Josh Willingham led the Twins with three RBI but it wasn't enough as the bullpen gave up three runs in the seventh inning and the Indians went on to win, 7-6 at Target Field Friday night. Liam Hendriks remains winless in his big league career. He allowed four runs in just five innings and didn't factor in the decision.
Twins manger Ron Gardenhire tells the Pioneer Press right-hander P.J. Walters is scheduled to start against the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 5. Walters has been on the disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder since June.
The Twins have put together a nice 4 game winning streak after beating the Tigers, 6-4 tonight in Detroit. The Twins batted around in the in the fourth inning, scoring four runs and they never looked back. With the win the Twins are now just 8 games behind the White Sox in the AL Central.
Liam Hendriks' 10-strikeout gem Saturday at Triple-A Rochester might have been good enough to get him another start with the Twins. Ron Gardenhire tells reporters Hendriks and Jeff Manship are in line to get a spot start against the Milwaukee Brewers this weekend.
Josh Willingham's brilliant start to the season continued Friday night in the Twins' 5-4 win over Tampa Bay. Trailing 4-2 in the seventh, Willingham smacked a three-run double to give the Twins the lead. The double extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games.
The Twins announced Wednesday that starter Scott Baker will miss the entire 2012 season to surgically repair his right elbow. With Baker out, the Twins will have to rely on Jason Marquis and Liam Hendriks to help stabilize the rotation.
An apparent case of food poisoning is keeping Twins' starting pitcher Liam Hendriks in a Baltimore hospital until Monday, according to MLB.com. Hendriks was admitted to the hospital on Saturday, and forced to miss his start against the Orioles on Sunday. He was replaced by Anthony Swarzak.
The Twins lost to the Rays, 6-2, Tuesday to wrap up their Grapefruit League schedule. Liam Hendriks allowed four runs on nine hits and failed to make it out of the sixth inning. His next start is Sunday in the season opening series finale against the Orioles.
Scott Baker (elbow) and Jason Marquis (personal) likely won't start the first trip through the rotation, so Liam Hendriks will likely start against Baltimore next Sunday, according to the Pioneer Press. That would allow Nick Blackburn to start the Twins' home opener April 9th against the Angels. Hendriks is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA this spring.