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Twins activate six-time All-Star Nelson Cruz from injured list

The Minnesota Twins will get some pop back into the lineup as they look to win the AL Central and break the single-season home run mark. Minnesota announced on Monday that it has activated six-time All-Star slugger Nelson Cruz off the injured list. Cruz, 39, has missed the past week-plus after suffering a wrist injury back on August 8. Before that, the veteran was just clobbering the baseball. Over the course of his previous 18 games, Cruz has hit .391 with a whopping 14 homers and 28 RBI....

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This week in preview: Home sweet home against weak division rivals

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Hopefully I didn’t jinx it.

The Minnesota Twins went 5-1 on their road trip against the Milwaukee Brewers and the Texas Rangers this past week. It game them a 2.5-game lead on Cleveland! This week, they get to host a couple of lesser division rivals and extend that lead as the Chicago White Sox will come to town tonight followed by Ron Gardenhire and the Detroit Tigers for a weekend series.

vs White Sox

The Bomba Squad is 7-3 against the White Sox this...

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Monday Morning Minnesota: Don’t let bad hitters hit edition

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Simple as that

Happy Monday, ya’ dorks. Gonna try something new today and write and include a short thing(that contains links!) about some stuff I want to write about, but don’t have enough to say to warrant a full length piece. We’ll see how it turns out. I’ma call it, drumroll pleeaaaaaase:

Monday’s Minipiece: Only Let Good Players Hit Obviously, like DUH

The Twins are a team without any clear superstars. (Unless we’re talking about Max...

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Watch: Sergio Romo: Twins 'already playing playoff baseball'

Sergio Romo knows a thing or two about playoff baseball. Following their 6-3 win over the Texas Rangers, he says the Minnesota Twins are already playing it.

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Twins 6, Rangers 3: The sweep sights & sounds of summer

Mar-win, win, win, and win. | Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Hop on the Minnesota bandwagon - there’s always broom for more.

This game was very hot (if you happened to be in Texas) and very long (everywhere).

Indeed, the Twins and Rangers played three hours and 49 minutes of baseball in a 117-degree heat index, the Bomba-less Bomba Squad completing the franchise’s first four-game sweep of Texas (as you may have heard once or twice or 88 times) with a 6-3 win.

Marwin Gonzalez...

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Game 124: Twins at Rangers

In which Tony Diaz is not in danger of mistakenly sending a runner. | Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images

Minny goes for the four-game sweep!

First Pitch: 2:05 CT TV: FSNO Radio: TIBN, twinsbeisbol.com Know Thine Enemy: Lone Star Ball

Check your calendars, everyone, because it’s SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!

GET YER LAZY BODY PARTS DOWN TO TEXAS, BECAUSE IT’S TIME FOR SOME TWINS BASEBALL!

THAT’S RIGHT! WE’VE GOT BATS SWINGIN’, BALLS FLYIN’, BENCHES CLEARIN’, UNWRITTEN RULES...

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Twins 12, Rangers 7: Right place, right time

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Twins got the first lead and never looked back, despite a messy, offense-heavy Saturday night.

You would be excused for checking in during the first inning, noticing the Twins’ immediate 6-0 lead, and writing this one up as an easy win.

You’d be half-right; the Minnesota Twins topped the Rangers by a final of 12-7 on Saturday night, but they certainly took the road less traveled — one filled with questionable defense, pitching struggles, and the...

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Game 123: Twins at Rangers

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota attempts to get a win streak going again.

First Pitch: 7:05 pm CDT

TV: FSN

Radio: TIBN

Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the stakes.

With each passing day in August, the division race heads up between the Minnesota Twins and their rivals in Ohio. But while Cleveland has lost three of four on their east coast road trip, the Twins have won three of their last four during their tour of the Central time zone.

Already armed with a 2-0 series...

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James Fillmore

Twins 4, Rangers 3: Minnesota escapes RISPs, increases division lead

Wait — is Cron kicking dirt on Odoriizi, Billy-Martin-style? Say it’s not so, Cro’. | Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

LOBster night in Arlington.

In a pitching battle, in a ballpark where baseballs go far, two Twins homers beat the Rangers’ ability to drive in runs when the opportunity arose. Cleveland lost, so they’re second in the AL Central by 1.5 games with 39 to go.

Inning-by-inning notes:

1: Twins do make Mike Minor throw 26 pitches. That’s good, because the Texas...

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James Fillmore

Game 122: Twins @ Rangers

BoJack Horseman’s long-lost brother, Rangers Captain. | Photo by Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images

Jake Odorizzi played for the Rays. Mike Minor was drafted by the Rays. Coincidence — or ALIEN CONSPIRACY?

Time: 7:05 Central. Vegas Line: -108 TEX / - 102 MIN Weather: Sun sun sun, start temp a chilly 98° Opponent’s SB site: Lone Star Ball TV: FSN. Radio: Cowpokes used to listen to it on the trail

Baseball odds are traditionally expressed in a -x/+y format....

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Zach Koenig

Is 2019 a 2001 redux? (I hope not!)

Photo credit should read DAVID MAXWELL/AFP/Getty Images

“It’s Déjà Vu all over again!” (Yogi Berra)

It’s mid-August.

The Minnesota Twins & Cleveland Indians are embroiled in a tight race for the AL Central crown.

The Twins have been in the cat-bird seat most of the way, but of late the Tribe has made a hard charge back to the top.

Coming into the season, Cleveland has dominated the division for quite a few years, while the “Twinkies” have not been relevant for nearly a...

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TJ Gorsegner

Five reasons to pay attention to the Twins, rather than the Vikings this fall.

“After I throw this pitch, I have to poop” | Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

With apologies to our friends at the Daily Norseman

Football season will soon be upon us. They’re already playing games-that-don’t-count, and throngs have descended upon Eagan to watch men run around in gym shorts. Like many of you, I’m a diehard Vikings fan; but I’m here to tell you to stick around. The Twins will be providing a much superior sporting experience throughout August and September...

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12 pitchers whose saves tallies will drive 2020 earnings

The ability to handle late-inning pressure still has value to teams. But the accumulation of saves, standing alone, isn’t generally the driver of open-market bullpen salaries that it once was. For arbitration, however, saves tallies pay big, opening the door to significant earning opportunities for relievers. So, which players have put themselves in position to command nice salary boosts this fall owing to their saves tallies? Here’s a list of the dozen hurlers who’ll be eligible for...

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Twins 13, Rangers 6: Twins top tootblanin’ Texas

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A master class in how not to run the bases

Fresh off the IL, Michael Pineda got the start in Texas. He didn’t know it, but he’d be getting all of the run support. All of it.

After a 1-2-3-4-5-6 first, and an Eddie Rosario lineout to start the second, C.J Cron would become the first baserunner of the game thanks to some sweet error action by old friend and preferred Logan, Logan Forsythe. Then Luis Arraez hit the rare Arraezbomba to start the...

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Twins activate Michael Pineda from IL

The Twins activated right-hander Michael Pineda from the injured list Thursday, per Phil Miller of the Star Tribune. He’ll start the team’s game in Texas. The Twins optioned righty Randy Dobnak to Triple-A Rochester in a corresponding move. Pineda’s back after missing a little over the minimum of 10 days for Minnesota, which placed him on the IL on Aug. 3 because of a strained triceps. That issue aside, this season has largely represented a healthy and successful return from Tommy...

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Six extended MLB players who have improved in 2019

There was a well-documented run on contract extensions prior to this season, which bled into the current campaign in multiple instances. All told, 30 players inked multiyear pacts with their clubs between January and April. We highlighted five last week who’ve disappointed this year since landing their new deals. Now, here are six who have actually improved in 2019, thereby making their teams look that much better for locking them up… Xander Bogaerts, SS, Red Sox (six years, $120M)...

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Tawny Jarvi

Game 121: Twins at Rangers

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Pineda returns!

First Pitch: 7:05 PM CT
Televiz: FSNO
Rad: TIBN
Know Thine Enemy: Lone Star Ball
Starters Because The Lineup Tool never lists them for some reason: Michael Pineda v Pedro Payano Today's Lineups Max Kepler - CF Delino DeShields Jr. - CF Miguel Sano - DH Danny Santana - 1B Jorge Polanco - SS Elvis Andrus - SS Eddie Rosario - LF Nomar Mazara - RF C.J. Cron - 1B Hunter Pence - DH Luis Arraez - 2B Willie Calhoun - LF Marwin Gonzalez -...

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Pineda reinstated from IL; Dobnak optioned to Rochester

Sorry, Big Mike. Dobnak and his ‘stache gets priority 1 for this post. | Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

So long, cool-facial-hair man.

The Minnesota Twins had not announced their starter for tonight’s game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington. Wes Johnson, pitching coach for the Twins, said on a radio show this morning that Michael Pineda would get the call. But hey, wasn’t Big Mike on the Injured List?

Well yes he was, and now he’s not. The Twins formally announced this...

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Twins' SP Michael Pineda activated off injured list

As the Minnesota Twins continue to try and end a skid that has seen them fall to second place in the AL Central, the club will welcome back one of its best starters on Thursday in hopes of snapping the slump. Starting pitcher Michael Pineda will be activated off the 10-day injured list before Thursday’s game and return to the mound for the first time since he landed on the IL with a right triceps strain. The 30-year-old was in the midst of a great stretch on the mound before the injury...

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SB Nation FanPulse: Juiced balls, Twins fans confidence, and Baldelli

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Ratings dropped after a week of rough games for Minnesota.

Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Twins fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.

As MLB fans worldwide are well aware, the offense of many teams have been on fire throughout the whole season. Heck, that’s why the Twins earned the nickname “Bomba Squad” and have broken so many home run records this year....

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