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DETROIT—Kohl Stewart is the forgotten pitching prospect no more. The resurgent right-hander, still just 23, is getting the call to make his big-league debut for the Twins this weekend at Comerica Park, a person with direct knowledge said. Originally slated to start for Triple-A Rochester on Friday, Aug. 10, Stewart was scratched during the afternoon in order to take injured left-hander Adalberto Mejia's start on Sunday afternoon against the Detroit Tigers.
MINNEAPOLIS—Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco offered no alibis for the two simple mistakes that led to the only runs of a frustrating Wednesday afternoon at Target Field. "No excuses," Polanco said through a team-issued translator after a 2-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians. "On two different occasions, I felt like I had the ball. The ball was there. I thought I had it in my glove, and it wasn't there."
CHICAGO — Eddie Rosario ranked just 11th among American League outfielders in Tuesday's latest all-star voting update, but his case to make his first Midsummer Classic remains strong regardless. "For young players that have high aspirations for themselves, to be an all-star is not a motivation that I think is a bad one," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "It's a great way to increase your brand and your exposure and let everyone know that, 'Hey, I can be an elite player in this game.' That's what all-stars do."
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Kyle Gibson has been visiting new territory on statistical breakdowns this year, particularly when it comes to his secondary pitches. According to Sports Info Solutions, Gibson entered Tuesday's start against the Kansas City Royals with the majors' highest swing-and-miss rate on breaking pitches. At 57 percent, the Twins right-hander is well ahead of Arizona's Patrick Corbin (53 percent), Houston's Charlie Morton (52 percent) and Baltimore's Dylan Bundy (51 percent).
MINNEAPOLIS—Luke Weaver could tell the difference in St. Louis Cardinals camp this spring. With Lance Lynn no longer around, there was a void that went beyond the starting rotation. "He always had a big voice in the clubhouse," Weaver said of his fellow right-hander. "He knew what to say. Every day he had some jokes. Not having that guy across the locker room and not hearing him was different, but players come and go with different teams and this is part of it. I know the Twins got a good guy over there and a heck of a pitcher."
MINNEAPOLIS—Fourteen years and one week after his first career hit, Joe Mauer secured No. 2,000 on Thursday night in much the same fashion. Facing Chicago White Sox left-hander Aaron Bummer in the seventh inning of a tight game, Mauer worked the count to 2-and-2 grounding a 93-mph fastball up the middle. The two-run single doubled the Twins' lead and sent them toward a 4-0 win at Target Field, which was the part Mauer no doubt liked the most about what he had called "a nice little moment."
Usually it's the hitters that will tell a pitcher when he's finished. For Twins left-hander Zach Duke, it was his wife. This was back in the summer of 2013, and Duke, a key part of the Pittsburgh Pirates rotation from 2005-10, was desperately trying to make it back to the majors as a 30-year-old starter. After Duke and his 8.71 earned-run average were released that June by the Washington Nationals, he found himself in Triple-A with the Louisville Bats. It was the former Kristin Gross who gave her husband an invaluable dose of tough love.
NEW YORK — Miguel Sano appears to be running out of time to reclaim a regular playing role for the Twins, even if they make it to the division series. Having last played on Aug. 19 due to a stress reaction in his left shin, the power-hitting third baseman was due to fly back to the Twin Cities on Tuesday night after dealing with a personal matter in New York, where he splits time during the offseason.