3:52 AM EDT, Thu May 28, 2015

Twinsights: Brian Duensing and his unspeakably rotten luck

PITTSBURGH --Twins reliever Brian Duensing isn’t one to feel sorry for himself, but even he realizes fortune hasn’t exactly smiled upon him so far this season. In addition to a 10.57 earned run average and nine-inning walk rate of 7.04, the veteran left-hander had seen his BABIP (batting average on balls in play) soar to an unthinkable .467. That was the third-highest in the majors for all pitchers with at least seven innings of work. Duensing, whose career mark is .309 and who enjoyed a .272 BABIP last season, smiled when asked if he could remember the last “at-em ball” […] The...
Twinkie Town May 14, 2015

Tigers break out in a big way, demolish Twins 13-1

Well that was ugly. We're not going to waste your time here. Mike Pelfrey was terrible from the word "go," granting the Tigers a 3-0 lead in the first. He'd go on to allow two more runs and wouldn't get through the fifth inning. The bullpen was asked to pick up the slack, but they didn't do a great job. Brian Duensing was charged with three runs in two-thirds of an inning, and Ryan Pressly got the last two outs of the sixth as the Twins' only pitching bright spot of the day. Poor J.R. Graham was left to get through the last six outs and was taken deep by both Miguel Cabrera and Bryan...
Twinkie Town May 2, 2015

Twins activate Nolasco, Duensing, option Milone, Thielbar to Triple-A

Flurry of roster moves shuffles Minnesota's pitching staff. On Friday afternoon the Twins placed Tim Stauffer on the disabled list with an intercostal strain. It's the same issue that put Brian Duensing on the shelf, and oddly enough these are the only two times I've ever heard of this injury, but we knew that the club was facing a decision or two with their pitching staff that might be forced. Perhaps this wasn't a forced change, as Ryan Pressly was immediately recalled to take Stauffer's place instead of keeping the roster spot open for one of the other returning pitchers, but that's...
Twinkie Town May 1, 2015

Twins injury updates: Hughes, Schafer, Duensing, Nolasco

The Twins are battling a few injuries. Here's the latest. Casey Fien's right shoulder strain dropped him on the disabled list yesterday officially, and Michael Tonkin made his 2015 Twins debut last night. It was just one pitch, but Tonkin got his out and got the Twins out of the eighth inning. In eight games for the Red Wings this season Tonkin had converted five saves, striking out ten and walking two in 7.1 innings with a 2.45 ERA. In 85 career innings at Triple-A, Tonkin owns a 3.39 ERA with 92 strikeouts in 85 innings. It will be interesting to see if the Twins find a way to keep him...
St. Paul Pioneer Press Apr 30, 2015
Twins: Brian Duensing expected to return Saturday

Twins: Brian Duensing expected to return Saturday

Left-handed reliever Brian Duensing (right intercostal) remains on track to come off the 15-day disabled list Saturday after throwing a two-inning, 30-pitch simulated game on Thursday afternoon.

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