Dustin Ackley smacked a three-run homer to back a solid outing from Hisashi Iwakuma, as the Mariners topped the Twins, 5-2. Ryan Doumit and Ben Revere plated a run each for the Twins, who have dropped seven-of-eight. Scott Diamond allowed all five runs in seven innings of work as he fell to 10-and-6. The Twins send Samuel Deduno to the mound tonight against Jason Vargas in the third contest of four. Coverage begins at 6:40pm on 860 AM KNUJ and SAM 107.3.
The Midsummer Classic is coming to Minneapolis. The “Star-Tribune” reports the Minnesota Twins will host the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Target Field. An official announcement by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig [[ SEE-lig ]] is expected today. It would be the first All-Star Game in the Twin Cities since 1985 at the Metrodome. The Twins moved outside to Target Field in 2010. Next year’s All-Star Game is at Citi Field in New York.
All-Star catcher Joe Mauer’s days in Minnesota could be numbered. FOX Sports reports the 29-year-old was placed on trade waivers Tuesday by the Twins. Mauer has about $142.5-million remaining on his contract, which includes $138-million from 2013 through 2018. He’s also spent time as the Twins’ designated hitter and first baseman this season. Mauer’s contract includes a full no-trade clause, so any deal made would need his approval. Any team that makes a claim on Mauer must do so by 1 p.m. Eastern today.