Andrew Albers threw his first career shutout in just his second big league start as the Minnesota Twins blanked the Cleveland Indians, 3-0, in the opener of a three-game set at Target Field. Albers (2-0), who pitched 8 1/3 shutout innings in his debut on August 6th, gave up a pair of hits and struck out two without issuing a walk. Albers became the first Twins pitcher to start a career with 17 1/3 scoreless frames. Trevor Plouffe hit a two-run homer and Brian Dozier added a solo shot for Minnesota, winners in four of their last five games. Game two coverage begins at 6:40pm on 860 AM KNUJ and SAM 107.3.
Twins Reinstate Ramirez
The Minnesota Twins announced yesterday that they have returned Wilkin Ramirez from his rehab assignment and reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list. Ramirez appeared in 14 combined rehab games for Double-A New Britain, Single-A Ft. Myers and the Gulf Coast League Twins. He went a combined 9-for-49 (.184). Originally placed on the 15-day disabled list May 26th with a concussion, Ramirez missed the Twins last 69 games.