The Minnesota Twins granted middle infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka his unconditional release Friday. Under the agreement Nishioka will relieve the Twins of their remaining financial commitment on his contract
Justin Masterson will get his shot to halt the Cleveland Indians' ugly 11-game losing streak on Wednesday when the Tribe try to salvage the finale of a three-game set with the Minnesota Twins and avoid matching the franchise record for futility.
As several of his Twins teammates sat around a table in the clubhouse chowing down and cackling at a recent joke, Tsuyoshi Nishioka sat off against the wall by his locker, a plate discarded at his feet.
Vernon Wells hit a tiebreaking solo homer, Mark Trumbo hit his first career grand slam and Peter Bourjos also went deep, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 10-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.