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Twinsights: How on earth did Brian Dozier make that play?
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press April 20, 2014 at 08:26 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Brian Dozier has made some dazzling plays since moving to second base before last season, but none of them have been more impressive than the one that started a double play Sunday. Dozier made a diving stop of Santiago Perez’s one-hop shot up the middle with the Royals rallying in the fifth inning. Dozier pushed his body off the ground and made a perfect backhand flip to shor

Twinsights: Joe Mauer drops a bunt single on his 31st birthday
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press April 19, 2014 at 08:26 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Joe Mauer has 20 bunt hits in his career, but the Twins first baseman couldn’t remember the last time he’d bunted against a shift before Saturday. “To be honest with you, I have no idea,” said Mauer, who turned 31 on Saturday. “It’s probably been awhile though.” With the Twins trailing by three runs in the top of the fifth, Mauer dropped a bunt single down the third-base lin

Twinsights: Eduardo Nunez catches Gardy’s eye in cameo
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press April 18, 2014 at 08:26 PM

KANSAS CITY -- Eduardo Nunez was sent back to Triple-A Rochester after Thursday’s doubleheader nightcap, but Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was highly impressed with the veteran infielder in his one-game cameo. “I liked him,” Gardenhire said. “He snapped the ball out in left field, a rocket. Really quick feet over there, quick action. A live body, for sure. Took some good rips up there.” Nunez, 2

Twinsights: Eduardo Nunez to be called up, report says
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press April 16, 2014 at 08:26 PM

Wednesday's postponement has created at least one short-term opportunity for an intriguing Minnesota Twins farmhand. Triple-A Rochester infielder Eduardo Nunez will be called up as the 26th man for Thursday's doubleheader nightcap, according to the Rochester Chronicle and Democrat. The plan is for Nunez to return to the Red Wings in time for Friday's game. Nunez, 26, was acquired from the New Yo

Twinsights: Oswaldo Arcia receives cortisone shot in ailing wrist
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press April 15, 2014 at 08:50 PM

Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia, on the disabled list with a sore right wrist, received a cortisone shot in hopes of speeding up the healing process. Arcia, who last played on April 4 at Cleveland, would be eligible to come off the DL on Sunday at Kansas City, but Twins... Read more..

Twinsights: Gardy wants to see more than home runs from Brian Dozier
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press April 15, 2014 at 08:26 PM

Since the middle of June, Brian Dozier has hit 22 home runs. Among big-league second basemen this year, only Pittsburgh's Neil Walker (six) has gone deep more often than Dozier. And yet, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire isn't interested in his leadoff man becoming too power happy. "He hit 18 last year, so he obviously can do that and he’s doing it again this year," Gardenhire said before Tuesday's g

Twinsights: What Jedd Gyorko’s extension could mean for Brian Dozier
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press April 14, 2014 at 08:26 PM

Monday was an off day for the Minnesota Twins, but it could yet prove costly to the franchise. That's because the San Diego Padres just became the latest team to lock up a key player with low service time, in this case second baseman Jedd Gyorko. Still two seasons away from qualifying for salary arbitration and coming off a 23-homer breakthrough rookie season, Gyorko agreed to a five-year extens

Twinsights: Michael Tonkin, Brian Dozier, IronPig vans and non-squeeze bunts
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press April 12, 2014 at 08:26 PM

Postgame Twinsights on a 7-1 win over the Kansas City Royals: --Rookie right-hander Michael Tonkin came in to throw a scoreless ninth despite working on about 4 1/2 hours sleep, plus a little more on the flight from Philadelphia to the Twin Cities. His day began with a 4:30 a.m. wakeup call in Lehigh Valley, Pa., followed by a 75-minute ride to the Philly airport in what he described as "the Iro

Twinsights: Josh Willingham to be placed on disabled list
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press April 11, 2014 at 08:26 PM

Five days after getting hit with a pitch on his left wrist, Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has landed on the 15-day disabled list. Rookie reliever Michael Tonkin will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to replace Willingham on the active roster. The official move won't be made until shortly before Saturday afternoon's game against Kansas City. Willingham tested his wrist with some swings i

Twinsights: Byron Buxton taking fly balls, aims for late April return to games
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press April 10, 2014 at 08:26 PM

Byron Buxton is cautiously making his way down the comeback trail. Wednesday evening, Minnesota Twins farm director Brad Steil informed me Buxton has resumed taking fly balls as he works back from a sprained left wrist suffered on March 16. The consensus top prospect in the minor leagues hasn't resumed swinging a bat, but that test shouldn't be too far away if his wrist keeps improving. Buxton,

Twinsights: Kevin Correia isn’t worried about rotation’s slow start
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press April 08, 2014 at 08:26 PM

Back at the start of spring training, I wrote about how difficult it has been over the past decade and a half for baseball's worst starting rotations to improve overnight. Well, we're only a week into the 2014 season, but the Twins' $94 million rotation is right where its 2013 predecessors finished: last in the majors in earned run average. Kevin Correia's loss to Oakland on Monday left Twins st

Twinsights: Josh Willingham can’t be sure when he’ll return to lineup
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press April 07, 2014 at 08:26 PM

Twins left fielder Josh Willingham admittedly feared the worst when that Justin Masterson fastball struck him on the left wrist Sunday in Cleveland. “When I first did it, yeah, (fracture) went through my head,” he said. “That’s what I thought. I knew there was a chance.” X-rays came back negative, however, and Willingham was encouraged by the amount of mobility he had in the wrist on Monday. “I

Twinsights: Gardy gets congratulatory texts from many former players
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press April 06, 2014 at 08:26 PM

CLEVELAND -- Among former Twins players to text their congratulations to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire on his 1,000th career victory: Joe Nathan, Torii Hunter, Jim Thome, Justin Morneau, Michael Cuddyer and Johan Santana. Twins general manager Terry Ryan called Sunday morning, while Pirates GM Neal Huntington also texted. There was no call, however, from the White House. “I know Mr. Obama is a W

Twinsights: Twins players enjoy helping Gardenhire reach milestone
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press April 05, 2014 at 08:26 PM

CLEVELAND -- At Jason Bartlett’s suggestion, Brian Dozier called everyone together for a toast to Ron Gardenhire as the Twins manager celebrated victory No. 1,000 of his dugout career. As Dozier completed his remarks in the center of the visiting clubhouse, Bartlett and the rest of his Twins teammates struck, dousing the skipper with cheap beer. Was it at least his favorite brand? “Gardy doesn’

Postgame Twinsights: Indians 7, Twins 2
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press April 04, 2014 at 09:56 PM

CLEVELAND -- Joe Mauer's first extra-base hit of the year caused some postgame intrigue, even as it failed to give the Twins a much-needed insurance run in the top of the fifth. That's because third-base coach Joe Vavra held Brian Dozier with one out and the middle of the order coming up. Dozier had singled for his third hit of the game just before Mauer sent his long double to the warning track

Twinsights: Byron Buxton still unable to take swings
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press April 04, 2014 at 08:26 PM

A few minor league notes from the Minnesota Twins system: --Byron Buxton, baseball’s consensus No. 1 prospect, has yet to resume swinging a bat as he works back from a sprained left wrist suffered while diving for a ball on March 16. Twins farm director Brad Steil said there is “nothing new” regarding Buxton’s status. --Minor-league outfielder Evan Bigley, 27, has signed with the independent St.

Twinsights: Despite slow start, Joe Mauer is ‘feeling great’ at the plate
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press April 03, 2014 at 08:26 PM

CHICAGO -- Joe Mauer had no idea his season-opening hitless streak had reached 10 at-bats before he singled through the shortstop hole in the fifth inning Thursday. Turns out that was twice the length of Mauer’s previous longest season-opening drought. He went 0 for 5 at the start of 2006 in Toronto before his first base hit – a single to right off Josh Towers. “Is that what it was?” Mauer said

Postgame Twinsights: White Sox 7, Twins 6 in 11 innings
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press April 02, 2014 at 08:44 PM

CHICAGO -- Amid a three-run rally in the top of the seventh inning Wednesday, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire made a successful replay challenge that cost him his starting pitcher. That’s because a simultaneous replay review from the Cleveland-Oakland game caused the Twins-White Sox ruling to drag on for nearly five full minutes before it was ruled Chicago center fielder Adam Eaton had indeed droppe

Twinsights: Phil Hughes hopes to build on career success at White Sox home
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press April 02, 2014 at 08:26 PM

CHICAGO -- Yankee Stadium didn’t agree with Phil Hughes, but the new Minnesota Twins right-hander has no problem with pitching at hitter-friendly U.S. Cellular Field, where he is scheduled to make his 2014 debut Thursday afternoon. In five career outings (three starts) at the home of the Chicago White Sox, Hughes has gone 1-2 with a 1.53 earned run average in 17 2/3 innings. That includes his onl

Twinsights: “More confident” Aaron Hicks already ahead of last year’s pace
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press March 31, 2014 at 08:38 PM

CHICAGO – A year ago it took Aaron Hicks until April 27 to bang out his first extra-base hit. In Monday’s Opening Day loss to the Chicago White Sox, the young center fielder doubled to open the eighth inning – off ace lefty Chris Sale, no less. “He’s a lot more confident,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He’s a different player. Hopefully he continues like that.” As a rookie, Hicks stumbled