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15 Glen Perkins RP
Height/Weight: 6-0/215 | Birthdate: 3/2/1983 | Birthplace: St. Paul, MN | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Minnesota | College: Minnesota | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $2,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 90/85 | Average Draft Position: 171.52
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Twins closer Glen Perkins records 18th save of the year Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Twins closer Glen Perkins worked a perfect ninth inning on Wednesday in Minnesota's 6-4 win over the Red Sox, earning his 18th save of the season.

Perkins forced two fly outs and one ground out without allowing a man to reach base in the inning. Perkins now boasts a 1.19 ERA in 22 2/3 innings of work. Perkins has thrown three of the last five days and is looking forward to a bit of rest, according to the Star Tribune.

"[Thursday] is an off-day, so that's good timing," Perkins said. "I have been good this year. I have felt good. Ever since I took the last two weeks of the season off last year, I have felt good. So no worries, and I'm glad that I get a lot of opportunities to pitch."


Twins' Glen Perkins saves 17th with scoreless ninth


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Twins closer Glen Perkins preserved a one-run lead with a scoreless ninth inning on Tuesday. 

Perkins saved the win over Boston, remaining perfect in 17 save opportunities this year. 

Perkins wasn't entirely perfect in the outing. He allowed a hit, the seventh straight save in which Perkins has allowed at least one hit. 


Twins' Glen Perkins remains perfect on save opportunities


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Twins closer Glen Perkins saved his 16th game in 16 opportunities this season in Saturday's win over the White Sox. 

Perkins has saved games in each of his last five appearances, since a non-save opportunity on May 13. He preserved a one-run lead with a scoreless ninth, giving up one hit, walking one and striking out two. 

Perkins lowered his ERA to 1.33.


Twins' Glen Perkins picks up 15th save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Twins closer Glen Perkins earned his 15th save on Wednesday, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out one in a scoreless 13th inning to finish off his team's 4-3 win over the Pirates.

Perkins wasn't at his best on Wednesday and also uncorked a wild pitch in the outing, but he was able to strike out Pedro Alvarez with men on first and second to end the game. He owns a 1.40 ERA and 19:1 K:BB ratio in 19 1/3 innings.


Glen Perkins saves 14th for Twins


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Twins closer Glen Perkins earned save number 14 in Tuesday's win over Pittsburgh. 

Perkins pitched a scoreless ninth inning to protect a three-run lead. He gave up one hit and struck out two, lowering his ERA to 1.47. Perkins threw 14 pitches, 11 for strikes. 


Glen Perkins surrenders homer, hangs on for save in Twins' win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Closer Glen Perkins (S, 13) was tagged for a leadoff home run in the ninth inning Saturday but was still able to close the door and earn the save in the Twins' victory over the Rays.

Logan Forsythe turned a 6-3 deficit into a two-run game with his homer off Perkins, but the left hander settled down, notching two strike outs, for the save.

Perkins has not blown a save this year, allowing three runs in 17 1/3 innings (1.56 ERA) and fanning 16.

Twins closer Glen Perkins shuts down Indians


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Twins closer Glen Perkins must have figured he was going to get the day off Saturday in Cleveland when his team raced out to a 7-0 lead.

Sometimes plans go astray. The Indians responded with four runs, forcing Perkins into the game. And he did what he generally does - finish off his opponent.

Perkins did allow the tying run to reach the plate on singles by Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley. But he struck out Brandon Moss and induced Ryan Raburn to pop out to notch his 11th save. He has pitched scoreless ball in 13 of his last 14 appearances.


Twins closer Glen Perkins shuts the door Thursday for 10th save


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/7/2015) Twins closer Glen Perkins came on and recorded a four-out save in Thursday's 6-5 win over the A's. Perkins earned his 10th save of the season. He did not allow a baserunner and struck out one in his 1 1/3 innings. He is now 10 for 10 in save opportunities this season.

Twins' Glen Perkins allows run, records ninth save Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Twins closer Glen Perkins picked up his ninth save Monday, giving up one earned run on two hits while striking out two in his team's 8-7 win over the A's.

Perkins gave up a one-out single, and the runner reached second base on fielder's indifference before a two-out double brought him home to push the A's to within one run. The closer was able to strike out the final batter of the game to preserve the win.

Perkins owns a 1.50 ERA and 11:0 K:BB ratio in 12 innings.


Twins closer Glen Perkins throws perfect ninth inning for eighth save


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) Closer Glen Perkins nailed down the save Saturday in the Twins' victory over the White Sox.

Perkins shut the Twins down in order in the ninth inning for his eighth save of the season. He has utilized his fastball more than any other pitch so far this season, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

"It's kind of a results business," Twins manager Paul Molitor said Saturday morning. "I think we all know there are times when (Perkins) is going to need a second pitch. He's pitching confidently with that fastball. He trusts the life in it right now and his ability to throw it where he wants to."

He has now allowed just one run in 11 innings this year.


Twins closer Glen Perkins collects save with shaky ninth inning


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/1/2015) Twins closer Glen Perkins (S, 6) was handed a 1-0 lead in the ninth inning on Friday and gave up two hits before recording the final out to preserve the win and earn the save against the White Sox.

Perkins has now allowed just one run in 10 innings this season.


Closer Glen Perkins shuts the door again for Twins on Tuesday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/28/2015) Closer Glen Perkins (S, 6) pitched a perfect ninth inning Tuesday to earn his sixth save in as many chances in the Twins' win over the Tigers.

Perkins has now allowed just one run in nine innings this season.

Twins closer Glen Perkins picks up second consecutive save


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Twins closer Glen Perkins worked a perfect 11th inning Sunday in Minnesota's 4-2 win over the Mariners in 11 innings, picking up his second saves in as many days.

Perkins needed just nine pitches to finish off Seattle, wrapping things up with a three-pitch strikeout of Willie Bloomquist. Perkins now has five saves on the year with eight strikeouts in eight innings of work with a 1.13 ERA.


Twins closer Glen Perkins notches fourth save of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Twins closer Glen Perkins worked a nearly perfect ninth inning in Minnesota's 8-5 win over the Mariners Saturday, leading to his fourth save of the season.

Perkins allowed one hit on an infield single by Willie Bloomquist, but finished things off by getting Austin Jackson to groundout to third base. Perkins lowered his ERA to 1.29 in seven innings of work with seven strikeouts and no walks.


Twins P Glen Perkins earns save in win over Royals


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Twins reliever Glen Perkins recorded his third save of the season in Wednesday night's 3-0 win over the Royals. 

Perkins pitched the ninth inning and struck out one batter. He didn't allow a hit or walk. His ERA is now 1.50. 


Twins closer Glen Perkins comes to rescue in Thursday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Twins closer Glen Perkins likely figured his services would not be required late in the Thursday game against Kansas City. His team had taken an 8-3 lead into the top of the ninth.

But pitching mate Brian Duensing allowed two doubles and a single, forcing Perkins into the game. After a wild pitch, he enduced two groundouts to nail down his second save in two days.


Twins' Glen Perkins records first save Wednesday vs. Royals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Twins closer Glen Perkins earned his first save of the season Wednesday, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 3-1 win over the Royals.

Perkins didn't receive a save opportunity over the first seven games of the season as the Twins were only able to manage one win, but he took advantage of the opportunity Wednesday. He's posted a 3.00 ERA in three innings while striking out three and walking none.


Glen Perkins waiting on first save opportunity for Twins


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Twins closer Glen Perkins hasn't had much work this season. That's because Minnesota hasn't gotten to the ninth inning with any games that need saving. 

The Twins are 1-5, and their only win was by six runs. 

Perkins has appeared once, pitching a perfect ninth inning in a loss, striking out two. 


Twins' Glen Perkins ready for more work in 2015


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Twins first-year manager Paul Molitor could use closer Glen Perkins more this season rather than exclusively save him for save situations, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

"[Molitor] brought it up one day when we started chatting in his office," Perkins said. "I figured it was something he would be on board with, being a little more analytical. But it was his idea. Hopefully it's something that works out. We'll see how it plays out."

The topic was brought up during Molitor's interview with general manager Terry Ryan.

"Terry and I talked about that this winter a little bit," Molitor said. It doesn't happen very often where there's a tie game on the road and you want to get to the ninth inning to have a chance to win. I think there's some pretty sound logic to doing that in certain situations, depending on who else you've got out there and how they're pitching, too."

Perkins has been slowed by an oblique injury this spring but has started to round into form in recent appearances.

"It seems each outing he's a little bit crisper," Molitor said. "His breaking ball was a little better. That's one pitch that's been real slow to come around for him."


Twins bullpen set after Caleb Thielbar sent down to minors


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) The Twins have optioned left-handed reliever Caleb Thielbar down to Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, according to MLB.com.

With Thielbar heading down to the minors to start the season, Minnesota's seven-man bullpen will include Glen Perkins, Casey Fien, Brian Duensing, JR Graham, Blaine Boyer, Mike Pelfrey and Tim Stauffer.


Twins' Glen Perkins retires side in order in minor-league


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Twins closer Glen Perkins, who was slowed down by an oblique strain earlier in the week, needed only 11 pitches to retire the side in order in a minor-league game on Thursday, according to the Star Tribune.

Perkins returned to action from injury on Saturday and has declared himself at full strength leading up to the start of the season.


Glen Perkins at full strength in return to mound for Twins


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Glen Perkins returned to the mound for the Twins on Saturday, after missing more than two weeks with an oblique strain. 

Perkins pitched the fifth inning, giving up a solo home run to former teammate Delmon Young for his only baserunner. Perkins struck out two of the four batters he faced. 

"I feel 100 percent so I can think move on from the oblique and get ready for the season," Perkins said, per MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger.


Twins P Glen Perkins works in minor league game Thursday


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/19/2015) Twins closer Glen Perkins, who is recovering from a mild oblique strain, went through fielding drills without any issues and threw a scoreless inning Thursday in a game against Triple-A Pawtucket, according to MLB.com and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Perkins has been out of action since pitching against the University of Minnesota on March 4. He threw 14 pitches and reached 90-93 mph on the radar gun during his outing. He is scheduled to pitch again Saturday and Tuesday.

"I felt stronger and better than I did in the Gopher game," Perkins said.


Twins want to use Glen Perkins more in tied games on the road


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor told reporters that he's open to using closer Glen Perkins in tied games on the road. According to Molitor, Perkins is also on board with the strategy, according to St. Paul Pioneer Press on Wednesday.

"The whole philosophy of it, I think there's some pretty sound logic to doing it, but it depends on who else you have out there and how they're pitching," Molitor said, per MLB.com. "He thought that however we decided to use him to help us win more games, he was on board."

Perkins went 4-3 with a 3.65 ERA and 66:11 K:BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings last season while racking up 34 saves. He went 2-1 with a 1.64 ERA in 22 innings of work in non-save situations last season.


Twins closer Glen Perkins ready to return to game action


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Twins closer Glen Perkins (oblique) made it through his bullpen session Tuesday, per the Pioneer Press. He will throw in a minor-league game Thursday before pitching in a major-league spring game over the weekend.