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Twins select Juan Graterol from Triple-A

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN -- The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have selected the contract of catcher Juan Graterol from Triple-A Rochester. He is set to join the team tonight in Oakland and will wear uniform number 66.

Graterol, 29, was signed by the Twins as a minor league free agent on June 28 after he was released by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on June 24. He appeared in 24 games at Triple-A Salt Lake and one game with the Angels before joining Rochester. While with the Red Wings, Graterol appeared in 34 games, all at catcher, hitting .284 (33-for-116) with six doubles and 10 RBI.

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN -- The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have selected the contract of catcher Juan Graterol from Triple-A Rochester. He is set to join the team tonight in Oakland and will wear uniform number 66.

Graterol, 29, was signed by the Twins as a minor league free agent on June 28 after he was released by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on June 24. He appeared in 24 games at Triple-A Salt Lake and one game with the Angels before joining Rochester. While with the Red Wings, Graterol appeared in 34 games, all at catcher, hitting .284 (33-for-116) with six doubles and 10 RBI.

A native of Maracay, Venezuela, Graterol appeared in 58 major league games with the Angels from 2016-2018 hitting .222 (22-for-99) with six doubles and 13 RBI. He was originally signed by the Kansas City Royals as a minor league free agent in 2005.

To make room for Graterol on the 40-man roster, the Twins have transferred right-handed pitcher Ervin Santana to the 60-day disabled list.

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Homestand Highlights: Friday, Sept. 7 - Wednesday, Sept. 12

Friday, September 7 vs. Kansas City Royals (7:10 p.m.) -- Presented by UnitedHealthcare
GIVEAWAY -- The first 10,000 fans will receive a Stadium Blanket presented by Mayo Clinic.
Roberto Clemente Nominee Recognition - Fans are welcome to arrive early to help us congratulate Joe Mauer during a special pregame ceremony on his selection as the Minnesota Twins 2018 nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award.
Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month -- September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Major League Baseball and the Minnesota Twins will be helping to raise awareness of the fight against children's cancers all month long. On Friday, September 7, the Twins will welcome representatives from the Children's Cancer Research Fund to for a pregame ceremony.
Mayo Clinic Documentary -- The Twins will host numerous Mayo Clinic doctors, dignitaries, and Sisters of Saint Francis at Target Field to celebrate a new two-hour documentary, THE MAYO CLINIC: FAITH - HOPE - SCIENCE. Produced by Ken Burns, the documentary will air on PBS on Tuesday, September 25 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Featuring interviews with patients, including John McCain and the Dalai Lama, the film tells the story of William Worrall Mayo, an English immigrant who began practicing medicine with his sons Will and Charlie in Rochester, MN, and enlisted the help of the nearby Sisters of Saint Francis to care for patients. 

Saturday, September 8 vs. Kansas City Royals (6:10 p.m.) - Presented by UnitedHealthcare
Second Chance Night -- Fans will have the opportunity to add a Minnesota Twins theme night item to their collections through purchase of this special second chance theme night offer. To select your ticket and check availability of second chance theme night items, please visit www.twinsbaseball.com/secondchance.

Friday, September 7 vs. Kansas City Royals (7:10 p.m.) -- Presented by UnitedHealthcare
GIVEAWAY -- The first 10,000 fans will receive a Stadium Blanket presented by Mayo Clinic.
Roberto Clemente Nominee Recognition - Fans are welcome to arrive early to help us congratulate Joe Mauer during a special pregame ceremony on his selection as the Minnesota Twins 2018 nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award.
Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month -- September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Major League Baseball and the Minnesota Twins will be helping to raise awareness of the fight against children's cancers all month long. On Friday, September 7, the Twins will welcome representatives from the Children's Cancer Research Fund to for a pregame ceremony.
Mayo Clinic Documentary -- The Twins will host numerous Mayo Clinic doctors, dignitaries, and Sisters of Saint Francis at Target Field to celebrate a new two-hour documentary, THE MAYO CLINIC: FAITH - HOPE - SCIENCE. Produced by Ken Burns, the documentary will air on PBS on Tuesday, September 25 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Featuring interviews with patients, including John McCain and the Dalai Lama, the film tells the story of William Worrall Mayo, an English immigrant who began practicing medicine with his sons Will and Charlie in Rochester, MN, and enlisted the help of the nearby Sisters of Saint Francis to care for patients. 

Saturday, September 8 vs. Kansas City Royals (6:10 p.m.) - Presented by UnitedHealthcare
Second Chance Night -- Fans will have the opportunity to add a Minnesota Twins theme night item to their collections through purchase of this special second chance theme night offer. To select your ticket and check availability of second chance theme night items, please visit www.twinsbaseball.com/secondchance.

Sunday, September 9 vs. Kansas City Royals (1:10 p.m.) -- Presented by UnitedHealthcare

Fortday with Trevor May -- Fans who purchase tickets through this special ticket package will gain early ballpark access for an epic live Fortnite streaming party powered by WorldGaming Network featuring professional gamer BasicallyIDoWrk and pitcher Trevor May. Fans will be able to enter Target Field via Gate 14 beginning at 9:45 a.m. to experience the live streaming viewing party which will begin at 10 a.m. For more information on Fortday, please visit www.twinsbaseball.com/fortnite

Grandparents Day -- Celebrate National Grandparents Day at Target Field! Bring your family to the ballpark on September 9th to celebrate National Grandparents Day presented by UnitedHealthcare. To learn about the grandparents day festivities, visit www.twinsbaseball.com/grandparentsday
Kids Day -- Presented by Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, every Sunday, kids meals are half price-just $4! Before the game, kids 12 and younger can play interactive games and get free autographs from a Twins player. Postgame, kids can run the bases.

Monday, September 10 vs. New York Yankees (7:10 p.m.) -- Presented by Chick-fil-A
Military Discount -- Presented by T-Mobile and FOX Sports North, active military members or veterans with a valid ID plus up to three guests receive half-price Home Plate View tickets every Monday through Thursday game.
Mike Hughes First Pitch -- The Twins will honor 2018 Vikings First Round Pick Mike Hughes, cornerback out of Central Florida, with a first pitch. 

Tuesday, September 11 vs. New York Yankees (7:10 p.m.) -- Presented by Chick-fil-A
9/11 Tribute -- Fans are encouraged to arrive early for a special pre-game ceremony recognizing first responders and the family of Tom Burnett as the Twins pay tribute to the anniversary of Sept 11, 2001.
Military Discount -- Presented by T-Mobile and FOX Sports North, active military members or veterans with a valid ID plus up to three guests receive half-price Home Plate View tickets every Monday through Thursday game.
U.S. Bank Meal Deal -- Purchase a U.S. Bank Home Run Porch View ticket and receive a FREE Schweigert™ hot dog and Pepsi.

Wednesday, September 12 vs. New York Yankees (7:10 p.m.) -- Presented by Chick-fil-A
Minnesota Wild Night -- Fans who purchase a ticket for this exclusive theme night package will receive a special, limited-edition co-branded Minnesota Wild/Twins beanie, presented by TRIA. A portion of each ticket purchased through this special ticket package will go to support the Ronald McDonald House. For more information on Minnesota Wild Night, please visit www.twinsbaseball.com/wild.
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Visit -- Twins players will be visiting the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital in the morning before they take on the Yankees. Additionally, Twins players will wear Children's Cancer Research Fund batting practice t-shirts.
Military Discount -- Presented by T-Mobile and FOX Sports North, active military members or veterans with a valid ID plus up to three guests receive half-price Home Plate View tickets every Monday through Thursday game.
Student Day presented by Rasmussen College -- Ballpark Access tickets are just $5 for students - now available through mobile delivery! Plus students can download a free Metro Transit ride pass. Students can visit twinsbaseball.com/student to register to purchase tickets through the MLB Ballpark app and to download the free ride pass. Tickets are also available day of game at the Target Field Box Office beginning at 9:00 AM. Limit one ticket per student with valid ID.
Schweigert™ Dollar-A-Dog Day -- Hot dogs are just $1 at the Hennepin Grille and Taste of Twins Territory concession stands. (Limit 20,000 per game; 2 per person)

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Twins to host Fortnite event at Target Field

Special Fortday viewing party will feature Twins pitcher Trevor May and professional gamers BasicallyIDoWrk and Jordan Fisher

The Minnesota Twins and WorldGaming Network have teamed up to bring a special Fortnite streaming party to Target Field on September 9: Fortday with Trevor May.

Gamers and baseball fans are invited to watch professional gamers BasicallyIDoWrk and Jordan Fisher and Twins pitcher Trevor May go for the Victory Royale Live on the video boards at Target Field at 10:00 a.m. Twins catcher Mitch Garver will serve as the events' special emcee. Fortday with Trevor May will be sponsored by WorldGaming Network, an international esports and competitive video gaming platform.

The Minnesota Twins and WorldGaming Network have teamed up to bring a special Fortnite streaming party to Target Field on September 9: Fortday with Trevor May.

Gamers and baseball fans are invited to watch professional gamers BasicallyIDoWrk and Jordan Fisher and Twins pitcher Trevor May go for the Victory Royale Live on the video boards at Target Field at 10:00 a.m. Twins catcher Mitch Garver will serve as the events' special emcee. Fortday with Trevor May will be sponsored by WorldGaming Network, an international esports and competitive video gaming platform.

Purchase of tickets to the special themed Fortnite viewing party will also include a reserved seat for the 1:10 p.m. Twins vs. Royals game - and the first 500 fans to buy will receive an exclusive Twins Fortday with Trevor May t-shirt. Fans who want to join the party will be able to enter Target Field at Gate 14 only beginning at 9:45 a.m. CT (Gate 14 is located behind home plate, just off of North 7th street). A valid game ticket for the September 9th Twins game will be required for entry. The viewing session will run from 10:00-11:00 a.m. 

Gamers and Twins fans are encouraged to visit TwinsBaseball.com/Fortnite for more information. They can also join the conversation online by following the Twins on Facebook (Facebook.com/Twins), Twitter (@Twins), Instagram (@Twins) and Twitch (@MinnesotaTwinsBaseball), as well as WorldGaming on Facebook (Facebook.com/WorldGaming), Twitter (@WorldGaming), Instagram (@OfficialWorldGaming) and Twitch (WorldGaming).

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Joe Mauer named Minnesota Twins 2018 nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award

Major League Baseball today announced that Joe Mauer was named the Minnesota Twins 2018 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB.

The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each MLB Club who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.

Major League Baseball today announced that Joe Mauer was named the Minnesota Twins 2018 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB.

The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each MLB Club who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.

Each Club nominates one current player to be considered for the Roberto Clemente Award in tribute to Clemente's achievements and character. Wednesday, September 5th marks the seventeenth annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente's legacy and to officially acknowledge local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award. As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on the bases and official dugout lineup cards and a special tribute video will be played in ballparks.

Joe Mauer is one of the 30 Club nominees for the annual award. He and his wife Maddie annually host the Mauer and Friends Kids Classic luncheon event to benefit Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. In its fourth year the event has raised more than $1 million for the hospital's foundation. Joe brings teammates to Gillette to see patients often, serves as spokesman and annually hosts a bowling fundraiser for the Highland Friendship Club and also has supported Friends of St. Paul Baseball, an organization that helps improve baseball facilities for youth in St. Paul. Additionally, Mauer established a community ticket program called Mauer's Minnies, providing Twins game tickets to thousands of economically disadvantaged youth from Minneapolis and St. Paul. Since 2005, 25,000 youth and their families have attended a Twins game for free because of Mauer's generous contributions. He also acts as a spokesman and mentor to the MLB Player's Association's Action Team. In partnership with Volunteers of America, the Action Team enlists high school students to recruit others to volunteer in their community. Joe meets with Action Team members and mentors them on their outreach work.

The league-wide winner of the Roberto Clemente Award, who will be announced during the 2018 World Series, will be selected among the group of nominees via a blue ribbon panel that includes individuals connected to the game. The blue ribbon panel includes Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., representatives from MLB-affiliated networks (MLB Network, FOX Sports, ESPN and TBS) and MLB.com, as well as Vera Clemente (the late Roberto's wife & MLB Goodwill Ambassador). Beginning on Roberto Clemente Day, fans can vote for the overall winner of the Roberto Clemente Award via a dedicated website. The site will feature bios of each of the nominees and will allow fans from Roberto Clemente Day on Wednesday, September 5th, until Tuesday, September 18th. The winner of the fan vote will count as one vote among those cast by the blue ribbon panel. Fans are encouraged to vote by visiting the following link: mlb.com/clemente21.

The concept of honoring Major League players for their philanthropic work was created in 1971 as the "Commissioner's Award." The recognition was renamed to the "Roberto Clemente Award" in 1973 in honor of the Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star who died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Major League Baseball has commemorated Roberto Clemente Day each September since 2002.

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Twins to recall Chase De Jong and John Curtiss

Club will also select the contract of Petit and transfer Morrison to the 60-day DL

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN -- The Minnesota Twins announced today that they plan to recall right-handed pitchers Chase De Jong and John Curtiss from Triple-A Rochester and select the contract of infielder Gregorio Petit prior to tomorrow night's game at Houston.

De Jong, 24, was acquired by the Twins from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Zack Duke on July 30 and appeared in seven games (5 starts) for the Red Wings posting a 2-3 record with a 3.20 ERA (39.1 IP, 14 ER). Prior to the trade, De Jong started 21 games for Double-A Arkansas (Seattle), going 5-5 with a 3.80 ERA (120.2 IP, 51 ER), 34 walks and 89 strikeouts. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound right-hander went 0-3 with a 6.35 ERA (28.1 IP, 20 ER), 13 walks, and 13 strikeouts in seven games (4 starts) with Seattle last season. De Jong was originally selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the second round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN -- The Minnesota Twins announced today that they plan to recall right-handed pitchers Chase De Jong and John Curtiss from Triple-A Rochester and select the contract of infielder Gregorio Petit prior to tomorrow night's game at Houston.

De Jong, 24, was acquired by the Twins from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Zack Duke on July 30 and appeared in seven games (5 starts) for the Red Wings posting a 2-3 record with a 3.20 ERA (39.1 IP, 14 ER). Prior to the trade, De Jong started 21 games for Double-A Arkansas (Seattle), going 5-5 with a 3.80 ERA (120.2 IP, 51 ER), 34 walks and 89 strikeouts. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound right-hander went 0-3 with a 6.35 ERA (28.1 IP, 20 ER), 13 walks, and 13 strikeouts in seven games (4 starts) with Seattle last season. De Jong was originally selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the second round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

Curtiss, 25, appeared in 38 games for the Red Wings this season posting a 2.77 ERA (55.1 IP, 17 ER) with 61 strikeouts while converting 10 saves in 12 opportunities. Curtiss, who appeared in two games earlier this season for the Twins, was originally selected by Minnesota in the sixth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

Petit, 33, appeared in 79 games for the Red Wings this season, hitting .268 (76-for-284) with 12 doubles, one triple, one home run, 29 RBI and 31 runs scored. Petit, who has played in 183 career games at the major league level with Oakland, Houston, New York-AL, Los Angeles-AL and Minnesota, hit .308 (8-for-26) with four walks in 12 games for the Twins earlier this season.

To make room for Petit on the Twins 40-man roster, they have transferred first baseman/designated hitter Logan Morrison to the 60-day disabled list. Morrison had surgery on his left hip last month, ending his season.

The Twins now have active 34 players on their major league roster.

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Twins to recall Zack Littell

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota Twins announced tonight that they plan to recall right-handed pitcher Zack Littell from Triple-A Rochester prior to tomorrow's game at Texas.
 

Littell, 22, finished the Triple-A season going 6-6 with a 3.57 ERA (106.0 IP, 42 ER), 40 walks and 98 strikeouts over 19 games (15 starts) for the Red Wings. This will mark Littell's third stint with the Twins this season, having previously appeared in two games including making one start on June 5 vs. Chicago (AL). Littell was acquired by the Twins (with Dietrich Enns) last July from the New York Yankees in exchange for Jamie Garcia. 
 

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota Twins announced tonight that they plan to recall right-handed pitcher Zack Littell from Triple-A Rochester prior to tomorrow's game at Texas.
 

Littell, 22, finished the Triple-A season going 6-6 with a 3.57 ERA (106.0 IP, 42 ER), 40 walks and 98 strikeouts over 19 games (15 starts) for the Red Wings. This will mark Littell's third stint with the Twins this season, having previously appeared in two games including making one start on June 5 vs. Chicago (AL). Littell was acquired by the Twins (with Dietrich Enns) last July from the New York Yankees in exchange for Jamie Garcia. 
 

The Twins now have active 31 players on their major league roster.

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Twins to make roster additions

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota Twins announced tonight that they plan to select the contracts of catcher Chris Gimenez and left-handed pitcher Andrew Vasquez from Triple-A Rochester prior to tomorrow night's game at Texas. They will also recall outfielder Johnny Field and right-handed pitcher Tyler Duffey from Rochester and will activate right-handed pitcher Matt Belisle from the 10-day disabled list.
 

Gimenez, who was recently acquired from the Cubs for Bobby Wilson, spent most of the season at Triple-A Iowa, hitting .204 (41-for-201) with two home runs, 12 doubles and 18 RBI over 68 games. Additionally, he appeared in 12 games for the Cubs this season. Gimenez spent the entire 2017 season with the Twins, playing in 77 games, hitting .220 (41-for-186) with nine doubles, seven home runs and 16 RBI.
 

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota Twins announced tonight that they plan to select the contracts of catcher Chris Gimenez and left-handed pitcher Andrew Vasquez from Triple-A Rochester prior to tomorrow night's game at Texas. They will also recall outfielder Johnny Field and right-handed pitcher Tyler Duffey from Rochester and will activate right-handed pitcher Matt Belisle from the 10-day disabled list.
 

Gimenez, who was recently acquired from the Cubs for Bobby Wilson, spent most of the season at Triple-A Iowa, hitting .204 (41-for-201) with two home runs, 12 doubles and 18 RBI over 68 games. Additionally, he appeared in 12 games for the Cubs this season. Gimenez spent the entire 2017 season with the Twins, playing in 77 games, hitting .220 (41-for-186) with nine doubles, seven home runs and 16 RBI.
 

Vasquez, 24, went a combined 1-2 with a 1.30 ERA (69.1 IP, 10 ER), 21 walks and 108 strikeouts in 40 games (1 start), between Single-A Ft. Myers, Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Rochester. Vasquez was originally drafted by the Twins in the 32nd round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of Westmont College.
 

Field, 26, played in 63 games for the Tampa Bay Rays earlier this season, hitting .213 (36-for-169) with nine doubles, six home runs and 14 RBI before being claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Indians in July. After a short stint with Triple-A Columbus (five games), the Twins claimed Field off waivers in August and he split the month between Rochester and Minnesota (10 games).
 

Duffey, 28, appeared in 11 games for the Twins earlier this season, going 1-2 with a 6.35 ERA (17.0 IP, 5 ER) with two walks and 13 strikeouts. Over 31 games at Triple-A, he posted a 2.30 ERA (59.0 IP, 19 ER) while recording 63 strikeouts and three saves.

Belisle, who has missed the last 22 games due to right knee chondromalacia, has appeared in 27 games for the Twins this season, going 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA (30.1 IP, 26 ER) with nine walks and 23 strikeouts.
 

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Twins have transferred left-handed Adalberto Mejía to the 60-day disabled list. Mejía has been on the disabled list since August 10 with a left wrist strain.
 

The Twins now have 30 players on their major league roster.

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Twins acquire Chris Gimenez and a player to be named later or cash from Cubs in exchange for Bobby Wilson

The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have acquired catcher Chris Gimenez and a player to be named later or cash from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for catcher Bobby Wilson. 

Gimenez, who was most recently at Triple-A Iowa, played in 12 games for the Cubs this season, hitting .143 (4-for-28) with one RBI and three walks. He spent all of 2017 with the Twins, playing in 77 games, hitting .220 (41-for-186) with nine doubles, seven home runs and 16 RBI. Gimenez will report to Triple-A Rochester. 

Wilson played in 47 games for the Twins, hitting .178 (24-for-135) with eight doubles, two home runs and 16 RBI.
 

The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have acquired catcher Chris Gimenez and a player to be named later or cash from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for catcher Bobby Wilson. 

Gimenez, who was most recently at Triple-A Iowa, played in 12 games for the Cubs this season, hitting .143 (4-for-28) with one RBI and three walks. He spent all of 2017 with the Twins, playing in 77 games, hitting .220 (41-for-186) with nine doubles, seven home runs and 16 RBI. Gimenez will report to Triple-A Rochester. 

Wilson played in 47 games for the Twins, hitting .178 (24-for-135) with eight doubles, two home runs and 16 RBI.
 

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Twins announce 2019 Spring Training Schedule

Twins home schedule features 18 games

The Minnesota Twins today announced the home schedule for their 2019 Spring Training campaign, the club's 29th at the CenturyLink Sports Complex in Lee County, FL.

Twins pitchers and catchers are scheduled to begin their workouts on Wednesday, February 13. The first full-squad workout is scheduled to take place on Monday, February 18 in conjunction with the club's annual Spring Training Open House for fans at the CenturyLink Sports Complex.

The Minnesota Twins today announced the home schedule for their 2019 Spring Training campaign, the club's 29th at the CenturyLink Sports Complex in Lee County, FL.

Twins pitchers and catchers are scheduled to begin their workouts on Wednesday, February 13. The first full-squad workout is scheduled to take place on Monday, February 18 in conjunction with the club's annual Spring Training Open House for fans at the CenturyLink Sports Complex.

The Twins 2019 spring schedule features 33 games (18 home, 15 road) starting with Opening Night at the CenturyLink Sports Complex against the Tampa Bay Rays, February 23 at 6:05 p.m.

Highlighting the Twins' 18 home Grapefruit League games will be three contests against the Boston Red Sox (March 1, 18 and 22); a game against the Washington Nationals (March 14); a game against the Toronto Blue Jays (March 10); a game with the New York Yankees (March 24); and Minnesota Day against the Philadelphia Phillies (March 3).

The Twins will conclude their 2019 Spring Training home schedule when the Colorado Rockies make their first-ever trip to Fort Myers on March 26. The Twins return to Minnesota to play the regular season opener versus the Cleveland Indians on March 28 at Target Field.

Single-game tickets for the 2019 Spring Training campaign go on sale December 4. Tickets can be purchased online at www.twinsbaseball.com or by calling 800-33-TWINS (800-338-9467) or 612-33-TWINS (612-338-9467). The Hammond Stadium Box Office at CenturyLink Sports Complex will open on Saturday, January 5. The Twins offer discounted group and season tickets throughout the spring schedule. More information about season and group ticket offerings will be available in early October.

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Twins recall Astudillo from Triple-R Rochester; Wilson placed on 10-day disabled list

The Minnesota Twins announced Friday that they have recalled catcher/infielder Willians Astudillo from Triple-A Rochester. Astudillo, who played in seven games earlier this season for the Twins, was recently hitting .255 (27-for-106) with five doubles, four home runs and 12 RBI since being optioned from Minnesota to Rochester in late-July.

To make room on the 25-man roster, the Twins have placed catcher Bobby Wilson on the 10-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain, an injury he suffered in the field during last night's game vs. Oakland.

The Minnesota Twins announced Friday that they have recalled catcher/infielder Willians Astudillo from Triple-A Rochester. Astudillo, who played in seven games earlier this season for the Twins, was recently hitting .255 (27-for-106) with five doubles, four home runs and 12 RBI since being optioned from Minnesota to Rochester in late-July.

To make room on the 25-man roster, the Twins have placed catcher Bobby Wilson on the 10-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain, an injury he suffered in the field during last night's game vs. Oakland.

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Twins announce 2019 schedule

Opening Day scheduled for Thursday March 28 vs. Cleveland

The Minnesota Twins today announced their preliminary regular season schedule for the 2019 season, the team's 59th campaign in Twins Territory.

Minnesota will open the season at home for fifth time in Target Field history against the Cleveland Indians (March 28, 30 and 31) followed by a 10-day road trip to Kansas City, Philadelphia and New York-NL.

The Minnesota Twins today announced their preliminary regular season schedule for the 2019 season, the team's 59th campaign in Twins Territory.

Minnesota will open the season at home for fifth time in Target Field history against the Cleveland Indians (March 28, 30 and 31) followed by a 10-day road trip to Kansas City, Philadelphia and New York-NL.

The Twins will play 20 Interleague games over the course of the 2019 regular season (5 in April/ 2 in May/ 4 in July/ 6 in August/ 3 in September). The home Interleague schedule includes a series against the Milwaukee Brewers (May 27-28), a visit from the New York Mets (July 16-17), the Atlanta Braves (August 5-7), and the Washington Nationals (September 10-12). The Twins will face the Philadelphia Phillies on the road (April 5-7), followed by a stop at the New York Mets (April 9-10), then head to the Miami Marlins (July 30-August 1), and end their Interleague road schedule with a pair of games against the Milwaukee Brewers (August 13-14).

The Twins 2019 schedule features three home games in the month of March, 12 in April, 13 in May, 12 in June, 12 in July, 16 in August and 13 in September. Premium home series include a four-game series with the Houston Astros (April 29-May 2), the border battle with the Brewers (May 27-28), the Boston Red Sox (June 17-19), and the New York Yankees (July 22-24). Additionally, during the months of April, May (prior to Memorial Day) and September, the Twins have moved weekday (Monday-Thursday) night games to a 6:40 pm start.

The Twins will play each of their American League Central Division rivals 19 times: the Chicago White Sox (9 home/10 away), the Kansas City Royals (10 home/9 away), the Detroit Tigers (9 home/10 away) and the Cleveland Indians (10 home/9 away). The Twins will face all American League Central Division teams three series at home and three series on the road.

All game times and broadcast information will be announced at a later date.

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Twins will recall Gonsalves from Triple-A Rochester

The Minnesota Twins announced Sunday that they will recall left-handed pitcher Stephen Gonsalves from Triple-A Rochester and will start Monday's game against the White Sox.

Gonsalves, 24, pitched at Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Rochester this season, combining to go 12-3 with a 2.76 ERA (120.2 IP, 37 ER), 65 walks and 120 strikeouts. Gonsalves was selected by the Twins in the fourth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, California. He was named the third-best prospect in the Twins system by Baseball America and fifth-best by MLB.com entering the season.

The Minnesota Twins announced Sunday that they will recall left-handed pitcher Stephen Gonsalves from Triple-A Rochester and will start Monday's game against the White Sox.

Gonsalves, 24, pitched at Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Rochester this season, combining to go 12-3 with a 2.76 ERA (120.2 IP, 37 ER), 65 walks and 120 strikeouts. Gonsalves was selected by the Twins in the fourth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, California. He was named the third-best prospect in the Twins system by Baseball America and fifth-best by MLB.com entering the season.

To make room for Gonsalves on the 25-man roster, the Twins have optioned right-handed pitcher Tyler Duffey to Triple-A Rochester.

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Twins place Santana on disabled list

Grossman returned from rehab & reinstated from DL, Busenitz recalled and Field optioned

The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have placed right-handed pitcher Ervin Santana on the 10-day disabled list with reoccurring symptoms related to his original injury to his third finger MCP joint on his right hand. Additionally, the Twins have returned outfielder Robbie Grossman from rehab assignment and have reinstated him from the 10-day disabled list, recalled right-handed pitcher Alan Busenitz and optioned outfielder Johnny Field to Rochester.

Santana, who suffered the injury earlier this season, made five starts for the Twins since returning from the disabled list, going 0-1 with an 8.03 ERA (24.2 IP, 22 ER).

The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have placed right-handed pitcher Ervin Santana on the 10-day disabled list with reoccurring symptoms related to his original injury to his third finger MCP joint on his right hand. Additionally, the Twins have returned outfielder Robbie Grossman from rehab assignment and have reinstated him from the 10-day disabled list, recalled right-handed pitcher Alan Busenitz and optioned outfielder Johnny Field to Rochester.

Santana, who suffered the injury earlier this season, made five starts for the Twins since returning from the disabled list, going 0-1 with an 8.03 ERA (24.2 IP, 22 ER).

Grossman, who missed the Twins last 12 games with a right hamstring strain, played in three games with the Red Wings, hitting .455 (5-for-11) with a double and three RBI. He has played in 92 games for the Twins this season, hitting .253 (70-for-277) with 17 doubles, four home runs, 34 RBI and a .332 on-base percentage.

Busenitz, who pitched in 11 games over three stints with the Twins this season, recently appeared in seven games for the Red Wings, allowing six runs on nine hits in 8.0 innings pitched with three saves.

Grossman and Busenitz will take the vacated 25-man roster spots of outfielder Johnny Field and Ervin Santana.

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Twins host third annual Diversity Week

Presented by Treasure Island Resort & Casino and Prairie Island Indian Community

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, MN -- The Minnesota Twins organization will be hosting their third annual Diversity Week, August 18th through the 25th presented by Treasure Island Resort & Casino and Prairie Island Indian Community. Twins players, wives and front office staff will give back to the community as a part of the Twins ongoing commitment to serve Twins Territory.

Saturday, August 18 (11:00 am - 9:00 pm): INDIAFEST 2018
MINNESOTA STATE CAPITOL GROUNDS
This year will mark the Twins seventh consecutive year joining this annual event celebrating the rich heritage, traditions, diversity and culture of India. Attendees who visit the Twins booth will have the opportunity to win prizes after testing their skills with baseball interactives.

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, MN -- The Minnesota Twins organization will be hosting their third annual Diversity Week, August 18th through the 25th presented by Treasure Island Resort & Casino and Prairie Island Indian Community. Twins players, wives and front office staff will give back to the community as a part of the Twins ongoing commitment to serve Twins Territory.

Saturday, August 18 (11:00 am - 9:00 pm): INDIAFEST 2018
MINNESOTA STATE CAPITOL GROUNDS
This year will mark the Twins seventh consecutive year joining this annual event celebrating the rich heritage, traditions, diversity and culture of India. Attendees who visit the Twins booth will have the opportunity to win prizes after testing their skills with baseball interactives.

Sunday, August 19 (11:10 am - end of 2nd inning): TWINS WIVES BOOK COLLECTION
TARGET FIELD
Fans are asked to bring a new or gently-used children's book to Target Field for the Twins Wives book collection inside Gate 34. Fans not attending the game can drop off donated books at the table located just outside Gate 34 on Target Field Plaza. In return, each fan donating a book will receive a surprise Twins item. Catcher Jason Castro and his wife Maris, will match each book donated. All books will be distributed by Reading Partners to children in need.

Monday, August 20 (12:00 pm - 2:00 pm): TASTE OF DIVERSITY LUNCHEON
INTERNAL EVENT
The Twins Human Resources and Diversity & Inclusion departments have paired up to host the annual Taste of Diversity Luncheon. Target Field employees are encouraged to bring a dish from their culture or a family favorite to the afternoon potluck. Delaware North will also take part in the event.

Tuesday, August 21 (10:00 am): READING IS POWERFUL SUMMER TOUR
VARIOUS SCHOOLS
Each spring the Minnesota Twins front office staff travel to fourth and fifth grade classrooms to discuss the importance of reading with kids. Highlighting books on Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente, kids will learn the importance of overcoming barriers. Over the past five years, more than 10,000 kids have participated in the Reading Is Powerful Program. Additionally, the Minnesota Twins are excited to invite participants of the program to visit Target Field for an interactive learning tour.

Wednesday, August 22 (5:15 pm - 9:30 pm): DIVERSITY CELEBRATION
TARGET FIELD
This annual Twins event brings the community together to share ideas about inclusion and collaboration. Among the guest speakers, Susan Bass Roberts, Vice President and Executive Director, Pohlad Family Foundation will host a Commissioner Conversation with Robert D. Manfred Jr., Commissioner of Major League Baseball.

Thursday, August 23 (7:10 pm): MINNESOTA TWINS DIVERSITY DAY
TARGET FIELD
Prairie Island Indian Community presents Diversity Day at Target Field. The day features a pregame on-field parade, multicultural performances, diverse music, and more before the Twins take on the Oakland Athletics. The first 10,000 fans through the gates will receive a Diversity Day T-shirt (Adult M/XL) courtesy of Treasure Island Resort & Casino.

Friday, August 24 (7:10 pm): TWINS WIVES BACKPACK DELIVERY
PRODEO ACADEMY
The Twins Wives Organization will deliver 200 backpacks filled with school supplies to local students from Prodeo Academy. Prodeo Academy is a network of free, public charter schools aimed at providing families in the Twin Cities metro area with a high-quality education option. Prodeo Academy provides individualized instruction for every child, and ensures that their scholars are engaged and excited about the learning process.

Saturday, August 25 (9:00 am - 11:30 am): TWINS YOUTH BASEBALL CLINIC
BILL PETERSON FIELD (122 Marshall Ave., St. Paul)
The clinic program serves as a way for PlayBall! Minnesota to promote baseball and softball to boys and girls throughout the region. Baseball is loved throughout Twins Territory, and this program serves as a way for the Twins to share this passion with those who love the game as we do. No advanced registration is required to participate, but participants must complete a waiver form before they will be allowed to participate.

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Homestand highlights: August 14-20

Tuesday, August 14 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:10 p.m.) - Presented by Cub Foods

Cancer Awareness Night - Supporters purchasing tickets through this special theme night ticket package will receive a special Minnesota Twins Cancer Awareness hat with the opportunity to choose the logo color, which corresponds to the most prevalent cancers seen throughout Twins Territory. Additionally, a portion of each ticket purchased through this special ticket package will be donated to local non-profit organizations to support cancer research and awareness. For more information and to join the effort to strike out cancer, please visit www.twinsbaseball.com/cancerawareness.

Tuesday, August 14 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:10 p.m.) - Presented by Cub Foods

Cancer Awareness Night - Supporters purchasing tickets through this special theme night ticket package will receive a special Minnesota Twins Cancer Awareness hat with the opportunity to choose the logo color, which corresponds to the most prevalent cancers seen throughout Twins Territory. Additionally, a portion of each ticket purchased through this special ticket package will be donated to local non-profit organizations to support cancer research and awareness. For more information and to join the effort to strike out cancer, please visit www.twinsbaseball.com/cancerawareness.

Military Discount - Presented by T-Mobile and FOX Sports North, active military members or veterans with a valid ID plus up to three guests receive half-price Home Plate View tickets every Monday through Thursday game.

U.S. Bank Meal Deal - Purchase a U.S. Bank Home Run Porch View ticket and receive a FREE Schweigert™ hot dog and Pepsi.

Wednesday, August 15 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (12:10 p.m.) - Presented by Cub Foods

Military Discount - Presented by T-Mobile and FOX Sports North, active military members or veterans with a valid ID plus up to three guests receive half-price Home Plate View tickets every Monday through Thursday game.

Treasure Island Resort & Casino Senior Days - Fans 55 and better receive a $5 discount on Field Box, Left Field Bleachers and Treasure Island Cove tickets for all weekday day games. Offer available by phone and in-person only. Tickets subject to availability.

Student Day presented by Rasmussen College - Ballpark Access tickets are just $5 for students - now available through mobile delivery! Plus students can download a free Metro Transit ride pass. Students can visit twinsbaseball.com/student to register to purchase tickets through the MLB Ballpark app and to download the free ride pass. Tickets are also available day of game at the Target Field Box Office beginning at 9:00 AM. Limit one ticket per student with valid ID.

Schweigert Dollar-A-Dog Day - Hot dogs are just $1 at the Hennepin Grille and Taste of Twins Territory concession stands. (Limit 20,000 per game; 2 per person)

Thursday, August 16 vs. Detroit Tigers (7:10 p.m.)

North Dakota State University Night- Fans who purchase a ticket for this exclusive theme night package will receive a special, limited-edition co-branded North Dakota State University/Twins cap. Additionally, a portion of each ticket purchased will support the NDSU Alumni Association. For more information on North Dakota State University Night, please visit www.twinsbaseball.com/ndsu.

Military Discount - Presented by T-Mobile and FOX Sports North, active military members or veterans with a valid ID plus up to three guests receive half-price Home Plate View tickets every Monday through Thursday game.

Friday, August 17 vs. Detroit Tigers (7:10 p.m.)

Rosie's Rose Garden - Join your fellow Twins fans in the 'Rose Garden' at Target Field to cheer on the Twins and Eddie Rosario. Fans who purchase a ticket through this special package will receive an exclusive "Rosie's Rose Garden" T-Shirt. For more information, please visit www.twinsbaseball.com/rosegarden.

Wine, Women and Baseball -Just for women, the Wine, Women & Baseball package includes a ticket in The Deck seating or Skyline View ticket. You also get access to an exclusive pregame hospitality event at nearby Loews Minneapolis Hotel. The Minnesota Pork Board is the premier partner of Wine, Women and Baseball. For more information please visit www.twinsbaseball.com/wwb. Please note tickets for this evening have been sold out.

Fireworks - With a salute to Zac Brown Band, fans are invited to stay after the game for a fireworks show presented by Securian Financial.

Bat & Barrel Postgame Show - Fans are welcome to stay after the game for a postgame party in Bat & Barrel with live music.

Saturday, August 18 vs. Detroit Tigers (6:10 p.m.) ­

GIVEAWAY - The first 5,000 fans will receive a Jack Morris T-Shirt (Adult M/XL).

Twins Sportsmen's Flannel Night - Fans who purchase a ticket will include your ticket to the game, an exclusive Joe Mauer signature flannel. A portion of each ticket will support Pheasants Forever, St. Paul's own 4-star wildlife habitat organization. For more information on Sportsmen's Night, please visit www.twinsbaseball.com/sportsmensnight. Presented by SCHEELS All Sports.

Jack Morris HOF Night - Fans are welcomed to arrive early to the game to celebrate Jack Morris on his Hall of Fame honors as part of a special pregame recognition.

Sunday, August 19 vs. Detroit Tigers (1:10 p.m.)

Diversity Week presented by Treasure Island Resort & Casino and Prairie Island Indian Community

GIVEAWAY - The first 5,000 kids (12 & under) will receive a Twins Backpack presented by U.S. Bank.

Mascot Softball Game - Get to your seats early to watch T.C. and 24 of his mascot friends play a softball game before the Twins take the field.

T.C.'s Summer Bash - Join T.C. and his friends with this special ticket package which includes early entry into Target Field, access to the exclusive T.C.'s Summer Bash Brunch in the Town Ball Tavern, a souvenir photo with T.C. and Friends, plus a ticket to the game on Sunday, August 19th! For more information please visit www.twinsbaseball.com/TCbrunch.

Kids Day - Presented by Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, every Sunday, kids meals are half price-just $4! Before the game, kids 12 and younger can play interactive games and get free autographs from a Twins player. Postgame, kids can run the bases.

Monday, August 20 vs. Chicago White Sox (6:10 p.m.) - Makeup game from April 15th

Diversity Week presented by Treasure Island Resort & Casino and Prairie Island Indian Community

Military Discount - Presented by T-Mobile and FOX Sports North, active military members or veterans with a valid ID plus up to three guests receive half-price Home Plate View tickets every Monday through Thursday game.

Kids Day - Presented by Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, every Sunday, kids meals are half price-just $4! Before the game, kids 12 and younger can play interactive games and get free autographs from a Twins player. Postgame, kids can run the bases.

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