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Melvin Upton Jr. hit an RBI triple and continued home on a misplay in the eighth inning, completing Toronto's rally from a five-run deficit and sending the first-place Blue Jays over the Twins.
Twins starter Ervin Santana, who is signed for the next two years, has reportedly cleared waivers and could be dealt prior to Sept. 1 roster deadline.
Lineup: Twins (49-79) at Blue Jays (72-56)
- 1. Brian Dozier, 2B (R)
- 2. Joe Mauer, 1B (L)
- 3. Max Kepler, RF (L)
- 4. Trevor Plouffe, 3B (R)
- 5. Eddie Rosario, CF (L)
- 6. Miguel Sano, DH (R)
- 7. Eduardo Escobar, SS (S)
- 8. Juan Centeno, C (L)
- 9. Danny Santana, LF (S)
- SP: Ervin Santana, RHP Daily lineups
Russell Martin and Justin Smoak each homered and drove in five runs as the Toronto Blue Jays hammered Minnesota 15-8 Friday night, handing the Twins their eighth straight loss.
The Minnesota Twins have selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Alex Wimmers from Triple-A Rochester, promoting their 2010 first-round draft pick to the major leagues for the first time.
How do Twins rank in intangibles?
Is Brian Dozier baseball's best baserunner? Where does Miguel Sano rank in power? And what about Jorge Polanco when it comes to plate discipline? Dan Szymborski breaks it down. Ranking "intangible" tools (Insider)
James McCann had a three-run homer among his four hits, Daniel Norris pitched into the seventh inning and the Detroit Tigers completed a sweep at Minnesota with an 8-5 victory on Thursday.
Brian Dozier gets to 30 homers
Dozier, who hit his 16th second-half homer on Wednesday, is the first Twin to reach 30 in a season since Josh Willingham had 35 in 2012, ESPN Stats & Info notes.
Byung Ho Park, who has been in the minor leagues since late June, will undergo right wrist surgery Thursday. He had been dealing with an injured wrist through much of the season.
Miguel Cabrera had four hits, including his 28th home run, and Justin Upton added a three-run homer as the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 9-4 on Wednesday night.
Cameron Maybin drove in three runs, including a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth inning, to spark the Detroit Tigers over the Minnesota Twins 8-3 on Tuesday night.
Fixing Jose Berrios
The Twins are using a "village" approach to mentor top pitching prospect Jose Berrios, who has shown potential with his velocity and movement but struggles with his command. Twins Daily
Is Sano baseball's best power hitter?
Even with some strange handling by Minnesota's coaching staff, Miguel Sano has produced 20 homers in 88 games this season. Does the 23-year-old rank No. 1 on Keith Law's list? Best hitting/speed tools in MLB (Insider)
Twins hold steady in Power Rankings
As has been the case all season, the Twins stood no chance against the Royals over the weekend. Minnesota was swept in a four-game set and is now 2-11 against Kansas City in 2016. Week 20 Power Rankings
Danny Duffy won his 10th straight decision, Eric Hosmer doubled in the go-ahead run and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 Sunday for their eighth consecutive win.
Kurt Suzuki remains a trade candidate
Although it might take an injury to a contending team's starting catcher for him to be dealt, Suzuki, a free agent at the end of the season, is certainly a trade option, Jim Bowden writes. Players who could be traded by Aug. 31 (Insider)
Alex Gordon hit two home runs, Ian Kennedy pitched eight sharp innings and the Kansas City Royals extended their winning streak to seven games, beating the Minnesota Twins 10-0 Saturday.
Friday's longest home runs
Chris Carter's 456-foot blast went deep to center field and was the second-longest of his career. Chris Davis wasn't far behind with his fourth homer in three games.
Brian Dozier hits a personal best
Dozier's 449-foot homer to straightaway center field off the Royals' Edinson Volquez on Friday night was the longest of his five-year major league career.
Eric Hosmer's single in the 11th inning drove in Cheslor Cuthbert with the winning run to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.
What does future hold for Escobar?
When Eduardo Nunez was traded, it appeared Eduardo Escobar would get the chance to reclaim playing time at shortstop. But that hasn't been the case. His declining metrics this season could explain why. Twins Daily
Dozier becoming thorn in Royals' side
Brian Dozier homered against the Royals for the sixth straight game on Thursday. The only other player to have a six-game homer streak against the defending World Series champion was Joe Adcock of the Milwaukee Braves vs. the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1956 (nine games), per the Elias Sports Bureau.
Alex Gordon hit a grand slam, Dillon Gee pitched seven strong innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 8-1 on Thursday night.
On Base Percentage.31920th
Earned Run Average5.0629th
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