Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins March 26, 2015 at 06:57 PM

The Cincinnati Reds swung two trades on Thursday, getting first baseman Dan Johnson from the Houston Astros for a player to be named or cash and dealing infielder Devin Lohman to the Philadelphia Phillies also for a player to be named or cash. Johnson's major league stops have included Oakland, Tampa Bay, the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore. - - The Texas Rangers penciled in right-hander Yovani

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Ortiz, Napoli return as Red Sox beat Twins 5-4 (The Associated Press) March 26, 2015 at 06:39 PM
Spring training schedule, results
via Twins Digest March 26, 2015 at 06:03 PM

Game results and important dates as the Wings head toward the start of the 2015 season.

LEADING OFF 2015: New players, managers and replay rules (The Associated Press)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins March 26, 2015 at 06:03 PM

There's a Hall of Famer in the Minnesota dugout and plenty of Cuban talent all over the diamond.

Stats don't tell whole story as Milone shows his mettle
via Mlb.com - Twins March 26, 2015 at 05:39 PM

With Twins manager Paul Molitor looking to have his roster set by this weekend, left-hander Tommy Milone likely had his last chance to make an impression on the coaching staff with his start against the Red Sox on Thursday.

Twinsights: Jake Reed meets up with Rusney Castillo again (with video)
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press March 26, 2015 at 04:39 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- This wasn’t the first time Twins pitching prospect Jake Reed had crossed paths with Rusney Castillo. In July 2012, the summer after his freshman year at Oregon, Reed was part of Team USA when it played a five-game international friendship series against the Cuban national team in Havana.  “I faced him, threw him a slider and he hit a bomb off me first pitch,” Reed said Thursday

Best Events Catering Partners with Snappers
via Twins Digest March 26, 2015 at 02:39 PM

The Beloit Snappers are excited to announce an expansion of the partnership with Best Events Catering for picnics and outings at Pohlman Field for the 2015 season.

Recharged with Molitor, Twins need starting pitching spike (The Associated Press)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins March 26, 2015 at 02:33 PM

Paul Molitor was hired as Minnesota's new manager, bringing Hall of Fame membership and renowned intelligence and intuition to a team seeking a fresh start. The Twins brought back one of their most popular players ever, Torii Hunter, to help solidify an unsettled outfield, mentor a fledgling team and hit a few home runs. Phil Hughes had by most measures a career year, his first away from the New

Ticket Office to Open Saturday
via Twins Digest March 26, 2015 at 01:57 PM

2015 single-game tickets go on sale March 28 at 10 a.m.

Twinsights: Mike Pelfrey plan to be announced Friday
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press March 26, 2015 at 01:51 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins manager Paul Molitor said further plans for right-hander Mike Pelfrey would be announced Friday. Molitor said he and pitching coach Neil Allen had a “pretty good idea” what would happen, but “given the circumstances we’re not going to do anything today.” Briefly --Twins closer Glen Perkins threw a 1-2-3 inning against a Class A Red Sox affiliate at the Twins’ spring compl

Getting work in, Perkins showing no rust
via Mlb.com - Twins March 26, 2015 at 01:39 PM

Glen Perkins got his work in on the Minor League side on Thursday, as the Twins' closer tossed an easy 1-2-3 inning against the Red Sox's Class A team at the CenturyLink Sports Complex.

Who do the Twins still have in camp?
via Twinkie Town March 26, 2015 at 10:09 AM

It's getting late in the process. Who's sticking around? Most of us have a pretty good idea of who has a chance to make the opening day roster and who doesn't, but there are still a couple of other players hanging around. Let's take a full run at listing who's still in camp for the Twins, and then we'll run through those position battles to see which players we need to keep an eye on over th

Twinsights: Phil ready to 'Hughes the Force' on May the Fourth
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press March 26, 2015 at 10:09 AM

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It took Phil Hughes until his ninth major league season to receive his first team-sponsored bobblehead in his honor. That he is depicted as Anakin Skywalker, wearing a hooded cloak and brandishing a bright green light saber, only adds to the achievement in advance of Star Wars Night on May 4 at Target Field. “They showed me the designs they had in mind for the bobblehead,” Hugh

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Twinsights: Hard-throwing Jake Reed still refusing to give up runs March 26, 2015 at 09:39 AM
Minnesota Twins 2015 Prospect Vote: Round 28
via Twinkie Town March 26, 2015 at 09:03 AM

Just three spots remain. In spite of a strong charge from newcomer Huascar Ynoa, hard-throwing relief prospect J.T. Chargois carried enough promise to carry a simple majority and the victory. Two rounds and out? Not bad, Chargois. He should be a part of a very dangerous and talented bullpen in Chattanooga for the Lookouts. Up next? Manuel Guzman. Brandon Peterson and Tanner English are still

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Thursday Twins Stuff: May the Fourth, Brian Dozier, and Byron Buxton March 26, 2015 at 08:09 AM
Center field revisited
via Baseball Outsider March 26, 2015 at 06:09 AM

Aaron Hicks' stat lineis less impressive thanit was a week ago.When I wrote here last week about the center field competition, Aaron Hicks was sporting a .330 spring training average. He had maybe one hit since then and dropped to .207 -- which, really only illustrates the silliness of relying on spring training stats to evaluate players. The sample sizes are small, the competition is uneven, the

Twinsights: Mike Pelfrey reflects on his limited bullpen history
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press March 26, 2015 at 06:09 AM

FORT MYERS, Fla. --With Mike Pelfrey potentially on the verge of bowing out of the competition for the final spot in the rotation, the bullpen appears to be the next logical step in his career. Here’s what the affable right-hander said recently when asked about that possibility: “I’ve started my whole career, so obviously I want to start,” he said. “This offseason I kind of made that commitment to

Central Notes: White Sox, Dozier, Baez, Madson
via Twins Digest March 25, 2015 at 09:33 PM

If all the high-profile moves the White Sox have made this offseason don’t work out, the organization plans to be “nimble” in trying to contend in 2016 and beyond, GM Rick Hahn tells MLB.com’s Scott Merkin. “Knock on wood, given … Continue reading →

Central Notes: White Sox, Dozier, Baez, Madson
via MLB Trade Rumors March 25, 2015 at 09:15 PM

If all the high-profile moves the White Sox have made this offseason don’t work out, the organization plans to be “nimble” in trying to contend in 2016 and beyond, GM Rick Hahn tells MLB.com’s Scott Merkin. “Knock on wood, given the young players that we have in the organization now and the ones we have coming and players under control for the next several years, I do