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Twinsights: Who wants to hear me babble?
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 27, 2015 at 09:45 PM

Earlier today I filed a lengthy piece at TwinCities.com on the Twins' increased reliance on their analytics department, headed by Jack Goin along with his talented assistants, Andrew Ettel and Nick Beauchamp. The story will also appear in Tuesday's editions of the Pioneer Press. As an aside, if you haven't read Travis Sawchik's book on the Pirates, Big Data Baseball, I strongly suggest you buy you

Twinsights: Randy Johnson's induction sparks Livermore pride for J.R. Graham
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 25, 2015 at 01:21 PM

When Randy Johnson goes into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, Twins rookie reliever J.R. Graham will feel an unmistakable sense of pride. Just three players in the history of Livermore (Calif.) High School (33 miles southeast of Oakland) have reached the major leagues. Graham is the third, following in the footsteps of Cleveland Indians reliever Bryan Shaw and Johnson. The man destine

Twinsights: Twins searching for power arms at the trade deadline
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 24, 2015 at 04:39 PM

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Marlins right-hander Steve Cishek became the first high-profile reliever to change teams Friday in the final days leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The Twins, who are on the prowl for eighth-inning setup help to get the ball to Glen Perkins, looked into Cishek, a former closer with World Baseball Classic experience and a 1.35 earned run average since May 16, b

Twinsights: Glen Perkins honors Eddie Guardado after passing him in career saves
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 23, 2015 at 06:33 PM

ANAHEIM, Calif. --Twins closer Glen Perkins moved into third place on the club’s career list with his 117th save on Thursday afternoon. Having already passed Al Worthington, Jeff Reardon and Ron Davis earlier this season, Perkins used the occasion of his 29th save to honor the man he passed: first-year bullpen coach Eddie Guardado. With a proud smile, Guardado reached into his back pocket and pull

Twinsights: Rare off day for Brian Dozier
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 23, 2015 at 04:27 PM

ANAHEIM, Calif. --Brian Dozier doesn’t like rest. Before being left out of Thursday’s lineup, he had started all but one of the Twins’ first 94 games this season. So you had better believe the Twins’ all-star second baseman tried to lobby his way back into the mix, even after manager Paul Molitor told him the night before he was sitting. “I tried to fight him a little bit this morning, but I could

Twinsights: Why is Shane Robinson taking grounders at shortstop?
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 23, 2015 at 02:33 PM

ANAHEIM, Calif. --There’s been a new entrant to the Twins shortstop mélange, at least for pregame work during batting practice. Shane Robinson, a career outfielder who last played shortstop in a game in high school, has taken grounders during a full round of BP five to seven times in recent weeks. “There’s no real purpose for it,” said Twins third-base coach Gene Glynn, who hits those daily ground

Twinsights: Angels fans still love Torii Hunter
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 23, 2015 at 01:57 PM

ANAHEIM, Calif. --Twins outfielder Torii Hunter, out of Thursday’s lineup for a scheduled rest, was truly touched by the warm reception he received here each of the first two games. A star player for the Los Angeles Angels for five seasons (2008-12), Hunter had to step out of the batter’s box and wait for the cheers to subside in his first plate appearance Tuesday. “I got emotional,” he said. “Tha

Postgame Twinsights: Bunts made sense, Paul Molitor says
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 23, 2015 at 06:09 AM

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Twins manager Paul Molitor had no problem with a pair of poorly executed bunts by his Nos. 3 and 5 hitters. The first one, by Joe Mauer with a man on first and one out in the fifth, came directly after just his fourth career hit in 30 at-bats against Los Angeles Angels lefty C.J. Wilson. It rolled foul with the Twins trailing by two. The second, by Trevor Plouffe with Miguel San

Twinsights: Ryan O'Rourke showing a warrior mentality in Twins bullpen
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 22, 2015 at 08:15 PM

ANAHEIM, Calif. --Last month the bullpen crew at Triple-A Rochester dressed as their favorite wrestlers and acted out an elaborate skit in honor of Bret “Hitman” Hart, who was in town to sign autographs at Frontier Field. Alex Meyer was The Undertaker. Michael Tonkin was “Nature Boy” Ric Flair. Logan Darnell was Hulk Hogan. For rookie left-hander Ryan O’Rourke, there was never any doubt he would b

Twinsights: Miguel Sano returns to Twins lineup
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 22, 2015 at 07:45 PM

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rookie slugger Miguel Sano returned to the cleanup spot for the Twins on Wednesday after missing two games with a sprained right ankle. He was cleared by the team’s training staff after a pregame workout. “I was really happy for that,” Sano said. “It’s good to be back in the lineup. I’m ready to go and ready to play baseball.” In 13 games with Sano in the lineup this month, the

Postgame Twinsights: Paul Molitor perplexed by Joe West's interference call
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 22, 2015 at 06:09 AM

ANAHEIM, Calif. --Eduardo Nunez was certain he was safe. A wild throw had come from third baseman David Freese on his slow tapper, and the speedy Nunez arrived at first base at the same time the ball reached the glove of C.J. Cron. "The ball was there," Nunez said. "(Cron) hit my face. He came toward me, so I tried to move." The ball ended up on the ground and Nunez initially was called safe only

Twinsights: Miguel Sano could return to Twins lineup Wednesday
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 21, 2015 at 06:51 PM

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Twins rookie slugger Miguel Sano said his sprained right ankle was feeling much between Tuesday and he was hoping to return to the lineup as soon as Wednesday. Sano, 22, did some light running in the outfield at Angel Stadium during early work on Tuesday. He also took some swings in the cage off a tee and via flips, but he didn’t fare as well when he took batting practice on the

Twinsights: Brian Dozier wins 2nd straight Heart and Hustle Award
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 21, 2015 at 05:21 PM

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- For the second straight year Twins all-star second baseman Brian Dozier was named winner of the team’s Heart and Hustle Award. Presented by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, it is baseball’s only award voted on by former players. Dozier, who homered last week in his first All-Star Game appearance, has played all but 17 innings of the Twins season through 92 g

Postgame Twinsights: Slumping Danny Santana insists he's still confident
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 19, 2015 at 08:51 PM

OAKLAND, Calif. --Danny Santana dressed quietly by his locker after Sunday's 14-1 defeat, which also marked just the second two-error game of his young career. The other came on May 1 against the Chicago White Sox, but the Twins claimed a 1-0 win that day. A pair of throws got away from him against the Oakland A's, and if not for a nice stretch by fill-in first baseman Trevor Plouffe in the eighth

Twinsights: Miguel Sano suffers sprained right ankle
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 19, 2015 at 12:33 PM

OAKLAND, Calif. --Twins rookie slugger Miguel Sano was on crutches as he hobbled into the visiting clubhouse on Sunday morning on O.Co Coliseum. Twins general manager Terry Ryan said the 22-year-old phenom suffered a sprained right ankle during pregame work before Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Oakland A’s. Sano struck out in his first three at-bats but delivered a go-ahead sacrifice fly to right in h

Updated game story on Twins' 3-2 loss to the A's
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 19, 2015 at 06:09 AM

OAKLAND, Calif. --This Saturday night was not all right for closing. First, the Twins pinned just the third blown save on Oakland’s Tyler Clippard in 20 chances this year. Moments later, three-time all-star Glen Perkins saw his franchise-record streak of 28 consecutive saves end as well. The Twins finally fell 3-2 in 10 innings on Stephen Vogt’s walk-off single off Casey Fien. “Feel bad for Perk,”

Twinsights: Boyhood A's fan J.R. Graham returns to his 'second home'
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 18, 2015 at 08:21 PM

OAKLAND, Calif. -- All the memories keep flooding back for J.R. Graham this weekend as he makes his first business trip to O.Co Coliseum. Raised about 25 minutes southeast of here in Livermore, where the Twins reliever followed in Randy Johnson’s footsteps at Livermore High School, Graham will have about 100 friends and family in the stands for each of these three games against the A’s. He’s doing

Twinsights: Torii Hunter gets diapers, walker for his 40th birthday
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 18, 2015 at 07:27 PM

OAKLAND, Calif. --Twins reliever Casey Fien took it upon himself to purchase the two main gag gifts for teammate Torii Hunter on his 40th birthday. Fien walked down to Walgreens to buy some adult diapers. While in that aisle, he noticed the Ultra-Light Rollator, a fire-engine red walker with dual handbrakes. “I was thinking about putting on tennis balls,” Fien said. “That way he doesn’t get out of

Morning Twinsights: Ervin Santana has had low-strikeout games before
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 18, 2015 at 12:39 PM

OAKLAND, Calif. -- As good as Ervin Santana was Friday night, it took him 27 batters to record his first strikeout. Asked about that after his first win in a Twins uniform, the veteran right-hander smiled. “I know. I was like, ‘Damn, can I pitch a game without a strikeout?’ “ he said. “Unbelievable. When I got one, I was like, ‘Yes!’ “ That came on a slider to No. 9 hitter Marcus Semien to start t

Twins 5, A's 0: Final-version game story
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 18, 2015 at 06:09 AM

OAKLAND, Calif. -- So much for those concerns about the all-star break costing the Twins their July mojo. Brian Dozier opened the game with a home run and Trevor Plouffe added a grand slam in the sixth as the Twins rolled to a 5-0 win over the last-place Oakland A’s on Friday night. In claiming their 50th victory, the Twins won for the seventh time in eight tries and moved 10 games over .500 for t