Minnesota Twins Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Tommy Milone, SP6/28/2015 6:46:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Tommy Milone did not allow a run Sunday versus Milwaukee.
Insight: Milone struck out seven and gave up just two hits and three walks. He has been a nice surprise this season, and nows a 3.19 ERA overall.
Kyle Gibson, SP6/27/2015 8:35:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Kyle Gibson allowed two runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings as Minnesota beat Milwaukee, 5-2, on Saturday.
Insight: Gibson also had three strikeouts and one walk. He is 5-6 with a 3.30 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 58 strikeouts 92 2/3 innings this season.
Torii Hunter, RF6/27/2015 8:30:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Torii Hunter was 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs in the, 5-2, victory over the Brewers on Saturday.
Insight: Hunter hit a solo homer in the sixth and then another solo bomb in the ninth. He is hitting .266 with 10 homers and 41 RBI in 252 at-bats this year.
Byron Buxton, CF6/26/2015 10:35:00 AM
Description: Twins young outfielder Byron Buxton has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a left thumb sprain.
Insight: Buxton apparently hurt it in a head-first slide while trying to steal. He had yet to really start to hit, batting just .189 in his first 11 games, but he's a elite prospect.
Brian Dozier, 2B6/24/2015 4:01:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier was 2-for-4 with an RBI-single and run scored in the victory over the White Sox on Wednesday.
Insight: Dozier scored the first run of the game for Minnesota and drove in the last one in the, 6-1, victory. Dozier is hitting .261 with 14 homers and 36 RBI in 276 at-bats this season.
Phil Hughes, SP6/24/2015 3:58:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes allowed just one run in eight innings to beat the White Sox, 6-1, on Wednesday.
Insight: Hughes yielded six hits with no walks in his eight frames. He also had five strikeouts. Hughes is 6-6 with a 4.20 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 60 strikeouts in 98 2/3 innings this season.
Joe Mauer, 1B6/24/2015 12:14:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer was 2-for-4 in the, 6-2, loss to the White Sox on Tuesday.
Insight: Mauer had two singles, but he didn't have an RBI or score. He is hitting .260 with four home runs and 37 RBI in 258 at-bats this year.
Brian Dozier, 2B6/24/2015 11:24:00 AM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier has three home runs in his career versus White Sox lefty Chris Sale.
Insight: Dozier is a .276 hitter versus Sale and has taken him deep three times in 29 at-bats. Dozier is having a great season, and there is no reason to take him out of the linup Wednesday even up against Sale.
Eduardo Escobar, SS/3B6/24/2015 11:18:00 AM
Description: Twins infielder Eduardo Escobar is not in the lineup versus the White Sox on Wednesday.
Insight: Escobar appears to just be getting the day off. Eduardo Nunez will start at shortstop.
Byron Buxton, CF6/22/2015 4:24:00 PM
Description: Twins young outfielder Byron Buxton will bat leadoff Monday night, the first time we've seen him anywhere except ninth.
Insight: Buxton has yet to break out, batting .120 through his first eight games, but could be helped by the move to the top of the lineup.
Torii Hunter, RF6/22/2015 10:12:00 AM
Description: Twins outfielder Torii Hunter is a career .327 hitter (17-for-52) with four home runs versus White Sox starter John Danks.
Insight: Hunter is batting .261 with 18 extra-base hits and 36 RBI. He's an excellent influence in the clubhouse, which helps the Twins, but doesn't change his value for fantasy owners. This matchup, however, could help fantasy owners.
Trevor May, SP6/20/2015 6:44:00 PM
Description: Twins pitcher Trevor May allowed on run over six innings on Saturday afternoon.
Insight: May struck out seven Cubs and gave up seven hits and two walks. He is still 4-5 with a 4.03 ERA.
Torii Hunter, RF6/20/2015 11:04:00 AM
Description: Twins outfielder Torii Hunter is a .500 hitter with a decent sample size (14-for-28) against Cubs left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: Hunter is batting .260 with 18 extra-base hits and 36 RBI and should be rested after getting Friday night off.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B6/19/2015 10:47:00 PM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe went 2-for-4 with four RBI in the, 7-2, victory over the Cubs on Friday.
Insight: Plouffe had two doubles, which scored three runs, and an RBI groundout. He is hitting .253 with nine home runs and 38 RBI in 237 at-bats this year.
Phil Hughes, SP6/19/2015 10:44:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes gave up just one run on two hit in eight innings versus the Cubs on Friday.
Insight: Hughes and the Twins won, 7-2. He also had four strikeouts and no walks. He is 5-6 with a 4.47 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 55 strikeouts in 90 2/3 innings this season.
Kennys Vargas, DH6/18/2015 5:03:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas hit a walk-off homer in the, 2-1, victory over the Cardinals on Thursday.
Insight: Vargas was 2-for-4 in the game. Minnesota hit two solo home runs in the last two innings to sneak passed St. Louis. Vargas is hitting .235 with four home runs and 11 RBI in 132 at-bats this season.
Joe Mauer, 1B6/18/2015 4:59:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer hit a rare home run in the, 2-1, victory over the Cardinals on Thursday.
Insight: Mauer was 1-for-4 with a solo bomb. He tied the game at one in the eighth and Kennys Vargas won the game with a walk-off homer in the ninth. Mauer is batting .253/.316/.359 with three home runs and 36 RBI in 245 at-bats this year.
Mike Pelfrey, SP6/18/2015 4:15:00 PM
Description: Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey pitched eight solid innings, yielding just one run on four hits to lower his ERA to 2.97.
Insight: Pelfrey didn't get the win as the Twins waited until the bottom of the ninth to pull out the 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Kyle Gibson, SP6/16/2015 5:30:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Kyle Gibson posted a quality start Tuesday versus St. Louis.
Insight: Gibson allowed three runs on six hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out four and nows a 3.33 ERA overall.
Brian Dozier, 2B6/16/2015 10:01:00 AM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier was 1-for-3 with an RBI in the, 3-2, loss to the Cardinals on Monday.
Insight: Dozier had a double, but he picked up the RBI on a sacrifice fly in the eighth. The run pulled Minnesota within one, but that there was no more scoring in the game. Dozier is hitting .266 with 13 home runs and 32 RBI in 241 at-bats this season.
Brian Dozier, 2B6/14/2015 6:07:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in the, 4-3, victory over the Rangers on Sunday.
Insight: Dozier hit his solo bomb in the first at-bat of the game. It was his 13th of the season. He is also hitting .265 with 31 RBI and 51 runs in 238 at-bats this season.
Eddie Rosario, CF6/14/2015 6:03:00 PM
Description: Minnesota outfielder Eddie Rosario hit the game-winning double in the ninth as the Twins beat the Rangers, 4-3, on Sunday.
Insight: Rosario was 0-for-4 entering the ninth-inning at-bat, but he came through with a double. Rosario is hitting .283 with eight extra-base hits and 15 RBI in 99 at-bats this season.
Byron Buxton, CF6/13/2015 6:50:00 PM
Description: Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton has been recalled from Double-A Chattanooga and will make his Twins debut on Sunday.
Insight: Buxton is the top ranked in baseball, and has potential to make an immediate impact. He is a plyer who has the ability to contribute to each offensive fantasy category.
Mike Pelfrey, SP6/13/2015 5:47:00 PM
Description: Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey was not sharp Saturday versus Texas.
Insight: Pelfrey allowed eight run on 11 hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings of work. He did strike out a batter, but still does have a 3.18 ERA.
Torii Hunter, RF6/13/2015 3:14:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Torii Hunter was suspended two games and fined due to his tantrum on June 10 and will begin serving the two games on Saturday.
Insight: Hunter dropped his appeal. Hunter argued balls and strikes with the home plate umpire on June 10, which led to an ejection and Hunter ripping his jersey off and throwing it onto the field. He is batting .268 with 18 extra-base hits and 36 RBI in 209 at-bats this season.
Brian Dozier, 2B6/12/2015 11:02:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier hit a solo home run in the loss to the Rangers on Friday.
Insight: Dozier went 1-for-3 with the solo shot. He also scored the other Minnesota run on a Trevor Plouffe fly out in the first. The Twins lost, 6-2. Dozier is hitting .262 with 12 home runs and 29 RBI in 229 at-bats this season.
Torii Hunter, RF6/12/2015 5:25:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Torii Hunter was suspended two games and fined due to his tantrum on June 10 according to The Star Tribune.
Insight: Hunter will likely appeal the suspension and play in the meantime. Hunter argued balls and strikes with the home plate umpire on June 10, which led to an ejection and Hunter ripping his jersey off and throwing it onto the field. He is batting .268 with 18 extra-base hits and 36 RBI in 209 at-bats this season.
Eddie Rosario, CF6/12/2015 1:56:00 PM
Description: Minnesota outfielder Eddie Rosario was activated from the paternity leave list for Friday's game against Texas.
Insight: A part-time player with just 87 at-bats this season, he's batting .287, but without much power. Fantasy owners can ignore him for now.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B6/10/2015 11:17:00 PM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe went 2-for-4 with a home run in the, 7-2, loss to the Royals on Wednesday.
Insight: Plouffe drove in both of Minnesota's runs. The first was on a single in the third and the second was came on a solo homer in the eighth. Plouffe is hitting .250 with nine home runs and 32 RBI in 208 at-bats this year.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B6/9/2015 11:52:00 PM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe had the only hit for Minnesota in the, 2-0, loss to the Royals on Tuesday.
Insight: Plouffe was 1-for-4 with a triple and two strikeouts. He is hitting .245 with eight home runs and 30 RBI in 204 at-bats this season.
Phil Hughes, SP6/8/2015 10:21:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes allowed three runs Monday versus Kansas City.
Insight: Hughes went 7 2/3 innings and gave up seven hits and one walk. He struck out three and now has a 4.81 ERA.
Mike Pelfrey, SP6/7/2015 6:00:00 PM
Description: Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey continued his impressive season.
Insight: Pelfrey has been one of the biggest pleasant surprises this season. He defeated Milwaukee, going eight innings and allowing no runs on eight hits and one walk. He struck out seven and is now 5-2 with a 2.28 ERA.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B6/7/2015 11:47:00 AM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe is not starting against the Brewers on Sunday.
Insight: Plouffe is just getting some rest. Eduardo Nunez will start at third base on Sunday. Plouffe is hitting .250 with eight home runs and 30 RBI in 196 at-bats this year.
Joe Mauer, 1B6/6/2015 5:59:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer had two hits in the loss to the Brewers.
Insight: Mauer came into Saturday hitting just .214 in his last 12 games, but he does have a pair of hits in each of his last two games. He also hit his second home run on Friday. He is hitting .273 with two home runs and 34 RBI in 205 at-bats this year.
Brian Dozier, 2B6/6/2015 5:56:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier was 2-for-4 with a home run in the loss to the Brewers on Saturday.
Insight: Dozier hit a solo home run in the eighth to bring Minnesota within a run, but Milwaukee got the run back in the ninth and the Twins didn't score again. Dozier is hitting .266 with 11 home runs and 28 RBI in 214 at-bats this season.
Kyle Gibson, SP6/5/2015 10:17:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Kyle Gibson allowed five runs over seven innings Friday against the Brewers.
Insight: Gibson struck out nine and allowed six hits. He still has a solid 3.00 ERA this season.
Torii Hunter, RF6/4/2015 8:22:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Torii Hunter smacked a three-run homer Thursday versus Boston.
Insight: Hunter got Minnesota's offense going with the team down 4-0 in the fifth. The Twins ended up winning 8-4, scoring four runs in the ninth. Hunter finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored and the three-run shot. He is batting .282 with eight homers and 35 RBI.
Tommy Milone, SP6/4/2015 6:46:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Tommy Milone went five innings Thursday versus Boston.
Insight: Milone allowed four runs (two earned) on nine hits and one walk. He did not struck out a batter and now has a 4.55 ERA this season.
Tommy Milone, SP6/4/2015 12:54:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Tommy Milone was called up to make the start on Thursday.
Insight: Milone was dominant at Triple-A (0.698 ERA., 0.724 WHIP, 47/3 K/BB) so maybe he can carry that to the big leagues.
Ricky Nolasco, SP6/4/2015 12:52:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Ricky Nolasco was hoping to make his start on Saturday against the Brewers, but instead will go on the 15-day disabled list
Insight: Nolasco left his last outing with a right ankle injury. He's pitched poorly this season with a 5.51 ERA and 1.653 WHIP, but somehow still has a winning 5-1 record.
Trevor May, SP6/3/2015 9:32:00 PM
Description: Twins pitcher Trevor May did not allow a run in Wednesday's win over Boston.
Insight: May went seven innings and gave up two hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out nine. He is now 4-3 with a 4.45 ERA.
Eduardo Escobar, SS/3B6/3/2015 4:15:00 PM
Description: Twins infielder Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run home run over the green monster in the ninth, but Minnesota still lost to Boston, 6-3, in the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday.
Insight: Escobar was 1-for-4 with the homer in the game. He is hitting .234 with three home runs and 19 RBI in 137 at-bats this season, so Escobar isn't really fantasy relevant.
Brian Dozier, 2B6/3/2015 4:12:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier was 2-for-3 with walk and solo home run in the loss to the Red Sox in the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday.
Insight: Dozier now has 10 home runs this season. He is hitting .260/.339/.526 with 26 RBI and 42 runs in 196 at-bats this season.
Ricky Nolasco, SP6/3/2015 1:43:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Ricky Nolasco is still hoping to make his start on Saturday against the Brewers.
Insight: Nolasco left his last outing with a right ankle injury. He will throw on Thursday and decide then if he can pitch Saturday. Stay tuned.
Joe Mauer, 1B6/3/2015 12:54:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is not in the lineup against the Red Sox on Wednesday.
Insight: The Twins have a doubleheader, so he will probably play in the second game. For the first game, Trevor Plouffe will be at first base and Eduardo Escobar will start at third.
Ricky Nolasco, SP6/2/2015 9:38:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Ricky Nolasco (ankle) will likely miss his next start.
Insight: An MRI will reveal no structural damage, so hopefully he will miss just one start. Consider Nolasco day-to-day for now.
Mike Pelfrey, SP6/2/2015 9:37:00 PM
Description: Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey pitched well, but took the loss Tuesday versus Boston.
Insight: Pelfrey went seven innings and gave up one run on six hits and two walks. He struck out one and is now 4-2 with a 2.59 ERA.
Kurt Suzuki, C6/1/2015 11:46:00 AM
Description: Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is a career .500 hitter (9-for-18) versus Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz.
Insight: Suzuki hasn't hit the ball particularly well this season, batting just .237 with two homers and 14 RBI and Buchholz has started to pitch better in his last three outings, so this is only worth a small play.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B5/31/2015 5:36:00 PM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe hit a two-run homer in the, 6-5, victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Insight: Plouffe hit .303 with five home runs in May, so he ended the good month on a high note. He is hitting .279 with eight home runs, 29 RBI and 22 runs in 172 at-bats this season.
Brian Dozier, 2B5/31/2015 5:34:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier capped off a great month of May with a 3-for-4 game on Sunday.
Insight: Dozier hit .269 with seven home runs, 15 RBI and 21 runs in the month. Three of those runs came on Sunday. Overall, Dozier is hitting .258 with nine home runs and 25 RBI this season.
Torii Hunter, RF5/31/2015 5:24:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Torii Hunter had the game-winning two-run double in the, 6-5, victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Insight: Hunter was only 1-for-4 in the game, but with the Twins behind by a run, Hunter's double in the seventh brought in a pair of runs as Minnesota took the lead for good. Hunter is hitting .279/.330/.459 with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 172 at-bats this season.
Ricky Nolasco, SP5/31/2015 3:18:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Ricky Nolasco left Sunday's game with an ankle injury, and will undergo an MRI.
Insight: He was visited by the trainer twice, and eventually left in the second inning. The Twins are calling the injury day-to-day. Stay tuned.
Kyle Gibson, SP5/30/2015 4:55:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Kyle Gibson pitched well, but took a no-decision Satursay versus Toronto.
Insight: Gibson allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits and four walks. He struck out three over 5 2/3 innings and now has a 2.61 ERA.
Brian Dozier, 2B5/30/2015 4:54:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier had the big knock Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Dozier smacked a go-ahead RBI triple int he seventh to give the Twins a 3-2 win. It was his lone hit in four at-bats, and he is now hitting .246 with 25 RBI this season.
Torii Hunter, RF5/30/2015 11:32:00 AM
Description: Twins outfielder Torii Hunter is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: When you are 39-years-old you need rest and today is the day for Hunter. Hunter is batting .280 this season with seven homers, 30 RBI and has been everything the Twins and fantasy owners have wanted in his return to Minnesota.
Phil Hughes, SP5/27/2015 3:16:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes allowed four runs Wednesday against the Red Sox.
Insight: Hughes went 6 2/3 innings and gave up six hits while striking out three. He has a 4.59 ERA overall.
Kurt Suzuki, C5/27/2015 11:30:00 AM
Description: Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is out on Wednesday.
Insight: Day game after a night game, so Chris Hermann will be behind the plate.
Torii Hunter, RF5/27/2015 11:15:00 AM
Description: Twins outfielder Torii Hunter is 6-for-14 lifetime against Boston starter Rick Porcello.
Insight: Hunter has one homer and six RBI lifetime against Porcello, and should be active in all lineups for Wednesday's contest.
Mike Pelfrey, SP5/27/2015 9:41:00 AM
Description: Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey picked up his fourth win of the season.
Insight: Pelfrey defeated Boston by allowing just one run on five hits and one walk over seven innings. He struck out four and is now 4-1 with a solid 2.77 ERA.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B5/25/2015 7:37:00 PM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe smacked a homer on Monday afternoon.
Insight: He finished 2-for-5 with the homer being a three-ruin shot. Plouffe is not hitting .270 with seven homers and 25 RBI so far this season.
Ricky Nolasco, SP5/25/2015 7:35:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Ricky Nolasco was great Monday against the Red Sox.
Insight: He went 7 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on seven hits, while striking out five. Nolasco is now 5-1, but does have a 5.12 ERA.
Brian Dozier, 2B5/24/2015 6:36:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier had a huge afternoon Sunday against the White Sox.
Insight: Dozier finished 2-for-5 with two homers, four RBI, and two runs scored. He is hitting .253 with eight homers and 24 RBI.
Brian Dozier, 2B5/24/2015 12:09:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is just 5-for-28 with seven strikeouts in his career versus the White Sox starter Jose Quintana.
Insight: That's good for a .179 batting average. Two of those five hits are a double and home run, and Dozier does have four RBI, but based on the batting average, it is best to find another second base option on Sunday.
Joe Mauer, 1B5/24/2015 12:06:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is 9-for-23 (.391) in his career against White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.
Insight: Mauer also has two home runs and five RBI versus Quintana, so despite the lefty versus lefty matchup, Mauer is a good start on Sunday.
Kurt Suzuki, C5/24/2015 11:37:00 AM
Description: Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is getting some rest on Sunday.
Insight: He is just getting some rest. Chris Herrmann is starting behind the plate.
Glen Perkins, SP5/23/2015 7:40:00 PM
Description: Twins closer Glen Perkins picked up his league-leading 16th save in the, 4-3, victory over the White Sox on Saturday.
Insight: Perkins has yet to blow a save, but he came close on Saturday as two White Sox reached base on a walk and hit. Perkins recorded two strikeouts for the final two outs as Minnesota held on. Perkins has a 1.33 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 21 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings.
Torii Hunter, RF5/23/2015 7:36:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Torii Hunter hit a solo home run in the, 4-3, victory over the White Sox on Saturday.
Insight: Hunter hit his bomb in the second inning. Eduardo Nunez also had a solo homer in the frame as Minnesota took a, 2-0, lead. Hunter is hitting .280 with seven home runs and 25 RBI in 150 at-bats this season.
Joe Mauer, 1B5/23/2015 1:43:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Mauer is hitting .283 with one home run and 25 RBI in 159 at-bats this season. It's just his second day off all season. Trevor Plouffe will start at 1B with Eduardo Escobar at the hot corner.
Brian Dozier, 2B5/23/2015 10:48:00 AM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is one of the few hitters with success against White Sox ace Chris Sale.
Insight: Dozier is a career .280 hitter (7-for-25) with three home runs in their matchups. Only Victor Martinez has more homers versus Sale (4).
Joe Mauer, 1B5/19/2015 10:08:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer had a three-run single in the second inning as Minnesota beat Pittsburgh, 8-5.
Insight: On a 3-2 pitch, Mauer hit a ground ball to where the shortstop normally would be, but with the Pirates in a shift, the hit went down as a single. Brian Dozier was hustling all the way from first and second because Pirates right fielder Starling Marte was a bit lazy with his throw. It all led to a very unusual three-run single. Mauer is hitting .282 with no home runs and 23 RBI in 149 at-bats this season.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B5/19/2015 10:03:00 PM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe was 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the, 8-5, victory over the Pirates on Tuesday.
Insight: Minnesota jumped all over ex-Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano, who allowed seven runs in two innings. Plouffe capped off the six-run second with his two-run bomb. He is hitting .261/.340/.455 with six home runs and 20 RBI in 134 at-bats this season.
Kurt Suzuki, C5/17/2015 11:44:00 AM
Description: Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is getting some rest on Sunday.
Insight: No surprise here for the day game. Chris Herrmann will be behind the plate.
Trevor May, SP5/16/2015 6:30:00 PM
Description: Twins pitcher Trevor May allowed three runs Saturday against the Rays.
Insight: Mays pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed the three runs on seven hits. He struck out three and now has a 5.15 ERA.
Kennys Vargas, DH5/16/2015 12:03:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas is not in the starting lineup on Saturday versus the Rays.
Insight: Vargas is probably just getting the day off. He is hitting .250 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 104 at-bats.
Phil Hughes, SP5/15/2015 10:51:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes pitched seven innings and allowed two runs on five hits in his third victory of the year.
Insight: Hughes beat the Rays, 3-2. He also had three strikeouts and one walk. He is 3-4 with 4.76 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 35 strikeouts in 51 innings this season.
Brian Dozier, 2B5/15/2015 10:45:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier had a home run and the game-winning sacrifice fly in the, 3-2, victory over the Rays on Friday.
Insight: Dozier tied the game with a solo bomb in the third and then his sacrifice fly in the seventh proved to be the game-winner. He was 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run in the game. Dozier is batting .259 with five home runs and 18 RBI this season.
Brian Dozier, 2B5/14/2015 10:09:00 AM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier has helped carry the team to it's current lofty levels, but is in an unfavorable matchup on Thursday.
Insight: Dozier, who is hitting .244 with four home runs, 16 RBI and 25 runs in 133 at-bats this season, is just 1-for 17 (.059) in his career versus Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez.
Kurt Suzuki, C5/13/2015 10:26:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki had an RBI-double in the, 6-2, victory over the Tigers on Wednesday.
Insight: Suzuki doubled in the third after Joe Mauer and Trevor Plouffe had back-to-back triples. Suzuki was 2-for-3 with a walk in the game. He is hitting .247 with two home runs and 11 RBI this season.
Joe Mauer, 1B5/13/2015 10:22:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer went 1-for-5 with a bases loaded triple in the third inning as Minnesota defeated Detroit, 6-2, on Wednesday.
Insight: Mauer scored in the next at-bat when Trevor Plouffe hit a triple. Mauer is hitting .282 with no home runs and 19 RBI in 131 at-bats this season.
Kyle Gibson, SP5/12/2015 10:09:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Kyle Gibson allowed one run Tuesday against the Tigers.
Insight: Gibson pitched seven innings and gave up five hits and struck out six. He took a no-decision and now owns a 2.70 ERA.
Brian Dozier, 2B5/10/2015 4:10:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier was 1-for-4 with a solo bomb in the, 8-2, loss to the Indians on Sunday.
Insight: Dozier had two home runs in the last two games. He is hitting .244 with four home runs, 16 RBI and 25 runs in 123 at-bats this season.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B5/10/2015 10:37:00 AM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe is just 1-for-11 with five strikeouts against Indians right-hander Danny Salazar.
Insight: It isn't a big sample size, but obviously Ploufee hasn't had much luck versus Salazar. For what it's worth, the one hit Ploufee has against the Indians pitcher is a home run.
Brian Dozier, 2B5/10/2015 10:35:00 AM
Description: The sample size is small, but Twins second baseman Brian Dozier has been great versus Indians starter Danny Salazar.
Insight: Dozier is 7-for-12 with three doubles and a homer versus Salazar. Dozier's OPS versus the righty is an incredible 1.726. Start Dozier on Sunday.
Kennys Vargas, DH5/10/2015 10:28:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas is not in the starting lineup on Sunday versus the Indians.
Insight: Vargas has been hitting well in May, but the Twins are giving him the day off. Vargas is 4-for-13 in his last four games and has three homers in May.
Phil Hughes, SP5/9/2015 7:28:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes pitched 6 1/3 innings allowing four runs on 10 hits to win his second game of the season.
Insight: Hughes pitched better than his final line indicates. He only allowed one run through six innings, but in the seventh, he yielded four hits in the first five batters, including a home run to David Murphy. Nevertheless, Hughes owners have to be frustrated because he is just 2-4 with a 5.11 ERA in 44 innings this season.
Torii Hunter, RF5/9/2015 7:21:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Torii Hunter was 3-for-5 with a home run and three runs in the, 7-4, victory over the Indians on Saturday.
Insight: Hunter hit a solo home run in the first inning and then scored in the third and fifth innings as well. Hunter is hitting .295/.333/.491 with five home runs and 19 RBI in 112 at-bats this season.
Chris Colabello, 1BHot5/9/2015 12:26:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays outfielder Chris Colabello is batting a stunning .583 through his first three games since being called up.
Insight: Ride the hot streak until it ends. He started out hot in Minnesota last season too, then cooled off.
Torii Hunter, RF5/8/2015 10:22:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Torii Hunter had a huge game Friday versus Cleveland.
Insight: He went 4-for-4 with a homer and four RBI. Hunter is hitting .280 overall.
Glen Perkins, SP5/7/2015 4:15:00 PM
Description: Twins closer Glen Perkins went 1 1/3 innings for his 10th save of the season.
Insight: Perkins struck out one and owns a healthy 1.35 ERA so far this season. He has saved 10 of Minnesota's 16 victories.
Ricky Nolasco, SP5/7/2015 4:12:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Ricky Nolasco picked up his second victory of the season.
Insight: He defeated he Athletics on Thursday afternoon, despite allowing four runs over five innings of work. Nolasco has an ugly 9.00 ERA but is now 2-1 on the season.
Joe Mauer, 1B5/7/2015 11:19:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Just a routine day off for Mauer who is batting .287 with 14 RBI, but no home runs and a mediocre .731 OPS.
Kyle Gibson, SP5/6/2015 10:51:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Kyle Gibson did not allow a run over six innings Wednesday versus Oakland.
Insight: Gibson has pitched well this year, and now has a 2.97 ERA. He allowed just four hits and two walks, while striking out one.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B5/6/2015 1:12:00 PM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe is hitting .368 with two doubles and three RBI in his career versus Athletics lefty Scott Kazmir.
Insight: Plouffe is 7-for-19 with two walks and three strikeouts against Kazmir. Plouffe is hitting .268 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 97 at-bats this season.
Torii Hunter, RF5/5/2015 10:59:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Torii Hunter had two hits in the, 2-1, loss to the Athletics on Tuesday.
Insight: Minnesota only had five hits, all of which were singles, so not much fantasy value there. Hunter didn't have the RBI or score the one run. He is hitting .263 with three home runs and 13 RBI in 95 at-bats this season.
Torii Hunter, RF5/4/2015 11:35:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Torii Hunter hit a three-run homer in the, 8-7, victory over the Athletics on Monday.
Insight: Hunter hit his home run in the sixth to give Minnesota a, 8-5, victory. Oakland scored a run in the eighth and ninth, but the Twins held on to win. Hunter was 1-for-5 in the game and he is hitting .253 with three home runs and 13 RBI this season.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF5/4/2015 4:36:00 PM
Description: Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Arcia was in the middle of a six-game hitting streak which raised his average to .276, so this comes at a bad time. He quietly hit 20 homers last season and seems to be continuing to improve his offense.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B5/3/2015 6:04:00 PM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe had a grand slam, going 3-for-5, with five RBI in the, 13-3, victory over the White Sox on Sunday.
Insight: Plouffe hit his grand slam in the third inning and then drove in another run on a single in the fourth. That was Plouffe's fifth homer of the season. He also had 15 RBI while hitting .278.
Brian Dozier, 2B5/3/2015 5:58:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier was 4-for-5 with an RBI in the, 13-3, victory over the White Sox on Sunday.
Insight: Dozier scored on Trevor Plouffe's grand slam in the third inning. Dozier also had his first triple of the season. He is hitting .240 with two home runs and 11 RBI this season.
Joe Mauer, 1B5/3/2015 10:42:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is 23-for-58 lifetime against John Danks.
Insight: Despite Danks being a southpaw, Mauer has had his number. Expect a nice day from the Twins' franchise player.
Torii Hunter, RF5/2/2015 5:20:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Torii Hunter went 3-for-4 during Saturday's win over the White Sox.
Insight: One of those hits was a home run. Hunter scored two runs and had two RBI. He is hitting .250 with two homers and nine RBI this season.
Ricky Nolasco, SP5/2/2015 4:25:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Ricky Nolasco allowed three runs Saturday against the White Sox.
Insight: Nolasco has an abysmal 10.13 ERA after allowing three runs on eight hits and one walk over five innings. He did strike out four, but is not a good option right now.
Kyle Gibson, SP5/1/2015 10:51:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Kyle Gibson pitched eight shutout innings as Minnesota beat Chicago, 1-0.
Insight: Gibson yielded four hits in his eight innings. He also had six strikeouts and one walk. Gibson is 2-2 with a 3.56 ERA this season.
Kennys Vargas, DH5/1/2015 10:46:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas was 2-for-3 and scored the game-winning run in the, 1-0, victory over the White Sox on Friday.
Insight: Vargas scored on a wild pitch in the fifth and that proved to be the difference on Friday. Vargas has had a rough start to the season, however, as he is hitting .194 with one home run and four RBI this season.
Joe Mauer, 1B5/1/2015 9:59:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is 9-for-21 (.429) with a pair of home runs versus White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.
Insight: Mauer has really turned it on lately, going 6-for-10 with four RBI in the last two games, but he is still looking for his first home run. Perhaps Friday in this favorable matchup.
Brian Dozier, 2B4/30/2015 11:10:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer in the, 12-2, victory over the White Sox on Thursday.
Insight: Dozier had an RBI-single in the second and then a three-run bomb in the third as Minnesota took a, 9-2, lead. Dozier is hitting .220 with two home runs ad 10 RBI in 82 at-bats this season.
Joe Mauer, 1B4/30/2015 11:05:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer was 3-for-5 with two RBI and one run in the, 12-2, victory over the White Sox on Thursday.
Insight: Mauer drove in the first run of the game with an RBI-single in the first and then had another RBI-single in the eighth. Mauer has really turned it on lately, going 6-for-10 with four RBI in the last two games, but he is still looking for his first home run.
Joe Mauer, 1B4/29/2015 4:48:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer was 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs in the loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.
Insight: Mauer raised his average back to .300 with the strong Wednesday afternoon. He also has 11 RBI, but he is still searching for that first home run.
Phil Hughes, SP4/29/2015 3:25:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes left his start with a mild lft hip flexor strain after going five innings Wednesday versus Detroit.
Insight: Hughes allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out four over five innings of work. He will not receive a decision and now has a 4.55 ERA this season.
Torii Hunter, RF4/29/2015 10:53:00 AM
Description: Twins outfielder Torii Hunter will get the day off on Wednesday.
Insight: Oswaldo Arcia is in right giving Hunter just a routine day of rest.
Glen Perkins, SP4/28/2015 10:57:00 PM
Description: Twins closer Glen Perkins worked a perfect ninth for his six save of the season.
Insight: Perkins is throwing well so far this year, and now owns a 1.00 ERA .
Mike Pelfrey, SP4/28/2015 10:56:00 PM
Description: Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey pitched very well Tuesday versus Detroit.
Insight: Pelfrey allowed just one earned run on three hits and two walks while striking out seven over seven innings of work. He received the victory and is now 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA.
Brian Dozier, 2B4/28/2015 4:37:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier will get some rest on Tuesday night.
Insight: Eduardo Escobar is starting at second base. Dozier should be back in the lineup Wednesday after a routine day off.
Brian Dozier, 2B4/28/2015 3:25:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is hitting just .059 against Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez in his career.
Insight: Dozier is 1-for-17 versus Sanchez. Dozier is off to a slow start, hitting .205 with one home run and six RBI in 73 at-bats this season, so it would be better if fantasy owners had a different second baseman start on Tuesday.
Tommy Milone, SP4/27/2015 9:51:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Tommy Milone allowed five runs over just four innings of work.
Insight: Milone gave up eight hits and two walks while striking out two. He now has a 4.76 ERA this season.
Kyle Gibson, SP4/26/2015 6:55:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Kyle Gibson gave up two runs Sunday versus Seattle.
Insight: He allowed those two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out three ober seven innings. Gibson now has a 4.84 ERA.
Brian Dozier, 2B4/26/2015 9:30:00 AM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier was 2-for-5 with a RBI-double and two runs in the, 8-5, victory over the Mariners on Saturday.
Insight: Dozier hit his double in the seventh to give the Twins some insurance runs late. Dozier hasn't been great to start 2015, so perhaps this game gets him going. He is hitting .215 with one home run and five RBI this season.
Joe Mauer, 1B4/22/2015 11:09:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer has nine hits, including three home runs, against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Mauer is 9-for-25 overall with four RBI and six walks versus Guthrie. It would be nice for Mauer to show some of that power on Wednesday because he still doesn't have a home run in 52 at-bats in 2015.
Torii Hunter, RF4/22/2015 11:07:00 AM
Description: Twins outfielder Torii Hunter is 16-for-49 with eight RBI versus Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Hunter also had four extra-base hits against Guthrie. Coming into Wednesday, Hunter has a six-game win streak.
Joe Mauer, 1B4/22/2015 9:19:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer had two hits and an RBI in the, 6-5, loss to the Royals on Tuesday.
Insight: Mauer had an RBI-single in the fourth to score Danny Santana. It was his fifth RBI, but he still doesn't have a home run. Because of the lack of power, Mauer is only fantasy relevant in very deep leagues.
Ricky Nolasco, SPCold4/20/2015 11:31:00 AM
Description: Twins starter Ricky Nolasco (sore elbow) is headed out on a rehab assignment, according to Twins general manager Terry Ryan.
Insight: Nolasco wasn't fantasy relevant last season (6-12, 5.38 ERA, 1.516 WHIP) and his first start in 2015 was just ugly. Take a wait and see attitude before adding Nolasco to your roster.
Torii Hunter, RF4/19/2015 6:13:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Torii Hunter hit his first home run of his second tenure with the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
Insight: Hunter hit a three-run bomb in the sixth put Minnesota ahead, 7-1, and pretty much put the game away. Hunter is hitting .225 with six RBI to go with his one digger.
Phil Hughes, SP4/18/2015 4:39:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes allowed four runs Saturday versus Cleveland.
Insight: Hughes continues to be an irrelevant fantasy option. He went 6 2/3 innings and allowed four runs on eight hits and one walk, while strking out three. He has a 5.30 ERA through three starts.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4/18/2015 11:36:00 AM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe hit a walk off home run in the 11th to lift the Twins to a, 3-2, victory over the Indians, but will sit on Saturday.
Insight: It's probably not a coincidence that he's just 1-for-11 with five strikeouts against Saturday's scheduled starter Danny Salazar. Eduardo Nunez will get the start at the hot corner.
Brian Dozier, 2B4/18/2015 10:08:00 AM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is 7-for-11 (.636) against Cleveland right-hander Danny Salazar.
Insight: Dozier could use a favorable matchup matchup as he's batting just .231 with one homer and three RBI this season.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4/18/2015 12:04:00 AM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe hit a walk off home run in the 11th to lift the Twins to a, 3-2, victory over the Indians.
Insight: The home run was Plouffe's only hit of the game as he went 1-for-5. Maybe this will get him going because he is hitting just .143 this season.
Brian Dozier, 2BCold4/17/2015 11:21:00 AM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is just 3-for-22 against Cleveland ace Corey Kluber.
Insight: Dozier has twice as many strikeouts (6) as hits. We recommend avoiding this matchup.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4/17/2015 11:20:00 AM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe is a career .360 hitter (9-for-25) with a pair of home runs against Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber.
Insight: Plouffe has not started the season very well (.133 BA), so it's questionable whether he can take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Kennys Vargas, DH4/16/2015 4:47:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas was 2-for-4, hitting his first home run of the season on Thursday against the Royals.
Insight: Vargas tied the game with a two-run homer in the bottom of the second. Minnesota went on to score six of the next seven runs and beat Kansas City, 8-5. Vargas is hitting .250 with one home run and three RBI this season.
Joe Mauer, 1B4/16/2015 4:42:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer had three RBI in the, 8-5, victory over the Royals on Thursday.
Insight: Mauer was just 1-for-4, but he was a solid run producer on Thursday. Danny Santana scored on Mauer's groundout in the third, Torri Hunter scored on Mauer's single in the fourth and then Shane Robinson scored on Mauer's sacrifice fly in the eighth. Mauer, however, needs to hit more home runs to be fantasy relevant in standard leagues.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF4/16/2015 11:45:00 AM
Description: Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Arcia is off to a slow start, batting just .200 through the first seven games with one extra-base hit. Shane Robinson and Eduardo Escobar will join Torii Hunter in the Twins outfield. Neither youngster has shown much with the bat.
Phil Hughes, SP4/12/2015 9:10:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes allowed three runs during Sunday's loss to the White Sox.
Insight: Hughes is now 0-2 through two starts. He went six innings on Sunday and allowed eight hits and struck out four. Hughes has a 5.25 ERA through those two starts.
Torii Hunter, RF4/11/2015 11:42:00 AM
Description: Twins outfielder Torii Hunter will get Saturday off.
Insight: No injury here, just resting the "old" guy. The 39-year-old is just 2-for-16 in the early going.
Tommy Milone, SP4/10/2015 9:02:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Tommy Milone was fantastic Friday against the White Sox.
Insight: Milone went 7 2/3 innings and allowed no runs on just two hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Brian Duensing went the rest of the way to earn the save and complete the shutout.
Kurt Suzuki, C4/9/2015 11:58:00 AM
Description: Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki will get Thursday afternoon off.
Insight: The catcher is just 1-for-6 this season and not much of a fantasy asset. Chris Herrmann will get the start behind the plate. He's a career .196 hitter, so you can easily guess that he's not the guy to have in your lineup.
Ricky Nolasco, SP4/8/2015 4:30:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Ricky Nolasco had a horrible start versus the Tigers on Wednesday to begin the season.
Insight: Nolasco allowed six runs, all earned, on six hits in three innings of work. He really struggled with his command, walking four batters as well while striking out two. Nolasco had the highest ERA among pitchers who threw for than 150 innings last season. Because he is also on a weak offensive team, Nolasco should not be on many fantasy teams.
Brian Dozier, 2B4/8/2015 10:59:00 AM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is just 1-for-14 in his career against Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez.
Insight: Dozier had a hit on Opening Day against ace David Price, but it might be best to sit him on Wednesday. He also had four strikeouts, two walks and one RBI in his career versus Sanchez.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4/6/2015 10:08:00 AM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe is the rare hitter who apparently likes facing Tigers left-hander David Price.
Insight: Plouffe is a career 6-of-12 with a home run and a 1.122 OPS in their matchups.
Aaron Thompson, RP3/31/2015 10:20:00 AM
Description: Depite pitching well this spring, the Twins sent left-handed reliever Aaron Thompson to Triple-A Rochester.
Insight: Thompson pitched to a 2.16 ERA with a 1.080 WHIP and six strikeouts in 8 1/3 IP. He had little fantasy value.
Danny Santana, OF/SS3/28/2015 11:44:00 AM
Description: The Twins Danny Santana has been named the starter at shortstop for 2015, by manager Paul Molitor.
Insight: No surprise here. He batted .319 with 70 runs, 20 steals and an impressive .824 OPS last season in his rookie year. We'd like to see more walks and less strikeouts, but he quietly put together a nice fantasy season. Don't overlook him on Draft Day.
Jordan Schafer, CF3/28/2015 10:22:00 AM
Description: Twins outfielder Jordan Schafer could be the starting center fielder on Opening Day.
Insight: Schafer is the likely candidate to start as the team sent Aaron Hicks to Triple-A Rochester. His bat has never been fantasy worthy and after five seasons in the majors that isn't likely to change. He does have the ability to steal 25-35 bases.
Aaron Hicks, CFCold3/28/2015 10:19:00 AM
Description: Minnesota outfielder Aaron Hicks has been sent to Triple-A Rochester.
Insight: Hicks (.215, 1 HR, 18 RBI) was supposed to be the reason the Twins could trade Denard Span and Ben Revere a couple of years ago, but it simply hasn't worked out. Jordan Schafer is the likely starter in center field.
Mike Pelfrey, SPCold3/28/2015 10:10:00 AM
Description: Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey appears to be the odd-man out in the Minnesota rotation.
Insight: Pelfrey has apparently lost the final starting spot to Tommy Milone and will work out of the bullpen. Long relief and spot starting doesn't equal much fantasy value.
Brian Dozier, 2B3/24/2015 10:03:00 AM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier signed a four-year, $20 million extension.
Insight: Dozier was a great value for fantasy owners in 2014, but most of his production came before the All-Star break and fantasy owners should be wary of selecting him too high. Although he was a 20-20 hitter, he hit 18 of 23 homers and accumulated 16 of 21 steals before the break.
Glen Perkins, SP3/21/2015 4:04:00 PM
Description: Twins closer Glen Perkins said he is at full strength after dealing with an oblique strain earlier this month.
Insight: If he truly is past the injury, Perkins is an under-the-radar option at the closer position, heading into the 2015 campaign.
Glen Perkins, SP3/9/2015 2:33:00 PM
Description: Twins closer Glen Perkins has what appears to be an oblique strain and will not throw Monday, according to beat reporter Rhett Bollinger.
Insight: This is always a tricky injury and he could be out for a week or so, but should still be ready to start the season.
Mike Pelfrey, SP3/7/2015 5:22:00 PM
Description: Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey went two innings and allowed one run on Saturday.
Insight: The run was unearned. Pelfrey will likely begin the season in Minnesota's rotation, but we do not have high hopes for him in 2015.
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.

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