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Trevor Plouffe homered twice, Josh Willingham and Drew Butera had one each and the Minnesota Twins came back from four runs down to take a big lead, then held on to beat the Kansas City Royals 10-8 Sunday.
With one run already across in the sixth, Willingham hit a three-run homer to tie the game at 5. Two batters later, Plouffe hit a solo shot for his second of the day.
Plouffe also hit a solo homer in the second inning. Butera added a three-run shot in the eighth.
The home runs came off Kansas City starter Bruce Chen (7-7), who had mostly breezed through the first five innings.
Chen (7-7), who had allowed just one earned run in each of his last two starts, gave up six earned runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings. Irving Falu drove in four runs for the Royals..
Reliever Jeff Gray (4-0) got the last two outs of the sixth and the first of the seventh for Minnesota.
Brian Dozier led off the Twins' sixth with his first career triple and scored on a bunt by Denard Span. Jamey Carr...
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Minnesota Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano is a hot name on the trade rumor mill. A quick look at his 2012 season bears a striking resemblance to his career stats. His start on July 1st against the Royals was a 4 walk, 4 run no decision. In his previous two starts he logged 13.1 innings, surrendered 2 runs and 4 walks, while striking out 11.
In 2006 and 2010, Liriano was dominating...
If any player has been underrated for the Minnesota Twins this season, it very well may be reliever Alex Burnett.
The last time the right-handed Burnett gave up a run was May 23. He extended that scoreless streak to 16 total innings by tossing 1-13 shutout innings in the Twins' 6-4 win Monday in Detroit.
Burnett entered Monday's game with two outs in the seventh inning...
MINNEAPOLIS Cole De Vries got two hours to make the Twins' decision harder.
As the 26th man on Minnesota's roster per a new rule that allows teams to add a player for doubleheaders the starting pitcher knew his spot in the majors was tenuous. But after a six-inning outing in which he gave up just one run on five hits, De Vries made manager Ron Gardenhire's decision...
MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota's Darin Mastroianni hasn't gotten much playing time since being called up by the Twins in early May, but the speedy outfielder has now been in the starting lineup the last three games.
Mastroianni started in left field for the first game of Saturday's double-header and was then starting in right field for the nightcap. One day later, Mastroianni...
MINNEAPOLIS Joe Mauer is an All-Star once again.
The Twins catcher was named to the American League roster for the 2012 All-Star game. It will be Mauer's fifth All-Star appearance in his nine-year career and his first since 2010.
Prior to Sunday's series finale against Kansas City, Mauer was batting .325 with a league-high on-base percentage of .416. He has driven in 36...
MINNEAPOLIS Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was asked earlier this week who he thought his all star (or all stars) should be this year.
It's a question that doesn't yield an obvious answer for Gardenhire, unlike last year, when outfielder Michael Cuddyer was the only logical choice. Cuddyer was not only Minnesota's most productive hitter in the first half of last season...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Joe Mauer homered, rookie Cole De Vries threw six strong innings and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 5-1 Saturday to sweep a day-night doubleheader.
Josh Willingham and Chris Parmelee also homered for the Twins, who finished June with a 14-13 record -- their first winning month in almost a year.
The Twins took the opener 7-2 as Scott Diamond...
Joe Mauer homered, rookie Cole De Vries threw six strong innings and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 5-1 Saturday to sweep a day-night doubleheader.
Josh Willingham and Chris Parmelee also homered for the Twins, who finished June with a 14-13 record - their first winning month in almost a year.
The Twins took the opener 7-2 as Scott Diamond pitched eight solid innings...
Francisco Liriano is back?
That’s what people keep saying. All these different fantasy baseball “guru’s” have been pumping Liriano to the point that he’s the most added starting pitcher in ESPN leagues. He had three quality starts in a row, and since returning to the starting rotation has clearly been better than he was earlier in the season, but back? I don’t think so...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Scott Diamond pitched eight solid innings, Trevor Plouffe homered and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 7-2 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader Saturday.
Easily the Twins' most-effective starter since being called up in May, Diamond (7-3) allowed two runs and six hits to give Minnesota a big lift with another game coming up. Twins relievers...
Twins 6, Tigers 4. Updates. With AP Photos. By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer Trevor Plouffe hit a two-run single during Minnesota's four-run fourth inning, helping the Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 6-4 Monday night.
Minnesota had six singles in all during its big rally as it earned its fourth consecutive win to lift Ron Gardenhire to 900 career victories.
Anthony Swarzak (2-4...
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO,
STATS WriterJoe Mauer has put together a strong stretch at the plate, but that's nothing new against the Kansas City Royals.Mauer will try to continue his surge and help the Minnesota Twins to a third consecutive victory over the visiting Royals in the finale of this four-game set Sunday.Mauer is hitting .420 with 15 RBIs in his last 19 games, raising...
The reader may very well be totally and irretrievably drunk at the moment, but it’s not for that reason that he’s seeing Trevor Plouffe‘s name near the top of the preceding [leaderboard]. As of Tuesday night, at least, Plouffe had hit the most home runs (nine) among major leaguers in June.
– Carson Cistulli, Daily Notes
If you are a self-respecting, perfectly rational human...