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Twins sign former Mariners reliever Casey Lawrence

MILWAUKEE -- The Twins on Monday signed righthander Casey Lawrence, who spent last season in Japan. Lawrence has cleared the COVID-19 intake testing and has been assigned to the St. Paul camp.

His last stint in the majors came in 2018 when he posted a 7.33 ERA in 11 relief appearances for Seattle. He's appeared in 38 major league games over two seasons with Seattle.

The Twins also have outrighted outfielder Aaron Whitefield from the 40-man roster. He has cleared waivers and has been sent back to St. Paul. He appeared in three games with the Twins as a reserve, going hitless in one at official at bat.

That leaves the Twins' player pool at 59.

The Twins begin a three-game series at Miller Park on Monday night.

Berrios tries to stave off Twins' unexpected sweep in Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There was nothing but sunshine and heat, mid-90s by gametime, in today’s Kansas City forecast. But morning showers have cooled things off, and it should be in the mid-80s when the Twins face the Royals today.

    The rain also has pushed first pitch back to 1:30 p.m. CDT.

    The forecast was for a Twins series victory here, too, given that they are in first place and the Royals in last, but those predictions have been as accurate as the weathermen. Instead, the Twins are trying to stave off a sweep in Kauffman Stadium, something that hasn’t happened since July 20-22, 2018.

    Jose Berrios will pitch for the Twins, and he’ll face K.C. rookie righthander Brady Singer, whose 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings rate is among the top five in MLB.

    Jorge Polanco is back in the lineup after taking Saturday off for the Twins, who depart for Milwaukee immediately after today’s game.

    The Twins made a roster move before the game, optioning Sean Poppen, who threw 66 pitches over three innings Friday and Saturday, to their St. Paul camp. They added eight-year veteran righthander Cory Gearrin, who will be playing for his seventh MLB team.

    Here are the lineups for today’s game:



Kepler RF

Polanco SS

Cruz DH

Rosario LF

Gonzalez 3B

Sano 1B

Arraez 2B

Buxton CF

Avila C


Berrios RHP




Merrifield CF

Soler RF

Perez DH

Dozier 1B

Mondesi SS

Gordon LF

Franco 3B

Lopez 2B

Gallagher C


Singer RHP

7:10 PM (FSN)
Minnesota 10-6
Milwaukee 6-7