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  • Twins Caravan stops in Morris, Published January 27, 2012, 02:41 PM

  • Former Twins “Dazzle Man” Dan Gladden, along with Twins players Anthony Swarzak, Trevor Plouffe and Chris Parmelee were in Morris on Thursday as part of the Twins Caravan.
    "MORRIS, Minn. - Former Twins “Dazzle Man” Dan Gladden, along with Twins players Anthony Swarzak, Trevor Plouffe and Chris Parmelee were in Morris on Thursday as part of the Twins Caravan. Click the video about to learn how some of these players came to play for the Twins and what the prospects for the team are this year. "


  • Second helping: Morneau blasts two in win- Twins jump on Kuroda early to take down Yankees in Bronx By Rhett Bollinger / | 4/18/2012 10:35 PM ET

  • "NEW YORK -- Right-hander Jason Marquis shook off his early struggles, and Justin Morneau hit two homers to power the Twins to a 6-5 win over the Yankees on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.
    Marquis, making his first start of the season after making two tune-up starts with Double-A New Britain, looked rusty in the early going, as he surrendered three runs in the first inning. Six of the first batters he faced reached base, but he got Eric Chavez to ground into a double play with the bases loaded to end the inning.
    Marquis settled down after that frame, allowing only one more run on a Robinson Cano solo homer, and he ended up tossing five innings to pick up the win.
    The Twins got out to an early lead against the Yankees for the third straight game, scoring four runs in the first against right-hander Hiroki Kuroda.
    Jamey Carroll brought home Denard Span with a double before scoring on a double from Joe Mauer. Morneau then crushed his first homer of the game on a first-pitch fastball from Kuroda to bring home two more runs.
    Morneau stayed hot with a single in the third, and later scored on Sean Burroughs' first hit of the season after a double from Chris Parmelee.
    And in the fifth, Morneau was at it again, hitting his second homer of the night off Kuroda to chase the right-hander from the game. It marked Morneau's fourth blast of the season and his third of the series.
    Relievers Brian Duensing and Jared Burton held the Yankees scoreless, and Matt Capps gave up a solo homer to Derek Jeter in the ninth. "

    American League Central
    Team W L PCT GB
    Detroit 9 3 .750 -
    Cleveland 5 4 .556 2.5
    Chi White Sox 6 5 .545 2.5
    Minnesota 4 8 .333 5.0
    Kansas City 3 9 .250 6.0


  • Plouffe's power display turning heads By Rhett Bollinger / | 06/16/12 2:25 PM ET

  • "MINNEAPOLIS -- Trevor Plouffe is starting to turn heads with the way he's been swinging the bat over the last month.
    Dating back to May 16, Plouffe leads the Majors with 13 homers in 22 games. He entered Saturday's game having homered in six of his last seven games, with seven homers over that span.
    "It's pretty amazing to tell you the truth," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It seems like every night he hits one. It's a pretty amazing feat. He's a guy who's pretty locked in, and seeing it pretty good." Even Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he couldn't believe how much power Plouffe has been supplying, as Plouffe hit two homers off of Yovani Gallardo on Friday.
    "I thought OK, if we make our pitches, we'll be fine," Roenicke said. "We didn't make our pitch in the first one. That was right where we weren't supposed to throw the ball -- fastball first pitch, middle-in. But the second at-bat -- he was on every single pitch we threw him. All different pitches. He fouled off a curveball, slider, great fastball down and away. And then we throw him a changeup low, and he hits it in the upper deck. He's locked in. He's to the point where I'm wondering, what do you throw this guy?"
    Plouffe, who already has set the club record with eight Interleague homers so far this season, said he can't put into words why he's been on such a tear.
    "It's hard to explain," Plouffe said. "I'm just trying to ride the wave as long as possible. I'm trying to help the team win. I'm putting good swings on pitches, laying off pitches, getting myself into better counts." "

    Plouffe's game-tying homer 06/15/12 00:48
    " 6/15/12: Trevor Plouffe's second solo shot of the game lands in the second deck in left field to tie the game at 3 in the sixth inning

  • Twins' team effort hands Gardenhire 900th win By Rhett Bollinger / | 7/2/2012 11:50 PM ET

  • "DETROIT -- It took a total team effort, but the Twins were able to hand manager Ron Gardenhire his 900th career victory on Monday night at Comerica Park.
    Seven of the nine Twins starters combined for 13 hits -- all singles -- as they roughed up Tigers right-hander Doug Fister, and the bullpen tossed five scoreless innings to secure a 6-4 win over Detroit that extended Minnesota's win streak to four games.
    Gardenhire became just the second manager in franchise history to reach the 900-win plateau, joining Tom Kelly, who holds the team record with 1,140 managerial victories. Gardenhire is now one of nine skippers in the Majors with at least 900 wins, a list that includes Tigers skipper Jim Leyland.
    "First, you have to have the opportunity to be here," said Gardenhire, who deflected the credit back to ownership, the front office, his coaching staff and the players. "This is 900 wins for our organization, and I just happen to be the manager and I'm proud of that. I'm proud of this organization, proud to be a part of it."
    Minnesota was held hitless through the first 3 1/3 innings, but it broke out with a four-run fourth. Ben Revere, Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham provided three consecutive singles to bring home the first run before Trevor Plouffe laced a two-run single and Ryan Doumit brought home a run with a single of his own.
    "I really just didn't execute there in the fourth inning," Fister said. "I felt good the first three, and then the ball got up on me a little bit and they capitalized on it." The Twins tacked on two more runs in the fifth, when Denard Span drew a leadoff walk and later scored on a single by Mauer after Revere singled. Mauer's single knocked Fister out of the game in favor of reliever Luis Marte. Justin Morneau came through with a hit to plate Revere, with the run being charged to Fister, who gave up six runs on eight hits over four-plus innings.
    Right-hander Liam Hendriks appeared in line for his first career victory, as he took a 6-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth, but it wasn't to be.
    The first four batters Hendriks faced in the top of the fifth reached base. He gave up a two-run double to Miguel Cabrera and then left the game after walking Prince Fielder. Anthony Swarzak relieved Hendriks but allowed only a Delmon Young sac fly.
    "It's too bad we couldn't leave him out there to get a win, but we've got to win a ballgame," Gardenhire said of Hendriks. "We're too many games behind right now to take too many chances."
    As a result, Hendriks, who surrendered four runs on six hits over four-plus innings, was saddled with a no-decision to stay winless in 12 career starts.
    "It's definitely nothing I think about on game day," Hendriks said of his winless streak. "It gets frustrating when it's not my day to pitch and stuff like this, but I try not to think about it too much. It's going to come. Tonight, the guys did a real good job of putting runs on the board, and I wasn't able to follow through."
    Swarzak (2-4) picked up the victory by tossing 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Hendriks. He left the game in the seventh with two runners on and two out, but Alex Burnett was able to strike out Brennan Boesch to get out of the jam. Burnett tossed a scoreless eighth before handing it off to Glen Perkins, who picked up his third save.
    The bullpen's strong performance helped Gardenhire reach his milestone, and Swarzak said he was proud to be a part of it.
    "It's great," Swarzak said. "He's had some pretty good players come through here in the past to get those 900 wins. He's a wonderful manager. He's fun to play for. So we'll see where it goes, and hopefully, he has a few more in him."
    Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs "

    American League Central

    Team W L PCT GB
    Chi White Sox 42 37 .532 -
    Cleveland 40 39 .506 2.0
    Detroit 39 41 .488 3.5
    Kansas City 36 42 .462 5.5
    Minnesota 34 45 .430 8.0

    *6th worst team in the MLB

  • Twins set Target Field mark with 19 runs in rout By Jordan Garretson / | 7/17/2012 1:10 AM ET

  • "..Morneau and Trevor Plouffe both extended their hit streaks to 14 games. Morneau finished 4-for-5 with two doubles and three runs, and is two games shy of tying his career-best hit streak.
    "It's been a while since I've had one of those," Morneau said of his four-hit night. "Hopefully it's just the start of the second half starting to turn around for everybody. I've been putting in the work and it's nice to see those results. Obviously those nights are few and far between but that's what you hope for as a hitter, is a good day like that." ..

    Games I attended


    1st: 10-8 Win (vs. Royals)

    Minnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals Pre Game2012

  • Season-high four homers power Twins to win Plouffe hammers two as Willingham, Butera also go deep By Jordan Garretson / | 7/1/2012 7:09 PM ET

  • "MINNEAPOLIS -- They may not be All-Stars, but Trevor Plouffe and Josh Willingham seem to be staging a two-man Home Run Derby of their own. The Twins are the biggest winners.
    Willingham hit his 17th of the season while Plouffe tallied his 17th and 18th on Sunday, powering Minnesota to a 10-8 win over the Royals in front of 37,819 at Target Field.

    Drew Butera also launched a three-run shot in the eighth as the four homers marked a season high and the most for the Twins in a game at Target Field. The four were also Minnesota's most since hitting five against Kansas City on Oct. 5, 2009.
    Plouffe and Willingham have gone yard in the same game five times since June 4, regularly exchanging the team's home run lead.
    "I think it's just coincidence," Plouffe said. "I've definitely learned a lot from him this year. Just about what kind of hitter I want to be and staying within myself -- not trying to do the things I can't do. It's worked out. We're both putting some balls in the seats lately and that's helping the team."
    Seventeen of Plouffe's 18 homers have come in his last 37 games, dating to May 16.
    "[Plouffe's] just been going along unbelievable," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It's huge for us. He's taken over at third base where we were having some issues and putting a lot of balls in the seats. He's got kind of that natural swing, I guess. He just takes a smooth swing and the ball goes flying."
    Besides a solo home run from Plouffe in the second, the Twins struggled to hit opposing starter Bruce Chen early and scraped together only two hits through five innings. Then they teed off in the sixth.
    Brian Dozier scored on Denard Span's sacrifice bunt after Dozier led off with a triple. Chen walked Jamey Carroll and allowed a Joe Mauer single before Willingham connected for a three-run shot. Plouffe followed two batters later with his second home run of the game.
    "We got down early and Chen was kind of rolling," Willingham said. "We got an opportunity there in the sixth and took advantage of it."
    Span drove in Dozier again in the seventh with an RBI single. Then Butera's homer extended the lead to 10-5 in the eighth.
    "Butera's homer ended up killing us, but our guys just stayed after it, they didn't quit and I'm proud of them for that," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. "They made it interesting till the end."
    Glen Perkins allowed a brief rally in the ninth. He retired the Royals' first two batters, but Kansas City strung together four straight hits and scored three runs before Alex Gordon grounded into a fielder's choice.
    "Perk had his rough time out there," Gardenhire said. "Too many fastballs over the middle of the plate, he kept pumping them in there. You have to mix it up. It got exciting at the end, but a very nice win."
    Francisco Liriano struggled to command the ball for most of his start, and he finally gave way to a Royals rally in the sixth. He loaded the bases with one out after giving up singles to Yuniesky Betancourt and Brayan Pena and hitting Eric Hosmer. Jason Bourgeois hit a ball off of Justin Morneau's glove for an error. Darin Mastroianni was also charged with an error as he misplayed the ball in right, allowing Betancourt and Hosmer to score.
    With Liriano at 107 pitches, Minnesota turned to Jeff Gray (4-0) from the bullpen. But Irving Falu lined a two-run double on Gray's third pitch to give Kansas City a 5-1 lead. Gray walked Gordon before ending the inning with two groundouts.
    Liriano's start was his shortest since he rejoined the Twins' rotation on May 30. He gave up four earned runs on five hits and four walks after posting a 2.41 ERA in his previous six outings.
    "One of those games where I didn't have my best stuff," Liriano said. "It was one of those games you have to battle through. You don't have your best location with the fastball."
    Kansas City scored its first run on a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Liriano stranded runners on second and third to end the inning.
    Mauer's sixth-inning single extended his hitting streak to nine games, his longest since a 15-game streak Aug. 2-18, 2009.
    Jordan Garretson is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs."

    Twins vs Royals Game Highlights 2012

    Twins 10, Royals 8 (35-42)

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E KC 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 3 8 13 1 MIN 0 1 0 0 0 5 1 3 x 10 9 2 W: Gray (4-0) L: Chen (7-7) (33-45)
    Gordon, LF 4 0 1 0 2 0 2 .273
    Escobar, A, SS 3 0 0 0 2 1 3 .310
    Butler, DH 4 1 1 0 1 2 5 .297
    Francoeur, RF 5 0 1 0 0 1 2 .256
    Betancourt, Y, 3B 4 1 1 0 1 0 1 .250
    Hosmer, 1B 4 2 3 0 0 0 0 .233
    Pena, B, C 4 2 2 2 0 1 1 .267
    Bourgeois, CF 3 1 0 1 0 1 3 .240
    a-Dyson, PH-CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .246
    b-Perez, S, PH 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .360
    Falu, 2B 5 0 3 4 0 2 0 .321
    Totals 38 8 13 7 6 8 17 .263

    a-Flied out for Bourgeois in the 8th. b-Doubled for Dyson in the 9th.

    Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
    Span, CF 3 0 1 2 0 1 0 .275
    Carroll, 2B 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 .248
    Mauer, DH 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 .324
    Willingham, LF 4 1 1 3 0 1 0 .268
    Morneau, 1B 4 1 1 0 0 2 0 .239
    Plouffe, 3B 4 2 2 2 0 1 1 .250
    Mastroianni, RF 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 .220
    Butera, C 4 1 1 3 0 1 1 .241
    Dozier, SS 3 2 1 0 1 0 0 .231
    Totals 32 10 9 10 3 7 4 .257

    2B: Falu (4, Gray), Gordon (25, Burton), Perez, S (3, Perkins).
    TB: Perez, S 2; Butler; Falu 4; Francoeur; Gordon 2; Betancourt, Y; Hosmer 3; Pena, B 2.
    RBI: Pena, B 2 (15), Bourgeois (1), Falu 4 (5).
    2-out RBI: Pena, B; Falu 2.
    Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bourgeois 2; Butler 3.
    SF: Pena, B.
    GIDP: Gordon.
    Team RISP: 5-for-11.
    Team LOB: 11.

    SB: Hosmer (8, 2nd base off Liriano/Butera).
    CS: Francoeur (4, 2nd base by Robertson/Butera).

    E: Bourgeois (1, throw).

    BATTING 2B: Morneau (14, Crow).
    3B: Dozier (1, Chen).
    HR: Plouffe 2 (18, 2nd inning off Chen, 0 on, 2 out; 6th inning off Chen, 0 on, 2 out), Willingham (17, 6th inning off Chen, 2 on, 1 out), Butera (1, 8th inning off Crow, 2 on, 2 out).
    TB: Mastroianni; Butera 4; Span; Plouffe 8; Willingham 4; Dozier 3; Morneau 2; Mauer.
    RBI: Plouffe 2 (31), Span 2 (22), Willingham 3 (55), Butera 3 (4).
    2-out RBI: Plouffe 2; Butera 3.
    Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Mauer. SAC: Span.
    Team RISP: 3-for-6.
    Team LOB: 2.

    SB: Dozier (4, 2nd base off Mijares, Jo/Pena, B), Span (9, 3rd base off Mijares, Jo/Pena, B).

    E: Morneau (2, fielding), Mastroianni (2, missed catch).
    DP: (Dozier-Carroll-Morneau).

    Kansas City IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Chen(L, 7-7) 5.2 6 6 6 1 5 3 4.83
    Herrera 0.2 0 1 1 1 0 0 3.07
    Mijares, Jo 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.74
    Crow 1.0 2 3 3 1 2 1 3.34
    Totals 8.0 9 10 10 3 7 4 4.25

    Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Liriano 5.1 5 5 4 4 6 0 5.40
    Gray(W, 4-0) 1.0 2 0 0 1 0 0 4.32
    Robertson(H, 1) 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 6.75
    Burton(H, 12) 1.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 2.73
    Perkins 1.0 4 3 3 0 0 0 3.48
    Totals 9.0 13 8 7 6 8 0 4.95
    WP: Liriano.
    HBP: Hosmer (by Liriano).
    Pitches-strikes: Chen 95-66, Herrera 10-5, Mijares, Jo 11-8, Crow 20-11, Liriano 107-63, Gray 19-10, Robertson 7-4, Burton 29-17, Perkins 18-14.
    Groundouts-flyouts: Chen 8-3, Herrera 1-0, Mijares, Jo 1-1, Crow 0-1, Liriano 5-4, Gray 2-0, Robertson 0-1, Burton 0-1, Perkins 1-2.
    Batters faced: Chen 24, Herrera 3, Mijares, Jo 3, Crow 6, Liriano 26, Gray 6, Robertson 2, Burton 5, Perkins 7. Inherited runners-scored: Mijares, Jo 1-1, Gray 2-2, Robertson 1-0.
    Umpires: HP: Paul Emmel. 1B: Scott Barry. 2B: Jerry Meals. 3B: Gary Darling.
    Weather: 91 degrees, sunny.
    Plouffe homers twice, Twins beat Royals 10-8 9:28 PM, Jul 1, 2012
    "MINNEAPOLIS - Trevor Plouffe homered twice, Josh Willingham and Drew Butera had one each and the Minnesota Twins came back from four runs down to take a big lead, then held on to beat the Kansas City Royals 10-8 Sunday.
    With one run already across in the sixth, Willingham hit a three-run homer to tie the game at 5. Two batters later, Plouffe hit a solo shot for his second of the day. Plouffe also hit a solo homer in the second inning. Butera added a three-run shot in the eighth. The home runs came off Kansas City starter Bruce Chen (7-7), who had mostly breezed through the first five innings. Chen (7-7), who had allowed just one earned run in each of his last two starts, gave up six earned runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings.
    Irving Falu drove in four runs for the Royals.. Reliever Jeff Gray (4-0) got the last two outs of the sixth and the first of the seventh for Minnesota. Brian Dozier led off the Twins' sixth with his first career triple and scored on a bunt by Denard Span. Jamey Carroll walked and Joe Mauer, Minnesota's lone All-Star representative, singled up the middle before Willingham hit a 416-foot home run, his 17th of the season. Plouffe's second home run was his 18th of the season. Thirteen of them have come since June 1.
    Span added an RBI single in the seventh, and Butera hit a three-run homer in the eighth. Twins starter Francisco Liriano gave up five runs - four earned - in 5 1-3 innings. Liriano said he's been more relaxed since rejoining the rotation in late May which has led to greater confidence. He was that way early, cruising through three innings but danced with danger the next three. The left hander gave up a single to Billy Butler leading off the fourth and walked Yuniesky Betancourt two batters later, prompting a mound visit from Butera.
    After a single by Eric Hosmer loaded the bases, a sacrifice fly by Brayan Pena scored Butler to tie the game at 1. But Jason Bourgeois struck out to end the threat. A double play helped Liriano escape a fifth inning jam, but he didn't get that in the sixth. Betancourt singled with one out and Hosmer was hit by a pitch, before a batted ball by Pena deflected off Liriano for an infield single to load the bases. A single by Bourgeois off the glove of Justin Morneau scored two - the latter on an error by right fielder Darin Mastroianni who overran the ball.
    Liriano was replaced by Gray, who promptly gave up a two-run double to Falu. Pena added an RBI single and Falu a two-run single in the ninth against Glen Perkins. Butler, the Royals' All-Star, was 1 for 4, including a strikeout with two runners on in the eighth inning.
    NOTES: Royals' closer Jonathan Broxton is one of the final five candidates to be voted into the All-Star Game by fans. Voting ends Thursday. ... Falu singled in the fifth to end an 0-for-17 stretch. ... Kansas City continues its 11-game, 10-day road trip Monday in Toronto with Everett Teaford (0-1, 5.06) scheduled to face Ricky Romero (8-2, 4.94). ... Minnesota sends Liam Hendriks (0-5, 6.82) to the hill Monday in the first game of a four-game series in Detroit. He'll face Doug Fister (1-5, 3.91). ... The game was the Ninth Annual Armed Forces Appreciation Day, as the Twins organization honored veterans and active service members.
    (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) "

    Minnesota Twins vs Royals Post Game

    Hot and sticky; Twins fans shuffle for seats in the shade 10:42 PM, Jul 1, 2012 Written by Scott Seroka

    "MINNEAPOLIS -- You could easily find thousands of Twins fans stating, under their breath perhaps, that those "other guys" have it "made in the shade."
    On a hot and sticky Sunday, we wondered if they really had it made in the shade. So, we stopped at Menards, spent six dollars on a thermometer and took it to Target Field, where those on the first base side were shielded from the sun. While those along third and in the outfield caught the full brunt of the sun's rays.
    "I mean it's sticky hot. I don't know what the humidity is but it's hot," Julie Frey said....

    Plouffe Homers Twice, Twins Beat Royals 10-8 July 1, 2012 5:18 PM
    "MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer will be representing the Minnesota Twins at the All-Star Game. Josh Willingham, however, might be the team’s most valuable player at this point. He came through again in the clutch Sunday. Trevor Plouffe homered twice, Willingham and Drew Butera each connected and the Twins came back from four runs down to take a big lead, then held off the Kansas City Royals 10-8...

    Sunday, July 15th 2012 (with my workplace)


    -With Kazu & Justin

  • De Vries bedevils Indians' hitters By Rhett Bollinger / | 9/9/2012 12:13 AM ET

  • "MINNEAPOLIS -- It was only fitting the Twins received a strong pitching performance and played solid baseball on the same night they honored former manager Tom Kelly, who led the club to two World Series titles in 1987 and '91. The former Twins skipper, who had his No. 10 retired before the game, persistently preached those fundamentals, and they were on display Saturday night. Rookie Cole De Vries continued his recent run of success, and the bullpen combined to complete a shutout against the Indians in a 3-0 win at Target Field. "It was a fun night -- exactly the way Tom Kelly would draw it up," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who took over for Kelly in '02. "Throw the ball over the plate, give the boys a chance, catch the balls you're supposed to catch and get in and shake some hands. That's what we did tonight." De Vries was impressive, as he tossed six scoreless innings, giving up just four hits and a walk with two strikeouts. And for De Vries, who grew up locally in Eden Prairie and watched Kelly's Twins growing up, it was a night he'll always remember. "That was something else," De Vries said. "Just being there and knowing T.K. from being around the Minor Leagues and here. The ceremony was awesome, and for us to get a win on Tom Kelly Day was pretty special." But it wasn't all good for De Vries, who received a scare when he was hit in the ribs by a line drive from Asdrubal Cabrera in the third inning. He remained in the game however, and was able to get through the next three innings. It was another gutsy performance from him, as the right-hander now has a 1.54 ERA in his last four starts, dating back to Aug. 21. "I think I've felt comfortable for a little while, but things are starting to come together and go my way at times," De Vries said. "So I'm feeling pretty good." He received enough offense from the Twins, who knocked Indians starter Zach McAllister out of the game after just three innings. Minnesota scored two runs in the third, when Joe Mauer provided an RBI single and Josh Willingham came through with a sacrifice fly after Ben Revere and Jamey Carroll had reached with one out. "He just couldn't get the ball down today," Indians manager Manny Acta said of McAllister. "Velocity was fine. He just couldn't put hitters away. And they foul off a lot of pitches. That's what they do. They're a high contact team that doesn't strike out that much and puts the bat on the ball, and that's what they did to him." The Twins were patient against McAllister, as the right-hander needed 87 pitches to record just nine outs. "Today I felt like I had pretty good stuff, and I just wasn't able to put guys away, and they fouled off pitches," said McAllister, who fell to 5-7 with a 4.31 ERA. They added another run in the fifth on a one-out, bases-loaded walk by Justin Morneau against reliever Scott Maine. But Minnesota left the bases full, as Ryan Doumit struck out and Chris Parmelee grounded out to end the inning. After De Vries departed, Brian Duensing, Jared Burton and Glen Perkins combined for three innings to preserve the shutout. The Twins improved to 8-2 against the Indians over their last 10 meetings. It was also their sixth shutout of the year, and their first since Aug. 29 against the Mariners. "You don't lose too many games when you shut them out," Gardenhire said. "We shut out them out, which is always a good thing." Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. "

    Twins 3, Indians 0 (59-80) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E CLE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 MIN 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 x 3 7 0 W:De Vries (5-5)L:McAllister (5-7)SV:Perkins (11) (57-82) Cleveland AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG Choo, RF 4 0 2 0 0 2 0 .283 Kipnis, DH 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .256 Cabrera, A, SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .269 Santana, C, C 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .245 Brantley, CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286 Canzler, 1B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .391 Phelps, C, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Hannahan, 3B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .230 Carrera, LF 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .258 Totals 29 0 4 0 1 4 9 .248 Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG Revere, CF 3 2 2 0 1 1 0 .300 Carroll, 2B 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 .259 Mauer, C 4 0 1 1 0 1 3 .314 Willingham, DH 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 .262 Morneau, 1B 2 0 1 1 2 0 2 .275 Doumit, LF 4 0 1 0 0 1 5 .283 1-Mastroianni, PR-LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .262 Parmelee, RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 5 .245 Plouffe, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .236 Florimon, SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .254 Totals 28 3 7 3 5 5 19 .263 1-Ran for Doumit in the 8th. BATTING TB: Choo 2; Hannahan; Canzler. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Carrera. GIDP: Santana, C, Cabrera, A. Team RISP: 0-for-3. Team LOB: 3. FIELDING DP: 2 (Hannahan-Phelps, C-Canzler, Hannahan-Canzler). BATTING TB: Revere 2; Doumit; Carroll; Parmelee; Morneau; Mauer. RBI: Mauer (74), Willingham (102), Morneau (70). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Morneau; Doumit; Parmelee 2; Florimon. SF: Willingham. GIDP: Plouffe, Parmelee. Team RISP: 1-for-8. Team LOB: 9. BASERUNNING SB: Revere 2 (34, 2nd base off McAllister/Santana, C, 3rd base off McAllister/Santana, C), Carroll (8, 2nd base off McAllister/Santana, C). FIELDING DP: 2 (Carroll-Florimon-Morneau 2). Cleveland IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA McAllister(L, 5-7) 3.0 2 2 2 3 1 0 4.31 Seddon 1.1 3 1 1 1 1 0 4.70 Maine 0.2 0 0 0 1 1 0 4.64 Herrmann 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.15 Sipp 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.60 Barnes 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6.08 Totals 8.0 7 3 3 5 5 0 4.82 Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA De Vries(W, 5-5) 6.0 4 0 0 1 2 0 4.11 Duensing(H, 7) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.10 Burton(H, 16) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.05 Perkins(S, 11) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.54 Totals 9.0 4 0 0 1 4 0 4.79 HBP: Carroll (by McAllister), Plouffe (by Barnes). Pitches-strikes: McAllister 87-55, Seddon 28-18, Maine 18-11, Herrmann 15-10, Sipp 9-7, Barnes 18-11, De Vries 84-47, Duensing 13-8, Burton 15-8, Perkins 14-10. Groundouts-flyouts: McAllister 2-5, Seddon 2-0, Maine 1-0, Herrmann 2-0, Sipp 1-1, Barnes 1-0, De Vries 5-6, Duensing 2-1, Burton 2-0, Perkins 2-0. Batters faced: McAllister 15, Seddon 7, Maine 3, Herrmann 3, Sipp 3, Barnes 5, De Vries 21, Duensing 3, Burton 3, Perkins 3. Inherited runners-scored: Maine 3-1. Umpires: HP: Dale Scott. 1B: David Rackley. 2B: D.J. Reyburn. 3B: Dan Iassogna. Weather: 70 degrees, partly cloudy. Wind: 19 mph, L to R. T: 2:58. Att: 33,698. Compiled by MLB Advanced Media

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