Mets assistant general manager John Ricco is no longer being considered for the president of baseball operations job with the Minnesota Twins, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. It was reported earlier this month that Minnesota had interest in Ricco. However, as of last week, the Twins had not yet asked the Mets permission to speak to Ricco, according to La Velle Neal III of the Star Tribune. Minnesota, which Neal says is looking for someone with an analytics background, has also reportedly looked at other candidates, none with GM experience. Ricco joined the Mets organization in 2004 and has been assistant GM since 2006.
Second baseman Ian Kinsler said he felt good this afternoon and was ready to play again for the Detroit Tigers. Kinsler returned to the lineup after missing the previous three games with concussion-like symptoms. He was hit in the head by a fastball from Trevor Bauer of the Cleveland Indians on Sunday in Cleveland. Kinsler was back batting leadoff and starting at second base tonight for the first of three games against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. • Verlander defends Fulmer, spars with writer on Twitter “We were fortunate to be able to win three games in Minnesota without one of our better players,” said manager Brad Ausmus. “We certainly want him back in there. He was cleared this
Don't tell the Seattle Mariners that they've got too big a hill to climb to make the postseason. While many around the league were scoreboard-watching, the Mariners did some scoreboard-filling, posting a six-run seventh inning to open their three-game visit to Minnesota decisively, and blasting past the struggling Twins 10-1 on Friday. Robinson Cano went 4-for-5, scored twice and had a pair of RBIs for Seattle, which remained two games behind Detroit for the final wild-card spot in the American League Wild Card after winning for the third time in five games. Left-hander James Paxton (5-7) went seven innings for the Mariners, allowing one run, five hits and striking out nine Twins for his first win since Aug. 7.