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SS Jorge Polanco underwent surgery to remove a mild bone spur and a small bone chip on his right ankle Monday. (Source: Dan Hayes on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Polanco’s ankle bothered him throughout the season and underwent surgery to correct the issue. He is expected to be ready by spring training. Polanco slashed .258/.304/.485 with four home runs, 19 RBI and four stolen bases over 209 at-bats this season.

Category: Injury Updates


Twins starter Jose Berrios allowed one earned run on two hits and two walks while striking out four over five innings in a no-decision against the Astros in Game 2 of the Wild Card Round on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Berrios was removed after just 75 pitches on Wednesday, and the Twins bullpen went on to allow two more runs in what was eventually a 3-1 loss. The right-hander had an up-and-down year and finished the season with a 4.00 ERA and 68 strikeouts over 63 innings.

Category: Game Recaps


Twins prospect Alex Kirilloff is hitting sixth and playing right field in his major league debut in Wednesday's Game 2 against the Astros.

Fantasy Impact: Kirilloff becomes the first player in MLB history to make his big league debut in a playoff game. Max Kepler is sliding over to center field and Byron Buxton is on the bench in this win-or-go-home matchup with Houston.


Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a walk in Tuesday's loss to the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the Wild Card Round.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz put the Twins up 1-0 with an RBI double in the third inning, but the Minnesota bullpen went on to allow four runs in the final three innings in a 4-1 loss.

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Twins outfielder Byron Buxton went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in the team's Game 1 loss to the Houston Astros on Tuesday. The steal was his first of the postseason.

Fantasy Impact: Buxton was hit in the head by a pitch on Friday against the Reds and sat out the final two games of the season, but he was cleared and was in the lineup and batting second for Game 1 of the Wild Card Round. In 39 games this season, Buxton hit .254 with 19 runs scored, 13 home runs, 27 RBI, and two stolen bases.

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Twins starter Kenta Maeda tossed five shutout innings on two hits and three walks while striking out five in Tuesday's no-decision against the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the Wild Card Round.

Fantasy Impact: Maeda left with the lead on Tuesday but watched the bullpen allow four runs en route to a 1-4 loss. Maeda finished a strong season with a 2.70 ERA in 11 starts and did not disappoint in his first postseason start for Minnesota.

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Josh Donaldson (calf) is not included on the Twins' roster for their Wild Card series versus the Astros. (Source: Minnesota Twins on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's a bit of a surprise. Donaldson left Friday's game with a calf cramp and just didn't have enough time to get healthy. The 34-year-old took batting practice on Monday and will aim to get ready for the Divisional Round, should Minnesota advance.

Category: Injury Updates


Minnesota Twins left-hander Rich Hill allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings in a 5-3 loss to the Reds on Sunday. Hill struck out four and walked three in the loss.

Fantasy Impact: He managed to escape with a no-decision. Hill finishes the 2020 regular season with a 2-2 record, 3.03 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 31 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings of work. He will not be a part of the team's rotation in the Wild Card round of the playoffs but he could rejoin if they advance.

Category: Game Recaps


Max Kepler scores once

Mon, Sep 28th 5:51am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run in a 5-3 loss to the Reds on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Kepler finishes the 2020 regular season with a .228 average, nine homers, 27 runs, 23 RBI, and three steals. He wrapped up the season on a high note, hitting .345 over his final seven games. He will face the Astros in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, starting Tuesday.

Category: Game Recaps


Luis Arraez drives in three

Sun, Sep 27th 8:20am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota second baseman Luis Arraez went 4-for-4 with three doubles, two runs, and three RBI in a 7-2 win over the Reds on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Arraez had just been activated off the injured list earlier in the day after overcoming tendinitis in his knee. The young infielder is hitting .315 with 16 runs and 13 RBI in 108 at-bats this year.

Category: Game Recaps


Minnesota Twins right-hander Michael Pineda allowed two runs over four innings in a 7-2 win over the Reds on Saturday. He struck out four and walked three.

Fantasy Impact: Pineda struggled a bit with his control, throwing 48 of 80 pitches for strikes. He finishes the 2020 season with a 2-0 record, 3.38 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 25 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings of work.

Category: Game Recaps


Miguel Sano scores once

Sat, Sep 26th 7:57am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota Twins first baseman Miguel Sano went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run in a 7-2 loss to the Reds on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Sano is hitting .203 with 13 homers, 31 runs, and 25 RBI this season. It's been slow going for him of late, however, as he's hitting just .107 over his past 15 games.

Category: Game Recaps


Sergio Romo was called on to get the final out of Wednesday's game against the Tigers. He allowed a three-run homer to Miguel Cabrera, but got Candelario to ground out to first to end the game.

Fantasy Impact: It wasn't pretty, but it could've been worse as two runs were charged to previous pitcher Caleb Theilbar. Romo has a 3.15 ERA and .95 WHIP on the year.

Category: Game Recaps


Jake Cave hits two HRs

Thu, Sep 24th 6:08am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota Twins outfielder Jake Cave went 2-for-4 with two homers and three RBI in a 7-6 win over the Tigers on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Cave hit a two-run shot in the fourth and a solo blast in the sixth inning. The veteran outfielder is hitting .204 with four homers, 16 runs, and 15 RBI in 107 at-bats in 2020.

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Minnesota Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario went 1-for-3 with a homer, two runs, two RBI, and a walk in a 7-6 win over the Tigers on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Rosario hit a two-run shot off Casey Mize in the fifth inning. The veteran outfielder is hitting .256 with 13 homers, 31 runs, 39 RBI, and three steals in 2020. He has a .296 average and three homers in his past seven games.

Category: Game Recaps


Minnesota Twins right-hander Homer Bailey allowed one run over three innings in a 5-4 win over Detroit on Tuesday. Bailey struck out three and walked one.

Fantasy Impact: Bailey was making his first start in over a month after spending time on the injured list with biceps tendinitis. The veteran has made just two starts in 2020, posting a 3.38 ERA.

Category: Game Recaps


Mitch Garver homers Tuesday

Wed, Sep 23rd 8:26am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota catcher Mitch Garver went 1-for-5 with a solo homer in a 5-4 win over the Tigers on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Garver has appeared in just 21 games, thanks to a strained intercostal and groin. The young backstop has a .152 average, two homers, eight runs, and five RBI in 66 at-bats.

Category: Game Recaps


Tyler Duffey struck out one batter in a clean sixth inning to register his 12th hold of the season on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Duffey has quietly gone about his business this season as one of the best relievers in the Minnesota bullpen. He owns a 1.69 ERA and 0.80 WHIP, but blew his only save opportunity of the year.

Category: Game Recaps


The Twins placed Jake Odorizzi (blister) on the 10-day injured list. (Source: Phil Miller on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Odorizzi was out for a while with a chest injury, returned to make one start, and is now sidelined again with a blister. The Twins are hoping to have him back for postseason play.

Category: Injury Updates


Trevor May struck out three batters in a clean ninth inning to secure the win in a non-save situation against the White Sox on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: May has an elite 14.7 K/9 ratio, but an ugly 4.74 ERA to go along with it. A .375 BABIP suggests he's been a bit unlucky in 2020.

Category: Game Recaps