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Josh Willingham extended his season-opening hitting streak to 14 games with a go-ahead three-run double and the Minnesota Twins beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 on Friday night.
Willingham's hit in the seventh off Joel Peralta puts him one away from tying Kirby Puckett's team mark of hitting safely in 15 straight games to start the 1994 season.
The Twins also got two RBIs from Joe Mauer, who went 2 for 3 with two walks. Mauer is 31 for 70 overall at Tropicana Field.
Evan Longoria and Matt Joyce homered for the Rays. Longoria had a homer and four RBIs in Tampa Bay's 9-4 win Thursday night at Toronto.
After Tampa Bay tied it with a run on Carlos Pena's bases-loaded double-play grounder in the sixth, Longoria gave Tampa Bay a 4-2 lead with a two-run shot off Liam Hendriks.
Mauer had put the Twins ahead 2-0 on RBI singles in the first and fifth.
Joyce cut the Rays' deficit to 2-1 during the fifth on his fourth homer of the season.
Hendriks gave up four runs and fiv...
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Josh Willingham is going streaking.
With his seventh-inning double in Friday's 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, Willingham has now recorded a hit in each of his first 14 games with Minnesota this season. According to the Twins' public relations department, it's the longest hitting streak by a Minnesota player to start a career with the team. Willingham was signed this...
The Minnesota Twins entered Saturday with the majors' worst earned-run average from their starting pitchers. With opening day starter Carl Pavano going to the mound, Minnesota was looking for a little relief fromits starting pitching.
Pavano matched Tampa Bay Rays all-star pitcher James Shields for five innings, giving the Twins the starting pitching they've needed for much...
Back in the lineup, B.J. Upton appears ready to once again contribute for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Coming off a big performance in his second game of the year, Upton looks to help the Rays to a second straight victory and a series win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday at Tropicana Field.
Coming off a 2011 season where he hit 23 home runs and drove in 81, Upton began this year on the...
The Minnesota Twins headed to the Big Apple at the beginning of the week as winners of just two games through their first three series this year. Minnesota was coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of arguably the best team in this early season, the Texas Rangers.
It was early, but the Twins were searching for answers.
While manager Ron Gardenhire's club lost Thursday...
The Tampa Bay Rays have reinstated center fielder B.J. Upton from the 15-day disabled list.
Upton had been sidelined with lower back soreness. He was hurt in an outfield collision with teammate Desmond Jennings in a spring training game against Miami on March 14.
Upton went 3 for 21 in seven minor-league rehab games with Single-A Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery.
Tune into Sun Sports at 6:30 p.m to watch the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Minnesota Twins.
The Tampa Bay Rays' Matt Moore entered 2012 with lofty expectations after two overpowering big-league starts last season.
The highly touted left-hander, though, hasn't exactly lived up to the billing thus far.
With Moore looking to get on track and B.J. Upton expected to make his...
The Tampa Bay Rays reinstated center fielder B.J. Upton from the 15-day disabled list Friday.Upton was sidelined with lower-back soreness after being hurt in an outfield collision with teammate Desmond Jennings in a spring training game on March 14.Upton went 3-for-21 in sever minor league rehab games with Single-A Charlotte and Double-Montgomery.Upton is eligible to play Friday against Minnesota.
Who knew he had it in him to break his bat while tapping it on home plate while going through his routine
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- James Shields carried a three-hitter into the ninth inning, B.J. Upton had a key two-run single and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 4-1 on Saturday night.
Shields (3-0) allowed one run and five hits over eight-plus innings while winning his third consecutive start after getting a no-decision on opening day against the New York Yankees.
TORONTO (AP) -- Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer and came within a triple of the cycle, Desmond Jennings added a solo shot and the Tampa Bay Rays ended a 10-game road trip by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 9-4 Thursday night.
Longoria went 3 for 4 with a season-high four RBIs and reached base four times as the Rays tagged Blue Jays right-hander Henderson Alvarez for a career-high...
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig insists the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays must have new ballparks to be able to compete.
Speaking on Thursday to the Associated Press Sports Editors, Selig provided no timetable for deciding the Bay Area dispute between the A's, who would like to build a ballpark in San Jose, and the Giants, who won't give up their territorial rights...
When the Twins signed 30-year-old right-hander Jared Burton to a minor league contract this winter, it was little more than a blip on the offseason radar. He managed to rack up 1.3 WAR in 161 relief innings for a Reds from 2007-2009 after being taken from the Athletics in the Rule 5 Draft, but hyperthyroidism and shoulder surgery limited him to just eight big league innings in 2010...
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Minnesota Twins 6 — New York Yankees 7
Curtis Granderson achieved something no Yankee ever...
Desmond Jennings homered and drove in three runs as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 6-2 on Sunday.
Jennings had a sacrifice fly during a two-run third and made it 5-0 in the fifth with a two-run homer off Francisco Liriano (0-3).
Liriano went five innings, allowing five runs, three hits and four walks. The left-hander has given up 22 runs, 25 hits and 13 walks over...