Arcia not in lineup because he spent most of night in hospital with sick child. Should play in Game 2
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Byron Buxton (concussion) isn't expected to play in the Minors again this season, per Terry Ryan. Hopeful for Arizona Fall League.
The Brewers & others looking for relievers. But a #MNTwins FO official this a.m. on the possibility of another August deal: "Doubtful."
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
Per #MNTwins Danny Santana will play SS today. First action there since June 25 at Anaheim, when he hurt his left knee.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
MLB.com "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
SI.com "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 MLB.com. 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
MLB.com "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
MLB.com "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
Plouffe Xrays negative.
Sounds like Joe Mauer will be coming off the DL on Monday in Houston as hoped. Corresponding move TBD.
Oswaldo Arcia, lower back, is unavailable for second straight day.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
ESPN.com "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
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
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
Two law enforcement sources tell me investigation revealed previously unnamed MLB players. Names will be revealed. Expect more suspensions.
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
Twins have claimed CF Jordan Schafer off waivers from Atlanta
Tommy Milone starts Tuesday for Rochester. Could make Twins debut on Sunday vs former team
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
I'm told #mntwins are actively seeking a Fuld-type player on waiver wire. Hicks still probably needs a stop at Rochester before returning.
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
Nolasco and Mauer will rehab in Cedar Rapids next week
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
Source: #Twins sign Suzuki to extension.
CBSSports.com "The Athletics have traded left-hander Tommy Milone to the Twins for outfielder Sam Fuld, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has confirmed. Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of Fox Sports first reported the deal. Milone, 27, asked the Athletics for a trade earlier this month after being sent to Triple-A..." July 31
MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have re-started extension talks with catcher Kurt Suzuki, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). There is a reasonable chance that agreement will be reached, he adds. Last we heard, an extension seemed unlikely, and Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN tweeted this morning that..." July 31