Terry Ryan confirmed that Tommy Milone had a cortisone shot in his neck around mid-week.
Minneapolis Star Tribune "First Detroit, and now Cleveland. The Twins are butting into the American League Central race, and their kids are leading the way. Oswaldo Arcia and Kennys Vargas both homered on Friday night, Arcia extended a ninth-inning rally off the Indians closer, and Danny Santana scored the winning run..." September 20
Hearing Glen Perkins has some nerve irritation and maybe a slight muscle strain. Doesn't appear to be serious. Story posted soon.
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Before you dive into that morning pot of coffee, the next sentence might be the only pick up you need. The Twins have won a series. Not only that, but one at home. Their 8-4 victory over Detroit on Wednesday allowed them to take two of three from the two-time defending AL Central champions,..." September 18
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Whatever was wrong with their Opening Day starter for most of the year, Ricky Nolasco seems to have fixed it. But now something is wrong with the Twins’ All-Star closer. Their former All-Star closer, too. Glen Perkins and Joe Nathan took turns blowing saves Tuesday, with the Twins getting..." September 17
CBSSports.com "The Twins have already been eliminated from postseason contention, so at this point they're just hoping to get through the rest of the season healthy. Unfortunately, closer Glen Perkins will be unavailable on Wednesday night not only because he is dealing with a nagging neck problem, but also..." September 17
Minneapolis Star Tribune "The White Sox opened the fourth inning with four consecutive hits and two runs. The implosion seemed to be just a couple of pitches away. But Trevor May didn’t have that look on Sunday. He marched off the mound to take the ball, talked with catcher Kurt Suzuki and then was visited by pitching..." September 15
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Tommy Milone tried to throw in the bullpen Saturday morning in advance of his start Monday. “It was not good,” he said. Soon after that, the Twins announced that Milone would not make his start on Monday against the Tigers. And the Twins aren’t sure if Milone will return to the mound before..." September 14
Chicago Tribune "The 20,106 die-hards who populated U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday were not exactly chanting "Let's play two!" when the White Sox hosted the Twins. But that is what they got between the AL Central bottom-feeders. Dayan Viciedo provided the heroics with a two-run homer in the ninth for a 7-6..." September 14
Chicago Tribune "The American League Central also-rans faced each other in a Saturday doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Field. Jose Quintana struck out a career-high 13 batters in the first game to help the Sox to a 5-1 victory over the Twins. "I like when I get a lot of strikeouts," Quintana said. "Sometimes..." September 14
Gardy said Swarzak is "the hope" for Monday's start but #MNTwins still have to get through 3 games in roughly 25 hours.
Not looking good for Tommy Milone to start Monday
St. Paul Pioneer Press "Friday’s rainout at U.S. Cellular Field gave the Twins a chance to push back left-hander Tommy Milone’s scheduled start at least two days as he recovers from a sore neck in addition to a tired pitching shoulder. Milone, who had been scheduled to work Saturday, will now start Monday at the..." September 13
Cleveland Plain Dealer "As the mercury in the thermometer fought all afternoon to eclipse the 60-degree mark, the Indians kept the Twins' bats on ice. Corey Kluber cast a cold spell on Minnesota in the opening contest of Thursday's double header. T.J. House carried it over into the second game, in which the Tribe..." September 12
Cleveland Plain Dealer "Excuse Corey Kluber if he looks shocked. This kind of production from the Indians’ offense is just so, well, shocking. The Indians, behind homers by Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes, beat the Twins, 8-2, Thursday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader at Progressive Field. The offensive..." September 12
Cleveland Plain Dealer "Wednesday's game between the Indians and Twins at Progressive Field has been postponed because of rain. The game will be made up as a traditional doubleheader Thursday with the first game starting at 12:05 p.m. and the second game following about 20 minutes later. Gates open at 11 a.m. " September 11
L.A. Daily News "Mike Trout hit his 32nd homer, C.J. Wilson recovered from a slow start and the Los Angeles Angels completed a season sweep of Minnesota by beating the Twins 14-4 on Sunday. Howie Kendrick, who had three hits and four RBIs, and C.J. Cron also homered for Los Angeles. The AL West leaders had a..." September 08
L.A. Daily News "Albert Pujols’ batting averages and home run totals aren’t as gaudy as they used to be. He’s still helping his team win games, though, and that’s just fine with him. Pujols homered, hit a tie-breaking double in the ninth and reached a couple of career milestones to lead the Angels over..." September 07
Jordan Schafer is also day to day with sore ribs after colliding with the wall in left field last night.
Perkins remains out with stiff neck. Gardy said he first mentioned it after last outing on Thursday.
L.A. Daily News "Kole Calhoun had three hits and scored four times, sliding into home for the go-ahead run in the 10th inning to give the Angels a 7-6 victory Friday over the Minnesota Twins. Calhoun singled to start the 10th, and Jared Burton (2-4) walked two in a row with one out to load the bases. Oswaldo..." September 06
Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins on Wednesday hired a popular local DJ — named Vaski — to play music between innings of their game against the White Sox. Was it intentional? Twins righthander Trevor May also likes to DJ. “I really enjoyed warming up to the stuff he was playing,” May said. “It’s funny. Everyone was..." September 04
Baltimore Sun "As the Orioles enter the final month of the regular season, their accomplishments are starting to mount along with their win total. They currently have the second-best record in baseball and a nine-game lead in the American League East division. And as the calendar turns to September, they even..." September 01
The reason Red Wings RHP Alex Meyer is going on the disabled list: shoulder inflammation.
Baltimore Sun "During this first-place run, Orioles manager Buck Showalter is continually asked about the resiliency of his club, primarily the way it has been able to bounce back after absorbing injuries to key players. And he usually delivers the same answer: The Orioles don't wallow in self-pity. Instead,..." August 31
And to clarify, RHP Samuel Deduno was claimed on outright waivers and is now an Astro, per an MLB source. #MNTwins
Baltimore Sun "While Chris Davis’ season has been a struggle at the plate, there’s no question the Orioles first baseman still can change a game with one swing of his bat. Davis is hitting just .189 this season, but regardless of his place in the club's lineup, he still gets respect at the plate — so much so..." August 30
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Usually, there are no saves awarded in an 11-5 victory like the Twins’ over Kansas City on Thursday night. But go ahead and credit Trevor Plouffe with a big save. Plouffe intercepted Jordan Schafer as he muttered his way past umpire Ron Kulpa, the man at third base who had just called an irate..." August 29
Kansas City Star "The chants overlapped as Nori Aoki stepped toward the plate. From both sides of Kauffman Stadium, the fans threw their voices toward the diamond, the sounds mixing but not muddling. The words were simple — “Let’s go Royals” — but the volume blared in the eighth inning of a 6-1 victory over..." August 28
Kansas City Star "For a team that couldn’t hit the ocean falling out of a boat for two games and eight innings, Royals starter Danny Duffy had a feeling in the bottom of the ninth. He knew who was due up. “You got Gordo coming up and you know something big’s going to happen,” Duffy said. Like a charm, Alex..." August 27
Yohan Pino was diagnosed with a minor strain in his UCL. He'll be shut down for 2-4 weeks. Likely to miss rest of the season.
Detroit Free Press "Justin Verlander threw much better Saturday night than in his last start Aug. 13 in Pittsburgh, when shoulder soreness caused him to have what he termed the worst stuff of his career. The right-hander gave up four runs, all during the second and third innings, then blanked Minnesota for his..." August 24
Minneapolis Star Tribune "No batting practice was scheduled on Saturday as the Twins faced a doubleheader with the Tigers a day after playing nearly four hours. “We really didn’t do much this morning,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “Just got loose in the [batting] cages. It was more ‘strap it on and go’ type..." August 24
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