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Scoggins: Spurning fresh arms leads to baffling bullpen fiasco by Twins

Twins reliever Matt Belisle walked off the field after the eighth inning Monday, when the Astros tagged Twins pitchers for 11 runs. Meanwhile, two pitchers with fresh arms sat on the bench.

The Twins bullpen's stat line Monday looked like something out of youth in-house baseball: 14 runs, 13 hits, two home runs, three walks, a hit batter and a partridge in a pear tree.

Buxton hand injury not serious, but departure made big impact

Byron Buxton’s hand snagged Eddie Rosario’s spike as the left fielder dived past him to catch a sinking liner in the sixth inning Monday, and when it began swelling up, the Twins removed him from the game.

Buxton said the finger was painful after the game, but "I was very relieved. It could have been worse than it was. Hopefully I'll be back out there tomorrow."


Longtime Twins clubhouse attendant Wiesner dies

Jim Wiesner, a beloved baseball lifer who worked for the Twins since their arrival in 1961 as a clubhouse attendant and equipment manager for 37 years, died Sunday, a day after his 77th birthday.


Tuesday's Talker: Dare to hope, Twin fans — but do so cautiously

The warm months in Minnesota are better when the MLB team is interesting and competitive. Stop worrying about whether it will last and enjoy it for as long as it does.


Santana: They needed me to do my job

Twins righthander Ervin Santana says he returned to the mound for the seventh inning after throwing 103 pitches because the depleted Twins bullpen needed him to keep going.


Houston 16, Twins 8

After leading 8-2 in the eighth inning, the Twins lost 16-8 to Houston at Target Field on Sunday.


Monday's Twins-Houston game recap

Houston's Carlos Beltran had four hits and three RBI, including a homer to cap an 11-run inning.


Postgame: Rosario's day included some thrills -- and spills

The young outfielder made a great catch, but also a costly throwing error and a critical mistake in center.


Souhan: Twins' Mauer does what he does best, reaching base seven times

Try this sentence on for size: Joe Mauer made his first out of the game in the bottom of the 15th inning, 6 hours, 23 minutes after the first pitch.


Twins add Wheeler, Rucinski to bullpen as Astros arrive for three-game series

Their bullpen exhausted by Sunday's 15-inning marathon, the Twins are hoping Ervin Santana can pitch seven or more innings this afternoon.


Rays drill back-to-back homers in 15th to sink Twins

Losing bell tolls for Twins after nearly 6½ hours over 15 innings.


Mauer on losing a marathon game

The Twins first baseman reached base seven times Sunday in an 8-6, 15-inning loss to Tampa Bay.


Longest games in Twins history

Sunday's game was only 10 minutes short of a franchise record.


Santiago makes emergency appearance, takes loss

Twins lefthander pitched the 15th inning Sunday, giving up two home runs.


Tampa Bay 8, Twins 6 (15 innings)

The Tampa Bay Rays drilled back-to-back homers in the 15th inning to sink the Twins 8-6 Sunday at Target Field.


Twins-Tampa Bay Sunday game recap

Evan Longoria had two hits for Tampa Bay, including an RBI double during the Rays' ninth-inning rally and a winning homer in the 15th.


Twins-Houston series preview

Houston (35-16) has the best record in the majors and leads the AL West by 10 games. The Astros have won four in a row and five of six.


In need of pitching, Twins send Vargas back to minors

The Twins bullpen was forced to throw 201 pitches and absorb 9⅔ innings in the 15-inning defeat, with all seven relievers and Hector Santiago, Wednesday's scheduled starter, forced into action.


Dozier delivers with eighth-inning homer as Twins beat Rays 5-3

After the Twins came up empty with runners in scoring position, Brian Dozier connected by going the opposite way.