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Twinsights: Glen Perkins on the state of Gophers baseball
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press March 04, 2015 at 02:29 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- More than a decade ago, back when Glen Perkins was starring at the University of Minnesota, the Gophers baseball team didn’t make winter trips to Southwest Florida. “We had the (Metro)dome,” Perkins, the Twins closer, said this week. “We played a lot of games in the dome. We went out to California. I don’t even think (Florida Gulf Coast University) had a team then. I don’t thin

Twinsights: Jose Berrios 'ready to go' for spring opener
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press March 03, 2015 at 03:05 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. --Right-hander Jose Berrios is looking forward to Wednesday night’s start against the University of Minnesota. “I’m ready to go,” said Berrios, the Twins’ reigning minor league pitcher of the year. “From the start of spring training, I’ve felt very good.” Berrios will work two innings or about 30 pitches. Closer Glen Perkins, an ex-Gophers star, will follow him to the mound in the

Twinsights: Paul Molitor downplays relief option for Mike Pelfrey, Alex Meyer
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press March 03, 2015 at 02:29 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. --Twins manager Paul Molitor downplayed the notion Tuesday of using either Mike Pelfrey or Alex Meyer in the bullpen should they fall short of winning the final rotation spot. “It would be tough because it would be so new,” Molitor said. “Mike, traditionally, has been a guy that takes some time to get ready, and it would be a big transition for him to get up and throw 12 pitches a

Twinsights: Twins announce spring pitching rotation
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press March 03, 2015 at 02:23 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Twins released their pitching plans for the first six games of the spring schedule, and in the process shed light on their season-opening rotation. After young Jose Berrios starts Wednesday night against the University of Minnesota, Kyle Gibson will get the ball in Thursday night’s Grapefruit League opener against the Boston Red Sox.  From there it will be left-hander Tommy

Twinsights: Five flu-ridden Twins return to workouits
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press March 03, 2015 at 11:05 AM

FORT MYERS, Fla. --All five flu-ridden Twins players who missed Monday’s workout returned to Hammond Stadium on Tuesday morning for Media Day. Outfielders Byron Buxton, Oswaldo Arcia and Jordan Schafer returned along with starting catcher Kurt Suzuki and right-hander Trevor May. All three outfielders took part in morning outfield drills. May, who missed the past two days, said he planned to throw

Twinsights: Oswaldo Arcia, Eduardo Escobar agree on 2015 contracts
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press March 02, 2015 at 04:41 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. --The Twins have agreed on 2015 contracts with the bulk of their young players not yet eligible for salary arbitration. Before going home with an illness Monday morning, left fielder Oswaldo Arcia signed a contract that will pay him around $530,000 after making $512,500 last season. Shortstop Eduardo Escobar, coming off a 35-double breakout campaign, agreed at $532,500, a raise of

Twinsights: Miguel Sano has booming bat and healthy elbow
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press March 02, 2015 at 02:23 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins manager Paul Molitor hasn’t had a chance to watch much batting practice so far, but reports of Miguel Sano’s exploits have definitely crossed his radar. “I just keep hearing how far balls are going,” Molitor said after Monday’s workout. “It’s fun for people to see. I hope he’s working on his whole game.” Wednesday’s exhibition against the University of Minnesota should ma

Twinsights: Glen Perkins won't let Gopher hitters leave 'with a story'
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press March 02, 2015 at 11:05 AM

FORT MYERS, Fla. --Twins closer Glen Perkins is looking forward to facing the University of Minnesota in an exhibition game on Wednesday night. He doesn’t plan on holding anything back. “I’m going to do my best to have a 1-2-3 quick inning,” the former Gophers standout said Monday. “I don’t want any of those kids going home with a story. I’m going to try my best to not give them a story.” After a

Twinsights: Tony Oliva, Mike Veeck share memories of Minnie Minoso (with video)
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press March 01, 2015 at 02:05 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins great Tony Oliva never had any doubt about the place of his friend Orestes “Minnie” Minoso in baseball history. “In my book, when they talk about the best Cuban ballplayers, I always say Minoso,” Oliva said Sunday after learning of Minoso’s death. “If you look at his record, his numbers, you know he was a great ballplayer.” It was about more, however, than raw statistics

Twinsights: Four Twins players sent home with flu-like symptoms
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press March 01, 2015 at 11:05 AM

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Four Twins players were sent home from Sunday morning workouts as the flu swept through the clubhouse. Third baseman Trevor Plouffe was sent home for a second straight day. Plouffe was able to take some swings in the batting cage Sunday but wasn’t feeling well. Also sent home Sunday were outfielders Byron Buxton and Jordan Schafer and right-hander Trevor May. In addition, first

Twinsights: Jose Berrios has a believer in Byron Buxton (with video)
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press February 28, 2015 at 04:35 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Byron Buxton entered pro ball the same summer as Jose Berrios and has grown accustomed to playing center field behind the talented right-hander at multiple levels. Facing him in live batting practice, as Buxton had to Saturday? That’s not nearly as enjoyable. “First day, it was just trying to help both of us out,” Buxton said, “but at the same time he’s prepared a little ahead

Twinsights: Kurt Suzuki OK after getting dinged on the knee
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press February 28, 2015 at 03:17 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- All-star catcher Kurt Suzuki gave the Twins a scare Saturday when he hobbled back to the clubhouse after taking an errant Ryan Pressly pitch off his kneecap area. Suzuki was catching a round of live batting practice at Hammond Stadium that included hitters Torii Hunter, Aaron Hicks and Oswaldo Arcia. Pressly slipped while delivering a changeup, and the ball crossed up Suzuki wh

Twinsights: Joe Mauer supports new clubhouse rules on technology
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press February 28, 2015 at 01:59 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Franchise first baseman Joe Mauer was asked Saturday what he thinks of the new rules first-time manager Paul Molitor has instituted for the Twins clubhouse. Mauer, never one to spend much time on his cell phone at his locker, gave them two thumbs up.  “I think it’s great,” he said. “You know me, I’m not a Twitter guy. I like that. It’s good. We’re here. We’ve got a job to do. I

Twinsights: Pitchers and catchers try 'speed dating'
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press February 27, 2015 at 02:05 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- On the daily agenda posted in the Twins clubhouse, the item fell under the heading, “Battery Mate Preparation.” New Twins pitching coach Neil Allen, who brainstormed the idea, had another term for it: “Speed dating.” Three different groups of pitchers and catchers met in the bullpen Friday, but it wasn’t to throw the usual side sessions. Instead, one by one, the pitchers walked

Twinsights: What was Miguel Sano doing taking grounders at first?
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press February 27, 2015 at 12:53 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Miguel Sano spent part of Friday morning taking groundballs at first base and making feeds to pitchers on Tom Kelly Field. Does that mean Paul Molitor might take a look at the hulking third baseman across the diamond this year as he returns from Tommy John surgery? “Don’t really have a desire to do that,” Molitor said. “We’ve got a lot of infielders over there just kind of help

Twinsights: Alex Meyer has support system after loss of grandfather
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press February 27, 2015 at 11:05 AM

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Logan Darnell only met Don Meyer once, likely during Alex Meyer’s freshman year at the University of Kentucky. But Meyer’s former college teammate knows how tough losing his grandfather this week has been for the Twins right-hander and his whole family. Don Meyer, 77, died this week. The memorial service was set for Friday in Greensburg, Ind., where the elder Meyer still had an

Twinsights: Torii Hunter hears from Kevin Garnett
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press February 26, 2015 at 03:41 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Torii Hunter smiled and shook his head Thursday morning when Kevin Garnett’s triumphant return to the Minnesota Timberwolves was mentioned. “Awesome,” Hunter said of that 97-77 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. “It was crazy. They said it was like standing room: 21,000. Not bad.” As promised at his introductory news conference this week, Garnett reached out to

Twinsights: Did Paul Molitor consider Tom Kelly as his bench coach?
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press February 26, 2015 at 12:53 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- With special assistant Tom Kelly making his arrival in Twins camp Thursday, Paul Molitor was asked if his dugout mentor would have been his dream candidate for bench coach. “I can’t say I ever thought about it too seriously,” Molitor said. “For one, I didn’t think it would be something on his radar. If he’s got things he wants to still do in the game, I don’t think bench coach

Twinsights: Paul Molitor plans to use closer Glen Perkins conventionally
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press February 26, 2015 at 12:05 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- One of Glen Perkins’ rare four-out saves came last May 11 in Detroit, when he was called upon to preserve a 4-3 victory following manager Ron Gardenhire’s ejection. Acting manager Terry Steinbach made that call along with fill-in bench coach Paul Molitor, and that turned out to be the only time Perkins secured more than three outs all season. Now that he’s the manager, Molitor

Twinsights: Phil Hughes becomes latest to answer Twitter Question of the Day
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press February 26, 2015 at 11:29 AM

FORT MYERS, Fla. --Having fun so far with this Twins Twitter Question of the Day. The players seem to be enjoying it, and I've been getting solid questions at my Twitter account (@MikeBerardino), although we could certainly use more candidates. So far I've been able to pass along your questions to Brian Dozier, Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes. See their full answers on the videos below. A reminder: