Dan Myers, Reuters
MINNEAPOLIS — Phil Hughes pitched 7⅓ innings of one-run ball and received some timely offensive support as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Kansas City Royals 4-1 on Saturday night at Target Field. Hughes and Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura were locked in a duel most of the night. Ventura didn’t give up many hits but played with fire, allowing six walks. He also mixed in a balk. Each time Ventura was in trouble, he escaped — until the seventh inning. Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki singled to left field to lead off the inning — only the second hit of the night for Minnesota.
MINNEAPOLIS — A five-run fourth inning powered Kansas City past Minnesota 6-5 Friday night in the first of a four-game series at Target Field. It was a bases-loaded double by former Twin Josh Willingham that did a bulk of the damage for the Royals.
MINNEAPOLIS — With San Diego given new life thanks to a rally in the top of the ninth inning and a great defensive play in the bottom half, Seth Smith made sure the Padres finished their comeback in style. Smith blasted a 414-foot shot over the wall in right field for his 12th homer of the season in the top of the 10th inning, lifting the Padres to a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday at Target Field. “You feed off of that kind of stuff,” Smith said.
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Twins pitcher Anthony Swarzak has made no bones about his desire to become a full-time starting pitcher one day. Wednesday, Swarzak looked like a guy who belongs in a rotation. The right-hander, who has appeared in 30 games this season, made his first start of the year and looked the part of an established starter, tossing five innings of one-run ball in a 3-1 win over the Cleveland Indians at Target Field. Making a spot start in place of an injured Kyle Gibson, Swarzak showed his value to the Twins, allowing only two hits and throwing 74 pitches in five frames, impr
MINNEAPOLIS — Early offensive fireworks turned into a battle of the bullpens as the New York Yankees scored six runs in the first two innings and held on for a 6-5 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday at Target Field. Second baseman Brian Roberts had four extra-base hits to lead the Yankees. The nine total bases were a career high for Roberts, a veteran of 1,401 games with the Yankees and Baltimore Orioles. “A win is always good, and we need wins,” Roberts said.
MINNEAPOLIS — There’s something about pitching against the Minnesota Twins this season that works for Kansas City Royals right-hander Jason Vargas. For the second time this season, Vargas tossed seven shutout innings against Minnesota, scattering four hits and walking two Wednesday in a 4-0 win and series victory over the Twins. Vargas allowed more than one runner in an inning only once, when an infield single and two-out walk in the fourth amounted to Minnesota’s lone offensive threat.
MINNEAPOLIS — One of baseball’s most patient teams all season, the Minnesota Twins kept it simple Saturday afternoon against the Houston Astros at Target Field, taking advantage of eight Astros walks and two errors in an 8-0 victory. After a quick 1-2-3 first inning, things went off the rails for Houston starter Scott Feldman in the second, who retired only two batters in the inning before being lifted. In between, he walked two, hit another with a pitch and was the victim of poor defense behind him, allowing three unearned runs in all. Feldman, who allowed only one hit in 1⅔ innings, took
MINNEAPOLIS — The Milwaukee Brewers, powered by the long ball and two three-run rallies in the middle innings, defeated the Minnesota Twins 8-5 Thursday at Target Field. The victory earned the Brewers a split in the two-game series against the Twins in Minnesota and in the four-game, home-and-home set that began Monday at Miller Park. Trailing 4-3 in the sixth inning, Milwaukee took its first lead on a two-run shot by left fielder Khris Davis, his 10th home run of the season.
MINNEAPOLIS — For years, the old saying “Everything is bigger in Texas” fit well with the baseball team from Arlington’s style of play. But the past two days at Target Field, the Texas Rangers proved they can win playing small ball, too. A double and two sacrifices in the top of the eighth inning provided the edge the Rangers needed Thursday in a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Twins. Texas won three of the four games in the series and are now 6-2 on the first two legs of their season-long, 11-game road trip that concludes this weekend with a three-game series against the Wash
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Twins starter Samuel Deduno has a reputation around baseball for being effectively wild. On Saturday night against the Seattle Mariners, Deduno was just effective. Deduno, starting his third game in place of injured right-hander Mike Pelfrey, picked up his first win of the season, allowing two runs and two hits in six innings of the Twins’ 4-3 victory at Target Field. After starting the year in the bullpen, Deduno has been a quality addition to the starting rotation. After Pelfrey’s 0-3 start with a 7.99 ERA, he went on the disabled list with a groin strain.