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Twins | Byron Buxton could return this month

Sat, 01 Aug 2015 11:08:19 -0700

Minnesota Twins OF Byron Buxton (thumb) said his sprained left thumb was fully healed after taking on-field batting practice earlier this week. He is expected to travel to Fort Myers, Fla. in the next few days to face live pitching in batting practice. If all goes well, he could begin a minor league rehab assignment shortly thereafter, with a goal of returning to the majors later this month.

Fantasy Tip: Buxton ($3,300, 6.6% of cap) only had seven hits in 37 at-bats prior to suffering the thumb injury but he deserves to remain rostered in all formats due to his upside. He has spent his down time watching the at-bats of 2B Brian Dozier, 3B Trevor Plouffe and OF Torii Hunter and has made slight adjustments to his own hitting approach based on what he has observed.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Mike Berardino

Mariners | Taijuan Walker stymies the Twins

Sat, 01 Aug 2015 05:20:35 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Taijuan Walker allowed one run on a single hit and walk while striking out 11 batters during his complete-game win over the Minnesota Twins Friday, July 31.

Fantasy Tip: Walker's ($6,300, 12.6% of cap) polarizing performances from start to start are near maddening. His year-long numbers haven't recovered his early season beatings (8.74 ERA after five starts), and the gem Friday was preceded by a four-game string where he allowed 18 earned runs. Walker is an elite talent, and his struggles can likely be chalked up to inexperience. He projects to continue being a high-risk, high-reward start in all fantasy formats going forward.

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Twins | Glen Perkins rebounds

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:12:02 -0700

Minnesota Twins RP Glen Perkins rebounded with a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation against the Seattle Mariners Thursday, July 30, after blowing two saves out of the All-Star break while allowing six earned runs. The Twins on Friday, July 31, acquired RP Kevin Jepsen from the Tampa Bay Rays to bolster their bullpen in front of Perkins. Right-handed hitters are batting just .192 against Jepsen this year, but he has a 4.60 ERA in his last 18 outings going back to June 11.

Fantasy Tip: Perkins was due to face a rough patch after being perfect in save chances in the first half of the season. He isn't in any danger of being bumped from ninth-inning duties, though. Jepsen is in a rough patch of his own but could be Minnesota's primary eighth-inning setup man for Perkins. Jepsen has very minimal fantasy value in the deepest of setups.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Associated Press

Twins | Jorge Polanco gets rare start at short

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:54:18 -0700

Minnesota Twins SS Jorge Polanco is making a rare start Thursday, July 30, batting ninth against Seattle Mariners SP J.A. Happ.

Fantasy Tip: Nothing to see here. Polanco is only up because Trevor Plouffe went on the paternity list, and is getting his first start of the year here. However, he's logged just 10 career at-bats over two years in the big leagues and deserves absolutely zero fantasy consideration.

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Twins | Byron Buxton progressing

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:45:56 -0700

Minnesota Twins OF Byron Buxton (thumb) said he plans on taking batting practice again in the next few days. Manager Paul Molitor said Buxton will head to Fort Myers, Fla., for a rehab assignment this weekend or early next week.

Fantasy Tip: Buxton ($3,300, 6.6% of cap) is still likely several weeks away from returning to action for the Twins, and they don't need to rush him back with Aaron Hicks heating up. Buxton was hitting only .189 (7-for-37) after being called up to the major leagues, but his raw abilities and upside are reasons for keeping him stashed in most leagues.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Rhett Bollinger

Twins | Joe Mauer has hits in 10 straight

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:56:18 -0700

Minnesota Twins 1B Joe Mauer went 1-for-5 with a run scored Wednesday, July 29, against the Pittsburgh Pirates, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.

Fantasy Tip: Mauer ($3,400, 6.8% of cap) is hitting .308 during his hitting streak, which is only slightly better than his overall batting average for the season. He has no homers, three runs scored and just one RBI during the run, which has been mostly littered with singles. In other words, don't get too terribly excited in FantasyScore despite seeing the double-digit hit streak on the board.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Associated Press

Twins | Ervin Santana roughed up by Bucs

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:55:40 -0700

Minnesota Twins SP Ervin Santana allowed eight runs - six earned - and eight hits with four walks and just three strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings in a loss against the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday, July 29.

Fantasy Tip: Santana ($7,000, 14.0% of cap) breezed through his past two starts, and he has been money on the road going 2-0 with a 0.76 ERA in three outings. However, in two showings at Target Field he is 0-1 with a 11.17 ERA. FantasyScore players should avoid Santana until he irons out his problems at home, but feel free to use him on the road.

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Twins | Trevor Plouffe on paternity list

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:48:48 -0700

Minnesota Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe was placed on the paternity list Wednesday, July 29, and SS Jorge Polanco will be called up to join the team in a corresponding move. It's not set in stone that Polanco will return to the minors when Plouffe is back, according to manager Paul Molitor. SS Danny Santana has been struggling and hasn't started since the weekend. Polanco hit .284/.309/.352 with six doubles, six RBI and a stolen base in 22 games for Class AAA Rochester. His defense is a work in progress, as he had 24 errors in 83 minor league games.

Fantasy Tip: Eduardo Nunez started at the hot corner today for the Twins, and Miguel Sano (ankle) is healthy enough to play third base now, too, meaning Polanco is unlikely to have much fantasy value in the short term with Plouffe not expected to miss much time.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Rhett Bollinger

Twins | Aaron Hicks heating up

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:59:39 -0700

Minnesota Twins OF Aaron Hicks entered the game Wednesday, July 29, with a slash line of .323/.410/.554 in his last 20 games since coming off the disabled list.

Fantasy Tip: Hicks ($2,800, 5.6% of cap) has become a real nice value play in daily games while he's hot, and his nice run should keep him receiving steady playing time, even when Byron Buxton returns from injury.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Rhett Bollinger

Twins | Trevor Plouffe has day off

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:50:32 -0700

Minnesota Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe is sitting out Wednesday, July 29, with 3B Eduardo Nunez hitting sixth.

Fantasy Tip: Nunez ($1,800, 3.6% of cap) is hitting just .167 this month and isn't a good selection on FantasyScore. It's a little curious for Plouffe to be sitting out when the team just had an off day Monday, but Francisco Liriano is a tough draw.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - La Velle E. Neal III

Twins | Torii Hunter resting

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:50:06 -0700

Minnesota Twins OF Torii Hunter is sitting out Wednesday, July 29, with OF Aaron Hicks hitting second.

Fantasy Tip: Hicks ($2,800, 5.6% of cap) is hitting .323 this month and is hitting .340 against lefties this season. He has a tough matchup with Francisco Liriano, but he's a good low-end OF option on FantasyScore.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - La Velle E. Neal III

Twins | Byron Buxton takes BP

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:53:01 -0700

Minnesota Twins OF Byron Buxton (thumb) took batting practice Tuesday, July 28, and is expected to spend the rest of the week taking swings. He could join the team on the field for pre-game drills. If he has no setbacks, he could head to Fort Myers, Fla., to continue his rehab.

Fantasy Tip: Buxton will be brought along slowly, but he should be back by the time rosters expand Sept. 1. Hold onto him if you have the DL spot.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - La Velle E. Neal III

Twins | Trevor Plouffe on paternity list

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:54:27 -0700

The Minnesota Twins placed 3B Trevor Plouffe on the paternity list Tuesday, July 28, as his wife is expected to give birth to their first child Wednesday, July 29. SS Jorge Polanco was recalled from Class AAA Rochester to take his roster spot.

Fantasy Tip: Plouffe ($3,500, 7.0% of cap) will be sidelined until at least Friday, so FantasyScore players can avoid him for a few days.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: 1500ESPN.com - Derek Wetmore

Twins | Eduardo Escobar starting against Bucs

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:04:58 -0700

Minnesota Twins SS Eduardo Escobar will start at short and hit ninth in the order Tuesday, July 28, against the Pittsburgh Pirates and RHP Charlie Morton. SS Danny Santana comes out of the lineup.

Fantasy Tip: Escobar ($2,500, 5.0% of cap) is hitting .266 against right-handed pitchers this season, with 15 extra-base hits. FantasyScore owners can consider him for use in GPP tournaments.

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Twins | Byron Buxton will not be rushed

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:25:30 -0700

Minnesota Twins OF Byron Buxton (thumb) is working his way back from his thumb injury but will not be rushed back. Buxton has been taking part in resistance drills underwater and was scheduled to hit off a tee and soft toss this past weekend. He may take batting practice later in the week to see how his thumb responds. Buxton would then go to the team's spring training facility to take batting practice before starting a rehab assignment. The team is hoping Buxton will be able to return before the start of September.

Fantasy Tip: It appears that Buxton ($3,300, 6.6% of cap) is still several weeks away from returning from the team and will take his time in returning. Owners should pay more attention to Buxton when he starts his rehab assignment since that would be a signal that he would be close to returning.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Phil Miller

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