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The Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals have both experienced their share of struggles.
But a recent power surge has things looking up for the Twins, while the Royals' offense is still sputtering through a prolonged slump.
Minnesota would like to see both trends continue Tuesday night when it visits Kansas City in the opener of a three-game series.
The Twins (25-29) don't resemble the offense that managed five runs during a three-game sweep at the hands of the Royals from April 8-10. They arrive in Kansas City winners of seven of nine while slugging .449 with 15 homers - including four in Sunday's 10-0 win over Seattle.
This stretch immediately follows a 10-game losing streak - tied for fourth-longest in team history - that saw the Twins average 2.8 runs while slugging only .317.
"Those 10 games we were losing, some games were one-run games and we just needed a big hit," Brian Dozier, who went 3 for 4 with a home run Sunday, told the team's official...
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MINNEAPOLIS Clete Thomas is back with the Minnesota Twins, as the team announced Monday that he has been recalled from Triple-A Rochester.
To make room for Thomas on the 40-man roster, Minnesota designated reliever Tyler Robertson for assignment. Robertson was on the Opening Day roster but was optioned to Rochester on April 6.
Thomas, a 29-year-old outfielder, first debuted with...
MINNEAPOLIS It's been six years since the Twins had a shortstop play more than 100 games in a season. More than any other position, shortstop has been a revolving door in Minnesota from one year to the next.
Pedro Florimon is hoping to stop that trend.
Through Sunday, Florimon has made 42 starts at shortstop in 54 games this season. If he stays healthy, he's on pace to play...
The Minnesota Twins have selected the contract of outfielder Clete Thomas from Triple-A Rochester to give them a needed extra center fielder.
The Twins announced the move on Monday. Thomas gives manager Ron Gardenhire another player who can play center field while Wilkin Ramirez is on the disabled list with a concussion.
Rookie Aaron Hicks, who made the jump from Double-A to the...
MINNEAPOLIS Chris Herrmann couldn't stop smiling as he rounded the bases Sunday in the fourth inning. And who could blame him.
Herrmann hit his first career major league home run in Sunday's 10-0 over the Seattle Mariners. Herrmann drove a 1-2 pitch from Jeremy Bonderman to left field for an estimated 373-foot homer.
The emotion on Herrmann's face following the home...
The Minnesota Twins have placed outfielder Aaron Hicks on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.
Hicks left the nightcap of Sunday's day-night doubleheader against the Nationals in Washington.
To replace Hicks on the roster, the Twins will recall outfielder Oswaldo Arcia from Triple-A Rochester before Tuesday's game against Philadelphia.
Arcia has appeared...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. It seems strange to write this, but the upcoming Royals homestand may be the most important homstand for the team since 2003, the Royals' last winning season.
The Royals, as you probably know, have sunk to last place in the American League Central, eight games under .500, yet only 6 out of first.
The season isn't over.
And after a somewhat non-favorable...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Ryan Doumit homered and drove in a pair of runs Tuesday night, sending the Minnesota Twins to a 3-0 victory and the Kansas City Royals to their franchise-record 11th straight home loss.
Samuel Deduno (2-1) allowed four hits over six-plus innings for the Twins, who have rebounded nicely from a 10-game losing streak to win eight of 10. They also managed to exact...
Minnesota Twins fans continue to clamor for pitching prospect Kyle Gibson to make his major league debut.
Samuel Deduno is temporarily silencing those talks.
For the second straight outing, the enigmatic right-hander dazzled on the mound, holding the Kansas City Royals scoreless for six innings in Minnesota's 3-0 win Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium. For Deduno, it was his second...
George Brett was back in uniform at Kauffman Stadium.
The Hall of Fame third baseman that spent his entire career with the Kansas City Royals was made their interim hitting coach during their recent road trip. But their return Tuesday night to face Minnesota at the start of a nine-game homestand meant Brett was back wearing the home white uniform.
Brett has remained close to the...
Samuel Deduno fixed Twins manager Ron Gardenhire with a stare. Gardy stared right back.
Nobody wanted to budge.
It was the sixth inning and Deduno had been shutting down the punchless Kansas City Royals all night, but he'd just allowed a leadoff double. Gardenhire trundled out to the mound while calling to the bullpen, only to receive a withering look from his young right-handed...
At 25-29 the Twins have sneaked their way into 3rd place in the Central. They currently stand at a full game ahead of the White Sox and 4 games behind the 2nd place Indians. I had predicted they would grab 3rd by the All-Star break, but now they're working ahead of that.
It has been beneficial that they are facing bottom feeder teams, but hey, you need to...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. George Brett's family wasn't exactly convinced he would finally accept the role the Royals, and Royals fans, had been begging him to take for years: Serve as the team's hitting coach.
George's wife, Leslie, was on a girls-only trip to Chicago last week when her husband broached the subject with her again.
"When he called me on Wednesday and...
Royals lefty John Lamb is slowly regaining his pre-injury stuff, but his stamina seemingly still has a long way to go.
I was doing some work in Excel on my data and formulas for player props, and came across some interesting stats that I found interesting. So look:
- B.J. Upton is having an absolutely terrible year, and a big reason is pop-ups. Upton has a major league worst 30.2% in-field fly ball rate with 13 pop-ups in 192 plate appearances, a big reason why his BABIP is so low at just...