Opposite dugout: Twins try to avoid trading season sweeps with Orioles in makeup game

Opposite dugout: Twins try to avoid trading season sweeps with Orioles in makeup game
Manager: Paul Molitor (2nd season) Record: 37-63 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: SS Eduardo Nunez (.300/.326/.444 with 12 HR, 47 RBIs), 1B Joe Mauer (.359 OBP with 31 RBIs), 2B Brian Dozier (17 HR, 51 RBIs), RHP Brandon Kintzler (2.05 ERA with 8 saves), LHP Fernando Abad (2.61 ERA with 6 holds) Season series vs. Orioles: 0-5 Pitching probables: July 28: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez vs. RHP Kyle Gibson, 7:10 p.m., MASN Inside the Twins: The Twins won all seven games against the Orioles last season. But...
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Opposite dugout: Last-place Twins try to avoid season sweep at hands of Orioles

Opposite dugout: Last-place Twins try to avoid season sweep at hands of Orioles
Manager: Paul Molitor (2nd season) Record: 8-23 Last 10 games: 1-9 Who to watch: 1B Joe Mauer (.299/.420/.402), DH Byung Ho Park (.256/.337/.570 with 7 HR, 12 RBIs), 2B Brian Dozier (4 HR, 14 RBIs), RHP Ricky Nolasco (1-1, 4.70 ERA, 34 K), LHP Fernando Abad (0.68 ERA, 0.90 WHIP) Season series vs. Orioles: 0-3 Pitching probables: May 9: RHP Tyler Wilson vs. RHP Jose Berrios, 8:10 p.m., MASN2 May 10: RHP Kevin Gausman vs. RHP Phil Hughes, 8:10 p.m., MASN2 May 11: TBA vs. RHP Ricky Nolasco, 1:10...
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Game 17 lineups: Twins at Nationals

Game 17 lineups: Twins at Nationals
The Nationals seek another series win on Saturday afternoon as they take on the Twins. Friday night, the Nationals scored seven runs before the fourth inning to cruise to an 8-4 victory. Today, right-hander Tanner Roark (1-2, 3.71) faces right-hander Phil Hughes (1-2, 4.42 ERA). Roark has allowed seven earned runs to Miami in two starts this season but kept Atlanta off the board throwing seven shutout innings in a 3-0 win April 13. Hughes won his last start against the Brewers April 18,...
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Friday night fire: Nats jump out early against Twins, win 8-4

Friday night fire: Nats jump out early against Twins, win 8-4
Last Friday night in Philadelphia, the Nationals set the tone for the weekend series with five runs on six hits in the first inning. They went on to roll past the Phillies 9-1. Back home in D.C. tonight, the Nationals took it to Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson in the bottom of the first. Daniel Murphy smacked an RBI single and Danny Espinosa was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Jose Lobaton then slapped a two-run single to make it 4-0 Nationals. Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez started...
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Game 16 Lineups: Twins at Nationals

Game 16 Lineups: Twins at Nationals
The Twins have arrived at Nationals Park for a three-game weekend series. Then, beginning Monday, the Nationals will have their first day off after 16 straight days of games. The Phillies begin a three-game series here on Tuesday. Every game and series is crucial. But you have to believe that this week is huge considering the daunting road trip that begins April 29. The trek begins in St. Louis, where the Nationals have always had a battle on their hands. Then the Nats go across Missouri and...
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Opposite dugout: Struggling Twins return to D.C. for real

Opposite dugout: Struggling Twins return to D.C. for real
Manager: Paul Molitor (2nd season) Record: 5-11 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 1B Joe Mauer (.339/.472/.482 with 5 RBIs), 3B Tevor Plouffe (.302/.333/.535 with 6 RBIs), DH/1B Byung Ho Park (4 HR, 5 RBIs), RHP Ervin Santana (0-1, 3.15 ERA, 18 K) Season series vs. Nationals: First meeting (1-2 in 2013) Pitching probables: April 22: RHP Kyle Gibson vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez, 7:05 p.m., MASN April 23: RHP Phil Hughes vs. RHP Tanner Roark, 1:05 p.m., MASN April 24: RHP Ervin Santana vs. RHP Stephen...
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Opposite dugout: Twins start statement season in Baltimore

Opposite dugout: Twins start statement season in Baltimore
Manager: Paul Molitor (second season) Record: 83-79 (second in AL Central in 2015) Last 10 games: Season opener Who to watch: 2B Brian Dozier (28 HR, 77 RBIs), 3B Trevor Plouffe (22 HR, 86 RBIs), 1B Joe Mauer (.265/.338/.380), RHP Kyle Gibson (11-11, 3.84 ERA), LHP Glen Perkins (3.32 ERA, 32 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (7-0 in 2015) Pitching probables: April 4: RHP Ervin Santana vs. RHP Chris Tillman, 3:05 p.m., MASN April 6: RHP Kyle Gibson vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo, 7:05...
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Opposite dugout: Twins' fortunes have fallen since early July sweep of O's

Opposite dugout: Twins' fortunes have fallen since early July sweep of O's
Manager: Paul Molitor (1st season) Record: 59-61 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 2B Brian Dozier (25 HR, 61 RBIs), 3B Miguel Sano (.285 with 9 HR), LF Eddie Rosario (.275 with 9 3B, 7 HR, 28 RBIs, 9 SB), 3B Trevor Plouffe (18 HR, 66 RBIs), RF Torii Hunter (18 HR, 60 RBIs) , RHP Mike Pelfrey (6-7, 3.62 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 3-0 Pitching probables: Aug. 20: RHP Tyler Duffey vs. RHP Miguel Gonzalez, 7:05 p.m., MASN Aug. 21: LHP Tommy Milone vs. LHP Wei-Yin Chen, 7:05 p.m., MASN Aug. 22:...
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Opposite dugout: Twins have been one of baseball's most pleasant surprises in 2015

Opposite dugout: Twins have been one of baseball's most pleasant surprises in 2015
Manager: Paul Molitor (1st season) Record: 43-39 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 1B Joe Mauer (.275, 41 RBIs), LF Torii Hunter (12 HR, 45 RBIs), 2B Brian Dozier (40 RBIs), 3B Trevor Plouffe (10 HR, 43 RBIs), RHP Kyle Gibson (6-6, 3.04 ERA), RHP Glen Perkins (1.31 ERA, 27 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (3-3 in 2014) Pitching probables: July 6: LHP Wei-Yin Chen vs. RHP Phil Hughes, 8:10 p.m. MASN2 July 7: RHP Kevin Gausman vs. RHP Kyle Gibson, 8:10 p.m. MASN2 July 8: RHP Ubaldo...
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Opposite dugout: Twins send out pesky, productive lineup against O's stingy pitching staff

Opposite dugout: Twins send out pesky, productive lineup against O's stingy pitching staff
Manager: Ron Gardenhire, 13th year Record: 59-74 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 2B Brian Dozier (.240/.345/.419, 30 doubles, 20 HR, 61 RBIs, 94 R, 20 SB); RF Oswaldo Arcia (.228/.299/.446, 14 doubles, 14 HR, 42 RBIs); 3B Trevor Plouffe (.249/.315/.413, 38 doubles, 10 HR, 65 RBIs); RHP Phil Hughes (14-9, 3.70 ERA, 1.18 WHIP) Season series vs. O's: 2-1, 11 runs scored, 6 runs against Pitching probables Aug. 29: Trevor May vs. Miguel Gonzalez, 7 p.m., MASN HD Aug. 30: Kyle Gibson vs. Chris...
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Opposite dugout: High-scoring Twins hope to get well on mound

Opposite dugout: High-scoring Twins hope to get well on mound
Manager: Ron Gardenhire, 13th year Record: 12-14 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: DH Josmil Pinto (.219/.370/.438, 5 HR, 10 RBIs); 3B Trevor Plouffe (.277/.383/.436, 13 XBH, 19 RBIs); RF Chris Colabello (.290/.343/.470, 12 XBH, 27 RBI); RHP Ricky Nolasco (2-2, 6.67 ERA) Season series vs. O's (2013): 3-3, 29 runs scored, 37 runs allowed Pitching probables May 2: Ricky Nolasco vs. Ubaldo Jimenez, 8 p.m., MASN2 HD May 3: Kevin Correia vs. Wei-Yin Chen, 2 p.m., MASN2 HD May 4: Phil Hughes vs....
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Span, Bernadina and Solano part of Nats' Game 2 lineup

Span, Bernadina and Solano part of Nats' Game 2 lineup
After sitting out the first half of today's doubleheader with a sore ankle, Denard Span returns to the Nationals' lineup for the nightcap. Span will be back in center field and atop the batting order as the Nats look to sweep the doubleheader and take 2-of-3 from the Twins, Span's former team. Also in the Nats' lineup for Game 2 of the doubleheader are Roger Bernadina, who will play left field and hit second, and Jhonatan Solano, who will be behind the plate and hit eighth. Nathan Karns...
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Tonight's Twins-Nationals game postponed (with pitching alignment for Sunday)

Tonight's Twins-Nationals game postponed (with pitching alignment for Sunday)
Davey Johnson was hoping last night's game would get postponed to allow his team to rest and his starting rotation to get aligned in a favorable way. The Nationals skipper was also hoping tonight's game would get rained out, giving his banged-up team another day to rest. Johnson's gotten what he hoped for. Tonight's Twins-Nationals game has been postponed due to inclement weather. No make-up date has been announced as of yet, but the two options appear to be having a doubleheader on...
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Baseball America's No. 7 Nats prospect: Eury Perez

Baseball America's No. 7 Nats prospect: Eury Perez
There has always been a lot of talk about the potential of outfielder Eury Perez. Last season, for the first time, Nationals fans finally got to see him play in the big leagues. Perez, ranked as No. 7 on Baseball America's list of 10 top Nationals prospects, played in 13 games in September, going 1-for-5 (.200) with three stolen bases and three runs. It was a small sample size, and now Perez will have a shot to try to grab one of the utility slots in the Nationals outfield in spring training...
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