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Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thompson's contract was selected from Triple-A Rochester on Saturday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: In 15 second half outings at Rochester, Thompson has struggled, to say the least, posting a 9.22 ERA, 2.12 WHIP, and 12:11 K:BB in 13.2 innings. Considering he hasn't fared much better in four major league appearances -- 7.04 ERA in 7.2 innings -- he'll likely only be utilized by the Twins in low-leverage situations.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Plouffe was 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the Twins' loss to Baltimore on Friday night.
Impact: There wasn't much for the Twins to cheer about in this one, but Plouffe did pop his 11th home run while continuing his hot hitting for the month of August. He's now batting .249 with 65 RBI and could provide fantasy owners with a little production down the stretch.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Schafer has gone 3 for 5 with a double and four RBIs in Thursday's 11-5, 10-innings win at Kansas City.
Impact: Schafer has been on a tear with a .444 average and eight RBIs during an eight-game hitting streak.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Suzuki broke out of his slump by going 3 for 6 with two doubles in an 11-5 win at Kansas City.
Impact: Suzuki had been just 2 for 31 over his previous nine contests.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Dozier went 3 for 5 with a double and three RBIs in Thursday's 11-5 win at Kansas City.
Impact: Dozier is batting .400 with eight RBIs during a seven-game hitting streak.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fien tossed a scoreless eighth inning during Thursday's game at Kansas City.
Impact: Fien entered the game with the score tied, so he did not record a hold, but it was nice to see him bounce back from a rough five-run outing Wednesday.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Milone lasted just 5.1 innings at Kansas City on Thursday, giving up four runs and nine hits. He failed to strike out any of the 26 batters he faced.
Impact: Milone was spotted an early 2-0 lead, but allowed two runs in the first inning. He has been a disaster in three of four starts with Minnesota, and considering he's no longer playing for a team that records a lot of wins, it's hard to get excited about his prospects for the rest of the year. He'll try to get back on track in his next start at home against the White Sox.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Escobar is out of the lineup Thursday against the Royals, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: With Escobar going 0-for-12 with seven strikeouts over his last four games, he'll get a day out of the field to ease his mind. Eduardo Nunez will take over at shortstop Thursday.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mauer is out of the lineup Thursday against the Royals, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: This looks like nothing more than a routine day off for Mauer, who has started 16 straight games since coming off the DL earlier this month. Chris Parmelee will man first base in his absence, with Kurt Suzuki moving up to the No. 3 spot in the batting order. Mauer is batting .288/.391/.475 with two homers since his return.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fien gave up a run while retiring just one batter in Wednesday's loss to Kansas City. He's given up five runs and seven hits in his last 1.1 innings.
Impact: Fien hadn't given up a run in his nine previous appearances before this poor stretch. He still has a strong 45:9 K:BB in 55 innings, so we wouldn't be too worried.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hughes (14-9) allowed four runs on seven hits with four strikeouts over 7.2 innings Wednesday in a 6-1 loss to the Royals.
Impact: Hughes had given up only two hits heading into the seventh inning with a 1-0 lead. A couple well-placed singles, a stolen base, a bunt and two runs later, Hughes was pulled from the game. Then the bullpen let his two inherited runners score, plus two more to complete a six-run eighth. This ends a streak of four starts in a row for the right-hander in which he'd allowed one or zero runs. Hughes takes the mound again Monday in Baltimore.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nolasco stymied the Royals over seven shutout innings Tuesday, yielding three hits and a walk while striking out six batters. He didn't factor into the decision in the 2-1 loss.
Impact: Nolasco's finest outing as a Twin ultimately went for naught, as closer Glen Perkins surrendered a walk-off two-run homer to Alex Gordon, spoiling the shutout bid. The 31-year-old is still sitting on a disastrous 5.62 ERA, but with a few more solid outings down the stretch, the Twins will probably feel a little better about their $49 million investment heading into 2015.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Perkins served up a two-run, walk-off homer in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.
Impact: Perkins failed to record an out and tossed just four pitches, earning his first loss of the season while spoiling the team's shutout bid. The hiccup aside, Perkins' second season as a full-time closer has been a success for the most part, with the left-hander owning a 2.77 ERA and 32 saves in 37 attempts.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Vargas drove in six runs in Saturday's doubleheader against Detroit.
Impact: The slugging first baseman is batting .444 over the last four games.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Dozier went 3 for 6 with three doubles, four walks and five runs scored in Saturday's doubleheader against Detroit.
Impact: Dozier's 91 runs are tied with Anthony Rendon for the most in baseball.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gibson gave up eight hits and five earned runs in 4.2 innings and took the loss against Detroit on Sunday.
Impact: Gibson, who recorded five strikeouts and four walks, has struggled in three of his last four starts. As a result, his ERA has risen from 3.93 to 4.31. Gibson faces another tough matchup Saturday, this time on the road against Baltimore.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vargas went 3-for-5 with a run scored in Sunday's loss to Detroit.
Impact: Vargas has been tremendous since getting promoted to the big leagues and has been especially hot over his last nine games. In that span, the slugger is hitting .410 with two homers, six doubles, and 11 RBI. Vargas is slashing .337/.369/.537 on the year.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Escobar went 5 for 6 with a home run and two RBIs in Friday's 20-6 win over visiting Detroit.
Impact: Escobar is 8 for 14 in his last three games.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Santana went 3 for 6 with a home run and four RBIs in Friday's 20-6 win over visiting Detroit.
Impact: Santana is hitting .361 over his last 13 games.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vargas went 2-for-4 with five RBI in the Twins' win over the Tigers on Saturday afternoon.
Impact: The Twins have been utilizing Vargas as a run producer since his promotion on Aug. 1, and he's racked up 22 RBI in his first 21 big league games (according to the Associated Press, it's the highest total for a rookie in his first 21 games since Albert Pujols had 22 RBI in Apr. of 2001).
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Arcia isn't in the lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against Detroit but is expected to play in the second game, LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Arcia was at the hospital late Friday night, as his kid was sick, according to the report. He's been on fire in August by hitting .281 with seven home runs and 20 RBI.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Escobar went 5-for-6 with three runs scored and two RBI against the Tigers on Friday, while hitting his fourth home run of the season in blowout win.
Impact: Not known for his bat, Escobar (.282/.324/.413) raised his batting average in one night from .272 to .282. Although Escobar has gone 8-for-14 over his last three games, don't expect any sort of consistency to be built moving forward.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Plouffe (.245/.312/.407) hit his 10th homer of the year on Friday against the Tigers, as he went 3-for-6 with four runs scored and three RBI.
Impact: Poor Andrew Romine just tried to do his part, taking one for the team on a night where Tigers pitching gave up 20 runs. Fortunately for Plouffe, he was able to pad his stats on the night with a 422-foot blast off Romine, normally an infielder. Plouffe is currently on pace for career bests in at-bats, runs and RBI.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Arcia hit his 14th homer (414 feet) of the year on Friday facing the Tigers, as he went 2-for-6 with three runs scored and three RBI.
Impact: Twins hitters piled it on with Arcia hitting an eighth inning blast off shortstop Andrew Romine, who was filling in for a beat-up Tigers pitching staff. Arcia remains a sub-par hitter for the most part (.234/.307/.457), but has shown plenty of power on the year. The young outfielder has now matched his homer total from last season in 86 less at-bats to this point.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mauer drove in three RBI on Friday facing the Tigers, while scoring one run as he went 2-for-4 on the night.
Impact: The days of Mauer being an elite player are gone, but he's still a solid hitter that will provide batting average at the corner slot. Mauer is currently hitting .278 on the year and his ability to take a walk keeps his OBP (.355) at a good level. Mauer has knocked in five RBI over his last five games.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Vargas went 3 for 4 with a home run in Thursday's win over Cleveland.
Impact: Minnesota's designated hitter has driven in 17 runs in 19 games since debuting on Aug. 1.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Perkins picked up his 32nd save of the season Thursday, striking out one in a perfect ninth against Cleveland.
Impact: Perkins has been very good all season, striking out 64 in 54.1 innings while putting up a 2.48 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hughes was impressive yet again Thursday, picking up his 14th win of the season by limiting the Indians to one run on just five hits while striking out eight.
Impact: Hughes has been spectacular in August, winning all four of his starts while surrendering just four runs in 27.1 innings pitched.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vargas was 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored in a win over Cleveland on Thursday afternoon.
Impact: Vargas showed a ton of strength, driving the ball out of the yard the opposite way. The young righty is hitting .316/.354/.513 in 76 at-bats since coming up.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Escobar is not in the lineup Thursday versus the Indians, Fox Sports North's Tyler Mason reports.
Impact: It looks to be only a scheduled day off for Escobar, who's started the past four games. The Twins will go with Danny Santana at shortstop, while Jordan Schafer slots in at center field.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dozier went 1-for-3 with a walk and his 20th stolen base in Wednesday's loss to Cleveland. He becomes just the sixth Twins player to record 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a season.
Impact: Despite his strong power-speed numbers, Dozier has been slumping lately, with .219 average in August entering Wednesday with only one home run and two stolen bases.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nolasco (5-9) gave up four runs on eight hits and one walk, while striking out six over over 6.2 innings, in a loss to the Indians on Wednesday.
Impact: Nolaso saw his ERA fall slightly, but it's still a staggering 5.96. He's continued to struggle since returning from the DL with nine earned runs in 12.2 innings. He has a 9:2 K:BB ratio in those two outings, so at least there's some hope he can improve over the final month of the season.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Arcia homered for a third straight game Tuesday in a loss to Cleveland.
Impact: The 23-year-old has left the yard five times with 10 RBIs in his last seven games.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Suzuki is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Indians, Tyler Mason of FOX Sports North reports.
Impact: Suzuki's absence seems odd considering he received a day off on Monday, but perhaps manager Ron Gardenhire is just looking to preserve him for the final stanza of the season. The Twins have made it clear that Suzuki is a player they value by virtue of the two-year contract extension he received in July, so he could receive some time off down the stretch as the team looks to give some of their less experienced catchers (such as Josmil Pinto) some at-bats.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Perkins pitched a perfect ninth inning Tuesday against the Indians, recording one strikeout in a non-save situation.
Impact: With the Twins down 7-5, Perkins was called upon to get in some work. Perkins continues to have a great season and now sports a 2.53 ERA., 1.09 WHIP and stellar 63:9 K:BB ratio in 53.1 innings.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Arcia clubbed his 13th home run of the year Tuesday against the Indians, finishing 1-for-4 at the dish with three RBI.
Impact: Arcia has now homered in three straight games and is 9-for-37 in his last 10 games with five home runs and 11 RBI. His season totals (.230/.305/.444 in 252 at-bats) don't paint the whole picture, as Arcia has had some injury concerns to overcome. Now that he is healthy, Arcia is starting to show us what he finally may be capable of doing.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gibson pitched just 5.1 innings Tuesday against the Indians, allowing five runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out four batters in the no-decision.
Impact: All year long Gibson has battled inconsistency, occasionally twirling gems, but many times tossing in some duds. Gibson now has a 4.13 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and a mediocre 78:40 K:BB ratio in 139.1 innings this year. His next start is scheduled for Sunday at home against the Tigers.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gibson gave up five runs over 5.1 innings with four strikeouts and one walk in Tuesday's loss to Cleveland.
Impact: Gibson was staked to a five-run lead in the first inning and couldn't deliver. He continued a pattern of either being great or terrible in his starts. He's 1-6 with a 12.68 ERA when he goes less than five innings (24 starts) and 10-3 with a 1.88 ERA when he goes more than five innings (16 starts).
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Swarzak (ankle) gave up two runs over 3.1 innings with two strikeouts and no walks in Monday's loss to Kansas City.
Impact: It was Swarzak's first outing since suffering a sprained right ankle Tuesday and it didn't appear to be an issue.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pelfrey (elbow) has ruled out returning to the Twins before the end of the season, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Pelfrey has started up his throwing program and has recently begun throwing from 105 feet, but the Twins have already told him they have no intentions of rushing him back to the major league roster over the final few weeks of the season. Instead, Pelfrey will slowly work his way up to throwing from 150 feet, before tossing bullpen sessions every third day prior to the end of the season. By proceeding slowly with Pelfrey's recovery, the Twins are hopeful they can salvage some value from the right-hander as he enters the final season of his two-year, $11 million contract in 2015.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Schafer isn't in the lineup Monday in Kansas City, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: An everyday player, Schafer has recorded hits in five of the past eight contests, batting .333 (7-for-21) with one RBI, four runs, four steals, and three walks versus three strikeouts. He'll yield center field to Danny Santana, while Eduardo Escobar covers shortstop.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Suzuki is out of the lineup Monday in Kansas City, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Suzuki has been hammering the ball over his last six appearances, batting .296 (8-for-27) with one homer, three doubles, three RBI, four runs, and two walks versus two strikeouts. In his stead, Eric Fryer is manning the backstop and batting eighth in the order.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mauer was 1-for-2 with a solo homer, two runs scored and two walks in Sunday's home loss to Kansas City.
Impact: It hasn't taken long for Mauer to find his groove at the plate again following his return from the disabled list on Aug. 10. He's hit .333 (7-for-21) with two homers, two doubles, three RBI and five walks in six games since he was activated.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vargas was 3-for-4 with a homer, a double, three RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's loss to the Royals.
Impact: Vargas, who owns a .317/.364/.500 slash line since getting called up on July 31, belted his third home run of the season off Jeremy Guthrie in the fifth inning. Locked into a regular role and batting fourth in the order for the Twins, Vargas has quickly become a legitimate fantasy factor.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Milone lasted only 1.1 innings in Sunday's loss to Kansas City, giving up four hits and seven runs (six earned) while recording two walks and one strikeout.
Impact: Milone was solid in his Twins debut against Houston, but it all went wrong Sunday. After getting through the first inning unscathed, Milone ran into trouble in the second frame and was eventually relieved by Samuel Deduno. The southpaw will try to bounce back at home against Detroit on Friday.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Plouffe is out of the lineup Sunday against the Royals, LaVelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Plouffe will get the day off Sunday following an 0-for-4 night at the plate Saturday. Eduardo Escobar will start at third base and bat eighth for the Twins.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Herrmann is just 4-for-24 since returning from the DL for an injured thumb at Triple-A Rochester.
Impact: Despite his slump at the plate, he's a candidate to be called up to the majors as a third catcher in September.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Suzuki went 3 for 3 with a double in Friday's 6-5 loss to Kansas City.
Impact: Suzuki is 4 for 4 with a walk in his last five plate appearances at home.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hughes gave up one run over 7.1 innings with six strikeouts and no walks to improve to 13-8 in Saturday's win over the Royals.
Impact: After struggling a bit in July (5.71 ERA), Hughes has been on fire lately. He's 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA and 22:3 K:BB in 20.1 innings in his last three starts.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Swarzak (ankle) was able to run off the mound to cover first base and was cleared to play Friday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: When he first sprained his ankle Tuesday, it was thought he'd land on the DL, but now it looks like he could be back on the mound shortly.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Escobar isn't in the lineup Saturday versus the Royals, LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Since his last absence on Aug. 8, Escobar has failed to gather a hit on just one occasion, reeling off a .333 average (7-for-21) with five doubles and three runs scored. He'll yield shortstop to Danny Santana, who is leading off.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nolasco (5-8) gave up five runs on seven hits over six innings on Friday facing the Royals as he took the loss.
Impact: The recent activation for Nolasco off the DL means that he'll at least get another start or two to prove himself. Nolasco has seen his ERA balloon to 5.99 on the year.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | STATS
News: The Minnesota Twins are relieved that prized center field prospect Byron Buxton only has a concussion following a violent outfield collision with a teammate.
Impact: In Buxton's first game for Double-A New Britain on Wednesday, Buxton suffered a head injury bad enough to knock him unconscious for about 10 minutes. He ran into right fielder Mike Kvasnicka after both of them ran full speed for a fly ball in the fifth inning.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Arcia hit two home runs in Tuesday's loss to Houston.
Impact: It was Arcia's first multi-homer game. He's been a bit more reliable at the plate lately, batting .270 in his last 25 games. He has, however, struck out 30 times in that span.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Santana continued his recent hot streak, going 3 for 5 in Monday's 4-2 win at Houston.
Impact: The rookie is 8 for 15 over his last three games and has gone 16 for 33 in his last seven on the road.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Hughes pitched well at Oakland on Sunday, allowing one run and four hits over seven innings in a 6-1 win.
Impact: Hughes is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA with 16 strikeouts in two August starts.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Santana went 3 for 5 and scored twice in Sunday's 6-1 win at Oakland.
Impact: Santana appears to be on a roll, going 5 for 10 over his last two contests.
Sun. Aug 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Minnesota will call up Milone from Triple-A Rochester to start Monday at Houston after trading Kevin Correia to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Impact: Milone was acquired from the Athletics on the July 31 trade deadline after he requested to be moved following a demotion to the minors. Milone went 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA over 11 starts with the A's when he was sent down July 5 following the trade for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs.