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The Twins blew the blueprint and made April a month of misery. They are 7-17 after the season's first month. The four other AL Central teams all have a winning record.
Three-run homer in Tigers first is plenty against a team hard-pressed to build rallies.
Twins righthander Tyler Duffey gave up three runs in the first inning Saturday afternoon, but only one was earned, because of Eduardo Nunez's error.
Rookies Alex Meyer and Jose Berrios join Tyler Duffey, who has 62 innings in the majors, in the starting rotation. Meyer replaces Tommt Milone.
Phil Hughes gave up three runs in the first inning, all the Tigers needed Friday night to win the opener of a three-game series at Target Field.
In three starts with Rochester this season, 21-year-old Jose Berrios is 2-0 with a 1.06 ERA. He has struck out 20 batters and picked up where he left off after a strong 2015.
Miguel Sano's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth bailed out Twins closer Kevin Jepsen, who allowed Cleveland a game-tying home run with two outs in the top of the inning.
Twins fill-in starter Tyler Duffey gave up a run in the first inning, but he settled down after that until the fifth, when Matt den Dekker lined a pitch back up the middle that struck Duffey in his right shoulder.
A ninth-inning homer and a 15th-inning error led to a 16-inning loss, and a sweep.
Whiffs, combined with only two hits, sum up a day full of futility.
Manager Paul Molitor said certain events led to the decision use Sano at his old position.
The righthander was unable to control the strike zone or finish off hitters Friday, and it cost him and the Twins in an 8-4 loss to the Nationals. It dropped him to 0-3 this season.
Just when Byung Ho Park started to get hot at the plate, interleague play showed up to cool him off.
Miguel Sano's dropped line drive led to three Brewers runs Tuesday, and he also didn't deliver at the plate, where he's hitting under .200 for the season.
Crucial flaws at the plate and in the field on Thursday led to a 6-5 loss that ended the Twins' four-game winning streak.
The first three Brewers hitters reached base in the first inning, with runs scoring on Ryan Braun's single and Chris Carter's sacrifice fly.
Over the weekend, the Twins cut down on strikeouts, came up with clutch hits and showed their power potential while getting good pitching. The result was a three-game sweep of the Angels.
The Twins have won their past three games while Trevor Plouffe has gotten hot at the plate, going 8-for-12 in the three games with three doubles, a home run and four RBI.
David Murphy, 34, was signed to a minor-league deal but he isn't expected to stay with Class AAA Rochester long.
At this point, the Twins are looking for anything to get them out of their season-opening slump. Anything to ease the growing mental challenge of pretending nothing is wrong despite their record.
Their 0-7 start includes an offense averaging only 1.9 runs per game.
What will be overlooked among the mounting losses was one of Ricky Nolasco's best outings in his three seasons with the Twins.
Glen Perkins couldn't hold a two-run lead in the ninth, and the Twins lost in the 10th to cap a Royals sweep when Trevor May gave up a run without a hit.
A night full of errors, plus injury adds to the pain in the Twins' longest season-opening winless stretch.
The Twins saw an example of what could happen if Miguel Sano, in his formative stages as an outfielder, makes a misstep when the Cubs' Kyle Schwarber was injured.
Danny Santana on Friday started for a second game in a row as Twins manager Paul Molitor looks for ways to energize the offense.
The celebration of Byung Ho Park's first home run was cut short when the Royals rallied in the eighth inning against a Twins team that has already struck out 49 times on the young season.
At his time last year, the Twins were reeling from the 80-game drug suspension that was handed out the weekend before games began. "Bad times," he said. "But God only knows why things happen"
The latest wave of prospects, including pitcher Jose Berrios and outfielder Max Kepler, will be only a phone call away as the Twins expect a talented group of minor leaguers to play a role in 2016.
Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is everything you'd want in a budding star - and the Twins knew it back in 2012.
Everyone remembers their 1-6 start of a year ago and how it contributed to a 10-12 record in April. But it's just the latest in a Twins trend.
Over his past four games, Dozier is 6-for-13 with five runs scored and two RBI. He's not the only one hitting well lately for the Twins.
Brian Dozier and Danny Santana lead Twins' charge to early 3-0 lead.
Tyler Duffey offered an uneven performance, giving up four runs over four innings on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts. The Twins rallied to win 6-4.
Tyler Duffey will pitch Monday vs. Pittsburgh while veteran Ricky Nolasco will face a team of Baltimore minor-leaguers as their battle for a rotation spot is about to conclude.
Setting the bullpen and the rotation will come down to the final games of spring training.
One of the loudest sounds on Saturday happened when Miguel Sano squared up a pitch and drove it hard off the wall in left field for a double.
The righthander has recovered from a lat strain that cost him the final three months of last season. He has proved this spring that he's healthy and his stuff is as sharp as ever.
Daniel Palka was one of eight players brought over from the minor leagues Tuesday.
After a Sano fielding flub during their 6-4 loss to the Yankees on Sunday, Twins manager Paul Molitor was not concerned about how raw his new right fielder might be.
The 2008 AL MVP had elbow surgery during the offseason and won't be able to swing a bat until June. He's a free agent and is still hoping to play again.
Twins manager Paul Molitor saw some things he liked on Sunday during a 14-5 rout of the Orioles at Hammond Stadium.
Ricky Nolasco, fighting for a spot in the rotation, put the team in a 3-0 hole but recovered.
Their relationship with major league baseball has gotten only stronger in the past 10 years.
Someone had to lose to Baltimore before spring training ended. It just happened to be the Twins.
After throwing two shutout innings in his first outing, Gibson could not control his fastball on Friday and fell behind hitters. Byung Ho Park hit his third homer of the spring.
General manager Terry Ryan remembers telling former Twins pitcher Boof Bonser to lose some weight -- and watched the velocity on his fastball disappear, too.
The limits of the radar run reading at Hammond Stadium were tested when Nick Burdi entered the game over the weekend against Baltimore.
The veteran was 9-5 a year ago, but he is not guaranteed a spot in this season's Twins rotation.
Trevor Plouffe's job is secure; his winter living situation was considerably less stable.
The Twins will watch these five key story lines as spring training games start Wednesday in Florida.
Slugger Miguel Sano is being asked to move to right because the Twins don't want him to become a career DH and have an everyday third baseman in Trevor Plouffe.
The odds are not in his favor, as the Twins have experienced options in front of him. But Berrios might have more talent than any of them.
Do the Twins have a catcher controversy after bringing in John Ryan Murphy? No, says Kurt Suzuki.
Antonio Bastardo was available. Tony Sipp also was on the market. Maybe the Brewers would have parted with Will Smith in the right deal. The Twins passed on all of them.
Terry Ryan doesn't think so, but the mark has been an elusive one for Twins starters in recent years.
Glen Perkins' third All-Star season with Twins took a wrong turn in the middle of a playoff race. He's vowed to atone for last year's fade.
The Twins manager tried to address baserunning last season and saw it fail to meet his expectations on multiple levels.
Every team has questions heading into spring training. Here are 10 story lines to follow as pitchers and catchers begin workouts on sun-splashed fields
Miguel Sano entered the offseason with a diet and exercise plan to help him lose 20 pounds. That was the hope after he finished the 2015 season at 268 pounds.
Halfway through his four-year, $49 million contract, Twins righthander Ricky Nolasco knows he has not fulfilled his end of the deal.
This weekend marks Byung Ho Park's first interaction with Twins fans and teammates, and his first taste of what kind of baseball town he's in.
While last season was generally positive for manager Paul Moiltor, it didn't come without learning moments. And he knows that 2016 will bring a new set of challenges and higher expectations.
The majority of the roster that helped the Kansas City Royals win their first World Series championship since 1985 will return next season. But it won't be the same team.
The Twins on Thursday released a list of 22 players they will invite to spring training, including some interesting candidates for openings in the bullpen…
The Twins manager called the righthander Trevor May a "very valuable asset" in relief.
Miguel Sano has said losing 20 pounds and learning to play outfield are the priorities this offseason.
There's still plenty of offseason left, and the Twins previously added two new players in catcher John Ryan Murphy and designated hitter Byung Ho Park.
It's only one move, but it's a move that can come back to bite them — over and over again — if they don't get it right.
The Twins' offense struggled at times last season, and the Twins say they need both Trevor Plouffe and Miguel Sano in the lineup.
Trading for relief help could be a better option than a free-agent signing. One report has the Nationals willing to shop Drew Storen, who had 29 saves in 2015.
Ex-Twin got emotional as praise, tributes piled up.
Free agency starts Friday. Will the Twins be spending or watching?
Longtime employee Kevin Smith had his job eliminated as the club expands duties of Dustin Morse and Chris Iles.
The Twins star outfielder is closing the books on a 19-year major league career that included five All-Star Games and nine Gold Glove Awards.
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