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MLB: Game Two-Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Guardians

Streaking Guardians activate OF Franmil Reyes, RHP Aaron Civale

June 21, 2022, 10:26 PM

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The Cleveland Guardians, 13-4 in June, activated slugger Franmil Reyes and right-handed starter Aaron Civale from the IL Tuesday in advance of the team's series opener at the Minnesota Twins.

The Guardians (34-28) trailed the Twins by a game in the American League Central standings entering Tuesday.

Reyes had an MRI on May 26 that revealed a mild hamstring strain. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus on June 14. In five games with Columbus, Reyes went 9-for-21 (.429) with two home runs and six RBIs.

He started slowly this season, compiling a .196/.255/.278 slash line with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 35 games for the Guardians.

Reyes, 26, hit 30 home runs and drove in 85 in 2021 for Cleveland while slashing .254/.324/.522 across 115 games.

Civale, placed on the IL May 25 due to left glute cramping, was activated and slated to start Tuesday's game. He struggled during the first couple of months of the season and owns a 2-3 mark with a 7.84 ERA over seven starts.

He has 30 strikeouts in his 31 innings of work.

Civale, 27, made his second rehab start June 15 for Columbus, striking out seven hitters in 4 2/3 innings. He allowed one unearned run on two hits, a walk and two hit batsmen.

In related moves, Cleveland optioned right-handed pitcher Nick Sandlin to Triple-A Columbus and designated outfielder Oscar Mercado for assignment.

The Guardians also welcomed Jose Ramirez back to the lineup for Tuesday's game after he missed two games with a sore right thumb. Ramirez leads the AL with 62 RBIs and is leading the majors (tied with Mike Trout) with a 1.039 OPS.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Milwaukee Brewers

Phillies acquire utility INF Daniel Robertson from Twins

June 20, 2022, 5:51 PM

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The Philadelphia Phillies acquired utility infielder Daniel Robertson from the Minnesota Twins on Monday in exchange for cash considerations.

Robertson, 28, is batting .183 in 17 games with Triple-A St. Paul this season after hitting just .164 with two homers and four RBIs in 50 games in 2021 with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Robertson is a career .227 hitter with 18 homers and 78 RBIs in 299 games with the Tampa Bay Rays (2017-19), San Francisco Giants (2020) and Brewers.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins

Twins reinstate Kyle Garlick, place Trevor Megill on IL

June 19, 2022, 6:10 PM

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The Minnesota Twins reinstated outfielder Kyle Garlick from the 10-day injured list Sunday and placed right-hander Trevor Megill on the 15-day IL with right shoulder impingement.

Garlick, 30, missed the last 13 games with a left hamstring strain. He went 3-for-11 with a solo homer in three rehab games at Triple-A St. Paul.

Garlick is batting .250 with six homers and 14 RBIs in 28 games with the Twins this season.

The injury designation for Megill is retroactive to Thursday.

Megill, 28, is 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA in eight relief appearances this season. He has struck out 15 in 13 innings.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Toronto Blue Jays

Twins place Jorge Polanco on IL, recall Alex Kirilloff

June 17, 2022, 9:04 PM

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The Minnesota Twins placed second baseman Jorge Polanco on the 10-day injured Friday due to lower back tightness.

The move is retroactive to Monday.

Outfielder/first baseman Alex Kirilloff was recalled from Triple-A St. Paul in a corresponding move.

Polanco hasn't played since Sunday due to the back woes. He is batting .245 with seven homers and 33 RBIs in 58 games.

According to the Twins, this is the first time the 28-year-old Polanco has been placed on the injured list during his nine big league seasons.

Overall, Polanco has a .273 career average with 89 homers and 376 RBIs in 706 games with the Twins. He was an All-Star in 2019.

Kirilloff, 24, batted .172 in 29 at-bats for the Twins earlier this season. At St. Paul, Kirilloff was batting .359 with 10 homers and 32 RBIs in 35 games.

He played in 59 games last season for Minnesota and batted .251 with eight homers and 34 RBIs.

--Field Level Media

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers-Barkley Statue

Reports: David Blitzer of 76ers’ group purchases share of Guardians

June 16, 2022, 8:49 PM

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David Blitzer is purchasing a share of the Cleveland Guardians with an eventual path to majority ownership, according to multiple reports Thursday.

Through his company, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, Blitzer is part owner of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers and the NHL's New Jersey Devils. Recently he was part of a group that purchased Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer, and his other properties include the English soccer club Crystal Palace.

Major League Baseball approved Blitzer's purchase Thursday, per the report. He will own between 25-30 percent of the Guardians at first, while having the right to increase that to a controlling stake several years from now.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed to ESPN that a transaction involving Guardians ownership was approved.

Paul Dolan remains the club's majority owner for now. He is also their chairman and CEO.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins

Twins activate RHP Sonny Gray to start vs. Mariners

June 15, 2022, 6:40 PM

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Minnesota Twins right-hander Sonny Gray was activated from the 15-day injured list to start Wednesday's game against the host Seattle Mariners.

Gray has been sidelined by a right pectoral strain. He was placed on the injured list on June 2, retroactive to May 30.

Gray, 32, is 3-1 with a 2.41 ERA in seven starts for Minnesota this season.

He owns an 85-73 record with a 3.58 ERA in 231 career appearances (221 starts) with the Oakland Athletics (2013-17), New York Yankees (2017-18), Cincinnati Reds (2019-21) and Twins.

In a corresponding move, the Twins optioned left-hander Jovani Moran to Triple-A St. Paul.

Moran, 25, posted a 1.74 ERA in eight appearances without a decision this season with Minnesota.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Cleveland Guardians at Minnesota Twins

Twins activate RHP Joe Ryan from COVID-19 list

June 14, 2022, 10:51 PM

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The Minnesota Twins activated right-hander Joe Ryan from the COVID-19 injured list to start Tuesday night's game against the Seattle Mariners.

Ryan was placed on the list on May 25, and has missed nearly three weeks of big league action, after testing positive for COVID-19.

The 26-year-old pitched three innings of shutout ball during a rehab stint at Triple-A St. Paul last Thursday.

Ryan was off to a strong start before catching the virus. He was 5-2 with a 2.28 ERA in eight starts with 42 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings.

In 13 career major league outings, Ryan is 7-3 with a 2.96 ERA. He has fanned 72 in 70 innings.

Minnesota designed infielder Elliot Soto for assignment to open up a roster space. Soto, 32, hadn't appeared in a game for Minnesota after being recalled on Monday.

Also, right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers. Gonzalez, 30, was designated for assignment by the Twins on Saturday. He had a 7.71 ERA in two starts for Minnesota.

--Field Level Media

Syndication: Cincinnati

Twins call up veteran RHP Tyler Thornburg

June 12, 2022, 3:37 PM

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The Minnesota Twins called up right-handed pitcher Tyler Thornburg from Triple-A St. Paul on Sunday.

Thornburg, 33, started the season with the Atlanta Braves and was released on May 29. He signed with the Saints on June 3 and appeared in two games, giving up two unearned runs with three hits, no walks and five strikeouts. He had a 1-0 record in St. Paul.

With Atlanta this season, he appeared in nine games and had a 3.86 ERA, giving up six runs (four earned) in 9 1/3 innings. A veteran of nine seasons, he's also played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds and has a career record of 16-9 with a 3.49 ERA in 201 games (10 starts).

In a corresponding move, the Twins designated right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez for release or assignment. He made two starts for Minnesota this season, posting a 7.71 ERA. He took a no-decision in Saturday's start against the Tampa Bay Rays, giving up three runs on eight hits in four innings with no walks and three strikeouts.

The Twins won 6-5.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Cleveland Guardians at Minnesota Twins

Twins SS Royce Lewis to miss season with partial ACL tear

June 11, 2022, 12:10 AM

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Minnesota Twins rookie Royce Lewis will miss the rest of the season because of a partially torn ACL.

Lewis played just 12 games during his rookie campaign before injuring his knee May 29. He initially was diagnosed with a bone bruise.

In 12 games, Lewis hit .300 (12-for-40) with four doubles, two homers and five RBIs. He made 11 starts at shortstop and one start in center field.

Lewis said he would remain optimistic despite his latest setback. He did not play during the 2020 season as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the minor leagues, and he missed the 2021 season as he recovered from his first ACL surgery.

Now comes yet another knee surgery.

"It helps that I'm literally living my best life and my dream," Lewis said. "And just the blessing I've had, that God has bestowed upon me and my family.

"It's just a pause, just another setback, that honestly will push me forward and propel me to greater heights. ... It's just life. People get knocked down all the time. People come back. Just makes the resurrection that much cooler."

--Field Level Media

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Oakland Athletics

Reports: Twins reach $9M deal with C Gary Sanchez

June 9, 2022, 6:05 PM

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The Minnesota Twins agreed to a $9 million deal with catcher Gary Sanchez to avoid arbitration, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

An arbitration hearing had been scheduled for Tuesday for the two-time All-Star. Sanchez, 29, had asked for $9.5 million and the Twins had offered $8.5 million.

He entered Thursday batting .224 with seven homers and 27 RBIs in 44 games in his first season with Minnesota.

Sanchez was acquired in a March 13 trade from the New York Yankees along with infielder Gio Urshela in exchange for third baseman Josh Donaldson, shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa and catcher Ben Rortvedt.

An All-Star in 2017 and 2019, Sanchez is a career .229 hitter with 145 homers and 367 RBIs in 582 games with the Yankees (2015-21) and Twins.

The deal was reached soon after the Chicago Cubs and catcher Willson Contreras agreed on a $9.625 million deal to avoid arbitration. Contreras and Sanchez will both be free agents after this season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins

Twins RHP Cody Stashak out for season with torn labrum

June 8, 2022, 11:38 PM

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Minnesota Twins right-handed reliever Cody Stashak will miss the rest of the 2022 season because of a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.

The team informed local reporters Wednesday that the fourth-year pitcher will undergo surgery soon after a recent second opinion confirmed the tear.

Stashak had been placed on the 15-day injured list on May 22 with right shoulder impingement. He also missed a week and a half in April when right biceps tendinitis landed him on the IL.

Stashak, who turned 28 earlier this week, is 3-0 with a 3.86 ERA in 11 relief appearances for the Twins this season. He issued no walks in his 16 1/3 innings. Last year, he pitched in 15 games before a back injury sidelined him for the season following his last appearance on May 28, 2021.

Originally a 13th-round pick by Minnesota in 2015 out of St. John's, Stashak is 4-1 with 83 strikeouts and just 14 walks in his 72 career innings with a 4.13 ERA.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins

Twins reinstate SS Carlos Correa from COVID IL

June 8, 2022, 8:47 PM

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The Minnesota Twins reinstated Carlos Correa from the COVID-19 injured list Wednesday after the All-Star shortstop missed eight games.

Correa had been placed on the IL on May 31 after testing positive.

The Twins also recalled right-hander Jharel Cotton from Triple-A Saint Paul.

In corresponding moves, the team optioned infielder Jermaine Palacios to Saint Paul and designated right-handed pitcher Juan Minaya for assignment.

Correa who signed a three-year $105-million contract with Minnesota in March after seven years with the Houston Astros. He has made just 35 appearances in 2022, missing some time on the IL with a finger contusion. The two-time All-Star is batting .279 with three home runs, nine doubles and 16 RBIs for the Twins.

Cotton, who will be making his fourth stint with the Twins this season, has made six relief appearances for Minnesota, going 2-1 with a 0.93 ERA in 9 2/3 innings.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Game Two-Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers

Twins place OF Kyle Garlick (hamstring) on 10-day IL

June 7, 2022, 8:59 PM

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The Minnesota Twins placed outfielder Kyle Garlick on the 10-day injured list and recalled right-hander Cole Sands from Triple-A St. Paul on Tuesday.

Sands was the starting pitcher for Tuesday night's series opener against the New York Yankees in Minneapolis.

Garlick has been dealing with a left hamstring strain and his injury designation is retroactive to Saturday. He also missed 13 games in May with a right calf strain.

Garlick, 30, is batting .250 with career highs in home runs (six) and RBIs (14) through 28 games this season.

This is the fifth stint this season with Minnesota for Sands, 24, who is 0-1 with a 7.88 ERA and 10 strikeouts in three appearances (one start).

--Field Level Media

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers

Four Twins missing series in Toronto due to vax status

June 3, 2022, 4:09 PM

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Minnesota outfielder Max Kepler and three Twins relievers will miss this weekend's three-game series in Toronto due to their vaccination status.

Kepler, Emilio Pagan, Caleb Thielbar and Trevor Megill are on the restricted list and returned to Minnesota after Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Tigers in Detroit.

Canada requires all travelers entering the country to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Kepler, 29, is batting .253 with six homers and 25 RBIs in 47 games this season.

"In my opinion, it's sad that I can't join the team, especially now where we've lost a couple of games," Kepler told the Star Tribune. "Everyone needs to be together. It's sad."

Pagan, 31, is 1-2 with seven saves and a 3.00 ERA in 18 appearances.

Thielbar, 35, is 1-0 with a 5.59 ERA in 22 relief outings.

Megill, 28, is 1-1 with a 1.04 ERA in five bullpen appearances.

The Twins were expected to call up reinforcements from Triple-A St. Paul for the series against the Blue Jays.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins

Twins place RHP Sonny Gray on 15-day injured list

June 2, 2022, 5:34 PM

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The Minnesota Twins placed right-hander Sonny Gray on the 15-day injured list Thursday with a right pectoral strain.

The move was made retroactive to Monday, one day after Gray exited in the seventh inning in a game against the Kansas City Royals.

Gray, 32, will be making his second stint on the injured list this season. He missed 19 games from April 17-May 7 with a low-grade right hamstring strain.

A two-time All-Star, Gray is 3-1 with a 2.41 ERA in seven starts this season.

Also on Thursday, the Twins recalled right-hander Yennier Cano from Triple-A St. Paul.

Cano, 28, is 1-0 with a 13.50 ERA in six relief appearances (7 1/3 innings) with the Twins this season.

--Field Level Media