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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The ruptured aneurysm and brain hemorrhage that caused Chicago White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar to collapse in the dugout during a game on Friday night, April 20, remained a source of great concern for his former teammates in the Twins' clubhouse. Pitcher Jake Odorizzi and first baseman Logan Morrison played with Farquhar the past two seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays. Morrison and Farquhar were teammates in 2014-15 as well with the Seattle Mariners.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Addison Reed didn't try to sugarcoat things Sunday afternoon, April 22, after giving up his first home run for the Twins. "It was just a stupid pitch," Reed said after the Twins fell 8-6 to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on Carlos Gomez's first career walk-off homer. "I don't think I could have hit the middle more if I tried. That ball was right down the middle, and he did what he was supposed to do with it."
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton made it into the visitors' clubhouse Saturday afternoon, April 21, and hoped to take batting practice for the first time since landing on the disabled list Wednesday, April 18, with migraines. If BP goes well this weekend, he hopes to get some at-bats in a minor league rehab setting before coming off the DL. Class A Fort Myers plays for three straight days at nearby Clearwater, starting Monday, April 23.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Max Kepler was back in the Twins' lineup Friday despite a right knee issue that caused him to be removed in the 10th inning two nights earlier in San Juan, Puerto Rico. "It locked up," Kepler said. "I'd say blame it on the turf, but we're playing on more turf. Hopefully the turf will go easy on me today." Like Hiram Bithorn Stadium, Tropicana Field has FieldTurf for its playing surface. Kepler planned to wear molded inserts to give him extra shock absorption in his cleats.
SAN JUAN, P.R. — Their four-day whirlwind homecoming having reached a victorious conclusion, young Twins stars Jose Berrios and Eddie Rosario sat on the dais shortly after midnight local time. The questions they fielded, mostly in Spanish, gave an indication of how successful they had been as the Twins split the two-game Puerto Rico Series with the Cleveland Indians. So did the smiles on their faces.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Twins center fielder Byron Buxton was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday, April 18, after being unavailable for a second straight game because of recurring migraine headaches. After being sent home from Hiram Bithorn Stadium without taking batting practice on Tuesday, Buxton stayed at the team hotel for the second and final game of the Puerto Rico Series.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—Just before Twins right-hander Jake Odorizzi made his 88th pitch on Tuesday night, a throaty roar rolled across the packed stands at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in the top of the fifth inning.
SAN JUAN, P.R. — Twins center fielder Byron Buxton, originally scheduled to bat eighth in the opener of this two-game Puerto Rico Series against the Cleveland Indians, was scratched from Tuesday's lineup after batting practice because of a migraine. Robbie Grossman took Buxton's spot in the lineup, bumping Max Kepler from right field to center. Left fielder Eddie Rosario has 52 career games in center (38 starts) but he missed 10 days this spring with a triceps tendinitis in his throwing arm.
MINNEAPOLIS — Thirteen months ago, when Eddie Rosario and Jose Berrios returned to their native Puerto Rico as part of the island nation's World Baseball Classic runner-up entry, the mood was buoyant and joyful. Team Rubio's arrival and the ensuing parade caused a reaction that bordered on hysteria.
MINNEAPOLIS—As expected the Twins postponed a second straight game against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday afternoon, April 14, due to inclement weather. No makeup date was immediately scheduled, and the Twins remain hopeful of playing the finale Sunday, April 15, of an originally-scheduled four-game series against their American League Central foe. Right-hander Lance Lynn remains the scheduled starter for Sunday. He last pitched on Monday against the Houston Astros, striking out nine in just five innings.