Mets minor leaguer Tebow hits 9 homers in batting practice (The Associated Press)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins February 27, 2017 at 07:44 PM

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Tim Tebow quickly got into the swing of spring training, hitting nine home runs in batting practice Monday during his first workout with the New York Mets.

Park's HR, Santana's 2 scoreless pace Twins
via Mlb.com - Twins February 27, 2017 at 05:14 PM

Byungho Park continued his hot start, hitting a two-run homer to help the Twins to a 9-6 win over the Marlins on Monday at CenturyLink Sports Complex.

Twins 9, Marlins 6: ByungHo Park homers again
via Twinkie Town February 27, 2017 at 05:14 PM

Ervin Santana had a strong first outing and Korean slugger launched his second bomb in three games this spring. ByungHo Park remained red hot in today’s contest between the Twins and Marlins, which was not broadcast on TV or radio. The aforementioned Korean slugger launched a two-run dong in the bottom of the 1st inning on a 96 mph pitch from Jose Urena. It was especially encouraging conside

Trio of Twins prospects impressing early in camp
via Mlb.com - Twins February 27, 2017 at 01:50 PM

Three of the Twins' top four prospects are in Major League camp this spring, giving the coaching staff and front office a glimpse of the future.

World Baseball Classic 2017: Can Israel surprise in its debut? (Big League Stew)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins February 27, 2017 at 01:02 PM

From now until the World Baseball Classic begins on March 6, we’ll be helping you get to know each team involved in baseball’s global tournament. There is no bigger uncertainty in the 2017 World Baseball Classic than Team Israel. While the team does have some talented players casual fans will recognize, this is the first time the club has qualified for the tournament.

Guess Who, part one
via Baseball Outsider February 27, 2017 at 09:38 AM

Guess Who Number 1One of the rituals of spring training is photo day -- some time after the full squad has reported but before the exhibitions begin, the players spend much of a morning being photographed for a variety of purposes.A couple of days after that, the Associated Press moves a collection of head shots. And one of my rituals of spring is a tedious couple of hours spent downloading, cropp

The Metrodome was bulldozed just to make an even crappier baseball stadium
via Twinkie Town February 27, 2017 at 09:38 AM

Welcome to the biggest waste of money of all time!!! The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome was my favorite place in the world. It’s still the stadium where the Minnesota Twins played the longest, and the stadium where they won all of their World Series Championships. I spent an exorbitant amount of time in there watching baseball. I once even read a poem I wrote about how much I loved the Metrodo

Gleeman and The Geek #298: Medicinal Mailbag
via Aaron Gleeman February 26, 2017 at 07:44 PM

Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included Paul Molitor admitting the Twins botched Jorge Polanco's handling, PECOTA's optimistic view of the Twins' defense, recovery timelines for Phil Hughes, Glen Perkins, and Byung Ho Park, trying to cure hangovers at Fair State Brewing, Twins Daily's fifth anniversary, giving away a pair of 20-game […]

Indians, Cubs tie 1-all in 1st matchup since World Series (The Associated Press)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins February 26, 2017 at 06:44 PM

MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Danny Salazar breezed through his first outing for the Cleveland Indians. No extra adrenaline from facing the Chicago Cubs. No interest in revisiting the World Series.

Twins 5, Nationals 2: Jason Castro blasts two-run dinger
via Twinkie Town February 26, 2017 at 05:50 PM

Apparently framing pitches isn’t the only thing Jason Castro can do at the plate. Frame this one as a win! Jason Castro helped power the Twins to their spring training win today with a two-run home run in the 2nd inning. It was part of a four-run 2nd inning for the Twins, which also included a nice little reminder that Byron Buxton is freaky fast. The pitching was probably the

Castro leads Twins with two-run homer
via Mlb.com - Twins February 26, 2017 at 05:08 PM

Catcher Jason Castro, who joined the Twins on a three-year deal in the offseason, connected on his first homer of the spring to lead Minnesota to a 5-2 win over the Nationals on Sunday at Hammond Stadium.

Spring Training Game 3: Nationals at Twins
via Twinkie Town February 26, 2017 at 11:50 AM

First Pitch: 12:05 pm CTTV: NopeRadio: 96.3 GO, TIBN, MLB.comKnow Thine Enemy: Federal BaseballFederal Baseball The Spring training fun continues! Brian Dozier makes his first apperance. Just no TV today... Lineup: Nationals Twins 1 Michael Taylor, CF Byron Buxton, CF 2 Anthony Rendon, 3B Jorge Polanco, SS 3 Chris Heisey, LF Brian Dozier, 2B 4 Clint Robinson, 1B Miguel Sano, 3B

Pic of the Week
via Baseball Outsider February 26, 2017 at 09:38 AM

Byung Ho Park connects during batting practice.What I like about this photo is that we can see the bat bend from the impact -- and a bit of distortion in the ball as it rebounds.Park didn't make a lot of contact last year, but when he did, he had a rather elected exit velocity. And he seems, in the very early going of spring training, to have recovered nicely from his hand surgery. On Friday he si

How Joe Mauer got me into baseball
via Twinkie Town February 26, 2017 at 09:38 AM

Inspired by the latest Fanpost Friday, here is the story of how Joe Mauer made me love baseball. I used to kinda hate Joe Mauer. The year is 2009; Joe Mauer is in the midst of his historic MVP campaign and I, a freshman in high school, had no idea what any of that meant. In my head, Joe Mauer was just Sporty McPopularGuy. I didn't really follow sports until 2007 (Vikings w/ Adrian Peterson

Harper homers, Ventura remembered, Bourn hurt (The Associated Press)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins February 25, 2017 at 08:32 PM

Welcome to spring training, Bryce Harper. Harper hit a long solo homer and a single, helping the Washington Nationals to an 8-6 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday at Port St. Lucie, Fla. Andrew Stevenson and Matt Skole also connected for Washington, and Gio Gonzalez struck out one in a scoreless first inning.

Hughes excited to be back on mound
via Mlb.com - Twins February 25, 2017 at 04:44 PM

Before his Spring Training debut in the Twins' 8-7 loss to the Red Sox on Saturday at JetBlue Park, right-hander Phil Hughes hadn't faced hitters in a game situation since a line drive fractured his left femur just above his knee on June 9.

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Park stays hot in Grapefruit League action February 25, 2017 at 04:14 PM
Red Sox 8, Twins 7: Phil Hughes a little shaky in return
via Twinkie Town February 25, 2017 at 04:02 PM

Byungho Park hit a home run in his first at-bat, though. Another spring training game, another loss in the books! Although disappointing, the Twins looked good at times, even winning by 7-2 at one point. Byungho Park continued his hot streak with a home run (“Park Bang”) in his first at-bat, and Drew Stubbs added another dinger later in the 4th inning. Park also had a sac-fly later in the ga

In quest for job, Vogelsong brings perspective
via Mlb.com - Twins February 25, 2017 at 03:02 PM

Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong's career has been filled with ups and downs, including stints with two different teams in Japan and being released by the Pirates and Angels before turning his career around with two World Series championships with the Giants.

Spring Training Game 2: Twins at Red Sox
via Twinkie Town February 25, 2017 at 11:38 AM

First Pitch: 12:05 pm CTTV: MLBN, MLB.tvRadio: 96.3 GO, TIBN, MLB.comKnow Thine Enemy: Over the Monster Baseball is back baby, and this time it's on TV! Here are the beautiful lineups: Twins Red Sox 1 Drew Stubbs, CF Dustin Pedroia, 2B 2 Danny Santana, RF Xander Bogaerts, SS 3 Robbie Grossman, LF Mookie Betts, RF 4 Byungho Park, 1B Hanley Ramirez, DH 5 Ben Paulsen, DH