Twins notebook: Ramirez, Deduno updates; Dozier ties team HR record
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Thursday's game saw manager Ron Gardenhire get tossed early as the Royals swept the Twins.
Here are a few other notebook items from Thursday's game:
* Brian Dozier's sixth inning home run off Bruce Chen was his 14th of the season, tying him with Tim Teufel (1984) and Rod Carew (1975) for the most by a Twins second baseman in club history. It was also the 20th of his career.
* Former Twin Scott Baker had his finest rehab outing today versus Twins Low-A affiliate Cedar Rapids Wednesday evening, tossing five innings of one-hit shutout baseball to defeat the Kernels. Baker fanned two, and ran his season ERA down to 6.00. Baker, who is on a one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Cubs, hasn't pitched in the major leagues in 23 months.
Kernels starter Jose Berrios was roughed up for five runs in as many innings, running his season ERA to 3.99.
* The Twins have now scored just one run in four consecutive games.
* Outfielder Wilkin Ramirez left the game in the fifth after fouling a ball off his shin. The injury was diagnosed as a left shin contusion, and he's day-to-day. Starter Samuel Deduno left the game with right shoulder soreness after just three innings pitched.
Deduno had complained of shoulder soreness after his last home start, so that will be a situation worth monitoring as his workload piles up (124.2 innings and counting)
Keep an eye out for a roster move, as the Twins can't go into a road trip with just one bench option.
* Alex Meyer is slated to make his second start since returning from shoulder woes for Double-A New Britain. Last time out, Meyer fanned five in as many innings to get the win, while reportedly reaching 100 mph on the radar gun. Meyer can do a lot down the stretch run and in the Arizona Fall League to stake his claim to a rotation spot before spring training rolls around in 2014.