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7/23/2014 | Twins designate Guerrier, call up reliever Pressly

The Twins designated reliever Matt Guerrier for assignment after Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Indians, and they will recall reliever Ryan Pressly from Triple-A Rochester to take his place on the roster.

7/23/2014 | Twins awarded No. 4 Draft pick in 2015 Round B

The Twins received an extra pick in next year's First-Year Player Draft as a result of the third annual Competitive Balance Lottery, Major League Baseball announced Wednesday.

7/23/2014 | White Sox, Twins open four-game division clash

When the White Sox last faced the Twins in June, the South Siders were swept away in four games during a rough eight-game losing streak. Both clubs will clash once again on Thursday night in the opener of another four-game meeting at Target Field, with Chicago turning an eye towards vaulting itself back into the division race.

7/23/2014 | Competitive Balance Lottery pays out 12 Draft picks

The order of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft began to take shape Wednesday when the Competitive Balance Lottery was held at the Commissioner's Office in New York. This year, the Marlins won the lottery and will receive the first pick of Competitive Balance Round A, which is held immediately after the Draft's first round. The Marlins will be followed by the Rockies, Cardinals, Brewers, Padres and Indians.

7/23/2014 | Injured Gibson aims to return to rotation Saturday

Right-hander Kyle Gibson, who was scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday with back stiffness, said his back is feeling better, and the Twins are hopeful he'll be up to speed on Saturday.

7/23/2014 | Nolasco throws as he works through elbow strain

Right-hander Ricky Nolasco has been playing catch from 150 feet, and he is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Sunday, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Wednesday.

7/23/2014 | Swarzak called upon, delivers sharp spot start

Right-hander Anthony Swarzak impressed in a spot start and the offense did just enough to lead the Twins to a 3-1 win over the Indians on Wednesday afternoon at Target Field.

7/23/2014 | Prospect Vargas could provide power to Twins' lineup

Think Mo Vaughn, the big first baseman who got his start with the Boston Red Sox. Or Dave Parker, for baseball fans that remember back to his days in Pittsburgh and several other big league cities. Or, for a more modern comparison, consider current Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. Minnesota Twins prospect first baseman/designated hitter Kennys Vargas reminds me of each of them. He is compared most often to Big Papi, a former Twins player and slugger he admires greatly.

7/23/2014 | Swarzak to face Tribe in spot start for Twins

Twins long reliever Anthony Swarzak will be making his first start since 2012 during Wednesday's rubber match at Target Field with the Indians after Kyle Gibson was a late scratch due to back stiffness. Trevor Bauer will start for the Tribe.

7/23/2014 | Twins fall behind early, then Tribe pulls away

The Twins found themselves in an early hole yet again, and they couldn't climb out of it in an 8-2 loss to the Indians on Tuesday night at Target Field.

7/23/2014 | Gibson scratched with stiff back; Swarzak to start

Right-hander Kyle Gibson was scratched from his scheduled start against the Indians on Wednesday with lower back stiffness, and fellow right-hander Anthony Swarzak will start in his place.

7/22/2014 | Dozier named Heart and Hustle Award winner

Second baseman Brian Dozier was named the Twins' 2014 Heart and Hustle Award winner, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association announced Tuesday.

7/22/2014 | Willingham not interested in trade rumors

Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has started to show signs that he's starting to come around offensively, and he said he's doing his best not to think about the trade rumors involving him leading up to the non-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31.

7/22/2014 | Salazar hopes to display '13 form vs. Twins

After posting a 4.02 ERA in 10 starts with Triple-A Columbus, Danny Salazar will have another chance to show the Indians that his problems are behind him when he faces the Twins on Tuesday night at Target Field. Yohan Pino will start for Minnesota.

7/21/2014 | Willingham delivers big blast in Twins' win vs. Tribe

Reliever Casey Fien couldn't hold a one-run lead in the eighth, but Josh Willingham connected on a go-ahead solo homer in the bottom of the inning to lift the Twins to a 4-3 win over the Indians on Monday night at Target Field.

7/21/2014 | Umpires overturn home run call on Twins

The Twins thought they had two additional runs in the second inning on Monday night during their 4-3 win against the Indians, but that wasn't the case after instant replay.

7/21/2014 | Ryan says Twins will listen to all trade offers

After getting swept by the Rays over the weekend, the Twins are looking more and more like they'll be sellers before the non-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31.

7/21/2014 | Injured Mauer ramps up baseball activities

Twins first baseman Joe Mauer continued to take ground balls before Monday's game against the Indians, and he started swinging the bat on Sunday.

7/21/2014 | Twins will recall Pino to start against Indians

Right-hander Yohan Pino will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to start for the Twins Tuesday night against the Indians, the club announced after Monday's 4-3 win over Cleveland. Left-hander Kris Johnson was optioned to Rochester after his start to make room for Pino.

7/21/2014 | Buxton, Sampson are Pipeline Prospects of the Week

Throughout the season, the staff will name Pipeline Prospects of the Week -- one hitter and one pitcher who excelled over the previous seven days. This week, baseball's top prospect Byron Buxton took the award for hitters, while Pirates No. 19 prospect Adrian Sampson won for pitchers.

7/20/2014 | Twelve teams to receive supplemental '15 Draft picks

Major League Baseball's version of the Draft lottery doesn't attract nearly as much attention as its NBA and NHL counterparts, mostly because baseball's top picks aren't determined randomly like they are in the other sports. But for 12 big league clubs, the Competitive Balance Lottery will provide them with a valuable extra selection in 2015.

7/20/2014 | Dozier a catalyst for Twins' high rate of DPs

If there's one thing the Twins can take solace in during a rough start to the second half of the season, it's the fact that their infield is operating efficiently. And the catalyst for defensive excellence has been second baseman Brian Dozier.

7/20/2014 | Since return from injury, Santana off at plate

Danny Santana looked lost at the plate during his first two games back from a knee injury that had kept him out since June 26. The center fielder went a combined 1-for-9 with one infield hit against the Rays on Friday and Saturday. He was not in the starting lineup for Sunday's finale vs. Tampa Bay.

7/20/2014 | Willingham drives in two, but Twins fall to Rays

The Twins fell, 5-3, on Sunday to the Rays, whose series sweep left the home team nine games below .500 with just a handful of games left before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

7/20/2014 | Indians aiming to carry momentum into Minnesota

With their first 10 games after the All-Star break featuring a road clash with an American League Central opponent, the Indians already find themselves at a potentially pivotal juncture in 2014. After taking three of four in Detroit over the weekend, the Tribe will look to carry that momentum into Minnesota for a three-game series with the Twins beginning Monday.

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