Baseball-Highlights of Saturday's Major League games (Reuters)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins April 18, 2015 at 10:45 PM

Highlights of Saturday's Major League Baseball games: - - - Mets 5, Marlins 4 Right-hander Jacob deGrom threw seven shutout innings to run his scoreless streak to 18 1/3 innings and catcher Travis d'Arnaud and shortstop Wilmer Flores each homered as the red-hot New York Mets hung on to beat the Miami at Citi Field. The Mets (9-3) have won seven straight, their longest winning streak since June

May looks for bounceback start in series finale vs. Tribe
via Mlb.com - Twins April 18, 2015 at 08:39 PM

In the finale of this three-game set between the Tribe and Twins, the clubs will hand the ball to a pair of pitchers aiming for strong bounceback performances. Both Indians left-hander TJ House and Minnesota righty Trevor May ran into issues in their season debuts, and each are now positioned to help their team seal a series win at Target Field.

Indians-Twins Preview (The Associated Press)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins April 18, 2015 at 07:03 PM

An outstanding finish in 2014 helped TJ House gain an edge on a rotation spot this spring, but now he's looking to regroup following an unsettling season debut for the Cleveland Indians. The left-hander will try to continue his success against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday at Target Field. He went 3-0 with a 1.45 ERA over his last five starts and Cleveland (4-6) won his final seven outings. Kur

Hughes fights inconsistencies in loss to Tribe
via Mlb.com - Twins April 18, 2015 at 06:33 PM

After establishing himself as the ace of the Twins staff last season, right-hander Phil Hughes wanted to get off to a good start this season to build on his breakout year that saw him post the best strikeout-to-walk ratio in Major League history.

Postgame Twinsights: Indians 4, Twins 2
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press April 18, 2015 at 06:21 PM

A few thoughts after the Twins dropped to 4-7 on Saturday afternoon: --Cleveland right-hander Danny Salazar was truly dominant.  He struck out eight of the first 10 Twins to come to the plate and had nine strikeouts by the end of the third inning. "Salazar was tough," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "We had trouble with the velocity (up to 98 mph). We were expanding the zone, especially up. That’

Baseball-Highlights of Saturday's Major League Baseball games (Reuters)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins April 18, 2015 at 06:09 PM

Highlights of Saturday's Major League Baseball games: - - White Sox 12, Tigers 3 Adam LaRoche hit a three-run homer in the third inning and Jose Abreu belted a grand slam one inning later, while Chris Sale allowed four hits over six innings to lead Chicago to a onesided victory over Detroit that was only the Tigers' second defeat in 11 games this season. The left-handed Sale (2-0) walked one,

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Cleveland Rocks, Wins 4-2
via Twinkie Town April 18, 2015 at 04:51 PM

Danny Salazar is the Greatest Pitcher, Ever. Or, as Ron Gardenhire used to say, "we ran into a guy throwing well today." Danny Salazar, a 25-year-old Cleveland pitcher, struck out 10 Twins batters today. Danny Salazar was relegated to AAA at the beginning of this season, as he struggled in Spring Training, and Cleveland's gurus thought they had five better starters. Danny Salazar struck out

Hughes' solid start foiled as Twins fall to Indians
via Mlb.com - Twins April 18, 2015 at 04:39 PM

Right-hander Danny Salazar struck out 10 batters in his first start of the season, and was backed by a solo homer from Roberto Perez to help lead the Indians to a 4-2 win over the Twins on Saturday afternoon at Target Field.

Rock Cats Hit & Run En Route To 3rd Straight Win
via Twins Digest April 18, 2015 at 04:33 PM

Defeat New Hampshire 5-1

Boyer bounces back with strong outing
via Mlb.com - Twins April 18, 2015 at 02:33 PM

After starting out the season with a 15.00 ERA in four relief appearances, Twins reliever Blaine Boyer bounced back with a strong outing on Friday and said it came after tweaking his mechanics.

Twinsights: Terry Ryan sees 'confidence issue' in struggling Alex Meyer
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press April 18, 2015 at 01:39 PM

Despite a dip in velocity the Twins have no physical concerns about struggling pitching prospect Alex Meyer, general manager Terry Ryan said Saturday. “He’s just not throwing it over the plate,” Ryan said. “It’s a little bit of what was going on in spring training. We’ve got to clean that up. We’ve got to get him to throw it over and trust his stuff is all.” Through two starts and 8 2/3 innings, M

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An early view of Santana at shortstop
via Baseball Outsider April 18, 2015 at 06:39 AM

Danny Santana has struggled in the field in the early going.I'll start with the caveat: It's early. The Twins have played all of 10 games. But Danny Santana is not impressing me in his first sustained time at shortstop in the majors.He made another poor throw Friday night on an attempted 3-6-1 double play, His return throw was a least a yard behind pitcher Mike Pelfrey. (Bert Blyleven tried to bla

Plouffe's homer in 11th lifts Twins over Indians 3-2 (The Associated Press)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins April 18, 2015 at 06:15 AM

Trevor Plouffe stepped to the plate in the 11th inning with a .118 batting average after opening the season with just four hits in his first 34 at-bats. With one mammoth swing, he took out two weeks' worth of frustration and sent the Minnesota Twins to a third straight victory. Plouffe's soaring home run lifted Minnesota to a 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night. ''It was a great

Snappers Win First Home Game of 2015
via Twins Digest April 18, 2015 at 06:09 AM

The Beloit Snappers avoid the home series sweep by winning their first home game of 2015 by beating the Quad Cities River Bandits by a score of 9-6.

Extra hitting work pays off for Plouffe
via Mlb.com - Twins April 18, 2015 at 06:09 AM

As Trevor Plouffe walked up to the plate in the bottom of the 11th inning against Indians reliever Bryan Shaw on Friday night, all he had to do was look up at the scoreboard to see how much he's struggled in the early going this year.

Postgame Twinsights: Twins 3, Indians 2 in 11 innings
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press April 18, 2015 at 06:09 AM

Eduardo Escobar was replaced by pinch-runner Shane Robinson after getting hit on the left foot by a Corey Kluber pitch in the bottom of the eight inning Friday night. "I think he’s fine," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "He wanted to stay in the game. I was going to make that change anyway, so I went ahead and got Robinson in the game." Escobar had made a strong throw from left field to gun down