Kepler went 3-for-5 with a walk, a home run and three RBI in Tuesday's extra-innings win over the Red Sox. He wasn't even in the starting lineup with lefty David Price on the mound for Boston, but after pinch hitting for Marwin Gonzalez in the sixth inning, Kepler nearly single-handedly kept Minnesota in the game. He tied the score at 2-2 with an RBI single in the eighth and then answered a Mookie Betts solo shot in the 13th with one of his own, before walking it off in the 17th with a bases-loaded liner down the right-field line. Kepler is now slashing .321/.455/.736 with six homers and 13 RBI through 15 games in June.
Kepler isn't in Tuesday's starting lineup against the Red Sox, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports. Kepler will take a seat with David Price slated to take the mound for Boston. Marwin Gonzalez is set to man right field and bat sixth in Kepler's stead.
Kepler went 1-for-3 with two walks, two RBI and a run scored Thursday against the Mariners. Kepler was pushed down to sixth in the order with southpaw Yusei Kikuchi on the mound, but had a productive day nonetheless. The highlight of his performance came in the sixth inning when he delivered a two-RBI single to put the Twins up 7-1. Kepler is riding a modest four-game hitting streak, during which he has three extra-base hits, four runs scored and three RBI. He's been productive throughout the campaign, hitting .263/.342/.549 with 16 homers, 43 RBI and 45 runs scored across 266 plate appearances.
Kepler is not starting Friday against Matthew Boyd and the Tigers. Kepler has slid into a platoon role in right field lately, sitting against four of the last five lefties the Twins have faced. Marwin Gonzalez gets the start in right field.
Kepler went 4-for-4 with three home runs, four RBI, four runs scored and a walk during Thursday's 5-4 win over Cleveland. Kepler accounted for almost all his team's offense in this one, launching a solo home run in the first before adding a two-run shot and another of the solo variety in the seventh. This was a much-needed breakout game for Kepler, who was without a hit in his last 21 at-bats. The big game pushes his OPS back up to .879 and he'll look to build on it in the next series in Detroit.
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