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  • Twins closer Fernando Rodney leaves game early to finalize U.S. citizenship

    USA Today "The Minnesota Twins raised some eyebrows Sunday when they brought Fernando Rodney into the game in the fifth inning, an unconventional spot for a closer who had not pitched that early in a game in more than a dozen years. Then, in an Instagram post Monday, Rodney revealed the reason..." July 17

  • Sizing up the sluggers and betting odds for the 2018 MLB Home Run Derby "Major League Baseball's annual slugfest goes Monday night at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. If you're one of those people that simply can't take a night off from betting sports - and the WNBA doesn't appeal to you (wait...there are no WNBA games Monday either?!?! Jeez.) -..." July 15

  • MLB, KBO Reportedly Agree To New Posting System

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the Korea Baseball Organization have agreed to a revised version of the posting system that allows players who are not yet free-agent eligible to move from the KBO to MLB, according to a report from South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. The new agreement runs..." July 13

  • Twins Release Cameron Rupp

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have released backstop Cameron Rupp, per an announcement from the team’s top affiliate. He had been playing at Triple-A Rochester after agreeing to a minor-league deal with the organization. Rupp had an opt-out opportunity coming up on the 15th, so that may well..." July 11

  • Brewers, Twins in talks around Dozier, Escobar

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "The Twins and Brewers have reportedly talked about some trades that could happen before this year’s non-waiver trade deadline at the end of the month. Certainly the Brewers aren’t the only team that the Twins have talked to about that subject. According to’s..." July 11

  • Twins place struggling Addison Reed on DL with triceps issue

    Twin Cities "Addison Reed’s prolonged struggles have finally been acknowledged. The veteran reliever was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right triceps tightness before Wednesday’s series finale against the Kansas City Royals. Fellow right-hander Alan Busenitz was recalled from..." July 11

  • Twins Release, Re-Sign Felix Jorge

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have released and re-signed right-hander Felix Jorge, as Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press was among those to Report (Twitter links). Jorge had recently been designated for assignment. Typically, of course, a player in this situation — being..." July 10

  • White Sox Claim Ryan LaMarre

    MLB Trade Rumors "The White Sox announced that they’ve claimed outfielder Ryan LaMarre off waivers from the Twins. LaMarre was designated for assignment by Minnesota last week when Jorge Polanco was reinstated from his suspension. The ChiSox already had two open spots on the 40-man roster, so a..." July 09

  • Red Sox Interested In Fernando Rodney

    MLB Trade Rumors "Twins closer Fernando Rodney is one of several relievers the Red Sox are considering as trade targets,’s Jerry Crasnick reports (Twitter link).  Rodney is a known commodity to Boston president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, Crasnick notes, from their time together..." July 07

  • Twins Release Chris Carter

    Yardbarker "The Twins’ Triple-A affiliate in Rochester has released first baseman Chris Carter, according to Nate Rowan of the Rochester Red Wings PR department (Twitter link). The move was made to accommodate outfielder Jon Kemmer, who acquired by the Twins yesterday in a minor league deal with..." July 07

  • Twins Reinstate Jorge Polanco, Option Byron Buxton, Designate Ryan LaMarre

    MLB Trade Rumors "In addition to the previously reported moves, the Twins announced that they’ve optioned lefty Adalberto Mejia to Triple-A. More interesting, though, is the fact that they’ve reinstated Byron Buxton from his rehab assignment and also optioned him to Rochester. That means that two of..." July 02

  • Buxton demoted to Triple-A; Polanco returns "The Twins returned outfielder Byron Buxton from his rehab assignment, reinstated him from the 10-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Rochester. The club also reinstated shortstop Jorge Polanco from the restricted list after serving his 80-game suspension for violating Major League..." July 02

  • Suspension over, Jorge Polanco set to return to Twins

    Twin Cities "His 80-game steroid suspension finally over, shortstop Jorge Polanco is set to rejoin the Twins lineup on Monday in Milwaukee. The switch-hitting Polanco, who went a combined 8 for 19 with a triple and a home run in six rehab games at Class A and Triple-A, was not in Sunday’s..." July 02

  • Twins players leave game with heat related illness

    Larry Brown Sports "Two Minnesota Twins players left Saturday’s game against the Chicago Cubs due to illnesses related to the heat. Chicago was one of many places across the country that saw temperatures above 90 degrees on Saturday. As a result, Twins players Eddie Rosario and Bobby Wilson exited..." June 30

  • Twins reportedly poised to be sellers, and these three players look available

    CBS Sports "According to the SportsLine Projection Model, the Twins right now have a mere 1.3 percent chance of making the postseason. Yes, Minnesota played in the AL Wild Card Game last year and behaved like contenders this past offseason, but right now they're forecast for just 78..." June 29

  • Twins Sign Juan Graterol

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins’ Triple-A affiliate in Rochester announced today that catcher Juan Graterol was signed to a minor league contract. He’ll be added to the Red Wings roster and take the spot of veteran Jordan Pacheco, who’s going on the minor league DL with a knee..." June 28

  • Report: MLB working on relaxing shoe restrictions

    Larry Brown Sports "MLB is working on a more relaxed shoe policy after encountering criticism the past few years. Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports that MLB and the MLBPA are working on changing the league’s footwear policy to allow players the ability to wear cleats with more..." June 28

  • The strikeout epidemic ailing Major League Baseball is showing no signs of slowing down

    New York Daily News "From his office high above 245 Park Ave. in Manhattan, the commissioner of baseball, Rob Manfred, can feel and hear it: Whiffff! It is the sound of his players striking out in record numbers, sucking the action out of his game to the point where it too often feels like a funeral for..." June 22

  • Report: MLB bans transactions with Mexican League over ‘corruption’

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has reportedly banned teams from signing any players who are affiliated with the Mexican League due to questions and concerns over how contracts have been negotiated. In a letter sent to teams on Tuesday that was obtained by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, MLB..." June 22

  • Twins' Eduardo Escobar hit by pitch, leaves game

    ESPN "Minnesota Twins infielder Eduardo Escobar, who leads the majors with 32 doubles this season, left Thursday's game in the top of the fourth inning after being hit by a pitch earlier in the game. Boston Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello hit Escobar on the right elbow in the bottom..." June 21

  • Twins' Eduardo Escobar on pace to shatter 87-year-old doubles record

    The Score "Perhaps "Jeopardy!" should rename its "Daily Double" in honor of Eduardo Escobar, since the Minnesota Twins third baseman is making two-base hits an everyday occurrence. Escobar has emerged seemingly from nowhere to become an unstoppable doubles..." June 20

  • Twins Release Taylor Featherston

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have released infielder Taylor Featherston, per an announcement from their Triple-A affiliate in Rochester (h/t: Twins Daily’s Seth Stohs, on Twitter). Featherston, 28, appeared in the Majors each season from 2015-17, providing strong defensive value around..." June 18

  • Joe Mauer set to rejoin Twins on Friday

    Yardbarker "The Minnesota Twins will welcome back Joe Mauer to lineup for Friday’s game against the Cleveland Indians, four weeks to the day the first baseman last played. The 35-year-old Mauer landed on the disabled list after suffering a cervical strain while diving for a pop-up in foul..." June 15

  • Major League Baseball attendance continues to fall

    Hardball Talk "The owners meetings wrapped up today and, while there wasn’t much in the way of actual decisions and high-level news to speak of, Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal saysthat, according to Rob Manfred, attendance is down 7% this year compared to last year. While..." June 15

  • MLB Rumors: League Concerned Home Run Derby Won’t Be ‘Star-Studded’

    NESN "The Home Run Derby is just over a month away and Major League Baseball fans already know a few players who won’t be participating. Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts voiced a strong “hell no” when asked if he had any interest in the event, while J.D...." June 15

  • Twins Option Miguel Sano

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have optioned struggling third baseman Miguel Sano, the club announced and Phil Miller of the Star Tribune was among those to report on Twitter. Outfielder Jake Cave will also go down on optional assignment with the team preparing to activate Joe..." June 14

  • Is Miguel Sano ‘running out of time’ to become a star?

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "When Miguel Sano first arrived in the big leagues in 2015 I thought he could become the next Miguel Cabrera. Fast forward only a few years from that sensational debut and it looks clear that he’s not that. Watch him take batting practice before any game, and he’s still got..." June 14

  • Twins manager not concerned about Joe Mauer’s struggles in minors

    Larry Brown Sports "Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor says he is not concerned about the struggles Joe Mauer has experienced during a rehab assignment. Mauer was cleared from a concussion and began a rehab assignment on Tuesday. He went 0-for-6 in a doubleheader on Tuesday and then was 0-for-4 with a..." June 14

  • Another problem with these baseballs? Evidently some are warped

    WEEI Boston "Baseballs have been a huge topic of late. The actual piece of equipment used by Major League Baseball has come under intense scrutiny since the rise in home runs over the past two years. MLB implemented its own independent investigation, finding a change in aerodynamic..." June 13

  • Twins To Sign Matt Belisle

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran righty Matt Belisle will remain in the American League Central after being released by the Indians, with reports indicating he’ll join the Twins. Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press tweeted the connection, with Jon Heyman of Fan..." June 12

  • MLB Buys Rawlings From Newell Brands for $395 Million

    Wall Street Journal "Rawlings, a more than century-old company that produces the official ball and helmet of Major League Baseball, will be changing hands in a $395 million deal that adds the professional league as a key investor. Under the terms of the deal announced Tuesday, consumer-goods..." June 06

  • Twins To Sign Cameron Rupp

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have reached agreement on a minor-league deal with catcher Cameron Rupp, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN (via Twitter). It seems he is already in Rochester readying to begin play with the organization. Rupp, 29, will boost the Minnesota catching depth..." June 04

  • Joe Torre goes to Albany to help MLB get a cut of New York gambling revenue

    Hardball Talk "We’ve been following baseball’s efforts to get a cut of what is soon to be legalized sports gambling proceeds in most states around the country. Major League Baseball has been characterizing that cut as an “integrity fee,” which it says it needs in order to keep the..." June 04

  • How 'hybrid' pitchers prepare for dual roles in rotation and bullpen

    Sporting News "Mike Minor used to get up in the bullpen and start stretching as early as the third inning last year. His bullpen-mates would give him some lighthearted heckling for it, but Minor was in unfamiliar territory. Minor spent four years as a starter in Atlanta, from 2010 to 2014. Injuries..." June 01

  • Twins Put Buxton Back On DL With Fractured Toe, Halt Santana’s Rehab Program

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins delivered some unfortunate injury news to reporters today, revealing that center fielder Byron Buxton is headed back to the disabled list due to his fractured big toe and that Ervin Santana’s rehab assignment has been halted due to ongoing discomfort in his surgically repaired..." May 30

  • Rob Manfred talks pace of play, expansion, gambling, realignment and a reduced schedule

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic sat down for an exclusive interview with Commissioner Rob Manfred. They talked on most of the hot-button issues of the day. As it’s an Athletic story it is behind a paywall, but as we’ve noted around here many times lately, there’s a lot of good..." May 30

  • MLB criticized for lack of transparency regarding military-themed uniforms

    New York Daily News "The backlash last May was quick and harsh. Players, fans, veterans and Gold Star families saw the advertising for baseball's special Memorial Day military-themed uniforms and called the league out for looking like it was trying to cash in on a day set aside to honor those who had died for..." May 28

  • Twins trade Phil Hughes to the Padres and get a low-level catcher in return

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "The Twins have traded Phil Hughes to the San Diego Padres in a creative deal that nets them a catcher in return. The team added minor league catcher Janigson Villalobos from the Padres in exchange for Hughes, a draft pick and some cash. Here are the full..." May 27

  • Twins Release Brock Stassi

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have released first baseman/outfielder Brock Stassi, per Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press (via Twitter). His roster spot at Triple-A Rochester will got to just-acquired slugger Chris Carter. Stassi, 28, crafted a nice story when he earned a roster spot out..." May 26

  • Report: Nike Steals 2020 MLB Uniform Contract From Under Armour

    12 Up "The Nike swoosh is coming to Major League Baseball. All it took was another company's financial ruin to get there. ?Back in 2016, Major League Baseball announced that ?Under Armour was going to be the official on-field uniform provider for all 30 teams come the..." May 24

  • MLB Releases Study On Home Run Rate

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has released a scientific study that was designed to examine “possible causes of the surge in home run rate in Major League Baseball in the past several years,” as its abstract puts it. The study itself is available at this link. Per the report,..." May 24

  • Twins activate Miguel Sano from DL

    ESPN "The Minnesota Twins reinstated third baseman Miguel Sano from the disabled list Thursday. He has missed the Twins' past 24 games with a left hamstring strain. During a five-game rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Rochester, he hit .375 with two..." May 24

  • Michael Pineda throws off mound for first time since Tommy John surgery

    Hardball Talk "According to associate reporter Jarrid Denney, right-hander Michael Pineda threw off a mound Wednesday morning at Target Field for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery. Pineda was signed to a two-year, $10 million free agent contract this winter by the Twins, who..." May 23

  • Twins Acquire Chris Carter

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have acquired first baseman Chris Carter from the Angels, as reported by Steve Klauke, radio broadcaster for the Angels’ Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake City.  Chris Carter will report to the Twins’ Triple-A affiliate in Rochester, as per Nate Rowan from the Rochester..." May 22

  • Tigers may have interest in Phil Hughes

    Larry Brown Sports "Phil Hughes looked like he had the potential to be one of the best pitchers in baseball early in his career with the New York Yankees, but he has basically had a rough go at it ever since. Still, at least one team may be willing to take a chance on the right-hander. On Monday, the..." May 22

  • Twins designate Phil Hughes for assignment despite owing him more than $22 million

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The lingering uncertainty over Phil Hughes’ role on the Twins is finally over. There isn’t one. The veteran righthander, who hoped to capture a spot in the starting rotation during spring training, then tried to fill a vague, undefined bullpen role when that didn’t..." May 22

  • Joe Mauer day-to-day after hurting neck diving for foul ball

    Yardbarker "Joe Mauer has been in the league for 14 years now, but his current injury has to be a first even for him. The Minnesota Twins first baseman was forced to leave Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers with a neck issue, which was described as..." May 19

  • Mauer lands on disabled list with cervical strain and concussion-like symptoms

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Twins first baseman Joe Mauer was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday with a cervical strain that included some concussion-like symptoms. But Mauer doesn't officially have a concussion. Twins manager Paul Molitor said Mauer showed some balance issues and sensitivity to..." May 19

  • Sano (hamstring) nearing rehab assignment "Twins third baseman Miguel Sano has been increasing the intensity of his running drills at Target Field and is expected to start a rehab assignment in the coming days, manager Paul Molitor said Friday. Sano, who has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 1 with a strained left..." May 18

  • Jason Castro To Miss Remainder Of Season

    MLB Trade Rumors "Twins catcher Jason Castro received unwelcome news upon completion of his previously scheduled knee surgery. He ended up requiring a full repair of his meniscus, which is expected to keep him out for the remainder of the season, as’s Rhett Bollinger was among those to..." May 16

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