Twins Rumors & News

  • Leadoff or cleanup, versatile Dozier fits anywhere in lineup

    Fox Sports North "The roles of a leadoff hitter and cleanup hitter are seemingly very different. The former is more associated with getting on base, while the latter is primarily responsible for driving runs in -- perhaps with some power. Because of the contrast in skills associated with each spot in the lineup,..." May 26

  • Nolasco gets 100th victory as Twins crush Red Sox

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The most difficult part about winning his 100th game, Ricky Nolasco said Monday, came not when he was standing on the mound but when he was sitting in the dugout. The Twins score so many runs these days, Nolasco said, who can stay loose? This is not a problem the Twins have been familiar with..." May 26

  • Twins complete 4-1 road trip by thumping White Sox

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The baseball season is almost two months old, enough time for teams to figure out what they have. What the Twins are finding out is that their pitching is improved, they can hit good pitching and they don’t let bad losses linger. They are loose, they are laughing and they are seven games..." May 25

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    LaVelle E. Neal III @LaVelleNeal

    Twins lineup v White Sox

  • Morneau hears from Mauer after concussion

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Former Twins star first baseman Justin Morneau, now with Colorado, dived for a ball May 13 and has not played since. Morneau has a concussion, and Twins fans know what that means. He has had a history of concussions going back to youth hockey, as well as multiple concussions with the..." May 24

  • Twins get best of White Sox ace Sale again, win 4-3

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Besides Mark Buehrle, there might not be another White Sox player who has socked it to the Twins in recent years more than Paul Konerko. And it just so happened that, on Saturday, Chicago retired Konerko’s No. 14 before the game against the Twins. So there was Konerko speaking at home plate,..." May 24

  • Samardzija, Shuck help White Sox snap losing streak with 3-2 win over Twins

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jeff Samardzija made his best start of the season in the White Sox’ 3-2 victory over the Twins on Friday, snapping a three-game losing skid at U.S. Cellular Field. The hard-throwing right-hander gave up two runs on three hits in eight innings — his second consecutive eight-inning..." May 23

  • Twins activate Tim Stauffer from the disabled list

    Hardball Talk "Tim Stauffer‘s minor-league rehab assignment at Triple-A hasn’t been going very well, with reports of mid-80s fastball velocity and lots of hits allowed, but the Twins have decided to activate the 33-year-old reliever from the disabled list anyway. Stauffer was placed on the DL with an..." May 21

  • Joe Mauer power reappears in 13th as Twins edge Pirates

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "As he dug in for his at-bat in the 13th inning Wednesday, Joe Mauer was looking to drive the ball to the opposite field against Pirates lefthander Antonio Bastardo. “But he made a mistake up and in,” Mauer said, “and I was able to react to it.” The result hadn’t been seen off his bat in..." May 21

  • Tim Stauffer reinstated, Doug Bernier optioned

    Twin Cities "In the wake of Wednesday’s 13-inning game in Pittsburgh, which forced the Twins to use all seven members of their bullpen, veteran reliever Tim Stauffer has been reinstated from his rehab assignment. Veteran infielder Doug Bernier was optioned to Triple-A Rochester. In moving to a 13-man..." May 21

  • Big 2nd inning lifts Twins over Liriano, Pirates

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The loss of command. The wild pitch. The belt-high offerings begging to be blasted. Yup, the Twins have seen all of that from Francisco Liriano. And when Liriano began falling behind batters, the Twins offense pounced, knocking him out of the game early then holding off Pittsburgh 8-5 on..." May 20

  • Rays come out swinging in 11-3 rout of Twins

    Tampa Tribune "After receiving scant run support through his first eight starts, Chris Archer had no complaints Sunday. The Rays backed Archer with a 19-hit attack, led by Evan Longoria and James Loney, and Archer did the rest, dominating the Twins for six innings in an 11-3 rout that ended Tampa Bay’s..." May 18

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    Rhett Bollinger @RhettBollinger

    Casey Fien (shoulder) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session without any issues. Scheduled for another one on Wednesday and then rehab assignment.

  • Schafer on DL, Robinson back

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins placed outfielder Jordan Schafer on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee Saturday. Outfielder Shane Robinson, who has missed four games after going on the family emergency list, was reinstated in time to be available for..." May 17

  • Twins stay strong at home with 6-4 win over Tampa Bay

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Trevor May on Saturday was given a chance to pitch deeper into a game than he ever has in the majors. But the Twins righthander loused it up by throwing a fastball over the middle of the plate that Tampa Bay’s Tim Beckham hammered into the left field stands for a tying, two-run homer in the..." May 17

  • Twins return home with 3-2 victory over Rays

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Phil Hughes waited near the entrance of the Twins dugout after the top of the sixth inning ended Friday night to greet left fielder Eduardo Escobar. Escobar had just thrown out James Loney, who was trying to stretch a single into a double. It was an interesting scene — an inning earlier, Hughes..." May 16

  • Tigers' offense finally breaks out in 13-1 win over Twins

    Detroit Free Press "Miguel Cabrera sat in the Tigers' clubhouse Thursday, happily chatting and joking with waves of reporters after a 13-1 victory in the rubber game with the Minnesota Twins before an announced crowd of 31,785 at Comerica Park. Cabrera had just busted out of a 2-for-17 home-stand slump. He..." May 15

  • Judge Grants Class-Action Status To Sports TV Blackout Antitrust Case "U.S. District Court judge Shira Scheindlin yesterday granted plaintiffs’ motion to certify class action status in an antitrust lawsuit against MLB and the NHL, a case that threatens to demolish the decades-old blackout system in sports media. Scheindlin’s decision, which you can read here,..." May 15

  • The 2015 MLB All-Star Game caps have apparently been leaked

    Hardball Talk "Via Phil Hecken of Uni Watch, the caps for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game have apparently been leaked. Check them out below: This year’s All-Star Game is set to take place in Cincinnati. Just in case it wasn’t obvious, these caps were inspired by the pillbox hat of Reds mascot Mr. Redlegs. The..." May 15

  • MLB's culture clash, or why baseball is boring

    Vice Sports "Emilio Bonifacio of the Chicago White Sox cracked a home run Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds and made a big show of flipping his bat. He saluted the gods, rounded the bases with his arms out as if he were an airplane, and when he crossed home? He leaped into the crowd, giving fans a chance to..." May 15

  • Nolasco strong, Twins offense erupts in win over Tigers

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Ricky Nolasco’s 2015 season began on a Wednesday in Comerica Park. As far as the Twins were concerned, it was this one. Five weeks to the day after his actual debut, Nolasco finally looked like the pitcher his new manager was expecting. There were no blowup innings, no sudden loss of command,..." May 14

  • Tigers bounce back with walk-off win over Twins

    Detroit News "Two days was long enough. The Tigers didn't want to think about, or anguish over the Sunday night/Monday morning crushing loss anymore. "I think everyone in here felt like we should've won Sunday," Ian Kinsler said. "It's just nice to win a game, get back on track." Kinsler had a lot to..." May 13

  • Twins' rotation improving over years' past

    Fox Sports North "In each of the Minnesota Twins' previous four seasons -- all of which ended with 90 or more losses -- there was a common theme that could be spotted throughout each season: the Twins' starting pitching was consistently among the worst in the majors. In both 2013 and 2014, Minnesota's starters..." May 12

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    Aaron Gleeman @AaronGleeman

    Twins are calling up Aaron Hicks.

  • Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians hold Minnesota Twins to two hits, avoid sweep with 8-2 victory

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The baseball caromed off of the yellow foul pole in left field and bounced onto the outfield grass. Four pitches into Sunday's matinee, the Indians trailed. Again. They have allowed first-inning runs in half of their 30 games. So, Danny Salazar resorted to a simple plan: Don't let anyone..." May 11

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    Phil Miller @MillerStrib

    Here's today's lineup in Cleveland. Plouffe is back in cleanup spot, Vargas out so Hunter can DH.

  • Twins continue their climb in Cleveland

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Two-strike hits and two-out runs. Almost as promising as the Twins’ 8-1 record in May is this: Even the team’s youngest players are learning how to come through in the clutch. Kennys Vargas, Eduardo Escobar and Eddie Rosario — average age: 24 — smacked back-to-back-to-back two-out, run-scoring..." May 10

  • Hunter, Twins roll to victory in Cleveland

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "He will be 40 years old in two months, so the question is worth asking: Does Torii Hunter even have a triple in him anymore? “Oh, I’m sure it’s in there somewhere,” Twins manager Paul Molitor deadpanned. “He might need something [crazy] going on in the outfield, though.” Nothing crazy..." May 09

  • Twins top Athletics, 6-5

    Twinkie Town "Today's win makes the Twins 7-3 in their last ten games. It's given them their fifth series win over their last six series. Since starting the season 1-6, the Twins are 15-7. For 2015 on the whole, their record is 16-13, and this is the first time that Minnesota has been three (or more) games over..." May 08

  • Rosario begins career with a blast; Twins win 13-0

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "There’s only one first major league at-bat, and Eddie Rosario could not have trumpeted his arrival to the big leagues any more loudly. With his family in the stands and fans curious to see if he’s the real deal, Rosario took a rip at the first pitch he saw from Oakland lefthander Scott Kazmir...." May 07

  • MLB commissioner remains open to 154-game schedule

    Sporting News "In his first year as commissioner, Rob Manfred already has overseen an improvement in pace of play on the field. Might he be up for shortening the length of the season, too? Manfred certainly appears open to the possibility. At a news conference Wednesday night in Houston, Manfred indicated..." May 07

  • Chavez, A's shut down Twins

    CSN Bay Area "A’s manager Bob Melvin said before the game that he might call on closer Tyler Clippard earlier in games given the bullpen’s current woes. He wasn’t lying. Clippard was called into duty with one out in the eighth and came up clutch for a five-out save, nailing down Oakland’s 2-1 victory Tuesday..." May 06

  • 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