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Twinsights: Friendly rivalry continues for Byron Buxton, Carlos Correa
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 28, 2015 at 03:39 PM

They will always be linked, the way the top two picks in any draft, regardless of sport, usually are. The fact that Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa beat Byron Buxton to the major leagues by six days this June wasn’t lost on the Twins’ young center fielder. “I saw when he got called up,” Buxton said as the two prepared to occupy the same field for the first time in the majors. “I watched a l

Twinsights: Byron Buxton has a rough night (four strikeouts)
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 27, 2015 at 11:33 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The last time Byron Buxton struck out four times in a game, back on June 24 against Chris Sale and friends, he landed on the disabled list with a sprained left thumb the next day. Thursday night was different. This time Buxton was healthy, Twins manager Paul Molitor said, as he fanned in all four plate appearances against left-hander Drew Smyly and righty Alex Colome. Buxto

Twinsights: Neil Allen pulls out all the stops to fix Ervin Santana
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 27, 2015 at 07:45 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Twins pitching coach Neil Allen was at his animated best trying to fix struggling right-hander Ervin Santana in Thursday’s bullpen session. At Allen’s urging, Santana started with a drill in which he threw from behind the mound, landing on the upslope. Moving to the pitching rubber, Santana then bent down to backhand a few balls Allen rolled at him from a short distance. Sa

Twinsights: Eddie Rosario gaining a reputation for his arm
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 27, 2015 at 06:15 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A day after picking up his 12th outfield assist, Twins rookie Eddie Rosario was still smiling about his laser throw from right field to nab speedy Kevin Kiermaier at third. Rosario, tied for fourth in the majors in that category and just three behind leader Avisail Garcia of the Chicago White Sox, said he went back and watched the replay of the tag-up attempt that ended Wed

Twinsights: Glen Perkins' availability still in question due to back spasms
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 27, 2015 at 05:15 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Twins closer Glen Perkins seemed likely to miss a third straight game Thursday with lower back spasms that cropped up four days earlier in the finale of a four-game series sweep in Baltimore. Perkins tried to play catch and do some light movements on the field Thursday afternoon, but his availability was expected to be a game-time decision. “With that back thing, it feels b

Twinsights: 12-strikeout loss against Twins a rarity for Chris Archer
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 27, 2015 at 06:09 AM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. --Young right-hander Chris Archer had dominant stuff on Wednesday  night, striking out 12 Twins but still taking the 5-3 loss. How rare is that? Since June 1977, only Mark Mulder knows the feeling of striking out 12 or more Twins batters while taking the loss. Mulder, the former A's left-hander, went the distance on July 3, 2002 in Oakland but lost a 2-1 duel to Johan Santana

Twinsights: Back spasms sideline Twins closer Glen Perkins
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 26, 2015 at 10:57 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. --Twins closer Glen Perkins revealed after Wednesday’s game he has been unavailable the past two games, but this time the problem is not the bulging disc in his neck. Instead, it’s a recurrence of the lower back spasms that caused him to miss the entire series at Fenway Park in June 2014. “It’s frustrating getting a cortisone shot, coming back and having my back lock up,” Perk

Twinsights: Terry Ryan arrives just in time to watch Jose Berrios
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 26, 2015 at 05:39 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Twins general manager Terry Ryan joined Triple-A Rochester in Syracuse on Wednesday to begin an evaluation of the Red Wings leading up to next week’s September roster expansion. In addition to sluggers Kennys Vargas and Oswaldo Arcia and several relievers, Ryan figures to pay close attention to 21-year-old starter Jose Berrios, the Twins’ top pitching prospect. In fact, Ber

Twinsights: Blaine Boyer activated, J.R. Graham to DL
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 26, 2015 at 03:03 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. --Veteran right-hander Blaine Boyer was activated off the disabled list Wednesday and rookie Rule 5 pick J.R. Graham was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Graham, 25, posted a 5.15 earned run average in 34 outings (57 2/3 innings). He picked up his first career victory in relief of Ervin Santana on Tuesday, but Graham's velocity was down a ti

Postgame Twinsights: Is Ervin Santana tipping his pitches?
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 25, 2015 at 11:51 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- For the second straight start, Ervin Santana hardly threw his fastball in Tuesday's 11-7 Twins victory. That could have had something to do with the way the Tampa Bay Rays kept sending it back at him even faster than the 93-96 mph at which it was leaving his hand. "They were all over his fastball, I know that," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "I’m not sure exactly why. I c

Twinsights: Vavra family headed to Australian Baseball League
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 25, 2015 at 06:39 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Joe Vavra has spent his entire adult life in baseball, 34 years in all, but one thing he never got to experience was coaching his sons on a daily basis. “You don’t get to see your kids play very much,” he said. “You don’t get to really be part of their baseball games.” That will change in mid-October, when the Twins’ bench coach heads Down Under to manage the Melbourne Aces

Twinsights: Blaine Boyer nearing return after elbow issue
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 25, 2015 at 04:45 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Twins reliever Blaine Boyer (elbow) came away encouraged Monday after his first bullpen session since landing on the disabled list. “He had a really good day,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “He threw the ball freely, he threw it accurately, he threw it hard. His breaking pitches were sharp. Now it’s just a matter of the final piece: when we want to get him back on the 25

Twinsights: Glen Perkins is upbeat after successful return from neck issue
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 25, 2015 at 12:51 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. --You could hear the excitement in Twins closer Glen Perkins’ voice after he made his return from a five-day absence caused by a bulging disc in his neck. “I didn’t realize how bad I felt until I started feeling better,” Perkins said Monday during his weekly appearance on ESPN 1500 radio. “What a difference it made. I felt better than I have in a long time.” Perkins noted his

Twinsights: J.R. Graham recalls the winter he stayed at Dave Wallace's house
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 23, 2015 at 02:45 PM

BALTIMORE --When Twins rookie pitcher J.R. Graham walked onto the field at Camden Yards for the first time this weekend, Dave Wallace was waiting for him. “Hey, A-Rod likes that one pitch where you threw it to him,” the Baltimore Orioles pitching coach needled his former pupil with the Atlanta Braves. Graham, who gave up a game-losing grand slam to Alex Rodriguez on Tuesday in New York, just laugh

Twinsights: Glen Perkins has a positive bullpen session
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 23, 2015 at 12:15 PM

BALTIMORE --Twins closer Glen Perkins (neck) reported he “felt great” after throwing off a bullpen mound for the first time Sunday morning. Perkins threw 25 pitches and let manager Paul Molitor know he was available for duty if needed. Molitor was still disinclined to use Perkins in a game until Tuesday at Tampa Bay. Perkins took two cortisone shots in his neck on Wednesday after an MRI showed a b

Postgame Twinsights: Torii Hunter and Byron Buxton forever linked
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 23, 2015 at 06:09 AM

BALTIMORE -- Torii Hunter found himself signing baseballs after Saturday's 3-2 win over the Orioles. He signed a pair of baseballs as gifts for the family of rookie left fielder Eddie Rosario. Better still, he signed the ball Byron Buxton hit for the go-ahead single in the top of the seventh, the one that scored Hunter from second. "That’s pretty cool," Hunter said. "I was like, really? I’ve never

Twinsights: Neal Cotts is ready for another postseason push
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 22, 2015 at 06:33 PM

BALTIMORE -- Neal Cotts didn’t have far to go after being traded to the Twins on Friday night. He struck out his only batter, Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman, in his final outing for the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park and then went back to the team hotel. This morning, the veteran left-hander woke up and took a leisurely cab ride at the Twins’ expense up the Baltimore-Washington Parkway to join h

Twinsights: Glen Perkins upbeat after first throwing session
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 22, 2015 at 05:45 PM

BALTIMORE -- Twins closer Glen Perkins (neck) played catch for the first time Saturday since receiving two cortisone injections on Wednesday and “felt great,” a team spokesman said. Perkins, hoping to return Tuesday at Tampa Bay, is scheduled to throw off a bullpen mound Sunday as he recovers from a bulging disc in his neck. Briefly --Twins right-hander Phil Hughes is still dealing with “irritatio

Twinsights: Twins trade for veteran lefty Neal Cotts
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 21, 2015 at 10:15 PM

BALTIMORE --Fortifying their bullpen for the stretch drive, the Twins acquired veteran left-handed reliever Neal Cotts from the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. The Twins will give up a player to be named for the 35-year-old Cotts, who is holding lefty batters to a .185 average and posting a 27-percent strikeout rate against them. Cotts is making $3 million on a one-year deal. The Twins figure to be o

Twinsights: Brian Dozier trying to break out of a basestealing slump
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 21, 2015 at 05:45 PM

BALTIMORE --Brian Dozier has some work to do in the final quarter of the season if he wants to become the first Twins player to repeat as a 20/20 man. Dozier took 25 homers into Friday’s play, but his stolen-base total was lagging behind at 10, including one on Monday at Yankee Stadium. Also thrown out on a pitchout that night, Dozier had just two other stolen bases in his past 45 games, dating to