Twins Rumors & News

  • Big inning leads Twins over Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Minnesota Twins may want to play the Texas Rangers every night. Minnesota used its biggest inning of the year, a seven-run fifth, to roll past the Rangers 8-1 Tuesday night. Minnesota has now won four straight games against Texas and seven out of eight dating back to..." April 26

  • Dozier's three-run double provides Twins with 3-2 win

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- Phil Hughes danced out of trouble early Monday night, keeping the Minnesota Twins close. That made one swing from Brian Dozier hold up. Hughes remained undefeated on the road, and Dozier delivered a three-run double in the Twins' 3-2 win over the Texas Rangers on..." April 25

  • Minnesota’s Miguel Sano suspended one game but will appeal

    Fanrag Sports "Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano has been suspended one game for his role in an altercation on Saturday afternoon, per Mike Berardino and LaVelle E. Neal III. Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano has been suspended one game for his role in an altercation on Saturday afternoon, per..." April 24

  • Miguel Sano shows how to thrive with a low batting average and lots of strikeouts

    CBS Sports "For as long as Twins third baseman Miguel Sano has been in the baseball consciousness, it's easy to forget that he's still just 23 years of age. After all, he was a fixture on top prospects lists for half a decade, has been toggled among various positions, and is even a veteran of Tommy John..." April 24

  • Rosario's blast carries Twins by Tigers

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander has historically been very good against the division-rival Minnesota Twins through the years. On Friday at Target Field, though, a patient Twins lineup got the better of Verlander. Minnesota drew six walks against the Detroit ace --..." April 22

  • Castellanos, Tigers outlast Twins in wild affair

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Detroit Tigers outfielder JaCoby Jones was hit in the face by a pitch from Minnesota Twins reliever Justin Haley on Saturday, adding some intensity to an early-season matchup between the two American League Central foes. The Tigers responded to the hit-by-pitch and a later..." April 22

  • Bauer's strong outing helps Indians beat Twins

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Carlos Santana enjoys hitting in Minnesota's Target Field. The Cleveland Indians' first baseman demonstrated why with another big performance on Thursday. Santana had three hits, including a pair of RBI doubles, and Trevor Bauer had his best outing of the season for the..." April 20

  • Major League Baseball in Las Vegas? Commissioner says it's an option

    Chicago Tribune "Major League Baseball would be open to having a team in Las Vegas, Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday. With two existing franchises — the Oakland A’s and the Tampa Bay Rays — struggling to secure financing for new stadiums, the option of relocating a team to Las Vegas is very much on the..." April 20

  • Indians finding groove, rout Twins 11-4

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- The Cleveland Indians are starting to resemble the team that took the American League by storm last year and advanced to Game 7 of the World Series. Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion each hit two-run homers and Francisco Lindor added a two-run triple as Cleveland belted the..." April 19

  • Salazar, Brantley lead Indians past Twins

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Before Monday's game, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona spoke about how his team has been inconsistent and unable recently to have the pitching and hitting clicking together. Cleveland followed later with a win using the same formula it rode to the World Series last..." April 18

  • Umpires may begin using microphones to explain replay decisions to the crowd

    CBS Sports "Instant replay decision explanations may soon be coming to a ballpark near you. According to the Associated Press, MLB and the umpires will soon begin discussing a plan that will allow crew chiefs to use a microphone to explain replay decisions to the crowd. The NFL and NHL currently have..." April 18

  • Garcia's homer in 10th pushes White Sox past Twins

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor may think twice the next time Avisail Garcia steps to the plate with the game on the line. Garcia's 10th-inning, two-run homer lifted the Chicago White Sox to a 3-1 win over the Twins on Sunday. Chicago took two of three games in the..." April 16

  • Davidson's HR lifts White Sox past Twins

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- The cheering and excitement coming from the Chicago White Sox visitors' clubhouse could be heard outside of the closed doors. Chicago was enjoying every bit of Friday's 2-1 win against the host Minnesota Twins, and relishing in successful major-league debuts of two..." April 15

  • Santana's one-hit gem sends Twins past White Sox

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Catcher Chris Gimenez went to the mound during the fourth inning to give pitcher Ervin Santana a chance to reset after a walk, a wild pitch and a long foul ball by Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox. It was the only break Santana would need on Saturday. Santana pitched..." April 15

  • Kepler, Sano power Twins past Tigers

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- A patient approach and a few long balls energized the Minnesota Twins' offense. Max Kepler and Miguel Sano blasted three-run homers to power the Twins to an 11-5 win over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park. Robbie Grossman added a two-run shot as the..." April 13

  • Romine belts grand slam as Tigers topple Twins

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Andrew Romine got a visit from an unexpected guest at his locker after hitting the first grand slam of his eight-year career. It was his turn to take a random drug test. "Immediately after I walked in," Romine said. "It was, 'You've got a drug test.' I'm a little..." April 12

  • MLB revenue crosses $9 billion, average team’s value up 19%

    The Comeback "It’s never been better to be an owner of a Major League Baseball team. According to the annual valuation rankings from Forbes, the average value of an MLB franchise jumped 19% in the past year thanks to local TV deals, rising profits and MLB’s expanded focus on branching out with new..." April 12

  • McCann's blast helps Tigers stymie Twins

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Matt Boyd claimed that he didn't know he had a no-hitter going. His catcher wasn't buying it. The Detroit Tigers left-hander did not give up a hit to the Minnesota Twins until the sixth inning, when Robbie Grossman lined a two-out single. His performance led the Tigers to a 2-1..." April 11

  • The World Baseball Classic Injury Effect

    The Ringer "This year’s World Baseball Classic was a massive spectator success. For the first time in the tournament’s short history, which has spanned four events over 11 years, the games were streamed on MLB.TV, which made them more accessible. In another, on-field first, the United States went all the way,..." April 11

  • Santana pitches Twins past White Sox

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- A nail-bleeder punctuated a nail-biter for the Minnesota Twins on Sunday afternoon. Pitching through a cracked, bleeding fingernail on his throwing hand, Twins closer Matt Kintzler mitigated eighth-inning trouble to post a four-out save and close out Minnesota's 4-1 victory over..." April 09

  • Hughes, Sano lead Twins past White Sox

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Phil Hughes didn't want to be the Minnesota pitcher responsible for the Twins' first loss this year. The big right-hander also wanted to show he could still be effective following a long layoff due to injuries. It all worked out just fine. Hughes was sharp through six..." April 08

  • Garcia, White Sox hand Twins first loss

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox have been waiting for Avisail Garcia to become a productive player. On Saturday, he took another step toward that reaching goal. Garcia hit a home run and came within a double of the cycle as the White Sox beat Minnesota 6-2 to hand the Twins their..." April 08

  • Starter Money is the pitching stat all baseball bettors should know "2016 was a pretty good year, all things considered, for Jake Arrieta. He got a healthy salary raise, was his team’s Opening Day starter, he earned an All-Star appearance and finished the year with a 18-8 win-loss record and a 3.21 earned run average. He became a World Series winner and helped..." April 07

  • Castro sparks Twins to sweep of Royals

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- The loud music had been silenced, but the positive energy was still evident in the Minnesota Twins' clubhouse following Thursday's win. Brian Dozier, who has become one of the vocal leaders for a young Minnesota squad, was answering questions when the inevitable question arose..." April 06

  • Sano, Escobar power Twins in rout of Royals

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- With a new front office leading the Minnesota Twins, analytics became even more of a focus in the offseason. Earning a lot of base on balls will help the offensive numbers. Miguel Sano hit a three-run triple and Eduardo Escobar added a three-run homer in a six-run..." April 05

  • Twins bop Royals with six-run seventh in opener

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- For six innings, the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals matched each other pitch for pitch and home run for home run. Minnesota then walked to victory thanks to some surprise command issues from Kansas City's bullpen. Ervin Santana pitched seven effective innings,..." April 03

  • Twins name Brandon Kintzler closer

    ESPN "Veteran right-hander Brandon Kintzler will begin the 2017 season as the Minnesota Twins' closer, with Glen Perkins on the disabled list, manager Paul Molitor announced Sunday. "Kintzler is my closer," Molitor said Sunday, according to the Pioneer Press. "I've talked to Brandon some about being..." April 03

  • After tragedy, thoughts of quitting, Miguel Sano finds newborn hope with Twins

    USA Today "Moving back to third base has brought Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sano peace of mind. For most players that’s a major benefit. For him it’s a life saver. Sano still aches over the loss of his first child, Angelica, who died of a heart defect a week after she was born on November 28, 2014, in..." March 30

  • Why MLB will likely not join the NHL and NFL and move a team to Las Vegas

    CBS Sports "On Monday afternoon, National Football League owners approved the relocation of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. The move is at least two years away, possibly three, but it has been agreed to. Owners voted 31-1 in favor of the move . Whenever the Raiders do move, they will become the second..." March 27

  • Rob Manfred Wants MLB to 'Own the Next Generation' of Sports Fans

    Bleacher Report "Long before the first batter stepped into the box at the start of his tenure as the 10th commissioner in baseball history, Rob Manfred threw out his own first pitch: Chief among his priorities would be to captivate the next generation of sports fans in a way that he was captivated when his parents..." March 27

  • Twins' Trevor May says he'll have elbow surgery; Ryan Vogelsong released

    ESPN "Trevor May will have Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow on Wednesday, the Minnesota Twins right-hander announced on Twitter. May, 27, was competing for the fifth spot in the Twins' rotation before tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow while throwing a curveball during an..." March 22

  • Study: MLB broadcast booths lack diversity

    Hardball Talk "At SB Nation’s Phillies blog The Good Phight, David S. Cohen compiled the demographics of the broadcast booths across baseball and found that it does not reflect the population of baseball nor of the United States. Of 164 announcers in 30 teams’ booths, 148 (90.2 percent) are white men. Only..." March 22

  • MVP, Cy Young odds: Oddsmakers release favorites for 2017 MLB season

    CBS Sports "The 2017 season approacheth! Mostly, that means our attention will be locked on the various playoff races from the very start. However, we’ll also make time to eyeball the individual awards derbies from time to time. So to get us in that mindset, let’s have a look at these preseason MVP and Cy..." March 16

  • Twins look to rebound from historically bad season

    Sportsnet "Forget 1982, when the Minnesota Twins scraped together just 60 wins on the season, losing 102 games: 2016 was a dismal year for the team, which finished with a record of 59-103—the worst in franchise history since the move to Minnesota in 1961. Now, with well-regarded executives Derek Falvey..." March 12

  • Twins lose Trevor May to torn UCL

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "In the midst of sorting out their starting rotation this spring, the Twins might have lost one of the more promising candidates. Trevor May has a torn Ulnar Collateral Ligament in his pitching elbow, according to multiple reports Saturday morning. The reports also say that May will seek a..." March 11

  • MLB commish Rob Manfred admits it's unlikely MLB players will play in Olympics

    CBS Sports "The 2017 World Baseball Classic is underway and we’ve already seen some dramatic games. The tournament continues over the next two weeks and will culminate with the Championship Game on March 22 at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full WBC schedule . In three years, baseball and softball will return..." March 08

  • Morneau suits up for Canada, unsure he’ll play this MLB season

    Sportsnet "Justin Morneau was there in 2003 when Canada qualified for the Athens Olympics, returned to the national team in 2006 for the inaugural World Baseball Classic, suited up for the 2009 and 2013 tournaments, and will be in the lineup again Thursday in the fourth edition of the event. At 35,..." March 08

  • MLB teams focusing on improved rest to help their players perform better

    CBS Sports "Long before Moneyball came along, the game of baseball embraced numbers and statistical analysis. Every single team in baseball has a stats department. The ways and means have certainly changed, but the goal remains the same: use numbers to find a competitive advantage. These days..." March 08

  • MLB approves device to measure biometrics of players

    ESPN "Major League Baseball has approved the use of a continuous biometric monitor that can be worn by players during games. The device, made by a company called WHOOP, is the first of its kind approved by any of the major American sports leagues to be worn during competition. Teams cannot force..." March 06

  • MLB and MLBPA announce modifications of some rules for 2017 season "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association jointly announced modifications of some rules effective for the 2017 regular season. As was announced last month, managers will signal to the home plate umpire that he wants to intentionally walk the current..." March 02

  • Alex Kirilloff To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Recent Twins first-round draft pick Alex Kirilloff will undergo Tommy John surgery in about a week, per a team announcement (h/t Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press, via Twitter). That will cost the outfielder all of the 2017 campaign. That’s an unfortunate development for the..." March 01

  • What if the World Baseball Classic featured a team of Cuban players in MLB?

    CBS Sports "Next week, the 2017 edition of the World Baseball Classic will begin with pool play. The tournament starts March 6 and the championship game will be played March 22, at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full schedule and here are the full rosters . Once upon a time Cuba dominated international..." February 27

  • Minnesota Twins favored to sign Dominican shortstop Jelfrey Marte

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The July 2 international signing date is still more than four months away, but the Twins already are being connected with the second-rated 16-year-old prospect in the Dominican Prospect League. Switch-hitting shortstop Jelfrey Marte has been “linked to the Twins,” according to Baseball..." February 25

  • Twins pitcher barfs before almost every appearance

    Hardball Talk "Twins righty Ryan O'Rourke has pitched in 54 big league games. He has barfed before almost every one of them. No, really: Through his first 54 big-league outings over the last past two years, O’Rourke estimates he emptied the contents of his stomach close to every time. “I don’t do it in..." February 22

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • Twins GM: Former top prospect Byron Buxton ‘turned a meaningful corner last year’

    Sportsnaut "The Minnesota Twins had high expectations for top prospect Byron Buxton when they drafted him No. 2 overall back in 2012 out of high school. Fast forward five years and the organization is still waiting to see him blossom into a star, but perhaps things are finally looking up. After toiling in..." February 21

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • Duff enough: Duffey ready to start or relieve "After posting a 3.10 ERA and strong peripheral stats in 10 starts as a rookie in 2015, the Twins had high hopes for right-hander Tyler Duffey last year. But Duffey struggled in spring with a 7.30 ERA, and ultimately opened the year at Triple-A Rochester. It was a sign of what was to come from..." February 18