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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Powers offense in win

    Buxton went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and an RBI double in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Athletics.

    Buxton has an extra-base hit in each of his last three games. This was his first multi-hit effort since June 13. He's hitting .246 (16-for-65) over 18 games in June, right in line with his .245 batting average for the season. Buxton has added a .702 OPS, five homers, 25 RBI, 26 runs scored, five stolen bases, 11 doubles and three triples across 58 contests. He's been given ample rest since returning from a knee injury in May, but he remains the primary center fielder for the Twins.

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  • Twins' Griffin Jax: Collects save

    Jax struck out two and allowed one hit in a scoreless inning to earn the save in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Athletics.

    The Twins haven't had much need for their bullpen this weekend, as Bailey Ober tossed a complete game Saturday and Pablo Lopez went eight innings Sunday. Jax hadn't pitched since Thursday, so he was a little fresher than Jhoan Duran, who last pitched Friday, which likely explains manager Rocco Baldelli's decision. Jax has done well in a high-leverage role this year, posting a 2.10 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 46:8 K:BB over 34.1 innings. He's added seven saves and 12 holds, though he's likely to remain second in the hierarchy for closing duties.

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  • Twins' Pablo Lopez: Throws eight shutout innings

    Lopez (7-6) allowed two hits and one walk while striking out 14 over eight shutout innings to earn the win Sunday over the Athletics.

    Lopez retired the first 17 batters he faced before Lawrence Butler's sixth-inning single. This was Lopez's first scoreless outing of the season as well as his longest start, and the 14 strikeouts were a season high. He'd given up 14 runs over 13 innings across his first three starts in June. Even with this gem, Lopez has a 5.11 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 101:19 K:BB through 88 innings across 16 starts this year. Considering he's posted a career-worst 1.6 HR/9, it's likely a fair amount of his struggles have come from bad luck with the long ball, as the rest of his underlying numbers are in line with his usual level of performance. Lopez is lined up to make his next start at Seattle.

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  • Twins' Jay Jackson: Clears waivers

    The Twins outrighted Jackson to Triple-A St. Paul on Sunday.

    Jackson has now been moved off the Twins' 40-man roster on two occasions this season, but unless he elects free agency, he'll stick around in the organization as relief depth at Triple-A. Over 20 appearances out of the Minnesota bullpen this season, Jackson has posted a 7.52 ERA and 1.41 WHIP across 26.1 innings.

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  • Twins' DaShawn Keirsey: Homers in return from calf injury

    Keirsey (calf) went 2-for-4 with a home run Saturday for Triple-A St. Paul in his first game since returning from a calf injury, Theodor Tollefson of reports.

    He had been out since May 26 with the calf injury. The 2018 fourth-round draft pick is not seen as a much of prospect at age 27, but he's hitting an impressive .314 with a .966 OPS and nine home runs in 47 games.

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  • Twins' Max Kepler: Sitting out third straight

    Kepler (neck) isn't in the Twins' lineup for Sunday's game against Oakland.

    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.

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  • Twins' Trevor Larnach: Sitting against lefty

    Larnach isn't in the Twins' lineup for Sunday's game versus the Athletics.

    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.

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  • Twins' Ryan Jeffers: Out of Sunday's lineup

    Jeffers isn't in the Twins' lineup for Sunday's game against Oakland.

    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.

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  • Twins' Jose Miranda: Collects three RBI in win

    Miranda went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a walk, a run and three RBI in a 10-2 win against Oakland on Saturday.

    Miranda belted a two-run double in Minnesota's seven-run second inning and added an RBI on another double one frame later. He finished with his fourth multi-hit game over his past 10 contests, a span in which he has batted .382 with two homers, four doubles and nine RBI. Miranda's hot bat has helped keep him in the lineup on a consistent basis between third base, first base and designated hitter.

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  • Twins' Manuel Margot: Excels out of leadoff spot

    Margot went 3-for-5 with a three-run home run and two additional runs in Saturday's 10-2 rout of the Athletics.

    Margot played a key part in Minnesota's seven-run second inning by belting a three-run blast off Oakland starter JP Sears. He added two additional base knocks to finish with his second three-hit game of the season. Margot had been struggling coming into Saturday, going 2-for-20 with no extra-base hits or RBI over his previous seven games.

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  • Twins' Bailey Ober: Tosses first career complete game

    Ober (7-4) earned the win over Oakland on Saturday, allowing two runs on four hits and no walks while striking out 10 batters over nine innings.

    Ober was extremely efficient in the impressive outing, needing just 89 pitches to polish off the first complete game of his career. The right-hander threw 70 of those pitches for strikes and racked up a career-best 23 whiffs. Ober did give up a pair of solo homers -- just the third time through 15 starts that he's allowed multiple home runs -- but those didn't hurt much with Minnesota's offense putting up 10 runs. Ober carries a 4.50 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 83:20 K:BB over 82 innings on the campaign.

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  • Twins' Royce Lewis: Continues power surge

    Lewis went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 6-5 loss to the Athletics.

    Lewis homered for the fifth time in his last six games, taking Joey Estes deep in the sixth inning. With 10 homers, 14 RBI and 15 runs scored over just 16 contests this season, Lewis has been hugely productive when he hasn't been on the injured list. He won't keep up that homer pace, but as long as he stays healthy he should remain a fantasy asset.

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  • Twins' Willi Castro: Clubs homer Friday

    Castro went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run, a double and two total runs scored in Friday's 6-5 loss to the Athletics.

    Castro logged his fourth multi-hit effort in his last five games, with the lone exception being Thursday when he started the game on the bench. Batting .290 (20-for-69) in June, Castro has been impressive for the Twins, and it hasn't been just an empty average. He has nine extra-base hits, eight RBI and 13 runs scored over 19 contests this month. For the season, he's posted a .272/.357/.444 slash line with six homers, 24 RBI, 43 runs scored, eight stolen bases and a career-high 19 doubles through 76 games.

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  • Twins' Jhoan Duran: Takes blown save, loss

    Duran (3-3) allowed two runs on two hits and struck out one over one inning Friday, taking the loss and a blown save versus the Athletics.

    Duran served up a two-run home run to Shea Langeliers after being called upon to protect a 5-4 lead in the eighth inning. This was Duran's first blown save of the year -- he's converted 11 saves and added four holds over 24 appearances. The closer has a 3.91 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 21:8 K:BB through 23 innings.

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  • Twins' Chris Paddack: Can't complete five innings

    Paddack allowed three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out three over 4.2 innings in a no-decision versus the Athletics on Friday.

    Paddack again struggled against Oakland, though his last start was worse as he allowed five runs in 2.1 innings. The right-hander has a poor 5.29 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 70:18 K:BB over 78.1 innings through 15 starts this season. He's projected to make his next start on the road in Arizona, though he hasn't pitched well enough to be a reliable fantasy option.

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Player Injury
M. Kepler RF Max Kepler RF Neck
A. Kirilloff LF Alex Kirilloff LF Back
B. Stewart RP Brock Stewart RP Shoulder
J. Topa RP Justin Topa RP Knee
D. Duarte RP Daniel Duarte RP Elbow

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