Billy Burns' sacrifice fly scored Raul Mondesi in the 11th inning as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 4-3 Tuesday night, staving off postseason elimination.
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Lineup: Twins (56-100) at Royals (79-77)
- 1. Brian Dozier, 2B (R)
- 2. Robbie Grossman, DH (S)
- 3. Max Kepler, RF (L)
- 4. Miguel Sano, 3B (R)
- 5. Logan Schafer, LF (L)
- 6. Eduardo Escobar, SS (S)
- 7. Juan Centeno, C (L)
- 8. Byron Buxton, CF (R)
- 9. James Beresford, 1B (L)
- SP: Jose Berrios, RHP
Which Twins have mastered spin rate?
Spin rate is a relatively new factor of pitching being explored, but those who do it best are finding success. Ryan Pressly is among pitchers with the highest spin rates on curveballs. Why spin rate matters (Insider)
Twins still No. 30 in Power Rankings
The bad news: The Twins reached 100 losses on Sunday. The good news: The team has locked up the No. 1 pick in next year's draft. Week 25 Power Rankings
Twins' 100 losses lead to Dozier record
The Mariners beat the Twins 4-3 on Sunday, Minnesota's 100th loss of the season. That gives Brian Dozier the record for most home runs (42) in a season by any player in MLB history for a team that lost at least 100 games, per the Elias Sports Bureau.
Nelson Cruz homered twice before leaving with left wrist soreness, Jesus Sucre homered for the first time in 14 months and the Seattle Mariners beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 on Sunday.
Home plate umpire Jerry Layne was hit in the mask by a foul ball in the first inning and had to leave Sunday's game between Seattle and Minnesota because of concussion-like symptoms.
Miguel Sano hit a tiebreaking homer in the bottom of the fourth inning and Tyler Duffey pitched seven strong innings for his best start in more than a month as the Twins beat the Mariners 3-2.
Robinson Cano had four hits and two RBI, and Nelson Cruz added a two-run homer among his four RBI as the Seattle Mariners' offense got back on track in a 10-1 victory over the Twins on Friday.
What will Twins do with Michael Tonkin?
Tonkin had been effective in previous years with the Twins, but this season has been rough for the 26-year old. Still, he's young, cheap and can strike out hitters. Will that be enough for Minnesota to look to retain him? Twins Daily
Brian Dozier's hit streak in perspective
Dozier went 0-for-4 in the nightcap of the Twins' doubleheader on Thursday, ending his 24-game hitting streak. That was the longest hitting streak in a 40-homer season since Albert Pujols (43 HRs) had a 30-game spree in 2003, per the Elias Sports Bureau.
Has Joe Mauer hurt his HOF chances?
Mauer's peak years as a catcher were well worthy of the Hall, but he's now an everyday first baseman and is struggling to hit like he used to. Can he still earn a spot in Cooperstown? David Schoenfield explores. Hall of Fame stock watch (Insider)
Brian Dozier makes history at second base
With his leadoff homer in Game 1 of the Twins' doubleheader against the Tigers on Thursday, Dozier became the first AL player with 40 HRs as a second baseman in a single season, ESPN Stats & Info notes. He has 42 overall this year.
Thursday's longest home runs
J.T. Realmuto and Justin Upton both hit 443-foot homers to pace the competition on Thursday. The most impactful blast on the list came off the bat of Yasmani Grandal, who crushed a go-ahead grand slam against the Rockies in the seventh inning.
Justin Verlander tied a season-high with 11 strikeouts, and the Tigers moved into the second AL wild-card spot by beating the Twins 4-2 Thursday to sweep a day-night doubleheader.
Justin Upton and Victor Martinez homered as the Detroit Tigers picked up another win in the AL wild-card chase, beating the Minnesota Twins 9-2 Thursday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.
Where does the Twins offense rank?
It's been a tough season in Minnesota, but the offense -- led by Brian Dozier's power surge -- has still been able to put up some runs. Where would the team rank in a league scaled to ignore the runs the Twins' pitching has allowed? Twins Daily
Interim GM Rob Antony reportedly is the only in-house candidate to become the Twins' president of baseball operations.
Wednesday's game between the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins was cut short because of rain, with the two teams planning a split doubleheader on Thursday to finish out the three-game series.
How could Gonsalves impact the Twins?
Southpaw Stephen Gonsalves went 8-1 with a 1.82 ERA with Double-A Chattanooga this season, striking out 89 and allowing just three homers in 74 1/3 innings. If all goes well, he could make his major league debut next summer and have a breakout season in 2018, Tony Blengino writes. Future breakout rookies (Insider)
Matt Boyd breezed through eight innings, backed by home runs from James McCann and Miguel Cabrera, as the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 8-1 on Tuesday night.
Brian Dozier's case for AL MVP
Dozier has been a bright spot in the Twins' dismal season with 26 hits in September and 41 home runs. But has his performance been enough to realistically put him in the American League MVP conversation? Twins Daily
Twins second baseman Brian Dozier could land a roster spot on Team USA for the World Baseball Classic next spring.
Twins hold steady in Power Rankings
Another week in the cellar for Minnesota. After getting swept over the weekend by the Mets, the Twins are now 3.5 games ahead of the Braves for the worst record in baseball. That about sums things up. Week 24 Power Rankings
Twins @ Royals
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