MINNEAPOLIS -- After adding Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes in the off-season, the Twins expected their rotation to be better. [ur
MINNEAPOLIS -- After adding Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes in the off-season, the Twins expected their rotation to be better. [urin F r e i s t i l 02.07.2018 08:14
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MINNEAPOLIS -- After adding Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes in the off-season, the Twins expected their rotation to be better. Brian Allen Jersey . Instead, the offence has been the biggest turnaround for Minnesota. Joe Mauer hit his first home run of the season, Brian Dozier connected for his fourth and Nolasco earned his initial win with the Twins in a 7-1 victory Saturday over the Kansas City Royals. "I feel like, one through nine, everybody today had at least three hard-hit balls each, and thats a tell-tale sign an offence is clicking," said Dozier, who tied for the AL lead in homers. "Been doing that for the past week now, so everything is starting to click as a team right now." A day after getting his first RBI of the year, Mauer hit a three-run shot against starter James Shields (0-2). Dozier had a leadoff homer for Minnesota, which has scored the second-most runs in the American League. Nolasco (1-1) showed why the Twins signed him to a $49 million, four-year contract to steady their rotation. The right-hander gave up five runs in each of his first two outings for his new team, but was on top of his game Saturday in his first home start for Minnesota. Nolasco went eight innings and allowed five hits with four strikeouts. "I wish I could say Im going to go eight every time," Nolasco said. "This level is very difficult and you can never count yourself out no matter how good or bad youre doing. I had two bad starts, but my mentality is still like I could do something like today." While the rotation was addressed in the off-season, it was Minnesotas lineup that figured to keep the Twins near the bottom of the AL Central again. Instead, Dozier has been a power source in the leadoff spot, and Minnesota has received big production from a middle of the order that includes Trevor Plouffe, Chris Colabello and Jason Kubel. Making the transition full-time to first base this season, Mauer was slow to come around with the bat. Kansas Citys first trip to Minnesota was the perfect remedy, though. In his career, Mauer has hit .338 against the Royals with 11 homers and 95 RBIs. Hes also hit .350 (12 for 37) against Shields. "When its all said and done his numbers are going to be there," acting Twins manager Terry Steinbach said. "Hes a professional hitter, a great hitter, and just over the course of time its going to happen. It was good to see him connect with one and get that ball out of the ballpark." Shields put Kansas City in an early hole again. The Royals had seven quality starts in their first eight games, but Bruce Chen allowed two first-inning runs Friday night and only went 3 2-3 innings. Shields gave up a home run to Dozier on his fourth pitch and Minnesota added six runs in the second. Shields was undone by the defence, including his own. None of the runs in the second were earned because Shields misplayed a sacrifice bunt by Kurt Suzuki, with the ball slipping out of his hand for an error as the pitcher tried to throw to third base. Shields then walked No. 8 hitter Aaron Hicks with the bases loaded. Later, third baseman Mike Moustakas couldnt handle a hard-hit grounder by Dozier that deflected into left field for an error, allowing two runs to score. Mauer followed Moustakas error with a three-run homer, his first since Aug. 16 last season. "Even though it was a 3-2 count, I was trying to go changeup down and away," Shields said. "Hes a pretty good hitter. Hes going to hit that every time." Shields yielded seven runs -- one earned -- in 5 2-3 innings. He gave up six hits and walked three while striking out five. NOTES: Steinbach filled in for Twins manager Ron Gardenhire the past two games while Gardenhire attended the funeral for Michael Hirschbeck in Ohio. Hirschbeck, the son of umpire John Hirschbeck, died Tuesday at age 27. Gardenhire is expected back for Sundays game. ... Kansas City recalled LHP Danny Duffy from Triple-A Omaha to pitch out of the bullpen. Duffy, who was in the mix for a rotation spot this spring, is the only healthy left-hander in the bullpen. The Royals optioned 2B Johnny Giavotella to Omaha. ... Minnesota put LF Josh Willingham on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised left wrist. Willingham was set to have an MRI later Saturday. The move was made retroactive to Monday, and the team hopes hell be ready to return when eligible. The Twins recalled RHP Michael Tonkin from Triple-A Rochester. ... Minnesota assistant general manager Rob Antony said SS Jason Bartlett will travel to Fort Myers, Fla., on Sunday to begin rehabilitating a left ankle injury. Bartlett was placed on the disabled list Monday. ... Twins RHP Kevin Correia (0-1, 6.17 ERA) pitches Sunday against LHP Jason Vargas (1-0, 1.20). 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The Ticats (7-8) would clinch the season series with a win and further enhance their chances of finishing first or second in the East and securing a home playoff game. Watch the Ticats vs. Argos game live today on TSN1, TSN3, TSN4 and TSN5 at 4pm et/1pm pt. You can also listen to the game live on Newstalk 1010 radio with coverage beginning at 3pm et. Toronto would claim the season series with a win and still control its ability to finish atop the East Division. The Argos would do so by finishing their regular season with victories over Hamilton, Montreal and Ottawa. A loss wouldnt eliminate the Argos from playoff contention but theyd need help to get in. Right now we still control our own destiny, Milanovich said following Fridays walkthrough at Rogers Centre. If we dont win this game, thats no longer the case. I know about the alternative but its not even something weve addressed. As of right now were focused on winning this game and going from there. Were not going to talk about that until we have to. Hamilton head coach/GM Kent Austin said while the contest is important, hes been careful not to over-emphasize that. Our guys understand the importance of this game, they know whats at stake, he said. Toronto does as well. We expect our guys to play well. Theyre pros, they need to be self-directed, self-motivated ... theres a value to finishing well. Not that motivation should be a problem. Motivation for these games is the easiest it gets because its real, they (players) know its real and theres no faking it, Milanovich said. Its usually like the Week 6 game before youre going on a bye where youre trying to find something to get them up for a game that maybe is a little bit harder to do. That wont be a problem (Saturday). The previous Toronto-Hamilton matchups this season have been very close affairs. Hamilton nipped Toronto 13-12 on Sept. 1 in its first-ever game at Tim Hortons Field before the Argos erased a 17-point deficit by outscoring the Ticats 21-3 in the fourth quarter for an exciting 34-33 victory Oct. 10 at Rogers Centre. Ricky Ray threw a 69-yard TD strike to Chad Owens with under a minute remaining in the Argos win. Running back Nic Grigsby, who signed with Hamilton this week after being released by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, will play Saturday. Grigsby is tied for the CFL lead in touchdowns (nine) and is fourth overall in rushing (744 yards). He can run, hes a threat out of the backfield as a receiver, which is important in our offence, and I think hes a better blocker than his reputation was coming to us, Austin said. I think thhe guy is a complete player but hes like everybody else, he has to seize this opportunity and play well. John Kelly Rams Jersey. We need him to play at a high level. Milanovich said Torontos defence must account for Grigsby when hes on the field. I hope hes not too much of a factor but he is a dynamic football player, Milanovich said. If hes playing a lot and getting touches in space our guys are going to have to do a great job of understanding where their help is ... and forcing him into gang tackling because hes a very difficult man to take down one-on-one in the open field. Hamilton will be without defensive tackle Ted Laurent (personal commitment) and slotback Andy Fantuz (hamstring), who has a team-high 62 catches for 639 yards and three TDs. Andy has had, it seems like, big games against us the last two years, Milanovich said. Hopefully hes doing OK but Im not sorry he wont be dressing (Saturday). Ive always respected Ted. If you single-block him and he chooses to just run through you he can really press your guards or centre back into your quarterback, which makes it difficult for a quarterback. Fantuz has 48 catches for 547 yards and two TDs in Hamiltons last six games against Toronto. The Ticats are 2-6 overall without Fantuz in the lineup. Toronto is without right tackle Chris Van Zeyl (thumb), defensive back Evan McCullough (unspecified), safety Matt Black (forearm) and defensive lineman Dexter Davis (foot), all of whom played in last weekends 20-12 loss to Montreal. Running back Curtis Steele (ribs) is doubtful. American Jarriel King replaces Van Zeyl, a native of Fonthill, Ont. But Van Zeyls absence means a Canadian must start elsewhere and Torontos depth chart listed Ivan Brown, a five-year veteran defensive lineman from Saskatchewan, and Thomas Miles, a rookie linebacker from Manitoba, as defensive starters. Jarriel will do the job and do it well, Milanovich said. We do believe Chris is one of the best tackles in the league but hes become a leader and almost a calming influence. Losing him is a bit of a factor because it changes the ratio. On Oct. 10, Hamiltons special teams were dominant with 226 total return yards. Former Argo Terrell Sinkfield had five kickoff returns for 148 yards and two punt returns for 62 yards, including one for 51 yards. Its been a point of emphasis, Milanovich said. Its like a playoff game, right? After turnovers, it comes down to field position and those hidden yards. Its something weve concentrated on. Notes: Toronto signed Black to a contract extension through the 2016 season Friday. Hes in his sixth season with the Argos after being taken in the sixth round of the 08 CFL draft from Saginaw Valley State. The Toronto native was a member of the Argos squad that won the 100th Grey Cup game in November 2012 at Rogers Centre. Wholesale NFL Womens Jerseys Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Discount NFL Jerseys Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys China Stitched Jerseys ' ' '
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