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Twins, Tigers for first of three, only in Comerica

Twins sign Belisle, cut Petit

June 12, 2018 - 5:25 am

Here are the pitching matchups for the Twins' three-game series in Detroit, starting Tuesday at Comerica Park

  • Tuesday: Jake Odorizzi (3-3, 4.34) vs. Blaine Hardy (2-1, 3.66), 6:10 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Jose Berrios (7-5, 3.66) vs. Matthew Boyd (4-4, 3.20), 6:10 p.m.
  • Thursday: Lance Lynn (4-4, 5.08) vs. Michael Fulmer (2-5, 4.40), 12:10 p.m.

The Twins added an arm to their bullpen by signing right-handed pitcher Matt Belisle to a major league contract. To make room on the roster, infielder Gregorio Petit was designate for release or assignment.

Beslile was outrighted by Cleveland after pitching eight games for them this season. He pitched all of last season with the Twins, one of six major teams he has appeared for since 2003.

Petit played in 12 games for the Twins this season and had eight hits and two runs batted in. He's played parts of six seasons in the majors with five teams.

For the first time this season, the Twins have the American League player of the week.  Infielder Eduardo Escobar batted .426 in the games played between June 4 and June 10, scoring twice and driving in eight runs.

Escobar had six doubles, giving him a major league-leading 26 two-baggers in 59 games.  

The Twins went 3-4 during Escobar's hot stretch, which included his go-ahead two-run homer against the White Sox in the first game of the June 5 doubleheader.

While the Twins head to Detroit, first baseman Joe Mauer is in northeastern Pennsylvania to begin a rehab assignment. He'll be the designated hitter Tuesday for the Rochester Red Wings in their game against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

If all goes well, Mauer could return as soon as the coming weekend when the Twins play in Cleveland. He's recovering from a neck injury and recurring concussion symptoms.

Mauer is expected to play first base on Wednesday for the Red Wings.

Injured center fielder Byron Buxton is with the Twins on the road trip to Detroit and Cleveland. He's still recovering from a hairline fracture of the big toe on his left foot, suffered in a rehab game with Rochester on April 29. He did return to the Twins for 17 games and experienced pain while batting, prompting the return to the DL.