Minnesota Twins defeat Cleveland Indians, 11-3

For years, Twins players have pulled for Jason Kubel to have a breakthrough season -- and break out of his quiet shell.

This looks like the year.

"It's fun to watch him mature as a hitter and a person in the clubhouse,'' the loquacious Michael Cuddyer said. "A little more outgoing and talkative. It wasn't hard to be a little more talkative.''

Cuddyer, while announcing the Twins lineup for national television two years ago, got to Kubel and sarcastically called him...

The Twins headed West on Thursday with lots of problems stuffed into the overhead bins -- a losing record, an iffy bullpen and half a lineup that might as well be swinging Wiffle bats.

There are days, though, when we should celebrate what the Twins have rather than lament what they lack, and Thursday afternoon the first four players in their batting order demonstrated just how well this franchise has drafted and developed young players, and just how thin the line betwee...

Jason Kubel, who hit two home runs Thursday in the Twins' 11-3 victory over Cleveland, is one reason the club has 62 home runs in 55 games this year compared with 33 in the same number of games last season.

Kubel's previous multi-homer game was April 25 in Cleveland, when he hit two. His other five home runs have all come at home against righthanded pitchers. This was also the third time in which he has collected at least six RBI. The other two times came against the Wh...

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has been patient with Delmon Young, but the outfielder entered Thursday batting .231 with a .265 slugging percentage.

Young was away from the team May 15-24 to be with his family when his mother took ill and passed away. Gardenhire has been sensitive to the situation, but Young continues to struggle while Carlos Gomez, although unpredictable at the plate, gives the Twins an elite defensive outfielder.

"He's been through a lot,'' Gardenhir...