Notes from the weekend
via Baseball Outsider May 21, 2018 at 10:28 PM

I'm not a neurologist who has examined Joe Mauer. Even if I were a neurologist who has examined Joe Mauer, I doubt I would have a definitive opinion on what the return of "concussion-like symptoms" means for his future.But clearly this is not a positive development for him, or for the team. He left Friday's game early and went on the disabled list Saturday. (Technical note: He went on the 10-day D

Twins break tie in eighth to back stellar Berrios
via - Twins May 21, 2018 at 10:28 PM

Jose Berrios threw eight sharp innings, striking out nine and allowing two runs, and the Twins scored two in the eighth inning to take the series opener against the Tigers on Monday.

Pic of the Week
via Baseball Outsider May 20, 2018 at 10:28 PM

Jose Inglesias takes a pitch in his backon Mother's Day.There are weeks when the photo pickings appear particularly puny, and in those weeks I tend to gravitate to a few standard shots.One is the "point-of-impact" hit-by-pitch.This is one such week, and this is one such photo.

Odorizzi K's 10 before LoMo's single lifts Twins
via - Twins May 20, 2018 at 10:28 PM

Jake Odorizzi struck out 10 and surrendered just five hits in 5 2/3 innings, and Logan Morrison smashed a tiebreaking two-run single in the eighth inning to help Minnesota edge out the Brewers, 3-1, at Target Field. The Brewers' Jesus Aguilar hit his seventh homer, going yard in all three games against the Twins.

Gleeman and The Geek #369: What’s In A Name
via Aaron Gleeman May 20, 2018 at 10:28 PM

Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included Joe Mauer joining the Twins' crowded disabled list, Jake Cave's call-up, Jason Castro's season-ending surgery, the clock ticking on Lance Lynn, opening the floodgates on sports gambling with our friends from Bye, Goff & Rohde, Juan Soto making us feel old, and a delayed "Black […]

Romero solid, but Twins fall on late home run
via - Twins May 19, 2018 at 11:04 PM

The Twins have found themselves on the wrong end of close games often this year, and they saw another potential win evaporate late on Sunday.

A return of "SOG" (one day only, we hope)
via Baseball Outsider May 19, 2018 at 10:28 PM

Kyle Gibson allowed five earned runs in 5.1 innings on eight hits and four walks Friday night. Last year at this time I referred to such outings from him as "SOG" -- Same Old Gibson. This year, such outings have been rare indeed.Last season he learned to incorporate a four-seam fastball into his mix of pitches and use it in the upper levels of the strike zone. He pitched quite well down the stretc

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Gibson scuffles in Border Battle opener
via - Twins May 18, 2018 at 10:28 PM

Kyle Gibson saw his streak of allowing three runs or fewer snapped at four starts, as he scuffled through 5 1/3 innings in a 8-3 loss to Milwaukee in the first game of the Border Battle between the two Interleague rivals.

The catching situation
via Baseball Outsider May 17, 2018 at 10:28 PM

Let us hope that the news arc on Jason Castro halts its direction here, because it seems that every development about his right knee becomes increasingly dire. In the last two weeks or so we've seen it go from:Sound enough to play on, toCortisone shot and a short DL stint, toSurgery and a month or so of rehab, toOut for the seasonThe next step in this progression is probably something like amputat

Taking stock of the Twins at quarter mark
via - Twins May 17, 2018 at 10:28 PM

The first quarter of the 2018 season has featured the Indians and Twins jousting for the top spot in the American League Central, as many expected. No team in the division having a record above .500 is more of a surprise. Here's what we know overall about the five AL Central squads at the season's quarter mark.

Big on small ball
via Baseball Outsider May 16, 2018 at 10:28 PM

For the second straight day, the winning run in the Twins game came scored when a team tried to bunt the go-ahead run from second to third and the defense not only couldn't take the offered out but threw the ball away.On Monday it was the Twins' Logan Morrison failing; on Tuesday it was Luke Gregerson of the Cardinals.Gregerson's miscue is a good example of why I believe the bunt is an underrated

Late rally for naught after Lynn chased early
via - Twins May 16, 2018 at 10:28 PM

For the first time in his career, Lance Lynn took the mound on Wednesday to face the Cardinals, the team that drafted him. It was not a warm return, as the Cards chased Lynn early and went on to win, 7-5, at Target Field. St. Louis taxed Lynn for 34 pitches in the first inning and scored two runs on Dexter Fowler's RBI single to take an early lead. Lynn threw 82 pitches and 46 strikes over three i

Rough day at the office
via Baseball Outsider May 15, 2018 at 10:28 PM

Monday was not a good day for the Twins.Not only did they get shut down by the personification of a nonentity (that description is probably an oxymoron, but so be it) and literally throw the game away in the field, but they learned that Jason Castro isn't coming back as expected from his knee problem. And Frank Quilici, a beloved player, manager and broadcaster of the 1960s and 70s, died.Start wit

Berrios rebounds, K's 10 in win vs. Cardinals
via - Twins May 15, 2018 at 10:28 PM

After scuffling through four subpar starts, Jose Berrios turned it around against the Cardinals, finding his curveball again while striking out 10 over 7 1/3 strong innings, and was backed offensively by Byron Buxton's speed and a two-run homer from Bobby Wilson in a 4-1 win on Tuesday night at Target field.

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Late miscue wastes Odorizzi's start in makeup May 14, 2018 at 11:46 PM
Second-guessing the use of Zach Duke
via Baseball Outsider May 14, 2018 at 10:28 PM

The Twins lost Sunday 2-1. They didn't necessarily have to -- Ehire Adrianza did a sloppy job of running the bases and got thown out at the plate with the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth, after which Paul Molitor made the truly curious decision to have Zach Duke pitch against a series of right-handed hitters.Chris Young (HBP on an 0-2 count), Martin Maldonado (sac bunt), Zack Cozart (RBI sing

Molitor: Sano not very close to 100 percent
via - Twins May 14, 2018 at 10:28 PM

Miguel Sano took batting practice and ground balls prior to Monday's matchup against the Mariners, but it may still be a bit before the Twins' slugger returns to game action.

Pic of the Week
via Baseball Outsider May 13, 2018 at 10:28 PM

The Seattle Mariners celebrate James Paxson'sno-hitter in Toronto.New week, new Ichiro photo. And there's a lot here to unpack.Ichiro's in uniform, but he's not really part of the team anymore, so while everybody else is in a mass hug of James Paxson, he's set apart but still there. I wonder how awkward it is around him these days.His pose brought to mind the famous "Christ the Redeemer" statue th

Twins miss chance in 9th inning, Angels don't
via - Twins May 13, 2018 at 10:28 PM

After winning back-to-back games with late rallies, the Twins found themselves on the wrong side of a heartbreaker on Sunday, losing on a walk-off RBI single from Zack Cozart in the ninth inning of a 2-1 loss to the Angels in the series finale that saw the teams split the four-game set at Angel Stadium.