Minnesota Twins

AL Central

Buxton (wrist) is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Royals. (Source: Lynn Worthy of the Kansas City Star)

Fantasy Impact: Buxton left Friday's game after being hit by a pitch in his right wrist. He avoided a serious injury, but will get a rest on Saturday. Max Kepler will slide over to center field in Buxton's absence.

Category: Injury Updates


Minnesota Twins reliever Taylor Rogers pitched a scoreless ninth to save a 2-0 win over the Royals on Friday. Rogers struck out one in the frame.

Fantasy Impact: Rogers saved his seventh game of the season while lowering his ERA to 2.17. He had split the closing duties with Blake Parker for much of the season but it appears he has pulled ahead of Parker in recent weeks. Both are worth owning in fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Minnesota Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson pitched well in a 2-0 win over the Royals on Friday. Gibson threw eight shutout innings while striking out six.

Fantasy Impact: He allowed just two hits in the contest while improving his record to 7-3. Gibson has been a solid fantasy contributor this season, posting a 3.70 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 77 strikeouts in 75 1/3 innings of work.

Category: Game Recaps


Miguel Sano walks once

Sat, Jun 15th 6:46am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano went 0-for-2 with a walk in a 2-0 win over the Royals on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Sano reached once in the win. The slugger is hitting .240 with an .899 OPS, six homers, 16 runs, and 12 RBI in 75 at-bats.

Category: Game Recaps


Mitch Garver homers in win

Sat, Jun 15th 6:44am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota Twins catcher Mitch Garver went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in a 2-0 win over the Royals on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Garver provided all of the offense in the low-scoring affair. He is enjoying a strong season, hitting .318 with 11 homers, 25 runs, and 28 RBI in just 110 at-bats.

Category: Game Recaps


Cruz was left out of the Twins' starting lineup for Friday's game against the Kansas City Royals. (Source: LaVelle E. Neal III on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The veteran slugger gets a night off against Royals starter Brad Keller. Cruz is on fire with five homers and nine RBIs over his previous seven games, and boasts a .285/.370/.570 slash line with 12 HRs and 31 RBIs over just 158 at-bats on the season.


Minnesota Twins right-hander Michael Pineda pitched well in a 10-5 win over the Mariners on Thursday. He allowed just one run over 5 2/3 innings of work while striking out four.

Fantasy Impact: Pineda had to settle for a no-decision but he got the job done on Thursday. The veteran hurler has been up-and-down this year, posting a 4-3 record, 5.04 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 57 strikeouts in 13 starts.

Category: Game Recaps


Minnesota Twins first baseman C.J. Cron went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer in a 10-5 win over the Mariners on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Cron hit second in this one. He is having a strong season for the Twins, hitting .275 with 15 homers, 32 runs, and 45 RBI on the year.

Category: Game Recaps


Eddie Rosario out of the lineup

Thu, Jun 13th 11:02am EDT
By Dan Harris

Eddie Rosario is out of the Twins' lineup for Thursday's game against the Mariners.

Fantasy Impact: With the lefty Yusei Kikuchi on the bump, Rosario will get a day off here. Marwin Gonzalez will move to left field. Rosario continues to have a fantastic season and should be back in the lineup tomorrow.


Max Kepler hits 16th homer

Thu, Jun 13th 7:37am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler went 1-for-5 with a solo homer in a 9-6 loss to the Mariners on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Kepler's shot came in the eighth inning, giving him 16 on the year. He is enjoying a breakout season, hitting .262 with 41 RBI.

Category: Game Recaps


Minnesota Twins utility man Marwin Gonzalez went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBI in a 9-6 loss to the Mariners on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez went deep off of Seattle lefty Tommy MIlone in the seventh inning. The veteran infielder is hitting .256 with eight homers and 24 RBI on the season.

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Minnesota Twins right-hander Jose Berrios pitched well in a 9-6 loss to the Mariners on Wednesday. Berrios allowed just one run in 6 2/3 innings while striking out six and walking two.

Fantasy Impact: Berrios continues his excellent season. The young right-hander has an 8-2 record. 3.01 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 84 strikeouts in 89 2/3 innings of work. He will take on the Red Sox in his next start.

Category: Game Recaps


Jason Castro homers in win

Wed, Jun 12th 6:45am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota Twins catcher Jason Castro went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in a 6-5 win over the Mariners on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Castro went deep off of Seattle starter Mike Leake in the fourth inning. Overall, the veteran backstop is hitting .274 with eight homers, 23 runs, and 18 RBI this season.

Category: Game Recaps


Jorge Polanco doubles twice

Wed, Jun 12th 6:41am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a run, and an RBI in a 6-5 win over the Mariners on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Polanco continues to scorch the ball, hitting .341 with 10 homers, 42 runs, 35 RBI, and two steals. He is working on a 12-game hitting streak and is a must-start until he cools off.

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Minnesota Twins second baseman Jonathan Schoop went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in a 6-5 win over the Mariners on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Schoop had been struggling over his past 15 games, hitting just .175 over that span. Overall, he has a .246 average, 12 homers, 34 runs, 33 RBi, and a steal.

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Minnesota Twins reliever Trevor May pitched a scoreless ninth inning in a 6-5 win over the Mariners on Tuesday to record his first save of the season. May worked around two hits and struck out one.

Fantasy Impact: The Twins continue with their committee approach in the ninth inning, with May joining Blake Parker and Taylor Rogers in the competition for save chances. All three have some value as the Twins keep winning, but it is hard to say who will see the save chance on any given night.

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Minnesota Twins left-hander Martin Perez struggled in a 6-5 win over the Mariners on Tuesday. Perez allowed four runs in five innings while striking out seven and walking three. He escaped with a no-decision in the contest.

Fantasy Impact: Perez got off to a hot start this season but he has fallen on hard times of late, posting an 8.76 ERA over the past two weeks, spanning 12 1/3 innings of work. Fantasy owners can choose to remain patient with Perez but he isn't a must-own if there are better options on the waiver wire.

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Minnesota Twins right-hander Jake Odorizzi was excellent in a 12-2 win over the Tigers on Sunday. Odorizzi pitched six innings of one-run ball while striking out eight.

Fantasy Impact: He picked up the win, improving his record to 9-2 on the year. Odorizzi has been one of the best pitchers in fantasy this season, with a 1.92 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 78 strikeouts through 13 starts.

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Minnesota Twins reliever Blake Parker pitched a scoreless ninth inning to save a 6-3 win over the Tigers on Friday. Parker made things interesting by walking two batters, but he was able to escape the inning unscathed.

Fantasy Impact: Parker now has a 0-2 record, 3.57 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, nine saves, and 18 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings. He has formed a ninth-inning committee with lefty Taylor Rogers, with Rogers being the better fantasy option.

Category: Game Recaps


Ryne Harper picks up a save

Wed, May 29th 6:24am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota Twins right-hander Ryne Harper picked up his first career save in a 5-3 win over the Brewers on Tuesday. Harper got the final out of the game to earn the save.

Fantasy Impact: Harper took over for Taylor Rogers, who got the first two outs of the inning but also allowed a run to score. Blake Parker has been the team's primary closer but he has lost an occasional save chance when matchups dictate.

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