by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (12:43 am ET) Twins closer Glen Perkins was unable to hang on to a late lead as he suffered his first blown save of the season Tuesday night at Atlanta.
Perkins, who entered the game in the ninth inning with a one-run lead, surrendered a two-out home run to Evan Gattis, which took the game to extras. He struck out two and allowed one run on one hit over one inning of work in a 5-4 defeat.
Perkins has allowed four runs over his last 11 2/3 innings of work. He is 8 of 9 in save chances this season.
Glen Perkins back on mound for Twins
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) Twins reliever Glen Perkins returned to action Wednesday for the first time since saving his eighth game of the season on May 9 at Boston. Perkins, who had been out with a side injury, pitched an inning during a loss to the White Sox.
Perkins gave up a hit and struck out a batter in a scoreless ninth inning. He threw 16 pitches and 14 went for strikes. His ERA is 3.29. Perkins is returning to the closer role for Minnesota and has gone 8 for 8 in save situations this season.
Perkins hasn't pitched since May 9 because of the injury. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Perkins will likely get an inning regardless of the score due to the layoff.
Glen Perkins cleared to return
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (5/12/2013) Twins reliever Glen Perkins has been cleared to return to the bullpen after missing two games with left side soreness, MLB.com reports.
Perkins, a lefty, was first bothered by the issue Thursday night against Boston. Expect him to return to the closer's role, where he has eight saves in as many chances.
Glen Perkins trying to stay loose
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/11/2013) Twins pitcher Glen Perkins played catch prior to Saturday's game against the Orioles, but was unavailable for the second consecutive night due to lingering soreness in his left side, MLB.com reports. Perkins, who has eight saves this season, said he first experienced the discomfort while pitching Thursday against Boston.
"He doesn't want to sit around and not throw for a few days, but he's not available," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. Perkins is considered day to day.
Glen Perkins unavailable with soreness on left side
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/10/2013) Twins closer Glen Perkins is unavailable Friday night due to soreness on his left side, MLB.com reports. He has a 3.55 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 20 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings this season while recording eight saves.
Jared Burton seems likely to handle a save chance should one arise.
Glen Perkins saves No. 8
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/10/2013) Twins closer Glen Perkins had little trouble closing out a 5-3 win over the Red Sox Thursday. Perkins walked the leadoff hitter before striking out the next two and inducing a groundball to first to end the game.
Perkins is perfect in eight save chances, with a 3.55 ERA. He has 20 strikeouts and five walks in 12 2/3 innings of work.
Glen Perkins picks up save despite homer
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (5/5/2013) Twins reliever Glen Perkins worked around a home run to pick up his seventh save Sunday against Cleveland.
Perkins allowed a home run to Carlos Santana, the league leader in slugging percentage. Although Perkins has an ugly 4.22 ERA, his peripherals are solid so far -- even including Sunday's home run. He owns a 2.34 FIP boosted by a stellar 16-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 10 2/3 innings.
Glen Perkins sees ERA go up
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/27/2013) Twins closer Glen Perkins made his first appearance since Tuesday on Saturday against the Rangers. He came on in the ninth inning with a seven-run lead and walked the first two batters. Then after recording two outs, he surrendered a two-run double to Mitch Moreland.
Perkins, who struck out two, made it through the frame further unscathed to secure a 7-2 win. His ERA rose from 2.35 to 4.15.
Glen Perkins dominates Marlins
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/23/2013) Twins closer Glen Perkins earned his sixth save Tuesday.
Perkins worked a perfect ninth inning, striking out the side. He's 6 for 6 in save chances. The Twins will play a double-header Tuesday, so Perkins may not be available to pitch in the second game.
Glen Perkins records fifth save
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/21/2013) Twins reliever Glen Perkins recorded his fifth save with a clean inning Sunday against the White Sox.
Perkins struck out two and lowered his ERA to 2.70. He has eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings and now has three appearances with multiple strikeouts.
Glen Perkins earns save in extras
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/20/2013) Twins closer Glen Perkins entered Saturday's game against the White Sox in the 10th inning with a one-run lead. The left-hander worked his way around a one-out walk to make it through unscathed and secure the 2-1 win.
Perkins also struck out two to earn his fourth save. He is 4 for 4 in save chances.
Glen Perkins picks up two-out save
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/17/2013) Twins closer Glen Perkins secured a two-out save during Tuesday's contest against the Angels.
The left-hander entered the game in the ninth with a four-run lead and allowed a two-run double to Mike Trout to cut the deficit in half. The runs were charged to Anthony Swarzak. Perkins forced Albert Pujols to ground out to secure an 8-6 victory and his third save.
Perkins has a 3.86 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP through his first five appearances.
Glen Perkins notches save No. 1
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/6/2013) Twins closer Glen Perkins picked up his first save of the season during Saturday's contest against the Orioles.
Perkins entered the game in the ninth inning with a one-run lead. He needed just 12 pitches to close out a perfect inning and a 6-5 victory. The left-hander did not issue a walk or strike out a batter. He has gone 1-2-3 in each of his first two outings of the season.
Glen Perkins a winner in walk-off victory
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/3/2013) Twins closer Glen Perkins was given some work Wednesday in the second game of the season against the Tigers. Perkins did not pitch in the opener as Detroit won the game.
Perkins was not pitching in a save situation Wednesday with the Twins down 2-1. He went 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth inning with a strikeout. Perkins needed just 10 pitches and seven went for strikes.
Minnesota came back on the Tigers in the bottom of the ninth to win in walk-off fashion and Perkins ended up pulling the winning decision.
The Minnesota closer converted 16 of 20 save chances last year and is now 1-0 on the 2013 season.
Glen Perkins extends scoreless streak
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (3/26/2013) Twins closer Glen Perkins had another solid Grapefruit League outing on Tuesday against the Orioles. He gave up one hit over a scoreless inning of work. The left-hander also struck out one.
Perkins, who converted 16 of 20 save chances last season, has yet to allow a run through 5 1/3 innings pitched this spring while striking out seven.
Perkins gives up a run
(3/10/2013) Twins closer Glen Perkins pitched for Team USA in Sunday's World Baseball Classic matchup against Canada. He came on in the sixth and allowed one run on two hits over his inning of work. Perkins also struck out two and walked one while throwing 20 pitches, 15 for strikes.
Perkins scoreless in USA appearance
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/5/2013) Minnesota closer Glen Perkins took the mound for Team USA on Tuesday during a scrimmage with the White Sox. Perkins pitched the sixth inning and surrendered two base hits but no runs. He struck out one batter in the performance. Perkins had previously made three Grapefruit League appearances with the Twins and had allowed just three hits over 3 1/3 scoreless innings with five strikeouts.
Perkins looks good against Phils
(2/27/2013) Twins closer Glen Perkins made a relief appearance in the team's game against the Phillies on Wednesday, allowing no runs on one hit in 1 1/3 innings pitched. He struck out one batter.
Perkins closer to coveted role
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (2/24/2013) Twins pitcher Glen Perkins surrendered two hits in a scoreless inning of relief during his first appearance of the spring in Minnesota's 10-7 loss to Tampa Bay in Grapefruit League play Sunday. Perkins replaced starter Liam Hendricks in the third inning and also fanned two of the five batters he faced. "That good slider to [Sean Rodriguez], that was the one I wanted to see," Perkins told reporters. "That slider was in the dirt, so I know it has good bite. It's coming along good." The veteran left-hander made a career-high 70 appearances for the Twins last season and tallied a 3-1 record and 16 saves.
Perkins with closer mentality
(2/12/2013)Glen Perkins became the closer for the Twins last season with Matt Capps injured for much of the year and saved 16 games while posting a 2.56 ERA in 70 appearances. With a 2.52 ERA over the last two seasons, the left-hander has convinced many in Minnesota that he has what it takes to pitch in the ninth inning. "He's found his niche. It's really nice to see," catcher Joe Mauer told the Star Tribune. "He's got the right mentality for a closer. He's a guy who has great stuff, for one. But he also has the ability where, if he gives up a couple runs, the next day he'll quickly forget that. That's what good closers do."