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Minnesota Twins Draw Franchise-Record 8 Walks in 1 Inning
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins April 18, 2014 at 08:26 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays' bullpen completely fell apart at Target Field on Thursday, allowing the Minnesota Twins to draw a franchise-record eight walks in one inning, according to Twins employee Dustin Morse. The Blue Jays entered the eighth inning of a rather nondescript game with a 5-3 lead and stud reliever Steve Delabar on the mound. Delabar, a 2013 All-Star, walked catcher Josmil Pinto and outf

Minnesota Twins: It's Time for the Josmil Pinto Era
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins April 14, 2014 at 08:26 PM

For the first time in what seems like an eternity, Minnesota Twins' fans have been witnessing non-Joe Mauer starting catchers behind the dish this season. The Twins decided that Mauer, who has been the Twins’ starting catcher since June of 2004, would transition to first base—full time—in 2014. The team’s offseason signing of Kurt Suzuki to a one-year, $2.75 million deal on

Complete Minnesota Twins 2014 Season Preview
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins March 27, 2014 at 08:26 PM

Expectations aren't high for the Minnesota Twins at the MLB level in 2014, with the team coming off three straight seasons with at least 96 losses. Despite the lack of recent success, though, there are reasons to pay attention to what the Twinkies are building. While the Twins wait for the arrival of highly touted prospects like Byron Buxton, Alex Meyer, Miguel Sano and others, they began the proc

Twins Prank Mike Pelfrey with Fake Wichita State March Madness Speech
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins March 25, 2014 at 08:26 PM

Mike Pelfrey's legendary speech to Wichita State may not give you goosebumps, but it will make you laugh out loud.  MLB Fan Cave caught just one of the myriad ways that MLB players decide to prank their teammates. This time, Twins closer Glen Perkins and manager Ron Gardenhire collaborate to pull a fast one on one of their starting pitchers.  Pelfrey walks into the skipper's office, wher

Twins Slugger Miguel Sano Headed for Tommy John Surgery
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins March 01, 2014 at 08:26 PM

The Minnesota Twins got the news they were dreading Saturday morning. Their top prospect, Miguel Sano, will have Tommy John surgery and miss the 2014 season, as reported by ESPN.com. While Tommy John surgery has a shorter recovery period for position players than it does for pitchers, who obviously throw more, a lost season and a possible position change could change the fortune of the player 

Miguel Sano Injury: Updates on Twins Prospect's Elbow and Recovery
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins February 28, 2014 at 08:38 PM

Minnesota Twins third base prospect Miguel Sano is experiencing lingering soreness in his right elbow that raises concerns about his major league future, according to TwinCities.com's Mike Berardino. Sano's agent Rob Plummer doesn't appear to be very optimistic after Sano recently asked whether he should undergo surgery on the problem area, per Berardino: "I have a feeling this is more than nothi

Complete Minnesota Twins 2014 Spring Training Preview
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins February 10, 2014 at 08:26 PM

Three consecutive seasons with at least 96 losses have left a bitter taste in the mouths of Minnesota Twins fans and the organization.  Despite those hard times since, the news is not all bad for the Twins heading into 2014. They have spent money to upgrade the worst pitching staff in baseball last year. Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes should at least provide innings, if nothing else.  Mor

What to Expect from MLB's No. 1 Prospect Byron Buxton in Spring Training
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins January 31, 2014 at 08:26 PM

When it comes to spring training, every fan is interested in getting an early look at baseball’s top prospects. This year, all eyes will be on Byron Buxton, Prospect Pipeline’s No. 1-overall prospect for the 2014 season, who was invited to major league camp by the Minnesota Twins. Without a game of experience above the High-A level, it’s extremely doubtful that the 20-year-old ou

Nelson Cruz: Are the Minnesota Twins His Only Option?
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins January 30, 2014 at 08:26 PM

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the remaining top free agents are ones with a rejected qualifying offer tag attached to them. But unlike Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez and possibly even Stephen Drew, Nelson Cruz might have trouble convincing a team without an unprotected pick to sign him. In part, the lack of interest in Cruz is unjust. The 33-year-old enjoyed a stellar 2013 season, posting a 7.6 percent w

Minnesota Twins' Top 10 Prospects for 2014
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins January 08, 2014 at 08:26 PM

It's entirely plausible when discussing a farm system and prospects to use hyperbole. We get so fixated on what a player can be that it tends to distract us from what they are.  I say that to introduce the Minnesota Twins' prospect rankings for the 2014 season, which is the best group in baseball and filled with the kind of present talent/future projection that every franchise envies.  E

Minnesota Twins Pitcher Alex Meyer Serves as Substitute Teacher During Offseason
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins December 25, 2013 at 08:26 PM

There are many ways for athletes to pass time in the offseason, but very few choose to work a tough job for low pay. This is what makes Minnesota Twins minor league pitcher Alex Meyer unique.  According to David Woods of the Indianapolis Star, the 23-year-old starting pitcher has spent the past three offseasons working as a substitute teacher in the Greensburg school district outside of India

Ricky Nolasco Signing Just First Step for Minnesota Twins in Rotation Rebuild
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins November 27, 2013 at 08:26 PM

The Minnesota Twins took a step toward improving their miserable starting rotation on Wednesday when they agreed to a deal with free agent Ricky Nolasco. Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish broke the news first, with Jon Heyman of CBS Sports confirming the report: Source: #Twins agree to terms with Ricky Nolasco. — Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) November 27, 2013 Nolasco has deal with twins @C

Will Joe Mauer's Offensive Ceiling at First Base Justify His Massive Contract?
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins November 11, 2013 at 08:26 PM

Last week, Minnesota's Joe Mauer was honored with his fifth career Silver Slugger Award at the catching position. After Monday's announcement by the Minnesota Twins, it will be his last. The veteran catcher is officially becoming a full-time first baseman in 2014 after consulting with doctors about the long-term injury risk that would accompany staying behind the plate during the latter half of h

Minnesota Twins Offseason Tracker: Hottest Trade Rumors, Free Agency News
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins November 01, 2013 at 08:26 PM

After winning back-to-back AL Central crowns in 2009 and 2010, the Minnesota Twins have suffered through three consecutive losing seasons, finishing 30 games under .500 (66-96) for the second season in a row. With a handful of veteran bats still dotting the lineup and a severe lack of quality starting pitching, will GM Terry Ryan look to trade offense for the help on the mound that his club desper

MLB Free Agency: 5 Starting Pitchers the Minnesota Twins Should Go After
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins October 22, 2013 at 08:26 PM

The Minnesota Twins have a lot on their plate this winter. As they ponder a dive into MLB Free Agency, general manager Terry Ryan needs to decide whether Joe Mauer is their 2014 catcher, if they really can trust Brian Dozier at second base and if some of the bright prospects in the organization are ready for the leap to Minneapolis. However, there is one glaring need that must be addressed. This w

Minnesota Twins: Predicting Their 2015 Lineup
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins October 16, 2013 at 08:26 PM

The Minnesota Twins have not been able to put together a solid lineup for the last several years due to injuries, declines in performance and players that are only good enough to lead the team to three straight 90-loss seasons. As the Twins go forward, there is about to be a massive overhaul for a lineup that was known more for striking out than scoring runs. Many of the team's top prospects will

Minnesota Twins: Full Scouting Reports for Prospects in the Arizona Fall League
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins October 09, 2013 at 08:26 PM

The Minnesota Twins have been able to put together a solid farm system since the return of general manager Terry Ryan, and they'll get to show it off with six prospects heading to the Arizona Fall League. For hardcore baseball nerds, the AFL represents a chance to check up on some of the younger players in a scenario that can only be rivaled by spring training. The Twins will leave nobody hanging

How the Minnesota Twins Can Win Under Manager Ron Gardenhire
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins October 01, 2013 at 08:26 PM

General manager Terry Ryan and the Minnesota Twins made the right move by giving manager Ron Gardenhire, a six-time division winner, a two-year contract extension. They need to do more than that to win, however, and they have to get things going next year in order for him to manage a winning team in 2015. Gardenhire’s entire coaching staff will return as well, causing some irate fans to call

Minnesota Twins Announcer Booth Has the Best Kiss-Cam Moment Ever
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins September 27, 2013 at 08:26 PM

Oh, so you want to put the Kiss Cam on the guys in the booth? Jokes on you, camera guys. They’ll do it. They tried their hardest, but the producers working Thursday night’s game between the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians couldn’t ruffle the sportscasters in the booth.  The stadium Kiss Cam was making its rounds about Target Field when some joker decided to fo

The Minnesota Twins Should Re-Sign RHP Mike Pelfrey for 2014
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins September 25, 2013 at 08:26 PM

As far as he is concerned, pitcher Mike Pelfrey, who underwent Tommy John surgery last year, will not pitch again for the Minnesota Twins this year. It should not be his last time in a Twins uniform, however, even though he joined the team on a one-year, $4 million contract. The team would be wise to re-sign him in the offseason. “Andy (pitching coach Rick Anderson) always says he wants me t