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Up to five homers
Kepler went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's 9-6 loss to the Royals.
Smacks solo homer
Cruz went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's 9-6 loss to the Royals.
Three innings in season debut
Odorizzi allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out two over three innings in a no-decision against the Royals on Saturday.
Could return next weekend
Limited workload expected Saturday
Returns to lineup
Officially activated by Twins
Second straight game with homer
Buxton went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Royals.
Gives up two runs in Kansas City
Smeltzer allowed two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out two over 4.1 innings in a no-decision against the Royals on Friday.
Hasn't resumed throwing
Battling minor knee soreness
Placed on injured list
Not in Friday's lineup
Sits again Friday
Still not starting
Long ball ruins effort
Maeda allowed three earned runs on on three hits and one walk while striking out four across six innings Thursday against the Pirates. He did not factor into the decision.
Blows save chance
Rogers (1-1) recorded only one out but surrendered three hits and two earned runs to blow the save and take the loss Thursday against the Pirates.
Slugs first homer
Buxton went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Thursday against the Pirates.
Productive day at plate
Rosario went 1-for-2 with a solo home run, two walks and two runs scored Thursday against the Pirates.
Records three-run homer
Sano went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run Thursday against the Pirates.
On tap for Friday's start
Bypassed for weekend start
Thorpe doesn't appear in line to make a start during this weekend's series in Kansas City, with the Twins listing Devin Smeltzer and Jake Odorizzi (back) as their starters for games Friday and Saturday, respectively, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Set to stay in rotation
Dobnak will remain in the Minnesota starting rotation, manager Rocco Baldelli told Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com. "We'll be ready for pretty much anything, but I don't think there's any reason right now to think [Dobnak] is going to come out of the rotation any time in the near future," said Baldelli.
Lineup removal not injury-related