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News: Jose Berrios improved to 11-5, allowing two hits and one walk over 7.0 scoreless innings, as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0 on Saturday. Berrios struck out seven, ending the game with a 3.99 ERA and 1.15 WHIP on the season.
Impact: The young right-hander was battered for 11 runs in 8 1/3 innings over his previous two starts, but was magnificent in this one. Though Berrios has had his share of inconsistency, he should be a solid bet for success in Thursday's outing against the sagging White Sox.
News: Brian Dozier went 2 for 3 with an RBI Saturday as the Minnesota Twins topped the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0. Dozier scored once. He ended the game with a .259 batting average.
Impact: Dozier seems to always get better as the season goes along. He's been on a tear for most of August, batting .365 (23 for 63) with seven homers, 15 RBIs and 16 runs scored over a 15-game stretch. Keep him locked into fantasy lineups.
News: Joe Mauer went 3 for 3 with an RBI Saturday as the Minnesota Twins beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0. He ended the game with a .290 batting average.
Impact: The three-time batting champion appears to be turning back the clock, as he's 18 for 36 with nine RBIs over his last nine games for the surging Twins. Mauer has recorded four straight multihit efforts at home as well, a stretch in which he's 10 for 17.
News: Byron Buxton went 1 for 4 with a triple Saturday as the Minnesota Twins topped the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0. He ended the game with a .241 batting average.
Impact: Through the first two games of this series, Buxton has gone 4 for 8 with two triples, a highlight-reel inside-the-park homer and three runs scored. He's also batting .438 (14 for 32) with three homers, nine RBIs and nine runs scored during a nine-game hitting streak. It's taken a painfully long time, but the immensely talented center fielder may finally be putting it all together.
News: Jorge Polanco went 1 for 4 Saturday as the Minnesota Twins topped the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0. Polanco scored once. He ended the game with a .245 batting average.
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News: Jason Castro went 0 for 3 with an RBI Saturday as the Minnesota Twins beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0. Castro scored once. He ended the game with a .225 batting average.
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News: Miguel Sano went 0 for 2 before leaving Saturday's 5-0 win over Arizona in the seventh inning with soreness in his left shin. He ended the game with a .267 batting average.
Impact: The Twins have initially called him day to day, but there's probably a decent chance Sano is held out of Sunday's game. The Diamondbacks probably wouldn't mind after the power-hitting third baseman went 3 for 4 with two homers and three RBIs in Friday's opener.
News: Eddie Rosario went 1 for 3 Saturday as the Minnesota Twins beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0. Rosario scored once. He ended the game with a .302 batting average.
Impact: Rosario singled to begin a five-run fourth inning and extend his hitting streak to nine games, and he's batting a torrid .412 (21 for 51) with five homers, 10 RBIs and 14 runs scored over his last 13 contests. The 25-year-old has been excellent since the beginning of July, recording a .342 average in 40 games.
News: Eduardo Escobar went 0 for 4 Saturday as the Minnesota Twins topped the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0. Escobar scored once. He ended the game with a .253 batting average.
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News: Max Kepler went 1 for 5 with two RBIs Saturday as the Minnesota Twins topped the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0. He ended the game with a .254 batting average.
Impact: The Twins have won 10 of their last 13 games, and Kepler has played a big part in that surge by batting .313 (15 for 48) with six homers and 12 RBIs. Five of those long balls have come at Target Field, where the 24-year-old is hitting .276 compared to a .227 mark on the road.
News: Berrios (11-5) pitched seven scoreless innings with seven strikeouts during Saturday's win over Arizona. He allowed just two hits and a walk.
Impact: After allowing 11 runs through 8.1 innings over his previous two outings, this was an impressive rebound. The D-backs own an admirable offense, and Berrios cruised through the heart of the order three times. Considering he has just 32 starts in the majors on his resume, Berrios' 3.99 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 8.1 K/9 are solid marks, and he's established himself as a reliable fantasy option moving forward. He projects to face the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field in his next start.
News: Sano left Saturday's game with lower left shin soreness, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: He was lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh after going 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout. The severity of the issue is uncertain. Eduardo Escobar figures to fill in at third base if Sano is forced to miss additional time.
News: Park made his first career start in left field for Triple-A Rochester on Saturday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: This is apparently the first time he has played in the outfield since he was nine years old, so it seems like a long shot that he would prove competent enough out there on defense to justify sticking there long term. Most importantly, Park is a 31-year-old who has been a league-average hitter (100 wRC+) with 10 home runs and a 30.1 percent strikeout rate at Triple-A, so he is simply not hitting enough to realistically profile at any corner spot.
News: Melville has been confirmed as one of the starters for Monday's doubleheader against the White Sox, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: It remains to be seen whether he will start the day game or the night game, but Melville will get the ball Monday and could conceivably stick in the rotation after that start, as the Twins only have four starting pitchers locked in going forward. Dillon Gee will start the other half of the doubleheader, so the fifth spot in the rotation could come down to which of those two impresses more. Melville is almost 28 and has made just two big-league starts in his career, so he is hardly a prospect. He is also playing for his fourth organization. That said, he has a 2.70 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 64 strikeouts in 66.2 innings this year with Triple-A Rochester, so he has certainly earned this opportunity.
News: Gee has been confirmed as one of the starters for Monday's doubleheader against the White Sox, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: It remains to be seen whether he will start the day game or the night game, but Gee will get the ball Monday and could conceivably stick in the rotation after that start, as the Twins only have four starting pitchers locked in going forward. Tim Melville will start the other half of the doubleheader, so the fifth spot in the rotation could come down to which of those two is more impressive. Gee gave up four runs over 3.1 innings in his only other start this year and posted a 5.55 ERA in 14 starts in 2016, so he should be avoided for now in most formats.
News: Taylor Rogers did not allow a hit or walk in 1.0 scoreless inning as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-3 on Friday. Rogers struck out one, ending the game with a 3.52 ERA and 1.22 WHIP on the season.
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News: Ervin Santana improved to 13-7, allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks in 6.0 innings, as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-3 on Friday. Santana struck out six, ending the game with a 3.33 ERA and 1.15 WHIP on the season.
Impact: The All-Star right-hander's 13 wins are one off a career high. He has a poor 1.53 WHIP in his last three outings but has been good at limiting the damage, allowing a combined seven earned runs.
News: Trevor Hildenberger did not allow a hit or walk in 0.2 scoreless innings as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-3 on Friday. Hildenberger did not strike out a batter, ending the game with a 2.88 ERA and 1.08 WHIP on the season.
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News: Nik Turley did not allow a hit or walk in 0.2 scoreless innings as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-3 on Friday. Turley did not strike out a batter, ending the game with a 15.30 ERA and 2.70 WHIP on the season.
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News: Tyler Duffey did not allow a hit or walk in 0.2 scoreless innings as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-3 on Friday. Duffey did not strike out a batter, ending the game with a 3.99 ERA and 1.22 WHIP on the season.
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News: Jason Castro went 0 for 4 Friday as the Minnesota Twins beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-3. He ended the game with a .227 batting average.
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News: Eduardo Escobar went 1 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs Friday as the Minnesota Twins topped the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-3. The homer was his 11th of the season. He ended the game with a .256 batting average.
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News: Eddie Rosario went 3 for 5 with two doubles Friday as the Minnesota Twins topped the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-3. Rosario scored once. He ended the game with a .301 batting average.
Impact: Rosario is batting .417 with five homers, six doubles, 10 RBIs and 13 runs in his last 12 games.
News: Jorge Polanco went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs Friday as the Minnesota Twins beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-3. Polanco added a stolen base. He ended the game with a .245 batting average.
Impact: Polanco, who also drew a walk Friday, is batting .472 with eight RBIs in his last 10 games.
News: Byron Buxton went 3 for 4 with a double, triple, home run and an RBI Friday as the Minnesota Twins beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-3. The homer was his eighth of the season. Buxton scored three times. He ended the game with a .240 batting average.
Impact: Buxton hit a ball high off the wall in right-center that rolled toward center field. As A.J. Pollock gave chase, Buxton circled the bases in 13.85 seconds, the fastest ever tracked by MLB Statcast, for an inside-the-park home run. He's batting .464 with three homers, nine RBIs and nine runs during an eight-game hitting streak.
News: Joe Mauer went 2 for 5 Friday as the Minnesota Twins topped the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-3. Mauer scored once. He ended the game with a .285 batting average.
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News: Max Kepler went 2 for 5 with a home run and an RBI Friday as the Minnesota Twins topped the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-3. The homer was his 16th of the season. He ended the game with a .254 batting average.
Impact: Kepler left the yard for the second straight game and the sixth time in his last 12. He's hit .385 in his last seven games.
News: Miguel Sano went 3 for 4 with two home runs and three RBIs Friday as the Minnesota Twins topped the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-3. The homers were his 27th and 28th of the season. He ended the game with a .268 batting average.
Impact: Sano finished with three hits after going 4 for 25 in his last six games. He had no hits in his previous nine official at-bats, but walked three times. ''I know he's been working hard, just trying to stay on the ball and recognize pitches better. He's getting walks. I know he's getting close. Tonight, we saw the explosion,'' manager Paul Molitor said.
News: Brian Dozier went 1 for 4 with a home run and an RBI Friday as the Minnesota Twins topped the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-3. The homer was his 24th of the season. He ended the game with a .256 batting average.
Impact: Dozier has seven homers, 14 RBIs and 15 runs in his last 14 games while batting .350.
News: Gonsalves is still slated to start Sunday for Triple-A Rochester, so it seems the Twins will not turn to him to start one half of Monday's doubleheader, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: He would have been able to start Monday on an extra day of rest, and the Twins need to add him to the 40-man roster this offseason to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, so it would have made some sense, but instead it looks like journeyman Tim Melville will get the call as the 26th man before the Twins move back to a five-man rotation. Gonsalves could still conceivably contribute in the big leagues later this season.
News: Melville is the leading candidate to make a spot start in one game of Monday's doubleheader against the White Sox, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: There had been speculation that prospect Stephen Gonsalves might be in line for a promotion, as the Twins need a sixth starter for the doubleheader, but he is apparently still slated to make his start Sunday for Triple-A Rochester. That leaves Melville, who is more minor-league journeyman than prospect, but has nonetheless earned a look. He has a 2.70 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 64 strikeouts in 66.2 innings this year for Rochester. It should be noted that he has allowed 11 earned runs in nine career big-league innings, so he would be an incredibly risky fantasy option if he is indeed confirmed to start one half of Monday's doubleheader.
News: Buxton went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and a solo home run Friday, scoring all three times he reached base in a 10-3 win over the Diamondbacks.
Impact: The homer, Buxton's eighth of the season, was an inside-the-park job that featured the fastest time of any player circling the bases (13.85 seconds) since Statcast began tracking in 2015. The center fielder is once again putting together a big finish to a campaign, slashing .345/.393/.582 with three home runs, five steals, 10 RBI and 12 runs through 17 games in August.
News: Sano went 3-for-4 with a walk, two home runs and three RBI in Friday's 10-3 win over the Diamondbacks.
Impact: He led the barrage on a night when the Twins offense erupted for six homers. Sano already has new career highs with 28 home runs, 77 RBI and 75 runs on the season with 42 games left to go, but the 24-year-old may not yet have reached his peak.
News: Santana (13-7) picked up the win in Friday's 10-3 rout of the Diamondbacks, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks over six innings while striking out six.
Impact: The Twins did most of their damage after Santana left the game, so while the final score suggests he had an easy night, it was anything but as the veteran righty allowed all three of his runs in the first two innings before settling down. Santana now has 16 quality starts on the year heading into his next outing Wednesday on the road against a White Sox squad he's dominated in 2017 (3-0, 2.70 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 18:5 K:BB in three starts).