Twins Rumors & News

  • Swarzak strong in spot start, Twins top Cleveland

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Anthony Swarzak has been begging for a start for the nearly two years since his last one. So much so, that it became a running joke in the clubhouse and a source of friendly teammate teasing. The Twins righthander probably wasn’t expecting to have the last laugh in the form of a notice that he..." July 24

  • Mariners get Morales back from Twins

    MLB.com "The Mariners acquired first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales from the Minnesota Twins on Thursday in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Stephen Pryor. Morales, 31, is scheduled to report to the Mariners tomorrow, at which time a 25-man roster move will be made. A jersey number..." July 24

  • Twins designate Matt Guerrier for assignment

    Hardball Talk "Matt Guerrier began this week with a nice-looking 2.67 ERA in 26 appearances for the Twins, but a 12/8 K/BB ratio in 27 innings showed that he was anything but impressive and then the 35-year-old right-hander got knocked around for four runs in an ugly outing Tuesday night. That inflated his..." July 23

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Kendrys Morales 12-game hitting streak, but OPS still only at .599. #Twins open to trading him, along with other potential free agents…

  • Indians beat Twins, 8-2, on Danny Salazar's arm, Carlos Santana's bat

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians have made a habit of scoring in the late innings this season and they did it again Tuesday night at Target Field with a big ninth inning against veteran reliever Matt Guerrier. Yet it was the runs they scored early that secured a victory for Danny Salazar in his return to the big..." July 23

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Kendrys Morales 12-game hitting streak, but OPS still only at .599. #Twins open to trading him, along with other potential free agents…

  • The Race to Succeed Bud Selig Isn't Much of a Race

    The Wall Street Journal "As Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig approaches the end of his final season on the job, the task of choosing his successor remains far from finished. But there is a growing sense of inevitability among baseball officials that the job will end up going to Selig's right-hand man. Rob..." July 23

  • Willingham's homer in eighth powers Twins over Cleveland

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "In the end it worked out, with Twins outfielder Josh Willingham lining a home run in the eighth inning Monday night to propel the Twins to a 4-3 victory over Cleveland and snap their three-game losing streak. The only unfortunate thing was that lefthander Kris Johnson was leaving Target Field..." July 22

  • Twins: Kurt Suzuki contract talks fizzled fast

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The Minnesota Twins recently broached the subject of a contract extension with all-star catcher Kurt Suzuki, but the talks didn't go very far. According to two people with direct knowledge, the Twins and Dan Lozano, Suzuki's agent, had exploratory talks about extending the catcher's expiring..." July 21

  • Injured Mauer takes small steps towards returning to Twins

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "It was only a game of soft-toss in the infield, followed by fielding a few ground balls, including a handful while on his knees. But for the Twins and their injured first baseman, Joe Mauer’s light workout Saturday was an excellent sign. “At least he’s [doing] baseball activity,” General..." July 20

  • Price delivers again in 5-1 win over Twins

    Tampa Tribune "Through the first seven batters Saturday night, the Rays had four hits and nothing to show for it thanks to a pair of double plays, one that ended the first inning and another that appeared to take the steam out of the second. But Jose Molina changed that with a single to right field that..." July 20

  • Rays maintain momentum, top Twins

    Tampa Tribune "It was the first game after the All-Star break, a second Opening Day of sorts, but for the Rays it was a pretty big game. And that made their 6-2 victory against the Twins a pretty big one. The Rays, hoping to chase down either the first-place Orioles or the Mariners, who hold the second AL..." July 19

  • Jeter, Trout spark victory American League

    MLB.com "The 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field was always going to be about Derek Jeter. Jeter has been the face of baseball for nearly two decades, winning five World Series titles and being named an All-Star 14 times in a career that is set to end with his retirement after the season. So it was..." July 16

  • Selig, PA aim to end smokeless tobacco use

    ESPN.com "As the recent death of Tony Gwynn to salivary gland cancer continues to resonate in baseball circles, commissioner Bud Selig and Players Association executive director Tony Clark both want MLB to make strides toward reducing and ultimately eliminating the use of smokeless tobacco in the game. But..." July 15

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    SportsCenter @SportsCenter

    AL All-Star lineup Jeter SS Trout LF Cano 2B Cabrera 1B Bautista RF Cruz DH Jones CF Donaldson 3B Perez C Hernandez P

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    SportsCenter @SportsCenter

    NL All-Star lineup: McCutchen CF Puig RF Tulowitzki SS Goldschmidt 1B Stanton DH A. Ramirez 3B Utley 2B Lucroy C Gomez LF Wainwright P

  • Twins go from near contraction to All-Star host

    USA Today "Harry Crump may no longer be a full-time judge, but he'll forever be a folk hero in these parts, helping save the Minnesota Twins with a historic decision. Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter is no longer a Twin, but easily recalls his resentment toward Major League Baseball 13 years ago -..." July 14

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Arcia came in feeling ill, so he sits. Said he threw up overnight .

  • Plenty of support for Correia as Twins win over Colorado in a rout

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Questions have been asked about Kevin Correia throughout the first half of the Twins’ season. When he had an ERA over 6.00 in May, Correia was asked about losing his spot in the rotation. “I’m not above the law,” he replied. Nearly two months later, Correia is churning out quality starts,..." July 13

  • Carlos Gonzalez returns as Rockies trounce Twins with defense, power

    Denver Post "There's a kind of slap-hug that Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki share when they greet each other at home plate, like reluctant brothers who don't want Mom to notice they care. Quick, hug it out before anybody sees. It was on full view Friday night at Coors Field. Gonzalez, who returned to..." July 12

  • Still sore, Mauer unsure of recovery timetable

    MLB.com "First baseman Joe Mauer is making progress with his strained right oblique, but he is not expected to be ready to return to action right after the All-Star break, Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said Thursday. Mauer has been on the DL since July 2, and he is eligible to return once..." July 11

  • Twins take the series in Seattle with 4-2 win

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins left Safeco Field on Thursday night with a short-term goal to reach before the All-Star break, one that emerged this week: Hit the break with a little momentum. The Twins held off the Mariners 4-2 Thursday, winning the final three games of the four-game series after coming in..." July 11

  • Morales, Twins wield big bats in easy win at Seattle

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Every time Twins designated hitter Kendrys Morales has come to the plate in this series, he has been booed like a traitor. He played with the Mariners in 2013 and elected to go into free agency rather than accept their qualifying offer of $12 million. The Mariners could use some offense now,..." July 10

  • Hughes sharp as Twins shut out Seattle

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Phil Hughes’ next outing is scheduled for Sunday in Colorado. So even if he made the AL All-Star team he would have been unable to pitch in the Midsummer Classic because of a league rule prohibiting pitchers who start so close to the game from appearing. But Hughes had sealed his own fate,..." July 09

  • Mariners’ 2-0 victory over Twins subdued by pending release of catcher John Buck

    Seattle Times "A game that featured one of the least-celebrated home runs in recent Mariner history at Safeco Field also turned into one of the least-celebrated victories by the team itself. Michael Saunders hit one of two solo home runs to back up some fantastic pitching by Hisashi Iwakuma and lift Seattle..." July 08

  • Self-serve beer stations flow at Target Field

    ESPN.com "Self-serve beer stations are up and running in Target Field, so Minnesota Twins fans and those who attend the Major League Baseball All-Star festivities next week can decide what they want and even how much they want of it. The machines, called DraftServ, are a partnership between..." July 08

  • Yankees’ offense comes around to take 3 of 4 from Twins

    New York Post "Did the Yankees’ perform a bat tease during the Fourth of July weekend? Or did the wood bark loudly against mediocre Twins pitching? After they won three of four games at Target Field, the Yankees opted to view the awakening as an indication they are out of what had been more or less a..." July 07

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    Rhett Bollinger @RhettBollinger

    Byron Buxton will play for Class A Advanced Fort Myers today, GM Terry Ryan confirmed.

  • Twins happy to take throwaway victory over Yankees in 11 innings

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "It should have been a 1-2-3 double play. That’s what a 27-foot dribbler in front of home plate with the bases loaded is supposed to turn into. In the 11th inning Saturday, it was the defining moment of the Twins’ wacky 2-1 walk-off victory over the Yankees. Trevor Plouffe took a mighty swing..." July 06

  • Willingham, Correia expected to hit market barring Twins turnaround

    CBSSports.com "The Twins haven't started their possible sale yet, but they are starting to tell teams that if they aren't contending later this month they'll make outfielder Josh Willingham and right-handed starter Kevin Correia available, as both are free-agent eligible after the year. The Twins are expected..." July 06

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    Rhett Bollinger @RhettBollinger

    Ron Gardenhire just got ejected by home-plate umpire Marty Foster. Looked like he was mad a balk wasn't called on Phelps.

  • Roberts’ four-hit day helps Yankees beat Twins

    New York Post "Even when the Yankees get four extra base hits from one player and score six runs in the opening two innings, they can’t avoid sweating for a win. Brian Roberts delivered three doubles and a triple in his first four at-bats and the Yankees scored six times in the first two frames off Kyle Gibson,..." July 05

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    Phil Miller @MillerStrib

    Not a big surprise, but Terry Ryan said "I wouldn't be surprised" if Mike Pelfrey can't pitch again in 2014. But numbness in hand is gone.

  • Beltran, call-up Wheeler help Tanaka as Yanks beat Twins

    New York Post "His right arm encased in ice, Masahiro Tanaka patted Zelous Wheeler on the back as he moved past the newest Yankee’s locker. Clearly, there was no language barrier between the ace pitcher and the third baseman, who made a colossal splash in his big league debut after spending seven-plus years..." July 04

  • Twins place Joe Mauer on disabled list with oblique injury

    CBSSports.com "Twins first baseman Joe Mauer has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a right oblique strain, the club announced Wednesday morning. Mauer suffered the injury Wednesday night against Kansas City and had to leave the game. As a corresponding move, first baseman/outfielder Chris..." July 02

  • Joe Mauer's injury dampens mood after Twins smash Royals

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Even when the Twins win, they still can’t win. It was star first baseman Joe Mauer’s fourth-inning, bases-loaded double that sparked the Twins’ biggest lead in recent memory. But while the crowd cheered Eduardo Escobar and Sam Fuld home, Mauer pulled up in pain at second base. Mauer’s injury..." July 02

  • Alcides Escobar powers Royals in 6-1 victory over Twins

    Kansas City Star "His left leg aching after absorbing yet another foul tip, Alcides Escobar limped into the Royals clubhouse, a boisterous room that had settled down more than an hour after a 6-1 victory over the Twins. Escobar played a critical role in the triumph: He ripped a two-run double to open the scoring,..." July 01

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    Rhett Bollinger @RhettBollinger

    Danny Santana said his left knee is feeling better. Said he's been jogging in the underwater treadmill and taking swings off a tee.

  • Rangers' unorthodox switch works out as young players show development in win over Twins

    Dallas Morning News "This says a lot about the state of the Rangers’ offense: Struggling, slumping Donnie Murphy hit fifth on Saturday because Alex Rios was in a pitched slump of his own. This says even more: With the game on the line, the Rangers pinch hit for Murphy with a 21-year-old who is even smaller and..." June 29

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    No problems for Eduardo Nunez with his legs through 3 rehab games for @RockCats. Also on track to be activated Monday. #MNTwins

  • Choo clicks first as Rangers hang on to end skid with win over Twins

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Shin-Soo Choo was back in the leadoff spot Friday night for the Texas Rangers, who signed him to a seven-year, $130 million contract to get on base like no one in club history ever has. Of course, just like everything else this season, that hasn’t gone according to plan. It did, for about two..." June 28

  • Garrett Richards strong on mound again as Angels beat Twins 6-2

    L.A. Daily News "Every fifth day, Mike Morin will stand behind Garrett Richards in the Angels bullpen to watch the right-hander warm up before his start. Usually, Morin and the team’s other relief pitchers arrive in time to see Richards’ final 10 throws. There is no batter and no radar gun, just the pitcher and..." June 26

  • Angels begin streak of 20 games in 20 days with 8-6 victory over Twins

    L.A. Daily News "By rule, Major League Baseball teams can play up to 20 days in succession without a day off. That’s what the Angels faced beginning Tuesday with their series opener against the Minnesota Twins. The Angels, who were off Monday, won’t get another day off until the all-star break, which begins..." June 25

  • Burton seals Twins' four-game sweep of White Sox

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "He didn’t know for sure until the phone rang. As the Twins prepared to bat in the eighth inning Sunday, Jared Burton watched bullpen coach Bobby Cuellar pick up the receiver, listen for a moment, then turn to him as he hung up. “He says, ‘Burton, you got it,” the veteran reliever recounted. “I..." June 23

  • Mauer's clutch double leads Twins over White Sox

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Joe Mauer just missed his third home run of the season Saturday. These days, he will gladly settle for a double. A timely two-run double, no less. Mauer recorded his second multi-RBI game in three days, the latest propelling the Twins over the White Sox again, this time 4-3 before an announced..." June 22

  • Twins win in a walk-off after blown save against White Sox

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins had one foot in the clubhouse Friday night. Fans were ready for the scheduled postgame fireworks. Then it all unraveled in the ninth with Glen Perkins, of all pitchers, on the mound. Fortunately for the Twins, Brian Dozier has come into his own, and he was there Friday to untangle..." June 21

  • Pino's debut worth the wait as Twins top White Sox

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Yohan Pino didn’t look overwhelmed in his major league debut Thursday night, but he was anxious before it. Pino’s 10-season wait to reach the majors was nearly over, but heavy rains that socked the Twin Cities forced his debut to be delayed 2 hours, 6 minutes. The righthander had to wait a..." June 20

  • Power Hitting prospect Yasmani Tomas defects from Cuba

    Baseball America "Yasmani Tomas, one of the top young power hitters in Cuba and a member of the national team, has left the island to pursue a contract with a major league team, Baseball America has learned. The Cuban newspaper Granma also confirmed that Tomas had left the country. Tomas is 23 and has played..." June 20

  • The union does not plan on pushing for or agreeing to a smokeless tobacco ban

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal spoke to Tony Clark, head of the MLBPA. The topic: smokeless tobacco. Tony Gwynn was a personal hero of Clark’s, and Rosenthal asked him if Gwynn’s death — almost certainly caused by smokeless tobacco use — was enough to get the union to either push for or agree to a ban on smokeless..." June 20

  • Jon Lester gives ’pen break

    Boston Herald "As he took the mound to face the Minnesota Twins last night at Fenway Park, Red Sox lefty Jon Lester knew his bullpen was going to be lacking depth. Closer Koji Uehara wasn’t available. Left-hander Andrew Miller wasn’t available. So what happened? After needing only eight pitches to get..." June 18