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TWINS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Mauer to Hit No Lower Than Third in Order

First year Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor still doesn’t know what the batting order on Opening Day will look this in April, but he guarantees that first baseman Joe Mauer will bat no lower than third. The 2009 American League MVP and six-time All-Star is coming off arguably the worst year of his career after he batted just .277 in 2014, while being limited to just 120 gamesâ€...
Via Baseball Essential
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

In season of change, Duensing a constant in bullpen

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Hitters may know what's coming when Minnesota's Brian Duensing takes the mound, but that doesn't mean they're going to hit his best pitch. "That would be a sinker, the two-seam fastball," the left-handed Duensing said prior to taking part in drills on day four of the Twins' spring training camp at Hammond Stadium. All-Star catcher Kurt Suzuki agreed. "With that...
Via Fox Sports North
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tyler Mason's Feb. 26 Twins mailbag

Spring training is officially underway, and the Minnesota Twins' pitchers and catchers have begun their workouts in Fort Myers, Fla. Position players will soon do the same at Hammond Stadium as the Twins look to put yet another 90-loss season in the rearview mirror. As I prepare to head down to spring training, I answered your questions about the Twins and the 2015 season. Thanks...
Via Fox Sports North
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: Taking a look at Spring Training position battles

The Major League Baseball season is just around the corner, as the Minnesota Twins opened up Spring Training in Fort Meyers, Florida this week. The Twins are trying to get back to respectability in 2015 after finishing 70-92 last season. Spring Training will be vital this year as the team is breaking in a new manager and pitching coach and starters will be decided at a few positions...
Via isportsweb.com
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

'Everyday Eddie' brings work ethic to new job as Twins bullpen coach

By Abe Winter FORT MYERS, Fla. -- His nickname became Everyday Eddie, but he didn't really pitch every game. Eddie Guardado said the nickname was given by a Minneapolis writer. "I pitched in 11 or 12 games in a row, so he named me Everyday Eddie. It just stuck," the smiling Guardado said during a break in Wednesday's drills at the spring training camp of the Minnesota Twins. "Hey...
Via Fox Sports North
1 day ago  |  Discuss

AL Central Top 10 Prospects 2015

Francisco Lindor tops the list of prospects in the AL Central The calendar has flipped and spring training has arrived once again, meaning it is time for the baseball world to go crazy over prospect rankings for the forthcoming season. Based primarily on stats and potential, below is our list of the AL Central’s top 10 prospects for 2015. 1. Francisco Lindor SS – Indians:...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Belly’s MLB Power Rankings (25-21)

Here’s a look at Power Rankings (25-21). 25) Minnesota Twins This team has one of the better farm systems in baseball. Top prospects Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano should be arriving very soon giving Minnesota a much-needed boost. However the here and now Twins currently employ newly acquired Ervin Santana who should give the rotation […]
Via The Majors National
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Phil Hughes expecting bounce back year from Ricky Nolasco

Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor told reporters yesterday that Phil Hughes has been “penciled in” as the team’s Opening Day starter this year, but Hughes seemed more excited to talk about last year’s Opening Day starter Ricky Nolasco rather than his role at the top of Minnesota’s rotation. Phil Hughes raved about Ricky Nolasco's 2-seamer after their simultaneous pen...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins Top Prospect: Byron Buxton

We’ve all heard the name. Byron Buxton. He’s the best prospect in baseball according to MLB.com and number two according to ESPN and Baseball America. While Kris Bryant of the Cubs, the top prospect in the eyes of the World Wide Leader and BA, is projected to make a big impact this season, Buxton’s season is less predictable. The #2 draft pick in 2012 behind Carlos Correa...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins have Hughes 'penciled in' as opening day starter

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) The Minnesota Twins have slotted Phil Hughes as their opening day starter. Manager Paul Molitor said Monday that Hughes has been ''penciled in'' to take the mound on April 6 when the Twins play at Detroit, provided the right-hander stays healthy through spring training. That's according to the throwing schedule set up by pitching coach Neil Allen plotted out...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins say ex-manager Gardenhire welcome to work for club

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Ron Gardenhire is welcome to work for the Minnesota Twins but has told the team he plans to take the year off. Gardenhire was fired after last season and replaced by Paul Molitor. Gardenhire is under contract for this year. "There's no finality," general manager Terry Ryan told the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Monday. "He has an invitation. If he wants to come...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan says Gardenhire welcome to work for Twins

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Ron Gardenhire is welcome to work for the Minnesota Twins but has told the team he plans to take the year off. Gardenhire was fired after last season and replaced by Paul Molitor. Gardenhire is under contract for this year. ''There's no finality,'' general manager Terry Ryan told the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Monday. ''He has an invitation. If he wants to come...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Paul Molitor tabs Phil Hughes as Opening Day starter

getty images Twins manager Paul Molitor told reporters on Monday that Phil Hughes is penciled in as his Opening Day starter. In his first season with the Twins the 28-year-old Hughes performed well posting a 3.52 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and a 186/16 K/BB ratio. He totaled 209 2/3 innings of work. The Twins rewarded Hughes for his efforts giving him a three-year extension worth $42 million...
Via Tireball.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Prospects Poised To Make An Impact In 2015

Prospects in baseball are always exciting to watch. They give fans optimism about the future, and those in fantasy baseball feel smart when they draft them in a late round. In 2015, a fair share of youngsters will be given a shot to start their MLB career. Here’s a look at the top five ready to make an impact in the majors. Kris Bryant: Every single prospect list in baseball...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins and Roster Change from Last Year

With the Gopher basketball season now essentially over and spring training getting started, I have begun starting to kind of think about baseball.  Usually when I think about baseball I think about the Twins, unfortunate as that is.  So to start, I'll take a look at the roster changes vs. last year, which you should have probably guessed because of the title of this post.ADDITIONS...
Via Down with Goldy
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins Fantasy Preview

Spring Training games are right around the corner with pitchers and catcher reporting to camp this week; baseball is back. Fantasy baseball is back too and fans from all over the country will be drafting their teams in the coming weeks with hopes of winning their league championship this year, bragging rights over their friends and possibly a few bucks too! The Minnesota Twins are...
Via Baseball Essential
6 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Yankees Ink Jared Burton to Minor League Deal

Jared Burton #61 of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning of the game on July 27, 2014 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the White Sox 4-3. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) The New York Yankees have added right-handed pitcher Jared Burton on a minor league contract, the team announced on Monday...
Via The Sports Journal
10 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: 30 Prospects In 30 Days — Miguel Sano

View image | gettyimages.com Profile Miguel Sano missed the entire 2014 minor league season following Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He tore his UCL in spring training, but, after a full year of recovery and rehab, appears to be ready this season. Sano’s raw power can’t be overstated — scouts agree on his 80-grade power — as he crushed a combined 35 home runs...
Via The Fantasy Fix
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins deliver incredibly cheesy pickup lines for Valentine's Day (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes.Some Minnesota Twins players were brought together to get their fans into the Valentine's Day spirit by delivering some of the most incredibly cheesy pickup lines you will ever hear.Brian Dozier, Torii Hunter, Trevor May, Trevor Plouffe, Kurt Suzuki, Caleb Thielbar and Glen Perkins take part, and they're clearly having fun with it. And the pickup...
Via Holdout Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins Youth Movement Continues At Catcher

From 2005-2013 the Minnesota Twins had the best catcher in the American League, arguably in the Major Leagues. That argument would be going against a 6x All-Star, 3x Gold Glove winner, 5x Silver Slugger, and an MVP winner Joe Mauer. Then Mauer moved to first base for health reasons, in steps Kurt Suzuki. Suzuki managed to fill the void by being voted to the All-Star game with his...
Via Hot Stove MLB
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Michaels says Twins pumped fake noise in World Series

Al Michaels has covered incredible sporting events since the 1970’s. Michaels was the play-by-play commentator of eight World Series, nine Super Bowl and ample Olympic events, including the 1980 Miracle On Ice. On Wednesday, Michaels went on ProFootbalTalk Live with Mike Florio and discussed the recent revelations that the Atlanta Falcons are pumping artificial crowd noise into...
Via Awful Announcing
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Al Michaels: Twins pumped in noise during 1987 World Series

On the heels of the Atlanta Falcons admitting to pumping artificial crowd noise into the Georgia Dome this past year, comes this dandy from the venerable Al Michaels. Speaking to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, the veteran announcer indicated that he believes the 1987 Minnesota Twins—winners of the World Series that year—pumped artificial crowd noise into the Metrodome during...
Via Sportsnaut
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins hoping for more production from Joe Mauer

The one player the Minnesota Twins have been able to count on the most the past ten years has been Joe Mauer. His .319 career batting average, three league batting titles, and one MVP award put him in the conversation for greatest hitter in Twins history. He has led the Twins to three division titles so far in his career, and with a young team this season, they are counting on him...
Via isportsweb.com
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: Can they compete in 2015?

Things haven’t gone quite as planned for the Minnesota Twins the past few years. After winning back to back American League Central Division titles in 2009 and 2010, the Twins have suffered through four consecutive 90 loss seasons. The organization has undergone a rebuilding project the last few years and fans may be wondering when the team will finally compete for division titles...
Via isportsweb.com
January 23, 2015  |  Discuss
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