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Looking for their first three-game road sweep over the Rangers in decades, the Twins give away early 2-0 lead in a big way.
Hector Santiago will be away from the Twins after his grandmother passed away. Buddy Boshers is a fresh arm option.
A seven-run fifth inning, including a Miguel Sano home run and three straight doubles, produced a win over the Rangers.
Lefthanded reliever Ryan O'Rourke was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. He'll be out until early next season.
Brian Dozier looked for a changeup from Rangers lefthander Martin Perez in the fifth inning Monday night, and guessed right.
Major League Baseball on Monday suspended Twins third baseman Miguel Sano one game for his role in a benches-clearing incident on Saturday against Detroit. Sano also was fined.
Justin Haley (10-day DL) and Adalberto Mejia (Class AAA Rochester) are out; lefthander Buddy Boshers and first baseman Kennys Vargas will be promoted.
Blowup erupted after Detroit's JaCoby Jones was hit in the face with a pitch.
The Twins blew leads in all three games against the Indians at Target Field, and have now lost four in a row to fall under .500 after a 4-0 start to the season.
The Twins weren't happy with home plate umpire Alan Porter's strike zone at times on Thursday, and Paul Molitor ultimately paid the price.
Max Kepler's gaffe in right field - dropping a routine fly ball - was just the start of the Twins' issues Tuesday night. The Twins have dropped from 5-1 to 7-7 in the last week.
Moved to the bullpen near the end of spring, Tyler Duffey has been a revelation during the early weeks of the season with 8 ⅔ scoreless innings, including 2 ⅔ on Monday against the Indians.
Twins second baseman Brian Dozier felt some discomfort in his knee Friday night, so the team elected to give him Saturday to rest though he was available to pinch hit.
The Twins scored five times in the bottom of the first inning and let ace pitcher Ervin Santana cruise from there Saturday against the White Sox at Target Field.
Rookie lefthander Adalberto Mejia took a step forward in second start, but the Twins's offense failed to gain traction in a 2-1 loss.
The Twins are 3-0 for the first time since 2007. Now off to Chicago for three with the White Sox, the good vibes flowed after a dominant series against the Royals.
In five-plus innings in Thursday's 5-3 victory over Kansas City, Kyle Gibson gave up three earned runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
Robbie Grossman's 14.1 percent walk rate led the Twins last season. He's a switch-hitter who is a career .286 against lefthanded pitchers but hit .344 against them in 2016.
The Twins honored Rick Stelmaszek, who is battling pancreatic cancer, with the first pitch on Opening Day.
Twins righthander Phil Hughes on Saturday threw four scoreless innings in a minor league game. But the bigger questions are if he is healthy, serious about throwing more changeups and ready for the regular season.
There has not been a makeover of the roster, although it might eventually happen. But there was an inside-out build at work in Fort Myers that will sweep through the minor league system and end up at 1 Twins Way.
The Twins completed spring training with a 3-3 tie against their Class AAA affiliate, the Rochester Red Wings, on Friday.
Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey said the team began considering switching to a 13-man staff in recent days as concerns about pitchers were raised.
Alex Wimmers has given up two earned runs in nine innings of work this spring on eight hits and four walks while holding opponents to a .229 batting average.
Nick Tepesch gave up two runs in 3⅔ innings, and is hoping to eventually gain a spot as a long reliever, even though he could start the season at Class AAA Rochester.
Twins pitcher Justin Haley gave up four earned runs on five hits and one walk in two innings of work Sunday against the Red Sox, his former organization.
Ryan Vogelsong's line Saturday - two runs on four hits and two walks - wasn't the best for someone in the running for a spot in the rotation.
Twins manager Paul Molitor praised the Korean slugger's consistency this spring, leading to a whopping .840 slugging percentage.
Hughes has spent most of his career looking for another pitch to throw, something to neutralize hitters and keep his ERA down.
May, who was in contention to be the Twins' No. 5 starter, said he felt something in his elbow on Wednesday during a pitch to Team USA's Andrew McCutchen.
Pitcher Kyle Gibson made it look easy for five innings during the Twins 13-0 basting of Boston for their eighth consecutive victory.
After a rough start aginst the first three batters for the World Baseball Classic team, Twins righthander Trevor May shut the door.
He saw a lot of flaws in his highly touted rookie season.
The WBC returns for the fourth time, and 10 players from the Twins organization — five from Puerto Rico — are on rosters for the tournament. Pool play begins Monday.
While Jorge Polanco's errors this spring are troubling the Twins remain committed to giving him a long, hard look at shortstop. His offensive potential is a big reason.
As Tyler Duffey fights for a spot in the Twins rotation, he has to prove he can be intense but keep his poise when things don't go right.
It started against Hector Santiago, continued through Tyler Duffey and included Felix Jorge then the rest of the Twins bullpen. The Twins trailed 13-0 after three innings.
The Twins clubhouse has buzzed about Fernando Romero's work in the bullpen and during workouts, leading to great anticipation before Sunday's scoreless outing. Hunter makes his debut in April, Hawkins in May.
Trevor May, looking to return to the Twins rotation, was pleased with his first outing this spring.
Jason Castro will be paid $24.5 million over the next three seasons, and not because he's going to put up big numbers at the plate. It's because of his defensive skill set, with pitch framing at the forefront.
James Rowson was hired as Twins hitting coach because of his ability to communicate and help hitters grow. He sees his job as helping players find their swing, as long as they put in the work.
There are 28 new players and coaches in trainingcamp this year, but many of the culprits responsible for last season's 103 losses were back as manager Paul Molitor listed his objectives for 2017.
Brandon Kintzler inherited the Twins' closer role in 2016, but he will accept any bullpen spot this season.
Hughes admitted Monday that he had numbness and tingling in his hand going back to 2015. He said there were times his arm felt as if he had thrown 90 pitches — and it was the first inning.
Glen Perkins, who pitched in only two games last season, was supposed to throw Friday but backed off, opting to give his arm more rest after several long-toss throwing sessions in recent weeks.
Breaking down each position's outlook entering the 2017 season.
The 11-year veteran agreed to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league camp, meaning the Twins will not have to clear room for him on their 40-man roster.
Adrianza, 27, played in 40 games for San Francisco last season, hitting .254 with two home runs and seven RBI. He can play shortstop and second base.
The South Korean slugger, still due $9.25 million, is expected to clear waivers.
New Twins hitting coach James Rowson wanted to get to know all the hitting coaches in the minor league system. So he sat back and listened.
By chasing greatness via hard work, Miguel Sano sends positive message
After their 103-loss season, manager Paul Molitor and others are trying to sell hope even though the team hasn't made any major on-field players moves for 2017.
Manager Paul Molitor said Monday that he expects righthander Jose Berrios, lefthander Hector Santiago, outfielder Eddie Rosario and first baseman Kennys Vargas to play for the team.
The Twins have been listening to trade offers for All-Star second baseman Brian Dozier for several weeks — but not much longer.
After being the hitting coach for the Twins' Gulf Coast League rookie team in 2005, Jeff Smith managed two years at Class A Beloit, two years at Class A Fort Myers and five years at Class AA New Britain before spending last season back at Fort Myers.
Pitcher Yorman Landa was killed in a car accident.
The Twins obtained Triple-A right-handed pitcher Justin Haley in a trade after first taking pitcher Miguel Diaz from the Milwaukee Brewers organization with the first pick in baseball's Rule 5 draft Thursday.
Four teams owned the Rule 5 pitcher during hectic few hours.
How the relationship between Twins manager Paul Molitor and new Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey evolves will be worth watching in 2017.
Sean Johnson, a former catcher at Wichita State who once dreamed of being a college coach, understands the significance of his appointment.
The second baseman wants to stay with the Twins but knows it's not his decision.
Derek Falvey, the Twins' chief baseball officer, made it clear Sunday that he's not actively shopping former All-Star Brian Dozier, who is coming off a 42-homer, 99-RBI season. But they are listening to inquiries.
The new baseball chief's personality and career have been defined by a relentless drive that could set a new tone for the Twins.
Tom Mee began working with the Twins from the time of their arrival in 1961.
The new Twins hitting coach caught Derek Falvey's attention a few years ago.
The Twins have hired former Yankees minor league hitting coordinator James Rowson as their new hitting coach, according to a report by the New York Post.
Former Twins general manager Terry Ryan spoke Thursday about his firing for the first time. "For both parties, maybe it was the right time to make a switch and a change and go our separate ways."
Jason Castro lost a lot of games early in his career with the Astros. He's also seen the team rebound to make the playoffs and been an All-Star.
The club Monday announced that former Twins Torii Hunter, LaTroy Hawkins and Michael Cuddyer have joined the organization as special assistants to baseball operations.
The new front office team of Derek Falvey and Thad Levine pledged to expand the club's statistical analysis department to get the Twins caught up…
Jason Castro is considered a strong defensive catcher, although he has struggled with the bat since being named to the American League All-Star team in 2013.
Figuring out what to do about options at several positions is at the top of Derek Falvey and Thad Levine's to-do list. Also, a decision on members of the coaching staff should come quickly.
The 44-year-old Levine has been an assistant GM for Texas since October of 2005; he worked in the Colorado organization the previous six seasons.
New baseball chief arrives with youth, plaudits — and a keen pitching sense.
Those who know Derek Falvey say he embraces statistical analysis, but also understands that there is room for old-school approaches to talent evaluation.
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