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It was a full team effort for the Twins in Saturday’s night’s 7-3 win, helping them vanquish the Toronto Blue Jays for the second consecutive night.
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Kepler was activated from the injured list on Saturday after his pain turned from unbearable to manageable and the Twins sent Mark Contreras down as the corresponding move.
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The wild win came after the Twins were unable to capitalize on leadoff doubles in both the seventh and eighth innings, leaving the door open for the Blue Jays to get back into the game.
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“There are decisions that have to be made,” Baldelli said. “This was one of them that was really hard. It took some time and some contemplation ..."

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“As soon as I landed, I kind of felt like this was where I needed to be,” Mahle said.
The amateur baseball playoffs resume this weekend in Kensington.
Starbuck pushed across a run in the bottom of the seventh to make things close, but NL-S pitcher Rylan Shimek was too much in a 7-inning three-hitter.
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The Padres also had a season-high seven extra-base hits.
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The Twins traded the reliever to San Diego a day before the season started, receiving starter Chris Paddack, who has subsequently had Tommy John surgery, and reliever Emilio Págan in return.
Upgrades are in the works at Knute Nelson Memorial Park, Dean Melton/Fillmore Park and 14 school district fields, including the Alexandria High School Softball Complex.

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The clinic for boys and girls ages 6-12 is set for Aug. 7, and participants must pre-register at www.playballmn.com.
Alexandria took the 13AAA championship with a 13-1 win over Hawley in the final game.
The Alexandria Black Sox will try to defend their title from 2021 as they open up against Long Prairie on Saturday at 5 p.m. in Kensington.

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