Minnesota Twins Player News: All Positions

News: Kepler went 4-for-6 with a pair of doubles, two RBI and a run scored in Sunday's 8-6 loss to the Royals.
Impact: Kepler was terrific out of the leadoff spot as he has been for most of 2019. It was his second four-hit contest in June alone. The 26-year-old outfielder continues his breakout season with a .917 OPS and 17 homers.
News: Cruz went 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, three RBI and a walk in Sunday's 8-6 loss to Kansas City.
Impact: Cruz launched a solo shot in the seventh inning before driving a two-run double in the eighth. The 38-year-old slugger is showing no signs of slowing down with six homers already in June. For the season, he owns a tremendous. 941 OPS with 13 long balls and 34 RBI.
News: Perez (7-3) coughed up five runs (four earned) on six hits and a walk in 6.2 innings Sunday, striking out seven and taking the loss against the Royals.
Impact: Perez was in trouble early, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk in the second inning alone. He settled in, throwing four straight perfect frames after that before another bumpy stretch in the seventh. He's now given up at least four runs in three of his last four outings, raising his season ERA from 2.95 to 4.09 during that span. He'll look for redemption in Kansas City on Friday.
News: Adrianza will start at first base and bat ninth Sunday against the Royals, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Manager Rocco Baldelli will reward Adrianza will a fourth consecutive start after the utility man rapped out five hits and drew a walk in the previous three contests. Adrianza offers some nice versatility and has made impressive strides at the plate this season -- his .794 OPS is 87 points better than his previous career high -- but he'll have trouble finding consistent playing time in a loaded Minnesota lineup once his recent surge ends.
News: Cron is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Cron started each of the Twins' previous four contests, going 3-for-16 with a home run and three RBI. Ehire Adrianza will enter the starting nine at first base in Cron's stead and bat ninth.
News: Garver is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Jason Castro will get a turn behind the plate while Garver rests after starting at catcher in both of the first two games of the series. Since returning from the injured list June 2, Garver has picked up right where he left off prior to suffering a high-ankle sprain. In his first nine games back in action, Garver has gone 10-for-35 (.286 average) with two home runs, nine RBI and six runs.
News: Buxton (wrist) is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Buxton's right wrist is still a little tender after he was hit by a pitch Friday, so he'll stay on the bench for a second straight game. Max Kepler will again fill in for Buxton in center field.
News: Poppen has a 1.55 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 29 innings at Triple-A Rochester in five games (four starts).
Impact: Poppen is an unheralded 2016 19th-round draft pick from Harvard who has had an unspectacular minor-league career so far. However, in the past year or so he's put up increasingly strong strikeout numbers (10.6 K/9 at Triple-A) which suggests he has a chance to be a late bloomer at age 25. He'll need to improve his walk rate (3.7 BB/9 at Triple-A, while he was 5.3 BB/9 at Double-A) to get a quicker shot at the majors.
News: Rogers allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless ninth inning to secure the save Saturday versus the Royals. He did not record a strikeout.
Impact: Rogers certainly didn't take the easy route Saturday as he allowed the tying run to reach second base, but he was ultimately able to preserve the one-run lead. The 28-year-old has a 2.10 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 38:7 K:BB through 30 innings and is 8-for-10 in save opportunities while also recording nine holds.
News: Odorizzi (10-2) earned the victory Saturday against the Royals by surrendering four runs on seven hits over six innings. He struck out seven and walked two.
Impact: Odorizzi gave up more than three runs for only the second time this season, but the Minnesota offense rallied to provide him with his third straight win. The 29-year-old has a 2.24 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 85:24 K:BB in 14 starts this season, and he lines up to pitch again versus the Royals on Thursday.
News: Sano is not in the lineup Saturday against the Royals, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Sano has posted strong numbers in 20 games this season following a late start due to a heel injury, hitting .240/.326/.573 with six homers. Ehire Adrianza will get the call at third base.
News: Buxton (wrist) is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Royals, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Buxton left Friday's contest after getting hit by a pitch in the wrist. He avoided serious injury but will get at least one day to rest. Max Kepler slides over to center field in his absence, with Marwin Gonzalez starting in right.