Twins Rumors & News

  • Perkins' back issues force Twins to revise closer plan

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Twins closer Glen Perkins walked slowly through the clubhouse Thursday and took his time as he lowered himself into a chair in front of his stall. He has a strained back and muscle spasms — and is sore about being sidelined during a postseason drive. “I irritated something,” Perkins said,..." September 04

  • Jeff Samardzija back in the win column after Sox' 6-4 win over Twins

    Chicago Sun-Times "Mired in a six-game losing streak, Jeff Samardzija tried to focus on each pitch, rather than dwell on past mistakes. The soon-to-be free agent helped the Chicago White Sox, and himself, by staying the course. Samardzija allowed an early grand slam to rookie Eddie Rosario on Thursday, but..." September 04

  • Glen Perkins has back spasms, out indefinitely

    CBS Sports "The Twins are once again riding high, but they've gotten some bad news in front of a big road trip. All-Star closer Glen Perkins has a lingering back issue and that sounds pretty bad for the time being. Understatement alert: Having back issues to the point where it's tough to walk might make it..." September 03

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    LaVelle E. Neal III @LaVelleNeal

    Glen Perkins can barely walk. He's baffled at how he ended up with a back spasms. Definitely not going on trip

  • Twins make the most of sparse offense to shut out White Sox

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "For the Twins to get where they want to go, their starting rotation must return to its early-season form. Lefthander Tommy Milone gave them such an outing Wednesday as the Twins pulled out a 3-0 victory at Target Field. Milone dominated the White Sox once again, taking a 1-0 lead into the..." September 03

  • Drooling over Miguel Sano’s incredible numbers through 50 career games

    Hardball Talk "I wrote glowingly about Miguel Sano’s great start three weeks ago and his numbers have actually gone up since then. Tuesday night was the 50th game of the Minnesota rookie’s career and he had three hits, including a game-tying home run in the seventh inning as the Wild Card-contending Twins came..." September 02

  • Twins GM Terry Ryan noncommittal about callup of top pitching prospect Jose Berrios

    Hardball Talk "Twins top pitching prospect Jose Berrios has registered a shiny 2.67 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 78/13 K/BB ratio in 70 2/3 innings (11 starts) since his promotion earlier this summer to Triple-A Rochester. He has nothing left to prove in the minors, and yet the Wild Card-chasing Twins decided not to..." September 02

  • Twins rally, collapse, rally again to beat White Sox

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Eduardo Escobar has seen enough, and made his feelings known about his teammate Miguel Sano. “In two years,” Escobar said. “He’s going to be the next Miguel Cabrera.” Quite a statement, but Escobar sees Sano’s strength and the way he takes at-bats, and it reminds him of the Tigers’ hitting..." September 02

  • Santana, Twins find groove vs. Astros

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Ervin Santana was finally able to smile again on Sunday. Wait, he always smiles. He smiles after getting clobbered, he smiles after watching home runs disappear over the fence, he probably smiles as the dentist sticks a drill in his mouth. But Sunday’s grin was the smile of a winner. Hard to..." August 31

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    jace frederick @JaceFrederick

    Molitor said Phil Hughes is tentatively scheduled to get back on the mound mid-to-late week. He won't go on the upcoming road trip.

  • Hicks will return to Twins as a corner outfielder

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Denard Span wasn’t the Twins center fielder very often while Carlos Gomez was on the roster. Ben Revere, another lifelong center fielder, spent most of his time with the Twins in right when Span was healthy. The Twins might be about to embark upon another two-center-fielder era. Aaron Hicks..." August 30

  • Mike Fiers leads Astros to 4-1 victory over Twins

    Houston Chronicle "Once he stepped on the mound Saturday evening, Astros righthander Mike Fiers wasted little energy thinking of the magic he created with a no-hitter in his previous outing. It has been 77 years since Johnny Vander Meer became the only pitcher in big league history to record no-hitters in..." August 30

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    KFAN1003 @KFAN1003

    Sano tells @MeatSauce1 and @AjKFAN that he plans to be back in the lineup tonight after missing last night's ballgame with a sore hamstring.

  • Twins take opener from Astros

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Glen Perkins recorded his first 1-2-3 inning in a month Friday night. Must have been quite a relief, right? “It was the first time I’ve felt healthy in six weeks,” the once-and-future Twins closer said. “That was the relief.” Yeah, for the Twins, too. Perkins pitched the seventh inning,..." August 29

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    Rhett Bollinger @RhettBollinger

    Molitor is optimistic Glen Perkins will be available tonight but won't return to closer role right away until he shows he's healthy

  • Rays hold on, edge Twins

    Tampa Bay Times "The most important part of the Rays' 5-4 win Thursday over the Twins was the way it ended. Because after they came back when Drew Smyly couldn't hold an early lead, and after they got a break from their home-dome advantage, after they took advantage of a couple of scoring opportunities and a..." August 28

  • Twins rejoin playoff picture after sixth consecutive win

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "All it takes is one good week, and a team’s playoff hopes can drastically change. The Twins are a shining example of that. A week ago appeared to be the beginning of the end for them when they were swept in New York and faced series against wild-card hopefuls Baltimore and Tampa Bay. One week —..." August 27

  • Twins use home runs to bump win streak to five games

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Ervin Santana took a break from talking about his pitching struggles to address just how the Twins were able to hold off Tampa Bay 11-7 on Tuesday. “I just want to say that our bullpen and our hitting did a good job,” Santana said. “They got my back today.” Santana had the latest in a run of..." August 26

  • Twins closer Glen Perkins returns sooner than expected from neck injury

    Hardball Talk "After taking some time off and getting a cortisone injection for the bulging disc in his neck Twins closer Glen Perkins was expected to be available Tuesday, but instead he was out there pitching the 11th inning of a tie game Sunday afternoon. And he got the win. Perkins felt good enough..." August 24

  • Twins riding high after sweep of Orioles

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins on Sunday swapped roles, made their own breaks and accepted gifts. And they were rewarded with a remarkable victory to end an improbable week. Contributions came from everywhere as they rallied to beat the Orioles 4-3 in 12 innings Sunday. The Twins entered Oriole Park at Camden Yards..." August 24

  • Twins' Hughes won't return from DL on Tuesday; could be out until September

    The Score "Minnesota Twins right-hander Phil Hughes is eligible to return from the disabled list Tuesday after missing two weeks with soreness in his lower back that, by his own admission, was "almost paralyzing." According to manager Paul Molitor, however, that isn't going to happen. "Hughes has..." August 23

  • Twins getting used to winning in Baltimore

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Either the grass-roots effort to get the Twins to bunt more is finally paying off, or the players just wanted to give their manager a nice birthday present. “I think we just wanted to get him a win,” catcher Kurt Suzuki said. The Twins on Saturday night dumped every tool they had in their..." August 23

  • Newly acquired Cotts joins team

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Milwaukee was at Washington on Friday when Neal Cotts learned that he had been traded to the Twins. So he took a nice drive up the Beltway to join his new team. It took about 37 miles for him to gain eight wins and three spots in the wild-card standings. And it was one of the easiest trips Mike..." August 23

  • Twins cobble 3-run rally late to win close one over Orioles

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The boxscore has stood the test of time as vital reference material following baseball games. But it doesn’t tell the entire story, and it definitely won’t reflect how the Twins rallied to beat the Orioles 4-3 on Friday night. The boxscore is going to make Kurt Suzuki look like a hitting star..." August 22

  • Twins break out in a big way over Baltimore

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Guess the Twins were right. Their confidence wasn’t shaken after a rough three days in New York. They shook off getting swept in the Bronx big-time on Thursday night, when they routed the Orioles 15-2 to open a four-game series at Oriole Park in Camden Yards. The Twins waited out a rain delay..." August 21

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Buxton leads off. #mntwins pic.twitter.com/0nM7LRerPz

  • Greg Bird hits his first two home runs, helping Yankees sweep Twins with 4-3 win

    New York Daily News "We’re starting to understand why the Yankees refused to part with Greg Bird before the trade deadline. The rookie first baseman belted two home runs in his first three at-bats Wednesday, thrilling the Yankee Stadium crowd with the first two long balls of his career to lead the Yankees to a 4-3..." August 20

  • Ervin Santana calls Yankee Stadium 'a joke' after yielding pair of homers

    The Score "Ervin Santana is blaming Yankee Stadium for giving up a pair of homers to New York Yankees rookie Greg Bird on Wednesday afternoon. Bird launched his first career homer into the second deck in the fourth inning, and punished Santana again two innings later with another blast to right field in..." August 20

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    LaVelle E. Neal III @LaVelleNeal

    Buxton to be recalled, Twins say

  • Alex Rodriguez’s grand slam leads Yankees to comeback win

    New York Post "From the first day of spring training, it’s a wonder CC Sabathia and Alex Rodriguez didn’t drown in questions. Were they too old? Could Sabathia pitch effectively with a fastball that had been diminished for two years? How would Rodriguez perform after missing all of last year due to..." August 19

  • Glen Perkins heads home for tests on ailing neck

    Twin Cities "Glen Perkins, the Twins’ three-time all-star closer, flew back to the Twin Cities on Tuesday and will undergo tests on his ailing neck Wednesday. Coming off a stretch of three straight outings for just the second time since June 2014, Perkins told Twins medical staff about his neck problem..." August 19

  • Yankees escape scary marathon game with 10th-inning exhale

    New York Post "Chase Headley’s grounder to Eduardo Nunez hardly looked like it was going to end Monday’s marathon game in The Bronx. Instead, Nunez fumbled the ball at short and inexplicably threw to first as pinch-runner Brendan Ryan raced home with the winning run in a wild, 8-7 victory in 10..." August 18

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    Rhett Bollinger @RhettBollinger

    Ryan Pressly suffered a setback and is out for the season, per Terry Ryan

  • Twins regain their footing with another series win

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Things seem to have stabilized for the once-reeling Twins. A second straight 4-1 win over the last-place Cleveland Indians on Sunday afternoon at Target Field gave them consecutive series victories after they went a month without any. It also kept them no more than two games off the pace for..." August 17

  • Duffey makes amends, helps Twins top Cleveland 4-1

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Maybe it was first-game jitters. Maybe it was the lineup he was facing. Or the country he was in. Tyler Duffey’s major league debut Aug. 5 in Toronto was an abomination that lasted two innings. He was sent back to the minors after the six-run outing, uncertain when he would get another..." August 16

  • When do you trade a former top prospect?

    SB Nation "If you bet on Jackie Bradley as the player who would post the highest number of total bases in a game this season, come on down! Nobody? Yeah, not really a surprise. Although Bradley, a former top-50 prospect in baseball, really flashed his full potential against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday..." August 16

  • Kluber, Cleveland Indians roll past Minnesota Twins. . .again

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Corey Kluber continued to his dominance of the Twins on Friday night at Target Field. Kluber threw his second complete game in as many starts against Minnesota as the Indians pounded the injury-ravaged Twins pitching staff for a 6-1 victory. Roberto Hernandez, aka Fausto Carmona, was the..." August 15

  • Red Sox head list of Top 10 Minor League systems

    MLB.com "The consensus pick to win the American League East, the Red Sox instead have posted the worst record in the circuit and are headed toward their third last-place finish in the past four years. Boston fans can take solace in the facts that the one exception, 2013, produced a World Series title and..." August 15

  • Mitch Moreland gets four hits, Rangers rally to beat Twins, 6-5

    Dallas Morning News "The arms: RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez twice struck out Miguel Sano, who had two homers and three hits against the Rangers Wednesday. Gonzalez set up Sano well in the second strikeout, with the Rangers leading by a run, by going down and away with three straight pitches, then elevating a 92 mph fastball..." August 14

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    Phil Miller @MillerStrib

    May starts Friday, Tyler Duffey Sat, Milone Sunday.

  • Miguel Sano hits two HRs, drives in six runs as Twins rout Texas

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The first home run was a blast that sailed into the second deck in Target Field and ended up in the hands of a young fan wearing the jersey of Padres’ infielder Jedd Gyorko. The second home run was a towering, Killebrew-esque clout that reached the third deck in left — where few baseballs..." August 13

  • Twins rallied for two runs in the eighth and won in a walkoff over the Rangers

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Everyone picks on Eduardo Escobar. “He brings in on himself,” Twins righthander Kyle Gibson said. “He likes to play with other guys and throw some jabs.” Escobar was in his element Tuesday, with fists flying his way and his jersey being pulled off by Miguel Sano. His walk-off double in the..." August 12

  • Home teams win all 15 games for first time in MLB history

    MLB.com "The Mariners' walk-off victory over the Orioles on Tuesday night capped an unprecedented slate in Major League Baseball. For the first time in the league's history, all 15 home teams won on the same day. Prior to Tuesday, the closest the home teams have ever come was 12 wins more than a century..." August 12

  • Corey Kluber takes no-hit bid into seventh as Indians cruise past Twins

    Akron Beacon Journal "Corey Kluber took yet another bid for a no-hitter deep into a game and the Indians’ offense again fired on all cylinders in an 8-1 win over the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field on Sunday afternoon. Kluber (7-12) was as strong as he’s been all season, throwing a complete game and allowing..." August 10

  • Byron Buxton is healthy, so Twins demoted him to Triple-A

    Hardball Talk "For the second time this season one of the Twins’ starting outfielders got hurt and when he was ready to come off the disabled list they instead demoted him to the minors. The first time it was Opening Day left fielder Oswaldo Arcia, who remains at Triple-A two months later. And now it’s stud..." August 10

  • Indians pound Ervin Santana, Minnesota Twins, 17-4, on 19 hits

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The bare-bones Indians, with most of their veteran hitters traded in the last several days, produced one of their biggest offensive games of the season Saturday night at Progressive Field. What does the Indians' 17-4 victory over the Twins mean? It's hard to say. The only thing the Indians have..." August 09

  • Twins Outlast Cleveland, 10-9

    Twinkie Town "This game was terrible. Thank god they won it anyway. A roaring start from the slumbering offense was immediately wasted by Mike Pelfrey, but in spite of all that, the Twins clawed their way back to defeat Cleveland 10-9 while wearing some Dairy Queen giveaway jerseys. The Twins jumped all..." August 08

  • Red-hot Jays hammer Twins to sweep four-game series

    Toronto Sun "Look out, Yankees! There’s a runaway blue and white freight train barrelling its way to the Bronx. The Blue Jays won their fifth in a row and eighth in their past nine on Thursday, routing the Minnesota Twins 9-3, to set up a huge three-game set at Yankee Stadium starting Friday. Building..." August 07

  • Jays bats cancel out Hutchison’s rough outing vs. Twins

    Toronto Sun "The Ignitor met The Ignitor on Wednesday night. It was not pretty for either. During his Hall of Fame career with the Milwaukee Brewers, Paul Molitor earned the nickname The Ignitor, for igniting his offence from the top of the batting order, stealing bases and going on a 39 consecutive-game..." August 06

  • Byron Buxton to begin playing rehab games Friday

    Hardball Talk "Great development here for the floundering Twins. According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, young center fielder Byron Buxton has been performing well in simulated contests at the Twins’ spring training complex in Fort Myers, Florida and is expected to begin an official minor league rehab..." August 06