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The Twins recalled OF Trevor Larnach on Friday. (Source: Phil Miller on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Byron Buxton (hip) was placed on the injured list as a corresponding move. The 24-year-old Larnach will be making his big league debut this weekend. Minnesota's first-round pick from 2018, he's in line to see regular playing time with both Buxton and Alex Kirilloff sidelined. Fantasy managers seeking outfield help could do worse than to use a speculative add on him.

Category: Transactions


Twins OF Byron Buxton was placed on the 10-day injured list with a hip strain. (Source: Phil Miller on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Buxton is “likely out weeks” not ten days, per Twins manager Rocco Baldelli. He underwent an MRI this week, which revealed a Grade 2 strain. Trevor Larnach was recalled in a corresponding move and should see an uptick in playing time while Buxton is sidelined.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions


Minnesota Twins left-hander Taylor Rogers threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings in a 4-3 loss to the Rangers on Thursday. He struck out all four batters he faced.

Fantasy Impact: Rogers has been serving as the team's closer but he entered this one in the eighth inning with the game tied 3-3. He now has a 0-1 record, 2.77 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 17 strikeouts in 13 innings of work.

Category: Game Recaps


Minnesota Twins right-hander Michael Pineda allowed two runs over six innings in a 4-3 loss to the Rangers on Thursday. He struck out five and walked one.

Fantasy Impact: Pineda fared well after having his Wednesday start pushed back to Thursday thanks to a sore wrist. He is having an excellent year, posting a 2-1 record, 2.43 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 32 strikeouts in 33 1/3 innings of work. With the wrist issue now in the rearview mirror, Pineda should be fine to take his regularly scheduled turn in the rotation going forward.

Category: Game Recaps


Minnesota Twins infielder Nick Gordon went 1-for-2 with a walk and two steals in his MLB debut on Thursday. The Twins went on to lose to the Rangers 4-3.

Fantasy Impact: Gordon has been known for his speed throughout the minors and he wasted little time showing what he could do on the basepaths in the majors. He is worth an add in any league where he's available.

Category: Game Recaps


Max Kepler homers

Thu, May 6th 5:12pm EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler went 1-for-4 with a solo homer, a walk, and two runs in a 4-3 loss to the Rangers on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Kepler now has his first homer of the season. He is hitting .200 with eight runs, 10 RBI, and four steals in 70 at-bats.

Category: Game Recaps


Minnesota Twins left-hander Lewis Thorpe allowed three runs over five innings in a 3-1 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday. Thorpe struck out two and walked one.

Fantasy Impact: Thorpe picked up a spot start in place of Michael Pineda, who is dealing with a wrist injury. Thorpe is probably headed back to the minors after the start. He has a 4.50 ERA across 10 innings of work for the Twins this year.

Category: Game Recaps


Mitch Garver hits solo HR

Thu, May 6th 6:15am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota Twins catcher Mitch Garver went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk in a 3-1 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Garver's solo homer was the only offense the Twins got in the loss. Garver is hitting .208 with six homers, eight runs, and 13 RBI. After getting off to a slow start, he's batting .269 with four homers in his last seven games.

Category: Game Recaps


Nelson Cruz singles twice

Thu, May 6th 6:13am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 in a 3-1 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: The Twins managed eight hits but were only able to push one run across the plate. Cruz is hitting .313 with eight homers, 20 runs, and 21 RBI in 96 at-bats.

Category: Game Recaps


The Twins placed Alex Kirilloff on the 10-day injured list with a right wrist sprain. They activated Miguel Sanó in a corresponding move. (Source: Do-Hyoung Park on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Unfortunate news for Kirilloff after hitting four home runs in three games. In the small sample of 30 batted ball events, Kirilloff has a 26.7% barrel rate. Keep stashing him in all formats.

Category: Injury Updates


Twins slugger Miguel Sanó came off the injured list after dealing with a hamstring injury. (Source: Brandon Warne on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sanó had two home runs with a .111 batting average in 58 plate appearances before the injury. In 15-team leagues with daily moves, plug Sanó into your lineup for home runs.

Category: Injury Updates


Willians Astudillo homers

Wed, May 5th 6:00am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota Twins first baseman Willians Astudillo went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in a 6-3 loss to the Rangers on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Astudillo hit his solo shot in the fifth inning in what would be the final run for the Twins in the 10-inning loss. Astudillo is hitting .288 with three homers, five runs, and nine RBI in 59 at-bats.

Category: Game Recaps


J.A. Happ allows one run

Wed, May 5th 5:50am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota Twins left-hander J.A. Happ allowed just one run over 5 1/3 innings in a 6-3 loss to the Rangers on Tuesday. Happ struck out three and walked one.

Fantasy Impact: Happ has been excellent for the Twins through his first five starts of the season, posting a 2-0 record, 1.91 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 16 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings of work. While the strikeout rate isn't anything all that impressive, he's contributing nicely in the other fantasy categories. He will face the White Sox next.

Category: Game Recaps


Minnesota Twins right-hander Kenta Maeda threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings in a 6-5 win over the Rangers on Monday. Maeda struck out eight and walked two in the outing.

Fantasy Impact: Maeda bounced back from two straight rough outings to hold Texas off of the scoreboard. He now has a 2-2 record, 5.34 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, and 28 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings of work.

Category: Game Recaps


Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a 6-5 win over the Rangers on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Donaldson brought Luis Arraez around to score with his third-inning double. The veteran is hitting .283 with four doubles, two homers, seven runs, and seven RBI in 53 at-bats.

Category: Game Recaps


Minnesota Twins right-hander Jose Berrios allowed four runs in six innings in a 13-4 win over the Royals on Sunday. Berrios struck out nine and walked one in the start.

Fantasy Impact: Berrios cruised besides a three-run homer to Hunter Dozier. The young hurler now has a 3-2 record, 3.58 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 42 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings of work. He will face the Tigers next.

Category: Game Recaps


Andrelton Simmons homers

Sun, May 2nd 7:44pm EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota Twins shortstop Andrelton Simmons went 2-for-4 with a homer, two runs, and two RBI in a 13-4 win over the Royals on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Simmons now has his first homer of the season. The veteran shortstop is hitting .288 with nine runs and six RBI. He appears to be getting back into the swing of things after missing some time while on the COVID-19 list.

Category: Game Recaps


Minnesota Twins right-hander Matt Shoemaker struggled in an 11-3 loss to the Royals on Saturday. Shoemaker allowed nine runs (eight earned) in 3 1/3 innings while striking out none and walking two.

Fantasy Impact: Shoemaker only held the Royals off of the scoreboard in the second inning and was done in by a five-run fourth. The veteran hurler took the loss, dropping his record to 1-3 with a 7.83 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, and 14 strikeouts in 23 innings of work.

Category: Game Recaps


Minnesota Twins second baseman Jorge Polanco went 1-for-5 with two runs and a two-run homer in a 10-2 win over Cleveland on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Polanco took Cleveland starter Logan Allen deep during a four-run first inning. That goes into the books as Polanco's first homer of the season. Overall, he's hitting .193 with 11 runs, 10 RBI, and two steals in 83 at-bats.

Category: Game Recaps


Alex Colome will no longer be used in high-leverage situations, according to manager Rocco Baldelli. (Source: Dan Hayes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Colome's demotion opens the door for Taylor Rogers to become the Twins closer. Colome has two saves in five chances, while Rogers has one save, one blown save, and three holds. From a skills standpoint, the move makes sense, and if Rogers keeps pitching the way he has been, then Colome may never regain the closer's role.

Category: Rumors