Twins Rumors & News

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    LaVelle E. Neal III @LaVelleNeal

    Ricky Nolasco to have ankle surgery on Monday. No timetable on his return

  • Royals beat Twins 3-2 on ninth-inning walk-off double, earn series split

    Kansas City Star "The Royals were on their way to Sunday’s dramatic 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins around 4 a.m. That was when manager Ned Yost decided to give Alex Rios, and not Alex Gordon, a day off. The question of who to sit among the outfielders was intruding on Yost’s sleep. He finally decided to..." July 06

  • University of Toronto engineering students build first knuckleball pitching machine

    Toronto Star "R.A. Dickey often speaks of submitting to his fickle pitch, embracing its unpredictability and accepting the mystery. He has described the knuckleball as a “metaphor for letting go.” Engineers, by nature, are less inclined to leave such mysteries unsolved. Armed with their pesky math and..." July 06

  • AL and NL Starters for the 2015 All-Star Game announced

    Hardball Talk "The starters for the American and National League teams for the 2015 All-Star Game, hosted at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, were announced tonight on ESPN’s Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show. The starters: National League C: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants 1B: Paul..." July 06

  • Mauer's four hits lead Twins; Pressly hurts shoulder in win over Royals

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The concussion that wiped away the end of his 2013 season didn’t erase Joe Mauer’s memory. When he homered in the first inning Saturday, when he laced three other hits to the right side of Kauffman Stadium and collected his first four-hit night since that long-ago injury, the pleasure of such..." July 05

  • Lorenzo Cain slides home as Royals rally to beat Twins 3-2 in 10 innings

    Kansas City Star "Dusty Coleman has a lot of people to thank Friday after his major-league debut during the Royals’ 3-2, 10-inning victory over the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium. Coleman couldn’t score from third base when he hesitated with one out in the ninth inning, but he can thank Wade Davis, who..." July 04

  • Twins reinstate Santana from restricted list

    Fox Sports North "As expected, the Minnesota Twins on Saturday reinstated pitcher Ervin Santana from the restricted list. Santana served an 80-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Santana will make his Twins' debut Sunday against the Kansas City..." July 04

  • What can be expected from Ervin Santana?

    Fox Sports North "On Sunday, Ervin Santana will finally make his debut for the Minnesota Twins. This isn't the way anyone drew things up, as Santana was suspended 80 games for using Stanozolol, but with the Twins in the AL Central and wild-card hunt, there's no denying he'll provide a boost to Minnesota's..." July 03

  • Gibson gets Twins off on right foot vs. Royals

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Paul Molitor thinks Kyle Gibson has got some dog in him. That’s a good thing. “We’ve had a few opportunities where you want to try to get your guys to bulldog through tough outs late in games,” Molitor said. “It was tough. He was getting up there in pitches. But I tried to let him ride it..." July 03

  • Who is baseball's best manager? The survey says ...

    ESPN "If you subscribe to the notion that smart, analytically savvy front offices determine a team's success and the manager is little more than an appendage clad in cap and spikes, chances are you haven't spent much time following the National League West. Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave..." July 03

  • Twins will give 16-year-old shortstop Javier record $4 million

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Miguel Sano was promoted to the major leagues Thursday as the Twins’ highest paid international prospect. He lost that distinction before ever taking an at-bat. The Twins agreed to a $4 million contract with 16-year-old Dominican shortstop Wander Javier, the team confirmed, outstripping the..." July 03

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    Rhett Bollinger @RhettBollinger

    Molitor also confirmed that Ervin Santana will start on Sunday against the Royals. Phil Hughes pushed back to start on Monday.

  • Cueto, Reds edge Twins in rubber match

    Cincinnati Enquirer "If it was Johnny Cueto's last start at Great American Ball Park as a Red — the trade rumors, you know — he gave the fans an outing to remember him by. Cueto went eight innings and allowed one run on four hits to beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 before a crowd of 26,459 Wednesday afternoon at Great..." July 02

  • Twins promote top prospect Miguel Sano

    The Score "After losing their top prospect to injury less than one week ago, the Minnesota Twins will turn to another highly touted youngster to bolster their 25-man roster. The Twins have promoted third baseman Miguel Sano from Double-A Chattanooga on Thursday, roughly five days after placing center..." July 02

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    Rhett Bollinger @RhettBollinger

    Just heard from a well-placed source that Miguel Sano will be getting the call up to the Twins.

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    LaVelle E. Neal III @LaVelleNeal

    Escobar replaces Robinson in left

  • Twins trudge to win over Reds

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "His fastball is a couple of miles slower than a year ago, he still pitches up in the strike zone and his home runs allowed are a little alarming. But Phil Hughes has learned how to adjust and survive. He gave up two more home runs Tuesday but reached the final third of the game once again,..." July 01

  • Ervin Santana ready to join Twins

    Hardball Talk "Ervin Santana, who signed a four-year, $55 million deal with the Twins this offseason and then got suspended 80 games for PEDs before throwing a pitch, is now ready to join the rotation. Santana has been “rehabbing” in the minors to prepare for being activated from the suspended list and he..." July 01

  • Reds' offense come alive in homecoming win over Twins

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Reds spent three days in New York spinning their collective wheels on offense. A little home cooking got them rolling Monday night. They scored early and often on their way to a 11-7 win over the Minnesota Twins before a crowd of 28,904 at Great American Ball Park.... " June 30

  • All-Star starters to be revealed Sunday night "While you continue to vote in these final and frenetic days of the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, Major League Baseball announced today that the starting position players will be unveiled in a new manner at 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN,..." June 30

  • Late homers power Brewers past Twins

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The Milwaukee Brewers closed their interleague series with the Minnesota Twins just the way they started it — with some offensive fireworks. Ryan Braun hit a two-run, tiebreaking home run in the eighth, and two batters later, Adam Lind followed suit with another to power the Brewers to a 5-3..." June 29

  • Major League Baseball is open to a rules change to let pitchers use some sticky goo

    Boston Globe "It’s a rule casually broken hundreds of times a day by players on every team in baseball. Umpires will not enforce it unless asked to, and even then they would rather leave well enough alone. “The pitcher shall not apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball.” That is what Rule 8.02(a)(4)..." June 29

  • Hunter, and Escobar, supply the home-run power as Twins beat Brewers 5-2

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Torii Hunter used to joke about young players having to grow “man muscles” before they could hit for power. Saturday, old man muscles took over at Miller Park. Hunter, who turns 40 next month, highlighted his 1,300th game in a Twins uniform by hitting two homers and a double in a 5-2 victory..." June 28

  • Twins ponder rotation with Santana

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The countdown to the arrival of Ervin Santana is on. Santana on Tuesday will make the final of his three scheduled starts at Class AAA Rochester. That will put him on line to start July 5 at ­Kansas City. So the Twins have one week to figure out how to weave Santana into the rotation as the..." June 28

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    LaVelle E. Neal III @LaVelleNeal

    Twins lineup v Brewers

  • Brewers bats come alive against Twins

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Kyle Lohse joined some exclusive company on Friday night, thanks in no small part to the Milwaukee Brewers' offense. Minnesota Twins starter Trevor May was knocked from the game after just one-third of an inning, and the Brewers reached double digits in runs by the second inning en route to a..." June 27

  • Ervin Santana throws seven innings in latest tuneup start in minors

    Hardball Talk "Ervin Santana is still serving out his 80-game PED suspension, but he’s permitted to pitch in the minors in preparation for joining the Twins on July 5 against the Royals. After a strong performance in his first start with Triple-A Rochester last Saturday, the veteran right-hander had his second..." June 26

  • Twins take it to Sale again, beat Chicago White Sox 6-1

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Chris Sale is regarded as one of the top possibilities to start the All-Star Game for the American League next month in Cincinnati. And why not? He wouldn’t have to face any Twins. Minnesota damaged the lefthander’s All-Star credentials Wednesday, though, just as the Twins have all season...." June 25

  • Twins promote top prospect Alex Meyer for bullpen role

    The Score "The Minnesota Twins are set to call up another big prospect. One week after summoning Byron Buxton to the majors, the Twins will promote towering right-hander Alex Meyer from Triple-A on Friday, according to the Rochester Red Wings. The 6-foot-9 pitcher entered the season as a consensus..." June 25

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    Rhett Bollinger @RhettBollinger

    Aaron Hicks will head out on a rehab assignment on Friday with AAA Rochester

  • Samardzija sharp as White Sox take down Twins

    Chicago Sun-Times "the Minnesota Twins 6-2 for their third victory in four games on Tuesday night. Jose Abreu collected a career-high four hits and scored two runs, Adam Eaton was 3-for-5 including an RBI double and Melky Cabrera doubled, scored a run and drove in a run with a single. Samardzija (5-4, 4.53..." June 24

  • Twins find their elixir in a 13-2 romp over White Sox

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Kennys Vargas pounded one home run after another during batting practice Monday, a Mark McGwire-esque show that pleased fans who arrived early but annoyed his manager. “He slows everybody down,” Paul Molitor complained, “because he’s got to watch every one of them.” Nobody minded, though, when..." June 23

  • Jake Arrieta's rebound performance shuts down Twins

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jake Arrieta is the latest member of the Chicago Cubs to bounce back against the Minnesota Twins. Arrieta was a conundrum to Minnesota all game and earned his seventh win of the season with a dominant complete-game shutout. Though he wasn’t very efficient — it took him 122 pitches to finish the..." June 22

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    Rhett Bollinger @RhettBollinger

    Hicks had an MRI exam on his right forearm but it turned out favorable, per Terry Ryan. He's playing catch and swinging the bat in soft toss

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Successful first rehab start for @RocRedWings for Ervin Santana: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. Threw 88 pitches, 53 strikes. #MNTwins

  • Cubs 4, Twins 1

    Chicago Tribune "After wasting scoring opportunities in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings Saturday, the Cubs rallied in the 10th on Starlin Castro's two-run, tiebreaking single for a 4-1 win over the Twins. Jon Lester was left with a no-decision despite allowing only three hits in 61/3 innings. The Cubs..." June 21

  • Twins expect to contend for the services of Latin prospect Wander Javier

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The first-year player draft has come and gone, but there’s another big date coming up on the calendar — and the Twins hope to land another potential impact player. The international signing period begins on July 2, and the Twins remain in a good spot to land power-hitting shortstop prospect..." June 21

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    Rhett Bollinger @RhettBollinger

    Ricky Nolasco (ankle) was fitted for orthotics and is scheduled to throw off a mound on Wednesday, per Terry Ryan

  • Twins have refreshing return to form in win over Cubs

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "A manager is constantly taking his team’s pulse, and Paul Molitor is encouraged by what he’s sensing about the Twins. “I feel a little lightened mood, offensively,” Molitor said. The Twins sent a signal that their lack of offense in June is over Friday night, when they eased their way to a..." June 20

  • Who will be the next player to join the 3000 hit club?

    Hardball Talk "Last night, Alex Rodriguez became the 29th player in MLB history to join the 3,000-hit club. He’s the first player to reach the milestone since former teammate Derek Jeter on July 9, 2011. After Jeter reached 3,000, I attempted to make a guess about who would be next. I went with Rodriguez, but..." June 20

  • Twins sweep Cardinals on ninth-inning homer by Vargas

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Four games this week separated by a total of five runs. And the Twins took two of them from the St. Louis Cardinals, the team with the best record in baseball. That includes a thrilling 2-1 comeback victory Thursday at Target Field when Joe Mauer homered in the eighth and Kennys Vargas..." June 19

  • Twins release outfielder Jordan Schafer

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The Twins released outfielder Jordan Schafer after Thursday's 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, the team said. Schafer was playing on a one-year, $1.55 million contract, for which the Twins remain on the hook." June 19

  • Former 'Nibbler' gobbles up Cardinals in Twins' 3-1 win

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "As the search for the Twins offense continues, Tommy Milone on Wednesday showed again why he no longer can be called The Nibbler. Milone pounded the strike zone for most of the night, neutralizing St. Louis Cardinals hitters. It enabled the little offense the Twins mustered to hold up in a 3-1..." June 18

  • Wacha, Cards hold off Twins 3-2

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Despite battling through two rain delays, Cardinals starter Michael Wacha was able to fend off the Minnesota Twins in St. Louis’ 3-2 victory Tuesday afternoon. Wacha (9-2), who pitched 6 1/3 innings, gave up a leadoff single in the first to Brian Dozier, who stole second base two batters later...." June 17

  • Twins To Sign Tyler Jay

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins and No. 6 overall pick Tyler Jay are in agreement on a full-slot bonus of $3,889,500, reports Jim Callis of (Twitter link). Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN first tweeted that Jay was at Target Field in Minneapolis and was scheduled to meet with the media shortly. Jay, a left-handed..." June 17

  • Miguel Sano could be called up soon, Molitor says

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Now that Byron Buxton is in the major leagues, the question is inevitable: When will Miguel Sano join him? The Twins are discussing the notion, manager Paul Molitor said Tuesday. An abrupt call-up like Buxton’s? “Sure, it’s possible,” the manager said. “It’s a realistic thing to ask about..." June 17

  • Cards keep it rolling

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The official game time was a snappy 2 hours 32 minutes for Monday’s 3-2 Cardinals win over the Minnesota Twins. Even with a 20-minute rain delay, the game was over less than three hours after its scheduled start. But to winning pitcher John Lackey, who held the Twins to five hits in eight innings,..." June 16

  • Ervin Santana working his way back from 80-game suspension

    Hardball Talk "Ervin Santana signed a four-year, $55 million contract with the Twins as a free agent this offseason and then got suspended 80 games for performance-enhancing drugs before the end of spring training. He’s eligible to return in early July and currently working out at the Twins’ extended spring..." June 15

  • Eddie Rosario (the other rookie) stars as Twins end five-game skid

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Now we know why Byron Buxton is here. He’s going to show the Twins how triples are supposed to work. Buxton, who leads professional baseball with 12 triples at Class AA Chattanooga, went 0-for-4 in his major league debut Sunday, striking out twice. But with him in the dugout as inspiration, the..." June 15

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred inclined to leave DH situation as is

    CBS Sports "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred appeared on Monday's episode of Boomer & Carton, and among the topics he addressed were the DH issue and possible expansion into other other markets. Regarding the current designated hitter rule -- DH in AL games, no DH in NL games, Manfred seems disinclined to..." June 15