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Ron Gardenhire was a little worried about the Twins’ past two games in Houston. Long reliever Anthony Swarzak threw a season-high 70 pitches Monday meaning the Twins’ long reliever and early-inning bailout artist was unavailable — “and we’ve got a couple of kids going” the manager said.
Pedro Hernandez didn’t pitch like a kid though. Making his first major league start since June 23 the Venezuelan lefthander ripped through the Astros’ lineup with little trouble needing only 70 pitches to complete six innings and hand over a 4-1 lead to the bullpen in a game the Twins eventually won 9-6 in 12 innings.
Glen Perkins gave up three runs in the bottom of the ninth to send it into extra innings.
Hernandez was no sure thing especially against Houston’s promising rookie Jarred Cosart and the Twins didn’t even commit to Hernandez for the start until it became clear that Class AAA Rochester’s season wouldn’t end in time to bring a Red Wings pitcher to the big leagues. Hernandez experienced som
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Your browser does not support iframes. Minnesota Twins left fielder Darin Mastroianni broke his belt with a leaping catch, but was conveniently able to swap it out with a teammate in the bullpen, during Tuesday night's game in Houston. It happened in the bottom of the fourth inning as Astros batter Jose Altuve hit a hard fly ball to left. Mastroianni was able to track it down...
Minnesota Twins left fielder Darin Mastroianni helped out his starting pitcher Tuesday by making a diving catch against Houston. Then a Twins reliever had to return the favor by giving Mastroianni a helping hand -- and a belt.
Mastroianni dove to make a catch on a Jose Altuve fly ball to left field for the first out of the fourth inning. There was a problem, though: as Mastroianni...
Sweeps for the Minnesota Twins have been few and far between this season, but they've come a little easier against the Houston Astros.
The Twins will try to close out an impressive offensive series with another win in Houston on Wednesday.
Minnesota (61-76) opened the set with a 10-6 win Monday, tying a season high with four homers including a ninth-inning grand slam courtesy...
Chris Colabello exhibited power all season in the minor leagues. Monday, he showed off that strength at the major league level.
Colabello homered twice Monday against Houston, including a go-ahead grand slam in the top of the ninth inning -- his first career grand slam -- to give Minnesota its first lead of the game en route to a 10-6, come-from-behind win at Minute Maid Park. The...
The Minnesota Twins are giving right handed pitcher Mark Hamburger a second chance.
Hamburger, 26, was suspended for 50 games after testing postie for drug use. He was released by the Houston Astros in February meaning he will have to serve the suspension before he can play.
The Twins are banking on Hamburger making a turn around with his life.
“I guess we’ll see,” Brad Steil...
Clete Thomas scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the 12th inning and Darin Mastroianni added a two-run double, helping the Minnesota Twins beat the Houston Astros 9-6 on Tuesday night.
Thomas reached on a fielder's choice and went to third on Josmil Pinto's double. Kevin Chapman (0-1) then uncorked a wild pitch with pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit at the plate.
This is the time of year when baseball roster expand, minor league players make their major league debuts and others gain valuable playing time.
This year, however, the Rochester Red Wings have other plans.
Rochester is the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. On the Red Wings' last day of the regular season Monday, they snuck into the International League playoffs as...
Rookie Chris Colabello homered twice, including a tiebreaking grand slam in the ninth inning, to lift the Minnesota Twins to a 10-6 win over the Houston Astros on Monday.
It was 6-all before Chia-Jen Lo (0-3) allowed a single to Brian Dozier with one out in the ninth. Doug Bernier and Chris Herrmann drew two-out walks on full-count pitches before Colabello hit the next pitch into...
The Minnesota Twins hope the success achieved on their recent road trip will provide them with enough momentum to end their long home slide.
They'll look to avoid an eighth consecutive defeat at Target Field on Friday night against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Though Minnesota (61-77) fell 6-5 at Houston on Wednesday, it took four of six against the Astros and Texas to win consecutive...
Chia-Jen Lo's 93-mph first-pitch fastball jumped off Chris Colabello's bat and soared majestically toward the Houston Astros bullpen in deep right-center field.
Some 393 feet later in the top of the ninth inning the Twins' prove-it-to-me rookie slugger had his first big-league grand slam and the Twins had completed their Labor Day comeback with eight unanswered runs...