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Jul 11, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp follows through on a run-scoring single in the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium.
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Josh Willingham's solo homer in the bottom of the eighth inning broke a tie and made the Minnesota Twins 4-3 winners over the Cleveland Indians in the opener of this three-game set.
Minnesota Twins' Kendrys Morales hits a two-run double in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Seattle.
The first thing Twins manager Ron Gardenhire asked Yohan Pino when he returned on Monday was what happened with those seven walks for Triple-A Rochester last week.
What a weekend in Motown, huh? The Cleveland Indians won three of four in three days against the division-leading Detroit Tigers, outscoring them 21-12 and settling two games over .500 on the way out of town is really about as good as it could realistically have gone.
He was not in the starting lineup for Sunday's finale vs. Tampa Bay. "We've seen this kid enough to know he was a little bit out of whack," manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price throws against the Minnesota Twins in the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Minneapolis.
Some moments in sports transcend the game. Rachel Ulfers was at the All-Star game this last week, and she has more about Jeter's reception in Minnesota.
When it comes to optimal ways to open the second half, getting swept at home probably wasn't what the Twins had in mind.
Right-hander Trevor May is scheduled to return to the mound when Triple-A Rochester faces Norfolk on the road Sunday night.
It's too early to tell if the Twins' offensive explosion entering the All-Star break was a mirage, but the initial outlook is not promising.
Twins general manager Terry Ryan said first baseman Joe Mauer is improving from an oblique strain that put him on the disabled list July 2. Ryan wouldn't put a timeline on Mauer's return "until he resumes baseball activities."
Jun 19, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins shortstop Danny Santana singles in the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Target Field.
Santana, who last played for Minnesota on June 25, is batting .328 with a .366 on-base percentage in 37 games.
The budget-conscious Miami Marlins presented Yankees legend Derek Jeter with what they called a "heartfelt" retirement gift of a card and a crisp $20 bill on Thursday.
Updated: Tue Jul 22, 2014 03:34 pm
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