samuel Deduno back into the starting rotation. SOURCE: Mike Bernardino, St. Paul Pioneer Press
Insight: He'll get the nod Tuesday versus Cleveland. A spot opened up for Deduno Friday when the team placed struggling right-hander Mike Pelfrey (0-3, 7.99 ERA) on the DL with a strained groin.
Mike Pelfrey, SPCold5/2/2014 6:11:00 PM
Description: Minnesota has placed right-hander Mike Pelfrey on the 15-day DL with a strained groin.
Insight: This sounds like a phantom injury the Twins made up just to get him out of the rotation. Who could blame them after Pelfrey's latest outing against the Dodgers (4 IP, 7 H, 5 ER)? Obviously, he's no one fantasy owners should be considering right now.
Aaron Hicks, CF5/2/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: The Twins have placed center fielder Aaron Hicks on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion.
Insight: Hicks suffered the injury in last night's loss to the Dodgers. Expect Sam Fuld (.259, 1 HR, 7 RBI) to take over in center field while he's out.
Aaron Hicks, CF5/2/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks is expected to miss Friday's game against Baltimore due to concussion-like symptoms.
Insight: He was forced to leave Thursday's game with the Dodgers. Batting just .178 with a .575 OPS and two stolen bases, Hicks isn't on any fantasy radar screens.
Samuel Deduno, SP5/1/2014 8:30:00 PM
Description: If Twins manager Ron Gardenhire does decide to drop Mike Pelfrey from the starting rotation, Samuel Deduno would be a candidate to take his place. SOURCE: MLBlogs.com
Insight: Deduno pitched well in 18 starts last season (8-8, 3.83 ERA) but he lost his spot when Minnesota revamped its rotation this offseason with the additions of Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes. Pelfrey (0-3, 7.99 ERA) is a sinking ship right now and we're guessing Deduno will get his chance sooner rather than later.
Mike Pelfrey, SPCold5/1/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Mike Pelfrey's next game for Minnesota may have to come as a relief pitcher. SOURCE: MLBlogs.com
Insight: Pelfrey pitched very poorly Thursday against Los Angeles (4 IP, 7 H, 5 ER) and is close to losing his spot in the starting rotation. He wasn't on the fantasy radar anyway so most owners won't be affected by this change if and when it takes place.
Josh Willingham, LF4/29/2014 7:56:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham had to stop a batting practice session early on Tuesday due to continued soreness in his left wrist, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Willingham was hit in the left wrist by a pitch on April 6 and suffered a fracture. He said he hopes to test his wrist again in a few days.
Phil Hughes, SP4/26/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: Twins right-hander Phil Hughes was firing on all cylinders Saturday against Detroit.
Insight: Hughes (2-1, 5.14 ERA) limited the Tigers to two two runs (one earned) in seven innings of work. He fanned six hitters without walking a batter. His next start will be Friday against Baltimore.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4/26/2014 4:55:00 PM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe left Saturday's game with a bruised triceps. SOURCE: Mike Bernardino, St. Paul Pioneer Press
Insight: He's considered day-to-day. Plouffe is batting .306 this season with one homer, 15 RBI and 18 runs scored. Despite the one home run, he's posted an .894 OPS with 12 extra base hits.
Brian Dozier, 2B4/26/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is just 1-for-12 with three strikeouts against Detroit right-hander Anibal Sanchez.
Insight: Dozier is only hitting .222 on the year, but he has seven homers, six steals, a league-leading 23 runs and a .349 OBP. Saturday, however, is not a good matchup.
Jason Kubel, LF4/25/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Twins OF/DH Jason Kubel is a career .433 hitter (13-for-30) versus Detroit starter Rick Porcello.
Insight: Kubel batting .294 with an .803 OPS, though he has just three hits in his last 18 at-bats.
Brian Dozier, 2BHot4/24/2014 6:11:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier went 1-for-3 with three walks, two runs and a stolen base Thursday against the Rays.
Insight: Dozier is only hitting .224 on the year, but he has six homers, six steals, 22 runs and a .356 OBP.
Kurt Suzuki, C4/24/2014 6:09:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki went 3-for-4 with three RBI Thursday at Tampa Bay.
Insight: Suzuki's 17 RBI rank first among backstops this year. The 30-year-old has struck out just six times and is hitting .310.
Ricky Nolasco, SPCold4/24/2014 6:03:00 PM
Description: The Rays tagged Ricky Nolasco for 10 hits and six earned runs in six innings Thursday afternoon, but Nolasco still got the win.
Insight: Nolasco (2-2, 6.67 ERA, 1.75 WHIP) has been horrible this season, striking out just 13 batters and allowed 22 earned runs, 43 hits and five home runs in 29 2/3 innings.
Jason Kubel, LFCold4/24/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Twins OF/DH Jason Kubel is a career .100 hitter (1-for-10) versus Rays starter Erik Bedard.
Insight: Kubel is also 1-for-10 in the first two games of the series with seven strikeouts. Avoid.
Joe Mauer, 1B4/22/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Twins 1B Joe Mauer has gone 2-for-14 (.143) in his career against Rays left-hander David Price.
Insight: The career .322 hitter doesn't struggle against many pitchers, but this is one of the few. He's batting .257 this season, but has scored 14 runs. This is a matchup to avoid.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4/20/2014 5:39:00 PM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe bashed three hits Sunday in a win over Kansas City.
Insight: All three of his hits went for extra bases. Plouffe is on pace for 117 RBI, which would easily be a career-high. He's owned in 66 percent of ESPN leagues.
Sam Fuld, LF4/20/2014 3:29:00 PM
Description: The Twins were able to claim outfielder Sam Fuld, who was recently placed on waivers. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: Fuld was designated for assignment by Oakland about a week ago. Even if Fuld becomes an everyday player, which is certainly possible in Minnesota's lackluster outfield, he won't be much of a fantasy option (.233 average in 743 career at bats).
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4/19/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe is 8-for-24 (.333) with three homers and a 1.235 OPS versus Royals left-hander Bruce Chen.
Insight: Plouffe is off to a solid start, batting .288 with an .801 OPS, but his long ball stroke is missing. He's hit one home run this season. He hit 24 homers over 119 games in 2012 and just 14 last season.
Kyle Gibson, SPHot4/17/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson threw all zeros Thursday in a win against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Gibson might be one of the biggest fantasy surprises of the season so far with three victories and a 0.93 ERA in 19 1/3 innings. He's still available in 96 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues, though it won't be that way for long.
Josh Willingham, LF4/13/2014 4:05:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (wrist) has a hairline fracture in his left wrist, according to Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He won't undergo surgery.
Insight: Willingham was hit in the left wrist by a pitch last Sunday and was placed on the DL Saturday. The Twins hope he can return in two weeks.
Ricky Nolasco, SP4/12/2014 9:48:00 PM
Description: Ricky Nolasco had his best start as a Twin Saturday against Kansas City.
Insight: Nolasco (1-1) limited the Royals to just one run in eight innings of work. Even with Saturday's outing, Nolasco's ERA still sits at a disappointing 5.50. He'll have a chance to lower that Friday against these same Royals.
Jason Kubel, LFHot4/12/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Twins OF/DH Jason Kubel is a career .391 hitter (9-for-23) versus Royals ace James Shields.
Insight: Kubel is off to a hot start, batting .412 through the first nine games and has a six-game hitting streak. Add in a favorable matchup and he's a solid start on Saturday.
Josh Willingham, LF4/11/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (wrist) will be placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, according to Tyler Mason of foxsportsnorth.com.
Insight: Willingham was hit in the left wrist by a pitch on Sunday and hasn't played since. The Twins must have felt he wasn't making enough progress to remain on the active roster.
Josh Willingham, LF4/11/2014 6:06:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (wrist) will miss Friday's game, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Willingham was hit in the left wrist by a pitch on Sunday and hasn't played since. The team will place him on the DL if his wrist issue drags through the weekend.
Brian Dozier, 2BHot4/11/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Minnesota second baseman Brian Dozier is a .556 hitter against Royals starter Bruce Chen (5-for-9) with three extra base hits and a 1.822 OPS.
Insight: After starting 0-for-13 to start the year, Dozier is starting to hit the ball with authority. He's homered in his last two games and leads the league in runs scored (9). Add in the favorable matchup and he's a solid play on Friday.
Jason Kubel, LF4/9/2014 6:53:00 PM
Description: Twins DH Jason Kubel went 4-for-5 with a solo homer Wednesday against Oakland.
Insight: Prior to Wednesday's game, Kubel had hit just 12 homers in 112 games at Target Field. He's hitting .462 with five runs, four doubles, one homer, six RBI and a 1.212 OPS this season after batting .216 with five homers in 97 games a year ago.
Phil Hughes, SPCold4/9/2014 6:49:00 PM
Description: Minnesota starter Phil Hughes has allowed 12 hits and eight earned runs over 10 innings in his first two starts this season.
Insight: Hughes is trying to prove that his struggles the past three seasons were mainly caused by Yankee Stadium, but he's been knocked around at U.S. Cellular Field and Target Field in his first two starts.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF4/9/2014 5:14:00 PM
Description: According to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com, the Twins are expected to place outfielder Oswaldo Arcia (wrist) on the disabled list.
Insight: Arcia hit .251 with 14 HR and 43 RBI last season while striking out 117 times in 351 at-bats. He hit .111 in his first four games and is dealing with right wrist issues for the second straight season.
Josh Willingham, LF4/9/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham won't be available Wednesday versus Oakland. He's missed the last two games with a wrist injury. SOURCE: Rhett Bollinger, MLB.com
Insight: He hasn't even swung a bat yet. If Willingham's wrist doesn't heal quickly, he could be headed to the disabled list. Jason Kubel (.381, 0 HR, 5 RBI) has been starting in his place.
Josh Willingham, LF4/7/2014 9:37:00 PM
Description: Minnesota left fielder Josh Willingham sat out Monday but is hoping to return Wednesday against Oakland. SOURCE: Mike Bernardino, Pioneer Press
Insight: Willingham's wrist is still bothering him after getting hit by a pitch on Sunday but he's hoping things will be back to normal by Wednesday. Fantasy owners seem to have soured on Willingham after his lackluster 2013 campaign (owned in only 5.4 percent of ESPN leagues).
Eduardo Nunez, SS4/7/2014 6:32:00 PM
Description: The Yankees have traded infielder Eduardo Nunez to Minnesota for left-hander Miguel Sulbaran.
Insight: He'll start out in Triple-A Rochester and work his way up from there. Nunez owns a .267 lifetime average in 270 MLB appearances, all of which have come with the Yankees.
Josh Willingham, LF4/7/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Twins outfielder Josh Willingham is questionable for Monday's game against Oakland.
Insight: Willingham took a fastball off the left wrist from Justin Masterson on Sunday and exited the game. X-Rays were negative and he was diagnosed with a bruised wrist. The Twins play Monday, but have off Tuesday, so Willingham may sit out until Wednesday to allow his bruise to heal. Plus he's just 3-for-17 with seven strikeouts versus Scott Kazmir.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF4/7/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Minnesota right fielder Oswaldo Arcia is questionable for Monday's game against Oakland with a sore left wrist.
Insight: Arcia has done nothing to warrant attention from fantasy owners. He batted .251 with 14 HR and 43 RBI last season, but is hitting just .111 so far this spring.
Chris Colabello, 1B4/7/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Chris Colabello is just 1-for-8 (.125) with four strikeouts versus Oakland left-hander Scott Kazmir.
Insight: Colabello may be leading the American League with 11 RBI in his first six games, but his experiences against Kazmir have been unfavorable and he should be avoided on Monday.
Chris Colabello, 1BHot4/6/2014 6:49:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Chris Colabello continued his torrid opening week with another strong outing Sunday against the Indians.
Insight: Colabello finished the afternoon with two hits and four RBI. He leads all American League hitters with 11 RBI in his first six games.
Josh Willingham, LF4/6/2014 2:43:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Josh Willingham's X-rays came back negative and he has been diagnosed with a bruised wrist, according to Phil Miller of the Star Tribune.
Insight: Willingham took a fastball off the left wrist from Justin Masterson on Sunday and exited the game. The Twins play Monday but have off Tuesday, so Willingham may sit out until Wednesday to allow his bruise to heal.
Josh Willingham, LF4/6/2014 1:48:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Josh Willingham took a fastball off his left hand from Justin Masterson on Sunday and had to exit the game, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Willingham has hit .294 (5-for-17) with a double and four walks this season.
Jason Kubel, LF4/6/2014 9:12:00 AM
Description: Indians starter Justin Masterson has limited Twins DH Jason Kubel to three hits in 17 at-bats (.176).
Insight: Kubel, back with Minnesota after two years in Arizona and eight games with Cleveland, has hit .385 with two doubles and three RBI in four games this season. He usually hits righties well but has never had success against Masterson.
Joe Mauer, 1B4/6/2014 9:09:00 AM
Description: Twins 1B Joe Mauer has gone 8-for-35 (.229) in his career against Indians starter Justin Masterson.
Insight: Mauer is off to a 4-for-21 (.190) start and although he's coming off a two-hit game, facing Masterson Sunday won't help.
Joe Mauer, 1B4/5/2014 9:18:00 AM
Description: Twins 1B Joe Mauer is a career .625 hitter versus Cleveland right-hander Carlos Carrasco with a 1.417 OPS.
Insight: Mauer was hitless over his first two games, but the career .322 hitter has hit safely in the last two games and has a favorable matchup. There will be a strong wind blowing in at Progressive Field, however, so its a mild recommendation.
Chris Colabello, 1B4/3/2014 9:03:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Chris Colabello provided six RBI Thursday in a comeback win over the White Sox.
Insight: Three of the runs came across on a bases loaded double during the third inning. Colabello entered today's game with 17 RBI in 165 career at bats.
Josh Willingham, LF4/3/2014 9:47:00 AM
Description: Twins outfielder Josh Willingham is a solid option on Thursday with a .462 career average (6-for-13) against Jose Quintana.
Insight: He's also taken him deep twice. Willingham is just 1-for-7 this season, but this could get him going.
Joe Mauer, 1B4/3/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Twins 1B Joe Mauer is a career .500 hitter versus White Sox hurler Jose Quintana with a pair of homers and a 1.538 OPS.
Insight: Mauer is hitless over his first two games, but the career .322 hitter will eventually get it going ... maybe Thursday.
Kevin Correia, SP4/2/2014 7:51:00 PM
Description: Minnesota starter Kevin Correia allowed three runs (two earned) in six innings Wednesday against the White Sox.
Insight: Correia gave up five hits, walked one and struck out five in the no decision. The right-hander has a career 3.80 ERA in April but a 4.45 ERA or higher in every month from May-August, so don't get too excited about anything the Correia does this month.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4/2/2014 7:43:00 PM
Description: Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe went 3-for-5 with three RBI Wednesday at Chicago.
Insight: Plouffe hit 24 homers over 119 games in 2012 but fell off to 14 in 129 games last season. He's an AL-only fantasy option at best.
Josh Willingham, LF3/31/2014 1:45:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Josh Willingham is a safe bet to do nothing Monday against Chris Sale.
Insight: He's struck out ten times in 17 career at bats against the All-Star left-hander. Willingham (.208, 14 HR, 48 RBI in 2013) was brutal last season and probably shouldn't be owned in fantasy.
Brian Dozier, 2B3/31/2014 1:34:00 PM
Description: Minnesota second baseman Brian Dozier is a .400 lifetime hitter against Chris Sale.
Insight: That works out nicely because Sale is who Dozier will face in Monday's season opener. After slamming 18 HR in 558 at bats last season, Dozier could be headed for a breakout year in 2014.
Byron Buxton, CF3/26/2014 11:23:00 AM
Description: Twins prospect Byron Buxton could begin the season on the disabled list due to a sprained left wrist, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Buxton, ranked as the first overall prospect in baseball by MLB.com and Baseball America, hurt his wrist while diving for a ball 10 days ago. He is expected to begin the season as Double-A New Britain once he is healthy. Buxton, an outfielder, hit .334 with 12 homers and 55 steals in Single-A last year.
Jason Kubel, LF3/25/2014 11:02:00 PM
Description: Jason Kubel was informed Tuesday that he has made the Twins 25-man roster. The 31-year-old is expected to see time as a designated hitter and backup outfielder this season. SOURCE: mlb.com
Insight: Kubel had just five homers, a .216 average and a .610 OPS in 97 games with Arizona and Cleveland last season after hitting 30 homers with 90 RBI and an .833 OPS for the D'Backs in 2012. Kubel hit .273 and 94 home runs with the Twins from 2007-11, though he owns a .254 average and .724 OPS in 111 games at Target Field and shouldn't be owned in most fantasy leagues.
Vance Worley, SPCold3/21/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Vance Worley was outrighted to Triple-A Rochester.
Insight: Worley was once the Twins' Opening Day starter, but was 1-5 last season with a 7.21 ERA and 1.99 WHIP. It wasn't that long ago that he finished third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting (2011).
Glen Perkins, SP3/15/2014 7:46:00 PM
Description: Glen Perkins' new extension is worth $21.475 million. SOURCE: Mike Bernardino, St. Paul Pioneer Press
Insight: It's a four-year contract. The Twins closer was named an All-Star for the first time last season. Don't be surprised if he makes it back there in 2014.
Pedro Florimon, SS3/13/2014 2:43:00 PM
Description: Minnesota shortstop Pedro Florimon Jr. (appendectomy in February) is expected to play in a minor league game tomorrow.
Insight: The 27-year-old infielder has yet to prove he's much any fantasy-worthy value. He's never batted more than .221, scored more than 44 runs, hit more than nine homers or stolen more than 15 bases. That's why fantasy owners don't have him on their radar screens.
Miguel Sano, 3B3/4/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: Miguel Sano's Tommy John surgery is scheduled for March 12th. SOURCE: Mike Bernardino, St. Paul Pioneer Press
Insight: The Twins prospect strained his elbow in Winter Ball and never fully recovered. Sano probably would have made it to the big leagues at some point this season. Now we'll have to wait until 2015 to see the power-hitting third baseman.
Miguel Sano, 3B3/1/2014 6:26:00 PM
Description: Minnesota prospect Miguel Sano has decided to undergo Tommy John surgery. Sano hurt his elbow while playing winter ball and was diagnosed with a strained UCL. SOURCE: LaVelle Neal, Star Tribune
Insight: While the recovery time for Tommy John is much shorter for position players than it is for pitchers, Sano has almost no chance of making it back before the end of the season. ESPN's Keith Law recently ranked Sano as the eight-best prospect in MLB.
Miguel Sano, 3B2/28/2014 7:54:00 PM
Description: Twins third base prospect Miguel Sano had an examination Friday after feeling renewed soreness in his right elbow, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Sano strained his ulnar collateral ligament in winter ball and felt something on a throw from third during Thursday's intrasquad game. He reportedly called his agent Rob Plummer Friday to ask if he should have Tommy John surgery. MLB.com ranks Sano as the fourth best prospect in baseball (Twins outfielder Byron Buxton is No. 1).
Miguel Sano, 3B1/28/2014 9:20:00 AM
Description: Dominican slugger Miguel Sano hit 35 homers between Single-A and Double-A last season and in an interview with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune claims he'll hit 45 this season - for the Twins.
Insight: "I hit 45 this year. More games," he said. "Maybe 55, you never know." He is talented, but he'll likely start the year in the minors. Fantasy owners should key a watchful eye on him, however, as he could end up in the majors some time this season.
Kurt Suzuki, C1/25/2014 9:27:00 PM
Description: According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Twins GM Terry Ryan said Friday he wasn't sure who would back up Kurt Suzuki this season, effectively naming Suzuki the starter.
Insight: Suzuki will only be a fantasy option in AL-only leagues. The 30-year-old has a .253 average, 67 homers and a .684 OPS in 840 career games.


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