Twins pounce with wild rally in six-run eighth
via - Twins April 17, 2014 at 11:38 PM

The Twins rallied for six runs in the eighth inning, with the first three coming on wild pitches, to shock the Blue Jays with a 9-5 win to sweep Thursday's doubleheader at Target Field.

Shields strikes out 12, Royals sweep Astros 5-1 (The Associated Press)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins April 17, 2014 at 11:26 PM

James Shields kept the Houston Astros off-balance all night. Then late in Thursday's 5-1 win, the Kansas City ace really heated up. Shields finished with 12 strikeouts in eight innings as the Royals completed a three-game sweep of the Astros. His 12 strikeouts were his most as a Royal and the most by a Kansas City pitcher since Zack Greinke also struck out 12 on June 13, 2010, against Cincinnat

The Twins Lineup Is Producing
via Twins Daily April 17, 2014 at 11:14 PM

The season is still very young. I don't want to get too wrapped up in early optimism, but something has to be said about the lineup and production thus far, especially considering the generally pessimistic

Twins cap doubleheadeer sweep of Jays (The SportsXchange)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins April 17, 2014 at 11:08 PM

MINNEAPOLIS -- Clutch with their bats so far this season, the Minnesota Twins simply left them on their shoulders Thursday in the second game of a split doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Twins batted around in a wild eighth inning, drawing eight walks and three wild pitches, scoring six runs on one hit, turning a two-run deficit into a 9-5 win at Target Field. The victory gave Minn

Hanrahan Talking With Multiple Clubs Following Showcase
via Twins Digest April 17, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Upwards of 20 teams were on-hand today to watch free-agent right-hander Joel Hanrahan's showcase at the University of Tampa today, writes Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (More specifically, ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted that there were 16 to 18 clubs on-hand). Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe tweets that Hanrahan's agents at Reynolds Sports Management are already discussing a contract with multiple clubs a

Baseball-Highlights of Thursday's MLB games (Reuters)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins April 17, 2014 at 11:02 PM

(Adds later games) April 17 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Thursdays Major League Baseball Games - - Yankees 10, Rays 2 Left-hander CC Sabathia produced his first solid performance of the season while Tampa Bay's David Price was hit hard as the New York Yankees hammered the Rays 10-2. Designated hitter Alfonso Soriano and catcher Brian McCann homered for New York. - - Phillies 1, Braves 0 Th

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Twins use wild rally past Blue Jays for sweep (The Associated Press) April 17, 2014 at 10:32 PM
On Potato Cannons, Community and Free Pizza
via Twins Daily April 17, 2014 at 09:14 PM

You know how in between innings, sometime the mascot comes out with a pneumatic gun and shoots t-shirts or hot dogs or whatever into the crowd? Have you ever seen him shoot out pizzas? Want to know why? Because there?s a lot better way to give

Revisiting the Montreal Expos
via Baseball Outsider April 17, 2014 at 08:26 PM

It's a long subtitle, to be sure.Jonah Keri borrowed the home run call of a long time Montreal Expos announcer for his history/reminisce of the Expos, "Up, Up, and Away."It's also the title of chirpy pop song from the 1960s, and that fits Keri's recounting of the on-field action of the team he grew up rooting for. But the final section could have taken the name of a much darker rocker from the sam

Pino shutout earns split for Wings
via Twins Digest April 17, 2014 at 08:26 PM

The Red Wings split a Thursday afternoon doubleheader with Pawtucket at Frontier Field.

Twins take Game 1 behind Gibson's eight scoreless
via - Twins April 17, 2014 at 08:26 PM

Despite the coldest game-time temperature in Minnesota baseball history, both the Twins' bats and right-hander Kyle Gibson stayed hot in a 7-0 win over the Blue Jays in the first game of a doubleheader on Thursday at Target Field.

Gibson's gem guides Twins past Blue Jays 7-0 (The Associated Press)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins April 17, 2014 at 08:26 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins had the right formula for successfully playing through the cold: a guy named Kyle Gibson.

Pre-Double Header Notes: Nunez Called Up, Starters
via Twinkie Town April 17, 2014 at 08:26 PM

That's fun. Twins Call Up Eduardo Nunez Thanks to the magic of double headers and roster rules, both the Twins and the Blue Jays are allowed to carry 26 players for today only. In the case of the Twins, they'll call up newly acquired infielder Eduardo Nunez. He has gone 7-for-18 with a home run in two starts (six games total) with the Red Wings. I'd imagine that Gardy would try to give Nun

Royals 6, Astros 4 (11 innings) (The SportsXchange)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins April 16, 2014 at 11:56 PM

HOUSTON -- Third baseman Mike Moustakas slapped a leadoff home run in the top of the 11th inning, and the Kansas City Royals rallied against the Houston Astros' bullpen for a 6-4 win Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park.

AL Notes: Defensive Value, White Sox, Astros, Fuld
via Twins Digest April 16, 2014 at 11:50 PM

As defensive metrics gain precision and acceptance, we can expect an increasing move toward player contracts that better reflect the contributions of premier glovework, writes Doug Mittler for ESPN The Magazine (Insider link). "The market is established by offense because defensive numbers are difficult to ascertain," said Mets GM Sandy Alderson. Mittler says that current bargains, like Al

Twins Minor League Report (4/16): Diamond Disappointment
via Twins Daily April 16, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Winter just does not want to go away for the year. Much of the state of Minnesota woke up to cold and even snow on Wednesday. The weather has been difficult around the country. New Britain was weathered out. The Minnesota Twins game on Wednesday night against the Blue Jays was postponed. They will play their regularly scheduled game at 12:10 on Thursday and then the makeup game at 6:10. When th

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Feelin' a draft (April edition)
via Baseball Outsider April 16, 2014 at 08:26 PM

Carlos Rodon's draft stockhas apparently slipped in thepast few months, but he's stillexpected to be a high pick in June.Baseball's amateur draft is a bit less than two months away. The Twins have the fifth overall pick. What's the outlook?The issue of Baseball America that showed up in my mailbox Tuesday has BA's "midseason update" on draft prospects. As was the case when the college season began

Twins Minor League Report (4/15): Kernels Streak Ends
via Twins Daily April 16, 2014 at 08:26 PM

For the second Tuesday in a row, weather played havoc on the Twins farm system. Only half of the teams were able to get on the field and both of those teams didn't exactly like the results on the night. Some hitters continued their hot starts to the year, but the pitching seemed to be the biggest problem on this night Fans who braved the weather at Target Field got to see Phil Hughes get off to a

Rochester Red Wings News List 2014-04-16 12:46:26
via Twins Digest April 16, 2014 at 08:26 PM

The Pawtucket Red Sox jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, then hung on to defeat the Red Wings 7-6 Wednesday afternoon at Frontier Field