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Postgame Twinsights: Yan Gomes continues to destroy Twins pitching
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 20, 2014 at 11:59 PM

Followers of my Twitter account (@MikeBerardino) know I often comment on the beauty of Yan Gomes' swing and wonder how he ever makes an out. That could be because I typically watch him against Twins pitching, against whom he is now hitting .362/.373/.830 in 51 plate appearances this season. Yes, the Brazilian-born, 27-year-old catcher/DH is slugging .830 against the Twins in 2014 with six of his 2

Twinsights: Minor league award winners should be announced soon
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 20, 2014 at 08:05 PM

The Twins figure to announce their minor league player and pitcher of the year sometime before their final homestand ends Wednesday. While right-hander J.O. Berrios and lefty Taylor Rogers figure to vie for the Jim Rantz Award, the Sherry Robertson Award for top player appears a bit more wide open. Kennys Vargas, catcher Mitch Garver (Cedar Rapids), shortstop Jorge Polanco (New Britain) and outfie

Twinsights: Kennys Vargas has big plans for the winter
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 20, 2014 at 07:17 PM

Twins rookie slugger Kennys Vargas doesn’t plan on taking much time off once the season ends. As soon as he returns to his native Puerto Rico in early October, he will begin working with personal trainer Juan Hernandez. Though Vargas has kept his weight under control this season, the massive switch-hitter hopes to lose another 15 to 20 pounds and get down to 265 pounds be the start of spring train

Twinsights: Aaron Hicks scratched with stiff back
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 20, 2014 at 07:05 PM

Twins outfielder Aaron Hicks was a last-minute scratch from Saturday’s starting lineup with a stiff back. Eduardo Nunez replaced Hicks in the lineup, playing left field, with Jordan Schafer sliding over to replace Hicks in center field. Hicks was hitting .243 with a .317 on-base percentage in 41 September plate appearances since his return from Triple-A Rochester. His ninth-inning single on Tuesda

Twinsights: Glen Perkins admits he must be 'a little smarter' after injury scare
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 20, 2014 at 05:05 PM

Back in early July, Twins Opening Day starter Ricky Nolasco admitted to team officials he had pitched through intermittent elbow discomfort throughout the first half. Saturday, after being shut down for the season with a strained left forearm and secondary nerve irritation, two-time all-star closer Glen Perkins made a similar admission. “I probably could have said more earlier and saved the team f

Postgame Twinsights: Trevor Plouffe is handling his emotions
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 20, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Several hours before Friday's game, while reflecting on the improvement Trevor Plouffe has shown this season, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire noted the third baseman's emotions could get the best of him in the past. "He could get a little emotional at times," Gardenhire said. "He had to fight through that." Late Friday, Plouffe showed once again his personal growth by shaking off an 0 for 4 start and

Twinsights: Mason Melotakis still battling sore elbow
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 19, 2014 at 08:05 PM

Class A Fort Myers closer Zack Jones will replace Double-A lefty Mason Melotakis among the Twins’ seven-member Arizona Fall League contingent, the team announced Friday. Melotakis is dealing with "continued elbow soreness," according to Twins farm director Brad Steil, while Jones missed the bulk of the regular season after suffering an aneurysm in his upper arm in February. Jones, 23, returned to

Twinsights: Glen Perkins shut down with minor forearm strain, nerve irritation
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 19, 2014 at 07:17 PM

Twins all-star closer Glen Perkins has been shut down for the season after an extensive battery of tests on his throwing arm revealed two minor issues. Perkins, 31, has a strained left forearm and secondarily has nerve irritation in his forearm and elbow area. “It’s actually good news,” Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. “We don’t think it’s anything that’s going to hinder his ability to be re

Twinsights: Eduardo Escobar could be shut down, at least in the field
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 19, 2014 at 05:59 PM

Twins infielder Eduardo Escobar could be shut down for the year in the wake of Tuesday’s jammed right (throwing) shoulder. “I’m not sure how long it’s going to be here,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “I don’t know what would happen if he dove again and landed on it. I just don’t know all those things.” Escobar, in the midst of a breakout season, said Friday he took swings in the rehab pool an

Twinsights: Bullpen might be best chance for Tommy Milone
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 19, 2014 at 05:41 PM

Tommy Milone said Friday his neck is pain-free but he’s not sure there will be sufficient time to make another start before the season ends. “I don’t know how realistic it’s going to be to maybe get out and start a game,” the Twins left-hander said. “It could be better and easier to come back and throw out of the ‘pen once or twice.” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire referenced a recent cortisone shot

Twinsights: Nationals claim Pedro Florimon off waivers
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 18, 2014 at 03:17 PM

For the past two seasons, Pedro Florimon served as the Twins' Opening Day shortstop. There will not be a third such introduction. The slick-fielding but light-hitting Florimon, 27, was claimed off waivers Thursday by the playoff-bound Washington Nationals. Florimon, who did not receive a September call-up with the Twins, will not be eligible for the postseason and likely was only added for future

Postgame Twinsights: Rookie Danny Santana just keeps raking
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 18, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Three more hits for Danny Santana pushed his season average to .324 and left him 7 for 13 with a walk and five runs in this three-game series victory over the first-place Detroit Tigers. Only certain American League Rookie of the Year Jose Abreu has a higher on-base percentage or slugging percentage than Santana's .360 and .484, respectively, among AL rookies. "He’s pretty incredible," Twins manag

Twinsights: Struggling Glen Perkins to undergo more tests on shoulder/neck
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 17, 2014 at 04:47 PM

Struggling Twins closer Glen Perkins was unavailable again Wednesday night, one day after blowing his third save in the past three weeks. Perkins was scheduled to have his neck and left (throwing) shoulder examined again by team doctors even though a recent round of tests showed no structural issues. ‘ “We’re going to let the doctors look at him,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He’s going to

Twinsights: Should the Twins shut down Glen Perkins?
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 17, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Seven games remained in the 2013 season when the Twins decided to shut down Joe Mauer for the year. Could they be nearing a similar decision with closer Glen Perkins as they enter the final 11-game homestretch? "Yes, I am concerned," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Tuesday night when asked about Perkins' recent drop in fastball velocity. "We’re going to talk with him (Wednesday). There's a lot o

Report: Twins set to move Double-A club to Chattanooga
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 17, 2014 at 11:05 AM

After spending the past two decades in New Britain, Conn., the Twins could be set to climb aboard the Chattanooga Choo-Choo. According to a report in the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Twins officials arrived Tuesday in the southeastern Tennessee city and were preparing to tour 14-year-old AT&T Field. The Lookouts, a continuous member of the Southern League since 1976, play in a 6,340-seat down

Twinsights: Danny Santana plans to skip winter ball, get stronger
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 14, 2014 at 03:11 PM

CHICAGO -- Twins rookie Danny Santana made his first start at shortstop in nine days on Sunday. It was just the third start at Santana’s natural position in the Twins’ past 23 games, as he continues to get the bulk of his playing time in center field. “I feel a lot more comfortable out there,” Santana said. “I feel more comfortable every day. I feel good out there.” Santana, who made eight errors

Twinsights: More on the Parmelee-Hicks baserunning fiasco
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 14, 2014 at 01:05 PM

CHICAGO -- After Chris Parmelee made a costly out on the bases Saturday night for the second time in three days, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was asked if players sometimes get into baserunning slumps and lose confidence. “I don’t know about losing confidence,” Gardenhire said. “I know that you start trying to do too much, you get yourself in a little bit of a jam. It gets back to the basics of re

Twinsights: Slumping Kennys Vargas finally sits after 41 straight starts
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 14, 2014 at 12:11 PM

CHICAGO -- After making 41 straight starts, Twins rookie slugger Kennys Vargas finally was left out of the starting lineup on Sunday afternoon. Vargas. 24, had made 11 of those starts at first base, but along with second baseman Brian Dozier he was given a break after playing every inning of two doubleheaders in a span of three days. “I think he gets a little worn down,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhi

Twinsights: Twins coach Scott Ullger recalls legendary 1978 Visalia Oaks
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 14, 2014 at 11:05 AM

CHICAGO -- Before the Fort Myers Miracle on the Florida State League championship on Monday, the last Twins farm team to win a championship in high Class A was the 1978 Visalia (Calif.) Oaks. Those California League champions went 97-42, scored 1,007 runs in the regular season, outscored their opponents by 328 runs and were rated by one publication among the top 100 minor-league teams of all time.

Twinsights: Twins formally opt out of agreement with Double-A New Britain
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 13, 2014 at 08:29 PM

CHICAGO -- The Twins have opted out of their working agreement with the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats after 20 straight years together, but that might end up being just a procedural move. “We had to do something (by Thursday’s deadline) and we did,” Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Saturday. “We ended up severing. I’m not going to deny. Yeah, we severed, but that doesn’t mean anything.  I wo