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Twins sign first-round pick Larnach

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The past month of Trevor Larnach's summer has unfolded in storybook fashion. On Thursday, the 21-year-old outfielder and College World Series hero closed the book on his collegiate career and signed a professional contract with the Twins.

Minnesota announced Thursday afternoon that it had inked Larnach, whom the club selected with the 20th overall pick in the first round of the 2018 Draft, for a $2.55 million signing bonus. The slot for the pick was valued at $3.12 million.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The past month of Trevor Larnach's summer has unfolded in storybook fashion. On Thursday, the 21-year-old outfielder and College World Series hero closed the book on his collegiate career and signed a professional contract with the Twins.

Minnesota announced Thursday afternoon that it had inked Larnach, whom the club selected with the 20th overall pick in the first round of the 2018 Draft, for a $2.55 million signing bonus. The slot for the pick was valued at $3.12 million.

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"It's special for my parents and [me]," Larnach said. "We have waited a long time for this and to be able to sign the contract. The stadium and Minnesota, I've heard nothing but good things about the state, the people and the organization, so I'm ready to go."

Larnach was an integral part of Oregon State's recent College World Series title run. The Pleasant Hill, Calif., native hit in the No. 3 spot in a loaded Beavers lineup and delivered a dramatic, go-ahead home run in the ninth inning of a June 29 win over Arkansas to keep his team's championship hopes alive.

Video: Trevor Larnach discusses being drafted by the Twins

Oregon State's late run through the postseason delayed the signing of the Beavers' draftees, and Minnesota scouting director Sean Johnson joked that Larnach's late-game homer in Omaha helped ease the rush to sign him.

"We were actually watching it -- I was with [Twins vice president of player personnel] Mike Radcliff -- we were in Cary, N.C., in a Cheesecake Factory," Johnson said. "Twenty seconds before he hit the home run, I'm like, 'If he hits a home run here to give them the lead, we can wait another day.' Right on cue, he hit it. That was the first time I celebrated in a Cheesecake Factory. That was pretty cool."

Due to the heavy workload that came with battling a gaggle of elimination games late in the season, the Twins organization is giving Larnach some time to recover before he begins his professional career. The club announced on Thursday that he will begin his career at Rookie-Level Elizabethton of the Appalachian League. They haven't decided on a timeline yet for when that will happen.

"(Larnach) has played in a lot of high-leverage situations in the last month and he's played a lot of games and had a lot of at-bats," Johnson said. "We want to get him through the summer in one piece and give him some time to get his life back together and go home and see his family. I think the plan is maybe to get him to Fort Myers and get him established with our player development and get him to meet some coaches and get him revving back up. I'm not sure where he's going after that, but get him back on the field."

Johnson said the club plans to keep the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Larnach in right field. During the 2018 season with the Beavers, he hit .327 (70-for-214) with 13 doubles, 17 home runs and 65 RBI in 58 games. In the College World Series, he batted .417 (15-for-36) with five doubles, one triple, one home run, nine RBI and 10 runs scored in eight games.

"I would say it's probably the closest thing you are going to get to playing here in the big leagues," Larnach said of his experience at Omaha. "There are a lot of people at every game. You start playing some SEC teams and you start hearing them pretty well. It's all part of it. It's a wonderful experience, and I wish I could relive some of it, but you know, there are better times ahead."

Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis.

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Twins to sign No. 3 international prospect Urbina

Sources: Minnesota, Venezuelan teen agree to deal for $2.75 million
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The Twins have landed one of the most coveted prospects from Venezuela in this year's international class.

The Twins have landed one of the most coveted prospects from Venezuela in this year's international class.

:: 2018 International Signing Period ::

According to industry sources, Minnesota agreed to a $2.75 million bonus with outfielder Misael Urbina, No. 3 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list. There's also an additional $300,000 for college.

The club has not confirmed the deal.

On offense, the 16-year-old Urbina is a line-drive hitter with a high baseball IQ and projects to have plus speed and a plus hit tool. He has been clocked in the 6.5-6.6-second range in the 60-yard timed run. Urbina is already an advanced defender for his age and he's expected to improve. Scouts like his experience against high-level competition.

According to the rules established by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, clubs -- like the Twins -- that received a Competitive Balance Pick in Round B of the MLB Draft received a pool of $6,025,400, while clubs that received a Competitive Balance Pick in Round A of the Draft received $5,504,500. All other clubs received $4,983,500.

Teams are allowed to trade as much of their international pool money as they would like but can only acquire 75 percent of a team's initial pool amount. Additionally, signing bonuses of $10,000 or less do not count toward a club's bonus pool, and foreign professional players who are at least 25 and have played in a foreign league for at least six seasons are also exempt.

Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook.

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Twins load up on catchers, RHPs in Draft

Day 3 sees selection of rejuvenated backstop Casanova
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins stuck to their strategy of taking the best player available with each pick Wednesday as they completed their 2018 class on the third and final day of the 2018 MLB Draft.

Minnesota has yet to reach agreements with any of their 39 selections, and will wait until the end of the collegiate season to negotiate with those still in postseason play. But head scouting director Sean Johnson said Minnesota is reasonably expecting to sign at least 32 of the players it selected over the last three days.

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins stuck to their strategy of taking the best player available with each pick Wednesday as they completed their 2018 class on the third and final day of the 2018 MLB Draft.

Minnesota has yet to reach agreements with any of their 39 selections, and will wait until the end of the collegiate season to negotiate with those still in postseason play. But head scouting director Sean Johnson said Minnesota is reasonably expecting to sign at least 32 of the players it selected over the last three days.

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"We feel confident that we'll sign the guys from the first 10 rounds," Johnson said.

Minnesota ended Day 3 with a large cluster of right-handed pitchers and college catchers. While Johnson said the club wasn't stockpiling on either position by design, he acknowledged that the Twins selected a large crop of backstops because they feel they have the personnel on their developmental staff to help those players.

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"That's one thing we thought about a lot in the Draft the last few days," Johnson said. "We haven't had a catching coordinator in many years, and now we do. Tanner Swanson, who has already cleaned up a lot of our guys in the Minor Leagues. … Pretty much everybody has taken a step forward in their pitch-catching and receiving. So Tanner's doing a great job."

Minnesota took 15 right-handed pitchers and just five left-handers. Johnson said this wasn't by design, either, and that the Twins were simply drafting the best arm with each pick. He said that the club does a pitching assessment on each prospect and evaluates a player they would consider drafting from a risk standpoint.

"Regi Grace is one of the same guys from that standpoint," Johnson said of Minnesota's 10th-round pick. "He's got a delivery foundation that we want to see in pitchers, and that kind of gave us some confidence to take those guys. … We have a few checkpoints that we think are historically important. We're still going to make mistakes on that, but we're trying to hedge our bets a little more. That's another thing [chief baseball officer Derek Falvey] brought over from Cleveland."

Cal State Northridge duo will begin pro careers together

Two years ago, this day seemed impossible to Trevor Casanova. The Cal State Northridge catcher, who was taken by the Twins in the 13th round with the 394th overall pick on Wednesday, was working in a furniture warehouse, ready to walk away from baseball and convinced that the steadiness of a regular job was what he needed.

In the summer of 2015, Casanova had just finished his freshman year at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, and decided a move back home to California was a better fit.

"I just didn't really like it in Oregon, to be honest," Casanova said. "It was rainy, it was cold. I just wanted to come back down to California. If I'm playing at the juco level, I wanted to play at home because then there's more exposure. I decided to come back."

But the move home wasn't the immediate solution he thought it would be. At the time, giving up the game he loved seemed like the quickest fix.

"Once I came back home, I don't know what happened," Casanova said. "I wanted to move out of my house and get a job and go live on my own. So I ended up quitting baseball because I wasn't getting paid going to school. I went and worked a nine-to-five.

For a little over half a year, Casanova dropped baseball enitirely and afternoons in the batting cage gave way to days at the warehouse of Jerome's Furniture in Southwest Los Angeles. That time was enough to make him believe that he had more to give to the game.

"It was tough, the same day over and over again," Casanova said. "I mean, I knew there was a future with baseball, so I decided to come back and see what I could make with it."

Casanova enrolled at El Camino College, where he posted eye-popping stats against stiff competition. His ability to hit the ball to all fields from the left side of the plate helped him soar up Draft boards, and the Mariners took him in the 14th round of the 2014 Draft. He opted instead to head to Cal State Northridge with hopes of further improving his Draft stock.

"[Casanova] will definitely stick at catcher," Johnson said. "He actually came to a pre-Draft workout. He's got a solid-average arm and he's one of the top hitters in the Big West."

Casanova slashed .345/.405/.480 this season for the Matadors and was named a Johnny Bench Award semifinalist while leading the Big West in doubles.

The day got even better for him and the Matadors on Wednesday when the Twins double-dipped on Cal State Northridge catchers and took Albee Weiss, who hit .290/.324.592 and led the conference with 20 homers. Weiss was the starting backstop for the Matadors in 2017, but spent most of the 2018 season in the outfield. Johnson said there is a possibility that Weiss sticks at catcher, but he could also end up at first base or a corner-outfield spot.

Casanova has played multiple positions throughout his collegiate career and only began catching full time once he got to El Camino. Weiss eliminated any possibility of a competition for the starting catcher spot this season when he elected to move to the outfield in order to help the team. Now, the power-hitting duo has become nearly inseparable, adopting the moniker "The Bash Brothers" with Weiss hitting behind Casanova in the lineup and sitting behind him on the bus on each road trip.

They hope that journey will continue through the Twins farm system.

"It's a dream come true," Weiss said. "Any time you can have one of your best friends out there to play ball with you. Starting a new journey like this, I'm very fortunate to have one of my great friends out there with me. It's a little added bonus to all this.

Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis.

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Littell roughed up in debut as Twins split DH

Righty allows six runs in three-plus innings in nightcap
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Zack Littell's first Major League start didn't go as he envisioned it, but the 22-year-old stayed positive about his outing, focusing on things he can learn from the next time he gets a chance to start in the Majors.

The right-hander, called up from Triple-A Rochester to be the club's designated 26th man in the twin bill, gave up four runs in the first inning and lasted three-plus innings in the Twins' 6-3 loss, splitting their doubleheader against the White Sox on Tuesday night at Target Field. Littell was optioned back to Rochester after the game, but came away excited about making his debut.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Zack Littell's first Major League start didn't go as he envisioned it, but the 22-year-old stayed positive about his outing, focusing on things he can learn from the next time he gets a chance to start in the Majors.

The right-hander, called up from Triple-A Rochester to be the club's designated 26th man in the twin bill, gave up four runs in the first inning and lasted three-plus innings in the Twins' 6-3 loss, splitting their doubleheader against the White Sox on Tuesday night at Target Field. Littell was optioned back to Rochester after the game, but came away excited about making his debut.

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"Obviously, the results weren't there but it was one of the more fun nights of my life," Littell said. "I got to live out my dream. And that was awesome. I didn't pitch the way I wanted to, but the experience was incredible."

Video: CWS@MIN: Littell freezes Moncada for 1st career K

Littell, ranked as the club's No. 15 prospect by MLB Pipeline, struck out the first batter he faced, Yoan Moncada, looking on a 95 mph fastball, but it was downhill from there. He served up a double to Yolmer Sanchez before allowing a two-run blast to Jose Abreu on a first-pitch fastball. Kevan Smith and Adam Engel each added RBI hits with two outs.

"What got my attention was velocity right away," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "It was up from what he had been throwing, whether it's adrenaline or trying to do too much too soon. Some of the things we had heard about what he's doing didn't really surface tonight. Part of it's just part of the experience of being up here. He'll learn, he'll be better."

Littell settled down a bit over the next two innings before walking the first two batters he faced in the fourth. Right-hander Matt Magill came in but promptly served up a two-run double to Sanchez with both runs being charged to Littell, who gave up six runs on six hits and four walks. Magill, though, didn't allow another hit and threw three innings to help the bullpen stay fresh despite the doubleheader.

Video: CWS@MIN: Escobar plates Grossman with a double in 8th

Offensively, much like the first game against starter Reynaldo Lopez, the Twins couldn't get much going against right-hander Lucas Giolito, who entered with a 7.53 ERA. He lasted six innings, giving up two runs in the third after a pair of walks to Gregorio Petit and Robbie Grossman.

Eddie Rosario hit a long single off the base of the right-field wall to load the bases but Miguel Sano grounded into a run-scoring 6-4-3 double play. Eduardo Escobar, who had the game-winning homer in Game 1 and went 3-for-4 in Game 2, laced an RBI double but was stranded when Max Kepler grounded out to first.

"I feel good," Escobar said. "For me, it's been about coming in and working hard every day. My swing right now is good, but it's about coming to field ready and trying to help the team win."

Video: CWS@MIN: Kepler fires to third to nab Abreu in 9th

Escobar kept up his impressive day with an RBI double to score Grossman in the eighth, putting two runners in scoring position with one out. But lefty Luis Avilan struck out Kepler and righty Joakim Soria struck out Mitch Garver to quell the potential rally.

The Twins made it interesting in the ninth against Soria, putting two runners on for Rosario with two outs, but Rosario grounded out to second to end the game.

"We had some opportunities," Molitor said. "Didn't capitalize when they came around. I'm a little disappointed we couldn't finish off the sweep."

MORRISON OUT WITH BACK INJURY
Twins first baseman/designated hitter Logan Morrison didn't see action in either game, as he's been dealing with back stiffness since Sunday. The Twins are hopeful it's a minor injury.

"We're just going to monitor it and see what it turns into," Molitor said. "I'm hoping it's a short-term deal, but he wasn't available today."

SOUND SMART
With a double in Game 1 and two more in Game 2, Escobar has 23 doubles this season, which is the most in the Majors. Abreu is second with 22. Escobar has already surpassed his total of 16 doubles last year, while his career high is 35 in '14.

"I think he knows where people try to work him," Molitor said. "Things he's more vulnerable to. He tries to make those adjustments. We talked about after the first game how he learns to shorten up when he needs to when the guy is trying to elevate velocity just so he can get to it. I just think he's gotten a better idea in how to use what skill set he brings up to the plate."

HE SAID IT
"There's no way to prepare for this, no matter what you do or who you talk to. There's just no way until you pitch in a Major League game. So I just need to continue to work on what I've been working on and stay with my consistency to get back up here again. I think the only way to get better is keep doing it and learn from it." -- Littell, who had 21 family members and friends at the game for his first start

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
The Twins were hurt by an overturned call in the seventh, when Ehire Adrianza hit a ground-rule double and was caught taking too big of a lead at second base. Adrianza was initially ruled safe on the pick-off attempt, but after a review, the call was overturned for the second out. Petit flied out to right to end the inning.

Video: CWS@MIN: Volstad nabs Adrianza as call overturned

UP NEXT
Right-hander Jake Odorizzi (3-2, 4.14 ERA) is set to start for the Twins in the third game of the four-game set on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. CT. Odorizzi is coming off his worst start of the year, allowing seven runs in 3 2/3 innings against the Indians. Former Twins left-hander Hector Santiago (1-2, 5.10) starts for Chicago.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

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Twins take 3 RHPs in 7 picks on Draft Day 2

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins got started a bit later than most clubs on Tuesday, as they did not have a third-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. That went to the Cardinals as compensation after Lance Lynn rejected St. Louis' $17.4 million qualifying offer and instead signed with Minnesota.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins got started a bit later than most clubs on Tuesday, as they did not have a third-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. That went to the Cardinals as compensation after Lance Lynn rejected St. Louis' $17.4 million qualifying offer and instead signed with Minnesota.

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Still, Minnesota stuck to chief baseball officer Derek Falvey's plan and took whom they perceived as the best player available with each pick, instead of drafting for need. Minnesota selected seven players during Day 2 of the Draft, four from the college ranks and three out of high school. The Twins have yet to reach official agreements with any of their selections, and will wait until the end of the collegiate season to negotiate with those still in postseason play.

"At the end of the day yesterday, there was a scenario that unfolded where we [lost out on a pick] a couple of times -- right in front of us -- so some guys that we thought were going to make it fell short," Twins scouting director Sean Johnson said. "So today we had a few mental wins, I would say. We felt like we got some guys. With less than $6 million we still made a lot of our pool. We felt good walking out of there today, like we did last year, not the same volume, but we were able to get some guys that we really liked with some upside."

:: 2018 Draft coverage ::

Round 4: OF DaShawn Keirsey Jr., University of Utah
DaShawn Keirsey Jr. was a rising prospect during the 2017 season before sustaining a hip injury after running into the outfield wall in late May, derailing his season. He bounced back nicely in 2018, batting .386 with four home runs and 22 RBIs while playing standout defense in center field. Keirsey was a bit of a late bloomer as a high school baseball prospect and didn't play much summer ball because he was often involved in 7-on-7 football. He is a three-time First-Team All-Pac 12 selection and was ranked by MLB Pipeline as the 144th best prospect in the Draft. Keirsey is from the same high school as Twins prospect Jake Reed, who is at Triple-A Rochester.

Round 5: RHP Cole Sands, Florida State University
The first pitcher the Twins selected in this year's Draft was Florida State starter Cole Sands. He is the brother of Cubs farmhand Carson Sands, whom Chicago selected with the 109th pick of the 2014 Draft. Cole Sands, 20, battled some bicep tendinitis in late May, but bounced back to finish the season. He went 7-4 this season with a 4.54 ERA while striking out 88 over 75 1/3 innings. He was drafted by the Astros in the 22nd round of the 2015 Draft out of high school, but did not sign.

"I kind of compare him to a gentlemen I had the pleasure of coaching when I was at the University of Oklahoma by the name of [Angels right-handed pitcher] Garrett Richards," Florida State associate head coach Mike Bell said. "Garrett was, I don't wanna say a late bloomer, but he was a guy who always had potential, always had the stuff. And really it wasn't until his junior year that he put the whole package together. I think you're gonna see Cole's career take off at the next level."

Round 6: SS Charles Mack, Williamsville East HS (NY).
Committed to Clemson, Mack was a standout prep shortstop in New York who might end up at third base. Ranked at No. 133 on MLB Pipeline's Top 200, Mack was named a 2018 Rawlings Perfect Game Third-Team All-American and Northeast All-Region First-Team pick. Mack was advanced enough at an early age that he played six years of varsity baseball at Williamsville East.

"There's a New York state law if you're in middle school where, if you can pass a test, you can play up with the varsity while you're still in middle school," Williamsville East HS head baseball caoch Jerry Gasz, who is in his 49th year coaching at the school, said. "So he played for me for six years and so did his brother. I had assigned one of my senior captains to keep an eye on him. But he didn't need that -- he was mature upon his years."

Round 7: RHP Josh Winder, Virginia Military Institute
The Twins added another college arm in Winder, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound righty who is the 31st player ever to be drafted out of VMI. He is the third-highest player to be selected out of the school. The 21-year-old Winder finished his junior season with a 5-6 record and a 5.40 ERA and 91 strikeouts over 85 innings. He was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 2 prospect in the Southern Conference and was the conference's preseason pitcher of the year. He finished his career with 273 strikeouts in 42 starts.

"It's an honor to be selected by the Minnesota Twins," Winder said in a statement released by VMI. "Playing professional baseball has been my dream since I was a little kid, and for that to come true is unbelievable. Thank you to my family, friends, teammates and coaches for helping me to get where I am today."

Round 8: C Chris Williams, Clemson
A finalist for the Johnny Bench Award in 2018, Williams hit .281 with 17 homers and 72 RBIs. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Williams split time at catcher and in the infield. He was drafted by the Rays in the 31st round of the 2017 Draft, but chose to return for his senior season. He played strictly at catcher in 2016 and 2017 before transitioning to first base in 2018.

Round 9: CF Willie Joe Garry Jr., Pascagoula HS (MS)
Minnesota selected a player with a connection to a former Twins standout. Garry Jr. was coached at the youth level by Matt Lawton, who was selected as an All-Star for the Twins in 2000 when he hit .305. The left-handed hitting Garry Jr. was ranked as the 415th prospect by Perfect Game. His father was the cousin of Southern Miss running back legend Ben "Go Go" Gerry, who was the school's all-time leader in rushing yards when he left the school in 1977.

Round 10: RHP Regi Grace, Madison Central HS (MS)
The Twins went with a pair of Mississippi prep standouts to finish the day, rounding out the afternoon by taking the 18-year-old Grace. Listed at 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, Grace was named a 2018 Rawlings Perfect Game All-American. In 32 games for Madison Central High School, Grace went 7-2 and struck out 98 batters over 64 innings and ended the season with a 1.31 ERA.

Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis.

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Twins select Larnach at No. 20 to open Draft

Minnesota tabs UNC Wilmington catcher Jeffers with 59th pick
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins went with a collegiate outfielder with their first pick in the MLB Draft for the first time since 1969, selecting Oregon State's Trevor Larnach with the No. 20 overall selection on Monday night. They kept up the theme of selecting college position players early in the Draft, taking catcher Ryan Jeffers from UNC Wilmington with the No. 59 overall pick in the second round.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins went with a collegiate outfielder with their first pick in the MLB Draft for the first time since 1969, selecting Oregon State's Trevor Larnach with the No. 20 overall selection on Monday night. They kept up the theme of selecting college position players early in the Draft, taking catcher Ryan Jeffers from UNC Wilmington with the No. 59 overall pick in the second round.

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:: 2018 Draft coverage ::

Larnach, the 26th-ranked Draft prospect by MLB Pipeline, is a left-handed hitter with patience and power, as he hit .324/.447/.637 with 17 homers, 13 doubles and 64 RBIs in 55 games with the Beavers this season. The Twins already have a deal in place with Larnach, but he can't sign until Oregon State is eliminated from the postseason. The pick carries a slot value of $3.1 million.

"It's exciting, it's what you wait your whole life for," Larnach said. "It's a dream come true. It's one stage in my life, but I'm ready to tackle any obstacles that come up."

The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder is a corner outfielder with a strong arm, which could profile better in right field. But the Twins see him more as a player who could move quickly through the system because of his offensive ability.

"He's definitely a corner outfielder and he think he throws enough and moves enough to play right," scouting director Sean Johnson said. "This is really about an offensive player with upside and power."

Larnach is a career .296/.417/.494 hitter at Oregon State, as he developed his power this year, going from three homers in '17 to 17 this year. He said he worked on his swing throughout the offseason with three-hour sessions with a private hitting coach that he said he couldn't name because his job title wouldn't permit it.

"I've done everything from changing my batting stance to my mechanics like working on the load and working on the gather," Larnach said. "I'm not done yet. There are still things I need to do."

Johnson said analytics played a role in their selection, as Larnach posted high exit velocities at Oregon State that even surpassed last year's first-round pick Brent Rooker, who has had a strong start to his professional career.

"Our analytics team looked at Trackman and he had a pretty low launch angle, but his exit velocity was right in the top of the country," Johnson said. "It was just ahead of Rooker, who obviously had an awesome spring last year. This guy represented our scouting department with our R&D group coming together to line up what we saw with our eyes."

Video: Draft 2018: Larnach on being 20th overall pick

The Twins place a high priority on makeup -- which was a strong factor in their selection of Royce Lewis with the No. 1 overall pick last year -- and Johnson said Larnach checked every box and stepped up when the club's star player, Nick Madrigal, went down with an injury. Madrigal was the No. 4 overall pick by the White Sox.

"All our reports on the makeup, and we dug in pretty hard here, was an outstanding kid with a growth mindset and open-minded to being coached," Johnson said. "He's a student of the game and a hard worker."

Larnach said his passion for the game is why he believes he'll be able to make an impact with the Twins down the road.

"I've been working my tail off since high school," Larnach said. "I've been getting results, but I feel like I can go higher and develop mentally and physically."

Video: Draft 2018: Twins draft C Ryan Jeffers No. 59

Jeffers, meanwhile, was not ranked among the Top 200 Draft prospects by MLB Pipeline, but he has strong offensive potential, much like Larnach, and fits an organizational need for catching. Jeffers' pick carries a slot value of $1.1 million.

Jeffers, 21, hit .320/.472/.600 with 16 homers and 54 RBIs in 58 games this season and is a career .325/.450/.631 batter in his three seasons with UNC Wilmington. He's 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, but there are concerns about his hands and reactions defensively behind the plate.

"He's an offensive-minded catcher," MLB.com's Jim Callis said. "The question is on his catching ability. I think the consensus among some teams is he might not stick behind the plate. But the Twins obviously think he can catch."

The Draft continues on Tuesday with Rounds 3-10. The MLB.com preview show begins at 11:30 a.m. CT, with exclusive coverage beginning at noon CT.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

Minnesota Twins

Twins could focus on pitching in this year's Draft

Club picking 20th after taking Lewis No. 1 last year
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MINNEAPOLIS -- After taking shortstop Royce Lewis with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 Draft, the Twins find themselves in a different situation in '18 after their surprising run to the American League Wild Card Game last season, as they have the No. 20 overall selection this year.

MINNEAPOLIS -- After taking shortstop Royce Lewis with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 Draft, the Twins find themselves in a different situation in '18 after their surprising run to the American League Wild Card Game last season, as they have the No. 20 overall selection this year.

:: 2018 Draft coverage ::

Minnesota also had three of the top 37 picks in '17, but this year, the club's first two selections are No. 20 and No. 59 after they dealt the No. 74 pick as part of the Phil Hughes trade. The Twins lost their third-round pick after signing right-hander Lance Lynn, who declined the Cardinals' qualifying offer. But the Twins believe it's a strong Draft and there will be plenty of talent still on the board when it's their turn to pick.

"It's different at 20 than it was a year ago," Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said. "There's a smaller subset of players. But we feel really good about the crop of guys we've evaluated; we think we'll be there at 20."

The 2018 Draft will take place today through Wednesday, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and MLB.com at 5 p.m. CT today. MLB Network will broadcast the first 43 picks (Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A), while MLB.com will stream all 78 picks on Day 1. MLB.com will also provide live pick-by-pick coverage of Rounds 3-10 on Day 2, with a preview show beginning at 11:30 a.m. CT. Then, Rounds 11-40 can be heard live on MLB.com on Day 3, beginning at 11 a.m. CT.

Go to MLB.com/draft to see the Top 200 Prospects list, projected top picks from MLB Pipeline analysts Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, the complete order of selection and more. And follow @MLBDraft on Twitter to see what Draft hopefuls, clubs and experts are saying.

Here's how the Draft is shaping up for the Twins.

In about 50 words
The Twins aren't selecting in the top 15 for the first time since 2011, but with two of the first 59 picks, they have an opportunity to add to an already strong farm system that boasts five players ranked among MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospects.

The scoop
This is the second Draft under the new leadership led by Falvey, general manager Thad Levine and scouting director Sean Johnson. Last year, the Twins got creative, signing Lewis for under his slot value, allowing them to sign other highly regarded selections for over-slot such as right-hander Blayne Enlow. But the Twins have less bonus money to work with this year, so it will be tougher to pull off. Minnesota also employs a best-player available strategy.

"The players impact you so many years away that drafting for need in the amateur draft can lead you down the wrong path," Falvey said.

First-round buzz
Both Mayo and Callis have the Twins selecting Florida right-hander Jackson Kowar with the No. 20 overall pick. They've also been linked to high school right-handers such as Cole Winn (Calif.), Grayson Rodriguez (Texas) and Cole Wilcox (Ga.).

Money matters
Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each team has an allotted bonus pool equal to the sum of the values of that club's selections in the first 10 rounds of the Draft. The more picks a team has, and the earlier it picks, the larger the pool. The signing bonuses for a team's selections in the first 10 rounds, plus any bonus greater than $125,000 for a player taken after the 10th round, will apply toward the bonus-pool total.

Any team going up to 5 percent over its allotted pool will be taxed at a 75 percent rate on the overage. A team that overspends by 5-10 percent gets a 75 percent tax plus the loss of a first-round pick. A team that goes 10-15 percent over its pool amount will be hit with a 100 percent penalty on the overage and the loss of a first- and second-round pick. Any overage of 15 percent or more gets a 100 percent tax plus the loss of first-round picks in the next two Drafts.

This year, the Twins have a pool of $6,745,200 to spend in the first 10 rounds, including $3,120,000 to spend on their first selection.

Shopping list
The Twins seem to always go heavy on pitching and shortstops, but they could use a catcher or two at the lower levels. Falvey said there's no such thing as having too much pitching and he generally likes half of the club's selections to be pitchers. Last year, of the club's 41 picks, 21 were pitchers.

Trend watch
Minnesota loaded up on left-handed pitchers early last year, as three of their first nine selections were southpaws. They love athletic position players who can play multiple positions up the middle, while they're big on pitchers with clean deliveries. They went heavy on college players last year, as 31 of their 41 picks were from the college ranks.

RECENT DRAFT HISTORY
Rising fast
Shortstop Nick Gordon, the club's No. 4 overall prospect by MLBPipeline.com, was promoted to Triple-A Rochester on May 22 and is hitting .332/.374/.505 with 23 extra-base hits and seven stolen bases in 56 games between Triple-A and Double-A. He could make his Major League debut this season, potentially as a September callup and could be a regular next year, depending on what the Twins do with impending free agents Brian Dozier and Eduardo Escobar.

Cinderella story
Right-handed reliever Trevor Hildenberger was a 22nd-round Draft pick in 2014, but has emerged as a dependable bullpen option for the Twins. The sidearmer had a breakout rookie season last year, posting a 3.21 ERA in 37 appearances and is one of the club's top setup relievers this season.

In The Show
Byron Buxton, the No. 2 overall pick in 2012, has established himself as the game's fastest player and the best defensive player, while right-hander Jose Berrios, the No. 32 pick in the '12 Draft, is developing into a frontline starter. Catcher Mitch Garver, a ninth-round pick in 2013, is the club's starting catcher after Jason Castro's season-ending knee surgery.

The Twins' recent top picks
2017: Royce Lewis, SS, Class A Cedar Rapids. 2016: Alex Kirilloff, OF, Class A Cedar Rapids. 2015: Tyler Jay, LHP, Double-A Chattanooga. 2014: Nick Gordon, SS, Triple-A Rochester. 2013: Kohl Stewart, RHP, Double-A Chattanooga

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

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Twins deal Hughes to Padres for catcher

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have acquired Minor League catcher Janigson Villalobos from the San Diego Padres in exchange for right-handed pitcher Phil Hughes, cash considerations and Minnesota's 2018 Competitive Balance B Draft selection (74th overall pick). Hughes was designated for assignment on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old Venezuela-born catcher has yet to appear in a game this year, but he spent the 2017 season with the Arizona Rookie League Padres hitting .275 (22-for-80) over 27 games. The 5-foot-9 195-pounder has played in parts of two Minor League seasons in the Padres system after signing as a Minor League free agent on March 5, 2016. Villalobos will report to the Gulf Coast League Twins (Rookie League).

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have acquired Minor League catcher Janigson Villalobos from the San Diego Padres in exchange for right-handed pitcher Phil Hughes, cash considerations and Minnesota's 2018 Competitive Balance B Draft selection (74th overall pick). Hughes was designated for assignment on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old Venezuela-born catcher has yet to appear in a game this year, but he spent the 2017 season with the Arizona Rookie League Padres hitting .275 (22-for-80) over 27 games. The 5-foot-9 195-pounder has played in parts of two Minor League seasons in the Padres system after signing as a Minor League free agent on March 5, 2016. Villalobos will report to the Gulf Coast League Twins (Rookie League).

Hughes, who was originally signed by the Twins as a free agent prior to the 2014 season, posted a 6.75 ERA (12 innings, nine earned runs) in seven appearances (two starts) for the Twins in 2018. In parts of five seasons with the Twins, Hughes went 32-29 with a 4.43 ERA (489 2/3 innings, 241 earned runs) over 92 games (79 starts).

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AL Central prospects who are this close to callup

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Prospects remain the lifeblood of Major League teams, and it's apparent in the American League Central with the White Sox, Royals and Tigers all in a rebuilding stage, while the contending Indians and Twins have prospects who are close to reaching the big leagues and could help down the stretch as they compete for the postseason.

The division boasts 18 players ranked among MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospects, including eight from Chicago, five from Minnesota, three from Detroit and two from Cleveland. So it's clear that plenty of talent is going to make its way into the division in the near future.

Prospects remain the lifeblood of Major League teams, and it's apparent in the American League Central with the White Sox, Royals and Tigers all in a rebuilding stage, while the contending Indians and Twins have prospects who are close to reaching the big leagues and could help down the stretch as they compete for the postseason.

The division boasts 18 players ranked among MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospects, including eight from Chicago, five from Minnesota, three from Detroit and two from Cleveland. So it's clear that plenty of talent is going to make its way into the division in the near future.

With that in mind, here's a look at five prospects -- one from each team -- who could make an impact in 2018.

Video: Top Prospects: Shane Bieber, RHP, Indians

Indians
Prospect: RHP Shane Bieber
MLB Pipeline rank: No. 8 (Indians)
Why you should keep an eye on him: Bieber excelled with Double-A Akron (1.32 ERA in four starts) and hasn't missed a beat since being promoted to Triple-A Columbus (1.16 ERA through five starts). Overall, the precision-based righty had a 1.23 ERA with 54 strikeouts against just three walks in 58 1/3 innings through his first nine outings.
ETA: Possibly later this season. Bieber was a blip on the organization's radar coming into 2018, but he has risen to the next-man-up region of the depth chart. If there were a setback in the MLB rotation, the righty now looks like a real possibility to be called.

Royals
Prospect: LHP Richard Lovelady
MLB Pipeline rank: No. 17 (Royals)
Why you should keep an eye on him: Lovelady is only 22 and is rising through the system at a quick rate. He has a plus fastball with late life and a slider that could be Major League-ready now. Lovelady is 2-1 with a 2.79 ERA in 15 games at Triple-A Omaha this season.
ETA: Lovelady is not on the 40-man roster, but that could change when spots open up after the non-waiver Trade Deadline. There's a decent chance you'll see him at the big league level this season.

Tigers
Prospect: OF Christin Stewart
MLB Pipeline rank: No. 10 (Tigers)
Why you should keep an eye on him: The Tigers need impact bats for their rebuilding project, and Stewart is about as impactful of a bat as they have in their system. But the power-hitting left-handed batter has been hitting for average, too, in Triple-A Toledo.
ETA: Stewart could make his debut late in the 2018 season, possibly as a September callup.

Video: Top Prospects: Nick Gordon, SS, Twins

Twins
Prospect: SS Nick Gordon
MLB Pipeline rank: No. 4 (Twins), No. 30 (MLB)
Why you should keep an eye on him: After hitting .333/.381/.525 with 18 extra-base hits and seven stolen bases in 40 games at Double-A Chattanooga, Gordon was promoted to Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday. The son of former MLB closer Tom Gordon, he's also worked to improve his defense and is considered a capable shortstop.
ETA: Gordon could make his debut late this year, potentially as a September callup. Minnesota has a crowded middle infield with shortstop Eduardo Escobar and second baseman Brian Dozier, as well as shortstop Jorge Polanco set to return from his 80-game suspension in early July. But Dozier and Escobar are both impending free agents, so Gordon could establish himself as a regular next year.

Video: Eloy Jimenez on working hard, preparing for Majors

White Sox
Prospect: OF Eloy Jimenez
MLB Pipeline rank: No. 1 (White Sox), No. 3 (MLB)
Why you should keep an eye on him: Every rebuild has a cornerstone player or two, and the right-handed-hitting Jimenez appears to be that sort of presence for the White Sox. The Cubs may not have reached a third straight National League Championship Series in 2017 without acquiring lefty Jose Quintana at the Deadline, but in Jimenez, the White Sox received in return a potential offensive force for the next decade.
ETA: The White Sox certainly aren't rushing prospects, so he conceivably could spend the 2018 season in the Minors. But as general manager Rick Hahn has said, the good ones have a way of forcing the issue.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

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Infield prospect Gordon promoted to Triple-A

Outfielder LaMarre recalled to big leagues
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins promoted middle infielder Nick Gordon -- the club's No. 4 prospect, per MLB Pipeline -- to Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday. The 22-year-old, son of former MLB pitcher Tom Gordon and brother of the Mariners' Dee Gordon, hit .333/.381/.525 with 10 doubles, three triples, five home runs and seven steals in 42 games for Double-A Chattanooga this season.

"[Gordon] has had a really nice start to his season," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "I pay more attention to the reports on his defense than on offense, but I know he can swing it. He's had a handful of games at second, but mostly at shortstop. He's making routine plays and that's a good start for him to build on his confidence defensively. We'll see how he adapts to the next rung up the ladder."

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins promoted middle infielder Nick Gordon -- the club's No. 4 prospect, per MLB Pipeline -- to Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday. The 22-year-old, son of former MLB pitcher Tom Gordon and brother of the Mariners' Dee Gordon, hit .333/.381/.525 with 10 doubles, three triples, five home runs and seven steals in 42 games for Double-A Chattanooga this season.

"[Gordon] has had a really nice start to his season," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "I pay more attention to the reports on his defense than on offense, but I know he can swing it. He's had a handful of games at second, but mostly at shortstop. He's making routine plays and that's a good start for him to build on his confidence defensively. We'll see how he adapts to the next rung up the ladder."

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Gordon, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the No. 76 prospect overall, has moved steadily through Minnesota's organization since being selected fifth overall in the 2014 Draft. In a full season at Double-A in 2017, he slashed .270/.341/.408 with nine homers and 13 steals in 122 games.

Video: MIN@PIT: Gordon hits a triple to center

Molitor said the Twins have not made a definite decision on if they will possibly change Gordon's defensive position in order to get him to the big leagues sooner.

"I haven't heard specifics," Molitor said. "Coming out of Spring Training, our mindset was to try and keep that afloat the best we can while still open him up to the other side a little bit more so he gets more comfortable. We saw him do both in Spring Training a little."

LaMarre returns
After announcing late Monday that they had designated Phil Hughes for assignment, the Twins announced Tuesday morning that outfielder Ryan LaMarre has been recalled from Triple-A.

"He's an enjoyable guy to have here," Molitor said. "He's got personality. He's one of those guys, when he puts on the uniform, he has a lot of respect for the opportunity because he's been around the game a while and doesn't have a lot of big-league time."

Video: MIN@CWS: LaMarre plates Adrianza with a single

LaMarre, 29, is hitting .371 with five RBIs at Triple-A this year in 35 at bats. In 34 at bats at the Major League level, he is hitting .324 and with three RBIs.

"I feel like a lot of people do just see the superstar side of it and see it as this glitzy, glamorous road," LaMarre said. "It is a lot of hard work. A lot of time spent. For me it's been a lot of injuries. A lot of ups and downs. But to keep working and keep getting rewarded and keep getting opportunities, it makes it all worth it."

Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com.

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Twins promote prospect Nick Gordon to Triple-A

Outfielder LaMarre recalled to big leagues
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins promoted middle infielder Nick Gordon -- the club's No. 4 prospect, per MLB Pipeline -- to Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday. The 22-year-old, son of former MLB pitcher Tom Gordon and brother of the Mariners' Dee Gordon, hit .333/.381/.525 with 10 doubles, three triples, five home runs and seven steals in 42 games for Double-A Chattanooga this season.

"[Gordon] has had a really nice start to his season," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "I pay more attention to the reports on his defense than on offense, but I know he can swing it. He's had a handful of games at second, but mostly at shortstop. He's making routine plays and that's a good start for him to build on his confidence defensively. We'll see how he adapts to the next rung up the ladder."

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins promoted middle infielder Nick Gordon -- the club's No. 4 prospect, per MLB Pipeline -- to Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday. The 22-year-old, son of former MLB pitcher Tom Gordon and brother of the Mariners' Dee Gordon, hit .333/.381/.525 with 10 doubles, three triples, five home runs and seven steals in 42 games for Double-A Chattanooga this season.

"[Gordon] has had a really nice start to his season," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "I pay more attention to the reports on his defense than on offense, but I know he can swing it. He's had a handful of games at second, but mostly at shortstop. He's making routine plays and that's a good start for him to build on his confidence defensively. We'll see how he adapts to the next rung up the ladder."

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Gordon, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the No. 76 prospect overall, has moved steadily through Minnesota's organization since being selected fifth overall in the 2014 Draft. In a full season at Double-A in 2017, he slashed .270/.341/.408 with nine homers and 13 steals in 122 games.

Video: MIN@PIT: Gordon hits a triple to center

Molitor said the Twins have not made a definite decision on if they will possibly change Gordon's defensive position in order to get him to the big leagues sooner.

"I haven't heard specifics," Molitor said. "Coming out of Spring Training, our mindset was to try and keep that afloat the best we can while still open him up to the other side a little bit more so he gets more comfortable. We saw him do both in Spring Training a little."

LaMarre returns
After announcing late Monday that they had designated Phil Hughes for assignment, the Twins announced Tuesday morning that outfielder Ryan LaMarre has been recalled from Triple-A.

"He's an enjoyable guy to have here," Molitor said. "He's got personality. He's one of those guys, when he puts on the uniform, he has a lot of respect for the opportunity because he's been around the game a while and doesn't have a lot of big-league time."

Video: MIN@CWS: LaMarre plates Adrianza with a single

LaMarre, 29, is hitting .371 with five RBIs at Triple-A this year in 35 at bats. In 34 at bats at the Major League level, he is hitting .324 and with three RBIs.

"I feel like a lot of people do just see the superstar side of it and see it as this glitzy, glamorous road," LaMarre said. "It is a lot of hard work. A lot of time spent. For me it's been a lot of injuries. A lot of ups and downs. But to keep working and keep getting rewarded and keep getting opportunities, it makes it all worth it."

Twins acquire Carter
The Twins have acquired Chris Carter from the Angels, the club announced Tuesday evening. He will report to Triple-A. 

The 31-year-old slugger is hitting .255 with 13 homers at the Triple-A level this season. With Joe Mauer currently on the 10-day disabled list, Carter could provide some organizational depth at first base for Minnesota.

Carter led the National League with 41 home runs in 2016, but struggled to cement his position with the Yankees, for whom he hit .201 in 62 games, last year.

Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com.

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Twins miss chance in 9th inning, Angels don't

Minnesota wraps 7-3 road trip; Romero's scoreless streak ends
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ANAHEIM -- The Twins found themselves on the wrong side of a heartbreaker on Sunday, losing on a walk-off RBI single from Zack Cozart in the ninth inning of a 2-1 loss to the Angels in the series finale that saw the teams split the four-game set at Angel Stadium.

After Ehire Adrianza was thrown out at home and the Twins couldn't score with the bases loaded in the top of the inning, reliever Zach Duke came in and plunked Chris Young with an 0-2 curveball to put the leadoff hitter aboard. After a sacrifice bunt from Martin Maldonado, Cozart ripped a single that left fielder Eddie Rosario was unable to field cleanly for a throw home. It marked the sixth time the Twins have lost via a walk-off this season, and they finished their road trip with a 7-3 record.

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ANAHEIM -- The Twins found themselves on the wrong side of a heartbreaker on Sunday, losing on a walk-off RBI single from Zack Cozart in the ninth inning of a 2-1 loss to the Angels in the series finale that saw the teams split the four-game set at Angel Stadium.

After Ehire Adrianza was thrown out at home and the Twins couldn't score with the bases loaded in the top of the inning, reliever Zach Duke came in and plunked Chris Young with an 0-2 curveball to put the leadoff hitter aboard. After a sacrifice bunt from Martin Maldonado, Cozart ripped a single that left fielder Eddie Rosario was unable to field cleanly for a throw home. It marked the sixth time the Twins have lost via a walk-off this season, and they finished their road trip with a 7-3 record.

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"It was a good series and very competitive, and we talked about how tough it is to win those close games against tough teams on the road, but we almost did it three times in a row," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "It was well-pitched on both sides."

Video: MIN@LAA: Cozart lines walk-off single to left

The Twins missed on a prime scoring opportunity in the ninth, when Robbie Grossman doubled into the right-center gap but Adrianza was thrown out trying to score from first base. Adrianza, who was running on the play, hesitated near second base to make sure the ball wasn't caught, and the Angels executed a great relay to nab him at home. Minnesota loaded the bases with two outs, but Brian Dozier popped out to third to end the inning.

"It was a big play because we needed that run to win the game," Adrianza said. "It happens. They made a perfect relay. I saw Chris Young go back, and once he turned, I started to go."

The offense struggled, as right-hander Shohei Ohtani lived up to his billing, striking out 11 and allowing three hits through 6 1/3 innings. But the Twins scratched across a run in the seventh after Ohtani issued a one-out walk to Logan Morrison. He was the Twins' lone player to have success against Ohtani, going 2-for-2 with a walk against him.

Video: MIN@LAA: Ohtani K's 11 over 6 1/3 terrific innings

"He was really good," Morrison said. "I think he's doing something that nobody has probably ever done and it might be a long time before you see it again. There's another guy in that clubhouse who is a really good player, but to me, with what [Ohtani] does on the mound and with the bat, he's probably the best player in the world."

Reliever Cam Bedrosian gave up a one-out single to Grossman before the Twins turned to Joe Mauer as a pinch-hitter. Mauer delivered with a game-tying single to right on a 1-2 slider with Ohtani charged the run. The Twins had two runners in scoring position with two outs, but Dozier grounded out to end the threat.

Video: MIN@LAA: Mauer lines game-tying RBI single to center

Rookie right-hander Fernando Romero continued the strong start to his career, allowing one run on four hits and three walks with six strikeouts over five innings. He has a 0.54 ERA through three starts.

Romero saw his streak of 15 2/3 scoreless innings come to an end in the fifth. Romero allowed a double to Maldonado and an infield single to Cozart to put runners at the corners with nobody out. Romero nearly got out of the jam, striking out Kole Calhoun and getting Justin Upton to ground into a potential double play to third, but Upton beat it out to score the game's first run.

"I relied on my slider because I could throw it for a strike today," Romero said. "My fastball command was OK, but I'm trying for it to get better."

Video: MIN@LAA: Romero strikes out Upton looking

SOUND SMART
Romero's scoreless-innings streak to open his career is the third-longest in Twins history. The record is 19 2/3 by reliever Caleb Thielbar in 2013, while starter Andrew Albers went 17 1/3 scoreless to start his career, also in '13. Romero is ranked as the Twins' No. 2 prospect by MLB Pipeline.

HE SAID IT
"You've got to look at as a big picture. This was a good road trip for us. We need to keep building on it. I've been throwing the ball well myself, besides today. We've just got to stay where we're at and playing good ball." -- Duke, who had a streak of 13 scoreless outings snapped

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
The play at the plate in the ninth inning was challenged by the Twins, but after a review, replay confirmed that Adrianza was out at home on the throw from Kinsler. Adrianza admitted after the game that the correct call was made.

"He got me," Adrianza said. "I was out, for sure."

UP NEXT
Mauer and center fielder Byron Buxton will return to the starting lineup Monday when the Twins host the Mariners in a makeup game at Target Field at 6:10 p.m. CT. Right-hander Jake Odorizzi (3-2, 3.83 ERA) starts for Minnesota, while lefty Wade LeBlanc (0-0, 3.18) takes the mound for Seattle. Odorizzi is coming off a solid start against the Cardinals, allowing one run on two hits over five innings.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

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