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Max Kepler
Max Kepler Sitting third straight
Sun, Jun 23, 2024, 1:25 PM
Kepler (neck) isn't in the Twins' lineup for Sunday's game against Oakland.
Analysis: Neck spasms will cause Kepler to miss his third game in a row Sunday, though he still doesn't seem to be trending toward a trip to the injured list. Manuel Margot will pick up another start in right field and bat leadoff.
Trevor Larnach
Trevor Larnach Sitting against lefty
Sun, Jun 23, 2024, 1:22 PM
Larnach isn't in the Twins' lineup for Sunday's game versus the Athletics.
Analysis: Larnach and his career .569 OPS against lefties will take a seat Sunday against left-handed starter Hogan Harris. Willi Castro will fill the opening in left field while Kyle Farmer starts at the keystone, batting eighth.
Ryan Jeffers
Ryan Jeffers Out of Sunday's lineup
Sun, Jun 23, 2024, 1:18 PM
Jeffers isn't in the Twins' lineup for Sunday's game against Oakland.
Analysis: Jeffers has alternated starts behind the plate with Christian Vazquez for most of June, and Sunday will simply mark Vazquez's turn to serve as Minnesota's catcher while batting ninth.
Byron Buxton
Byron Buxton Taking seat Friday
Fri, Jun 21, 2024, 4:55 PM
Buxton is out of the lineup for Friday's game against Oakland.
Analysis: After making three straight starts in center field, Buxton will get the night off Friday. Austin Martin will start in center and bat ninth.
Max Kepler
Max Kepler Idle Friday
Fri, Jun 21, 2024, 4:53 PM
Kepler (neck) isn't part of the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Athletics.
Analysis: Kepler was removed from Thursday's game with neck spasms and isn't expected to hit the injured list, but he'll still be held out of Friday's contest. Instead, Manuel Margo will bat seventh and play right field for Friday's series opener.
Max Kepler
Max Kepler Expects to avoid injured list
Fri, Jun 21, 2024, 11:10 AM
Kepler said after being removed from Thursday's game against the Rays because of neck spasms that he expects to avoid the injured list, Bobby Nightengale of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
Analysis: Kepler revealed that he actually felt his neck spasming in the on-deck circle before his first plate appearance and made a decision not to swing the bat, which is why he attempted to bunt twice. He was pulled from the game following a headfirst slide into first base while trying to beat out a bunt. While it's unclear whether Kepler will be ready to play Friday in Oakland, he can be considered day-to-day.
Kody Funderburk
Kody Funderburk On way back to Minnesota
Fri, Jun 21, 2024, 11:05 AM
The Twins recalled Funderburk from Triple-A St. Paul on Friday.
Analysis: He'll take the roster spot vacated by Jay Jackson, who has been designated for assignment. Funderburk has struck out 14 and allowed just one run over eight innings with St. Paul since being optioned last month.
Jose Miranda
Jose Miranda Belts three-run blast
Thu, Jun 20, 2024, 11:02 PM
Miranda went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run Thursday against the Rays.
Analysis: Miranda's clutch homer came with two on and two out in the ninth inning to tie the game and send it into extra innings. It was the eighth blast of the season for Miranda, who continues to distance himself from last year's nightmarish campaign. The third-year pro is now slashing .280/.317/.477 with eight homers, 12 doubles, a triple, 27 RBI, 23 runs and a steal over 205 plate appearances.
Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana Continues piping hot June
Thu, Jun 20, 2024, 10:52 PM
Santana went 3-for-5 with a solo home run, double and an additional run scored Thursday against the Rays.
Analysis: Santana extended his modest hit streak to six games and posted his second three-hit game of the season while blasting his 12th home run. The 38-year-old veteran has found the fountain of youth in the month of June, going 20-for-55 (.364) with four homers, five doubles, 15 RBI, 10 runs and even managing a couple of steals through 16 games this month.
Simeon Woods Richardson
Simeon Woods Richardson Ks six in quality start
Thu, Jun 20, 2024, 9:54 PM
Woods Richardson did not factor into the decision Thursday, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks in six innings against the Rays. He struck out six.
Analysis: Woods Richardson allowed single runs in the second and third, keeping the Rays at bay as he completed six innings for his fourth quality start of the season. It was also the ninth time in 12 starts that Woods Richardson left with a no-decision. It was the third time in four outings that Woods Richardson struck out six batters, including a couple of big strikeouts to end the fourth and fifth innings, each coming with runners in scoring position to keep the game tied. Woods Richardson has been solid throughout his first full season in the majors, tallying a 3.26 ERA and 1.14 WHIP through 12 starts with 52 strikeouts over 60.2 innings. His next start is scheduled to take place next week when the Twins travel to Arizona to take on the Diamondbacks.
Jay Jackson
Jay Jackson Designated for assignment
Thu, Jun 20, 2024, 3:58 PM
The Twins designated Jackson for assignment Thursday, Bobby Nightengale of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: The move comes shortly after Jackson allowed three runs in an inning of work during Thursday's loss to the Rays. Jackson cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment by the Twins last month, so he might wind up sticking around in the organization again. The club will announce a corresponding move prior to Friday's game in Oakland.
Max Kepler
Max Kepler Dealing with neck spasms
Thu, Jun 20, 2024, 1:31 PM
Kepler exited Thursday's game against the Rays because of neck spasms, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Kepler tweaked his neck while sliding into first base when he attempted to bunt for a hit in the first inning. He should be considered day-to-day for now, but the Twins could provide more information on Kepler's status after the game.
Max Kepler
Max Kepler Exits game with injury
Thu, Jun 20, 2024, 12:38 PM
Kepler was lifted from Thursday's game against the Rays in the first inning with an undisclosed injury, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Analysis: Kepler was trying to bunt for a hit in his first plate appearance and hurt himself while sliding into first base. It's not clear what injury the outfielder is dealing with, but the Twins should have more on Kepler's status soon.
Willi Castro
Willi Castro Long starting streak comes to end
Thu, Jun 20, 2024, 9:22 AM
Castro is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rays.
Analysis: For the first time since April 15, Castro will head to the bench, ending a streak of 59 consecutive starts. Though he opened the season in a utility role, Castro has solidified an everyday role thanks to his positional versatility and solid production at the plate. Austin Martin will enter the lineup at second base in place of Castro, who has been dialed in of late with a .368/.429/.605 slash line to go with one home run, six doubles, one stolen base, nine runs and four RBI over his last nine starts.
Carlos Correa
Carlos Correa Taking seat Thursday
Thu, Jun 20, 2024, 9:17 AM
Correa is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rays.
Analysis: After seeing his nine-game hitting streak come to an end with an 0-for-5 performance in Wednesday's 3-2 extra-inning loss, Correa will get a breather for the series finale with Tampa Bay. Kyle Farmer will spell him at shortstop Thursday.
Austin Martin
Austin Martin Garnering third straight start
Wed, Jun 19, 2024, 2:46 PM
Martin will start in left field and bat ninth in Wednesday's game against the Rays.
Analysis: Martin will be awarded a third consecutive start after he reached base five times (four hits, one walk) while scoring twice, driving in a run and chipping in a stolen base between the Twins' previous two contests. The 25-year-old still looks to be a part-time player for Minnesota, though he should have a regular path to making starts against left-handed pitching.
Jose Miranda
Jose Miranda Getting day off
Wed, Jun 19, 2024, 2:43 PM
Miranda is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rays.
Analysis: Miranda will head to the bench Wednesday, but he should have a relatively firm grasp on a near-everyday role for the Twins after Minnesota recently optioned Alex Kirilloff (back) to the minors before reversing the transaction and placing him on the 10-day injured list. The 26-year-old has earned his way into steadier playing time by maintaining an .875 OPS through his first 15 games of June.
Ryan Jeffers
Ryan Jeffers Heading to bench Wednesday
Wed, Jun 19, 2024, 2:40 PM
Jeffers is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rays.
Analysis: With solid counting statistics (12 home runs, two stolen bases, 37 RBI and 28 runs) and a non-toxic batting average (.234), Jeffers has been one of the top fantasy catchers this season, but he's started to lose some of his shine in recent weeks. He's slashing just .153/.240/.259 overall since May 15, and his ongoing struggles at the dish have begun to cost him some playing time. He'll give way Wednesday to Christian Vazquez, who remains the Twins' No. 2 catcher but seems to have moved his way into more of a timeshare with Jeffers behind the dish.
Jhoan Duran
Jhoan Duran Winds up with win
Wed, Jun 19, 2024, 7:24 AM
Duran (3-2) picked up the win Tuesday against Tampa Bay, striking out two during a perfect ninth inning.
Analysis: Duran took the mound in the top of the ninth inning with the game tied, 6-6, and didn't allow a hit for a fifth consecutive appearance. After Carlos Santana delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth, Duran ended up qualifying for his third win of the campaign. The Twins' closer is 11-for-11 on save chances this season and owns a 3.43 ERA across 21.0 innings.
Pablo Lopez
Pablo Lopez Hit hard by Rays
Wed, Jun 19, 2024, 7:23 AM
Lopez didn't factor into the decision Tuesday against Tampa Bay, allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk across four innings. He struck out three.
Analysis: Four of the five runs attributed to Lopez came via the long ball, with Randy Arozarena launching a three-run homer in the first inning and Brandon Lowe notching a solo home run in the fifth, marking Lopez's seventh consecutive start allowing a round-tripper. The 28-year-old has allowed five or more runs in four of his last six appearances, owning an 8.94 ERA during that stretch and ballooning his ERA to a career-worst 5.63 overall. He's lined up for a road start against the Athletics on Sunday.

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