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MLB: Colorado Rockies at Minnesota Twins

German Marquez, Rockies shut out Twins

June 25, 2022, 3:01 AM

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German Marquez allowed three hits over 7 2/3 sharp innings and Connor Joe had two hits and scored the game's lone run as the Colorado Rockies snapped a three-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday in Minneapolis.

It was the third win in the past four starts for Marquez (4-5), who walked five and struck out two. He got 12 groundball outs and got the Twins, who lost for the fifth time in six games, to hit into three double plays.

Daniel Bard took over for Marquez and pitched 1 1/3 innings of hitless relief to pick up his 15th save.

Dylan Bundy (4-4), who needed just 18 pitches to register his first seven outs, was the hard-luck loser. He allowed one run on four hits over six innings while walking two and striking out two.

Colorado got the decisive run in the sixth inning.

Joe singled with one out and then advanced to third on a hit-and-run single by Yonathan Daza. Charlie Blackmon then drove in Joe with a fielder's-choice grounder up the middle, easily beating shortstop Carlos Correa's throw to first.

The Rockies had a chance to add to their lead in the eighth when Elias Diaz led off with a walk, advanced to second on a single by Joe and took third when Daza grounded into a double play. Blackmon then hit a sinking liner to right, and Max Kepler made a highlight-reel backhand diving grab of to end the scoring threat.

Minnesota, which had a leadoff batter reach base five times, didn't have a runner reach third base until the bottom of the eighth.

Ryan Jeffers, who reached base three times, walked to open the inning. Pinch runner Kyle Garlick advanced to third two outs later on an infield single by Correa when third baseman Ryan McMahon's throw bounced past first baseman C.J. Cron for an error. Bard then replaced Marquez and needed one pitch to get Kepler to ground out to second to escape the jam.

--Field Level Media

Syndication: Arizona Republic

Byron Buxton's availability in question for Twins' opener vs. Rockies

June 24, 2022, 11:47 AM

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The Minnesota Twins are hoping to keep pace with the other playoff contenders in the American League, but they can't afford to be without one of their most dangerous hitters much longer.

Byron Buxton's availability remains in question for the Twins heading into the opener of a three-game series against the visiting Colorado Rockies on Friday night.

Buxton, who already has matched his MLB career high with 19 home runs this season, sat out the past two games because of soreness and swelling in his right knee.

Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said the injury is limiting Buxton's ability to swing and run.

"We have to watch him and assess him and just see what he's capable of every day," Baldelli said. "That's really what it comes down to. If he was able to do those things, he'd be playing."

Baldelli said the injury, which caused Buxton to miss five games in April, is a severe, chronic case of tendinitis that's causing soreness and swelling in the joint. The Twins are hoping Buxton can avoid a trip to the injured list. Baldelli said there's no guarantee that if Buxton took a month off he would return 100 percent.

"It's probably worse at the moment than it was two weeks ago, but this is unchanged in that it's the same thing we've been dealing with for 2 1/2 months," Baldelli said. "That hasn't changed. It hasn't gone away and it hasn't come close to really going away."

Buxton has only faced the Rockies three times in his MLB career, going 2-for-9 with a home run.

The Rockies will be looking to right their ship after they were swept in a three-game series at the Miami Marlins. Colorado has been swept in two of its last three series.

The Rockies plan to send right-hander German Marquez to the mound in the series opener.

Marquez (3-5, 6.16 ERA) is 2-0 with a 5.87 ERA this month. The Rockies have won all four of his starts in June.

Marquez is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in one career start against the Twins.

The hottest hitter for the Rockies continues to be Brendan Rodgers, who went 4-for-5 on Thursday. He is 7-for-18 with four RBIs and three runs in his last four games.

After needing 24 games just to lift his batting average over .200 this season, Rodgers is up to .255.

"I knew what I was doing wrong, just getting a little too big, a little too over-aggressive," Rodgers said of his early struggles. "I got back to myself (the past) series, just staying inside the ball and using the whole field. And that's when I know I'm doing the right thing."

The Twins will be looking for another solid pitching performance when they send Dylan Bundy to the mound for the series opener.

Four pitchers for Minnesota combined to blank the visiting Cleveland Guardians in a 1-0 win on Thursday, which ended a three-game losing streak.

Bundy (4-3, 5.17) also is coming off arguably his best start of the season, holding the Arizona Diamondbacks to one run and four hits in eight innings of a 11-1 win on Saturday. He struck out seven and didn't walk a batter.

Bundy is 0-1 with a 4.76 ERA in one career start against the Rockies.

--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: Miami Marlins at Colorado Rockies

Rockies reinstate INF/OF Garrett Hampson from COVID IL

June 19, 2022, 6:37 PM

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The Colorado Rockies reinstated infielder/outfielder Garrett Hampson from the COVID-19 injured list on Sunday.

Hampson, 27, was in the lineup for Sunday's series finale with the San Diego Padres, playing shortstop and batting ninth. It was his first game since June 12.

He is batting .236 with two home runs and nine RBIs in 29 games this season and has started games at shortstop, second base, third base and center field.

The Rockies also optioned infielder Alan Trejo to Triple-A Albuquerque and transferred right-hander Tyler Kinley to the 60-day injured list.

Trejo, 26, batted .231 with a homer and six RBIs in 11 games with the Rockies.

The Rockies announced earlier this week that Kinley will have surgery for an elbow strain and a flexor tear in his right forearm. He is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Kinley, 31, was 1-1 with a 0.75 ERA in 25 relief appearances (24 innings) this season.

--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

MLB: Game One-Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres

Rockies option OF Sam Hilliard to Triple-A Albuquerque

June 16, 2022, 11:47 PM

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After a slow start to the season, Colorado Rockies outfielder Sam Hilliard was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

Hilliard, 28, was batting just .161 with a .506 OPS through 41 games with two home runs and 12 RBIs. He did not play in the Rockies' 4-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians on Thursday.

In parts of the past four seasons with the Rockies, Hilliard is a career .211 hitter with a .730 OPS and has 29 home runs with 69 RBIs.

A corresponding roster move was not announced after Thursday's game. Colorado plays host to the San Diego Padres on Friday.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Miami Marlins at Colorado Rockies

Rockies put INF/OF Garrett Hampson on COVID IL

June 16, 2022, 5:09 PM

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The Colorado Rockies put utilityman Garrett Hampson on the COVID-19 injured list Thursday.

In a corresponding move, the Rockies selected the contract of infielder/outfielder Sean Bouchard from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Hampson, 27, is batting .236 with two home runs and nine RBIs in 29 games this season. Hampson has played all over the diamond, appearing in 11 games at shortstop, eight in center field, five at second base and three at third base.

Bouchard, 26, is batting .338 with 11 homers and an OPS of 1.113 at Albuquerque. His first appearance in a Rockies game would be his major league debut. He was drafted in the ninth round of the 2017 draft by Colorado.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants

Rockies RHP Tyler Kinley to miss remainder of season

June 15, 2022, 9:57 PM

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Colorado Rockies right-hander Tyler Kinley will undergo surgery for an elbow strain and a flexor tear in his forearm, with a Tommy John procedure not out of the question.

Kinley, 31, is expected to miss the remainder of the season, ending a campaign when he had a 0.75 ERA in 25 relief appearances (24 innings). If Tommy John surgery is needed, he will miss at least part of 2023 and possibly the entire season.

Over five major league seasons, Kinley is 7-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 184 appearances, all in relief. He has pitched for the Minnesota Twins (2018), Miami Marlins (2018-19) and Rockies (2020-22).

--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: Game Two-New York Mets at Colorado Rockies

Rockies place LHP Ty Blach (wrist) on injured list

June 11, 2022, 6:12 PM

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The Colorado Rockies placed left-hander Ty Blach on the 15-day injured list Saturday with a left wrist strain.

Right-hander Ryan Feltner was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque and right-hander Justin Lawrence was added as the 27th man for Saturday's doubleheader with the host San Diego Padres.

Blach, 31, is 1-0 with one save and a 6.61 ERA in 15 appearances (one start) this season.

Feltner, 25, is 1-2 with a 5.85 ERA in four starts this season for the Rockies. He was the starter for the first game on Saturday.

Lawrence, 27, is 1-1 with a 5.52 ERA in 14 relief appearances with Colorado this season.

--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