Twins Rumors & News

  • Hunter, Twins finding a groove after rough start

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Torii Hunter thinks he’s found something important: his swing. The Twins have found something pretty critical, too: their confidence. Both were on display Sunday, and the result was a memorable home run, a winning homestand, and a 7-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians at Target Field. It’s..." April 20

  • MLB sets attendance record for first 2 weekends of season

    The Score "Baseball is proving, yet again, that it's not a dying sport. The first chunk of the 2015 season provided concrete evidence that America's pastime is alive and well. Major League Baseball games across the sport's 30 parks drew 1.5 million fans during each of the first two weekends for the..." April 20

  • Joe Buck has a truly awful suggestion about how to improve MLB broadcasts

    SI.com "Specifically to baseball, I would make players more accessible. There is no way networks can be able to talk to NASCAR drivers before they stuff themselves into the driver's seat of a race car to go over 200 miles per hour while we are all forbidden to talk to the starting pitcher of that night's..." April 20

  • Danny Salazar strikes out 10 as Cleveland Indians beat Minnesota Twins, 4-2

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "It's unclear if that was a mirage or not, but the Danny Salazar who took the mound against the Twins on Saturday afternoon, is the Danny Salazar the Indians have been waiting to see since he made his big league debut against Toronto on July 11, 2013. Salazar, activated before the game, struck..." April 19

  • Minnesota Twins win on Trevor Plouffe's walk-off home run against Indians

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The ball left Trevor Plouffe's bat and soared high into the Friday night lights. Instantly, the Twins third baseman could feel a weight lift off his shoulders. Before rounding the bases with a walk-off homer in the 11th inning of a 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians, Plouffe turned..." April 18

  • Brian Duensing lands on disabled list, Caleb Thielbar recalled

    Twin Cities "Struggling reliever Brian Duensing was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday and fellow left-hander Caleb Thielbar was recalled from Triple-A Rochester. Duensing, who posted a 7.36 earned run average and one save through his first six outings, was hit hard in the ninth inning of..." April 17

  • Twins unleash offense, survive shaky finish to take series from Royals

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Twins manager Paul Molitor said he and General Manager Terry Ryan recently went through an exercise in which they went down the roster and tried to project how many home runs each player would hit in 2015. “It usually doesn’t work that way,” Molitor said. “In fact, it’s usually never even..." April 17

  • Twins' offense turns corner in set with Royals

    MLB.com "After being routed in the home opener against the Royals on Monday, the Twins were 1-6 and still reeling after a frustrating first week of the season. But they bounced back, winning two straight against previously-unbeaten Kansas City, including an 8-5 win in the rubber game on Thursday..." April 16

  • Twins, with tweaked lineup, knock off Royals 3-1

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Twins manager Paul Molitor on Wednesday tweaked his lineup for the first time in his young managerial career, moving Torii Hunter from fourth to second and Brian Dozier from second to fourth. But never underestimate how pitching can make an offense look good. As Kyle Gibson weaved his way..." April 16

  • Royals surge into first place of American League Central with 12-3 victory over Twins

    Kansas City Star "Only four percent of the season has been completed, a seven-game sprint in the 162-game marathon. But the Royals stand alone in first place in the American League Central, unbeaten and undaunted, after a 12-3 trouncing the Twins on Monday afternoon. They are the last undefeated team remaining in..." April 14

  • Baseball’s new metal detectors won’t keep you safe. They’ll just make you miss a few innings.

    Washington Post "Fans attending Major League Baseball games are being greeted in a new way this year: with metal detectors at the ballparks. Touted as a counterterrorism measure, they’re nothing of the sort. They’re pure security theater: They look good without doing anything to make us safer. We’re stuck with..." April 14

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Ricky Nolasco (elbow) said plan is for him to play catch Wednesday. Still too soon to know if he'll be ready to come off DL in Seattle.

  • Chris Sale shows no sign of trouble from foot injury in dominant debut

    Chicago Sun-Times "In the fourth inning of the White Sox’ 6-2 victory against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, pitcher Chris Sale threw three different pitches to Trevor Plouffe. The first was a 79 mph slider, called a strike. The second was an 86 mph changeup Plouffe missed. The last was a 97 mph fastball,..." April 13

  • White Sox beat Twins

    Chicago Tribune "J.B. Shuck's pinch-hit single in the eighth inning Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field drove in Alexei Ramirez to give the White Sox their winning 5-4 edge. Closer David Robertson struck out the side in the ninth to preserve the team's first victory and to avoid the franchise's first 0-5 start since..." April 12

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Casey Fien had shoulder stiffness Friday and was unavailable

  • Milone's gem gets Molitor first victory as Twins beat White Sox

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The spray charts and hitting statistics on Paul Molitor’s desk will have to be reprinted, because they were soaked. The uniform and T-shirt Molitor was wearing went straight into the laundry, smelling of alcohol. The smile on his face took a beating, too, but he will probably be wearing that one..." April 11

  • MLB, union prohibit players from daily fantasy games

    ESPN.com "Major League Baseball and the players' association have agreed to a deal that forbids players from playing in daily fantasy baseball games that involve a prize, but still allows them to endorse these companies. Earlier this week, at the IMG World Congress in California, commissioner Rob Manfred..." April 11

  • Shane Greene sparkles in debut as Tigers sweep Twins

    Detroit News "They waited. And they waited. And they waited some more. And let's be honest — if you were the Tigers and you were playing the way they're playing, and the Twins were playing the way they're playing, well, you'd wait, too. When the long day was over — nearly four hours of rain delay, and..." April 10

  • May will start home opener as Nolasco goes on DL

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins got some “really good news” on Friday, manager Paul Molitor said, when Ricky Nolasco’s elbow exam revealed no structural damage. But Nolasco will go on the disabled list on Saturday, and Trevor May will rejoin the team — and start Monday’s home opener in Target Field. “It’s a..." April 10

  • Sanchez mesmerizes while Tigers mash in 11-0 win over Twins

    Detroit News "Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez had a very clever strategy for staying warm on a wet and chilly Wednesday afternoon where the temperature barely climbed to 40 degrees. Work fast, throw strikes and get off the field as quick as possible. The Minnesota Twins more than accommodated the strategy,..." April 09

  • Ervin Santana accused of falsifying documents, civil theft in twisty lawsuit with Florida jeweler

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The process server arrived at Ervin Santana's gated manor in Clearwater, Fla., at 8 p.m. Dec. 5 and punched numbers into the callbox. A woman answered. It was Friday. Night had fallen hours earlier. Brandi Trenary told the woman she had documents for Santana, the free-agent starting pitcher..." April 09

  • MLB Has Started Issuing Warnings To Those Violating Pace-Of-Play Rules

    Deadspin.com "This offseason, MLB instituted a handful of new rules aimed at speeding up games. Less than a week into the season, the league seems to be making an effort to stay on top of the enforcement of these new rules. The new rules require batters to keep at least one foot in the batter’s box..." April 09

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Terry Ryan confirmed RHP B.J. Hermsen is having Tommy John surgery today with #MNTwins doctors John Steubs and Pearce McCarty presiding.

  • MLB reviewing confrontation between Torii Hunter, umpire Joe West

    The Score "Torii Hunter's postgame comments regarding home plate umpire Joe West after Monday's Opening Day loss to the Detroit Tigers are likely to come at a cost. The Minnesota Twins veteran lambasted West after he was rung up on a checked swing for the final out of the ninth inning. Major League..." April 08

  • Will Kennys Vargas emerge as the Twins next serious power threat?

    Twinkie Town "In this week's article, we look at a subject that has resonated throughout Twins Territory for the past few seasons and that is who will be the next Minnesota Twins power threat in the lineup. This week we look at a player that I think has a serious chance to be that power hitter that Twins fans..." April 07

  • Price dominates in 'special' opener, Tigers blank Twins

    Detroit News "Victor Martinez sort of shrugged his shoulders. "He did OK, I guess," he deadpanned. Yeah, David Price did OK. The first Tigers pitcher not named Justin Verlander to start Opening Day in Detroit since 2007, Price threw 8.2 brilliant innings against the Twins to help the Tigers start 2015..." April 07

  • Cubs lead way as MLB sets spring training attendance records

    Sporting News "More than 4 million people attended MLB spring training games this year, the league announced Tuesday. The attendance total of 4,034,708 over 481 games breaks down to an average 8,388 per game. The total and average are new records for MLB; the previous marks were an 8,078 average last year and..." April 07

  • Torii Hunter on game-ending call: Umpire 'needs to do his job'

    ESPN.com "Trailing 4-0 to the Detroit Tigers in the ninth inning, the Minnesota Twins needed to string together some offense to make a comeback and win on Opening Day. With two outs, Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer singled to bring up Torii Hunter. The Tigers responded by bringing in closer Joe..." April 07

  • End of Cuban embargo may bring flood of MLB talent

    Yahoo Politics "One of the top sluggers in Cuban baseball says it is his “dream” to come to the United States and play in the major leagues for his favorite team, the New York Yankees. But Yulieski Gourriel, star third basemen for the powerhouse Havana Industriales and for years a highly regarded prospect by..." April 06

  • Twins SP Ervin Santana suspended 80 games

    CBSSports.com "Major League Baseball announced Friday that Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana has been suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, which is a performance-enhancing substance. " April 04

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    Dustin Morse @Twins_morsecode

    The #MNTwins have moved RHP Mike Pelfrey to the rotation & recalled LHP Aaron Thompson for the bullpen.

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    Darren Wolfson @DWolfsonKSTP

    The Dodgers are kicking the tires on former #MNTwins pitcher/old friend Scott Baker. Yankees let him go a few days ago.

  • Twins minor league instructor Riccardo Ingram dies at 48

    CBSSports.com "Twins longtime minor league instructor and manger Riccardo Ingram died Wednesday at the age of 48 after a five-year battle with brain cancer, reports MLB.com. Ingram was believed to be cancer free after undergoing radiation therapy in 2009, but the disease returned last season. "It's very..." April 01

  • Jeweler suing Twins pitcher Ervin Santana for $40,000 in unpaid bling

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "A Miami jeweler is suing Twins pitcher Ervin Santana after he allegedly defaulted on $40,000 worth of customized necklaces, according to a Dade County lawsuit. Major League Jewelers Inc. claims in its seven-page complaint that Santana defamed the company by claiming the necklaces were "fake."..." April 01

  • MLB average salary to top $4 million

    Covers.com "The average Major League Baseball salary will cross the $4 million threshold when the regular season begins next week. According to an analysis by The Associated Press, the average salary is projected to be about $4.25 million in 2015, depending on transaction before the start of the season on..." April 01

  • Major League players’ meal per diem to be $100.50 in 2015

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday we learned what the annual salary was in Major League Baseball. Now we know what the meal money situation is. I’m curious why the 50 cents is on there. Or what leads to the decision to raise it $1.50 from last year. I’m sure there are some accountants at MLB who have this all down..." April 01

  • Baseball Working to Help Spanish-Speaking Players Express Themselves

    New York Times "When Jose Pirela, a 25-year-old Venezuelan utility player for the Yankees, sat on a dugout bench last Tuesday to speak with more than a dozen reporters about the concussion he sustained two days earlier from crashing into an outfield wall, he did not feel comfortable speaking in English to a..." March 31

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    Rhett Bollinger @RhettBollinger

    Pinto is likely to play in a Minor League game again tomorrow, Molitor said.

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    #MNTwins are hoping to get results on Pinto's 2nd concussion test (taken today) by end of today. Still hope he can play in minors Monday.

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    Rhett Bollinger @RhettBollinger

    Milone named 5th starter

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    LaVelle E. Neal III @LaVelleNeal

    It's official: Twins pitching prospect Lewis Thorpe has a torn ulnar collateral ligament and needs Tommy John surgery. Surgery date TBA.

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Pelfrey say he's "kind of disappointed, frustrated, a little upset" with move to pen.

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Pinto did not pass concussion test Friday. Retaking again Sunday

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Molitor officially names Danny Santana Opening Day shortstop

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Won't be a strict platoon in center between Robinson and Schafer. Will play matchups. #mntwins will need to add Robinson to 40-man

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    LaVelle E. Neal III @LaVelleNeal

    And Aaron Hicks has been cut. @MillerStrib with blog post coming up

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Eddie Rosario has been optioned to Rochester. #MNTwins

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    Rhett Bollinger @RhettBollinger

    Trevor May optioned to AAA Rochester. Said he was told he needs to be more consistent

  • Top Cuban Alvarez drawing interest: Dodgers, Nats, Jays, Cards and more

    CBSSports.com "Top young Cuban righthander Yadier Alvarez is drawing interest from many major-league teams, including the Dodgers, Nationals, Blue Jays, Rangers, Phillies, Cardinals, Twins and Giants. Alvarez, who consistently registers 94-97 mph and recently hit 99, has petitioned MLB to be made eligible to..." March 28

  • Twins have inquired about watching Rafael Soriano

    Hardball Talk "Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reports that the Twins have inquired about watching free agent reliever Rafael Soriano throw. Soriano, 35, faltered in the closer’s role for the Nationals last season. He was taken out of the role in early September when he allowed runs in three..." March 28