Baseball America "Major League Baseball on Wednesday said it would begin testing some ideas aimed at quickening the pace of game at the Arizona Fall League. AFL games begin Oct. 7 and run through the championship game on Nov. 15. Among the experimental rules are: • Batter’s Box Rule: The batter shall keep..." October 01
Michigan Live "It took the full 162 games, but the Detroit Tigers got the job done. The Tigers clinched their fourth consecutive American League Central Division title Sunday afternoon with a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins in the final game of the regular season. Ian Kinsler homered and drove in two..." September 29
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Ron Gardenhire, who had managed the Twins since 2002, was dismissed Monday with a year remaining on a two-year deal he signed last season. Gardenhire and his predecessor, Tom Kelly, are the only managers the Twins have had since late in the 1986 season, and Kelly voluntarily stepped down after the..." September 29
Minneapolis Star Tribune "It’s getting ugly here in Comerica Park. The games are blowouts, the fans are booing, and one team looks like it cannot wait for the 2014 season to end. Here’s the weird part, though: It’s the Twins who have only one game left to play, and the Tigers who are playoff-bound. But for the second..." September 28
Minneapolis Star Tribune "The announced 35,178 who showed up at Comerica Park on Friday night didn’t get to do the celebrating they had hoped for. Well, except for the dozen or so who are related to A.J. Achter. The former Michigan State righthander earned his first major league victory in the ballpark he has visited..." September 27
Detroit News "Win and wait, win and wait. That's the way of it right now for the Tigers as the regular season ticks down. But as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait — and in the form of a fourth consecutive American League Central championship, something good might take place on Friday for..." September 26
Fox Sports North "Thanks to a rain delay, Minnesota Twins pitcher Phil Hughes came one out away from earning a $500,000 bonus Wednesday, his last start of the 2014 season. Needing just one-third of an inning to trigger the bonus, Hughes was offered the chance to pitch out of the bullpen this weekend in Detroit..." September 26
St. Paul Pioneer Press "Josh Willingham insists he hasn’t made any decisions about his playing future. However, an associate of the 35-year-old outfielder/designated hitter for the Kansas City Royals says he has told people close to him that he is “100 percent retiring” once this season ends. Willingham, one of..." September 26
St. Paul Pioneer Press "Despite another lost Twins season, third baseman Trevor Plouffe had self-direction to finish the campaign strong. Then in Wednesday's 2-1 win over Arizona, his left forearm snapped, ending his season with four games remaining. "It sucks for him," said second baseman Brian Dozier. "I know he..." September 25
Minneapolis Star Tribune "After four consecutive seasons of at least 90 losses, the Twins manager and his coaching staff have no idea if they’ve worked their final game at Target Field. But manager Ron Gardenhire is hoping that’s not the case. Gardenhire, speaking Wednesday before the Twins defeated the Arizona..." September 25
Fox Sports North "As the 2013 season wound down, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire's fate was unknown. Minnesota's longtime skipper was in the last year of his contract, and the team was wrapping up its third straight losing season. Instead of letting Gardenhire go, the Twins brought him back on a two-year deal that..." September 25
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Josh Willingham, one of just three players in Twins history to hit at least 35 home runs in a season, has decided to retire. The 35-year-old outfielder/designated hitter for the Kansas City Royals has told people close to him he is “100 percent retiring” once this season ends. Slowed by a groin..." September 25
CBSSports.com "Twins right-hander Phil Hughes made history on Wednesday by finishing the season with an 11.63 K/BB ratio, the highest single-season mark in baseball history by a qualified starter. Bret Saberhagen had previously held the record with an 11.00 K/BB ratio for the 1994 Mets. Hughes limited the..." September 25
Minneapolis Star Tribune "A cancerous lump in his neck turned 2014 into one of the worst seasons of Terry Ryan’s career, and a 90-loss baseball team didn’t help much, either. Ryan said Tuesday he is healthy again. And he sounded determined to stick around and treat what ails the Twins. “I’m feeling pretty good. I’m..." September 24
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Kyle Gibson notched his 13th victory Tuesday, giving up only one run over seven innings in the Twins’ 6-3 victory over Arizona. That’s more wins than any starter in one season but Phil Hughes has claimed since the Twins’ 90-loss nightmare began in 2011. And Gibson knows exactly what that means for..." September 24
Hardball Talk "Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe suffered a fractured left forearm this afternoon while sliding into third base, ending his season. Plouffe has had a solid year, hitting .258 with 14 homers, 40 doubles, and a .751 OPS in 136 games while playing improved defense at third base." September 24
Hardball Talk "Thanks to an ill-timed rain delay in his final start this afternoon Twins right-hander Phil Hughes is one out short of hitting 210 innings for the season, which would have triggered a $500,000 bonus. However, in tossing eight innings of one-run ball against the Diamondbacks–instead of the..." September 24
Terry Ryan confirmed that Tommy Milone had a cortisone shot in his neck around mid-week.
Minneapolis Star Tribune "First Detroit, and now Cleveland. The Twins are butting into the American League Central race, and their kids are leading the way. Oswaldo Arcia and Kennys Vargas both homered on Friday night, Arcia extended a ninth-inning rally off the Indians closer, and Danny Santana scored the winning run..." September 20
Hearing Glen Perkins has some nerve irritation and maybe a slight muscle strain. Doesn't appear to be serious. Story posted soon.
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Before you dive into that morning pot of coffee, the next sentence might be the only pick up you need. The Twins have won a series. Not only that, but one at home. Their 8-4 victory over Detroit on Wednesday allowed them to take two of three from the two-time defending AL Central champions,..." September 18
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Whatever was wrong with their Opening Day starter for most of the year, Ricky Nolasco seems to have fixed it. But now something is wrong with the Twins’ All-Star closer. Their former All-Star closer, too. Glen Perkins and Joe Nathan took turns blowing saves Tuesday, with the Twins getting..." September 17
CBSSports.com "The Twins have already been eliminated from postseason contention, so at this point they're just hoping to get through the rest of the season healthy. Unfortunately, closer Glen Perkins will be unavailable on Wednesday night not only because he is dealing with a nagging neck problem, but also..." September 17
Minneapolis Star Tribune "The White Sox opened the fourth inning with four consecutive hits and two runs. The implosion seemed to be just a couple of pitches away. But Trevor May didn’t have that look on Sunday. He marched off the mound to take the ball, talked with catcher Kurt Suzuki and then was visited by pitching..." September 15
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Tommy Milone tried to throw in the bullpen Saturday morning in advance of his start Monday. “It was not good,” he said. Soon after that, the Twins announced that Milone would not make his start on Monday against the Tigers. And the Twins aren’t sure if Milone will return to the mound before..." September 14
Chicago Tribune "The 20,106 die-hards who populated U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday were not exactly chanting "Let's play two!" when the White Sox hosted the Twins. But that is what they got between the AL Central bottom-feeders. Dayan Viciedo provided the heroics with a two-run homer in the ninth for a 7-6..." September 14
Chicago Tribune "The American League Central also-rans faced each other in a Saturday doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Field. Jose Quintana struck out a career-high 13 batters in the first game to help the Sox to a 5-1 victory over the Twins. "I like when I get a lot of strikeouts," Quintana said. "Sometimes..." September 14
Gardy said Swarzak is "the hope" for Monday's start but #MNTwins still have to get through 3 games in roughly 25 hours.
Not looking good for Tommy Milone to start Monday
St. Paul Pioneer Press "Friday’s rainout at U.S. Cellular Field gave the Twins a chance to push back left-hander Tommy Milone’s scheduled start at least two days as he recovers from a sore neck in addition to a tired pitching shoulder. Milone, who had been scheduled to work Saturday, will now start Monday at the..." September 13
Cleveland Plain Dealer "As the mercury in the thermometer fought all afternoon to eclipse the 60-degree mark, the Indians kept the Twins' bats on ice. Corey Kluber cast a cold spell on Minnesota in the opening contest of Thursday's double header. T.J. House carried it over into the second game, in which the Tribe..." September 12
Cleveland Plain Dealer "Excuse Corey Kluber if he looks shocked. This kind of production from the Indians’ offense is just so, well, shocking. The Indians, behind homers by Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes, beat the Twins, 8-2, Thursday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader at Progressive Field. The offensive..." September 12
Cleveland Plain Dealer "Wednesday's game between the Indians and Twins at Progressive Field has been postponed because of rain. The game will be made up as a traditional doubleheader Thursday with the first game starting at 12:05 p.m. and the second game following about 20 minutes later. Gates open at 11 a.m. " September 11
L.A. Daily News "Mike Trout hit his 32nd homer, C.J. Wilson recovered from a slow start and the Los Angeles Angels completed a season sweep of Minnesota by beating the Twins 14-4 on Sunday. Howie Kendrick, who had three hits and four RBIs, and C.J. Cron also homered for Los Angeles. The AL West leaders had a..." September 08
L.A. Daily News "Albert Pujols’ batting averages and home run totals aren’t as gaudy as they used to be. He’s still helping his team win games, though, and that’s just fine with him. Pujols homered, hit a tie-breaking double in the ninth and reached a couple of career milestones to lead the Angels over..." September 07
Jordan Schafer is also day to day with sore ribs after colliding with the wall in left field last night.
Perkins remains out with stiff neck. Gardy said he first mentioned it after last outing on Thursday.
L.A. Daily News "Kole Calhoun had three hits and scored four times, sliding into home for the go-ahead run in the 10th inning to give the Angels a 7-6 victory Friday over the Minnesota Twins. Calhoun singled to start the 10th, and Jared Burton (2-4) walked two in a row with one out to load the bases. Oswaldo..." September 06
Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins on Wednesday hired a popular local DJ — named Vaski — to play music between innings of their game against the White Sox. Was it intentional? Twins righthander Trevor May also likes to DJ. “I really enjoyed warming up to the stuff he was playing,” May said. “It’s funny. Everyone was..." September 04
Baltimore Sun "As the Orioles enter the final month of the regular season, their accomplishments are starting to mount along with their win total. They currently have the second-best record in baseball and a nine-game lead in the American League East division. And as the calendar turns to September, they even..." September 01
The reason Red Wings RHP Alex Meyer is going on the disabled list: shoulder inflammation.
Baltimore Sun "During this first-place run, Orioles manager Buck Showalter is continually asked about the resiliency of his club, primarily the way it has been able to bounce back after absorbing injuries to key players. And he usually delivers the same answer: The Orioles don't wallow in self-pity. Instead,..." August 31
And to clarify, RHP Samuel Deduno was claimed on outright waivers and is now an Astro, per an MLB source. #MNTwins
Baltimore Sun "While Chris Davis’ season has been a struggle at the plate, there’s no question the Orioles first baseman still can change a game with one swing of his bat. Davis is hitting just .189 this season, but regardless of his place in the club's lineup, he still gets respect at the plate — so much so..." August 30
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Usually, there are no saves awarded in an 11-5 victory like the Twins’ over Kansas City on Thursday night. But go ahead and credit Trevor Plouffe with a big save. Plouffe intercepted Jordan Schafer as he muttered his way past umpire Ron Kulpa, the man at third base who had just called an irate..." August 29
Kansas City Star "The chants overlapped as Nori Aoki stepped toward the plate. From both sides of Kauffman Stadium, the fans threw their voices toward the diamond, the sounds mixing but not muddling. The words were simple — “Let’s go Royals” — but the volume blared in the eighth inning of a 6-1 victory over..." August 28
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
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 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
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