Kepler was about as clutch as it is possible to be Tuesday night (and Wednesday morning) in the Twins' marathon win over the Boston Red Sox. He tied the game twice -- with a single in the eighth and a moonshot in the 13th -- then drove in the winning run with a single in the 17th. He's now hitting .279 on the season with a .928 OPS and 18 home runs, while the Twins again avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season. Minnesota still leads the majors at 48-24 and ranks second with a run differential of plus-115.
Byron Buxton, Twins outfielder (↓ DOWN)
Buxton's wrist injury seems to be a bit more severe than expected. The speedy outfielder went on the 10-day injured list Tuesday, a few days after he was hit by a pitch. There's no reason to be particularly alarmed -- manager Rocco Baldelli was calling him "day-to-day" as recently as the weekend -- but his Gold Glove-caliber defense and newfound consistency at the plate will be missed. Buxton is hitting .266 on the season with 21 doubles.
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Jose Berrios, Twins pitcher (↑ UP)
Berrios lived up to his longstanding "La Machina" nickname Monday, going a season-high eight innings in a loss to the Red Sox. Berrios matched his season high with 10 strikeouts, allowing just five hits and an earned run with no walks. He's up to five straight quality starts, and has been among the league's best pitchers since that run began.
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Zack Littell, Twins pitcher (↑ UP)
Littell, 23, picked up his first career win in his first appearance for the Twins since rejoining Minnesota last week. He pitched the final two innings -- No. 16 and No. 17 -- of the Twins' multi-comeback win over the Red Sox, facing eight batters and allowing two hits with two strikeouts. He'd allowed home runs in two of his last three appearances in Triple-A heading into the 16th, but held up nicely against the Red Sox.
Martin Perez, Twins pitcher (↓ DOWN)
An early-season success story for the new-look Twins after picking up a cut fastball over the offseason, Perez has looked shaky over the past few weeks. He's allowed four-plus earned runs in three of his last four starts, and hasn't recorded a win since May 23.
Miguel Sano, Twins third baseman (↓ DOWN)
Strikeouts come with the territory when you can club the ball like Sano does, but he took things to a new level Tuesday. Sano went 0-for-7 with a whopping five strikeouts against the Red Sox after going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the series opener. He's hitting .211 with 18 strikeouts in 38 at-bats with men on this season, and just .143 with 11 strikeouts in 21 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
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Joe Mauer, former Twins catcher (↑ UP)
Mauer's jersey retirement turned out to be a special night at Target Field. The various Twins teams of Mauer's heyday staged a mini reunion in front of a sellout crowd (M&M boys forever), the governor declared Saturday "Joe Mauer Day" and rapper T.I. -- of longtime Mauer walkup song "What You Know" -- made a surprise cameo. Today's Twins finished it all off with a comeback win over the Kansas City Royals, a team Mauer tormented for years.