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Twins | Pat Dean schools M's

Sat, 28 May 2016 00:34:36 -0700

Minnesota Twins SP Pat Dean shut down the Seattle Mariners on Friday, May 27, working seven innings and allowing just two runs on four hits. He walked none and struck out eight to earn his first major-league win.

Fantasy Tip: In his two starts, Dean has allowed four runs in 13 innings while fanning 13. It's an encouraging start for the Boston College product, but the finesse lefty wasn't a strikeout pitcher in the minors so expect big-league hitters to start squaring him up once they get more looks. Still, those in AL-only leagues can take a shot to see if this Dean keeps grading on a curve... or, well, at least throwing them.

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Twins | Trevor Plouffe sprains knee

Sat, 28 May 2016 00:21:01 -0700

Minnesota Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe (knee) left the team's game against the Seattle Mariners in the fourth inning on Friday, May 27, with what was called a mild MCL sprain in his right knee. Manager Paul Molitor indicated Plouffe would undergo an MRI to determine the extent of the injury.

Fantasy Tip: Plouffe has struggled of late, 3-for-27 in his last seven games, so perhaps a couple days off to rest his mildly sprained knee would be a blessing in disguise. We know Plouffe has good power, but right now he's only worth owning in AL-only leagues and maybe as a stash candidate in deep mixed setups.

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Twins | Eduardo Escobar sitting

Fri, 27 May 2016 16:05:08 -0700

Minnesota Twins SS Eduardo Escobar is not in the starting lineup Friday, May 27. SS Eduardo Nunez is playing the 6 and is hitting leadoff against Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez.

Fantasy Tip: Despite a lack of power, Nunez has done nothing but produce for the Twins this year with a .314/.347/.482 slash line with four home runs, 19 RBI and eight stolen bases as a utility player. As long as he keeps hitting, the Twins will find a spot for him, and it is likely to come at the expense of Escobar. He's great depth in deep mixed and AL-only leagues. Against King Felix, he's a contrarian play in daily games hitting leadoff.

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Twins | Brian Dozier, Miguel Sano shake slumps

Thu, 26 May 2016 10:01:42 -0700

Minnesota Twins 2B Brian Dozier and OF Miguel Sano both broke out of power slumps with home runs Wednesday, May 25. Dozier struck out twice and lined out in his other at-bats, but manager Paul Molitor liked that Dozier wasn't trying to pull everything. Sano struck out his first time up and entered the game with a league-high 66 strikeouts. Molitor sees Sano getting through his funk at the plate.

Fantasy Tip: Dozier's low batting average on balls in play (.217) suggests more hits and home runs are in his future. After all, he did club 28 long balls a season ago. If the Dozier owner in your league is frustrated, take a gander at buying low. With Sano, you get what you see; tons of elite power potential as a 30-homer candidate but also a lot of swings and misses. He'll kill your average but aid you in power.

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Twins | Byron Buxton ablaze on the farm

Thu, 26 May 2016 07:16:46 -0700

Minnesota Twins OF Byron Buxton is hitting .380 with five homers and 11 RBI in 71 May at-bats at Class AAA Rochester.

Fantasy Tip: It's probably a matter of days before Buxton returns to the majors. Start picking him up in deeper leagues in anticipation.

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Twins | Miguel Sano homers Wednesday

Wed, 25 May 2016 17:57:03 -0700

Minnesota Twins OF Miguel Sano went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer, a walk and two runs scored in a victory over the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, May 25.

Fantasy Tip: Sano is batting just .221 with an MLB-leading 67 strikeouts through 45 games and had collected just two hits in his previous 24 at-bats before homering in the fifth inning Wednesday. DFS players should wait for him to string together several solid performances at the plate before relying on him again

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Twins | Tyler Duffey defeats Kansas City

Wed, 25 May 2016 17:54:25 -0700

Minnesota Twins SP Tyler Duffey (2-3) allowed five runs on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings in a victory over the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, May 25, with two walks and five strikeouts.

Fantasy Tip: Minnesota's starting rotation has recorded just six wins to date and Duffey has one-third of those wins, making him the only starter on the team with multiple victories. This feat is even more amazing considering that he began the season in the minors. That being said, Duffey is only worth rostering in AL-only and cavernous mixed fantasy leagues.

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Twins | Glen Perkins moved to 60-day DL

Wed, 25 May 2016 17:45:50 -0700

Minnesota Twins RP Glen Perkins (shoulder) was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday, May 25, in order to create room for RP Buddy Boshers on the 40-man roster.

Fantasy Tip: As a result of the move, Perkins will be ineligible to return from the disabled list before June 10. He will return to the closer's role for Minnesota once he is activated and deserves to be stashed in all seasonal leagues. In the interim, Kevin Jepsen will continue to see save opportunities. Boshers is a 28-year-old lefty who possesses little fantasy value in any format.

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Twins | Joe Mauer hits third

Wed, 25 May 2016 08:54:53 -0700

Minnesota Twins 1B Joe Mauer is hitting third Wednesday, May 25, with 3B Eduardo Nunez remaining in the leadoff spot.

Fantasy Tip: Mauer hasn't done much with a .213-2-6 line this month, but the same can be said for the entire offense. He has a so-so matchup against Dillon Gee, but the three-hole gives him some upside today. Nunez has surprised with a .303-3-17 line this year, and he's a solid play in the low end today.

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Twins | Brian Dozier returns

Wed, 25 May 2016 08:54:19 -0700

Minnesota Twins 2B Brian Dozier returned to the lineup Wednesday, May 25, and he's hitting second. 3B Trevor Plouffe is out of the lineup.

Fantasy Tip: Dozier is struggling with a .211-1-4 line this month. Dillon Gee has a decent 2.90 ERA, but he doesn't strike much fear in the matchup. However, Dozier's struggles put him in a wait-and-see approach in DFS.

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Twins | Max Kepler on minors DL

Tue, 24 May 2016 16:32:35 -0700

Minnesota Twins OF Max Kepler (groin) was put on the minor league disabled list with Class AAA Rochester with a left groin strain Tuesday, May 24.

Fantasy Tip: Kepler had a brief call-up to the Twins last month but was hitting .275 with one home run and 17 RBI for Rochester. He's the Twins' second ranked prospect this year and could be back up later when rosters expand. He has a keen eye at the plate and should develop more power, but right now he's strictly a guy to monitor in keeper leagues.

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Twins | Brian Dozier looking for answers

Tue, 24 May 2016 15:23:27 -0700

Minnesota Twins 2B Brian Dozier hasn't hit a home run at home this year and hasn't done so since Aug. 15 of last year, a span of 149 at-bats. He's hitting .188 with a .262 on-base percentage in 37 games at Target Field in that span. The Twins are trying to fix Dozier, and despite the fact he has two minor league options left, Minnesota doesn't seem interested in sending him down. Dozier hit several balls hard over the weekend but wasn't rewarded, and his batting average on balls in play dropped to a career-worst .218. His strikeout rate is 16.5%, which is well below his career mark of 19%, and he's swinging at 29.3% of pitches outside the zone. Dozier and the Twins insist his right hamstring isn't the cause of his problems.

Fantasy Tip: Dozier's low BABIP suggests he's in line for positive regression, and home runs are surely to follow. This would be a good time to approach a Dozier owner about buying low, as this could be rock bottom for him in 2016. It's not out of the question to drop him in shallow leagues if he continues to lose playing time to Eduardo Nunez. Everywhere else you should stay patient and bench him for better options.

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Twins | Trevor May being scaled back

Tue, 24 May 2016 15:11:50 -0700

Minnesota Twins RP Trevor May has been struggling as the setup man, so manager Paul Molitor said he plans to use RPs Brandon Kintzler and Fernando Abad late in games to take some stress off of May.

Fantasy Tip: May was lights out in April and was gaining steam for a shot at saves with Glen Perkins on the DL and Kevin Jepsen shaky in the ninth. However, an absolutely brutal stretch from May 13 up until last night has changed things. May has allowed 10 earned runs and 14 hits in just 3 1/3 innings in that span. Now he'll pitch in less stressful situations. With Perkins nearing a return, it looks like May's window is closing in order to make an impression for long-term closing duties. If you have more pressing needs in deeper leagues, don't be afraid to cut May loose for now.

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Twins | Byung Ho Park taking the day off

Tue, 24 May 2016 14:58:27 -0700

Minnesota Twins 1B Byung Ho Park is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, May 24. OF Miguel Sano is serving as the designated hitter, while OF Oswaldo Arcia draws into the lineup in right field and is hitting sixth against Kansas City Royals SP Edinson Volquez.

Fantasy Tip: Sano has elite power but is a boom-or-bust daily pick. Arcia is of a similar nature to Sano with big power and a big swing but with with plenty of strikeouts to boot. He's hitting only .217 this year but has four home runs in 83 at-bats. Arcia qualifies as more of a sleeper selection in DFS.

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Twins | Brian Dozier out again

Tue, 24 May 2016 14:52:58 -0700

Minnesota Twins 2B Brian Dozier is not in the starting lineup for the second straight game Tuesday, May 24. SS Eduardo Nunez is starting at second base again and batting leadoff against Kansas City Royals SP Edinson Volquez.

Fantasy Tip: Dozier has shown no signs of life for the first two months other than four home runs and 14 RBI. His slash line of .199/.284/.318 has earned him a seat on the bench the last two nights in favor of the productive Nunez. It's not out of the question to dump Dozier in shallow leagues, but you'll need to keep him benched for other options everywhere else until he can figure something out. Nunez, meanwhile, continues to hit and can provide decent stolen bases numbers for those searching for depth in deep mixed and AL-only leagues.

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Minnesota Twins Player News

Abad Fernando RP
Adam Jason P
Albers Andrew P
Arcia Oswaldo OF
Aselton Kyle P
Bailey Jeff 1B
Bard Luke P
Bargas Paul P
Basak Chris INF
Bazardo Yorman P
Beresford James SS
Berrios Jose SP
Betsill Matthew 3B
Blackburn Nick SP
Boshers Buddy P
Boyd Hudson P
Boyer Brad INF
Brandon Eric P
Britton Buck 2B
Brown Matt B. INF
Bryant Patrick P
Burnett Sean RP
Burrt Landon OF
Buxton Byron OF
Centeno Juan C
Chang Ray SS
Chargois J.T. P
Childress Daylan RP
Christian Jason SS
Christy Jeff C
Condrey Clay RP
Darnell Logan RP
De Los Santos Estarlin SS
De Vries Cole SP
Dean Pat SP
Deminsky David P
Diaz Lewin OF
Dickerson Joe OF
Dinkelman Brian OF
Dozier Brian 2B
Duffey Tyler SP
Duvall Mike RP
Escobar Eduardo SS
Estrada Horacio P
Farfan Alexander P
Farris Eric 2B
Fernandez Jair C
Fernandez Jorge C
Fernandez Raul P
Field Thomas 2B
Florentino Yeison P
Floyd Jesse P
Gaski Matt SS
Gault Joe P
Geiger Kyle C
Gibson Kyle SP
Gonzales Michael 1B
Gordon Nick SS
Greenwood Nick RP
Grossman Robbie OF
Gruver Steven RP
Hamburger Mark RP
Harrington Michael OF
Hart Jason INF
Hebert Robbie P
Hendrickson Ben SP
Hermsen B.J. P
Hinojosa Jonatan INF
Hodges Trey RP
Hollimon Michael SS
Huber Justin 1B
Hughes Phil SP
Hunt Shooter P
Hurley Eric SP
Jacobson Brett P
Jay Tyler RP
Jean Miguel SS
Jepsen Kevin RP
Jewell Garrett RP
Jimerson Charlton OF
Jones Zach P
Jones Zachary P
Jorge Felix SP
Kelly Paul SS
Kepler Max OF
Killian Billy C
King Bradford C
Kintzler Brandon RP
Knudson Kyle C
Kvasnicka Mike C
Lahey Tim RP
Lawman Matt SS
Leger Jose C
Lehmann Danny C
Maloney Joseph C
Martin Alfredo INF
Martinez David P
Martinez Jose SS
Mastroianni Darin OF
Mauer Billy P
Mauer Joe 1B
May Trevor RP
McCallum Derek 2B
McCardell Mike SP
McLemore Mark S. P
Melotakis Mason P
Meneses Heiker INF
Meyer Alex SP
Michael Levi SS
Miller Jason P
Minier Amaurys INF
Mitchell Jermaine OF
Molina Felix INF
Moses Matt 3B
Mousser Jeff P
Mullins Ryan P
Murphy J.R. C
Najac Greg C
Nelson Brad OF
Nelson Cole P
Nolasco Ricky SP
Nunez Eduardo SS
Nussbeck Mark P
O'Connor Mike SP
Ortiz Darfi INF
Osterbrock Dan P
Palka Daniel OF
Palki Jeromy P
Park Byung Ho 1B
Pattee Ben INF
Perkins Glen RP
Pettit Bo P
Pimentel Javier SS
Pineda Jeremias OF
Plouffe Trevor 3B
Polanco Jorge SS
Portes Juan OF
Powell Christian P
Pressly Ryan RP
Prieto Alex 2B
Province Chris P
Pryor Stephen RP
Pugh Bruce RP
Pulido Carlos P
Quesada Michael C
Rahl Chris OF
Rainville Jay P
Ramirez Wilkin OF
Rams Danny C
Requena Jonathan INF
Richardson Sean C
Rizzotti Matt 1B
Robinson Mark OF
Rodriguez Jairo C
Rodriguez Reynaldo OF
Rodriguez Reynaldo 1B
Rogers Taylor RP
Romero Josmir P
Rosario Eddie OF
Runzler Dan RP
Rutgers Paul OF
Salcedo Adrian P
Samuels Matt P
Sanchez Henry 1B
Sanchez Javier C
Sano Miguel OF
Santana Danny SS
Santana Ervin SP
Sawatski Jay P
Sebastian Danny OF
Shibuya Tim SP
Sierra Eliel OF
Silva Mauricio P
Singleton Steve SS
Smith Curt 1B
Sobolewski Mark 3B
Sosa Oswaldo P
Stevens Jake P
Stewart Kohl P
Strong Mike P
Summers Matt P
Suzuki Kurt C
Tapia Roni 3B
Thomas John P
Thorpe Lewis P
Tindall Nick C
Tintor Eli OF
Tolar Kevin RP
Tonkin Michael RP
Tootle Ben P
Torres Gabby C
Tovar Wilfredo 2B
Turner Stuart C
Turpen Daniel P
Vargas Kennys 1B
Vasquez Virgil SP
Velasquez Jon P
Villarreal Brayan RP
Walden Marcus RP
Waldrop Steven P
Walker II Adam Brett OF
Ward Zach P
Waring Brandon 3B
Watkins Tommy INF
West Kevin OF
Williams Reggie SS
Wimberly Corey OF
Wimmers Alex P
Wise Brendan P
Wood Tim RP
Woodard John 1B
Yersich Greg C
Ynoa Huascar P
Ynojoso Jonatan SS
Zarzuela Ezequiel P
Zink Charlie P

Allen Neil PC
Brunansky Tom TO
Cuellar Bobby TO
Gardenhire Ron TO
Glynn Gene TO
Guardado Eddie TO
Krivsky Wayne TO
Mientkiewicz Doug TO
Molitor Paul MAN
Perlozzo Sam TO
Radcliff Mike TO
Ryan Terry GM
Smith Bill TO
Steinbach Terry TO
Vavra Joe TO

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