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MINNEAPOLIS Twins outfielder Darin Mastroianni isn't in the starting lineup too often, but when he is he's been making the most of it.
Mastroianni did exactly that on Monday, as he got the start in place of the injured Denard Span. Mastroianni went 3-for-5 with three RBI and also made a highlight reel catch in right field to propel Minnesota to a 9-3 win over the visiting Detroit Tigers.
It was just Mastroianni's second start in the past seven games, but the speedy outfielder doesn't seem to miss a beat even when he's not getting regular at-bats.
"We work really hard in trying to simulate games when I'm not playing every day, and simplify my swing so I don't have to waste at-bats and I can go out there and be ready when I am up there," Mastroianni said after Monday's three-hit night. "So I do feel comfortable. These guys are good, so it doesn't make it very easy to feel really good in the box, but we work really hard."
BEST OF MAXIM
MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Twins are moving to the FM dial.
The team announced Wednesday that the radio broadcasts for Twins games will be on KTWN (96.3 FM) beginning in 2013. The announcement was made at Target Field during a live broadcast on KTWN with host Eric Perkins and special co-host and former Twins first baseman Kent Hrbek. The KTWN station is owned by the Pohlad family...
MINNEAPOLIS Twins closer Matt Capps hasn't pitched since July 16 due to irritation in his right rotator cuff, but he could start throwing again Wednesday. Capps is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday, and if all goes well, he'll pick up a ball again a few days later.
Capps is currently on the DL for the second time this year, as he also missed time at the end of June and...
MINNEAPOLIS Second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka's return to the majors was short-lived.
The Minnesota Twins optioned Nishioka back to Triple-A Rochester on Monday to make room on the roster for third baseman Trevor Plouffe. The Twins activated Plouffe from the 15-day disabled list. He was placed on the DL on July 27 (retroactive to July 21) with a bruised right thumb.
The Minnesota Twins demoted shortstop Brian Dozier to Class AAA Rochester on Tuesday after their 8-4 loss to the Deroit Tigers. Dozier, who was hitting .234 and had made 15 errors in 83 games, had lost too much of his aggressiveness at the plate, assistant GM Rob Antony said. However, Antony added that if the Twins didn't think Dozier could still be their shortstop of the future...
MINNEAPOLIS A lot went through Twins shortstop Brian Dozier's mind as he fielded a slow roller off the bat of Rays third baseman Jeff Keppinger in the 10th inning Sunday.
With the bases loaded and one out, Dozier had options -- and a choice to make. He could have tried for the force out at home for the second out with speedy Desmond Jennings at third. He could have tried to...
Darin Mastroianni and Ryan Doumit each homered and drove in three runs, Samuel Deduno baffled the struggling Detroit Tigers for seven innings and the Minnesota Twins snapped a four-game losing streak with a 9-3 victory Monday night.
Deduno (4-0) held Detroit hitless through four innings and retired nine of 10 batters before getting into trouble in the eighth. The 29-year-old right...
RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
In the world of baseball, sometimes a lucky bounce can turn a horrible situation into something good for the defense. During Monday night's Twins/Tigers affair, Detroit's Andy Dirks was at the plate in the fifth inning and appeared to have a base hit as he sent a screamer back towards the mound. The ball would first be deflected by Twins pitcher Samuel Denudo with his...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Darin Mastroianni and Ryan Doumit each homered and drove in three runs, Samuel Deduno baffled the struggling Detroit Tigers for seven innings and the Minnesota Twins snapped a four-game losing streak with a 9-3 victory Monday night.
Deduno (4-0) held Detroit hitless through four innings and retired nine of 10 batters before getting into trouble in the eighth...
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MILWAUKEE With just 40 games left in the 2012 season, we're about at the time where fingers are pointed, scapegoats are made, and blame is passed as fans question what could have been.
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