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CLEVELAND — Lingering illness kept Miguel Sano out of the Twins' starting lineup for a second straight game Saturday, but he was hopeful of returning by Sunday's series finale with the Cleveland Indians. "I didn't want to push it," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. The Twins are 14-4 when Sano homers, as he did twice this week in the series against the Chicago White Sox. Sano said his fever had subsided and the sinus congestion he's been dealing with for a week, dating to a rain-marred home doubleheader with the Indians last weekend, is improving as well.
MINNEAPOLIS — Coming off a depressing four-game sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Indians, the Twins finally got some encouraging news on Monday, jUNE 19. Right-hander Phil Hughes, out since May 21 with shoulder stiffness, traveled to Triple-A Rochester for a rehab assignment set to start Wednesday. Hughes played catch on June 13 for the first time since landing on the disabled list. Four such sessions were apparently enough to convince Hughes and the pitching-starved Twins to accelerate the process.
MINNEAPOLIS — Coming off a depressing four-game sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Indians, the Twins finally got some encouraging news on Monday, June 19. Right-hander Phil Hughes, out since May 21 with shoulder stiffness, traveled to Triple-A Rochester for a rehab assignment set to start Wednesday. Hughes played catch on June 13 for the first time since landing on the disabled list. Four such sessions were apparently enough to convince Hughes and the pitching-starved Twins to accelerate the process.
MINNEAPOLIS — Twins second baseman Brian Dozier had started 36 straight games since spraining his left ankle in early May, but that streak ended Sunday. Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer has held Dozier to a 4-for-32 (.125) showing, Dozier's second-lowest average against any pitcher he's faced more than 15 times. Against Kansas City Royals right-hander Chris Young he is 2 for 22 (.091). "We'll try to back him off and get him recharged," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "He's been a good warrior."
MINNEAPOLIS — The connection did not become clear to Torii Hunter until this spring. As part of his duties as a special assistant in the Twins' front office, the five-time all-star outfielder was watching scouting video of potential draftees. When he came across a shortstop/center fielder named Royce Lewis from San Juan Capistrano, Calif., the name finally registered.
MINNEAPOLIS—Jose Berrios likes it hot. With temperatures in the low 80s and humidity to match, the Twins' prized young right-hander plowed his way through eight innings on a career-high 108 pitches Thursday afternoon, June 15, in a 6-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Target Field.
MINNEAPOLIS—Eddie Rosario joined an exclusive group when he homered three times in the Twins' 20-7 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday. Rosario, the Twins' left fielder, became the 15th Puerto Rican-born player to hit three or more homers in a game and the first since Carlos Beltran did it for the New York Mets on May 12, 2011. It has happened a total of 23 times for that group, which includes four hall of famers.
MINNEAPOLIS—Twins right-hander Phil Hughes, out with shoulder stiffness, played catch on Tuesday for the first time since going on the disabled list after his last start on May 21. Hughes, who is still dealing with intermittent tingling in his fingers following surgery last July to remedy thoracic-outlet syndrome, will play catch again Wednesday as he ramps up a throwing program. "We'll see how the throwing goes," Hughes said, "and kind of reassess how much it's affecting me and what the next step is."
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa—Like many recent college graduates, Sam Berk isn't working in his field of study, which in his case was American history. Instead, he's doing something much cooler. A former first baseman at Macalester, Berk is in his first season as a minor-league video intern in the Twins organization. Flying solo with the Class A Cedar Rapids Kernels, Berk is charged with merging pitch-tracking data from the TrackMan system with an extensive video system to offer daily information to manager Tommy Watkins and his coaching staff.
MINNEAPOLIS-- Kennys Vargas got swept up in the residual effects of playing 15 innings on Sunday. Before shipping the slugging first baseman back to Triple-A Rochester in exchange for bullpen help—left-hander Jason Wheeler and righty Drew Rucinski—Twins manager Paul Molitor made sure the 26-year-old power threat understood the situation.