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MLB: Cleveland Guardians at Minnesota Twins
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Royce Lewis' slam highlights Twins' win over Guardians

May 14, 2022, 3:55 AM

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Royce Lewis hit a grand slam for his first career home run and three other Twins homered to power Minnesota to a 12-8 win over the Cleveland Guardians on Friday night in Minneapolis.

Byron Buxton, Jorge Polanco and Gary Sanchez each homered to join Lewis in the offensive outburst for Minnesota, which enjoyed its highest-scoring game of the season. Max Kepler added three hits and two RBIs.

Austin Hedges, Oscar Mercado and Andres Gimenez each homered for the Guardians. Jose Ramirez finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs.

Twins reliever Griffin Jax (3-0) got the win despite allowing four runs on four hits in 2 1/3 innings. Jax followed starter Sonny Gray, who gave up two runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Guardians starter Aaron Civale (1-3) surrendered six runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Minnesota opened the scoring with a pair of solo homers in the bottom of the first. Buxton led off the inning with his 10th blast of the season, and Polanco followed two batters later with his fourth home run.

The Guardians got on the scoreboard in the third when Ramirez drove in Mercado on a groundout.

Hedges led off the top of the fifth with a solo home run, his third, to even the score at 2-2.

Next came the Twins' biggest inning of the season. They scored nine runs in the bottom of the fifth.

The scoring binge started when Ryan Jeffers came home on a double-play grounder by Luis Arraez. Kepler had an RBI single two batters later to make it 4-2, and after Bryan Shaw replaced Civale, Sanchez clubbed a three-run homer.

Minnesota's next three batters each reached base to set the stage for Lewis, and the rookie's 395-foot shot to left field made it 11-2.

Mercado answered with a two-run homer for Cleveland in the sixth to cut the deficit to seven.

The Guardians chipped away further with two runs in the seventh to pull within 11-6. Ramirez had an RBI single, and Amed Rosario ripped an RBI triple.

Kepler added another run for the Twins in the eighth with a sacrifice fly.

Cleveland capped the scoring on a two-run blast by Gimenez with two outs in the ninth.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Boston Red Sox
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Guardians bring makeshift coaching staff to Minnesota

May 13, 2022, 5:30 AM

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The COVID-racked Cleveland Guardians will be without manager Terry Francona and most of his bench and coaching staff on Friday when they play the struggling Minnesota Twins in the opener of a three-game series in Minneapolis.

The Guardians will send right-hander Aaron Civale (1-2, 9.45 ERA) to the mound. Minnesota will counter with right-hander Sonny Gray (0-1, 3.48).

Civale was supposed to pitch on Wednesday, when the Guardians' road game against the Chicago White Sox was postponed because of multiple positive coronavirus tests within Cleveland's organization.

Cleveland bench coach DeMarlo Hale, hitting coach Chris Valaika, first base coach Sandy Alomar, assistant pitching coach Joe Torres, third base coach Mike Sarbaugh and major league hitting analyst Justin Toole all tested positive and did not make the flight to Minneapolis.

Chris Antonetti, Cleveland's president of baseball operations, announced Thursday that pitching coach Carl Willis will manage the Guardians this weekend. The club was busy on Thursday putting together a coaching staff to support Willis, even potentially dipping into the minor leagues.

As of Thursday, no Cleveland players had tested positive for COVID.

Cleveland heads to the Twin Cities having won three of its past four games, though the lone defeat in that span was a loss in the latest contest, 4-1 to the White Sox on Tuesday. The Guardians have won eight of their past 11 games.

"What I liked it was the same team (Tuesday as it was Monday) that tried to come back," Francona said Tuesday. "It's hard to do that. It was through effort. I like that and appreciate that. That will serve us well."

The Twins have dropped three straight outings, including both games of a pseudo-doubleheader against the Astros on Thursday. In completion of a game suspended on Wednesday due to rain, Houston won 11-3, and then the Astros completed a sweep with a 5-0 victory.

Minnesota was outscored 21-3 in the three-game series against Houston and did not have a starting pitcher go more than four innings. Josh Winder (2-1) took the loss in the nightcap Thursday, allowing four runs, three earned, in 3 1/3 innings.

The skid immediately followed the Twins' three-game sweep of the Oakland A's. Minnesota had won seven of nine games heading into the set against the Astros.

The overworked Twins bullpen needs a strong outing from Gray, who went just four scoreless innings in his most recent start, a no-decision in a 1-0 Minnesota win against Oakland on Saturday. He struck out seven and surrendered just two hits and two walks in that game, but he has not lasted past the fifth inning this season.

Gray was encouraged by the outing against the A's, one of his former teams.

"I had a couple of walks, and they were a couple of bad walks," Gray said. "They were kind of like, 'You can't continue to do that,' but they kind of ignited me just a little bit to say, 'All right, get your (stuff) together here, Sonny, clean it up. Get back to attacking.'"

--Field Level Media

MLB: Cleveland Guardians at New York Yankees
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Seven Guardians coaches in COVID protocol before weekend series

May 12, 2022, 8:50 PM

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Seven members of the Cleveland Guardians' coaching staff, including manager Terry Francona, were in Major League Baseball's COVID-19 health and safety protocol as of Thursday.

Wednesday's series finale between the Guardians and host Chicago White Sox was postponed due to Cleveland reporting "multiple positive tests," including Francona. It was the first game of the MLB season to be postponed for COVID-related reasons.

Along with Francona, bench coach DeMarlo Hale, hitting coach Chris Valaika, assistant pitching coach Joe Torres, first base coach Sandy Alomar, third base coach Mike Sarbaugh and hitting analyst Justin Toole entered the protocol.

Pitching coach Carl Willis will serve as interim manager when the Guardians are scheduled to play a three-game series at the Minnesota Twins starting Friday in Minneapolis. Thursday was a scheduled day off for the club.

The Guardians also announced Thursday that Wednesday's White Sox game will be made up on July 23 at Chicago as part of a split doubleheader.

"As a result of recent events, numerous members of our Major League coaching staff are currently in MLB Health and Safety protocols," Cleveland president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said in a statement. "We continue to test team personnel and conduct contract tracing for the affected individuals. Carl Willis will serve as acting manager this weekend in Minneapolis and will be supported by other individuals throughout the organization until the members of our coaching staff are able to rejoin the team."

--Field Level Media

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Baltimore Orioles
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Twins place LHP Danny Coulombe on 15-day IL

May 11, 2022, 11:06 PM

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The Minnesota Twins placed left-hander Danny Coulombe on the 15-day injured list with a left hip impingement and selected the contract of right-hander Yennier Cano from Triple-A St. Paul.

Coulombe, 32, had a 0.75 ERA for the Twins in nine relief outings. He left Tuesday's game against the Houston Astros with the injury.

In eight major league seasons, Coulombe is 9-6 with a 3.88 ERA in 193 appearances (one start) for the Los Angeles Dodgers (2014-15), Oakland Athletics (2015-18) and Twins (2020-22).

Cano, 28, will look to make his first major league appearance after going 1-0 and not being scored upon in nine outings (12 innings) with St. Paul this season. He has been in the Twins' organization since 2019.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Cleveland Guardians at Los Angeles Angels
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Guardians manager Terry Francona tests positive for COVID

May 11, 2022, 4:32 PM

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Cleveland Guardians manager Terry Francona is away from the team Wednesday after testing positive for COVID-19.

Bench coach DeMarlo Hale will replace Francona for the afternoon game in Chicago against the White Sox.

The positive test is the first for the Guardians since three players went on the COVID-related injured list on April 20 (pitcher Cal Quantrill, infielder Owen Miller and pitcher Anthony Castro).

Hale, a Chicago native, rejoined Francona last season after stints with the Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles since assisting Francona with the Boston Red Sox. Hale subbed for Francona in 2021 when the manager took a long leave of absence for health-related reasons.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Baltimore Orioles
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Twins put Carlos Correa, Chris Paddack on IL

May 10, 2022, 8:38 PM

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The Minnesota Twins put All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa (finger) and right-hander Chris Paddack (elbow inflammation) on the 10-day injured list Tuesday.

In corresponding moves, the Twins selected the contracts of outfielder Mark Contreras and right-hander Jharel Cotton from Triple-A Saint Paul.

Correa's stint is retroactive to Friday. He suffered a right middle finger contusion Thursday after a fouling a ball off his hand in the seventh inning against Baltimore.

Correa, 27, was starting to heat up, batting .412 with three doubles, one home run and eight RBIs in eight games leading up to the injury. For the season, he's hitting .255 with two HRs and 11 RBIs.

Paddack, 26, left his start Sunday in the third inning against Oakland. He is 1-2 with a 4.03 ERA and 20 strikeouts in five starts for the Twins. His IL stint is retroactive to Monday.

Cotton, 30, made the Opening Day roster and pitched in two games for the Twins, with two strikeouts in 2.0 innings. He did not record a decision or post an ERA. He is 13-10 with a 4.66 ERA in 54 games (29 starts) for Oakland, Texas and the Twins in parts of four major league seasons.

Contreras, 27, is batting .239 with five doubles, one triple, five home runs and 17 RBIs in 26 games for the Saints this season. His first appearance would make his MLB debut.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Baltimore Orioles
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Twins place OF Trevor Larnach (adductor) on 10-day IL

May 8, 2022, 5:16 PM

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The Minnesota Twins placed outfielder Trevor Larnach on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a right adductor strain.

Larnach, 25, is batting .313 with nine doubles and seven RBIs in 22 games this season. His designation is retroactive to Saturday.

The Twins recalled catcher Jose Godoy from Triple-A St. Paul to replace Larnach on the 26-man roster.

Godoy, 27, appeared in one game for Minnesota this season and went 0-for-3 with two walks and two runs against the Chicago White Sox on April 24.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians
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Blue Jays-Guardians postponed, set for Saturday DH

May 6, 2022, 8:24 PM

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Friday's game between the Toronto Blue Jays and host Cleveland Guardians has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The game will be made up as part of a traditional doubleheader on Saturday starting at 2:10 p.m. ET.

Fans holding tickets for Saturday's original game can attend both contests at Progressive Field. Those with tickets for Friday's postponed game have until July 1 to exchange them.

Cleveland won the series opener 6-5 on Thursday night.

The starting pitchers for Saturday's twinbill have not been confirmed.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Baltimore Orioles
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Twins SS Carlos Correa (finger) headed to injured list

May 6, 2022, 3:12 PM

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Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa will undergo further tests on his right middle finger to determine the severity of an injury sustained Thursday night in a game against the Baltimore Orioles.

The Twins, who lead the American League Central, said early initial indications are that Correa has a non-displaced fracture. He is expected to have a CT scan on Friday.

Correa was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning as he swung at a changeup from Baltimore pitcher Bryan Barker. The ball rolled back to Barker for a groundout, and Correa came out of the game, which the Orioles won 5-3.

With Correa expected to land on the injured list, multiple reports said the Twins will call up Royce Lewis, their top prospect who is listed by MLB.com as the No. 44 overall prospect.

Lewis, 22, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft. The shortstop missed the 2021 season with a torn ACL.

In 24 games at Triple-A St. Paul, this season, Lewis is batting .310 with three home runs, 11 RBIs and eight stolen bases.

The Twins signed Correa, 27, to a three-year, $105.3 million deal in March. A two-time All-Star, Correa also won a Gold Glove in seven seasons with the Houston Astros.

On the season, he has a .255 average with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 24 games.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Baltimore Orioles
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Twins COVID outbreak includes manager Rocco Baldelli, P Dylan Bundy

May 5, 2022, 9:02 PM

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The Minnesota Twins said Thursday that manager Rocco Baldelli, starting pitcher Dylan Bundy and infielder Luis Arraez tested positive for COVID-19.

Bench coach Jayce Tingler will fill in as the Twins' manager in Baldelli's absence.

Minnesota general manager Thad Levine also told reporters that the clubhouse is dealing with a separate, non-COVID illness that has affected players including right fielder Max Kepler. But Kepler was in the lineup for the Twins' road game Thursday at the Baltimore Orioles.

Bundy, 29, is in his first season with Minnesota after five with Baltimore and two with the Los Angeles Angels. The right-hander is 3-2 with a 5.76 ERA in five starts, tossing 22 strikeouts and only five walks in 25 total innings.

He pitched Wednesday and took the loss in a 9-4 defeat to Baltimore, giving up nine runs and 11 hits (two home runs) in 3 2/3 frames.

Arraez, 25, has played in 23 games for the Twins in his fourth season with the club. He is batting .301 with one home run, seven RBIs and seven runs scored.

Tinger managed the Padres the past two seasons and compiled a 116-106 record.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins
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Twins 1B Miguel Sano to undergo knee surgery

May 4, 2022, 12:20 AM

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Minnesota Twins first baseman Miguel Sano will undergo left knee surgery later this week and there is no timetable for his return.

Sano will have a torn meniscus repaired. He injured the knee on April 26 during a postgame celebration when the Twins scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to record a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Sano, 28, missed three games before he returned Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays. He exited that game when the knee pain resurfaced.

"There's no way to talk about (the injury) without mentioning that," Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said of the manner in which Sano was injured. "Frankly, dwelling on that doesn't accomplish much. The guy just wants to get (the surgery) done as quickly as possible so he can get back on the field."

Sano was placed on the 10-day injury list Monday.

Baldelli said he is hopeful Sano can return later this season.

Sano was off to a poor start, batting .093 with one homer and three RBIs in 54 at-bats.

He hit 30 homers last season, the second-highest output of his career. But he also batted just .223 with a career-worst 183 strikeouts.

Overall, Sano has a .234 career average with 162 homers and 418 RBIs in 691 games over eight seasons with Minnesota.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins
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Twins put Kyle Garlick, Miguel Sano on IL

May 2, 2022, 4:49 PM

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The Minnesota Twins put outfielder Kyle Garlick (calf strain) and third baseman Miguel Sano (knee sprain) on the 10-day injured list Monday.

Sano's placement is retroactive to Sunday.

In corresponding moves, the Twins recalled infielder Jose Miranda and left-handed pitcher Jovani Moran from Triple-A St. Paul.

The Twins also optioned catcher Jose Godoy and right-handed pitcher Cole Sands to St. Paul to get their roster down to the mandated 26 by mid-day Monday.

Sano, 28, is off to a slow start, hitting just .093 with one home run and three RBIs in 17 games. He's a career .234 hitter and earned All-Star honors in 2017.

Garlick, 30, is batting .238 with three home runs, six RBIs and six runs scored in 13 games.

Miranda, 23, is hitting .256 with 10 doubles, two home runs and 12 RBIs at St. Paul.

Moran, ranked as the 24th-best prospect in the Twins organization per MLB.com, made his major league debut with the Twins in September. He appeared in five games and recorded a 7.88 ERA with seven walks and 10 strikeouts. Moran, 25, didn't earn a decision.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins
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Twins place RHP Bailey Ober on injured list

April 30, 2022, 5:59 PM

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The Minnesota Twins placed right-hander Bailey Ober on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a right groin strain.

The move is made retroactive to Friday, one day after Ober exited in the fourth inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers because of the injury.

Ober, 26, owns a 1-1 record with a 2.75 ERA in four starts this season. He is 4-4 with a 3.94 ERA in 24 career appearances (all starts) with the Twins.

In a corresponding move, Minnesota recalled right-hander Cole Sands from Triple-A St. Paul.

Sands, 24, is 0-3 with a 7.82 ERA in four appearances (three starts) for the Saints this season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Cleveland Guardians at New York Yankees
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Guardians OF Steven Kwan (hamstring) exits vs. Yankees

April 24, 2022, 7:23 PM

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Cleveland Guardians rookie left fielder Steven Kwan exited Sunday's game against the New York Yankees with right hamstring tightness.

Kwan was replaced by Ernie Clement after his second at-bat in the third inning and was 0-for-2. He is batting .341 (15-for-44) with no homers and seven RBIs this season.

On Saturday, Kwan crashed into the video board in front of the left field fence trying to catch a flyball by Isiah Kiner-Falefa that went over his head for a game-tying double in the ninth inning.

After crashing into the fence, fans in the left-field seats began yelling at him and center fielder Myles Straw scaled the fence to confront the fans for heckling Kwan when he was being attended to.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins
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Twins acquire RHP Brayan Medina to complete Chris Paddack deal

April 21, 2022, 6:35 PM

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The Minnesota Twins completed their trade with the San Diego Padres from earlier this month, landing right-hander Brayan Medina on Thursday as the player to be named later.

The Medina acquisition finishes off the deal that also netted the Twins right-handers Chris Paddack and Emilio Pagan. The Padres received left-hander Taylor Rogers and outfielder Brent Rooker in the trade, as well as cash considerations.

Medina, 19, is a native of Columbia, who pitched in 12 games last year for the Padres in the Arizona rookie league, as well as the Dominican Summer League, going 0-3 with a 5.88 ERA in 33 2/3 innings.

--Field Level Media