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MINNEAPOLIS — Glen Perkins' 16-month comeback odyssey reached fruition Thursday afternoon, Aug. 17, as the decorated Twins reliever trotted in from the bullpen to pitch the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians with a four-run deficit. It hardly mattered to Perkins, activated off the 60-day disabled list for his first big-league outing since April 10, 2016, that he was being eased back into the mix after major shoulder surgery that June 23.
MINNEAPOLIS—Eddie Rosario isn't sure what it is that makes him hit so well against the Cleveland Indians. Maybe it's the chance for the Twins left fielder to show off in front of Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, his World Baseball Classic teammate from Team Rubio. "He's a friend," Rosario said before Wednesday's rainout forced a doubleheader Thursday at Target Field. "He's Puerto Rican. When I do well, he's happy for me. When he does a good job, I'm happy for him too."
MINNEAPOLIS — Twins third baseman Miguel Sano hears from Seattle Mariners star second baseman Robinson Cano, his mentor from back home in the Dominican Republic, from time to time during the season. Tuesday night was definitely one of those times. The reason: a stunning defensive play in the fifth inning that saw Sano range several steps into foul ground to throw out Austin Jackson with a one-hop laser across the diamond.
MINNEAPOLIS — Veteran reliever Glen Perkins, fresh off back-to-back rehab outings for Double-A Chattanooga, returned to the Twins clubhouse Tuesday, Aug. 15. What happens next remains anyone's guess. "There's not really an official word," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "I think over the next couple days we'll contemplate what the best move is moving forward, not only for him but for our team."
MILWAUKEE — If you thought Jaime Garcia's six-day stay with the Twins was brief, just consider how things went for Ehire Adrianza and the Milwaukee Brewers. Claimed off waivers from the San Francisco Giants on the last day of January, the super utility man hadn't even received a single piece of Brewers gear before the Twins grabbed him six days later. Adrianza did receive a nice phone call from Brewers general manager David Stearns, Adrianza said, once he was placed on waivers.
MINNEAPOLIS — On a Sunday morning when his annual Fifteen's 5K charity race included 1,200 runners, Glen Perkins could finally see the finish line. Nearly 16 months since he threw his last pitch in the major leagues and 13 1/2 months since undergoing major surgery on his throwing shoulder, Perkins was preparing for the home stretch of his rehab marathon. "Almost there," the Stillwater High School and University of Minnesota product said. "If I can get through this next week, there's no reason I shouldn't be ready to play here."
MINNEAPOLIS — Twins third baseman Miguel Sano showed his swollen left hand to reporters on Saturday afternoon, roughly 18 hours after taking an errant fastball to the same general area for the second time in 11 days. "When I woke up this morning, I couldn't even make a fist," Sano said through a translator. "Last night I could."
MINNEAPOLIS — Twins first baseman Joe Mauer was still kicking himself Friday, Aug. 4 after the dropped foul pop in Thursday's 4-1 loss that gave him his first error in 13 months. "I looked down to make sure I didn't trip over the bag and then I looked back up and I didn't see it," Mauer said. "I lost it until it was about 10 feet away. That was unfortunate." Robinson Chirinos followed with a line single after that two-out reprieve, but Adalberto Mejia struck out Nomar Mazara with the bases loaded to keep Mauer's fourth-inning mistake from compounding.
MINNEAPOLIS — Twins manager Paul Molitor was looking forward to welcoming the 31st and newest member of baseball's 3,000-hit club, Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre. Twins starters Ervin Santana and Bartolo Colon planned to pay their respects for a different reason after Beltre, their Dominican Republic countryman, became the first from that baseball-rich country to reach that career milestone. "He has a lot of base hits against me too," Santana said with a laugh on Thursday afternoon. "He's got a couple homers too, I think."
MINNEAPOLIS — After making just one start in a Twins uniform, the veteran left-hander was shipped to the New York Yankees early Sunday morning for a pair of minor leaguers. The Twins, according to a person with direct knowledge, will also pick up all but the pro-rated minimum of Garcia's remaining $4.2 million salary, as he heads into free agency this offseason. That will leave the Yankees on the hook for just $187,000 the rest of the season.