Minnesota Twins Daily Dip for September 23rd, 2017

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 22: Max Kepler
DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 22: Max Kepler /
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Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, September 23rd, 2017

Welcome to the September 23rd edition of the Daily Dip, your daily piece of news and notes here on Puckett’s Pond. You’ll find the scores and a quick summary of every level of the Minnesota Twins organization and links to any information you need to know to follow the Minnesota Twins here every morning!

You will be seeing some changes begin to filter in now that the minor league affiliates have finished playoffs, and the Daily Dip will begin to implement looks around the league as well at happenings in the game of baseball as a whole.

News and Notes

Minnesota Twins 7, Detroit Tigers 3

Kyle Gibson bounced back from a rough outing and Max Kepler continued to show improvement against lefty starters as the Twins moved one game closer to clinching a Wild Card spot. Gibson went 7 strong innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks, striking out 6 and getting the Tigers to ground into 3 double plays on the night. Trevor Hildenberger had a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts. Byron Buxton had a pair of doubles and a single. Max Kepler had a home run and a single. Brian Dozier had a home run, single, and a stolen base. Robbie Grossman had a double. Jorge Polanco had a single and a stolen base.

September 23rd Probable Starter: Ervin Santana @ Detroit Tigers, 5:10PM CT

Wild Card Standings

  • New York Yankees, 85-68, +5.5
  • Minnesota Twins, 80-74, —
  • Los Angeles Angels, 76-77, -3.5
  • Texas Rangers, 76-77, -3.5
  • Kansas City Royals, 75-78, -4.5
  • Seattle Mariners, 75-79, -5.0
  • Tampa Bay Rays, 75-79, -5.0
  • Baltimore Orioles, 74-81, -6.5

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One Last Thing

With a home run and a stolen base in the game on Friday night, his second such game of 2017. He’s had a home run/stolen base combination game 10 times now in his career, which ranks 6th most in Twins history. Torii Hunter leads the organization with 19 such games.

More impressively, Dozier hit his 32nd home run and stole his 16th base on Friday. This is the 2nd season he’s achieved the 30-home run, 15-stolen base mark, which makes him the only player in Twins history to have achieved the mark twice. Kirby Puckett also had a season that met those baselines when he had 31 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 1986.