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Postgame Twinsights: Twins survive shadows, spoil Paul Konerko Day
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 23, 2015 at 09:03 PM

CHICAGO --Asked if there was poetic justice in the Twins spoiling Paul Konerko Day with Saturday's 4-3 win, Twins closer Glen Perkins smiled. "It was good to get a win," he said. "After the (jersey retirement) thing, I think everyone probably forgot about it really. Everyone was more worried about (Chris) Sale and the shadows. Beating him on a 3 o’clock game is pretty hard to do, so we did that."

Twinsights: Twins fitting opponent for Paul Konerko sendoff
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 23, 2015 at 04:51 PM

CHICAGO -- Certified Twins Killer Paul Konerko had his jersey No. 14 retired in an elaborate ceremony before Saturday’s game at U.S. Cellular Field. Konerko hit 50 of his 439 career homers against the Twins, his highest total against any opponent. He hit 48 against the Cleveland Indians and 45 apiece against the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals. Twenty-two of his homers came at the Twins’ hom

Twinsights: Gene Glynn excited for Alex Meyer's move to Rochester bullpen
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 23, 2015 at 03:03 PM

CHICAGO -- Alex Meyer’s move to the bullpen at Triple-A Rochester met with the approval of his former Red Wings manager. “I just like the fact that he’s going to experience it,” said Twins third-base coach Gene Glynn. “Who knows? It might be really good.” Saddled with a 2-3 record and a 7.09 earned run average through eight starts this year, Meyer was informed Friday he will move into a relief rol

Twinsights: Joe Mauer sits despite good numbers against Chris Sale
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 23, 2015 at 02:03 PM

CHICAGO -- Don’t call it the Chris Sale Flu. Joe Mauer has hit .296 in 27 career at-bats against the left-handed ace of the Chicago White Sox. However, Twins manager Paul Molitor still opted to keep Mauer out of Saturday’s starting lineup for just the second time all year. “He has battled Sale really well,” Molitor said. “Kind of a big-picture thing today for me. I know he had the off days. It’s e

Postgame Twinsights: Why Phil Hughes left after seven innings
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 23, 2015 at 06:09 AM

CHICAGO --Phil Hughes won't lie to his bosses just to keep pitching. He essentially talked his way out of games with his brutal honesty on multiple occasions last season, his first with the Twins. When then manager Ron Gardenhire and then pitching coach Rick Anderson wanted to know if Hughes was tiring, he would admit when he was. The same dynamic chased the Twins' No. 1 starter from Friday's 3-2

Twinsights: Tim Stauffer isn't concerned after Rochester showing
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 22, 2015 at 07:21 PM

CHICAGO -- Unlike demoted starter Tommy Milone, Tim Stauffer hardly dominated the International League during his recent four-outing rehab assignment. Despite a 5.40 earned run average, however, and a fastball that topped at 87 mph his last time out, Stauffer got the call to return to the Twins from Triple-A Rochester. His strained right intercostal muscle healthy again, Stauffer was activated off

Twinsights: Alex Meyer moves to the Rochester bullpen
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 22, 2015 at 03:45 PM

CHICAGO -- Alex Meyer is moving to the bullpen. With the promotion of fellow right-hander Tyler Duffey to Triple-A Rochester, the erratic Meyer will move into a relief role until further notice. Other than the All-Star Futures Game last summer at Target Field, where Meyer threw a scoreless fifth inning on just four pitches, Meyer’s entire professional career (68 outings) has been spent as a starte

Twinsights: Tim Stauffer reinstated, Doug Bernier optioned
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 21, 2015 at 11:33 AM

CHICAGO --In the wake of Wednesday's 13-inning game in Pittsburgh, which forced the Twins to use all seven members of their bullpen, veteran reliever Tim Stauffer has been reinstated from his rehab assignment. Veteran infielder Doug Bernier was optioned to Triple-A Rochester. In moving to a 13-man pitching staff for the first time this year, the Twins are choosing to ignore a dip in Stauffer's fas

Postgame Twinsights: Sluggin' Mike Pelfrey, Maneuverin' Mollie
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 21, 2015 at 06:09 AM

PITTSBURGH--Just before Twins manager Paul Molitor sent up Eddie Rosario to pinch hit for starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey, the veteran righty turned to his skipper with a grin. "You know I'm 2 for 2, right?" Pelfrey said. Molitor just laughed. With a 3-1 lead through six innings and a pitch count at 93, Pelfrey had done his job on the mound. He did work at the plate as well in this 4-3 win in 13 inn

Twinsights: Ervin Santana's penalty includes postseason ban
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 20, 2015 at 07:09 PM

  PITTSBURGH --Suspended pitcher Ervin Santana would be ineligible for the postseason should the resurgent Twins make it that far for the first time since 2010. The Joint Drug Agreement added that provision in 2014 after Nelson Cruz and Jhonny Peralta went from 50-game suspensions to postseason appearances the previous October. According to Section 7-H-2 on page 41 of the 60-page document, an

Twinsights: Brian Duensing and his unspeakably rotten luck
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 20, 2015 at 05:51 PM

PITTSBURGH --Twins reliever Brian Duensing isn’t one to feel sorry for himself, but even he realizes fortune hasn’t exactly smiled upon him so far this season. In addition to a 10.57 earned run average and nine-inning walk rate of 7.04, the veteran left-hander had seen his BABIP (batting average on balls in play) soar to an unthinkable .467. That was the third-highest in the majors for all pitcher

Twinsights: Paul Molitor recounts guesting on David Letterman show
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 20, 2015 at 05:03 PM

PITTSBURGH --Twins manager Paul Molitor spent some time reminiscing Wednesday about his two lifetime appearances on “Late Show With David Letterman.” “You’ve got to tip your hat to David Letterman,” Molitor said of the talk-show legend, whose final show was set to air Wednesday night. “I can’t imagine having to try to be comedic, smart, on the mark for 33 years. It’s a heck of an era for that guy

Postgame Twinsights: How close did Paul Molitor come to first managerial ejection?
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 20, 2015 at 06:09 AM

PITTSBURGH --For a few brief moments, it appeared Paul Molitor might actually earn his first ejection as a big-league manager. With the Twins clinging to an 8-5 lead in the bottom of the seventh Tuesday night, Aaron Thompson got Josh Harrison to ground to second for a potential double play. Brian Dozier made the quick feed to shortstop Danny Santana, but Santana was unable to complete the play whe

Twinsights: Paul Molitor explains lineup juggling sans DH
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 19, 2015 at 05:27 PM

PITTSBURGH --In an effort to beef up the middle of the Twins’ lineup without the benefit a designated hitter, Twins manager Paul Molitor temporarily restored Danny Santana and his .270 on-base percentage to the leadoff spot Tuesday. That meant dropping hot-hitting Brian Dozier to the No. 2 spot for just the second time since April 24. “I like Dozier at the top,” Molitor said. “It was just a matter

Twinsights: Ervin Santana reports to extended spring training
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 19, 2015 at 11:51 AM

PITTSBURGH --Project Smell Baseball has resumed operations. Twins right-hander Ervin Santana, serving an 80-game steroid suspension, reported last week to extended spring training at the CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers, Fla. Eligible to return no earlier than July 4 at Kansas City, Santana has been keeping himself in shape at his offseason home in Clearwater, Fla. Reporting to extended sp

Postgame Twinsights: Torii Hunter's hustle helps spur winning rally
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 16, 2015 at 08:21 PM

A nice bit of baserunning by 39-year-old Torii Hunter helped the Twins force Tampa Bay reliever Kevin Jepsen into a key throwing error in a two-run seventh. After Hunter's one-out single and Joe Mauer's walk, Trevor Plouffe topped a slow grounder back to the mound. Rather than take the easy out at first, Jepsen tried to start a double play and threw wide of second. First, however, he took a quick

Twinsights: Errors aside, Miguel Sano hitting the high notes on defense
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 16, 2015 at 12:57 PM

Twins general manager Terry Ryan came away highly encouraged by what he witnessed during his first visit to watch Double-A Chattanooga. That included the defense of third base prospect Miguel Sano, who has more errors (nine) than home runs (eight), even after going deep twice on Friday night. “He made some excellent plays and he made a couple of those that you shake your head,” Ryan said of Sano.

Twinsights: Jordan Schafer (knee) placed on disabled list
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 16, 2015 at 10:51 AM

Twins outfielder Jordan Schafer will be placed on the 15-day disabled list before Saturday’s game with a strained medial collateral ligament in his right knee. Fellow outfielder Shane Robinson, who missed the past four games due to a family emergency, will be activated in time for the afternoon game against the Tampa Bay Rays. “We thought initially (Schafer) would be able to play through it and ho

Postgame Twinsights: Paul Molitor explains why he skipped the sacrifice
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 16, 2015 at 06:09 AM

Twins manager Paul Molitor has called for successful sacrifice bunts just four times this season, leaving his first team tied for fifth in the American League in that disappearing facet of the game. In Friday's 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, Molitor twice decided not to give up an out with a bunt and experienced a 50-percent success rate. The first opportunity came after Joe Mauer and Trevor Plo

Twinsights: Torii Hunter reflects on death of blues legend B.B. King
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 15, 2015 at 08:15 PM

Torii Hunter was saddened by the passing of legendary bluesman B.B. King, who died late Thursday at 89. King grew up in rural Mississippi, about 3 1/2 hours from Hunter’s hometown of Pine Bluff, Ark. “I never met B.B. King, but he’s like the one man everybody loves where I’m from in Arkansas,” said Hunter, the Twins right fielder. “My dad, granddad, everybody. You say ‘B.B. King,’ everybody knew B