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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%: 9/1 | Average Draft Position: 224.06
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Twins 1B Kennys Vargas struggling at Double-A


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/16/2015) Twins young slugger Kennys Vargas has struggled with the bat since being demoted to Double-A Chattanooga on July 1. In 13 games for the Lookouts, Vargas is batting just .209 (9 for 43) with one home run and seven RBI. 

Vargas has had two stays with the big club, but he owns a .245./277/.365 line with five homers and 48 strikeouts in 47 games with the Twins this season. 


Twins option 1B Kennys Vargas to Double-A on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/1/2015) The Twins have optioned first baseman Kennys Vargas to Double-A Chattanooga following Wednesday's loss to the Reds, according to MLB.com. Vargas started on Wednesday and went 1 for 3 with a single and a strikeout.

Vargas has struggled all season, and was demoted to Triple-A earlier this season. He made his return to the majors on June 8, but hit just .240 (13 for 54) with two home runs and 17 strikeouts. 

"I’m sure he’s not a happy gentleman right now but it’s probably the right thing for him to do," manager Paul Molitor said, per the Pioneer Press. "He's had a couple moments since he’s been back. He needs to go down there and get back to hitting."

The Twins are expected to announce a corresponding roster move on Thursday.


Twins DH Kennys Vargas goes 4 for 4 in Monday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2015) Twins designated hitter Kennys Vargas was a perfect 4 for 4 at the plate to help lead the Twins to a 13-2 win over the White Sox on Monday.

Vargas drove in three runs when he hit a three-run home run off John Danks in the sixth inning. He finished the game with two runs scored and four RBI.

Prior to his four-hit game Monday, Vargas was hitting .167 with one home run and one RBI in his last 11 games.


Joe Mauer gets day off from field, Kennys Vargas to first for Twins


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2015) The Twins will give first baseman Joe Mauer a day off from the field on Saturday. 

Mauer and Kennys Vargas will swap positions for the seventh time this year and second in the last three games. Vargas will play first and Mauer will DH. 


Twins' Kennys Vargas hits game-winning homer vs. Cardinals


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Thursday's 2-1 win over the Cardinals. 

Vargas took a 1-1 pitch deep to right field to break the tie. It was Vargas' fourth home run of the season. Vargas finished day 2 for 4 and also had a single. His day broke a four-game hitless streak. 

Vargas is now hitting .235/.273/.348 for the season. 


Joe Mauer, Kennys Vargas swap positions for Twins


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2015) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer will get a break from playing the field on Saturday. 

Mauer will play designated hitter for the seventh time this season and first time since May 14.

Mauer swaps places with Kennys Vargas, who moves from DH to first base. It's also Vargas' seventh start at the position and first since May 14.  


Kennys Vargas in lineup for Twins on Monday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2015) The Twins are wasting no time getting Kennys Vargas back in the lineup after promoting him from Triple-A on Sunday. He is set to start at designated hitter Monday against Kansas City.

Vargas, who will bat fifth, returns with a slash line of .248/.295/.362.


Twins recall Kennys Vargas from Triple-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) The Twins recalled first baseman Kennys Vargas from Triple-A Rochester following Sunday's game, MLB.com reports.

Vargas struggled to a .248/.295/.362 line with three homers and 10 RBI earlier this season before being sent down to Rochester to try and awaken his bat. He has responded nicely, hitting .327/.414/.551 with three home runs and eight RBI in 49 at-bats.

Vargas is taking the roster spot of shortstop Danny Santana, who was sent down to Rochester in a corresponding move.


Twins DH Kennys Vargas thriving since demotion to Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Twins DH Kennys Vargas has been crushing the baseball following his demotion to Triple-A Rochester. Vargas homered for the third time in six games Monday.

He has a .409/.458/.864/1.322 slash line since joining the Rochester lineup. He has hit safely in all but one game. He also has one double, two walks, five strikeouts, six walks and six runs.

Vargas was demoted to the minors last week after batting .248 with three home runs, 10 RBI and 30 strikeouts in 29 games for Minnesota.


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.