MLB: Chicago WSox 2, Minnesota 1

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Jose Contreras pitched eight innings Sunday while winning his sixth straight start as the Chicago White Sox nipped the Minnesota Twins, 2-1.

MLB: Minnesota 3, Cleveland 2

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Juan Castro scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday night as Minnesota edged the Cleveland Indians, 3-2.

MLB: Minnesota 3, Kansas City 1 (10th)

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Nick Punto hit a two-run double in the 10th inning Monday to give the Minnesota Twins a 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

MLB: Minnesota 7, Texas 2 (11 inn.)

ARLINGTON, Texas, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Jacque Jones hit a two-run homer in a five-run 11th inning Saturday afternoon as Minnesota beat the Texas Rangers, 7-2.

MLB: Chi. White Sox 6, Minnesota 4

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Carl Everett hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs Wednesday night as the Chicago White Sox beat Minnesota, 6-4. A.J. Pierzynski added three hits for the White Sox, who won for the second time in three games after dropping seven in a row.

MLB: Minnesota 4, Chi. White Sox 2

CHICAGO, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Lew Ford and Brent Abernathy each had two-run singles Monday as the Minnesota Twins posted a 4-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

MLB: Seattle 5, Minnesota 4

SEATTLE, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- The Seattle Mariners edged the Minnesota Twins, 5-4, on Jeremy Reed's two-out, bases loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth inning at Safeco Field.

MLB: Boston 11, Minnesota 7

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Manny Ramirez had four hits, including a home run, Sunday afternoon as Boston topped the Minnesota Twins, 11-7.

MLB: Minnesota 3, Kansas City 2 (12 inn)

KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 10 (UPI) -- The Minnesota Twins had to go 12 innings Sunday before edging the Kansas City Royals, 3-2, on an error off a broken-bat infield grounder.

MLB: Kansas City 8, Minnesota 5

KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 7 (UPI) -- Tony Graffanino drove in three runs Thursday night as the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins, 8-5.

MLB: Minnesota 4, Cleveland 3 (13 innings)

MINNEAPOLIS, June 2 (UPI) -- Jacque Jones hit a run-scoring single in the bottom of the 13th inning Thursday to give the Minnesota Twins a 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

MLB: Toronto 4, Minnesota 0

TORONTO, May 29 (UPI) -- Toronto's Roy Halladay fired a two-hit shutout Sunday as the Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins, 4-0, to end a four-game losing streak.

MLB: Minnesota 6, Cleveland 3 (11 innings)

CLEVELAND, May 24 (UPI) -- Justin Morneau hit a three-run double in the 11th inning Tuesday night to give the Minnesota Twins a 6-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

MLB: Minnesota 7, Milwaukee 1

MINNEAPOLIS, May 20 (UPI) -- Carlos Silva went the distance Friday night and was supported by a 16-hit attack as Minnesota rolled over Milwaukee, 7-1.

MLB: Minnesota 5, Texas 2

MINNEAPOLIS, May 15 (UPI) -- Shannon Stewart hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning Sunday to give the Minnesota Twins a 5-2 victory over the Texas Rangers.
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Nick Punto
Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer (R) rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam scoring Jose Morales, Nick Punto and Denard Span as Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Jimmy Gobble walks back to the mound during the sixth inning at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago on May 21, 2009. The Twins won 20-1. (UPI Photo/Brian Kersey)

Nicholas Paul Punto (born November 8, 1977) is a Major League Baseball utility player who currently plays for the St. Louis Cardinals. He has played second base, third base, shortstop, and center field. Punto is a switch hitter and throws right-handed.

Punto is a 1996 graduate of Trabuco Hills High School in Mission Viejo, California. After high school, he attended Saddleback College, also in Mission Viejo. His father, Lou, was drafted by the Boston Red Sox. Nick and his wife, Natalie have two children, Nicole Jayne born on May 30, 2008 and a son, Nash.

Punto made his major league debut with the Philadelphia Phillies on September 9, 2001. After playing in a career-high 64 major-league games in 2003, he was acquired by the Twins in the 2004 offseason (along with Carlos Silva) for Eric Milton. He started the season with the team, but he was injured twice and spent the majority of his time in 2004 on the disabled list. In 2005, he competed for the starting job at second base, which he eventually won, and in 2006 became the starting third baseman.

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