Rodney doesn’t get the save, gets U.S. citizenship instead
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Fernando Rodney, Twins closer (↑ UP)
Rodney made an unusual appearance midway through Sunday's game, getting the final two outs of the fifth inning before making his exit. Turns out, manager Paul Molitor wasn't experimenting with some new tactics, Rodney just had a flight to catch. The 41-year-old became a U.S. citizen Monday, traveling to Miami for his immigration hearing.
Jose Berrios, Twins pitcher (↑ UP)
Remarkably, Berrios managed to keep the ball in the park during an All-Star Game that featured a record 10 home runs. The 24-year-old right-hander was the fifth pitcher deployed by American League manager A.J. Hinch, working a scoreless fifth inning.
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Fernando Romero, Twins pitcher (↓ DOWN)
Romero got the win Sunday, but it wasn't pretty. The Tampa Bay Rays managed 10 hits and four runs, all earned, against Romero, while the 23-year-old rookie managed just one strikeout.
Da Beauty League isn't exactly the Stanley Cup playoffs, but consider this your annual reminder that Boeser is a ... uh … beauty. He had a hat trick in Week 1 (check out this casual little snipe), adding an assist for good measure. The Burnsville, Minn., native was on pace for nearly 40 goals as a rookie before suffering a back injury, but he's looking pretty healthy heading into his second full season.
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Brian Dozier, Twins second baseman (↑ UP)
Dozier either slapped an exclamation point on the Twins' pre-break resurgence with his walk-off grand slam Sunday, or boosted his trade value a bit, depending on your perspective. Either way, the Twins closed out the first half with their fourth walk-off win of the season, adding some major urgency to a post-break road trip that features Kansas City, Toronto and Boston. The Twins have quite the hill to climb with the Cleveland Indians seemingly safe atop the AL Central, but Dozier seems to be a believer.
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Minnesota Lynx (EVEN ↔)
The Lynx have struggled ever since the Indiana Fever snapped their seven-game win streak, but not even a down season for the reigning champs can keep their top players out of the All-Star Game. Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles will represent the Lynx next Saturday at Target Center. It won't exactly be a new experience for any of them. Augustus will be making her franchise-record eighth appearance, Moore her sixth and Fowles her fifth.
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Byron Buxton, Twins outfielder (↓ DOWN)
Buxton suffered another setback last week, landing on the minor-league disabled list with a strained left wrist. A Gold Glove winner last year, Buxton has appeared in just 28 games for the Twins this season, while dealing with a fractured toe, in addition to this new ailment.