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AL Central Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
MIN 36-24 6-4 L1
CLE 35-25 8-2 W1
CHW 35-25 2-8 L1
KC 26-34 5-5 W1
DET 23-35 2-8 L1

Top Twins News

  • Twins' Brent Rooker: Feeling good after surgery

    Rooker has checked out well following surgery on his fractured forearm, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.

    Rooker was struck by a pitch in the forearm back in mid-September, just seven games into his debut season. He's expected to be ready to go by next year's spring training.

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  • Twins' Jorge Polanco: Played hurt throughout season

    Polanco's ankle bothered him throughout the season more than previously reported, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.

    Polanco was healthy enough to start 53 games at shortstop but was playing at less than full strength for much of the year. That could help explain why his slash line fell from .295/.356/.485 in 2019 to .258/.304/.354 this season and presumably gives some reason to believe he'll bounce back in 2021.

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  • Twins' Jose Berrios: Allows one run in no-decision

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

    The Twins were eliminated from the playoffs with a 3-1 loss, but the blame doesn't fall on Berrios, who was spotless outside of the fourth inning. Berrios' ERA reached an even 4.00 during the regular season after three straight years in the high-3.00s. His average fastball velocity was up a fair amount, fueling a small jump in strikeout rate. Unfortunately, there was an even greater uptick in walks and some are left wondering if there is a next level to Berrios' game.

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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Not yet fully healthy

    Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said that Buxton was excluded from the lineup for Wednesday's Game 2 against the Astros because the outfielder "is not felling 100 percent," Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.

    Buxton missed the Twins' final two regular-season contests after experiencing mild concussion symptoms, but he was cleared to start in center field Tuesday in the team's postseason opener. Though he played all nine innings in Minnesota's 4-1 loss and went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts and a stolen base, Buxton may have gotten banged up somewhere along the way. While Baldelli noted that he couldn't elaborate on the nature of Buxton's condition, the skipper indicated the 26-year-old may still be available off the bench. Alex Kirilloff will pick up his first career start Wednesday in Buxton's stead.

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  • Twins' Ryan Jeffers: Another start at catcher

    Jeffers is starting at catcher and batting ninth in Game 2 of the AL Wild Card Series against the Astros.

    It seems the rookie backstop is atop the Twins' depth chart, as he will draw his second straight start of these playoffs. Jeffers went 0-for-2 in Game 1 before being replaced by Mitch Garver.

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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Sitting to start Game 2

    Buxton is not in Wednesday's Game 2 lineup against the Astros.

    The Twins will turn to Alex Kirilloff, their second-best prospect and a left-handed hitter, to make his big-league debut against righty Jose Urquidy, with Max Kepler sliding over to center field. Buxton will likely be used as a late-game defensive replacement or pinch runner if the situation calls for it.

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  • Twins' Alex Kirilloff: Starting Game 2

    Kirilloff is starting in right field and batting sixth Wednesday in Game 2 against the Astros.

    The Twins aren't messing around, turning to their No. 2 overall prospect to make his MLB debut during the first round of the playoffs. Including the Southern League playoffs, Kirilloff hit .309/.352/.480 with 11 home runs and a 15.9 K% over his final 60 games in 2019 and reportedly impressed in spring training and this summer at the alternate training site. He bats left-handed, which was likely a key consideration in him getting the start against righty Jose Urquidy.

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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Swipes bag in return

    Buxton went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts and a stolen base in a Game 1 loss to the Astros in Tuesday's wild-card opener.

    Buxton was on the receiving end of a scary HBP last Friday, and he ended up sitting the final two days of the regular season while reportedly experiencing mild concussion symptoms. Fortunately, it seems he's fine for the most part, although it's not crazy to think the Twins could try to work Alex Kirilloff into the lineup for Game 2, perhaps at Buxton's expense.

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  • Twins' Kenta Maeda: Takes no-decision in Game 1

    Maeda allowed two hits and three walks over five scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Astros in the first game of the AL Wild Card Series. He struck out five.

    Maeda held up his end of the bargain, but the team couldn't come through in Game 1. With that, the Twins have now lost 17 consecutive postseason games, an MLB record. Maeda was brilliant during his first regular season in Minnesota, going 6-1 with a 2.70 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 80:10 K:BB in 66.2 innings. If he starts again this year, it will be in the American League Division Series.

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  • Twins' Jorge Alcala: Not part of playoff roster

    Alcala will not be included on the Twins' postseason roster, Brandon Warne of Access Twins reports.

    Alcala has pitched quite well in 24 innings of relief this season, striking out 27 batters while walking just eight en route to a 2.63 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. It's possible he plays a role if the Twins advance to the next round.

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  • Twins' Nick Gordon: Shifts to 45-day IL

    The Twins recalled Gordon from their alternate training site Monday and placed him on the 45-day injured list.

    Gordon was sidelined for much of July and August after testing positive for COVID-19, but he cleared all health-related protocols just over a month ago and was able to resume working out at the alternate site. Without a specific injury being cited for Gordon's move to the IL, the transaction is likely just procedural as Minnesota maneuvers its 40-man roster and active roster ahead of the postseason. Gordon is presumably still healthy and should be in store for a normal offseason.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Avg R HR ERA
Team .242
(18th)
269
(18th)
91
(6th)
3.58
(4th)

Injuries

Player Injury
B. Buxton CF Byron Buxton CF Undisclosed
B. Rooker RF Brent Rooker RF Forearm