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19 Kennys Vargas DH
Height/Weight: 6-5/289 | Birthdate: 8/1/1990 | Birthplace: Canovanas, Puerto Rico | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Minnesota | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 20/3 | Average Draft Position: 223.86
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Twins to activate Eduardo Nunez on Tuesday, option Kennys Vargas


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) The Twins are expected to activate Eduardo Nunez from the disabled list on Tuesday and option Kennys Vargas to Triple-A, according to MLB.com. The team later confirmed the report.

Nunez has been on the 15-day DL with an oblique injury, but has taken batting practice as recently as Sunday. He was hitting .409 with two RBI in 22 at-bats before going on the DL.

Vargas has slowed down after his hot start. He is hitting .250 with 10 RBI in 104 at-bats this season. 

"He needs to go down there and work on his game," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "Trying to take the pressure off him. It's not unusual for a guy to have to do that at some juncture. So it's best for him in the short-term."

Molitor wants Vargas to take the opportunity to work on his confidence at the plate.

"I think more than mechanics right now, it's more about what's in his head when he gets into the batter's box," Molitor said. "You have a guy who can be a valuable part of the middle of your lineup and can be a run producer, but through 100 at-bats it really hasn't happened for him so I think the best thing for him is to go down there and try to find a groove and relax a little bit and hopefully play better."


Twins' Kennys Vargas out of lineup again Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Twins designated hitter Kennys Vargas is out of the lineup for a second straight game on Sunday.

"I think it's good for him to back off a little bit now and then," manager Paul Molitor said before the game, per the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "We've been doing that. I'm sure it's tough for him. Try to let him know to keep working and your name is going to be called at some point and come back and hopefully he can contribute."

Vargas has picked things up offensively in May, going 15 for 40 with two home runs and six RBI after ending April with a .172/.232/.234 line. However, he's also struck out five times in his last three games.


Twins shuffle Hicks, Escobar, Rosario on Wednesday with Vargas out


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) The Twins gave slugger Kennys Vargas the night off Wednesday night against the Tigers, per MLB.com.

With Vargas out of the lineup for the second time since Sunday, the club moved Eddie Rosario to left field, Aaron Hicks to center and moved Eduardo Escobar to designated hitter.

Minnesota is considered an underdog (+121) against left-hander Kyle Lobstein and the Tigers. The current Twins roster is hitting .348 (8 for 23) against the Southpaw.


Twins DH Kennys Vargas returns to the starting lineup on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/12/2015) Twins slugger Kennys Vargas is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Tigers. Vargas was given the day off on Sunday, though he is starting to emerge from his season-long slump at the plate.

Vargas, who will be the designated hitter and bat sixth in the order, owns a batting line of .414/.452/.621 in eight games this month. The hot streak has brought his season batting average to .247, to go along with his three home runs and 10 RBI. 

Torii Hunter, who was the DH on Sunday, is back in right field on Tuesday, while youngster Eddie Rosario gets the day off. 


Kennys Vargas out of Twins lineup on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Twins designated hitter Kennys Vargas wasn't in the team's starting lineup for Sunday's game at Cleveland.

Torii Hunter moved from right field to replace Vargas at DH. It's his fourth start of the year there. Eddie Rosario replaces Hunter in right, batting seventh in the order. It's his third start in right this season.

The Twins are +145 money-line underdogs on the road. 


Twins 1B Joe Mauer gets first day off of 2015 on Thursday vs. A's


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/7/2015) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer received his first day off this year, as he was held out of Thursday's starting lineup against the A's. Mauer, whose last day off came on September 24, is sporting a .287 batting average this season but has yet to record his first home run of 2015.

Kennys Vargas took over at first base on Thursday, while Torii Hunter was the team's designated hitter on Thursday.

Twins manager Paul Molitor said he'd been looking for a chance to give Mauer a rest, according to the Star Tribune.


Twins 1B Kennys Vargas hits homer against A's


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas connected on a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning of Wednesday night's 13-0 win over the Athletics. 

Vargas' shot drove in Danny Santana and Doug Bernier. It was his lone at-bat of the game after entering the game in the top half of the eighth. Vargas is now hitting .222/.267/.346 for the season. 


Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas cracks second home run


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas went 2 for 5 at the plate in Minnesota's 13-3 win over the White Sox on Sunday.

Vargas did his damage in the sixth inning when he hit a lead off home run over the center field wall off of Zach Putnam, his second of the year. Vargas boosted his average to .208 with five RBI in 72 at-bats this season.


Joe Mauer, Kennys Vargas switch positions for Twins


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) For the fourth time this season, Joe Mauer and Kennys Vargas will switch positions to give Mauer a day off from the field. 

Mauer will play designated hitter for the Twins in Sunday's game, while Vargas will play first base. It's the second time in five games and third in the last nine that the two players have flip-flopped positions. 


Twins' Arcia returns to lineup, Hunter to DH Saturday vs. White Sox


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia returned to the lineup for Saturday's game against the White Sox. Arcia, who had been held out of the lineup each of the last two games, was batting seventh and playing right field. 

Torii Hunter was moved to designated hitter on Saturday as Kennys Vargas was given the day off. Arcia is currenlty riding a four-game hit streak, entering play on Saturday. 


Twins' Kennys Vargas returns from three-game absence


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Twins' Kennys Vargas returned to the starting lineup at first base Wednesday afternoon against Detroit. Vargas is mired in a 2-for-28 slump and was held out of the lineup the past three games. He is hitting just .161 with a home run in 56 at-bats this season.

Twins DH Kennys Vargas expected back in the lineup Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Twins designated hitter Kennys Vargas is expected to be back in the lineup Wednesday after getting a third day off Tuesday, according to 1500 ESPN.

Vargas has been out of the lineup since Sunday, with Eduardo Nunez taking over the DH role. Vargas has been in a bit of a slump and manager Paul Molitor has been pushing for Vargas to work on his pitch recognition. He is hitting just .161 with a home run in 56 at-bats this season.


Kurt Suzuki, Torii Hunter, Kennys Vargas out of Twins lineup on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Catcher Kurt Suzuki, DH Kennys Vargas and right fielder Torii Hunter were not included in the Twins' Sunday lineup. 

Suzuki was replaced by Chris Herrmann, who started his fourth game at catcher, batting eighth.

Oswaldo Arcia moved over from left to replace Hunter. Eduardo Escobar picked up his fourth start of the year in left, batting sixth.  

Eduardo Nunez played Dh for the first time this year, batting fifth. 


Joe Mauer to DH for Twins, Kennys Vargas at first


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Joe Mauer and Kennys Vargas swapped positions for the Twins on Saturday. Mauer, who has started 14 of the team's 16 games at first base, will play designated hitter. Vargas, who has been the DH for 13 games, will play first. 

It's the second start at first base this season for Vargas and Mauer's third time at DH. 

The Twins are +145 money line underdogs at Seattle. 


Twins DH Kennys Vargas working to break out of early slump


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Twins designated hitter Kennys Vargas has yet to find a rhythm at the plate this season. Vargas is hitting just .186 with one home run and three RBI in 43 at-bats this season. Manager Paul Molitor thinks Vargas is pressing too much at the plate, according to MLB.com

"He's really hungry to get consistent, but if I have any fears for him it's that he hits too much," Molitor said. "Whenever we hit extra, he's always in the cage. He's trying to always repeat swings to take it into the game. He's a strong enough man to handle, but when you talk about over the course of the year, it's going to add up for him. So we might have to back him off."


Twins' Kennys Vargas, Shane Robinson back in the lineup Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Twins designated hitter Kennys Vargas and center fielder Shane Robinson are back in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Royals, the team announced.

Vargas has started 11 of the Twins' 13 games this season at DH and is hitting .200 with one home run and three RBI in 40 at-bats. Robinson has made five starts in center and is hitting .368 with three RBI in 19 at-bats.

The Twins are currently the underdogs (+142) against Kansas City.


Twins 1B Vargas raises eyebrows with Thursday blast


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas didn't just hit a home run Thursday against Kansas City. He sent a missile off the facade of the second deck.

The baseball left the yard in quite a hurry and tied a game Minnesota eventually won. The homer gave his team momentum, but it also opened a few eyes.

"It was fast, yeah," Vargas told ESPN about the speed in which the ball rocketed out. "The first base coach, he told me, like, 'Wow! I've never seen that.'"

Vargas added a single to raise his batting average to .250 on the year.


Twins' Vargas, Plouffe have good track record vs. Indians' Kluber


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) When the Twins and Indians open a three-game series Friday, Cleveland will be sending ace Corey Kluber to the mound. Twins DH Kennys Vargas and third baseman Trevor Plouffe have fairly good history against the 2014 AL Cy Young award winner.

Vargas went 4 for 11 (.364) with one double, one home run and two RBI against Kluber last season, while Plouffe is batting .360 (9 for 25) with one double, two home runs and seven RBI in his career against Kluber.

Kluber is 4-2 with a 4.01 ERA in 10 career starts against the Twins. He went 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in three starts against the AL Central foe last season and is 2-1 with a 4.66 ERA in five starts at Target Field.


Twins' Vargas, Santana tweaking swings from both sides of plate


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Twins switch hitters Kennys Vargas and Danny Santana are both working to calibrate their swings from both sides on a daily basis, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Wednesday. 

"I never feel 100 percent from both sides of the plate," said Vargas. "When my right side is good, my left is like 50 percent. It's never the same. I try to maintain both swings, but it's tough."

Vargas is hitting .400 (4 for 10) against left-handers and .091 (1 for 11) against right-handers this season. Santana is batting .250 (3 for 12) against right-handers and .167 (2 for 12) against southpaws.

"I never feel good from both sides," Santana said. "It's always better from one side than the other. Never the same."


Twins' Oswaldo Arcia, Kennys Vargas out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia and designated hitter Kennys Vargas are not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against lefty Chris Sale and the White Sox.

The team is going righty-heavy against Sale, with Joe Mauer, who is serving as the team's designated hitter Sunday, the only lefty in the lineup. Third baseman Trevor Plouffe moves across the diamond to play first base, while Eduardo Escobar and Eduardo Nunez enter the lineup in place of Arcia and Vargas.

The Twins are underdogs (+135) against the White Sox Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Twins lineup set for Opening Day


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor posted the team's starting lineup for Monday's Opening Day game against the Tigers.

The Twins will face LHP David Price with the following lineup: 

Danny Santana SS, Brian Dozier 2B, Joe Mauer 1B, Torii Hunter RF, Kennys Vargas DH, Trevor Plouffe 3B, Oswaldo Arcia LF, Kurt Suzuki C, Jordan Schafer CF. Phil Hughes will be the starting pitcher.


Twins Kennys Vargas wants to be all-around player


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Twins designated hitter Kennys Vargas is trying to work on his all-around game, according to Twincities.com.

Manager Paul Molitor recognizes the power that Vargas has at the plate, but wants him to work on his swing-path.

"We all know he can hit them extremely far," Molitor said, "but that's part of the swing-path things we're working on with him so he doesn't come around the ball too much. He didn't keep it fair that much, but he did."

Although Vargas is currently the team's designated hitter, Molitor wants to be sure he is ready to play first base behind Joe Mauer.

"I don't want him to get comfortable with that idea," Molitor said. "We all know that's probably a role that he would most likely fill than any other. We're trying to be creative with ways to keep him sharp defensively. I've been putting him out there as much as I can."

Molitor also recognizes that Vargas is improving as a fielder.

"He's obviously better," he said. "I've seen Kennys for a lot of years over on the other side. He's put the time in, but he's not overly mobile and he needs to build his stamina where he can play defense for 150-200 pitches a game."


Twins' Kennys Vargas already training at team's ST complex


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2015) Twins designated hitter Kennys Vargas is already training at the team's spring-training complex in Fort Myers, Fla., despite the fact that position players aren't required to report until Feb. 27, MLB.com reports.

"I'm prepared," Vargas said. "I'm going to Spring Training to compete. I'm going to compete to be the DH and the backup to [Joe] Mauer. So I'm excited for that. I have to take advantage of the opportunity the Twins give me and do my job."

Vargas has been committed to his conditioning this offseason while working to improve his agility in order to improve his defense at first base. He is aiming to follow up a quality debut in 2014 with a better campaign in 2015.

"I'm focused on this year," Vargas said. "I want to do the same work I did last year, but I always try to go for more. Every year, I learn a little bit more. I want to help us win more games than last year."

Vargas hit .274/.316/.456 with nine home runs and 38 RBI in 215 at-bats with the Twins in 2014 while finishing with a .281/.360/.472 line and 17 home runs in 356 at-bats at the Double-A level.


Kennys Vargas blasts ninth home run Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Twins desginated hitter Kennys Vargas went 2 for 5 with a solo home run in his team's 5-4 win over the Indians Friday.

Vargas has homered twice in his last three games while delivering six hits in 14 at-bats. On the negative side, he added three strikeouts to his two hits Friday. Vargas owns a .295/.310/.495 with nine home runs and 37 RBI in 190 at-bats.


Kennys Vargas homers in second straight game Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) Twins designated hitter Kennys Vargas went 2 for 5 with a home run and three RBI in his team's 11-4 win over the White Sox Wednesday.

Vargas has been on a roll recently, homering in back-to-back games while going 9 for 26 over his current six-game hitting streak. He grabbed an RBI on a fifth-inning single before smacking a two-run home run one inning later. Vargas has hit .319/.340/.511 with six home runs and 31 RBI in 135 at-bats. Despite the high rate stats, he still owns an ugly 37:4 K:BB ratio.