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Minnesota Twins second baseman Jorge Polanco went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in a 7-3 win over the Royals on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Polanco put the perfect finishing touch on his career year, ripping a three-run shot off of Kansas City starter Jackson Kowar in the first inning. Polanco finishes with a .269 average, 33 homers, 97 runs, 98 RBI, and 11 steals.

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Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton went 2-for-4 with a double, a homer, two runs, and two RBI in a 7-3 win over the Royals in the regular-season finale on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Buxton could have posted a career year but he struggled with injuries yet again. He missed just over two months of action with assorted injuries-a hip strain earlier in the season and then a fractured hand. Buxton wraps up his 2021 season with a .306 average, 23 doubles, 19 homers, 50 runs, 32 RBI, and nine steals over 235 at-bats.

Category: Game Recaps


Minnesota Twins right-hander Jorge Alcala threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings to preserve a 7-3 win over the Royals on Sunday. Alcala struck out three and did not allow a hit.

Fantasy Impact: Alcala picked up the save, the first of his career. The right-handed hurler finishes his 2021 campaign with a 3-6 record, 3.92 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 61 strikeouts over 59 2/3 innings of work.

Category: Game Recaps


Minnesota Twins left-hander Charlie Barnes allowed three runs (two earned) over 2 2/3 innings in a 7-3 win over the Royals in the regular-season finale on Sunday. Barnes struck out three and walked one.

Fantasy Impact: Barnes wraps up his debut season with a 0-3 record, 5.92 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, and 20 strikeouts in 38 innings of work. He made nine appearances for the Twins, eight of which were starts.

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Josh Donaldson homers

Sun, Oct 3rd 7:46am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson went 1-for-3 with a homer, a walk, and two runs in a 4-0 win over the Royals on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Donaldson greeted Kansas City starter Kris Bubic with a first-inning solo homer. He heads into Sunday's season finale with a .249 average, 26 homers, 72 runs, and 72 RBI.

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Minnesota Twins right-hander Griffin Jax threw five scoreless innings in a 4-0 win over the Royals on Saturday. Jax struck out three and walked two.

Fantasy Impact: Jax showed well in his final start of the season, holding the Royals to just one hit. Jax wraps up his 2021 season with a 4-5 record, 6.37 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 65 strikeouts in 82 innings of work.

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Minnesota Twins catcher Ryan Jeffers went 2-for-4 with a homer and two runs in an 11-6 loss to the Royals on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Jeffers took Royals starter Jon Heasley deep for a solo shot in the sixth inning. The backstop is batting .202 with 14 homers, 28 runs, and 35 RBI over 263 at-bats in 2021.

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John Gant takes 11th loss

Sat, Oct 2nd 7:43am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota Twins right-hander John Gant allowed six runs over four innings in an 11-6 loss to the Royals on Friday. Gant struck out three and walked two.

Fantasy Impact: Gant finishes his 2021 season with a 5-11 record, 4.09 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, and 92 strikeouts over 110 innings of work. He struggled since coming over to the Twins, posting a 5.61 ERA in 14 appearances.

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Minnesota Twins outfielder Brent Rooker went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in a 10-7 loss to the Tigers on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Rooker took Detroit starter Tarik Skubal deep in the fourth inning. The 26-year-old is hitting .207 with nine homers, 25 runs, and 16 RBI over 179 at-bats this season.

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Minnesota Twins catcher Mitch Garver went 0-for-4 with a walk and a steal in a 10-7 loss to the Tigers on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Garver is hitting .203 with 13 homers, 29 runs, 33 RBI, and a steal in 203 at-bats. He is swinging a hot bat of late, hitting .400 over his past seven games.

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Minnesota Twins right-hander Joe Ryan allowed six runs over 4 2/3 innings in a 10-7 loss to the Tigers on Thursday. Ryan struck out five and walked two.

Fantasy Impact: Ryan couldn't find an answer for Niko Goodrum, who tagged him for two homers, including a three-run shot in the fourth inning. Ryan finishes his 2021 season with a 2-1 record, 4.05 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, and 30 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings.

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Max Kepler drives in one

Thu, Sep 30th 5:59am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler went 1-for-4 with an RBI in a 5-2 win over the Tigers on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Kepler's eighth-inning single brought Byron Buxton around to score. The veteran outfielder is hitting .213 with 19 homers, 59 runs, 54 RBI, and 10 steals in 413 at-bats this year.

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Minnesota Twins right-hander Michael Pineda allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings of work in a 5-2 win over the Tigers on Wednesday. Pineda struck out five and scattered eight hits in the win.

Fantasy Impact: Pineda dealt with an assortment of injuries that limited him to 22 appearances in 2021. He finishes the season with a 9-8 record, 3.62 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 88 strikeouts in 109 1/3 innings of work. Pineda will become a free agent after the conclusion of the regular season.

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Alex Colome earns 17th save

Wed, Sep 29th 6:02am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota Twins closer Alex Colome picked up the save in a 3-2 win over the Tigers on Tuesday. He allowed two runs in his lone inning of work while striking out one.

Fantasy Impact: Colome made things interesting as he had a 3-0 lead when he entered the game. That didn't last long as he gave up three singles and two runs before getting Robbie Grossman on a strikeout to end the game. Colome has a 4-4 record, 4.14 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 17 saves, and 57 strikeouts in 63 innings of work.

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Miguel Sano hits 30th homer

Wed, Sep 29th 5:46am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota Twins first baseman Miguel Sano went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in a 3-2 win over the Tigers on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Sano connected for a solo shot in the seventh inning, his 30th homer of the season. The veteran slugger now has hit at least 30 homers in two of the past three seasons. Overall, Sano is hitting .219 with 67 runs, 72 RBI, and two steals in 452 at-bats.

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Minnesota Twins right-hander Bailey Ober allowed one run over 5 1/3 innings in a 3-1 win over Toronto on Friday. Ober struck out six in the win.

Fantasy Impact: Ober's only mistake was a solo homer to Marcus Semien in the sixth inning. Ober has a 3-3 record, 4.19 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 96 strikeouts in 92 1/3 innings of work. His final start of the season will come on Thursday against Detroit.

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Nick Gordon homers Thursday

Fri, Sep 24th 5:43am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota Twins outfielder Nick Gordon went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBI in a 7-2 win over the Blue Jays on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Gordon launched a three-run homer in the fifth inning. The rookie is swinging a hot bat at the plate, hitting .458 with two homers and three steals over his past seven games. Overall, Gordon is batting .263 with four homers, 18 runs, 21 RBI, and 10 steals on the year.

Category: Game Recaps


Ben Rortvedt homers

Sun, Sep 19th 11:34pm EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota Twins catcher Ben Rortvedt went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in a 5-3 loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Rortvedt took Jose Berrios deep for a solo shot in the seventh inning. The rookie catcher now has three homers in 89 at-bats this season.

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Minnesota Twins right-hander Luke Farrell allowed five runs in his lone inning of work in a 5-3 loss to Toronto on Sunday. He struck out one.

Fantasy Impact: Farrell gave up a two-run homer as part of his five-run inning. The reliever served as the team's opener on Sunday and did not fare well. Farrell has a 3.32 ERA across 21 2/3 innings of work.

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Twins LHP Taylor Rogers (finger) won't return this season, per manager Rocco Baldelli. (Source: Dan Hayes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rogers is still recovering from a left middle finger strain. The good news is he doesn't need surgery and is fully expected to be ready for the start of 2022.

Category: Injury Updates