Minnesota Twins

Twins slug 3 HRs to earn split with Texas
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The Twins overcame a five-run first-inning deficit with three home runs to edge the Rangers, 6-5, on Sunday at Target Field. Minnesota split the four-game set with the win in the finale and pulled within three games of Kansas City and Tampa Bay for the second Wild Card spot, while Texas remains four games back.

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A while for Belisle: Closer gets 1st save since '12
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Despite trading All-Star closer Brandon Kintzler to the Nationals before Monday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Twins hadn’t found themselves in a save situation until Sunday. That’s when Twins manager Paul Molitor called on veteran right-hander Matt Belisle with a one-run lead against the Rangers. Belisle came through to help preserve a 6-5 win.

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Leather pattern: Twins make several web gems
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Minnesota manager Paul Molitor knew it was an abnormal look for his infield defense on Saturday at Target Field. The Twins played without both of their everyday corner infielders during a 4-1 loss to the Rangers. Still, the makeshift unit kept the club in it by recording three outs with a hit probability of at […]

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Sano gets breather following HBP on left hand
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Twins third baseman Miguel Sano’s left hand remains bruised and sore after being hit by a pitch from Rangers reliever Tony Barnette on Friday, and he was held out of the lineup on Saturday.

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Berrios makes first career start vs. Texas
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The Rangers and Twins will conclude a four-game set on Sunday at Target Field. Texas will trot out right-hander Nick Martinez to counter Minnesota right-hander Jose Berrios at 1:10 p.m. CT

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Twins held to four hits, one run in loss
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Left-hander Cole Hamels registered his 16th career complete game and Nomar Mazara hit a two-run home run to propel the Rangers to a 4-1 win over the Twins on Saturday night at Target Field. Texas and Minnesota are now both four games back of the Royals for the second American League Wild Card spot.

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Gibson faces Texas in first game back
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The Rangers and Twins will continue a four-game set on Saturday at Target Field. Texas left-hander Cole Hamels will go opposite Minnesota right-hander Kyle Gibson at 6:10 p.m. CT.

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Sano exits with left hand contusion after HBP
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Twins third baseman Miguel Sano left Friday’s game against the Rangers in the sixth inning with a left hand contusion after getting hit by a pitch from Rangers reliever Tony Barnette. X-rays were negative, and Sano is day to day.

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Twins welcome Gibson back to rotation
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Right-hander Kyle Gibson found himself the odd-man out when the Twins traded for veteran left-hander Jaime Garcia, getting optioned to Triple-A Rochester on July 24. But Gibson is set to return to the rotation after Garcia was traded to the Yankees on Sunday.

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Colon oldest pitcher with CG since 2010
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Brian Dozier hit a pair of homers to back a complete game by Bartolo Colon, as the Twins pushed past the Rangers by a score of 8-4 on Friday at Target Field. With the win, Minnesota moved ahead of Texas and pulled within 3.5 games of Kansas City for the second Wild Card spot.

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Dozier shakes off slump with two homers
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Brian Dozier said the Twins’ clubhouse collectively believes they’re still contenders in the American League Wild Card chase. He knows he must produce down the stretch for his club to stay in contention, and he took a step toward breaking out of his recent funk by going 3-for-4 with two homers.

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Perkins progressing in labrum surgery recovery
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All signs point to Twins left-hander Glen Perkins moving in the right direction.

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