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Twins minor-league stars of the week: Aug. 28

This week's Minor League Star of the Week is Cedar Rapids Kernels starter Sam Gibbons. Gibbons, who hails from the state of Victoria in southeastern Australia, had a sterling performance last Saturday, throwing a one-hitter through eight innings, while striking out 12 and avoiding any walks, at Clinton. The Kernels won, 2-0, as a result. Here's a look at what Gibbons...
Via Fox Sports North
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Sano robbed of HR as moon shot hits catwalk (Video)

Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano was robbed of a home run when the moon shot that he crushed hit a catwalk near the roof of Tropicana Field during the third inning of Thursday night's game against Tampa Bay. The ball that Sano hit probably would have landed 100 feet past the fence in left-center field, but according to the rules, the catwalk is in play. Sano had to settle...
Via Holdout Sports
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Twins closer Glen Perkins dealing with back spasms

Twins closer Glen Perkins told reporters Wednesday night that he has been dealing with back spasms, which is why he hasn't been available for the last two games. Perkins, who missed time last week due to a bulging disk in his neck, is disappointed that he hasn't been able to help his team during a critical point in the season. "It's frustrating getting a cortisone shot, coming back...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Twins' Graham goes on DL day after 1st major league win, Boyer activated

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Minnesota Twins have put right-hander J.R. Graham on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation one day after he earned his first major league win. Minnesota also reinstated reliever Blaine Boyer from the 15-day DL prior to Wednesday night's game against Tampa Bay. Boyer had missed 15 games due to right elbow inflammation. Graham gave up...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Buxton, Sano have Minnesota Twins fans foaming at the mouth

Minnesota Twins fans have waited years to experience the last five days, and the outcome is better then anyone imagined it to be. With the team calling up outfielder Byron Buxton, MLB Pipeline’s top-ranked prospect, in time for the start of a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles last Thursday, it meant he’d be on the same lineup card as rookie sensation Miguel Sano...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays catcher strains hamstring circling bases after homer

Tampa Bay Rays catcher Curt Casali came up gimpy while circling the bases following a home run Tuesday night, suffering a strained left hamstring. Casali appeared to take an awkward step while rounding first base after hitting the home run during the Rays’ 11-7 loss to the Minnesota Twins at Tropicana Field. He looked to be in discomfort throughout the rest of his trot and limped...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

A Home Run That Must Be Discussed

A week and a half ago, there was a remarkable home run, which I like. I’m drawn to those kinds of things, and I almost can’t help myself but write about them. I was floored by the home run itself; it was one of the most obvious subjects ever provided to me. The only problem was then I didn’t write for a week. The moment passed. Usually, these things have to be written right...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: the main reason Joe Mauer has been disappointing

St. Paul native and life long member of the Minnesota Twins, Joe Mauer has began to hit a dramatic demise in his career. Back at the end of the 2009 season, when he won the AL MVP after having a career high in batting average, RBIs, home runs, runs, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, it seemed that Mauer was on his way to being a first ballot Hall of Famer. Now, after...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

StaTuesday: Sano's impressive rookie production

Miguel Sano, it would appear, bypassed all the anxiety, feelings of inadequacy and second-guessing that are natural byproducts of being a big-league rookie. From the second he arrived at Target Field, the Minnesota Twins' prized young slugger swung with confidence, with patience and with a presence that made fans sit up and take notice.  You might be saying to yourself, though,...
Via Fox Sports North
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Trevor May Excelling in Bullpen, Could be Permanent

The Minnesota Twins demoted rookie starting pitcher Trevor May to the bullpen in early July when Ervin Santana‘s suspension ended. To that point, May had been 4-7 though 15 starts with a 4.37 ERA and was struggling, having lost his last four decisions. Seventeen appearances out of the bullpen later, May’s demotion has undoubtedly paid off for the Twins and the club might wind...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Gutsy Glen Perkins sparks Minnesota Twins Bullpen

The Minnesota Twins came to bat in the top of the 11th inning in what was turning out to be one of their more thrilling and crazy games of the season against the Baltimore Orioles. While the Twins offense was trying to string together a few hits to take the lead, American League saves leader Glen Perkins began to get loose in the visitors’ bullpen. While most of the time it’s...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pair of errors allow Twins to beat Orioles 4-3 in 12 innings

BALTIMORE -- Trevor Plouffe hit a tying single with two outs in the ninth inning and the Minnesota Twins took advantage of two errors in the 12th to beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 Sunday for a four-game sweep. The Twins have won eight straight against Baltimore dating to last season. Minnesota manager Paul Molitor was ejected in the ninth for arguing a strikeout by Miguel Sano, who...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: Byron Buxton coming back to the majors

The Minnesota Twins got swept in their most recent trip to Yankee Stadium, which concluded yesterday. The Yankees have had the Twins’ number for what seems to be like a decade now, and there is no end to the dominance in sight. To make matters worse, starting center fielder Aaron Hicks pulled up after trying to beat out an infield single in the top of the sixth inning. It looked...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Ervin Santana: Yankees Stadium ‘a joke’ following rough outing

Minnesota Twins pitcher Ervin Santana isn’t fond of Yankees Stadium after Greg Bird blasted two home runs off him in Wednesday’s game. To be fair, Santana did give Bird credit for one of the dingers, but he staunchly believes the second was due solely to the layout of the stadium. “The other one was a very good pitch, out and way, and he just hit it very good. I know,...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

What the Hell are the Twins gonna do at Shortstop?

The Twins hit the back stretch of the season, somewhat limping and hovering around .500 and 2.5 games back of the second Wild Card spot.  There are two ways to look at this season.  The first is that the team overachieved and could never have sustained their early season success, but a .500ish year and semi-meaningful games with an outside shot at a surprise playoff appearance...
Via Down with Goldy
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: fans becoming impatient with Terry Ryan

The American League Wild Card race has been tightly contested for months now, but with less than 50 games remaining in the long grind that is the MLB season, there are six teams that are less than five games out of the second Wild Card spot. One of those teams are the Minnesota Twins, who are currently one and a half games back of getting into the playoffs. While that seems like...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Tribe Bats Cold in Minnesota; Twins 4, Indians 1

The Indians bats went silent in a 4-1 loss on Saturday, a game that ended a stretch of seven games in which the Tribe had 10 hits or more. Twins rookie Tyler Duffey allowed just one hit over six innings, and the Twins hit three homers (Rosario, Hermann, Dozier). Roberto Perez singled home Carlos Santana in the ninth for the Indians only run. Despite the loss, the Tribe’s rookie...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Let's talk about Miguel Sano

There are a lot of rookies getting attention this season. And with good reason — it’s been a pretty good year for rookie position players. But while Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Joc Pederson, Jung-Ho Kang, Randal Grichuk are Carlos Correa getting lots of pub, it seems as though Miguel Sano has not generated the same volume of coverage nationally as have his peers. And that...
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Minnesota Twins close to finished?

On July 12, the last day of games before players broke away for the 2015 All-Star Break, the Minnesota Twins’ record sat nine games above .500 at 49-40. They were 4.5 games behind the Kansas City Royals in the AL Central and were in possession of the first Wild Card spot. According to FanGraphs, the Twins had a 30% chance of making the postseason. Now, almost exactly a month...
Via The Outside Corner
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Pelfrey copies Brian Dozier's every move during pregame warmups (Video)

Minnesota Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey copied teammate Brian Dozier's every move during warmups prior to Wednesday night's game against Toronto.Not only did Pelfrey follow Dozier as he jogged around the field and mimic his stretching routine, but he also went so far as to wear a larger version of Dozier's jersey. You could say that Pelfrey fully committed to the role as Dozier's ...
Via Holdout Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Eduardo Escobar, like, good?

I was hoping the Twins would do something at the trade deadline, and they did.  I was hoping they'd get bullpen help, and they did.  So I suppose I'm happy with what they did.  They couldn't really have done much more without gutting the future, and considering their performance since the trade deadline it looks like an every better decision to mostly stand pat.  I was hoping...
Via Down with Goldy
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins closer's wife pens essay about Twitter hate he's enduring

Minnesota Twins closer Glen Perkins couldn’t have started off his season any better, going 28-for-28 in save opportunities heading into the All-Star break. Since being named to the AL All-Star roster, Perkins’ performance has dropped off dramatically, as the pitcher has blown two saves and found himself on the hook for two losses in his...Read More The post Glen Perkins’ wife...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
28 days ago  |  Discuss

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