Twins Vs. Mariners: Minnesota Falls To Seattle In Series Finale, 5-1

A big seventh inning by the Mariners clinched the win on Sunday.

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Minnesota Twins Outright Nick Blackburn, Tsuyoshi Nishioka Off 40-Man Roster

The Minnesota Twins have outrighted pitcher Nick Blackburn and infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka off of the 40-man roster, as the team announced on Monday. Nishioka was already in Triple-A Rochester, and now Blackburn joins him there as the Twins free up a pair of roster spots.

Blackburn, 30, is under contract through 2013, but he's struggled badly in the first three years of his four-year contract. This season, he's posted a 7.39 ERA with 42 strikeouts and 26 walks over 98.2 innings with the Twins, although he was at least serviceable last season.

Nishioka is also under contract for 2013, but he's spent essentially the entire 2012 season in Triple-A. He struggled really badly in his rookie year with the Twins, and he hasn't been much better this year, posting a .252/.311/.313 line over 380 plate appearances with Rochester.

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Twins Vs. Mariners Final Score: Seattle Shuts Down Minnesota 5-1

The Minnesota Twins couldn't stop the big inning, allowing the Seattle Mariners to run away with a 5-1 win on Sunday at Safeco Field.

Samuel Deduno was wild on the hill in his start for the Twins, walking six in six innings, but he was able to limit the damage to just two runs on five hits. Jeff Gray struggled in relief, giving up three runs in one inning of work.

The Twins struck first on a Trevor Plouffe sacrifice fly in the top of the second, however it would be all Mariners after that. A bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the third tied the game, and then the Mariners took the lead later in the inning when Jesus Montero hit into a double play that scored a run.

In the seventh, the Mariners broke the game open with three runs, highlighted by a two-run home run for Michael Saunders that put the game out of reach.

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Twins Vs. Mariners Starting Lineups: Ben Revere Returns

After missing the past two games, Minnesota Twins outfielder Ben Revere is back in the starting lineup as the Seattle Mariners look for the sweep on Sunday. He's missed the past two games with a sore ankle, but he's playing center field and batting leadoff after getting some time off.

The Twins also have Alexi Casilla taking over at second base on Sunday for Jamey Carroll, who batted leadoff in place of Revere on Saturday.

Minnesota's lineup:

1. Ben Revere (L) CF
2. Alexi Casilla (S) 2B
3. Joe Mauer (L) C
4. Josh Willingham (R) LF
5. Justin Morneau (L) 1B
6. Ryan Doumit (S) C
7. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
8. Matt Carson (R) RF
9. Pedro Florimon (S) SS

Seattle's lineup:

1. Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
2. Michael Saunders (L) CF
3. Kyle Seager (L) 3B
4. John Jaso (L) C
5. Jesus Montero (R) DH
6. Justin Smoak (S) 1B
7. Eric Thames (L) RF
8. Trayvon Robinson (S) LF
9. Munenori Kawasaki (L) SS

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Twins Vs. Mariners: Ben Revere (Sore Ankle) To Play Sunday

Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has made the decision to put outfielder Ben Revere back into the linuep on Sunday, according to Tom Pelissero of ESPN:

Revere had been sidelined after injuring his ankle on Wednesday in the Twins' 5-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers. The Twins could definitely use his bat, as the team has dropped four straight games and the 24-year-old is having the best season of his major-league career at the plate.

He's currently batting .319 with 25 RBIs, an OBP of .348 and a slugging percentage of .377.

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Twins Vs. Mariners Preview: Minnesota Hoping To Avoid First Sweep By Seattle In 11 Years

Minnesota Twins pitcher Samuel Deduno (4-0, 3.38 ERA) looks to improve to 5-0 since his call-up in July, while the Twins try to avoid a sweep in Sunday's series finale against the Seattle Mariners and end a four-game losing streak. The Twins have not been swept by the Mariners in 11 years. Minnesota has won six of Deduno's seven starts since his call-up.

Blake Beavan (7-7, 5.17 ERA) gets the start for the Mariners. Beavan has won four of his last five starts and has lowered his ERA nearly a full run since July 17.

The Twins started August with five wins in their first seven games, but have since lost eight of nine games.

Date/Time: 4:05 p.m. ET

TV: FS-N

Online Streaming: MLB.tv

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Twins Vs. Mariners: John Jaso's Sacrifice Fly Gives Mariners Walk-Off Win

Seattle Mariners pinch-hitter John Jaso hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning off of Casey Fien Saturday that scored Michael Saunders to give Seattle a 3-2 win. Twins reliever Tyler Robertson (1-1, 6.91 ERA), who gave up back-to-back singles to Saunders and Brendan Ryan, took the loss.

The Twins led twice in the game. They took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI-single by Justin Morneau that scored Jamey Carroll. Seattle tied it in the third when Dustin Ackley scored Saunders with a single.

Minnesota scored in the top of the seventh on an RBI-groundout by Joe Mauer that scored Pedro Florimón, but Seattle tied it in the bottom of the seventh on a home run by Justin Smoak.

Twins starter Scott Diamond gave up two runs in 6.2 innings. Tom Wilhelmsen (4-2, 2.45 ERA) picked up the win in relief for Seattle.

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Twins vs. Mariners Preview: Game Time And TV Schedule

The Minnesota Twins dropped the first game of their road trip Friday night against the Seattle Mariners, 5-3, but will look to pick up a win when they send their ace to the mound Saturday night at Safeco Field.

Twins starter Nick Blackburn continued his dismal season, giving up five earned runs, 11 hits and two home runs in 5.1 innings. Mariners righty Hisashi Iwakuma fared much better, allowing only one unearned run and four hits to go along with six strikeouts in seven innings. Seattle designated hitter John Jaso set the tone in the first inning with a two-out, two-run homer to right field that put the Twins in an early hole.

Left-hander Scott Diamond (10-5, 2.97 ERA) will take the mound for the Twins, hunting his 11th win of the season. The Mariners will start left-hander Jason Vargas (13-8, 3.56 ERA), who is 6-1 with a 1.88 ERA over his last nine starts.

Date/Time: 9:10 p.m. ET

TV: FS-N

Online Streaming: MLB.tv

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Twins Roster Moves: Matt Carson Officially Promoted To 40-Man Roster, Rene Tosoni Outrighted

With Denard Span still nursing an injured right shoulder, the Twins made a move to add depth to their outfield by promoting Matt Carson from Triple-A Rochester on Friday. The team announced the move prior to a Friday game against the Seattle Mariners and also announced they will outright Double-A New Britain outfielder Rene Tosoni to make room on the 40-man roster.

Carson, 31, hasn't participated in a Major League game since 2010 with the Oakland A's when he hit .177 in 36 games. During 110 games with the Rochester Red Wings, Carson batted .277 with 14 home runs and a team-leading 49 RBIs while contributing at all three outfield positions.

On Wednesday, the Twins optioned relievers Luis Perdomo and Jeff Manship, and announced that reliever Anthony Swarzak would be activated from the 15-day disabled list. Carson will be in uniform against Seattle on Friday night.

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Minnesota Twins Expected To Call Up Matt Carson For Seattle Mariners Series

The Minnesota Twins made room on their roster for another player when shuffling their pitching rotation earlier this week, but took their time in picking the replacement. The initial speculation was that it'd be Chris Parmelee, but it's apparently some new blood in Matt Carson.

Carson, 31, was hitting .277 with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs this season for Triple-A Rochester. The Twins confirmed the move, according to the Pioneer Press, but haven't announced it because they still have to make room for him on the roster.

Carson cannot officially join the team until Minnesota makes room for him on their 40-man roster. That could be done by removing a player, or by transferring a player from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list, which could be done easily with closer Matt Capps, who hasn't thrown since July 16 because of inflammation in his rotator cuff.

The move is expected before Friday's series opener in Seattle against the Mariners.

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Twins Vs. Mariners: Battle Of Bottom Feeders Begins On Friday

The Minnesota Twins will head to Seattle to play the Mariners for a series between two last-place teams.

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Twins Roster Moves: Chris Parmelee Might Return To Minneapolis

The Minnesota Twins made a few moves on Wednesday following their most recent loss, activating one pitcher while sending a pair to play at Triple-A Rochester. That of course leaves one roster move left and, apparently, it'll be for a position player rather than a pitcher.

That's simply speculation right now considering the resulting move has yet to take place, but manager Ron Gardenhire made it pretty clear while talking to the Star Tribune that a position player is going to be moving up to the big club.

"It will be a position player," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We're going to get that extra position player back on the bench and go with 12 pitchers."

The leading candidate to be called up is Chris Parmelee, who is blazing hot at Rochester. He entered Wednesday batting .354 with 15 homers and 41 RBI in 49 games for the Red Wings.

Parmelee could be counted on to fill in both out in the outfield -- switching things around to account for Denard Span's absence -- or at first break if the Twins want to give either Justin Mauer or Joe Morneau a quick breather.

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