Twins Rumors & News

  • Twins fall behind early, rally and hold on to beat Oakland

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Whoever this guy wearing the No. 45 jersey is, he doesn’t pitch like Phil Hughes. A first-inning grand slam? A 35-pitch inning? Two walks? None of that fits in with Hughes’ Minnesota résumé. And neither does this: He got the win. “We told him we were going to fight to get back into the..." May 05

  • Twins place Oswaldo Arcia on DL, call up prospect Eddie Rosario

    Hardball Talk "Twins left fielder Oswaldo Arcia is headed to the disabled list with a hip injury and to replace him on the roster they’ve called up 23-year-old outfield prospect Eddie Rosario from Triple-A. Not so long ago Rosario was viewed as a very good prospect, frequently making top-100 lists, but he was..." May 05

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Plan is for Casey Fien to start his throwing program Thursday, one week after landing on DL with posterior deltoid issue behind shoulder.

  • Twins sweep to keep purging first-week demons

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "After sweeping a horrendous White Sox team in four games at Target Field, Twins manager Paul Molitor knows the approach he wants his team to take. “You’ve got to get greedy when things are going well,” he said, “and try to ride these things out as long as you possibly can.” The Twins socked..." May 04

  • Now healthy Mauer seeing success pulling the ball for Twins

    Fox Sports North "More often than not, it seems coaching staffs try to tell players to work on hitting the ball the other way. In Joe Mauer's case, the opposite has been true. The left-handed Mauer has never been much of a pull hitter throughout his career. In his 11 seasons before 2015, just 344 of Mauer's..." May 04

  • Agent Scott Boras wants more leeway to trade draft picks

    Arizona Republic "Major League Baseball informed clubs last week of a rules change regarding trading recently drafted players, an adjustment that allows teams to deal players the day after the end of the World Series rather than having to wait until a year after they sign. Agent Scott Boras welcomes the change,..." May 04

  • Twins get big production from middle of lineup, win again

    Fox Sports North "When Trevor Plouffe and Josh Willingham were teammates in Minnesota, they would jokingly tell each other before each game to hit a home run. Sometimes it worked, but more often than not it didn't. With the now-retired Willingham back in Minnesota for the weekend to see his old team, he had the..." May 03

  • Twins back at .500 with 5-3 victory over White Sox

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Paul Molitor’s managerial career didn’t start the way he planned. Actually, it couldn’t have been much worse. “Things looked pretty miserable, to be honest,” he said. But that first week on the job, the 1-6 start, the last-in-hitting, last-in-pitching identity, the left-for-dead fan enthusiasm,..." May 03

  • Kyle Gibson pitches gem in Twins 1-0 win over White Sox

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Walking off the field after a five-pitch eighth inning, still clinging to a narrow lead and a four-hit shutout, Kyle Gibson spotted Twins manager Paul Molitor waiting for him at the top step of the dugout. Gibson's pitch count was still manageable at 94, but the right-hander could sense his..." May 02

  • Twins rough up Chris Sale, blow out White Sox 12-2

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Chicago White Sox lefthander Chris Sale stands 6 feet, 6 inches. He has a blazing fastball and a biting slider and has been a nuisance to hitters since making his major league debut in 2010. Especially the Twins. “The best lefthander in the game, if you ask me,” Twins second baseman Brian..." May 01

  • Ricky Nolasco to start Saturday in return from DL stint

    Twin Cities "At long last, the Ricky Nolasco Plan has been revealed. The Twins’ No. 2 starter will come off the disabled list Saturday and face the Chicago White Sox in his first big-league start since April 8. Nolasco, who had been out with an inflamed throwing elbow, came through Sunday’s 67-pitch..." May 01

  • McCann's inside job helps Tigers pound Twins

    Detroit News "Ian Kinsler thinks he might have witnessed history Wednesday. James McCann hit his first major-league home run, part of a four-run sixth-inning that helped ignite a 10-7 come-from-behind win against the Twins — and it was an inside-the-park job. "That's got to be a first in major-league..." April 30

  • Casey Fien placed on DL, Michael Tonkin recalled

    Twin Cities "As expected, the Twins placed right-hander Casey Fien on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a strained throwing shoulder. Fellow righty Michael Tonkin was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to take Fien’s place. Fien was removed from Wednesday’s 10-7 loss to the Detroit Tigers in the ninth..." April 30

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    George Sipple @GeorgeSipple

    Twins announce Phil Hughes left game with a mild hip flexor strain.

  • Pelfrey strong as Twins best Tigers for first time this season

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The first one was nice. Now Mike Pelfrey has done it twice. Making big pitches, keeping hitters off balance, shaking off a bad fourth inning, Pelfrey went seven innings as the Twins rallied for a 3-2 victory at Target Field, their first over the Tigers in five tries this season. He threw..." April 29

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    Rhett Bollinger @RhettBollinger

    Hughes says his hip got worse as game went on but that it's still a minor injury. Hopes to make next start

  • Twins will have decisions to make when Nolasco is activated from DL

    Fox Sports North "Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony was at Safeco Field in Seattle on Saturday as right-hander Trevor May pitched in front of his hometown fans. May was given an opportunity in Minnesota's rotation thanks to a few circumstances out of his own control -- the suspension of Ervin Santana and..." April 28

  • Tigers win but nearly done in by miscues

    Detroit News "You don't throw wins back and you don't make excuses for them. But the Tigers are well aware that they messed around and almost gave a game away here Monday night. "We probably got away with one tonight, quite frankly," manager Brad Ausmus said. "We made some mistakes but fortunately we were..." April 28

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    Rhett Bollinger @RhettBollinger

    Brian Duensing (strained intercostal) also threw a bullpen today with no issues. He'll face batters in a simulated game on Thursday.

  • Mauer's triple in 11th inning lifts Twins over Seattle

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Joe Mauer’s beard is in full effect, and he has no plans to shave it. He was working on a beard when he and some other Twins were asked to tape messages for the Wild to play to fire up fans at the Xcel Energy Center. “I didn’t grow this beard for nothing!” Mauer says into the camera. “Let’s..." April 27

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    LaVelle E. Neal III @LaVelleNeal

    Danny Santana has been scuffling, so Molitor is giving him a break. Eight RH hitters in there tonight.

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    LaVelle E. Neal III @LaVelleNeal

    Kyle Seager lines a pitch off Trevor May's right forearm

  • Twins win against Mariners after drive knocks Trevor May out of game

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Trevor May's homecoming was cut short by a scary moment, but otherwise the Twins' Saturday evening was highly encouraging. May, making his first professional start in his home state, was forced to leave this 8-5 Twins victory after taking a line drive off his pitching elbow. The Twins..." April 26

  • Felix Hernandez sees it through, shuts out Twins

    Seattle Times "Felix Hernandez limped to the mound. His quad had stiffened and it ached with every step. But this game was his and he was finishing it. With each measured step, the crowd of 25,215 — bundled up on a frigid night at Safeco Field — roared in approval. The fans had paid to see the Mariners’..." April 25

  • Ex-Twins manager Gardenhire ready — but in no rush — to manage again

    Fox Sports "Ron Gardenhire wants to manage again. But he doesn't seem in any particular hurry to take another job. "I'm not actively pursuing it," the former Twins manager told FOX Sports on Thursday. "I'm pretty comfortable right now, to tell you the truth." Gardenhire, 57, can afford to wait — he had..." April 25

  • Pelfrey picks up a big win in a big way with shutout over Royals

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "For the first time in 20 months — 610 days, to be exact, Mike Pelfrey on Wednesday was able to talk about winning a baseball game. A lot happened during that time. Rehabilitation following surgeries, lamenting missed opportunities, admitting that he hadn’t earned his keep. Recently, he..." April 23

  • Moustakas fuels Royals offense in comeback 6 - 5 win over Minnesota

    Royals Review "With two pitch-to-contact pitchers stepping to the pitching rubber tonight, the Royals' and Twins' offenses looked set to engage in a back-and-forth rumble where the last team to plate a runner would be the likely victor. Neither lefty starter pitched particularly well this evening. Jason..." April 22

  • Kendrys Morales' RBI double helps lift Royals over Twins 7-1

    Kansas City Star "A fraction of the drama of the first half of the home stand greeted the Royals as they opened the second half. Fans at Kauffman Stadium weren’t booing or screaming at the opposition on Monday. The Twins didn’t play the role of villain. The outcome was satisfying to the Royals all the same. A..." April 21

  • Hunter, Twins finding a groove after rough start

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Torii Hunter thinks he’s found something important: his swing. The Twins have found something pretty critical, too: their confidence. Both were on display Sunday, and the result was a memorable home run, a winning homestand, and a 7-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians at Target Field. It’s..." April 20

  • MLB sets attendance record for first 2 weekends of season

    The Score "Baseball is proving, yet again, that it's not a dying sport. The first chunk of the 2015 season provided concrete evidence that America's pastime is alive and well. Major League Baseball games across the sport's 30 parks drew 1.5 million fans during each of the first two weekends for the..." April 20

  • Joe Buck has a truly awful suggestion about how to improve MLB broadcasts

    SI.com "Specifically to baseball, I would make players more accessible. There is no way networks can be able to talk to NASCAR drivers before they stuff themselves into the driver's seat of a race car to go over 200 miles per hour while we are all forbidden to talk to the starting pitcher of that night's..." April 20

  • Danny Salazar strikes out 10 as Cleveland Indians beat Minnesota Twins, 4-2

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "It's unclear if that was a mirage or not, but the Danny Salazar who took the mound against the Twins on Saturday afternoon, is the Danny Salazar the Indians have been waiting to see since he made his big league debut against Toronto on July 11, 2013. Salazar, activated before the game, struck..." April 19

  • Minnesota Twins win on Trevor Plouffe's walk-off home run against Indians

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The ball left Trevor Plouffe's bat and soared high into the Friday night lights. Instantly, the Twins third baseman could feel a weight lift off his shoulders. Before rounding the bases with a walk-off homer in the 11th inning of a 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians, Plouffe turned..." April 18

  • Brian Duensing lands on disabled list, Caleb Thielbar recalled

    Twin Cities "Struggling reliever Brian Duensing was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday and fellow left-hander Caleb Thielbar was recalled from Triple-A Rochester. Duensing, who posted a 7.36 earned run average and one save through his first six outings, was hit hard in the ninth inning of..." April 17

  • Twins unleash offense, survive shaky finish to take series from Royals

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Twins manager Paul Molitor said he and General Manager Terry Ryan recently went through an exercise in which they went down the roster and tried to project how many home runs each player would hit in 2015. “It usually doesn’t work that way,” Molitor said. “In fact, it’s usually never even..." April 17

  • Twins' offense turns corner in set with Royals

    MLB.com "After being routed in the home opener against the Royals on Monday, the Twins were 1-6 and still reeling after a frustrating first week of the season. But they bounced back, winning two straight against previously-unbeaten Kansas City, including an 8-5 win in the rubber game on Thursday..." April 16

  • Twins, with tweaked lineup, knock off Royals 3-1

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Twins manager Paul Molitor on Wednesday tweaked his lineup for the first time in his young managerial career, moving Torii Hunter from fourth to second and Brian Dozier from second to fourth. But never underestimate how pitching can make an offense look good. As Kyle Gibson weaved his way..." April 16

  • Royals surge into first place of American League Central with 12-3 victory over Twins

    Kansas City Star "Only four percent of the season has been completed, a seven-game sprint in the 162-game marathon. But the Royals stand alone in first place in the American League Central, unbeaten and undaunted, after a 12-3 trouncing the Twins on Monday afternoon. They are the last undefeated team remaining in..." April 14

  • Baseball’s new metal detectors won’t keep you safe. They’ll just make you miss a few innings.

    Washington Post "Fans attending Major League Baseball games are being greeted in a new way this year: with metal detectors at the ballparks. Touted as a counterterrorism measure, they’re nothing of the sort. They’re pure security theater: They look good without doing anything to make us safer. We’re stuck with..." April 14

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Ricky Nolasco (elbow) said plan is for him to play catch Wednesday. Still too soon to know if he'll be ready to come off DL in Seattle.

  • Chris Sale shows no sign of trouble from foot injury in dominant debut

    Chicago Sun-Times "In the fourth inning of the White Sox’ 6-2 victory against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, pitcher Chris Sale threw three different pitches to Trevor Plouffe. The first was a 79 mph slider, called a strike. The second was an 86 mph changeup Plouffe missed. The last was a 97 mph fastball,..." April 13

  • White Sox beat Twins

    Chicago Tribune "J.B. Shuck's pinch-hit single in the eighth inning Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field drove in Alexei Ramirez to give the White Sox their winning 5-4 edge. Closer David Robertson struck out the side in the ninth to preserve the team's first victory and to avoid the franchise's first 0-5 start since..." April 12

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Casey Fien had shoulder stiffness Friday and was unavailable

  • Milone's gem gets Molitor first victory as Twins beat White Sox

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The spray charts and hitting statistics on Paul Molitor’s desk will have to be reprinted, because they were soaked. The uniform and T-shirt Molitor was wearing went straight into the laundry, smelling of alcohol. The smile on his face took a beating, too, but he will probably be wearing that one..." April 11

  • MLB, union prohibit players from daily fantasy games

    ESPN.com "Major League Baseball and the players' association have agreed to a deal that forbids players from playing in daily fantasy baseball games that involve a prize, but still allows them to endorse these companies. Earlier this week, at the IMG World Congress in California, commissioner Rob Manfred..." April 11

  • Shane Greene sparkles in debut as Tigers sweep Twins

    Detroit News "They waited. And they waited. And they waited some more. And let's be honest — if you were the Tigers and you were playing the way they're playing, and the Twins were playing the way they're playing, well, you'd wait, too. When the long day was over — nearly four hours of rain delay, and..." April 10

  • May will start home opener as Nolasco goes on DL

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins got some “really good news” on Friday, manager Paul Molitor said, when Ricky Nolasco’s elbow exam revealed no structural damage. But Nolasco will go on the disabled list on Saturday, and Trevor May will rejoin the team — and start Monday’s home opener in Target Field. “It’s a..." April 10

  • Sanchez mesmerizes while Tigers mash in 11-0 win over Twins

    Detroit News "Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez had a very clever strategy for staying warm on a wet and chilly Wednesday afternoon where the temperature barely climbed to 40 degrees. Work fast, throw strikes and get off the field as quick as possible. The Minnesota Twins more than accommodated the strategy,..." April 09

  • Ervin Santana accused of falsifying documents, civil theft in twisty lawsuit with Florida jeweler

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The process server arrived at Ervin Santana's gated manor in Clearwater, Fla., at 8 p.m. Dec. 5 and punched numbers into the callbox. A woman answered. It was Friday. Night had fallen hours earlier. Brandi Trenary told the woman she had documents for Santana, the free-agent starting pitcher..." April 09

  • MLB Has Started Issuing Warnings To Those Violating Pace-Of-Play Rules

    Deadspin.com "This offseason, MLB instituted a handful of new rules aimed at speeding up games. Less than a week into the season, the league seems to be making an effort to stay on top of the enforcement of these new rules. The new rules require batters to keep at least one foot in the batter’s box..." April 09