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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, C4/6/2014 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, C4/5/2014 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, C4/3/2014 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.
Josmil Pinto, C12/20/2013 11:26:00 AM
Description: All signs point to Twins 24-year-old catcher Josmil Pinto getting a shot to start this season.
Insight: Pinto batted .342 in 76 at-bats last season and .314 at Triple-A Rochester. The Twins also signed veteran Kurt Suzuki to back him up and have Joe Mauer at first base, so they should be covered it Pinto doesn't pan out.
Kurt Suzuki, C12/20/2013 11:23:00 AM
Description: Minnesota has agreed to terms with catcher Kurt Suzuki, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser.
Insight: He'll earn $2.75 million in 2014. Suzuki's offense has gone south of late, but he's a good defensive catcher and a nice guy to have in the clubhouse. The Twins hope that youngster Josmil Pinto (.314 at Triple-A Rochester) can grab the lion's share of the catching duties with Suzuki as his backup and Joe Mauer at first base.
Mike Pelfrey, SP12/14/2013 9:10:00 PM
Description: The Twins have re-signed right-hander Mike Pelfrey to a two-year contract for $11 million, according to Jon Heyman of cbssports.com.
Insight: Pelfrey had a 5.19 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP over 152 2/3 innings last season with Minnesota and isn't likely to be a fantasy option in 2014.
Jason Kubel, LF12/13/2013 3:36:00 PM
Description: OF/DH Jason Kubel has signed a minor league deal with Minnesota.
Insight: Some of Kubel's best seasons have come in Minnesota. He hit 30 homers for Arizona in 2012 before completely falling off the map last season (.216, 5 HR, 32 RBI). Kubel should be comfortable back in Minnesota where he played for seven seasons, though Target Field isn't always kind to power hitters.
Phil Hughes, SP12/1/2013 1:02:00 PM
Description: Pitcher Phil Hughes has agreed to a three-year deal with Minnesota, according to a Minneapolis Star-Tribune report.
Insight: It's probably a good move for Hughes to get out of New York. He has talent, but hasn't shown it since around 2010. Out of the spotlight, he may yet develop into a fantasy-worthy starting pitcher.
Ricky Nolasco, SP11/29/2013 10:06:00 AM
Description: Righthander Ricky Nolasco has agreed to a four-year, $49 million deal with Minnesota. SOURCE: Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Nolasco isn't an ace but with such little talent in this year's free agent pool, he still got a big pay day. He'll get his 200 innings in Minnesota and has posted double-digit wins in six consecutive seasons.
Joe Mauer, C11/11/2013 6:10:00 PM
Description: The Twins announced they will move Joe Mauer to first base full time in 2014, according to the Associated Press.
Insight: Mauer missed the last six weeks of the season with a concussion that he suffered when he took a foul tip off his mask on Aug. 19. The move is great news for fantasy owners, as Mauer will remain catcher-eligible for one more year without having to go through the wear and tear of the position. Mauer never has played more than 147 games in a season and has played 140 or more just three times in nine years.
Josh Willingham, LF9/29/2013 1:15:00 PM
Description: Minnesota left fielder Josh Willingham isn't starting Sunday's game versus Cleveland.
Insight: By all accounts, it's been a miserable year for Willingham. After knocking the cover off the ball in 2012 (35 HR, 110 RBI), he's had a hard time making contact in 2013 (.208 AVG, 128 K's). Willingham's home run total (14 in 111 games) is his lowest since 2010.
Josh Willingham, LFCold9/28/2013 10:38:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is 1-for-16 (.063) with seven strikeouts over his last four games and owns a .143 lifetime average against Cleveland starter Scott Kazmir.
Insight: After a career year in 2012 that saw him produce 35 homers, 110 RBI and an .890 OPS, Willingham has hit .208 with 14 homers and 48 RBI in 385 at-bats this season. He shouldn't be started Saturday against the Indians or in the final game of the year Sunday.
Josh Willingham, LF9/26/2013 10:07:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham only has 10 at-bats against Indians starter Zach McAllister, but he has picked up six hits, including three homers.
Insight: After a career year in 2012 that saw him produce 35 homers, 110 RBI and an .890 OPS, Willingham has hit just .211 with 14 homers, 48 RBI and a .720 OPS this season. Fantasy owners who have stuck with him for this long should start him Thursday.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B9/20/2013 9:51:00 AM
Description: Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe left Thursday's game against the Athletics with a sore left wrist, according to Twins beat writer LaVelle E. Neal III.
Insight: Plouffe (.249, 14 HR, 51 RBI) hasn't progressed from last season's 24 HR breakout effort and is fantasy bench material, not start worthy at this time.
Joe Mauer, C9/20/2013 9:38:00 AM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer had another good workout Thursday as he tries to work back from a concussion. Its been one month since he suffered the injury.
Insight: Mauer, who last played on Aug. 19, had his concussion symptoms return Wednesday and was sent home. He's still without a timetable for a return, but is hoping to get back on the field this season. Given how conservative the team was with Justin Morneau, it is possible we won't see Mauer this season.
Josh Willingham, LF9/17/2013 11:58:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is 5-for-10 with a pair of home runs against White Sox starter Jose Quintana.
Insight: Willingham has had a season to forget, hitting .212 with 14 homers in 359 at-bats, but he does have a nice history in his matchups with Quintana.
Samuel Deduno, SP9/13/2013 8:26:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Samuel Deduno will have arthroscopic shoulder surgery next week. SOURCE: Brandon Warner, 1500 AM ESPN Twin Cities
Insight: Deduno will finish the 2013 campaign at 8-8 with a 3.83 ERA. No timetable has been given for his return to pitching and it's up in the air as to whether or not Deduno will be ready for the start of next season.
Ryan Doumit, C9/13/2013 6:09:00 PM
Description: Minnesota DH Ryan Doumit isn't starting Friday against the Rays. SOURCE: Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Insight: The Twins also announced that Doumit won't play catcher again this season, sighting a concussion he suffered back in August. Instead, Doumit will get most of his at bats as the DH while making occasional appearances in the outfield. September call-up Josmil Pinto will fill in behind the plate until Joe Mauer, who is also dealing with a concussion, is ready to return.
Joe Mauer, C9/12/2013 4:31:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer (concussion) felt fine after working out Friday, according to Brandon Warne of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
Insight: Mauer, who last played on Aug. 19, had his concussion symptoms return Wednesday and was sent home. He's still without a timetable for a return.
Joe Mauer, C9/11/2013 9:18:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer's concussion symptoms returned after Wednesday's workout, so the team sent him home, according to Phil Miller of the Star Tribune.
Insight: "This was a bad day, but we'll come back and try tomorrow," Twins GM Terry Ryan said. Mauer last played on Aug. 19 and his status for the rest of this season is in doubt.
Alexi Casilla, 2B9/9/2013 12:25:00 PM
Description: Baltimore second baseman Alexi Casilla is a career .516 hitter (16-for-31) versus Yankees ace CC Sabathia.
Insight: The light-hitting second baseman has little fantasy value, so this might be his only chance to help a fantasy lineup all season. He did steal 21 bases last season in 299 official at-bats, but he's only gotten 106 at-bats this season.
Andrew Albers, SP9/8/2013 6:47:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Andrew Albers blanked the Blue Jays on four hits with zero walks in seven innings Sunday.
Insight: The 27-year-old rookie started off his major league career with 17 1/3 six-hit scoreless frames but gave up 32 hits and 17 earned runs in his last 21 1/3 prior to Sunday. He's a risky streaming option.
Samuel Deduno, SP9/8/2013 2:17:00 PM
Description: Minnesota righthander Samuel Deduno's shoulder injury may require surgery. SOURCE: LaVelle Neal, Star Tribune
Insight: Deduno was already expected to miss the rest of this season but if surgery is necessary he may be sidelined for the start of the 2014 season as well. Deduno had lost four out of five before the injury (5.96 ERA in those starts).
Joe Mauer, C9/7/2013 7:39:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer (concussion) took batting practice on the field before Saturday's game and didn't have any issues. SOURCE: Rhett Bollinger, MLB.com
Insight: Mauer also took BP before Friday's game. He's still without a timetable but should return soon based on the progress he has made lately.
Joe Mauer, C9/6/2013 8:16:00 PM
Description: Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer (concussion) was able to take batting practice on Friday. SOURCE: Rhett Bollinger, MLB.com
Insight: That's the first time he's done that in a few weeks so this is definitely a good sign. There's no timetable for Mauer's return but it sounds like he could be back before the end of the season.
Joe Mauer, C9/5/2013 7:49:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer isn't expected to return from his concussion any time soon. SOURCE: Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Insight: The Twins were hoping he'd be symptom-free by now but that's not the case. Mauer (.324, 11 HR, 47 RBI) could be done for the year.
Josmil Pinto, C9/4/2013 9:39:00 AM
Description: Making just his second major league start behind the plate, Twins catcher Josmil Pinto registered four hits in Tuesday night's win over Houston.
Insight: He's been on a roll since his callup with six hits in nine trips to the plate. Pinto should move back to the bench when Joe Mauer (concussion) returns from the DL later this week.
Trevor Plouffe, 3BHot9/4/2013 9:37:00 AM
Description: Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe crushed four hits in Tuesday's extra innings win over Houston.
Insight: He's had a phenomenal series with seven hits in his first nine at bats. Plouffe (.245, 14 HR, 45 RBI) has hit .448 during his eight-game hitting streak.
Andrew Albers, SP9/2/2013 9:41:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Andrew Albers allowed nine hits and five earned runs over 1 2/3 innings Monday at Houston.
Insight: Albers still has a 3.96 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP in 38 2/3 innings, but if you can't trust him against Houston, you can't trust him against anyone.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B9/2/2013 9:31:00 PM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe went 3-for-3 with a solo homer Monday versus the Astros.
Insight: Plouffe (.239) had gone 10-for-45 (.222) with zero multi-hit games over his last 12 games. He has 13 home runs in 419 plate appearances (.031 HR/PA) this season after blasting 24 in 465 (.052 HR/PA) last season.
Brian Dozier, SSHot9/2/2013 9:27:00 PM
Description: Twins shortstop Brian Dozier has hit .286 with nine doubles, a triple and seven homers over his last 27 games.
Insight: Dozier has crushed four home runs in his last nine games, including Monday against the Astros. The 26-year-old's .246/.314/.434 line doesn't look great, but Dozier has had a power surge over the last month. If you need a shortstop, he can help.
Joe Mauer, C9/1/2013 3:06:00 PM
Description: Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer (concussion) could return to the lineup as soon as Friday, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Mauer was concussed after taking a foul ball off his mask and hasn't played since Aug. 19. If he doesn't return Friday, he'll certainly be back during the team's upcoming 10-game homestand.
Samuel Deduno, SP8/30/2013 6:31:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Samuel Deduno's MRI revealed a problem with his labrum and rotator cuff, according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com.
Insight: Deduno exited Thursday's start with shoulder soreness and went on the DL Friday. He'll see a shoulder specialist in Minnesota and is likely done for the year.
Joe Mauer, C8/30/2013 6:26:00 PM
Description: Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer (concussion) hopes to hit off a tee Saturday, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Mauer "ramped it up" with the activity Friday, according to GM Terry Ryan. The catcher was concussed after taking a foul ball off his mask and hasn't played since Aug. 19.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF8/30/2013 10:25:00 AM
Description: Minnesota right fielder Oswaldo Arcia is questionable for Friday's game against Texas with a sore left wrist.
Insight: Arcia (.254, 10 HR, 32 RBI) has played once since Aug. 19. He is traveling with the team on the road trip so that's a bit of encouragement, but his fantasy value is minimal.
Samuel Deduno, SP8/29/2013 4:07:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Samuel Deduno exited Thursday's game with right shoulder soreness, according to Lavelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune.
Insight: Deduno threw 71 pitches and allowed three runs over three innings before leaving the game. He has a 3.83 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP and 67 strikeouts in 108 innings, making him a marginal fantasy talent.
Andrew Albers, SP8/29/2013 10:23:00 AM
Description: Minnesota rookie Andrew Albers allowed three runs (two earned) over seven innings Wednesday against the Royals.
Insight: After throwing 17 1/3 scoreless innings in his first two big league starts, Albers gave up 10 earned runs over 12 2/3 innings prior to Wednesday's start. The 27-year-old only has 13 K in 37 innings, so he isn't a fantasy option outside AL-only leagues.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF8/28/2013 9:37:00 AM
Description: Minnesota right fielder Oswaldo Arcia is questionable for Wednesday's game against Kansas City with a sore left wrist.
Insight: Arcia (.254, 10 HR, 32 RBI) has played once over the past week and hasn't produced so for a while and may be sidelined until the injury heals.
Oswaldo Arcia, OF8/28/2013 9:37:00 AM
Description: Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia will travel with the team for their weekend series in Texas. SOURCE: Brandon Warne, 1500 AM ESPN Twin Cities
Insight: He's still out with a bruised wrist but it looks like he could return any day now. Josh Willingham (.213, 12 HR, 45 RBI) has been playing left field in Arcia's absence.
Joe Mauer, C8/27/2013 10:03:00 AM
Description: Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer will not be in the lineup in the series against Kansas City when he's eligible to come off the concussion disabled list.
Insight: Mauer is eligible to return from the disabled list on Tuesday but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. There's no timetable for Mauer's return.
Josh Willingham, LFCold8/25/2013 10:58:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has struck out four times and gone 1-for-11 against Indians starter Scott Kazmir.
Insight: Willingham has had a season to forget, hitting .215 with 12 homers in 303 at-bats. He's 10-for-57 (.175) with 21 K in 71 plate appearances since returning from knee surgery. Avoid this matchup and keep Willingham on the bench until he does something positive.
Joe Mauer, C8/24/2013 10:08:00 PM
Description: It's unlikely that Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer will be in the lineup next week against Kansas City. SOURCE: LaVelle Neal, Star Tribune
Insight: Mauer, who is out with a concussion, is eligible to return from the disabled list on Tuesday but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. He's been told to take it easy until Tuesday and then he'll be reevaluated. There's no timetable for Mauer's return.
Josh Willingham, LF8/24/2013 11:56:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is 5-for-7 (.714) with three homers and a 2.700 OPS against Cleveland starter Zach McAllister.
Insight: Willingham has gone just 9-for-46 (.195) in 13 games since returning from knee surgery, but this matchup is too good to resist.
Samuel Deduno, SP8/23/2013 10:12:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Samuel Deduno looked sharp Friday in a win against Cleveland (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 6 K's).
Insight: Deduno dealt with shoulder pain earlier in the week but it didn't seem to affect him on Friday night. The win snapped a three-game slide for Deduno, who is now 8-7 for the season. He'll make his next start Thursday against Kansas City.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF8/23/2013 9:47:00 PM
Description: Minnesota right fielder Oswaldo Arcia's MRI came back clean. SOURCE: St. Paul Pioneer Press
Insight: He's dealing with a bruised wrist. Arcia (.257, 10 HR, 32 RBI) hasn't played since Monday, though it doesn't sound like a trip to the DL will be necessary.
Samuel Deduno, SP8/23/2013 11:39:00 AM
Description: Minnesota righthander Samuel Deduno is listed as questionable for Friday's scheduled start against Cleveland.
Insight: Deduno threw a bullpen session on Wednesday without incident and is expected to start. He's struggled in his last three starts giving up at least four earned runs in each and fantasy owners should avoid him until he turns it around.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF8/23/2013 11:35:00 AM
Description: Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia is questionable for Friday's game against Cleveland with a sore left wrist. he still felt pain during a Thursday batting practice session.
Insight: Arcia has hit safely in nine of the last 11 games, but his average is still hovering below .260 with a .750 OPS. He has hit 10 homers in 272 at-bats which extrapolated over 500 plus at-bats would yield around 20 homers a season.
Ryan Doumit, C8/22/2013 9:39:00 AM
Description: Twins C/OF Ryan Doumit has never had a hit off Tigers starter Justin Verlander, Thursday's scheduled starter.
Insight: Doumit is 0-for-11 with three strikeouts against the right-hander. He's hitting .227 in August.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B8/22/2013 9:34:00 AM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe is just 3-for-20 (.150) with six strikeouts against Tigers starter Justin Verlander.
Insight: Plouffe is hitting a pitiful .155 with 28 strikeouts in 112 plate appearances since the All-Star break and .232 on the year. He has a 23.7 percent line-drive rate but his BABIP is just .263 due to a lack of production on flyballs (.171, 17 extra-base hits on 108 flyballs).
Oswaldo Arcia, RF8/21/2013 9:45:00 AM
Description: Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia is questionable for Wednesday's game against Detroit with a sore left wrist.
Insight: Arcia has hit safely in nine of the last 11 games, but his average is still hovering below .260 with a .750 OPS. He has hit 10 homers in 272 at-bats which extrapolated over 500 plus at-bats would yield around 20 homers a season.
Joe Mauer, C8/20/2013 10:58:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer has been placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list.
Insight: Mauer was scratched from Tuesday's lineup after feeling dizzy during batting practice. According to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, the Twins catcher took a foul tip off his mask from Ike Davis Monday night and came in Tuesday with a bruised forehead.
Justin Morneau, 1B8/20/2013 10:40:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBI Tuesday at Detroit.
Insight: After hitting seven homers prior to the All-Star break, Morneau now has seven in August and eight since the break. He has 15 homers, 72 RBIs and a .752 OPS in 508 plate appearances.
Joe Mauer, C8/20/2013 6:19:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer experienced dizziness during batting practice and was scratched from Tuesday's lineup, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.
Insight: Mauer is batting .395 with three home runs during his 10-game hitting streak, but he'll take a seat Tuesday.
Josh Willingham, LF8/20/2013 11:38:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is 7-for-16 (.438) with a pair of homers and a 1.509 OPS against Detroit right-hander Rick Porcello.
Insight: Willingham has gone just 8-for-42 (.190) in 12 games since returning from knee surgery, so may not be able to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Justin Morneau, 1B8/17/2013 6:32:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau is getting the night off Saturday against the White Sox.
Insight: Morneau struggles versus lefties (.217 AVG this season) so with Chris Sale pitching for Chicago, sitting him was a no-brainer. Joe Mauer will take over at first base.
Josh Willingham, LFCold8/17/2013 11:20:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is 2-for-14 (.143) with eight strikeouts versus White Sox starter Chris Sales.
Insight: Willingham has gone 5-for-30 (.167) in nine games since returning from knee surgery rehab and with this unfavorable matchup should be avoided on Saturday.
Ryan Doumit, C8/15/2013 9:36:00 AM
Description: Twins C/OF Ryan Doumit has passed all concussion tests and could return to the field Friday.
Insight: Doumit is batting .244 with nine homers and 44 RBI. As a catcher he has low end value, as an outfielder he has no fantasy value.
Joe Mauer, C8/14/2013 6:14:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer went 5-for-7 with a homer, four RBI and two runs Wednesday afternoon against the Indians.
Insight: Mauer had hit just .190 (8-for-42) in his first 13 games this month after closing out July with 21 hits in his final 45 at-bats (.467).
Justin Morneau, 1B8/14/2013 2:47:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Justin Morneau cleared waivers and could be traded if the right deal comes along.
Insight: Morneau remains a good run producer and has pounded out six home runs in 13 August games. If Morneau were to play every day in a better offense he could certainly have increased fantasy value.
Josh Willingham, LF8/13/2013 11:21:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has only seven plate appearances against Cleveland starter Zach McAllister, but is 4-for-4 with two walks, a sacrifice fly and two home runs.
Insight: Willingham has gone 2-for-19 (.105) with eight strikeouts and one HR since returning from knee surgery rehab, but he should be active in all lineups against McAllister.
Andrew Albers, SPHot8/12/2013 10:42:00 PM
Description: Minnesota rookie Andrew Albers was phenomenal Monday in a shutout win over Cleveland.
Insight: Albers is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in his first two big league starts, allowing just six hits in 17 1/3 innings. At this rate, he might throw a perfect game in his next outing. Fantasy owners should definitely consider picking the lefthander up if he's still available.
Kevin Correia, SP8/11/2013 5:59:00 PM
Description: Minnesota starter Kevin Correia fired seven scoreless frames Sunday in a victory over the White Sox.
Insight: Correia got hammered for six runs in two innings in his previous start so Sunday's effort represents a dramatic improvement for the righthander. Correia's seven strikeouts matched a season-high.
Josh Willingham, LF8/11/2013 10:14:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has only had seven plate appearances against Jose Quintana, but he has five hits, including two homers, one walk and five RBI against the left-hander.
Insight: Willingham has gone 2-for-13 (.154) with seven K and one HR in his first three games since returning from knee surgery rehab, but he should be active in all lineups Sunday with Quintana on the mound for the White Sox.
Justin Morneau, 1BHot8/10/2013 8:22:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Justin Morneau is making up for lost time in August. He had just eight homers from April through the end of July, but he has blasted six longballs in 10 games this month.
Insight: Morneau remained a good run producer throughout the season despite lacking in the power department, but his fantasy value was limited. Suddenly, he's an option again for deep league owners and a must-own player in AL-only formats.
Justin Morneau, 1BHot 8/9/2013 8:55:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Justin Morneau cranked two homers including his seventh career grand slam Friday in the first game of a doubleheader against the White Sox.
Insight: The grand slam marked Morneau's 1300th career hit. He now has five homers in his last eight games. Before that, Morneau had just eight homers in his first 99 games of the season.
Josh Willingham, LF8/9/2013 1:37:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (knee) has been activated from the disabled list in time for Friday's games.
Insight: Willingham underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in the first week of July after hitting just .224 with 10 HR and a .754 OPS in his first 246 at-bats. He's got a sweet spot in the order, batting third, between Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau.
Ryan Doumit, C8/7/2013 9:54:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Ryan Doumit had to leave Wednesday's game in the fourth inning. SOURCE: Phil Miller, StarTribune
Insight: Doumit felt nauseous. The Twins are off tomorrow so he should be good to go Friday against the White Sox.
Andrew Albers, SP8/6/2013 10:48:00 PM
Description: Twins pitcher Andrew Albers nearly completed a shutout in his major league debut Tuesday against the red hot Royals.
Insight: Albers gave up four hits, struck out two and walked one over 8 1/3 scoreless innings. The 27-year-old had a 2.86 ERA and a 116/32 K/BB in 132 1/3 innings with Triple-A Rochester this season and has recorded a 2.64 ERA in 395 2/3 minor league innings. The Canadian left-hander doesn't have much fantasy upside, however.
Josh Willingham, LF8/6/2013 7:51:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (knee) could be activated before the second game of Minnesota's doubleheader against Chicago Friday, according to Phil Miller of the Star Tribune.
Insight: Willingham underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in the first week of July after hitting just .224 with 10 HR and a .754 OPS in his first 246 at-bats. If he gets through his rehab games over the next few days without an issue he'll be back Friday.
Justin Morneau, 1B8/6/2013 10:55:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau is 13-for-35 (.371) with three homers against Royals right-hander James Shields.
Insight: Morneau is batting just .265 with 10 home runs and a .731 OPS in 442 plate appearances this year, but has had a solid week batting .308 with a pair of home runs and might be ready to take advantage of the favorable matchup.
Justin Morneau, 1B8/1/2013 9:01:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau crushed a solo home run to deep center field Thursday versus the Royals.
Insight: Morneau is batting just .264 with nine home runs and a .725 OPS in 424 plate appearances this year and is only a fantasy option in AL-only formats.
Josh Willingham, LF8/1/2013 5:45:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (knee) is expected to start a rehab assignment this weekend with Triple-A Rochester, according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com.
Insight: Willingham underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in the first week of July after hitting just .224 with 10 HR and a .754 OPS in his first 246 at-bats.
Glen Perkins, SP7/31/2013 2:30:00 PM
Description: According to Nick Cafardo of Boston.com, the Twins are getting a lot of calls about closer Glen Perkins but they will not move him prior to the trade deadline.
Insight: Perkins has allowed seven hits, walked three batters and given up two earned runs over his last four appearances but still has a 2.03 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP and 25 saves this season. He'll remain Minnesota's closer.
Justin Morneau, 1B7/31/2013 10:23:00 AM
Description: If the Twins don't trade Justin Morneau by Wednesday's deadline, he has a favorable matchup Wednesday night against the Royals.
Insight: Morneau is 8-for-22 (.364) with four doubles and two home runs against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie. Morneau is no longer the hitter he once was -- he's batting .262 with eight home runs, 53 RBI and a .716 OPS in 97 games -- but he's a solid option Wednesday if he's still a member of the Minnesota organization.
Joe Mauer, C7/30/2013 11:08:00 AM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer will return to the lineup Tuesday after missing six games due to the birth of his twins.
Insight: The 30-year-old is hitting .324 with eight homers, 34 RBI, 51 runs and an .881 OPS this season. He returns to a favorable matchup as he's a career .412 hitter against Royals starter Ervin Santana.
Joe Mauer, C7/29/2013 4:45:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer will return to the lineup Tuesday after missing six games due to the birth of his twins.
Insight: Mauer left the team last week to be with his wife. The 30-year-old is hitting .324 with eight homers, 34 RBI, 51 runs and an .881 OPS this season.
Justin Morneau, 1B7/28/2013 11:18:00 AM
Description: The Orioles have been scouting Minnesota first baseman Justin Morneau. SOURCE: Dan Connolly, Baltimore Sun
Insight: The O's could target Morneau (.267, 8 HR, 53 RBI) at the trade deadline. They've also been keeping an eye on Seattle sluggers Raul Ibanez and Kendrys Morales. Chris Davis plays first base so Morneau would be the DH if he came to Baltimore.
Samuel Deduno, SPHot7/27/2013 7:52:00 PM
Description: Minnesota righthander Samuel Deduno tossed seven scoreless frames Saturday against the Mariners.
Insight: The Mariners have been on a hot streak (15-8 record this month) so Deduno deserves props for shutting them down. Though he started the year in the minors, Deduno (3.18 ERA) has become an integral part of the Twins' rotation, winning seven of 12 starts since his call-up.
Ryan Doumit, C7/27/2013 9:34:00 AM
Description: Minnesota catcher/outfielder Ryan Doumit has faced Seattle's Aaron Harang 32 times and picked up 11 hits, including three doubles and three home runs.
Insight: Most of those at-bats came while Harang was a member of the Reds and Doumit a member of the Pirates. Doumit was a solid deep-league catching option last season with 18 homers, 75 RBI and a .781 OPS, but he has hit a disappointing .236 with nine round-trippers and a .679 OPS while getting regular playing time this year.
Joe Mauer, C7/26/2013 4:44:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer will remain out for the next three games to be with his wife after she gave birth to twins, according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune. He'll rejoin the team Tuesday against Kansas City.
Insight: Mauer has been on the paternity leave list since Wednesday. Players are only allowed to remain on the list for three days, so he'll be moved to the restricted list Saturday and will not be paid for the final two games of Minnesota's road trip.
Justin Morneau, 1B7/26/2013 10:35:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau has struggled in his career against Seattle's Felix Hernandez.
Insight: Hernandez has held Morneau to a .152 average in 33 at-bats. Morneau has driven in 52 runs this season, but he has just seven homers and is hitting .269 with a .723 OPS.
Joe Mauer, C7/26/2013 10:34:00 AM
Description: If Twins catcher Joe Mauer returns from the paternity leave list Friday, he'll face Seattle's Felix Hernandez, who he has gone 14-for-33 (.424) with two homers and four walks against.
Insight: Not many hitters own Hernandez like that. Mauer left the team a couple of days ago to be with his wife for the birth of their twins.
Ryan Doumit, C7/25/2013 10:45:00 AM
Description: Minnesota catcher/outfielder Ryan Doumit is hitless in eight tries versus Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma with five strikeouts.
Insight: Doumit inherited the cleanup role on Wednesday with Joe Mauer (paternity leave) and Josh Willingham (injury) out of the lineup, but that shouldn't cloud your view that at this time you don't want any part of the Twins makeshift lineup.
Chris Herrmann, C7/24/2013 11:09:00 AM
Description: Coming off a surprise start and producing three hits on Tuesday night, Minnesota catcher Chris Herrmann could see more start time with Joe Mauer attending the birth of twins.
Insight: Minnesota's options are Herrmann (.409 in 22 at-bats this season) or Drew Butera a career .183 hitter. The choice should be obvious.
Joe Mauer, C7/24/2013 11:05:00 AM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer was scratched from Tuesday's lineup against the Angels and placed on the paternity leave list.
Insight: He's heading back to Minnesota to be with his wife for the birth of their twins and could miss a couple more games.
Joe Mauer, C7/23/2013 10:07:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer was scratched from Tuesday's lineup against the Angels.
Insight: He's heading back to Minnesota to be with his wife for the birth of their twins, according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com.
Ryan Doumit, C7/21/2013 12:26:00 PM
Description: Ryan Doumit will have the pleasure of facing Indians righthander Justin Masterson on Sunday. In the past, that hasn't worked out too well for Doumit.
Insight: He's hitting only .125 in 16 at bats versus Masterson. Despite his struggles, he'll bat fifth and get the start in right field Sunday in the series finale.
Jamey Carroll, 2B7/19/2013 10:15:00 AM
Description: Minnesota utility man Jamey Carroll should be in fantasy lineups for Friday considering he's 7-for-12 (.583) with a 1.393 OPS versus Cleveland starter Scott Kazmir.
Insight: Carroll (.219, 0 HR, 9 RBI in 151 at bats) normally has little to no fantasy value, but Friday is one of those rare days when he should get a start.
Justin Morneau, 1B7/14/2013 10:41:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau is just 6-for-47 (.128) with 10 strikeouts against Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia.
Insight: It's no wonder Sabathia is 17-8 with a 2.96 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP in 33 career starts against Minnesota -- he has held the Twins' two best hitters, Joe Mauer and Morneau, to a combined .151 batting average (13-for-86) with 25 K.
Joe Mauer, C7/14/2013 10:39:00 AM
Description: Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer has had a terrible time hitting against Yankees starter CC Sabathia.
Insight: Mauer has faced Sabathia 39 times and picked up just seven hits (.179) while striking out 15 times. Mauer usually has no problems hitting against left-handers -- he's batting .348 with an .892 OPS against southpaws this season -- but Sabathia is the exception.
Ryan Doumit, C7/13/2013 10:10:00 PM
Description: Minnesota C/OF Ryan Doumit hit a solo homer Saturday at New York.
Insight: Doumit has had a disappointing season, batting .239 with nine home runs, 39 RBI and .694, one year after batting .275 with 18 home runs, 75 RBI and a .781 OPS.
Samuel Deduno, SP7/13/2013 9:05:00 PM
Description: Twins right-hander Samuel Deduno is 5-4 with a 3.61 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP through 10 starts.
Insight: Deduno beat the Yankees with seven one-run innings Saturday. He only has 31 strikeouts in 62 1/3 innings this season, so he can be ignored outside of AL-only leagues.
Joe Mauer, C7/13/2013 9:50:00 AM
Description: Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer is just a .188 hitter in 16 at-bats against Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes.
Insight: When a career .323 hitter is batting under .200, fantasy owners have to take notice. On the other hand, Mauer is 8-for-15 over the past four games.
Ryan Doumit, C7/13/2013 9:49:00 AM
Description: Minnesota C/OF Ryan Doumit is a career .667 hitter (6-for-9) versus Yankees starter Phil Hughes with a 1.667 OPS.
Insight: The Twins DH is only hitting .238 for the season, but he still provides some value in fantasy because he's eligible at catcher and has eight homers and 38 RBI.
Josh Willingham, LF7/9/2013 7:58:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (knee) has started doing light exercises, according to Phil Miller of the Star Tribune.
Insight: Willingham underwent arthroscopic knee surgery last week and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
Aaron Hicks, CF7/8/2013 10:39:00 PM
Description: Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks smacked four hits Monday in a loss to the Rays.
Insight: He finished a home run away from the cycle. Hicks is only hitting .205 this season so don't put too much stock into one big game.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B7/7/2013 6:17:00 PM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Sunday at Toronto.
Insight: Plouffe hasn't had a multi-hit game since June 22 and is 5-for-26 (.192) in July, but he does have four homers in his last nine games.
Justin Morneau, 1B7/4/2013 5:56:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau went 2-for-3 with two solo dingers Thursday versus the visiting Yankees.
Insight: Morneau went 0-for-11 in the first three games of the series against New York. He's driven in 50 runs this season despite hitting just six balls out of the park.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B7/4/2013 9:54:00 AM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe has hit three homers over his last five games.
Insight: The third baseman also has hit safely in 15 of 17 games since returning from the disabled list, but he hasn't had a multi-hit game since June 22.
Joe Mauer, CCold7/3/2013 10:10:00 AM
Description: Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer is just a .171 hitter with 14 strikeouts in 35 at-bats against Yankees ace C.C. Sabathia.
Insight: When a career .323 hitter is batting under .200, fantasy owners have to take notice. He's a prime candidate to get a rest day (1-for-20 over his last five games) and even if the Twins don't sit him, fantasy owners should.
Josh Willingham, LF7/2/2013 6:58:00 PM
Description: The Twins have placed left fielder Josh Willingham on the DL with a left knee injury.
Insight: He had an MRI on Tuesday and the results must not have been good. Willingham has underachieved this season, hitting just .224 with ten homers in 70 games. There's no reason to waste a roster spot on him at this point.
Josh Willingham, LF7/2/2013 9:39:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is doubtful for Tuesday's game against the NY Yankees due to a sore left knee.
Insight: Willingham will get an MRI on Tuesday. After two monster seasons, Willingham's numbers have fallen to a disappointing level. He's batting .224 with 10 homers and a .754 OPS. The OPS statistic is the lowest since he became a full-time starter in 2006.
Joe Mauer, C7/1/2013 7:19:00 PM
Description: Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer will get the night off Monday against the Yankees.
Insight: Ryan Doumit will get the start behind the plate. Mauer (.320, 8 HR, 26 RBI) should be back in the lineup on Tuesday.
Glen Perkins, SPHot7/1/2013 10:17:00 AM
Description: Twins closer Glen Perkins had a flawless month of June.
Insight: Perkins saved all nine of his chances and didn't allow a run in 11 innings. He has saved 20-of-22 this season and has a 2.05 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings.
Joe Mauer, C6/30/2013 10:09:00 AM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer has gone 14-for-30 (.467) with four doubles, one homer and seven RBI against Royals pitcher Ervin Santana, who will start Sunday.
Insight: Mauer hasn't picked up a hit in 10 at-bats over his last three games after going 16-for-36 (.444) in the eight games before that. Make sure he's in your lineup Sunday.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B6/29/2013 8:35:00 PM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe crushed a first-inning two-run homer and later drove in a run with a sacrifice fly Saturday against the Royals.
Insight: Plouffe is batting .327 with two homers and 12 RBI in 13 games since returning from the disabled list. The third baseman has a 28 percent line-drive rate this season and should see his average rise from .273.
Kyle Gibson, RP6/29/2013 8:28:00 PM
Description: Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson gave up two runs on eight hits and didn't walk anyone in six innings Saturday against the Royals. Gibson, the No. 22 overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, was making his major league debut.
Insight: He had a 3.01 ERA and a 79/28 K/BB in 92 2/3 innings with Triple-A Rochester this season. He would have made it to the big leagues sooner but he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011. He should be a solid mixed league option in deep leagues.
Ryan Doumit, C6/28/2013 7:52:00 PM
Description: Ryan Doumit is back after missing a few games with an ankle injury.
Insight: The Twins DH is only hitting .237 for the season. He does provide some value in fantasy because he's eligible at catcher.
Justin Morneau, 1BHot6/28/2013 10:21:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau has a .316 average (6-for-19) with four doubles, two homers and six RBI against Royals starter James Shields.
Insight: The heart of the Twins order (Morneau, Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham) are all .300 plus hitters versus Shields, so together they could post solid fantasy statistics on Friday.
Justin Morneau, 1B6/27/2013 10:21:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau has a .316 average (6-for-19) with two doubles, two homers and five RBI against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Morneau should be refreshed after sitting out Wednesday. The first baseman is hitting .281 with three homers and a .712 OPS this season. He's only worth owning for his run production (42 RBI).
Josh Willingham, LFCold6/27/2013 10:15:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has a .417 average with three extra-base hits in 12 at-bats against Jeremy Guthrie of the Royals.
Insight: Willingham has struggled mightily this season, hitting .218 with 10 homers and a .743 OPS. That includes a .209 average and a .626 OPS with one homer in June. If he can't take advantage of this matchup with Guthrie, you can probably just place him on the bench for the foreseeable future.
Ryan Doumit, C6/26/2013 12:01:00 PM
Description: Twins C/OF/DH Ryan Doumit is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against Miami.
Insight: Doumit has been dealing with a sore ankle and is just 2-for-14 over his last four games so can probably use the day off. For the season he's batting .237 with eight homers and 35 RBI.
Justin Morneau, 1B6/26/2013 11:57:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau is not in Wednesday afternoon's starting lineup. Chris Parmelee will get the start at first.
Insight: Morneau is hitting .282 with 43 RBI, but he has just three home runs this season and his HR/FB is at a career-low. He's not the power hitter he once was, but he' s still a reliable RBI man.
Kyle Gibson, RP6/23/2013 11:11:00 PM
Description: The Twins have promoted pitching prospect Kyle Gibson to the majors. He's 7-5 with a 3.01 ERA and a 79/28 K/BB in 92 2/3 innings with Triple-A Rochester this season.
Insight: He'll debut against the Royals Saturday and should be added in deeper mixed leagues. The right-hander is 25 but has yet to make the big leagues due to Tommy John surgery in 2011.
Josh Willingham, LFCold6/23/2013 6:34:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham had a pair of singles and two RBI in four at-bats Sunday against the Indians.
Insight: Willingham is only hitting .216 this season. He has a K rate of 26.7 percent, a line-drive rate of 15.3 percent and a HR/FB of 13.2 percent. All are significantly worse than last season.
Joe Mauer, CHot6/23/2013 6:28:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer scored three runs and went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk Sunday against Cleveland.
Insight: Mauer has batted second for most of the season and his 46 runs are tied for 19th in the majors. He's 11-for-27 (.407) with four doubles, two homers, four RBI and eight runs over his last six games.
Mike Pelfrey, SP6/23/2013 10:37:00 AM
Description: Minnesota righthander Mike Pelfrey has been moved to the 15-day DL because of a strained back.
Insight: Pelfrey hasn't won a decision in over a month and his ERA is over six. Even when healthy, he's not a fantasy option.
Chris Parmelee, RF6/23/2013 10:16:00 AM
Description: Twins right fielder Chris Parmelee slugged two homers Saturday in a loss at Cleveland.
Insight: Parmelee came up huge on Saturday, delivering three hits and two runs in five trips to the plate. He's only batting .232 for the season so fantasy owners shouldn't expect performances like this to be an everyday occurrence.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF6/20/2013 7:36:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Thursday.
Insight: Arcia was recalled from Triple-A when Aaron Hicks went on the DL. He's batting .333 with four doubles, one homer and three RBI in 30 at-bats since being recalled.
Joe Mauer, C6/20/2013 7:28:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer is batting .467 (7-for-15) over his last three games.
Insight: Mauer has a career-high 28.5 percent line-drive rate, is hitting .400 on balls in play and .330 overall.
Aaron Hicks, CF6/20/2013 6:42:00 PM
Description: Minnesota center fielder Aaron Hicks (hamstring) could start a minor league rehab assignment as soon as Monday, according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com.
Insight: Hicks hit .179 with six homers, 19 RBI, 24 runs and four steals prior to his injury. He has been on the DL since June 10.
Justin Morneau, 1B6/20/2013 10:00:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau is 11-for-35 with three homers and 10 RBI against White Sox starter John Danks.
Insight: Morneau is hitting .292 with 40 RBI, but he has just three home runs this season and his HR/FB is at a career-low. He's not the power hitter he once was, but he' s still a reliable RBI man and this is a favorable matchup.
Josh Willingham, LFCold6/19/2013 11:09:00 AM
Description: Minnesota left fielder Josh Willingham is hitting .129 with zero RBI and nine K over his last 31 at-bats.
Insight: Willingham has a terrible matchup ahead of him Wednesday against Chris Sale, who has held the Twins outfielder to one hit and struck him out seven times in 12 at-bats.
Josh Willingham, LF6/18/2013 4:46:00 PM
Description: Minnesota left fielder Josh Willingham (knee) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the White Sox after missing Sunday's game, according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com.
Insight: Willingham, who is hitting just .211 with a 12.6 percent line-drive rate and a 14.3 percent HR/FB this season, had a cortisone shot in his knee Saturday night for his nagging knee soreness.
Josh Willingham, LF6/16/2013 12:14:00 PM
Description: Minnesota left fielder Josh Willingham is not in the lineup Sunday. He's dealing with left knee soreness, according to Tyler Mason of FoxSportsNorth.com.
Insight: Willingham has had a rough season -- his K rate is up, his average is just .211 and his ISO is .201. He has posted just a 12.6 percent line-drive rate, a 14.3 percent HR/FB and a 24.3 percent infield flyball rate. He had a cortisone shot in his knee Saturday night for the nagging knee soreness and hopes to play Tuesday.
Justin Morneau, 1B6/16/2013 10:44:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau has collected eight hits in 22 at-bats (.364) against Tigers starter Doug Fister, who will be on the mound Sunday against Minnesota.
Insight: Morneau is hitting .292 with 38 homers, but he has just two home runs this season and his HR/FB is a career-low 2.8 percent. Due to the lack of power, he's a poor fantasy option outside AL-only leagues, but Sunday is a good time to get him in the lineup if you own him.
Josh Willingham, LF6/16/2013 10:40:00 AM
Description: Minnesota left fielder Josh Willingham has hit two homers and gone 6-for-20 (.300) with three walks in his career against Tigers starter Doug Fister.
Insight: Willingham has had a rough season -- his K rate is up, his average is just .211 and his ISO is .201. He has posted just a 12.6 percent line-drive rate, a 14.3 percent HR/FB and a 24.3 percent infield flyball rate. Sunday will present a favorable matchup for him, but if he doesn't start heating up soon, fantasy owners might want to move on.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B6/15/2013 10:27:00 PM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe came off the DL and went 3-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and two runs Saturday against Detroit.
Insight: Plouffe had not appeared in a game since May 21 a left calf strain. The third baseman had one of the top line-drive rates in baseball at 28.7 percent when he went on the DL, and yet his BABIP is only .299 and his average is .270 after Saturday's game.
Samuel Deduno, RP6/15/2013 10:25:00 PM
Description: Twins right-hander Samuel Deduno limited Detroit to two runs on seven hits over seven innings Saturday in a 6-3 Twins victory.
Insight: Deduno has gone 3-1 with a 3.26 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP in five starts since being called up from Triple-A. He'll likely get Cleveland on the road in his next start.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B6/15/2013 11:06:00 AM
Description: Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe is probable for Saturday's game against Detroit after being actibvated from the disabled list.
Insight: Plouffe hasn't appeared in a game since May 21st. He's batting .254 with four homers and 17 RBI. he hit 24 home runs last season and will have to get hot fast if he is going to match that total.
Alexi Casilla, 2B6/15/2013 10:50:00 AM
Description: Baltimore second baseman Alexi Casilla is probable for Saturday's game against Boston while dealing with a torn ligament in right index finger.
Insight: The light-hitting second baseman has very little fantasy value. He did steal 21 bases last season, but he's a lifetime .249 hitter with a .636 OPS.
Josh Willingham, LF6/14/2013 10:16:00 AM
Description: Minnesota left fielder Josh Willingham is 7-for-13 against Tigers righthander Rick Porcello with a pair of home runs and a 1.821 OPS.
Insight: We keep waiting for Willingham (.214, 10 HR, 31 RBI) to explode into the 35 HR, 110 RBI guy we saw all last season. Perhaps this favorable matchup can help.
P.J. Walters, SP6/11/2013 10:45:00 PM
Description: Twins starter P.J. Walters fired 7 1/3 innings and allowed two runs (one earned) in a no decision against the Phillies Tuesday.
Insight: Walters has thrown three quality starts in four chances this season. He's worth a look in AL-only leagues.
Joe Mauer, C6/11/2013 11:43:00 AM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer has never gotten a hit off Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels in six at-bats.
Insight: There probably aren't a lot of guys who have held Mauer, a lifetime .323 hitter, under wraps. And even fewer are left-handers - he's hitting .353 against southpaws this season.
Aaron Hicks, CF6/10/2013 7:47:00 PM
Description: Minnesota center fielder Aaron Hicks has been moved to the DL.
Insight: Hicks is out with a strained hamstring. Oswaldo Arcia (.255, 4 HR, 11 RBI in 30 games) has been called up from Triple-A to take over for Hicks in center field.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF6/10/2013 3:39:00 PM
Description: The Twins have recalled Oswaldo Arcia from Triple-A to replace injured center fielder Aaron Hicks.
Insight: Arcia has shown a couple of glimpses that he can play at the major league level, but overall his numbers aren't worthy of attention from fantasy owners. One note, he's been much better on the road (.333, .975 OPS) than at home (.271, .592 OPS). The bad news, however is Minnesota's next nine games are at Target Field.
Aaron Hicks, LF6/10/2013 11:30:00 AM
Description: Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks is is doubtful for Tuesday's game against Philadelphia with a strained left hamstring.
Insight: After a historically bad start (3-for-53), Hicks has been improving, batting .202 in May and .280 in June. It appears that the Twins' patience is starting to pay off.
Miguel Sano, SS6/9/2013 9:50:00 PM
Description: The Twins have promoted top prospect Miguel Sano (3B) from High-A to Double-A, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Insight: Sano, who is rated as the No. 11 prospect on MLB.com's list of the top-100 prospects in baseball, is hitting .330 and slugging .655 with 16 homers in 206 at-bats this season, so he has certainly earned the promotion. The 20-year-old still needs to work on his defense and plate discipline and is unlikely to make the majors until next season.
Scott Diamond, SPCold6/9/2013 6:46:00 PM
Description: The Nationals picked up 10 hits and scored seven runs (six earned) in 4 2/3 innings off Twins starter Scott Diamond Sunday.
Insight: Diamond has been shelled for 79 hits and 35 earned runs in 60 2/3 innings. For someone who pitches to contact as much as Diamond, a .350 BABIP is devastating. However, the right-hander's line-drive rate is actually lower than the league average so he should see better luck soon.
Joe Mauer, C6/9/2013 12:08:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer won't start Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader.
Insight: They're saving him for the nightcap. Ryan Doumit (.240, 8 HR, 33 RBI) will be behind the plate for the afternoon game at 1:35.
Justin Morneau, 1B6/8/2013 10:53:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau has faced Washington ace Gio Gonzalez just five times, but did take him deep twice in one game back in 2009, when Gonzalez pitched for Oakland.
Insight: Morneau isn't the 30-HR guy he was in 2009 and Gonzalez is a much improved pitcher, so we suggest ignoring their head-to-head history.
Justin Morneau, 1B6/7/2013 11:33:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau has faced Washington ace Gio Gonzalez just five times, but did take him deep twice in one game back in 2009, when Gonzalez pitched for Oakland.
Insight: Morneau isn't the 30-HR guy he was in 2009 and Gonzalez is a much improved pitcher, so we suggest ignoring their head-to-head history.
Joe Mauer, C6/6/2013 10:52:00 AM
Description: Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer owns a .625 lifetime average against Royals righthander Wade Davis.
Insight: It seems like we write a note almost every day about how good Mauer (.329, 5 HR, 18 RBI) is against the pitcher he's facing. Thursday he'll look to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
Joe Mauer, CHot6/5/2013 10:27:00 AM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer is a career .462 hitter with a pair of home runs versus Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Mauer is doing what Mauer does - hit for high average. He's batting .332 this season which is fourth in the AL behind only Miguel Cabrera, Chris Davis and Jhonny Peralta. We would like to see him with more than 18 RBI at this point, but that's a function of the Twins top of the lineup which hasn't gotten on base enough in front of him.
Justin Morneau, 1B6/4/2013 11:18:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau (flu-like symptoms) is probable for Tuesday's game against Kansas City.
Insight: Morneau missed two games because of the illness. He's no longer the power hitter he once was, but he's batting a respectable .288 and has knocked in 34 runs. He's 5-for-8 against Kansas City starter Luis Mendoza.
Chris Parmelee, RF6/4/2013 9:53:00 AM
Description: Minnesota OF/1B Chris Parmelee hasn't done much this season that's fantasy worthy, but he is 4-for-5 with a home run when facing Royals starter Luis Mendoza.
Insight: Parmelee is batting .233 with five homers and 14 RBI, but outfielders with a .674 OPS don't usually excite fantasy owners. This matchup, however, appears to be favorable.
Justin Morneau, 1BHot6/2/2013 11:59:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau (illness) is out of the lineup for the second straight game.
Insight: Morneau will probably be able to return to the lineup Tuesday following the Twins' off day on Monday.
Ryan Doumit, C6/1/2013 8:28:00 PM
Description: Twins C/OF/DH Ryan Doumit went 3-for-5 with two RBI Saturday against Seattle.
Insight: Doumit drove in the two runs on a walk-off triple off closer Tom Wilhelmsen. The catcher has driven in 10 runs over his last six games.
Ryan Doumit, C6/1/2013 9:25:00 AM
Description: Twins DH Ryan Doumit is 10-for-29 with three home runs and a 1.091 OPS against Seattle right-hander Aaron Harang.
Insight: Doumit homered twice in the four-game set with Milwaukee, but was quieted by Hisashi Iwakuma on Friday night.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B5/30/2013 5:53:00 PM
Description: Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe is out with a strained calf. The Twins are expected to move him to the disabled list, which would sideline Plouffe until the middle of June. SOURCE: Tyler Mason, Fox Sports North
Insight: Plouffe hasn't appeared in a game since May 21st. Jamey Carroll will start at third Thursday against the Brewers.
Samuel Deduno, RP5/30/2013 9:40:00 AM
Description: Twins right-hander Samuel Deduno tossed seven innings and allowed one earned run on four hits Wednesday against the Brewers to grab his first victory of the year.
Insight: Deduno broke out during the World Baseball Classic, allowing just one run and posting a 17/5 K/BB in 13 innings to help the Dominican Republic win the tournament. He allowed six runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings in his first start this season, but since it came against the Tigers we're willing to give him a pass. He's worth owning in AL-only leagues.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B5/29/2013 8:28:00 PM
Description: Though he was just activated from the 7-day concussion disabled list, Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe was scratched from Wednesday's lineup with left calf tightness, according to Tyler Mason of FOXSportsNorth.com.
Insight: Wednesday was the first day Plouffe was eligible to come off the DL. He hasn't played since May 21. The infielder has one of the best line-drive rates in the majors this season at 28.7 percent but his BABIP is just .286. Once his luck begins to turn, his .254 average will increase. That is, if he can ever get back on the field.
Aaron Hicks, LF5/29/2013 4:41:00 PM
Description: Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks is batting .202 with five homers in May.
Insight: That doesn't seem all the good, but considering he hit .113 with zero homers in April, we'll take it. The rookie is batting .161 with 17 RBI, 21 runs and four steals in 155 at-bats this season. We'll see if the Twins' patience with the 23-year-old pays off or if they eventually have to send him down.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B5/29/2013 2:52:00 PM
Description: Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe has been activated from the seven-day concussion list.
Insight: Wednesday was the first day he was eligible to return. Plouffe had a monster June last season (.327, 11 HR, 27 RBI, 1.126 OPS) and hopefully he can repeat that performance in the upcoming weeks.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B5/26/2013 12:59:00 PM
Description: Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe should return to the lineup Wednesday against Milwaukee. SOURCE: Rhett Bollinger, MLB.com
Insight: Plouffe went on the 7-day DL earlier this week because of a concussion. Wednesday would be the first day he is eligible to return.
Joe Mauer, CHot5/25/2013 8:31:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer crushed his third home run of the season Saturday in a win against the Tigers.
Insight: Mauer (.347, 3 HR, 15 RBI) had an 0-for-8 stretch earlier in the week but since then he's gone 8-for-17 with two RBI. Only Joey Votto (.355) and Miguel Cabrera (.385) are hitting for a higher average this season.
Joe Mauer, C5/25/2013 11:02:00 AM
Description: Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer is just a .174 hitter (4-for-23) versus Detroit right-hander Doug Fister.
Insight: It's possible that Mauer could get the day off after catching nine innings last night and having an unfavorable matchup for Saturday afternoon's game.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B5/24/2013 7:41:00 PM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe passed his concussion test Wednesday and did cardio Thursday with no issues, according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com.
Insight: Plouffe took a blow to the head while he was sliding into second base Tuesday night. He said he was placed on the 7-day disabled list due to his initial wooziness rather than an actual concussion.
Pedro Florimon, SS5/24/2013 11:04:00 AM
Description: Minnesota shortstop Pedro Florimon Jr. is not expected to play on Friday after leaving Thursday night's game with a sprained right index finger.
Insight: The third-year infielder has yet to prove he's much any fantasy-worthy value batting .242 with a .659 OPS. He does have six steals in six tries. Eduardo Escobar should get the start.
Josh Willingham, LF5/23/2013 12:06:00 PM
Description: Minnesota left fielder Josh Willingham has had some good results against Tigers righthander Rick Porcello.
Insight: He's 6-for-10 against Porcello with four RBI and just one strikeout. If you've been looking for an excuse to get Willingham (.205, 6 HR, 19 RBI) into your starting lineup, here it is.
Aaron Hicks, LF5/22/2013 9:20:00 PM
Description: Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks went 3-for-4 with a solo homer Wednesday against the Braves.
Insight: Hicks has been better in May than he was in April, but not by much. He hit .113 with 26 K in April, and is batting .206 with four homers in May.
Vance Worley, SPCold5/22/2013 4:20:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Vance Worley served up 10 hits and eight runs in 3 2/3 innings Wednesday and earned a one-way ticket to Triple-A Rochester.
Insight: Worley was the Twins' Opening Day starter, but has a 1-4 record with a 6.20 ERA and 1.89 WHIP. Fantasy owners should have jumped ship a long time ago.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B5/22/2013 11:58:00 AM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday afternoon.
Insight: Plouffe took a blow to the head while he was sliding into second base and came away a little wobbly. Given the team's history with Justin Morneau is a similar situation, they will play it safe and put Plouffe on the seven-day concussion list.
Joe Mauer, C5/22/2013 11:55:00 AM
Description: Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer is not in the lineup for Wednesday afternoon's game with Atlanta.
Insight: Typical day game after a night game off, but since Mauer is 4-for-5 in his career against Braves starter Paul Maholm, fantasy owners can be rightly disappointed.
Josh Willingham, LFCold5/22/2013 10:10:00 AM
Description: Twins outfielder Josh Willingham is 2-for-16 (.125) against Braves veteran left-hander Paul Maholm.
Insight: Willingham hit a home run on Monday to break up Julio Teheran's shutout bid and is 2-for-6 in the series. Still, it would be best to avoid this matchup as he's batting just .154 over the past two weeks.
Samuel Deduno, RP5/21/2013 4:25:00 PM
Description: The Twins will recall Samuel Deduno from Triple-A Rochester to start Friday's game against the Tigers.
Insight: Deduno broke out during the World Baseball Classic, allowing just one run and posting a 17/5 K/BB in 13 innings to help the Dominican Republic win the tournament. He went 6-5 with a 4.44 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP in 79 innings last year and shouldn't have much fantasy value outside AL-only leagues.
Chris Colabello, 1B5/21/2013 12:59:00 PM
Description: Minnesota 1B minor league prospect Chris Colabello is pounding the ball at Triple-A Rochester, batting 360 with 12 HR, 38 RBI and a 1.089 OPS in 45 games.
Insight: The Twins have the heir apparent to Morneau down on the farm and it appears that he's ready to get his shot at the major league level. Don't be surprised if they make Colabello the starting DH before the season is out.
Joe Mauer, C5/21/2013 10:43:00 AM
Description: Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer is just 1-for-7 versus Atlanta right-hander Tim Hudson.
Insight: It isn't often that this career .323 hitter has a bad matchup, but today is one of them. In fact, the heart of the Twins lineup; Mauer, Justin Morneau and Josh Willingham are a combined 4-for-37 (.108) off Hudson. Tuesday doesn't figure to be a good offensive game for Minnesota.
Josh Willingham, LFCold5/21/2013 10:40:00 AM
Description: Twins outfielder Josh Willingham is an ugly 1-for-20 (.050) against Braves veteran right-hander Tim Hudson.
Insight: Willingham is struggling over the past two weeks, but did hit a home run on Monday to break up Julio Teheran's shutout bid. Avoid this matchup.
Alexi Casilla, 2B5/20/2013 10:05:00 AM
Description: Baltimore second baseman Alexi Casilla is a career .583 hitter (14-for-24) versus Yankees ace CC Sabathia, including 2-for-3 in an April 12 matchup.
Insight: The light-hitting second baseman has very little fantasy value, so this might be his only chance to help a fantasy lineup all season. He did steal 21 bases last season in 299 official at-bats, but he's a lifetime .249 hitter with a .635 OPS.
Scott Diamond, SPCold5/19/2013 11:16:00 AM
Description: Twins starter Scott Diamond allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings Saturday against Boston and has given up 17 hits and 12 runs in his last two starts.
Insight: Diamond has little margin for error with his 88-89 mph fastball, and he clearly hasn't had his good command over his last two starts. He has walked six batters in that span after walking three in his first five starts combined.
Joe Mauer, CHot5/19/2013 9:56:00 AM
Description: Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer has hit safely in all 14 games this month and is batting .456 in 57 at-bats during that span.
Insight: Mauer has been dealing with some back stiffness but he returned to the lineup Saturday after missing Friday's game and went 2-for-5. Mauer has a favorable matchup against John Lackey of the Red Sox Sunday; Mauer is 11-for-27 (.407) against the right-hander.
Joe Mauer, C5/18/2013 4:25:00 PM
Description: Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer is back in the lineup Saturday against the the Red Sox.
Insight: Mauer (.349, 2 HR, 13 RBI) missed Friday's game due to back stiffness. He'll serve as the DH Saturday. He's just 1-for-10 with six K against Saturday's scheduled starter Ryan Dempster, but it will be difficult to sit him since he has hit safely in all 13 games this month and is batting .462 during that span.
Joe Mauer, C5/18/2013 9:59:00 AM
Description: Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer is 1-for-10 with six strikeouts in his matchups with Boston hurler Ryan Dempster.
Insight: Mauer (.349, 2 HR, 13 RBI) is dealing with back stiffness and missed Friday's game and this matchup should have fantasy owners sitting him for the Saturday game as well.
Josh Willingham, LFCold5/18/2013 9:56:00 AM
Description: Twins outfielder Josh Willingham is an ugly 1-for-14 (.071) against Boston right-hander Ryan Dempster.
Insight: Willingham is struggling over the past two weeks, batting .122 with a .465 OPS over that span. This is not a good matchup.
Joe Mauer, CHot5/17/2013 7:43:00 PM
Description: Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer is out with a stiff back.
Insight: With Mauer sidelined, Ryan Doumit (.216, 3 HR, 16 RBI) will do the catching Friday night against Boston. Mauer (.349, 2 HR, 13 RBI) should be back later in the series.
Justin Morneau, 1BHot5/17/2013 10:03:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau is a career .500 hitter (8-for-16) against Boston starter Clay Buchholz.
Insight: The bad news is that all eight hits were singles. Morneau still isn't hitting for power (2 HR), but he is batting .306 and knocking in runs (28).
Joe Mauer, CHot5/15/2013 7:25:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer picked up three hits in five at-bats Wednesday against the White Sox.
Insight: Mauer has hit safely in 14 straight games and hit .446 with 11 doubles, 11 walks and 13 runs during the streak.
Josh Willingham, LFCold5/14/2013 11:25:00 AM
Description: Twins outfielder Josh Willingham is an ugly 1-for-18 (.056) with five strikeouts versus White Sox starter Jake Peavy.
Insight: Willingham is just 1-for-22 over his last six games and dealing with a sore wrist. This bad matchup isn't likely to help any of those numbers. Avoid.
Aaron Hicks, LF5/13/2013 11:28:00 AM
Description: Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks is questionable for Monday's game against the Chicago White Sox with a sore right wrist.
Insight: The Twins have been very patient with Hicks even though the rookie is batting .137 with 325strikeouts in 102 at-bats. He is batting .231 over the past seven days.
Pedro Florimon, SS5/13/2013 11:23:00 AM
Description: Minnesota shortstop Pedro Florimon Jr. is questionable for Monday's game against the Chicago White Sox with tightness in right hamstring.
Insight: The third-year infielder was just starting to hit the ball, batting .286, in six May games.
Josh Willingham, LF5/12/2013 9:32:00 AM
Description: Twins outfielder Josh Willingham has missed the past two games with a sore wrist and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Orioles.
Insight: He was hitless in his last four games, so perhaps we now know the reason for his recent slump. Willingham is hitting .208 with 34 K, but he has five homers, 24 walks and a .830 OPS.
Glen Perkins, SP5/10/2013 8:23:00 PM
Description: Twins closer Glen Perkins is dealing with soreness in his left side and is unavailable Friday, according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com.
Insight: Perkins has a 3.55 ERA and a 20/5 K/BB in 12 2/3 innings this season and has finished all eight of his save chances.
Justin Morneau, 1BHot5/10/2013 10:03:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau is a career .444 hitter (4-for-9) against Baltimore starter Jason Hammel with all four hits being doubles.
Insight: Morneau is batting .302 over the past two weeks and still knocks in runs, but without the power of the past. He's no longer any every day fantasy starter, but today is a favorable matchup.
Joe Mauer, CHot5/9/2013 12:51:00 PM
Description: Joe Mauer has had a productive series against Boston (7-for-14, five 2B) and he should have another strong game Thursday against John Lackey.
Insight: The Twins catcher has ten hits in 23 at bats against the Red Sox righthander (.435). Mauer is a .324 career hitter at Fenway Park.
Ryan Doumit, C5/9/2013 9:39:00 AM
Description: Twins DH Ryan Doumit clobbered four hits Wednesday in a 15-8 win over Boston.
Insight: Doumit's two-run jack in the first inning was his second home run of the year. He's 6-for-11 in the series with three RBI.
Ryan Doumit, CCold5/7/2013 10:22:00 PM
Description: Minnesota C/DH Ryan Doumit hit a solo homer and also had a double Tuesday against Boston.
Insight: Doumit is only batting .212 this season, and this was his first home run. He hit .275 with 18 bombs last year.
Scott Diamond, SP5/7/2013 10:17:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Scott Diamond beat the Red Sox with seven scoreless innings Tuesday night. The lefty didn't walk a batter, struck out two and gave up just three hits (all singles).
Insight: Diamond started the season on the DL after having elbow surgery in the offseason and allowed four runs on right hits in 4 1/3 innings in his first start, but he has gotten back to what made him successful last year. He rarely walks anyone (15/3 K/BB in 29 2/3 innings), throws more than 50 percent groundballs, and pitches well with men on base (74.5 LOB%).
Aaron Hicks, LFCold5/7/2013 5:55:00 PM
Description: Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks is sitting out Tuesday, according to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune.
Insight: Neal called it a "manager's decision." The Twins have been very patient with Hicks even though the rookie is batting .124 with 32 strikeouts in 89 at-bats.
Joe Mauer, C5/7/2013 9:38:00 AM
Description: Minnesota All-Star catcher Joe Mauer is hitless in seven at-bats versus Boston starter Ryan Dempster with five strikeouts.
Insight: When a career .322 hitter, who strikes out just 12 percent of the time, puts up statistics like these, you have to pay attention. Avoid this matchup.
Justin Morneau, 1B5/6/2013 12:10:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau is a career .500 hitter (7-for-14) against Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz.
Insight: Morneau is batting .252 with eight extra-base hits in 103 at-bats. That's not enough from a power position like first base for fantasy owners. He's no longer a every day fantasy option in most mixed leagues, but Monday's matchup is favorable.
Kevin Correia, SP5/4/2013 7:59:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Kevin Correia failed to go at least seven innings for the first time this season Saturday against the Indians.
Insight: Correia brought a 3-1 record and a 2.23 ERA into the game but gave up six hits and four runs in five innings. Correia also had tremendous Aprils in 2011 and 2012, but struggled the rest of those seasons.
Aaron Hicks, LFCold5/4/2013 7:45:00 PM
Description: Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks went 1-for-3 with a solo homer Saturday against the Indians.
Insight: It was the first homer of his major league career. The rookie won the center field job after a strong spring, but he started off 2-for-48 (.042) with 20 strikeouts and was bumped out of the leadoff spot. He's still looking for his first multi-hit game.
Jamey Carroll, 2B5/4/2013 10:15:00 AM
Description: Minnesota utility man Jamey Carroll should be in fantasy lineups for Saturday considering he's 6-for-10 with a home run and a 1.367 OPS.
Insight: Carroll (.292, 0 HR, 3 RBI in 10 games) hasn't started since Wednesday, but if the manager is paying attention should be in the Twins starting lineup. If that happens, he should be in your lineup too.
Josh Willingham, LF5/3/2013 4:54:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Josh Willingham will get the night off Friday against the Indians.
Insight: Willingham is hitting .239 with 26 K, but he has five homers, 16 walks and a .921 OPS. He should be back in there Saturday.
Justin Morneau, 1B5/1/2013 12:25:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against Seattle due to illness
Insight: Youngster Chris Colabello will get the start who was having an excellent season at Rocheste (.358, 12 HR, 39 RBI in 46 games)r before being called up last week. He's just 1-for-11 in five games with the Twins.
Joe Mauer, C5/1/2013 11:31:00 AM
Description: Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer (.287, 2 HR. 8 RBI) is not in Wednesday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Typical of most catchers, he'll get the day game off after a night game. Mauer was 4-for-8 against Wednesday's scheduled starter Anibal Sanchez.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B5/1/2013 11:29:00 AM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday afternoon.
Insight: Plouffe was a big surprise in 2012 putting up 24 homers in 422 at-bats last season, but he's started slowly in 2013, batting .217 with two home runs and four RBI in 20 games.
Vance Worley, SP4/30/2013 10:19:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Vance Worley served up 10 hits (3 HR) and six runs in 4 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Tigers.
Insight: Worley has not enjoyed the American League so far. He has given up 46 hits and 23 earned runs in 28 2/3 innings this season and is 0-4. He shouldn't be used in any fantasy leagues until he shows some improvement.
Ryan Doumit, CCold4/30/2013 11:00:00 AM
Description: Minnesota C/DH Ryan Doumit is hitless in 11 at-bats versus Detroit ace Justin Verlander.
Insight: This would be a good day for the Twins DH to take off. He's already off to a poor start, batting .197, and this won't help. Avoid the matchup.
Joe Mauer, C4/30/2013 10:59:00 AM
Description: Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer is one of the few big leaguers who has been successful against Tigers ace Justin Verlander with a career .373 batting average, three homers and a 1.072 OPS.
Insight: Mauer is batting an un-Mauer-like .289, but has always hit Verlander. The problem is he's likely the only one.
Josh Willingham, LF4/29/2013 10:09:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Josh Willingham went deep in the first inning Monday night but that was his only hit of the ballgame.
Insight: Willingham has homered in three of the last five games and has five on the year. His average is just .246, but he has a .949 OPS due to 13 walks and 10 extra-base hits in 19 games.
Joe Mauer, CCold4/29/2013 10:06:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer is 0-for-19 over the last five games.
Insight: He's 2-for-29 over the last eight. Mauer had a 10-game hitting streak before this slump and is still batting .289.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4/29/2013 1:18:00 PM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe is hitless in seven at-bats against Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer with five strikeouts.
Insight: Plouffe was a big surprise in 2012 putting up 24 homers in 422 at-bats last season, but he's started slowly in 2013, batting .226 with two home runs and four RBI in 18 games. Avoid this matchup.
Justin Morneau, 1B4/29/2013 1:16:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau is a career .500 hitter with three homers and a double in 10 at-bats versus Detroit starter Max Scherzer.
Insight: Morneau is batting .263 with seven extra-base hits in 80 at-bats. He's no longer a everyday fantasy option in most mixed leagues, but the Monday matchup is extremely favorable.
Justin Morneau, 1B4/28/2013 7:58:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau hit his second homer of the season Sunday, a two-run shot off Texas' Alexi Ogando.
Insight: Morneau is batting .262 with seven extra-base hits in 80 at-bats. He's no longer a fantasy option in mixed leagues.
Joe Mauer, CCold4/28/2013 7:47:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer is 0-for-15 over his last four games and 2-for-25 over his last seven.
Insight: Mauer had a 10-game hitting streak before his seven-game slump. He should snap out of his funk in Minnesota's next series.
Kevin Correia, SPHot4/28/2013 7:43:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Kevin Correia fired eight shutout innings Sunday against the Rangers to improve to 3-1.
Insight: Correia has thrown at least seven innings in all five of his starts this season and has a 2.23 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. Correia has done this the last three Aprils as well only to struggle the rest of the year, so don't go out of your way to acquire him.
Kevin Correia, SP4/23/2013 8:58:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Kevin Correia fired seven innings, allowed five hits and two runs, walked one and struck out five in a win over Miami Tuesday afternoon.
Insight: Correia has been fantastic over four starts this year, throwing at least seven innings in all of them and carrying a 2.86 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. Correia has done this the last three Aprils as well, only to struggle the rest of the year, so don't go out of your way to acquire him.
Josh Willingham, LF4/22/2013 10:08:00 AM
Description: Minnesota OF Josh Willingham is 4-for-10 against Miami right-hander Ricky Nolasco with a 1.000 OPS.
Insight: After missing a week with flu-like conditions, Willingham has gone 3-for-8 with four RBI in his last two starts. With this favorable matchup he should be in all fantasy lineups.
Joe Mauer, CHot4/21/2013 10:36:00 AM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer would probably be the first hitter to bat .400 since Ted Williams if he could face Gavin Floyd every day. Mauer is 19-for-43 (.442) with four doubles, a triple, three homers and 10 walks against the White Sox right-hander.
Insight: Mauer is on a 10-game hitting streak and has 10 hits in his last 14 at-bats, and Floyd has little chance of cooling him off.
Vance Worley, SP4/20/2013 8:20:00 PM
Description: After being crushed for 25 hits and 14 earned runs over his first 12 innings this season, Twins starter Vance Worley held the White Sox to one run on five hits, walked two and struck out seven in seven innings Saturday.
Insight: Worley keeps the ball on the ground, but batters have put good wood on his pitches. He had a 24.2 percent line-drive rate last season and a 25.5 percent line-drive rate over the first three starts this year, so it's not hard to see why he has seen a BABIP above .340 since last year.
Josh Willingham, LFCold4/20/2013 10:21:00 AM
Description: Minnesota OF Josh Willingham is hitless in 15 at-bats against White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy.
Insight: Willingham hasn't played since Saturday due to the flu and with this unfavorable matchup might get one more day off to rest. He's started slowly, batting .222 with a pair of homers, but 13 Ks in 36 at-bats.
Justin Morneau, 1B4/20/2013 10:19:00 AM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Justin Morneau is just a .188 hitter (3-for-16) against White Sox starter Jake Peavy.
Insight: Morneau isn't the 30-plus home run guy he used to be four years ago and his .762 OPS won't rank very high at the first base position. There are better options out there.


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