8/21/2014 1:52 A.M. ET
Dozier sixth Twins player to notch 20/20 season
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- Brian Dozier became just the sixth Twins player to record a 20/20 season of at least 20 homers and 20 stolen bases with his 20th stolen base of the season on Wednesday against the Indians.
Dozier singled off left-hander T.J. House with one out in the first inning and stole second. The second baseman leads the Twins in both steals and homers (20).
"I think it's pretty cool," Dozier said. "I'd be lying to you if I said it was one of my goals heading into the beginning of the year. Throughout the course of the year you have individual goals -- and this is a great achievement and awesome and I feel blessed -- but if you're not winning games it doesn't taste as good at the end of the day."
Dozier became the first Twins player to accomplish the feat since Torii Hunter did it in 2004. Hunter also did it in '02 and is the only Twins player to have at least 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in more than one season.
The other Twins to reach the 20/20 mark are Larry Hisle in 1977, Kirby Puckett in '86, Marty Cordova in '95 and Corey Koskie in '01.
Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez, who played with the Twins from 2008-09, is the only other Major Leaguer with at least 20 homers and 20 stolen bases this season.
Pino expected to start in weekend twin bill
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins have yet to make an official announcement, but right-hander Yohan Pino is expected to start Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers.
Both the Twins and Tigers get to call up a 26th player for the twin bill, and Pino is expected to get the call from Triple-A Rochester.
Pino was optioned there on Friday and fared well in his start with the Red Wings on Monday, giving up just two runs on three hits over seven-plus innings to improve to 10-2 with a 2.47 ERA at Triple-A. Pino, 30, is 1-5 with a 5.37 ERA in 10 starts with the Twins this season.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire wouldn't confirm it will be Pino, but strongly hinted at it on Wednesday, as Pino would be pitching on regular rest.
"I'm not trying to hide too much here," Gardenhire said. "Who's in line? Run with it."
Gardenhire also said that right-hander Trevor May will start Game 2 against the Tigers.
Pitching prospect Stewart exits as precaution
MINNEAPOLIS -- Top pitching prospect Kohl Stewart left his start early Tuesday night as a precaution, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Wednesday.
Stewart, ranked as the No. 24 overall prospect by MLB.com, has been dealing with shoulder soreness and was topping out at 90 mph in his start with Class A Cedar Rapids on Tuesday. He left his outing after just 1 1/3 innings.
"I don't think it's serious," Ryan said. "He came out of the game, but I don't think it was serious."
Stewart, 19, has fared well in his first full professional season after being taken with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. The right-hander has posted a 2.59 ERA in 19 starts with 62 strikeouts and 24 walks in 87 innings.
Ryan said he remains hopeful Stewart will be able to return to action this season. "I hope so," Ryan said. "We still have season left. We've done a number of tests on him and haven't been able to find anything wrong."