The Twins have traded first baseman Tyler Austin to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for minor league outfielder Malique Ziegler. Austin was designated for assignment Saturday when the Twins added pitcher Chase DeJong to the 25-man roster.
The Twins beat the Phillies 6-2 in Philadelphia Saturday. Minnesota jumped out to a 3-nothing lead in the 3rd inning. Byron Buxton scored on a Jake Arrieta wild pitch before Max Kepler and Willian Astudillo hit back to back home runs.
The Twins blanked the Cleveland Indians 2-0 Thursday to win their season and home opener. Jose Berrios made his first opening day start and threw 7 2/3 innings with 2 hits and no runs allowed with 10 strikeouts to earn the win.
Twins' center fielder Byron Buxton is batting .400 and stole 2 bases yesterday. Star Tribune Sports Columnist Jim Souhan joined me today on WJON. He suggested that Buxton start the year hitting 9th to take the pressure off and give him a chance to be a 2nd lead-off man.