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Twins set Pitching Staff for Opening Day

The Minnesota Twins optioned relief pitcher Caleb Thielbar to Triple-A Rochester this morning, setting the team’s pitching staff for Opening Day next week. This move leaves the Twins with 12 pitchers in camp, the number that first-year manager Paul Molitor told media last week that he expected to begin the season with. Thielbar has been a very effective arm out of the bullpen...
Via Baseball Essential
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Twins Roster Preview - Hitter guys

With the depressing but not terribly surprising news that the Twins sent all the interesting young people back down to the minors and kept a bunch of lame-o veterans on the big league roster, I suppose it's time to turn my thoughts to baseball.  Also, there's a 75% chance I hate the college basketball national champion (actually probably more like 98%) so I'm going to ignore that...
Via Down with Goldy
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: Opening day roster starting to take shape

Early Saturday morning the Twins decided to option Aaron Hicks, Eddie Rosario and Trevor May down to their AAA affiliate, the Rochester Red Wings. This not only has immediate impact to these three players, but it helps shape what the opening day roster will look like. The largest question the Twins were faced with coming into spring training was who is going to be their fifth starter...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins News and Notes: Week of 4/5

Here is a wrap up of the last week of news for the Minnesota Twins. On Saturday, the Twins announced that Tommy Milone will be the fifth starting pitcher. The move means that Mike Pelfrey will begin the season in the bullpen. According to Rhett Bollinger of, Pelfrey wants to be traded as opposed to pitching out of the bullpen. It seems like Pelfrey has a legitimate gripe...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: Tommy Milone earns spot in rotation after solid spring

The battle for the fifth spot in Minnesota’s starting rotation is now over, as Tommy Milone was officially named a starter by manager Paul Molitor. Milone has had respectable Spring Training, posting a 4.50 ERA in 14 innings pitched up to this point. He will join Phil Hughes, Ricky Nolasco, Ervin Santana, and Kyle Gibson on the Twins’ starting staff. The announcement didn’t...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Perkins & Varvaro, Travis in Toronto, Dozier Ducks, much more

Glen Perkins and Anthony Varvaro have reverse splits – specifically with regard to allowing runners — for distinctly different reasons. The Twins southpaw attributes his to spatial relationships. The Red Sox righty points to a swinging gate. Before we get to their thoughts on the subject, let’s look at the numbers. Last season, left-handed batters […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Mauer hits 1st spring homer, Twins beat Phillies

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Joe Mauer hit his first home run of the spring and the Minnesota Twins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-1 Saturday. Mauer hit a two-run drive to right field. The three-time AL batting champion has spent extra time working off a tee with hitting coach Tom Brunansky, often focusing on getting the lefty-hitting Mauer to pull the ball hard to right. Mauer hasn...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pelfrey Upset with Bullpen Role, Twins Announce Multiple Lineup Decisions

The Minnesota Twins entered camp with a number of position battles and the dust has settled all across the board after first year manager Paul Molitor has declared winners this morning. The most talked about position battle this spring was the fight for the fifth and final spot in the team’s starting rotation. 28-year-old Tommy Milone entered camp as the favorite and has officially...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Opening Day Preview: Minnesota Twins

MINNESOTA TWINS 2015 PREVIEW In comes new manager Paul Molitor who undoubtedly will bring a fresh perspective to the team. One of the things he did right away was restrict use of electronic devices for 30 minutes before games, which should help create greater communication in the clubhouse. Molitor replaces Ron Gardenhire who was let go after four straight losing seasons although...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: Four bold predictions for 2015

As the 2015 season fast approaches, Minnesota Twins fans are well aware that the 2015 (and possibly 2016) seasons look to be rebuilding seasons in one of the deepest and most talented divisions in the MLB. While it is hard to find optimism in a team that has lost 90-plus games for four consecutive seasons, there are potential bright spots and exciting players that can cement themselves...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins to offer $19 Bloody Mary with pizza slice garnish

The Minnesota Twins have been down this road lined with outrageous adult beverages before, but the team pulled out all the stops on its latest alcoholic drink offering that will be available at Target Field this season. Minnesota Twins icon Kent Hrbek announced on Twitter Friday that the establishment inside the team’s stadium at the...Read More The post Twins to offer $19 Bloody...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Throwback Thursday - Twins Sign Phil Hughes

Prior to the start of the 2014 MLB season, the Minnesota Twins signed Phil Hughes to a 3 year $24 mil deal.  He had a record setting season in his debut, setting the Strikeout-Walk ratio record at 11.63.  Hughes beat out Bret Saberhagen (1994) and Cliff Lee (2010) as the only others to have a ratio of 10 or better.  Curt Schilling's 2002 season was the only other time a starting...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Recharged with Molitor, Twins need starting pitching spike

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Paul Molitor was hired as Minnesota's new manager, bringing Hall of Fame membership and renowned intelligence and intuition to a team seeking a fresh start. The Twins brought back one of their most popular players ever, Torii Hunter, to help solidify an unsettled outfield, mentor a fledgling team and hit a few home runs. They have collected plenty of promising young...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Off-Season Yoga Propelling Minnesota Twins Pitching Prospect to Peak Performance

Baseball stat heads and sabermetricians use advanced projection systems known as Steamer and ZiPS to predict a player’s future performance. But an emerging trend increasingly serves as a more accurate
Via Stack
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Brian Dozier, Twins Agree to a Safe Contract

On the heels of contract extensions for Christian Yelich and Adam Eaton, Brian Dozier and the Minnesota Twins got in on the action, agreeing to a four-year deal worth $20 million. Brian Dozier is one year further along in his career and one year closer to arbitration than Yelich and Eaton. Looking strictly at the […]
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Brian Dozier Signs 4 Year Deal with Minnesota Twins

Picture Credit – Jesse Johnson – USA TODAY Sports This morning, it was announced that the Minnesota Twins had come to terms with their 27 year old second baseman Brian Dozier. The contract spans four years and will be worth $20 million. Being that this deal is four years, this time period spans over all three of Dozier’s arbitration eligible years, and he is still on track...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Dozier and Twins agree to $20 million, 4-year contract

Second baseman Brian Dozier and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a $20 million, four-year contract. The deal was announced Tuesday, before the Twins played Toronto at their spring training home in Fort Myers, Florida. Dozier already was under contract for this year at $590,000 in the major leagues and $324,000 in the minors. The new deal calls for $2 million this season, $3 million...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Spring Training Gameday: Twins (8-9) at Phillies (9-10)

Minnesota Twins (8-7) at Philadelphia Phillies (10-6)  Starting Pitchers:PHI: David Buchanan vs.NYY: Mike Pelfrey Time: 1:05 EST, Bright House FieldTV: TCNWeather: Cloudy with possible rain, 71Media: Twitter and Facebook A Note for Today:  It was announced this morning that Aaron Nola (7th overall pick, 2014) will start Friday against the Yankees. Severino Gonzalez is slated...
Via Phillies Nation
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Central Show Down: Minnesota Twins

When Torii Hunter last played for the Twins, they were a Central Division heavyweight and opposing teams dreaded playing the scrappy team, particularly in the Metrodome. When he returns to the team he broke in with as a 21-year old outfielder this season, he’ll discover much has changed. The Twins have since relocated to Target Field, a much nicer playing home, but the Twins are...
Via Burning River Baseball
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Eduardo Nunez scandal rocks baseball!

Former Cashman Wunderkind and his outrageous quest for cheap thrills. Can baseball survive such challenges that strike at the very core of the game? Eduardo, say it ain't so!!

2015 season preview: Minnesota Twins

After years of toiling at the bottom of the AL Central, the Minnesota Twins finally look like they are ready to break out of their doldrums. Featuring a ton of young talent on the rise and a new manager in Hall of Famer and legendary former Twin Paul Molitor, the Twin Cities look like they have something to be excited about for the first time in a long time. But after a false start...
Via The Outside Corner
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Pelfrey throws glove to first to record out

We’ve seen this happen plenty of times before, but it never fails to amuse me. Adeiny Hechavarria smacked a chopper back to the mound…and Mike Pelfrey couldn’t get the ball out of his glove. Naturally, he did what you’re taught to do – he threw the whole glove over to Joe Mauer at first base. I had no idea that Hechavarria could hit a ball that hard. He’s not exactly...
Via The Outside Corner
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins to limit players' smartphone use on game days

  Taking away cell phones isn’t just a punishment for misbehaving teenagers anymore.   The Minnesota Twins said Friday that they’re going to limit their players’ cell phone time on game days, asking them to shut down their devices 30 minutes before the first pitch. The policy is something former manager Ron Gardenhire tried to start late last season and that...
March 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Michaels says Twins pumped fake noise in World Series

Al Michaels has covered incredible sporting events since the 1970’s. Michaels was the play-by-play commentator of eight World Series, nine Super Bowl and ample Olympic events, including the 1980 Miracle On Ice. On Wednesday, Michaels went on ProFootbalTalk Live with Mike Florio and discussed the recent revelations that the Atlanta Falcons are pumping artificial crowd noise into...
Via Awful Announcing
February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Al Michaels: Twins pumped in noise during 1987 World Series

On the heels of the Atlanta Falcons admitting to pumping artificial crowd noise into the Georgia Dome this past year, comes this dandy from the venerable Al Michaels. Speaking to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, the veteran announcer indicated that he believes the 1987 Minnesota Twins—winners of the World Series that year—pumped artificial crowd noise into the Metrodome during...
Via Sportsnaut
February 05, 2015  |  Discuss

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