The surging Minnesota Twins face the struggling Cleveland Indians as they continue their seven-game road Monday night against. Minnesota starter Scott Diamond will open the three-game series in Cleveland. The Indians are looking to snap a nine-game skid as the Twins go for their sixth consecutive victory over the division rivals.
The Minnesota Twins have traded third baseman Danny Valencia to the Boston Red Sox for minor league outfielder Jeremias Pineda. Pineda is leading the rookie Gulf Coast League in hitting. The Twins recalled infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka to replace Valencia.
The Minnesota Twins have a chance to sweep the Cleveland Indians Sunday afternoon at Target Field after handing the tribe a couple of embarrassing losses. Right-hander Brian Duensing will step in for Francisco Liriano, who was traded to the Chicago White Sox. Ubaldo Jimenez will take the hill for the Indians. Twins Third baseman Danny Valencia is also back for the first time since being sent down to Triple-A Rochester in May.
The Twins placed Trevor Plouffe on the 15 day disabled list Friday night. He was initially in the lineup, but scratched after his bruised thumb acted up on him during batting practice. The move is retroactive to July 21. Filling the roster spot is Danny Valencia, who was hitting .250 with 7 home runs and 37 RBI at AAA-Rochester.
A bruised thumb forced Twins third-baseman Trevor Plouffe to miss a third straight game Monday night. He tried to take a couple of swings but was shut down after feeling discomfort. If he can’t play soon, he could land on the disabled list, paving the way for the possible return of Danny Valencia.
Will Danny Valencia ever play for the Twins again? Since being sent back to AAA Rochester in early May, Valencia is hitting .237 with 4 homers and 22 RBI. General manager Terry Ryan says, "If we felt comfortable bringing him back, we would ... but he's not ready."
Big moves following the Twins loss Wednesday night. Francisco Liriano was moved to the bullpen and Danny Valencia was optioned to Triple-A Rochester. Liriano has struggled with confidence and Valencia was in the midst of an 0-21 slump.
The Twins optioned third baseman Danny Valencia to Triple-A Rochester following Wednesday's loss to the Angels. Valencia's 0-21 slump dropped his average to .190. In another move the team designated relief pitcher Matt Maloney for assignment.
Cody Ross tied the game with a two-run homer in the seventh inning and hit the game-winning solo homer in the top of the ninth off of Matt Capps to lead the Red Sox over the Twins, 6-5 Monday night. Danny Valencia hit a two-run homer for the Twins, his first of the season.