Twins Rumors & News

  • Alex Gordon’s walk-off home run lifts Royals to 2-1 win over Twins

    Kansas City Star "For a team that couldn’t hit the ocean falling out of a boat for two games and eight innings, Royals starter Danny Duffy had a feeling in the bottom of the ninth. He knew who was due up. “You got Gordo coming up and you know something big’s going to happen,” Duffy said. Like a charm, Alex..." August 27

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    Rhett Bollinger @RhettBollinger

    Yohan Pino was diagnosed with a minor strain in his UCL. He'll be shut down for 2-4 weeks. Likely to miss rest of the season.

  • Detroit 8, Minnesota 6: Justin Verlander 'felt good,' but Miguel Cabrera may need day off

    Detroit Free Press "Justin Verlander threw much better Saturday night than in his last start Aug. 13 in Pittsburgh, when shoulder soreness caused him to have what he termed the worst stuff of his career. The right-hander gave up four runs, all during the second and third innings, then blanked Minnesota for his..." August 24

  • Twins bats stay hot in doubleheader split with Tigers

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "No batting practice was scheduled on Saturday as the Twins faced a doubleheader with the Tigers a day after playing nearly four hours. “We really didn’t do much this morning,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “Just got loose in the [batting] cages. It was more ‘strap it on and go’ type..." August 24

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    LaVelle E. Neal III @LaVelleNeal

    Arcia not in lineup because he spent most of night in hospital with sick child. Should play in Game 2

  • Big lead nearly vanishes for Twins, then becomes bigger lead in huge win over Tigers

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "It’s not often that a 20-6 victory can be said to have been decided by one play, but the Twins might have managed it Friday night. After taking a 6-1 lead, they were ahead by only a single run in the sixth inning, and Detroit had all the momentum. An intentional walk to Miguel Cabrera put..." August 23

  • Hartman: Ryan, Gardenhire expected to return to Twins

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "He also implied he will return as GM next season if his health continues to improve, a decision he won’t make until the end of the year. Ryan had surgery to remove cancer from his neck in February and radiation treatments before returning to work full-time in June. Ryan was asked if he wants to..." August 23

  • Vargas has three hits as Twins avoid home sweep to Cleveland

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "For 10 games now, Ron Gardenhire has come to the ballpark and written down the same four names atop his lineup card — Santana, Dozier, Mauer, Vargas. It’s a habit he hasn’t gotten hooked on for a long time. “It’s nice to have guys that you can just write in there every day, that you can depend..." August 22

  • Indians blank Twins, 5-0, on six-hitter by T.J. House, bullpen

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The last time T.J. House took the mound, rain interrupted his attempt to win his second game in the big leagues. There was no rain Wednesday night at Target Field, only zeroes as House threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings to lead the Indians to a 5-0 victory over the Twins. The Tribe has won seven of..." August 21

  • Indians rally from 5-0 deficit to beat Twins, 7-5

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians staged their biggest rally of the season Tuesday night thanks to late-arriving rookie Tyler Holt. Holt, recalled for the fourth time this season from Class AAA Columbus, hit a two-run double in the sixth inning to complete the Indians rally from a 5-0 deficit as they beat the Twins,..." August 20

  • Twins: 'Check the ball' earned Ron Gardenhire his 72nd ejection

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Twins manager Ron Gardenhire insisted he never said any magic words to plate umpire Chris Segal on Monday night, earning his 72nd career regular-season managerial ejection. " 'Check the ball' should not get you thrown out," Gardenhire said. "There's other things I've said, believe me, that..." August 20

  • Erik Kratz homers twice as Royals down Twins, 6-4; Salvador Perez exits with knee pain

    Kansas City Star "The sequence confirmed the blessed fortune shining on the Royals, even as the events hinted at the organization’s darkest fear. In the seventh inning of a 6-4 victory over Minnesota on Monday, Salvador Perez stood inside the dugout with his shirt untucked and his right knee sore. It was his turn..." August 19

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    Rhett Bollinger @RhettBollinger

    Byron Buxton (concussion) isn't expected to play in the Minors again this season, per Terry Ryan. Hopeful for Arizona Fall League.

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    Darren Wolfson @DarrenWolfson

    The Brewers & others looking for relievers. But a #MNTwins FO official this a.m. on the possibility of another August deal: "Doubtful."

  • Hughes strong, Suzuki homers as Twins top Kansas City

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Let’s get the Kurt Suzuki lowlight out of the way. The Royals’ Nori Aoki took off for third base in the fourth inning on Saturday. Suzuki turned and threw to third — but the ball ended up rolling to Chris Parmelee in left. A wild throw, and then some. Aoki was able to score on the wild..." August 17

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Per #MNTwins Danny Santana will play SS today. First action there since June 25 at Anaheim, when he hurt his left knee.

  • Josh Willingham keys Royals rally in 6-5 victory over Minnesota Twins

    Kansas City Star "The homecoming ended with a three-child welcoming committee. A chorus of “Daddy!” rang as Josh Willingham opened the door of the visitors’ clubhouse at Target Field and welcomed his boys, ages 2, 4 and 7. Willingham called this ballpark home for three years but never experienced a winning..." August 16

  • Twins prospect Byron Buxton diagnosed with concussion after outfield collision

    Hardball Talk "After seeing brain injuries derail the careers of Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, and Denard Span in recent years Twins fans know all too well that there’s no such thing as, in general manager Terry Ryan’s words, “just a concussion.” Still, considering how ugly Byron Buxton’s outfield collision at..." August 15

  • Twins GM Ryan: Buxton could return to action later this season

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins will consider allowing prospect Byron Buxton back on the field before the end of the minor league season if he’s cleared to play. Buxton, who began the season as the top prospect in baseball, is recovering after suffering a concussion on Wednesday when he collided with teammate Mike..." August 15

  • Joe Mauer Imposter Slugs Twins Past Astros 3-1

    Twinkie Town "The Twins were able to keep the Astros offense quiet while their own offense was led by someone pretending to be Joe Mauer, because we all know Mauer doesn't hit home runs, right? This year, Kyle Gibson has either been really, really good, or he's been awful. Today was an example of the former..." August 14

  • Byron Buxton suffers concussion, leaves in ambulance after outfield collision

    SB Nation "An ambulance was required to take the top prospect off the field after Buxton suffered a concussion. Twins minor league outfielder and top prospect Byron Buxton was taken off the field in an ambulance Wednesday night, following a collision with Double-A Fort Myers right fielder Mike..." August 14

  • An early look at the top MLB free agents

    MLB Daily Dish "While not as strong as year's past, this winter's free agent class is shaking up to be particularly deep. With the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline now past us, barring an unlikely late-August blockbuster, it seems that all the major in-season transactions are now passed us. With less than..." August 14

  • Carter’s double dip leads Astros past Twins

    Houston Chronicle "Chris Carter doesn’t say very much. Even though he’s playful and smiles and laughs often, he measures his words and speaks softer than any other Astro. But as Domingo Santana agonized through a miserable start to his career, the hottest slugger in the majors made his biggest point with a simple..." August 13

  • Bud Selig expects MLB regular season games in Europe soon

    SB Nation "Some MLB teams will likely be headed to Amsterdam for meaningful games as early as 2015. Outgoing Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig hopes to announce plans for regular season games in Europe before he leaves office, according to multiple reports. The league has its eye on London..." August 13

  • Royals acquire Josh Willingham from the Twins

    Hardball Talk "The Royals just announced that they have acquired outfielder/designated hitter Josh Willingham from the Twins in exchange for prospect right-hander Jason Adam. Willingham, 35, is batting just .210/.345/.402 with 12 home runs and 34 RBI over 68 games this season. However, he still offers power..." August 12

  • Top Twins prospect Buxton promoted to Double-A "Center fielder Byron Buxton, the Twins' top prospect and Major League Baseball's No. 1 prospect, was promoted Monday to Double-A New Britain, which begins a seven-game homestand Tuesday. The promotion came following Monday's game in which the 20-year-old homered and drove in three runs for..." August 12

  • Report: Twins to activate Joe Mauer "Joe Mauer will join the Minnesota Twins Monday after missing five weeks with a strained right oblique, according to a report from Rhett Bollinger of The Twins plan to activate Mauer from the 15-day DL, and he will meet the team in Houston. The six-time All-Star and former MVP is..." August 11

  • Mauer on his way to Houston to rejoin team "First baseman Joe Mauer got through his rehab assignment with Class A Cedar Rapids without any issues and remains on track to be activated from the 15-day disabled list to rejoin the Twins on Monday in Houston. Mauer, who has been on the DL with a strained right oblique since July 2, went..." August 11

  • Dodgers acquire righty Correia from Twins "The Dodgers acquired former All-Star right-hander Kevin Correia from the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night for a player to be named or cash. Correia, 33, is 5-13 with a 4.94 ERA in 23 starts this season. He has spent parts of 12 years in the Major Leagues, the last seven almost exclusively as a..." August 11

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Plouffe Xrays negative.

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Sounds like Joe Mauer will be coming off the DL on Monday in Houston as hoped. Corresponding move TBD.

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Oswaldo Arcia, lower back, is unavailable for second straight day.

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    Rhett Bollinger @RhettBollinger

    Trevor Plouffe fouled a ball off his foot last night and will get X-rays as a precaution. Oswaldo Arcia is also out with lower back injury.

  • A's offer hearty welcome for Twins pitcher's debut

    San Francisco Chronicle "For the past three weeks, the A's hadn't scored in the first inning. A span of 17 games, and zilch in inning No. 1. On Saturday, Oakland faced right-hander Trevor May, making his major-league debut for the Twins, and May had trouble throwing strikes. That helped the A's break through the..." August 10

  • After fast start, A's hold on against Twins

    San Francisco Chronicle "Another ho-hum, the-A's-beat-the-Twins-again night at the Coliseum turned decidedly not ho-hum Friday. Oakland carried a 6-0 lead into the seventh inning, but needed some excellent work by the bullpen to pull out a 6-5 decision. After Luke Gregerson worked a three-up, three-down eighth, Sean..." August 09

  • Twins calling up pitching prospect Trevor May

    Hardball Talk "For a while now Minnesotans have been wondering why the Twins haven’t called up 24-year-old pitching prospects Trevor May and Alex Meyer yet. Meyer remains at Triple-A, but Seth Stohs of Twins Daily reports that the Twins will call up May to debut tomorrow against the A’s. May was acquired from..." August 08

  • Lester impresses as A's shut out Twins 3-0

    San Francisco Chronicle "Jon Lester threw an imperfect game Thursday night, but it was plenty perfect for the A's. Oakland's newest starter, the ace of aces, made his second appearance since the stunning July 31 trade that sent Yoenis Céspedes to Boston and threw his first shutout since May 10, 2013, beating the Twins..." August 08

  • Amarista, Smith save Padres' win over Twins

    San Diego Union-Tribune "As a rule, Bud Black doesn’t doubt his players. Yet off the bat, the Padres’ upbeat skipper wasn’t sure what sort of chance Alexi Amarista would have at catching Eduardo Escobar’s two-strike drive with the winning run standing on second base in the last of the ninth inning Wednesday..." August 07

  • MLB asks feds for names in probe "Major League Baseball officials have contacted the DEA and U.S. Attorney's office in Southern Florida in an effort to unmask the names of any players who might have violated the league's drug policy, sources told ESPN's "Outside the Lines." Federal officials are discussing how to honor the..." August 07

  • Vargas’ first career homer powers Twins over Padres

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Kennys Vargas took early batting practice with his teammates Tuesday, then headed out to the outfield to take his turn catching fly balls. One problem, though. He wasn’t wearing a glove. “We’re going to already have a talk,” Gardenhire said with a laugh. “He’s carrying a bat out there in the..." August 06

  • Nightengale: MLB's Biogenesis nightmare far from over

    USA Today "If I'm a former client of Tony Bosch's, I'm petrified. If I'm close friend of Alex Rodriguez, or, ahem, a business associate, I'm scared. If I'm Sam and Seth Levinson, who run the ACES agency, I'm worried. If I'm Major League Baseball, ooh, boy, I'm all ears. Biogenesis founder Tony..." August 06

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    T.J. Quinn @TJQuinnESPN

    Two law enforcement sources tell me investigation revealed previously unnamed MLB players. Names will be revealed. Expect more suspensions.

  • Nine-run outburst in eighth powers Twins to rout over White Sox

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The worst of Twins baseball was on display throughout their six-game road trip to Kansas City and Chicago. Baserunning blunders. Terrible situational hitting. Throwing to the wrong base. Overthrowing cutoff men. Danny Santana missed a hit-and-run sign in the second inning Sunday. Where have..." August 04

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    LaVelle E. Neal III @LaVelleNeal

    Twins have claimed CF Jordan Schafer off waivers from Atlanta

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    LaVelle E. Neal III @LaVelleNeal

    Tommy Milone starts Tuesday for Rochester. Could make Twins debut on Sunday vs former team

  • Arcia comes through as Twins end three-game skid with win over White Sox

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Oswaldo Arcia decelerated into second, looked into the Twins dugout and thrust both hands in the air as if he signaled a touchdown. Well, his two-run double in the eighth inning on Saturday gave the Twins runs Nos. 6 and 7. But his gesture was more a sign of exaltation after a frustrating run..." August 03

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    I'm told #mntwins are actively seeking a Fuld-type player on waiver wire. Hicks still probably needs a stop at Rochester before returning.

  • White Sox beat Twins 10-8 despite slipping by Sale

    Chicago Sun-Times "During his 11-game absence because of vertigo, pitching coach Don Cooper was forced to watch the White Sox’ games on television. Even with the separation, he saw things that impressed him. ‘‘You might accuse us of a lot of things, but it’s not for a lack of effort, fight, competing — I see..." August 02

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Nolasco and Mauer will rehab in Cedar Rapids next week

  • Timely hitting propels Yordano Ventura and the Royals past the Twins 6-3

    Kansas City Star "Whether the Royals’ inactivity at the trade deadline was a vote of confidence for the current roster or a lack of other options, the team the front office stayed with patched it together once again. These Royals, whose offensive struggles have been well-documented, capitalized on a four-run..." August 01