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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All signs point to Twins left-hander Glen Perkins moving in the right direction.
Right-hander Bartolo Colon makes his 35th career start against the Rangers when he pitches for the Twins at 7:10 p.m. CT on Friday at Target Field. He will be opposed by left-hander Martin Perez.
Right-hander A.J. Griffin threw six strong innings in his return from the 60-day disabled list and was backed by a three-run homer from Joey Gallo to lift the Rangers to a 4-1 win over the Twins on Thursday night at Target Field.
Minnesota manager Paul Molitor peered in closely as Dillon Gee took the mound on Thursday at Target Field. He wanted to see what his newest reliever could offer.
Helping supply his team a four-run second inning, Ervin Santana went nine strong on the mound as the Twins defeated the Padres 5-2 on Wednesday to split their two-game series in San Diego.
With the Twins desperate for a win and looking for offense after getting shut out by the Padres on Tuesday, veteran right-hander Ervin Santana did it all against San Diego on Wednesday.
After a three-city, 10-day West Coast road trip that saw Minnesota scuffle and become sellers before the Trade Deadline, the Twins are happy to head back to Target Field for a six-game homestand that begins on Thursday against the Rangers at Target Field.