News: Nunez got the start at DH on Saturday, going 1-for-3 with a solo shot, his first home run of the season.
Impact: He's now hitting .333 (8-for-24) since coming off the DL, with half of his hits going for extra bases. Nunez hasn't been getting much playing time over the past week, but Saturday's blast might encourage Twins manager Paul Molitor to write his name on the lineup card more often.
News: Perkins picked up his 16th save of the season Saturday, giving up a hit and a walk in a scoreless ninth inning while striking out two.
Impact: He lowered his ERA to 1.33 and his WHIP to 0.98, and Perkins' 21:2 K:BB ratio in 20.1 innings is top notch. With the Twins playing well enough right now to win a lot of close games, Perkins should remain among the league leaders in saves.
News: May picked up his third win of the season Saturday, allowing three runs on six hits over seven innings, striking out nine.
Impact: It was his best performance since joining the Twins' rotation, and while May's 4.95 ERA doesn't inspire confidence, his 36:8 K:BB ratio in 43.2 innings is actually fairly solid. His next start will come at home, on Friday against a dangerous Jays offense.
News: Hughes went seven strong innings Friday, allowing two runs on seven hits with three strikeouts in a 3-2 loss to the White Sox.
Impact: Hughes hasn't been at his best this season, but he's now back-to-back seven-inning, two-run performances, so perhaps he's found his stride after a rough start to the season. As usual, he's done a great job limiting his walks, issuing just six in 58 innings thus far. Hughes has a tough matchup in his next game, as he'll face the Red Sox on Wednesday.
News: Rosario is out of the lineup Saturday, ESPN Chicago's Doug Padilla reports.
Impact: It has been a struggle lately for the rookie outfielder, as he is hitting .222 and getting on base at just a .237 clip. Shane Robinson gets the start in left field Saturday and it would not be surprising to see Rosario optioned back to Triple-A in the near future.
News: Schafer got a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews that confirms he doesn't need surgery on the injured MCL in his knee, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: While this is a positive development, it's probably not a good sign that he sought a second opinion. There's no official timetable for his return, but this makes it sound like it will be several weeks before he's ready.
News: Escobar started at DH and went 1-for-2 with a walk in Friday's loss to the White Sox.
Impact: Minnesota's plan for the DH role isn't clear after Kennys Vargas was sent to Triple-A. It's most likely that DH will be a rotating mix of players but that Escobar will essentially become an everyday player and start at different positions. He could see a boost in playing time if no DH is called up from the minors in the near future.
News: Hughes gave up two runs over seven innings with three strikeouts and one walk, but got a no-decision in Friday's loss to the White Sox.
Impact: Hughes left with the game tied and the bullpen gave up a run in the eighth inning to lose the game. Hughes didn't allow a home run for just the second start this season, so at least that's a good sign as the long ball has plagued him this season (1.55 HR/9 IP). He's put together two decent outings (14 IP with 4 ER in his last two starts with a 6:2 K:BB ratio), so he at least looks to be improving after a slow start to the season (5.11 ERA in his first seven starts).