6/27/2014 8:29 P.M. ET
Dozier, Suzuki hope for late push in All-Star voting
By Grace Raynor / MLB.com
ARLINGTON-- Brian Dozier and Kurt Suzuki each moved up a slot in the Twins' lineup Friday after leadoff hitter Danny Santana went to the disabled list. Both are hoping the same happens for them in All-Star voting.
As of Sunday's results, each were in the top five of their respective positions, though Dozier had dropped from fourth to fifth among American League second basemen. Meanwhile Suzuki moved up, in the catchers' pool, passing Boston A.J. Pierzynski for the No. 4 slot.
Dozier had 841,980 votes has of Sunday, while Suzuki had 812,865.
Seattle's Robinson Cano leads all second basemen with 2,007,055 votes and Baltimore's Matt Wieters is at the top of the catchers, with 1,852,770.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.
Pino bounces right back to big leagues
ARLINGTON-- In a 24-hour span, Twins pitcher Yohan Pino has been optioned and now recalled.
Pino's understanding was that he would head to Triple-A Rochester on Friday, but when Twins shortstop Danny Santana went down and headed to the disabled list Friday, Pino's plans changed. He's now back in the big leagues.
"Crazy," he said of the past two days. "I was supposed to fly today to Rochester, and they called me this morning because Santana doesn't feel good."
Pino is 0-1 with a 6.30 ERA and is expected to get the start Monday once the Twins go back to Minneapolis.
"If they send me to Rochester, I want to keep doing my job, trying to do the best to come back here," Pino said. "If I stay here, I want to do the same what I've been doing."
Polanco, Odor match up as league's youngest
ARLINGTON -- Between Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor and Twins infielder Jorge Polanco, Friday's matchup at Globe Life Park will feature the league's two youngest players.
Both are 20 years old, with Polanco turning 21 on July 5, Odor next February.
Polanco was brought up from Class A Advanced Fort Myers Thursday, skipping both Double-A and Triple-A ball. It was the first time a Twins player has done that since 1982, and after pinch-hitting Thursday, he'll be available again Friday.
"I'm excited, it was a good moment," Polanco said of getting called up. "We all want to play in the big leagues as soon as possible, so I feel good about it."
Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Polanco can take advantage of learning what it means to be a big leaguer from the club's veterans.
"I think just seeing how we go about our business up here is a value in itself," Ryan said. "Whether or not he gets any extended playing time I suspect is dependent on the situation. He just got a little flavor yesterday."
Plouffe ready to make return Monday
ARLINGTON-- Both Trevor Plouffe and Eduardo Nunez are expected to make their return Monday from the disabled list. Plouffe coming off from inflammation between the rib and coastal cartilage, Nunez an aggravated right hamstring.
Plouffe was in Arlington Friday to work out with the team and take batting practice before the game with the Rangers. Nunez is still on a rehab assignment with Double-A New Britain.
"[Nunez] went 0-for-3, healthy, his leg feels OK," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of Nunez's game Thursday. "As they tell me he's gonna DH I think tonight. ... He'll fly back Sunday and be ready for Monday."
Plouffe said he is in a good place both physically and mentally, adding that he's done everything except for diving.
"When I'm at home and all I can do is watch the games on TV, I'm rooting for everybody. It's just difficult because you want to be a guy that can step in and help the team and you're not able to," Plouffe said. "You can let that affect you negatively or you can just work hard to get back as fast as you can and I think that's what I ended up doing. I'm happy I'll be on track to come off right after 15 days."
• The Twins have tallied 10 or more hits in three of their last four games entering Friday.
• The Twins have struggled winning games on the road, most recently sweeping the White Sox at home June 19-22, and being swept by the Angels June 24-26.
• The Twins are 1-3 against the Rangers this season entering Friday, but have won three of their last four in Arlington. The two teams have played one series this season, May 26-29.
Grace Raynor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.