Twins Rumors & News

  • A solution to the Twins' Joe Mauer problem

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Paul Molitor, progeny of Cretin-Derham Hall, earned a nickname as a Hall of Fame player: The Ignitor. (Baseball players are not always good spellors.) Joe Mauer, progeny of Cretin-Derham Hall, deserves a new nickname as a player once headed to the Hall of Fame: The Obstructor. Once a..." October 09

  • Twins want Sano to play a position instead of just DH

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "With no Twins baseball to help pass the time this winter, Terry Ryan provided the team’s fans with a juicy mystery instead Tuesday: What does he have in mind for Miguel Sano? In an hourlong season-wrapup media session at Target Field, the Twins general manager dropped a series of seemingly..." October 07

  • Royals clinch home-field advantage in 6-1 win over Twins

    Royals Review "It seemed unrealistic a few days ago, as the slumping Royals dropped their 17th game in 26 September contests. At 90-67, the Royals fell to 1.5 games back of the Toronto Blue Jays in the race for home-field advantage. Panic set in as local radio shows were filled with fans proclaiming that the..." October 05

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    LaVelle E. Neal III @LaVelleNeal

    Phil Hughes has been diagnosed with pneumonia

  • Yordano Ventura controls his fire at right time for Royals as they beat Twins

    Kansas City Star "The whole thing is about the curveball. Maybe that’s an oversimplification. OK, fine, that’s definitely an oversimplification. Yordano Ventura is awesome again for many reasons. He’s awesome again because he has learned that the contract and opening day start the Royals gave him don’t demand he..." October 04

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    Rhett Bollinger @RhettBollinger

    Molitor said the Twins will only start Kyle Gibson on short rest tomorrow if the game has playoff implications

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Torii Hunter held court pregame, said he would likely wait until late November to make a decision on whether he'll play in 2016. #MNTwins

  • Alcides Escobar sparks Royals to three-game winning streak, 3-1 victory over Twins

    Kansas City Star "Alcides Escobar bounced at first base as fading Twins reliever Glen Perkins toed the rubber. At the crack of Ben Zobrist’s bat, Escobar gauged the trajectory and velocity of the corresponding hit. Then Escobar put his head down and sprinted, from first to third and homeward, scoring the go-ahead..." October 03

  • Afternoon of promise, but a poor night as Twins split doubleheader

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The two starting pitchers for the Twins in their doubleheader Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians left the visitors’ clubhouse together at the end of a long day at Progressive Field. One held his head up as he walked toward the team bus. The other, hands stuffed inside the pockets of his..." October 01

  • Ricky Nolasco furious with Jose Ramirez, hints Twins will hit him

    Larry Brown Sports "The Minnesota Twins took exception to the way Jose Ramirez celebrated a home run he hit on Wednesday, and Ricky Nolasco hinted that the second baseman may be in line for a plunking. Ramirez went 2-for-4 with 4 RBIs in the Indians’ 10-1 win over the Twins in the second half of a doubleheader. He..." October 01

  • Baseball's culture clash: Vast majority of brawls involve differing ethnicities

    USA Today "A scene from the Texas Rangers’ clubhouse at Oakland's Coliseum last week neatly captured the blending of cultures that’s so prevalent in baseball. As Shin-Soo Choo highlights flashed on a TV screen, a group of seven Latin players sitting around a table – some born in the U.S., others abroad –..." October 01

  • Twins beat Cleveland 4-2 in series opener, but don't gain ground on Astros or Angels

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Four hours before their latest biggest series of the year was scheduled to begin Monday, the Twins were dealt a blow. But like so many times this season, they adjusted and kept winning. Tommy Milone stepped in for ailing Phil Hughes and tamed the Indians lineup while keeping the Twins..." September 29

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    Dustin Morse @Twins_morsecode

    STARTER CHANGE: The @Twins will start LHP Tommy Milone tonight vs. Cleveland. Phil Hughes is a scratch (illness).

  • Twins 7-1 win sets up meaningful final week of baseball

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Last week of the season. Seven games to go. And the Twins are hanging around the wild-card race. They need to make a run, but they are still within range. “Hey, the chance is right there,” righthander Ervin Santana said. “We just have to take advantage of it. Every series, every game counts...." September 28

  • MLB will allow iPads in dugouts with limitations

    Baseball Essential "In a world that is constantly seeing technology become more advanced with each passing day, it’s good to see sports leagues apply that technology during games and practices. The NFL was the first league to begin using tablets last season when they struck a $400 million deal with Microsoft to..." September 28

  • Twins collect much-needed victory in Detroit

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Now we know what it takes for the Twins to be less rigid about protecting young arms: Have the season on the line and a rookie on a roll. Tyler Duffey’s veteran-like performance, plus a few timely late-inning hits, sent the Twins to a 6-2 victory over Detroit on Saturday night, one that ended a..." September 27

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    Rhett Bollinger @RhettBollinger

    Milone threw a 35-pitch bullpen without any issues. Says he's ready for any role they want him in. Could pitch in relief by Monday if needed

  • Davis' big bat gives Tigers win over Twins

    Detroit News "At one point in the seventh inning Friday, the Tigers were outhitting the Twins, 9-1, and losing the game, 4-1. "I looked up there and was like, 'Something's going on; what is it?" Rajai Davis said. "But the guys kept getting hits and getting on base and we finally got that clutch hit." It..." September 26

  • Ricky Nolasco rejoins Twins after three-month absence

    Hardball Talk "Out for the past three-plus months following ankle surgery that was initially thought to be season-ending, right-hander Ricky Nolasco is off the disabled list and might actually play a role for the Twins down the stretch." September 25

  • Indians strike early behind Cody Anderson to beat Twins, 6-3

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians stirred the embers of their wild-card hopes on a chilly night at Target Field. They're still a long way from an inferno, but it's better than the subzero temperatures they were dealing with in the first two games of this series. Before Thursday's game manager Terry Francona..." September 25

  • Twins win 4-2 over Tribe, pull within one game of Wild Card

    Twinkie Town "It wouldn't be fair to say that the Twins are clicking on all cylinders, especially where the starting rotation is concerned. Last week there was concern that Phil Hughes might not pitch again for Minnesota in 2015, but injuries and almost-injuries forced him into action. On Wednesday night he was..." September 24

  • Twins gain ground with 3-1 victory over Cleveland

    Twinkie Town "The Twins squandered opportunities, but a three-run 3rd inning turned out to be enough for the win. Ervin Santana manged to pitch 7 innings, giving up only 1 earned run and 1 walk wile racking up 7 strikeouts. The first couple innings were relatively quiet, until the bottom of the third when..." September 23

  • Tyler Duffey's pitching sparks Twins to 8-1 victory over Angels

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Rookies are supposed to be seen and not heard, but there are times when Tyler Duffey is not like that at all. “That guy is not afraid,” Twins outfielder Torii Hunter said. “You can hear him screaming when you’re coming in from the field. He is screaming in the dugout. Maybe [he’s] a little hard..." September 21

  • Twins curiously want Torii Hunter back for “at least one more season”

    Hardball Talk "Torii Hunter is batting just .245 with a .298 on-base percentage in 516 plate appearances this season and he turned 40 years old in July, but the Twins have still been quite pleased with their reunion with the veteran outfielder and apparently want to continue it. Nick Cafardo of the Boston..." September 21

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Hughes back in rotation. Starts Wednesday in place of Milone (tired shoulder).

  • Garrett Richards dominates Minnesota, helps Angels to doubleheader sweep

    Orange County Register "Garrett Richards is lined up to be able to start the AL wild card game. That is a fact that has been true for some time, but suddenly seems far more relevant on a night that Richards showed the stuff that made him the staff ace, in the process helping the Angels get into position where that..." September 20

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Hughes will be available in relief today. "There's no doubt about that," Molitor said last night.

  • Mike Trout helps awaken Angels offense in comeback victory over Twins

    Orange County Register "Who needs sleep? “Overrated for sure,” Angels starter Hector Santiago said after the Angels’ 11-8 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night. The irony of this game was that the Angels had the tough turnaround of a night game in Seattle on a getaway day before the series in..." September 18

  • Twins should get closer Glen Perkins back Friday

    Hardball Talk "Twins closer Glen Perkins hasn’t made an appearance since September 1 due to a long-lingering back injury, but he made it through a 36-pitch bullpen session Wednesday without issue and he expects to be available out of the Minnesota bullpen for Friday’s series opener against the Angels." September 17

  • Norris looks good, Tigers top Twins in 12

    Detroit News "Six games, two rainouts, one doubleheader and, to cap it off, a rain-delayed, 4-hour, 17-minute, 12-inning, 15-pitcher marathon. "The sun is going to be coming out when we get back to Detroit," manager Brad Aumus said. That's what happens when the trip ends happily. Ian Kinsler singled..." September 17

  • Tigers beat Twins, but four-year reign atop division officially ends

    Michigan Live "Math now agrees with what common sense has been saying for several weeks: the Detroit Tigers will not win the American League Central Division. Victor Martinez had three hits and knocked in two runs Tuesday night as the Detroit Tigers earned a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins. But a 2-0 win..." September 16

  • The minor leaguers’ minimum wage lawsuit was dismissed

    Hardball Talk "In early 2014 several minor leaguers filed a putative class action lawsuit against Major League Baseball alleging that minor leaguers are underpaid and exploited and that the Uniform Player Contract unfairly takes advantage of them. The upshot: excluding bonuses which only a few minor leaguers..." September 16

  • Another big first inning carries Twins past Tigers

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Tyler Duffey couldn’t find the strike zone in the first inning Monday night and eventually loaded the bases against Detroit. It was not the first time the Twins rookie righthander has been in a jam, and he had no thoughts of having a short night. “If you think that, you shouldn’t be doing it,”..." September 15

  • Twins activate Phil Hughes from the disabled list

    Hardball Talk "Twins right-hander Phil Hughes is off the disabled list and will start tonight against the Tigers after missing the past month with a back injury. Hughes returns without a minor-league rehab assignment, so the Wild Card-chasing Twins are taking a bit of a risk throwing him right back into the..." September 15

  • Gibson outpitches Sale as Twins pound White Sox

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Torii Hunter considers Chris Sale the best lefthanded pitcher in baseball, a tough guy with the most unhittable mix of power and finesse. So why do the Twins treat him like batting practice? “I don’t know how we hit Sale, no idea at all,” Hunter said after the Twins took a wrecking ball to..." September 14

  • White Sox score season-high seven in fourth, defeat Twins

    Chicago Sun-Times "One crooked number was all it took for the White Sox and left-hander Jose Quintana to take care of the Minnesota Twins Saturday night. Rookie Trayce Thompson started a seven-run fourth inning with a double down the right field line against Sox nemesis Tommy Milone and added an RBI single to..." September 13

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Glen Perkins (back) played catch out to 90 feet today. First time he's thrown since Sept. 1. Previously did simulated throwing in pool.

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    Phil Miller @MillerStrib

    Phil Hughes will start Tues vs Det -- Duffey-Hughes-Santana. Skipping Pelfrey, but he'll start again, Molitor says, not headed to pen.

  • Plouffe's two homers, Hunter's two assists lead Twins to victory over White Sox

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Torii Hunter was told he might be pinch hit for occasionally, and he responded Friday with two hits and the tying RBI. He was told he might be substituted for in the outfield, and he responded by throwing two White Sox baserunners out from right field. He was told he might be pinch run for, and he..." September 12

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    Phil Miller @MillerStrib

    Phil Hughes will start Tues vs Det -- Duffey-Hughes-Santana. Skipping Pelfrey, but he'll start again, Molitor says, not headed to pen.

  • Ron Gardenhire “is the heavy favorite” to be the Tigers’ new manager

    Hardball Talk "Detroit hasn’t even fired manager Brad Ausmus yet–and based on early reports, don’t plan to do so until after the season–but there are already multiple sources linking former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire to the Tigers job. Bob Nightengale of USA Today goes so far as to call Gardenhire “the..." September 11

  • Sano strikes for Twins with 12th-inning pinch-hit blast

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Miguel Sano, deep in a rookie slump, was just trying to hit a line drive. He hit the equivalent of about five of them instead. The rookie slugger, benched to let his hamstring and his strike-zone judgment regain their strength amid a 1-for-18 stretch, rocketed a tremendous home run onto the..." September 10

  • Edinson Volquez, Royals snap four-game skid with 4-2 victory over Twins

    Kansas City Star "The prospect of a five-game losing streak hung on his right arm, so Edinson Volquez blocked out as many distractions as he could before a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins. But as he sauntered to the Kauffman Stadium bullpen Tuesday afternoon, one slipped into his mind: his wife. He had..." September 09

  • MLB announces tentative 2016 schedule "Major League Baseball on Tuesday released its tentative 2016 regular-season schedule, starting with the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game on April 3 with a matchup to be announced, and then featuring 13 games on the first convergence of Opening Day and Square Root Day: April 4, 2016. The 13 games..." September 09

  • Twins Win 6-2 Over Royals

    Twinkie Town "Behind the arm of Tommy Milone the Twins picked up steam in the wildcard by defeating the Royals 6-2 on Monday evening. The lefty gave Minnesota seven innings, allowing just two runs in the win. Coming off one of best starts of the season against Chicago the last time out, Milone pitched a gem..." September 08

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Phil Hughes (back) said his Sunday bullpen "went well" and he is headed next to Kansas City for simulated game on Wednesday. #MNTwins

  • Astros skip past Twins

    Houston Chronicle "It’s not worth griping over three home runs when they’re three solo shots and the Astros won, so Dallas Keuchel’s 17th win Sunday in an 8-5 Astros victory over the Twins is best remembered for its count of innings, eight, and strikeouts, 12. With 200 2/3 innings, Keuchel’s already surpassed his..." September 07

  • Santana benefits from Twins' young outfield trio in win over Houston

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "As Jose Altuve’s bases-loaded line drive whizzed past Kevin Jepsen’s head Saturday, he thought he had lost the game. “To be honest, I thought it was a base hit,” the Twins’ interim closer said. “I really did.” Then he remembered who his outfielders are. On a night when the Twins played their..." September 06

  • Astros shut out Twins 8-0

    Houston Chronicle "Jed Lowrie and George Springer were hurt for so long that the near-idealized Astros lineup was never seen before Friday night. With an 8-0 breezy win over the Twins and a pair of home runs against a pitcher who barely allows any, the new batting order brought instant allure. The exuberant..." September 05

  • 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