Minnesota Twins

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Max Kepler went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI on Monday against the Astros.

Fantasy Impact: Kepler continues to lead off most days, and he is on pace for 81 runs scored. Unfortunately, the rest of his breakout season seems to be stalling, as his .769 OPS is just a tad over his career mark of .732. Kepler won't hurt you anywhere, but his middling three-category production is hardly enough to make him a must-own player.

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Minnesota Twins right-hander Blake Parker pitched a scoreless inning in a 9-5 win over the Astros on Monday. Parker allowed one hit in the frame.

Fantasy Impact: Parker didn't pitch over the weekend as he was feeling under the weather so it was good to see him out there, even in a non-save situation. He now has a 1.23 ERA, four saves, 1.09 WHIP, and six strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings of work.

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Minnesota Twins right-hander Jake Odorizzi pitched well in a 9-5 win over the Astros on Monday. Odorizzi allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings while striking out two.

Fantasy Impact: The veteran right-hander held a dangerous Houston lineup to two runs despite scattering eight hits over the contest. Odorizzi now has a 2-2 record, 4.37 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 23 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings of work.

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Minnesota Twins third baseman Marwin Gonzalez went hitless in four at-bats in a 9-5 win over the Astros on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez is now hitting just .190 with one homer, four runs, and four RBI. It has been a frigid start to the season for the veteran utility man.

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Byron Buxton singles in win

Tue, Apr 23rd 9:36am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton went 1-for-4 with a single in a 9-5 win over the Astros on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Buxton is now hitting .281 with 10 runs, nine RBI, and four steals on the year. While he hasn't hit a home run yet, Buxton has double-digit potential in his bat.

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Minnesota Twins catcher Jason Castro went 1-for-2 with two runs, two walks, and a solo homer in a 9-5 win over the Astros.

Fantasy Impact: The homer is Castro's first of the season. Overall, he is hitting .227 with the one homer and two RBI. Mired in a three-way committee with Mitch Garver and Willians Astudillo, Castro has very little fantasy value.

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Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco went 4-for-5 with a double, a homer, and four RBI in a 9-5 win over the Astros on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Polanco led the charge in a big game for the red-hot Twins offense. The veteran shortstop is now hitting .392 with four homers, 14 runs, and nine RBI. He's a solid fantasy shortstop and should continue to produce hitting second in a quality Minnesota lineup.

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Minnesota Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson turned in his best start of the season in a 4-3 win over the Orioles on Sunday. Gibson held Baltimore to two runs over six innings while striking out six.

Fantasy Impact: Gibson improved his record to 1-0 with the win. It has been tough sledding in the early going for Gibson but Sunday's start was a step in the right direction. That being said, it also came against a weak Baltimore team. Gibson will try to stay hot in his next start, which is also set to come against the O's. Gibson will be a recommended streamer for that start.

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Minnesota Twins reliever Taylor Rogers preserved a 4-3 win over the Orioles on Sunday to earn his third save of the season. Rogers allowed one run and struck out one in the frame.

Fantasy Impact: Rogers made it interesting as he allowed three baserunners but in the end he locked down his third save. Regular closer Blake Parker was feeling a bit under the weather this weekend which likely led to the team turning to Rogers in save situations on Saturday and again on Sunday. Look for Parker to resume his duties as the team's primary closer when he's feeling better, although Rogers could see the occasional save chance as well.

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C.J. Cron hits third homer

Sun, Apr 21st 9:26am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota Twins first baseman C.J. Cron went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in a 16-7 win over the Orioles in the second game of their doubleheader on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Cron sat out of the first game as Willians Astudillo drew the start at first base. He went on to blast his third homer of the season in the nightcap. Cron is off to a slow start, hitting .245 with three homers, seven runs, and eight RBI. He might start losing more at-bats to Astudillo if his bat doesn't wake up soon.

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Nelson Cruz hits two homers

Sun, Apr 21st 9:04am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 4-for-5 with a double, two homers, and three RBI in a 16-7 win over the Orioles on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz went deep in the first inning and again in the eighth in a very offensive-minded contest. The veteran slugger is now hitting .326 with three homers, eight runs, and 12 RBI. He's hitting .350 over the past seven days.

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Minnesota Twins second baseman Jonathan Schoop went 3-for-5 with a double, two homers, and four RBI in a 16-7 win over the Orioles on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Schoop wasn't kind to his former team, launching his third and fourth homers of the season in an offensive onslaught. Overall, the power-hitting second baseman is batting .271 with four homers, 12 runs, and 11 RBI. His bat is starting to heat up over the past two weeks.

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Mitch Garver has huge game

Sun, Apr 21st 8:54am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota Twins catcher Mitch Garver had a huge game in a 16-7 win over the Orioles on Saturday. Garver went 3-for-6 with two homers and six RBI in the win.

Fantasy Impact: Garver has been hitting leadoff when he's in the lineup. Overall, the young backstop is batting .424 with five home runs, 10 runs, and 10 RBI in just 33 at-bats. He continues to split starts with Jason Castro and Willians Astudillo, which caps his fantasy upside. That being said, he's worth a waiver add based on his hot hitting.

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Minnesota Twins left-hander Martin Perez picked up his second win of the season in a 16-7 win over the Orioles on Saturday. Perez allowed four runs in six innings while striking out two.

Fantasy Impact: Perez wasn't particularly sharp but he didn't need to be with the way the offense was hitting. Overall, the veteran has a 2-0 record, 5.31 ERA, and 19 strikeouts in 20 innings. As the fifth starter, he's going to have some starts skipped but he's on the fantasy radar as a streamer in plus matchups.

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Minnesota Twins right-hander Jose Berrios picked up his third win of the season in a 6-5 win over the Orioles on Saturday. Berrios allowed four runs in six innings while striking out five.

Fantasy Impact: It wasn't a great start by Berrios, who gave up three homers and walked four batters. Fortunately the offense was able to bail out their ace. Berrios now has a 3-1 record, 2.97 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 33 strikeouts in 33 1/3 innings.

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Minnesota Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario went 3-for-5 with a double, two homers, and two RBI in a 6-5 win over the Orioles in the first game of their doubleheader on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Rosario turned in an excellent performance at the plate against a Baltimore pitching staff that has been one of the most vulnerable in all of baseball. Rosario is hitting .288 with eight homers, 13 runs, and 18 RBI this year.

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Minnesota Twins first baseman Willians Astudillo went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in the first game of a doubleheader against the Orioles on Saturday. The Twins went on to win 6-5.

Fantasy Impact: Astudillo drew the start at first base on Saturday. He continues to prove versatile in the field for the Twins, although he isn't an everyday player for them. He is hitting .308 with two homers and five RBI this season.

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Minnesota Twins right-hander Michael Pineda coughed up six runs in 3 2/3 innings of work in a Thursday start against the Blue Jays. Toronto went on to win 7-4.

Fantasy Impact: Pineda appeared to be a quality starting option against a weak Blue Jays lineup but instead he struggled through his worst start of the season. Overall, Pineda has a 2-1 record, 5.30 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 16 strikeouts in 18 2/3 innings of work.

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Trevor May takes the loss

Wed, Apr 17th 7:59am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota Twins reliever Trevor May allowed two runs in the seventh inning to take his first loss of the season on Tuesday. May got two outs while walking two and allowing one hit in the 6-5 loss to Toronto.

Fantasy Impact: May had a rough time with the Blue Jays on Tuesday. The reliever now has a 5.14 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, and five strikeouts in seven innings.

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Minnesota Twins right-hander Trevor Hildenberger got the last two outs in a 6-4 win over the Tigers on Sunday to earn his first save of the season. He struck out both of the batters he faced.

Fantasy Impact: Blake Parker, who had been closing most of the games, began the ninth but walked two batters and only got one out, forcing the team to turn to Hildenberger. While it is possible that Parker returns to the closer job, the Twins have been leaning toward using a ninth-inning committee this season. While Hildenberger is a potential waiver add, this has the makings of a messy situation in fantasy.

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