--IF Tsuyoshi Nishioka, out since April 7 because of a fractured fibula, is doing wind sprints in Fort Myers, Fla., and might rejoin the team during next week's homestand, athletic trainer Rick McWane said.
--C Joe Mauer is ramping up his rehabilitation from leg weakness, blocking pitches and throwing to second in full catcher's gear at extended spring training in Fort Myers, Fla. However, his legs are not strong enough for him to play extended spring training games or even squat to catch bullpen sessions.
In the first year of an eight-year, $184 million contract extension, Mauer hasn't played since April 12 and has only 34 at-bats this season. There is no timetable for his return to the lineup.
--RF Michael Cuddyer's solo home run in the first inning Friday gave him five for the season, passing DH Jason Kubel (4) for the team lead. Kubel missed a three-run homer by inches Friday, sending a ball off the wall in center, just left of the yellow home run line.
--OF Jason Repko, expected to rejoin the Twins Monday, went 0-for-4 Friday with Class AAA Rochester and is batting .188 on his rehabilitation assignment. Repko hasn't played since May 1 because of a strained quadriceps.
--DH Jim Thome (strained oblique) is expected to rejoin the big league club on Monday.
--LHP Jose Mijares, on the disabled list with a left elbow strain, will being a throwing program Saturday.
--IF Trevor Plouffe hit a three-run home run on Thursday to make him the third Twins rookie since 1983 to have three RBIs in consecutive games. The others were OF Matt Lawton in 1996 and current 3B Danny Valencia last season.
--Bench coach Scott Ullger was moved back to third base Friday because third base coach Steve Liddle had a pulled calf muscle.
BY THE NUMBERS
3 -- Still the Twins' longest winning streak of the season, accomplished twice, after Friday's 8-7 loss at Arizona.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"Don't get hurt. On the base paths, let's not do anything silly." -- Manager Ron Gardenhire's two rules for pitchers batting in interleague games.
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