Twins Rumors & News

  • Ramirez, Shaw homers help Red Sox, Porcello win

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- On days when Rick Porcello doesn't have his best stuff, it certainly helps to have hitters like Hanley Ramirez and Travis Shaw backing him up. Porcello turned in his worst outing in nearly two months, allowing five runs -- four earned -- in 6 2/3 innings, but that didn't matter..." July 24

  • Sano breaks slump, leads Twins to victory

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Miguel Sano played the unlikely hero Friday night at Fenway Park. Sano entered the night in an 0-for-9 slump, but collected three hits -- including the decisive RBI double -- as the Minnesota Twins edged the Boston Red Sox 2-1. "He's got some hits, but he hasn't shown the..." July 22

  • Anthopoulos, Cherington among execs linked to Twins' GM job

    The Score "Alex Anthopoulos, the former Blue Jays general manager and current vice president of baseball operations for the Dodgers, is reportedly among several executives generating early consideration for the vacant Minnesota Twins' GM position. Anthopolous was one of many names mentioned Friday by..." July 22

  • Red Sox roll over visiting Twins

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Steven Wright has proven to be a tired bullpen's best friend this season. A night after the Boston Red Sox used five relievers, the knuckleballer held down the fort for eight innings as the bats did the rest in a 13-2 rout of the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night at Fenway..." July 21

  • MLB eyes limits on relief pitchers, which doesn't make much sense

    Sporting News "Rob Manfred has been vocal about several changes he's looking to negotiate during his tenure as commissioner of Major League Baseball. Add "relief pitcher restrictions" to that list. On Thursday's episode of ESPN's "Mike and Mike," Manfred said MLB has been "talking a lot internally" about..." July 21

  • How Twins lefty Fernando Abad hurt his back — and why he’s ripe for trade

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Veteran reliever Fernando Abad continues to attract trade interest as the Aug. 1 non-waiver deadline draws closer, but the lefty’s sporadic usage has given potential trade partners pause. After working on back-to-back days six times in the first two months of the season, Abad has done so just..." July 21

  • Kepler comes through in clutch to lift Twins past Tigers

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- When Max Kepler hits a home run, good things usually happen for the downtrodden Minnesota Twins. While the Twins are 24 games below .500, they're 8-1 when their rookie right fielder goes deep. Kepler did it again on Wednesday in dramatic fashion. He blasted a tie-breaking..." July 20

  • The MLB home run explosion of 2016: Are juiced baseballs to blame?

    ESPN "The day before the All-Star Game, Max Scherzer was in a good mood. He talked about University of Missouri football, how the curveball he developed in 2013 took his game to the next level and the new cutter he's starting to throw. Then he was asked about the home run spike across the..." July 20

  • The Twins owner wants his new general manager to be “lovable”

    Hardball Talk "Jim Pohlad, owner of the Minnesota Twins, has a lot to think about when he thinks about what kind of general manager he’s looking for to replace the fired Terry Ryan. Does he want an analytical guy with an Ivy League education or someone who came up through the scouting ranks? Is he looking for an..." July 19

  • Milone, Twins top Tigers

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Tommy Milone couldn't quite finish off what he started. However, he did more than enough to end the Detroit Tigers' domination of the Minnesota Twins. Milone took a shutout into the ninth inning while winning his third consecutive start, and the Twins held on for a 6-2 triumph..." July 19

  • Minnesota Twins fire Terry Ryan as general manager

    Lone Star Ball "The Minnesota Twins have fired Terry Ryan as the team's general manager, per a release from the Minnesota Twins announcing he has been "relieved of his duties." Although the Twins have been awful this year, this is still a surprising move, given Ryan's long history with the team and the fact..." July 19

  • Upton's 200th career homer lifts Tigers past Twins

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Justin Upton won't have to hear Ian Kinsler badgering him about hitting his 200th home run any longer. Upton finally reached the milestone Monday and it turned out to be a game-winner. The solo blast by the Detroit Tigers' left fielder held up in a 1-0 win over the Minnesota Twins..." July 18

  • Rage against the machines: MLB stars don't want to see robot umps

    Sporting News "When you follow a game on Major League Baseball’s website, it’s there. When you watch a local broadcast, there’s a good chance you’ll see it. When you see an ESPN broadcast, it’s part of the live picture. Graphics showing the strike zone, telling viewers immediately whether a pitch is good, are..." July 18

  • Twins’ Kyle Gibson has the goods, but his results are vanilla

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Vanilla is a catchall for myriad flavors that doubles as a sneering pejorative for bland. The Google says French vanilla comes on strong and sweet, Bourbon vanilla is fruity and Mexican vanilla smoky. Kyle Gibson vanilla smells and tastes plenty like the Twins right-hander’s pitching line..." July 18

  • Report: Shortened MLB schedule gaining momentum

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball has used a 162-game schedule for more than 50 years. When it comes time to negotiate the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the MLB schedule might be changing. “The idea of returning to a 154-game regular season has gained momentum recently,” per David Lennon of New York..." July 18

  • Tomlin, Gimenez help Indians beat Twins

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Josh Tomlin's performance on Sunday could not have come at a better time for the Cleveland Indians. The day after his club taxed its bullpen in an 11-inning loss to the Minnesota Twins, the right-hander scattered six hits while allowing just one run over 7 2/3 innings as the..." July 17

  • Carrasco, Ramirez lead Indians over Twins

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Carlos Carrasco did what almost all starting pitchers have failed to do over the last month: Cool the bats of the Minnesota Twins. Carrasco pitched 6 2/3 strong innings and the Indians got a three-hit night from first baseman Mike Napoli in a 5-2 win over the Twins on Friday..." July 16

  • 2016 MLB All-Star Game ratings and viewership are record lows

    Awful Announcing "There was a time when the MLB All-Star Game could boast that it was a mid-summer ratings and viewership draw. But in this day and age of internet, fragmented cable universe and so many other alternatives, the All-Star Game can no longer make that claim. While the American League can feel good..." July 13

  • Rob Manfred: PEDs not behind surge in homers

    Newsday "The day after Giancarlo Stanton’s personal fireworks display lit up Petco Park in the Home Run Derby, commissioner Rob Manfred faced a volley of questions about Major League Baseball’s sudden power surge, and what might be behind it. Stanton is one of the strongest players in the sport, at a..." July 13

  • MLBPA head: Pitchers' Derby will be considered for 2017

    The Score "Those slugging pitchers might get their wish next season. Major League Baseball and the Players' Association are going to discuss incorporating pitchers into the Home Run Derby for as soon as next season, MLBPA executive director Tony Clark told Jayson Stark of ESPN on Monday. The union leader..." July 12

  • Giancarlo Stanton wins MLB Home Run Derby

    USA Today "Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton won the 2016 MLB Home Run Derby on Monday night at Petco Park in San Diego, setting a record with 61 total home runs in a single Derby. Stanton defeated defending champion Todd Frazier of the Chicago White Sox in the final, hitting 20 homers to Frazier's 13. Of..." July 12

  • The Home Run Derby is Trash

    Complex "There was a time when I used to get psyched for the Home Run Derby. But there was also a time when I used to get psyched for Adam Sandler movies. You get a little older, you revaluate a few things in your life, among them what you waste your time watching. And baseball’s gimmicky exhibition of..." July 11

  • Kepler's grand slam help Twins clobber Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Minnesota Twins don't want to see the All-Star break start or the Texas Rangers exit their schedule. Minnesota closed out the first half with a 15-5 romp over the Rangers on Sunday to cap the first half of the season. It ends with Minnesota having won five of seven..." July 10

  • Rangers rally for 6-5 win over Twins

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- Cole Hamels struggled for the second straight start but some big sixth inning hits helped the Texas Rangers overcome a shaky performance by their ace. Elvis Andrus had the game-tying triple and Bobby Wilson lifted the tiebreaking sacrifice fly as the Rangers rallied for..." July 09

  • A Trump presidency raises concerns among Major League Baseball players

    USA Today "As part of its All-Star Week celebration in San Diego, Major League Baseball will dedicate a new sporting complex in neighboring Tijuana on Monday, with Commissioner Rob Manfred in attendance. It’s a continuation of MLB’s efforts to expand its foothold in Mexico, which began with Manfred’s trip to..." July 09

  • Twins open series with rout of Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Minnesota Twins aren't going anywhere this season, but they seem to have the number of the best team in the American League. Minnesota routed the Texas Rangers 10-1 Thursday night at Globe Life Park in the opener of a four-game series leading into the All-Star..." July 08

  • Orioles scouts watched Sonny Gray, Ervin Santana in Weds. game

    Camden Chat "The idea that the Orioles are going to have to trade for someone to try to improve the state of their starting rotation gets more support almost on a daily basis. It seems so unlikely that they could hold their slim division lead with that unit continuing to pitch the way it collectively..." July 08

  • Twins pitching coach Allen returns 6 weeks after DWI arrest

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Neil Allen returned to the Twins on Thursday, embarrassed and humiliated, he said, by his drunken driving arrest in late May — but mostly thankful, too. The Twins, the team’s pitching coach said, “probably saved my life.” That’s because the team, rather than firing him, enrolled Allen in an..." July 08

  • Twins’ Phil Hughes has rib-removal surgery

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Twins pitcher Phil Hughes underwent successful rib-removal surgery on Wednesday to combat thoracic outlet syndrome. Edina-based Dr. Howard Saylor performed the surgery on Hughes, who had visited St. Louis vascular specialist Dr. Robert Thompson in 2011 while with the New York Yankees. The..." July 08

  • Home Run Derby contestants announced

    SB Nation "The 2016 Home Run Derby contestants were announced on Thursday evening, and the eight participants in Monday's power display include the host team's lone All-Star as well as the major league leader in home runs. ESPN will televise the Home Run Derby on Monday beginning at 8 p.m. ET live from..." July 07

  • Jays among teams scouting Gray, Santana

    TSN "Minnesota Twins starter Ervin Santana outdueled Sonny Gray of the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night in a two-hit, complete-game shutout and Toronto Blue Jays scouts were there to watch. The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reports that the Jays were among a number of teams to have..." July 07

  • 2016 MLB Trade Deadline: The best options at each position who could be traded

    CBS Sports "With the August 1 trade deadline less than four weeks away, this is as good of a time as any to start defining the market. There are numerous ways to do that, but we've settled on an old-timey, pure basebally approach: constructing a team -- or most of one -- using players who seem to have a great..." July 07

  • Milone, Twins beat rain, Athletics

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- A lengthy rain delay didn't affect Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Tommy Milone, as the left-hander fired six strong innings in an 11-4 win over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night at Target Field. Both clubs sat out a nearly three-hour delay before Milone started the game..." July 06

  • Twins' Santana tosses two-hitter to shut out A's

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Paul Molitor has pondered plenty of difficult decisions during his season and a half as manager of Minnesota Twins. But the skipper had it easy on Wednesday. Twins starter Ervin Santana was brilliant, allowing just two hits in a 4-0 complete-game shutout of the Oakland..." July 06

  • Fans trash All-Star jerseys after 1st TV appearance

    The Score "When the jerseys for this year's All-Star weekend were revealed back in April, the initial public reception was quiet. However, after they were worn on television for the first time by players on Tuesday, fans are beginning to speak up on the brown and mustard get-ups, and the feedback hasn't..." July 06

  • Here are your 2016 All-Stars for the American and National Leagues

    Hardball Talk "The 2016 All-Star Game will be hosted by the Padres at Pecto Park on July 12. Your starters were just announced on a special selection show on ESPN. American League Starters C – Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals 1B – Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals 2B – Jose Altuve, Houston..." July 06

  • Rangers interested in Ervin Santana

    MLB Daily Dish "The Rangers “took a hard look” at Twins starter Ervin Santana during his last start, according to Lavelle Neal of the Star-Tribune. Texas is known to be looking for starting help in advance of the trade deadline. Santana, 33, is one of Minnesota’s many trade chips this summer, and is being..." July 06

  • These under-the-radar players deserve to be MLB All-Stars

    USA Today "Unless a late voting surge changed the direction of All-Star Game balloting, the Chicago Cubs will have an overwhelming presence at the July 12 showcase in San Diego, with as many as five of the eight elected National League starters possibly coming from the NL Central leaders. And that doesn’t..." July 05

  • Twins' Trevor May: Won't be activated Monday

    CBS Sports "May (back) will not be activated from the DL until at least Tuesday and maybe a day or two longer, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports." July 04

  • Dull comes through again as Athletics top Twins

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Don't confuse Ryan Dull's surname with the job he's done out of the bullpen this season for the Oakland Athletics. His performance so far in 2016 has been anything but. Dull stranded a pair of runners in the seventh inning on Monday to help preserve a 3-1 victory over the..." July 04

  • Twins hand Rangers' Hamels a rare defeat

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- After allowing a leadoff home run following a sub-par bullpen warm-up, Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson feared the worst against the Texas Rangers on Sunday afternoon at Target Field. Gibson allowed the first three men he faced to reach base but made a mechanical tweak and..." July 03

  • Desmond homer in 10th lifts Rangers past Twins

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- After sustaining heartbreaking, walk-off losses each of the previous two days, the Texas Rangers finally inflicted some late damage. Ian Desmond led off the top of the 10th inning with a solo homer, lifting the Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night..." July 02

  • Kepler has seven RBIs as Twins club Rangers 17-5

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Even after making team history on Saturday, Max Kepler was unsure of his place in the Minnesota Twins' record book. Kepler hit a pair of three-run homers among his seven RBIs in a 17-5 whitewashing of the Texas Rangers at Target Field. After his second homer and..." July 02

  • Twins demote struggling Park to Triple-A

    The Score "The bottom finally caved in on Byung Ho Park, as the struggling Minnesota Twins slugger was optioned to Triple-A Rochester, the team announced Friday. Park was signed by the Twins to a four-year, $12-million contract in the offseason after several stellar years playing in his homeland. While he..." July 01

  • White Sox top Twins, Shields picks up first win with Chicago

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- James Shields insists he doesn't put too much emphasis on numbers alone, especially when they relate to his win-loss record. But after finally picking up his first victory as a member of the Chicago White Sox starting rotation Wednesday night, Shields will admit that finally..." June 30

  • In Chicago, Justin Morneau catches up with the Twins

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Justin Morneau was playing catch in front of the Twins’ dugout Wednesday, the better to facilitate greeting former teammates and friends he hadn’t caught up with a day earlier. Out wandered manager Paul Molitor, who couldn’t help but be thrown off by Morneau’s black-and-white uniform. “It was..." June 30

  • Dozier homers twice as Twins blank White Sox

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Brian Dozier may have the most exciting answer when it comes to why he has been so productive at the plate this month. But after another big night at the plate, the Minnesota Twins' second baseman certainly isn't complaining. Dozier hit two home runs and drove in all four..." June 29

  • New bill aims to make minor leaguers exempt from OT pay

    The Comeback "Congress has introduced a bill which aims to make life a lot tougher for Minor League Baseball players. The Save America’s Pastime Act would amend the Fair Labor Standard Act to make MiLB players not subject to laws that protect hourly-rated employees. Basically, they don’t want Minor League..." June 29

  • Phil Hughes To Undergo Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Twins right-hander Phil Hughes will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, tweets Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The operation will alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, who adds that GM Terry Ryan says the club expects Hughes..." June 28

  • Twins' error hands Yankees 2-1 victory

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- The enthusiasm about the back end of the bullpen was evident for the New York Yankees. As for their feelings about reaching .500, not so much. However, thanks to an error by Minnesota Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar with one out in the bottom of the eighth and three more..." June 25