TWINS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Mauer held out of lineup with sore quads

Twins first baseman Joe Mauer was held out of the lineup for a second straight game with sore quads, and manager Paul Molitor said the injury is a bit more serious than originally thought.
Via Twins.com
3 hours ago

How 190-Pound Twins Second Baseman Brian Dozier Developed MLB Home Run Power

On Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier  hit his 30th home run of the season. Standing 5-foot-11 and weighing 190 pounds, Dozier lacks the typical build of a power hitter, and he hasn't always been one. But the way Dozier found out he had power potential will blow your mind. RELATED: Chicago White Sox Slugger Adam Eaton Hit a Grand...
Via Stack
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rosario's defense taking center stage

It was another rough night for the Twins' pitching staff in a 9-4 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday, but it could have been even worse if not for three impressive catches by Eddie Rosario.
Via Twins.com
15 hours ago

Santiago to miss start with bruised thumb

Hector Santiago is dealing with a bruised left thumb and will be skipped in the rotation, with Pat Dean slated to start on Friday in Toronto instead.
Via Twins.com
20 hours ago

Twins’ Byung Ho Park to undergo season-ending wrist surgery

Minnesota Twins’ rookie first baseman Byung Ho Park is going to have his inaugural big league campaign cut short when he undergoes season-ending wrist surgery on Thursday, according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com. The 29-year-old from Seoul, South Korea was attempting to transition his game to the major leagues, after back-to-back seasons of at least […] The post Twins’ Byung...
Via Today's Knuckleball
22 hours ago

QUIZ: Name the Minnesota Twins who’ve hit at least 30 home runs in a season

A member of the Minnesota Twins have hit 30 or more home runs in 24 different seasons, with a total of 12 different players. How many of these mighty Twins can you name? Clue: Number of Home Runs/Year Note: Does not include players from the Washington Senators.
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: Playing Better Baseball Despite Poor Record

The Minnesota Twins are playing .500 baseball!! Or more correctly they were above .500 for the second half before getting swept in KC. So lets take a look at some possible reasons why the turnaround happened for the Minnesota Twins. The first thing that jumps out at me, is the young guys are fighting for […] Minnesota Twins: Playing Better Baseball Despite Poor Record - Puckett...
Via Puckett's Pond
1 day ago

Dozier homers again but Twins fall to Tigers

MINNEAPOLIS -- Cameron Maybin drove in three runs, including a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth inning, to spark the Detroit Tigers over the Minnesota Twins 8-3 on Tuesday night.Anibal Sanchez (7-12) pitched seven innings to win a start on the road for the first time since the first week of the season, and the Tigers broke the game open in the seventh with soaring home runs by...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins Suffer Royally Once Again as Week Slips Away

Kansas City Delivers the Funk Once Again to the Minnesota Twins The Minnesota Twins began the week at 9-9 for August, coming off their first winning month since May of 2015. Sweeping a two-game set on the road in Atlanta set up Minnesota for decent chance at a plus .500 August. Only Kansas City stood […] Minnesota Twins Suffer Royally Once Again as Week Slips Away - Puckett's Pond...
Via Puckett's Pond
1 day ago

Keep — or start — riding Ervin Santana’s hot streak

Through the first year-and-a-half of his tenure with the Minnesota Twins, starting pitcher Ervin Santana appeared to be a disaster. Even before he took the mound for the first time ever in Minnesota last year, he had to serve an 80-game suspension for PED use. Santana initially struggled upon his return and then really didn’t […] The post Keep — or start — riding Ervin Santana’s...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 days ago

Scouting Alex Kirilloff and other Twins prospects at Elizabethton

BURLINGTON, NC – The Twins took one of the best pure hitters available in the 2016 draft when they made Alex Kirilloff the 15th overall selection, signing the outfielder from Plum High School (Pittsburgh, PA) for an exact-slot $2,817,100. With the top of Minnesota’s farm system stocked with arms, the addition of Kirilloff gave the organization’s […] The post Scouting Alex...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 days ago

UB Baseball's Blair Lakso signs with Minnesota Twins

UB Baseball will be a pitcher shorter than expected next season. Junior Blair Lakso has signed a deal with the Minnesota Twins franchise and is likely headed to the franchise's Rookie League affiliate, the Elizabethton Twins. Lakso averaged just under a strikeout per inning with the Bulls over the last two seasons after transferring in from Erie Community College, but took a big...
Via Bull Run
2 days ago

Dozier's Not Jerking Around

Photo Credit: Brad Rempel, USA Today SportsBaseball has a long season. Players show up in early spring and play well into the fall with few days off in-between. How many players can continue to be successful over the course of 162 games? This grueling nature of the game is one of the things that attracts fans of all ages.Slumps are something players in baseball try to avoid. The...
Via North Dakota Twins Fan
2 days ago

What Byron Buxton’s Struggles Have Meant Historically

Back in June, Eno Sarris discussed with Byron Buxton some adjustments the latter had made in his attempt to succeed at the major-league level. Then, about two weeks ago now, shortly after Buxton was sent back down to the minors, August Fagerstrom discussed whether any of the aforementioned adjustments had helped or hurt Buxton’s production. We know both that (a) Buxton has attempted...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins suffer sweep in Kansas City despite 10 strikeouts from Santana

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Danny Duffy won his 10th straight decision, Eric Hosmer doubled in the go-ahead run and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 Sunday for their eighth consecutive win. The Royals swept a four-game series from the Twins for the first time since 1999 and have their longest winning streak since an eight-game run Aug. 3-11, 2014. Duffy (11-1), unbeaten...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: Gibson, Duffey Have Much to Prove As Season Ends

With Ervin Santana and Jose Berrios entrenched as starting pitchers for the Minnesota Twins, there’s not much in terms of a concrete answer as to who else deserves a spot. The Minnesota Twins have seen multiple starters shift in and out but none have been overly consistent. Even Berrios has struggled, but gets a safe […] Minnesota Twins: Gibson, Duffey Have Much to Prove As Season...
Via Puckett's Pond
5 days ago

Santana pitches seven scoreless innings as Twins top Braves

ATLANTA -- Ervin Santana scattered four hits over seven scoreless innings, Joe Mauer homered and the Minnesota Twins beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2 on Tuesday night.In a matchup of the two worst teams in the major leagues, Minnesota improved to 48-71, four games better than the Braves.Santana (6-9) walked two and struck out six, throwing 64 of his 107 pitches for strikes to win his...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Changes Byron Buxton Has and Hasn’t Made

Byron Buxton‘s demotion to Triple-A Rochester on Sunday brings the tally to four demotions to Triple-A Rochester more than fans of the Minnesota Twins hoped to witness the top prospect endure once he made his major league debut on June 14, 2015. Buxton is headed to the minors to do one thing, and one thing only: fine-tune his swing. It’s what every demotion’s been about thus...
Via Fangraphs
17 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Miguel Sano flyball hits the roof at Tropicana Field

Playing at Tampa Bay’s Tropicana Field is always an adventure thanks to the catwalks and the roof, and on Sunday, Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sano showed just how much of an adventure it can be for everyone involved. Sano became the first player ever to hit the roof of the Trop with a batted ball, with this 210-foot pop-up: Sano's fly out—the first batted ball to hit...
Via The Comeback
17 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Miguel Sano hits ball off Tropicana Field roof

When Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sano makes solid contact with a pitch, he tends to crush the ball. Fans at Tropicana Field on Sunday witnessed that when he became the first player to hit a ball off the roof there, which he did in the first inning of the game. With runners on the corners, Sano got under a pitch and skied it over 200 feet into the air. The ball hit off the roof...
Via The Sports Daily
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Brian Dozier on Extra-Base Hits and Creating Runs

Brian Dozier isn’t concerned with the first three digits of his slash line. Nor does he worry about his spray chart, which reveals his pull-heavy approach. What the Twins second baseman cares about is creating runs. Extra-base hits are Dozier’s forte. He had 71 of them last year, and this season he has 48 with two months left on the schedule. Yesterday he went deep for the 22nd...
Via Fangraphs
20 days ago  |  Discuss
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