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Eddie Rosario Becomes 29th Player to Homer on 1st Pitch of Career
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins May 07, 2015 at 07:27 PM

Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario became the 29th player in MLB history and the first player in Twins history to hit a home run on the first pitch of his major-league career when he took Oakland Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir deep in the third inning of Wednesday's game, per MLB Stat of the Day. Rosario also became the first player to accomplish the feat since Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starl

Minnesota Twins' Hrbek's Pub Introduces Bloody Mary Topped with Pizza Slice
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins March 27, 2015 at 01:03 PM

Former Minnesota Twins first baseman Kent Hrbek has a restaurant named after him at Target Field, and with the season approaching, Hrbek's Pub is using different items to attract visitors to the bar located behind home plate in the downtown stadium.Hrbek's wife tweeted out the new menu, which included something that will make you look twice:A Bloody Mary garnished with a pizza slice.It's

Brian Dozier, Twins Agree to New Contract: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins March 24, 2015 at 08:21 AM

With the 2015 regular season on the horizon, the Minnesota Twins locked up one of their key pieces by signing second baseman Brian Dozier to a contract extension. According to the Twins' official Twitter account, the 27-year-old middle infielder inked a four-year deal: The contract is worth $20 million in total, per's Rhett Bollinger, and Dozier's salary will gradually increase

What to Expect from MLB's No. 1 Prospect Byron Buxton in Spring Training
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins February 11, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Byron Buxton entered 2014 as the consensus No. 1 prospect in baseball, and all signs pointed to him debuting with the Twins before the end of the season. Unfortunately, a taste of the major leagues wasn’t in the cards for the then-20-year-old center fielder. Buxton spent the season battling one injury after the other, each of them resulting in a lengthy stay on the disabled list. He ultimate

Minnesota Twins' Top 10 Prospects for 2015
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins January 12, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Heading into the 2014 season, it was almost a forgone conclusion that several of the Minnesota Twins’ top prospects would reach the major leagues. But that never happened. Center fielder Byron Buxton, widely considered the sport’s top prospect, lost most of his highly anticipated campaign with a wrist injury and a concussion, while slugging third baseman Miguel Sano ultimately missed t

Phil Hughes, Twins Agree on New Contract: Latest Details and Reaction
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins December 22, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Coming off a strong 2014 MLB season, Minnesota Twins ace Phil Hughes reportedly agreed to a contract extension with the club on Monday.    MLBRosterMoves provided the latest on the agreement between the two sides:Hughes, 28, emerged last season as a true ace despite another down season for the franchise. Finishing 16-10 with a 3.52 ERA and a career-high 186 strikeouts, Hughes c

Ervin Santana to Twins: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins December 11, 2014 at 01:05 PM

For the second consecutive season, Ervin Santana has spent the winter in search of a team. The 10-year veteran has reportedly made his decision.  According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Santana will be pitching for the Minnesota Twins in 2015, on a four-year, $54 million deal:  Rhett Bollinger of reports the annual breakdown of the deal: Last year, Santana was in limbo for

Torii Hunter's Homecoming an Ideal Fit for Young, Talented Minnesota Twins
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins December 03, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Torii Hunter is headed home. Seven years after he left Minnesota as a free agent, Hunter agreed Tuesday to a one-year, $10.5 million deal with the Twins, a signing first reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today. He's not the player he was, but that could be a good thing. Oh, sure, any team would kill to have a young Torii Hunter, the guy who won nine straight Gold Gloves between 2001 and 2009

Paul Molitor Reportedly to Be Hired by Twins: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins November 01, 2014 at 07:53 PM

The Minnesota Twins didn't have to look far to find their next manager. According to Judd Zulgad of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities, they are on the verge of naming Paul Molitor to the open position. Zulgad reported that former Twins first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, who was considered a strong contender, is out of the running, leaving Molitor the presumptive favorite. Patrick Reusse of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities

Minnesota Twins Offseason Tracker: Hottest Free Agency News, Trade Rumors
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins October 31, 2014 at 01:23 PM

While the Twins cracked the 70-win mark for the first time since 2010, Minnesota suffered through another underwhelming regular season in 2014, finishing in the basement of the AL Central for the third time in four years. That's led to a change of leadership, with longtime manager Ron Gardenhire out and the search for his replacement still ongoing. What other changes might be coming this winter? K

Twins' Phil Hughes Sets MLB Record for Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio in a Season
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins September 25, 2014 at 04:29 PM

Having finished his season with Wednesday's outing against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Phil Hughes of the Minnesota Twins now owns the MLB record for the best strikeout-to-walk ratio in one season, per the Star Tribune's LaVelle E. Neal III. Hughes, the only pitcher in major league history to record 200 or more innings and 16 or fewer walks in the same season, finishes his bounce-back 2014 camp

3 Non-Contending MLB Teams in Prime Position to Spoil Pennant Races
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins August 24, 2014 at 11:29 AM

The final month of the 2014 MLB season is right around the corner, and with roughly 17 teams still in a legitimate position to contend for a playoff spot, it promises to be an exciting month of baseball. For now, though, let's turn our attention to the teams that are not in the playoff hunt. They may not be gearing up for an October run, but the non-contenders can still shake things up for the tea

Twins' Brian Dozier Records Franchise's First 20-20 Season by a Second Baseman
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins August 21, 2014 at 07:23 PM

After swiping second base in the first inning of Wednesday's loss to the Cleveland Indians, Brian Dozier of the Minnesota Twins became the first second baseman in franchise history to reach 20 home runs and 20 steals in a season, per MLB Stat of the Day. Prior to the 2014 campaign, Dozier had not eclipsed 20 in either category in a single year but came relatively close in 2013, when he recorded 18

Byron Buxton Injury: Updates on Twins Prospect's Shoulder and Recovery
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins August 13, 2014 at 08:35 PM

Making his debut with Double-A New Britain Wednesday, Minnesota Twins top prospect Byron Buxton suffered a scary collision in the outfield and had to be taken off the field in an ambulance.  The Hartford Courant's Don Amore relayed the frightening details of the 20-year-old's injury and aftermath: Photographer Scott Blanchette provided a snapshot of moments before the collision: Deadsp

Jason Adam to Twins: Latest Trade Details, Scouting Report and Reaction
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins August 11, 2014 at 07:59 PM

The Minnesota Twins acquired promising pitching prospect Jason Adam Monday in exchange for 35-year-old Josh Willingham in a deal with the Kansas City Royals. The Royals' Twitter account broke the news: It is a win-win trade for both parties. Kansas City gets an expiring contract and a bat to help contend after a flurry of consecutive wins, while—more importantly—Minnesota gets some se

Former Art School Student with 100-MPH Fastball Signs with Minnesota Twins
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins July 30, 2014 at 04:11 PM

“He’s like Ivan Drago…‘Whatever he hits, he destroys.’” Such were the words of Elliot Strankman, the Minnesota Twins scout who discovered a dormant giant in the unlikeliest of places.  Strankman’s Drago remark, as told to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, centered on Brandon Poulson, a 6’7”, 240-pound student he discovered playing bas

Joe Mauer Injury: Updates on Twins Star's Oblique and Return
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins July 02, 2014 at 11:05 AM

In terms of injuries to star players at the major league and minor league levels, the Minnesota Twins have been hit as hard as any team in baseball.        Joe Mauer is the latest victim of the injury bug, leaving Tuesday's game against Kansas City with a strained right oblique after hitting an RBI double. The 2009 American League MVP has been placed on the 15-day disabled list

Minnesota Twins Trade Rumors: Latest Updates, News and Reaction
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins July 01, 2014 at 11:05 AM

While things haven't exactly gone as anyone associated with the Minnesota Twins would have liked in 2014, things aren't all doom and gloom. The club has a farm system full of impressive young talent, including the currently injured Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano, and some young players on the major league roster—second baseman Brian Dozier, starting pitchers Kyle Gibson and Phil Hughes and cat

Jim Kaat's Reputation as a Fielder Doesn't Fit Like a Gold Glove
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins June 25, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Fourth in an 11-part series examining the vagaries of awards voting. Jim Kaat’s nickname of “Kitty” Kaat may have arisen out of cutesy convenience, but it came to embody the classy southpaw’s style of play. Always a fanatically conditioned athlete, Kaat pounced like a cat on any ball bunted or hit in the vicinity of the mound. Thirty-seven years old and a veteran of 17 Majo

Kendrys Morales' Surprise Signing Shows Twins Are Serious About Playoff Push
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins June 07, 2014 at 05:29 PM

After months of waiting, Kendrys Morales has landed on a team for the remainder of the 2014 season. In what can be described as a major surprise, the Minnesota Twins were the team to ink the former Angels and Mariners slugger in a move that doubles as an edict toward a muddled American League postseason picture.The deal, first reported by Jon Heyman of CBS, came just days after the first-year-play