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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.
The Twins held a moment of silence before game, as a few fans gasped in surprise when Fernandez's death was announced.
The Twins lost 4-3 to Seattle on Sunday to fall to 56-100 on the season, just the second time in club history they have lost 100 games
Teammates, from spring training into the regular season, have had to stay on Miguel Sano about getting in his workouts. He's vowing that will change.
Manager Paul Molitor and his Twins coaching staff will be evaluated by the yet-to-be-hired new front-office leader. The team is headed toward 100 losses this season.
Wednesday night's Twins-Tigers game at Target Field was called in the bottom of third inning because of heavy rain.
The Mets held off the Twins 3-2 on Sunday afternoon in Queens. Now the Twins head home for their final six games of the season at Target Field.
Eddie Rosario said after Saturday's game that he didn't believe his thumb was broken because he could move it a little without too much pain. But the Twins know that doesn't mean there isn't a break.
The veteran Mets outfielder hit the tying homer in the 11th and the winning homer an inning later.
The third baseman's exam in the Twin Cities came back relatively clean.
The Twins will interview Rays executive Chaim Bloom and are interested in Mets executive John Ricco.
Twins President Dave St. Peter said the hire to replace GM Terry Ryan could be made by the end of regular season.
Hector Santiago has improved after some rough starts since being dealt to Twins, and Thursday helped the team to a four-game series split in Detroit.
Brian Dozier's 41st home run of the season helped the Twins to a 5-2 lead but Detroit muscled its way to a 9-6 victory.
The Twins have contacted the Chicago Cubs for permission to speak with executive Jason McLeod about taking over their baseball department.
The righthander threw eight strong innings, allowing only one run on five hits, and his teammates supplied seven runs in the first four innings.
In addition to the Royals vice president and assistant general manager, the team also reached out to ex-Red Sox GM Ben Cherington.
He's only the second Twin to reach the mark, but he did so in another loss.
Tyler Duffey struck out six Friday night but also gave up a slew of loud hits in the Twins' 5-4 loss to the Indians.
More than a decade after signing with Twins, James Beresford finally gets his taste of big leagues.
Going into the ninth inning, the Twins and Royals were tied at 3. That was before Kansas City scored seven runs against four relief pitchers.
The Twins ended their losing streak one game shy of a team record, with an upper-deck home run by Byron Buxton helping them build an early lead.
In his first game back from Class AAA, Byron Buxton launched a three-run homer off White Sox lefthander Carlos Quintana to give the Twins a four-run lead.
Joe Mauer scored from first on a Trevor Plouffe double on Aug. 16 and has been in and out of the lineup since. He missed his fourth game in nine Thursday.
Rookie Jose Berrios had the Twins down 6-0 after three innings but stayed in the game to get work and preserve the Twins bullpen.
With MLB games dragging again, Commissioner Rob Manfred pushes for a clock to speed pitchers along.
After a sharp outing goes for naught for the Twins, their manager says, "Our mental toughness needs to improve.''
Light made his debut April 26 when he was with the Red Sox but gave up two runs in one inning to the Braves. He was sent back to Class AAA Pawtucket but was summoned again a couple of months later. He made a relief appearance July 2 — when the Red Sox lost 21-2 to the Angels. He gave up five earned runs over 1 ⅔ innings.
There seems to be a growing aversion to playing doubleheaders because of the havoc they can create on a pitching staff.
Friday night's game turned into Saturday morning after it went into extra innings following a three-hour delay.
In an attempt to address some mechanical issues and improve his command, Twins pitching coach Neil Allen is ordering Jose Berrios to pick up the tempo
Twins starter Tyler Duffey retired the first 10 Royals batters but was gone from the game by the end of the fourth inning.
A sweep at Atlanta put the team's road record at 16-8 since the end of June.
Playing time has been scarce of late for big switch-hitting Kenny's Vargas. "It's part of the process," the 26-year-old said.
Is it the glasses? The rest? Nope. Joe Mauer has fixed his swing this month after noticing a flaw on video - and his numbers are rising, including a .516 on-base percentage this month.
Twins righthander Ervin Santana pitched seven shutout innings Tuesday against his old team in a 4-2 victory for the Twins.
"If you're going to consider candidates who are working for other teams, there's a process you must go through that is aimed toward being respectful," Twins president Dave St. Peter said.
Kyle Gibson wasn't able to end their losing streak.
Indications are the Twins intended to call up Pat Light, who was acquired from Boston for Fernando Abad, for Thursday's doubleheader. But Light's flight from Syracuse was canceled and he would not have arrived in time.
Both Twins starters were knocked out early and two pitchers are scheduled for MRIs today after reporting elbow and shoulder problems. Game 1 ended up with shortstop Eduardo Escobar on the mound.
Hector Santiago fell to 10-6 and is 0-2 in his two starts with the Twins after winning all six of his July starts while with the Angels.
Twins manager Paul Molitor has tried to avoid using Ryan Pressly in consecutive games, but he has used him that way four times over the past month.
Now fully healthy, Trevor Plouffe is ready to return to third base and be the everyday force that he wants to be. But that's not likely to happen.
An error and a horribly misjudged fly ball on consecutive plays by the former Twins center fielder led to all of Minnesota's runs on Monday night.
Righthander Ervin Santana, catcher Kurt Suzuki and relievers Brandon Kintzler and Fernando Abad have been the Twins mentioned most in trade rumblings.
Usually a second baseman, the veteran served as DH and delivered two homers.
Eduardo Escobar's three-run homer in the eighth gave the Twins a 5-4 lead and charged up the crowd. But he was a hero for only a few minutes.
Jorge Polanco was called up from Class AAA Rochester on Thursday when Eduardo Nunez was traded to San Francisco
Atlanta sprayed line drives all over Target Field on Wednesday night, knocking out Tyler Duffey early before holding on to beat the Twins 9-7
Game 7 of the 1991 World Series led to a night that Joe Mauer, 8 years old at the time, will never forget.
Catcher Kurt Suzuki did not start in Sunday's 8-7 loss to the Red Sox because of the cut he suffered on his chin the night before. But he hoped to return to the lineup Tuesday, when the Twins open a six-game homestand.
Miguel Sano's 10th error in his last 15 games at third base was followed by a three-run homer, the second allowed Sunday by Twins starter Tommy Milone.
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