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On land or at sea, 24-year-old righthander Zack Littell has prepared to make the Twins out of spring training.after altering his unusual offseason routine.
For a guy determined to throttle down a bit in the spring in order to feel more rested in the fall, Jose Berrios looks like he was already in midseason form.
It's not for everyone, but a pre-swing leg kick has helped some Twins players generate immense power at the plate.
It once took Alex Avila and friends 3 1/2 hours to bring in a 586-pound swordfish. As great a thrill as that was, the new Twins catcher would rather win a baseball game.
Rocco Baldelli said he didn't want to leave any doubt about how far he thinks the Twins, only four years removed from a 103-loss season, can go.
The Twins, who agreed last month to pay 34-year-old Josh Donaldson $92 million for the next four years, are banking he has more elite seasons in his future.
Tyler Clippard has been traded six times and become a free agent four, each time switching teams. And next month, he will become the 44th player in baseball history to play for 10 major league teams.
The Twins are following a baseball tradition (and a clause in their new pitcher's contract) with Mitch Garver giving up his No. 18 to newly acquired Kenta Maeda.
Rocco Baldelli will supervise the Twins' first workout of the spring Wednesday, opening his second season as a big-league manager with one burden that instantly raises the degree-of-difficulty: expectations.
Brusdar Graterol was in Fort Myers, Fla., on Thursday getting ready for spring training. The question is, which team will he report to next week?
Wherever he winds up for 2020, thanks to his contract Kenta Maeda will want to pitch — and pitch a lot.
The Twins' piece of the blockbuster Mookie Betts trade has reportedly stalled the rest of the deal, plunging the Twins' acquisition of Dodgers righthander Kenta Maeda into doubt.
The Twins were the third team in the deal that also sends 2018 American League MVP Mookie Betts and 2012 AL Cy Young winner David Price from the Red Sox to the Dodgers.
With improved velocity on his pitches and a one-year contract for 2020, Jake Odorizzi is looking forward to a prove-it season with the Twins.
Jhoulys Chacin heads the list of 20 players who got minor league contracts and are headed to Fort Myers.
In 2018 he led the National League with 35 starts, when he was 15-8 with a 3.50 ERA with 156 strikeouts in 192 innings. In 2019, he was awful.
Brusdar Graterol's world-class velocity has made him the Twins' top pitching prospect for the past couple of years. The Twins have decided how to use him, for now.
All nine players projected to be in the Opening Day starting lineup had an on-base-plus-slugging (OPS) number above the American League average in 2019.
The potential effects of adding three-time All-Star and former MVP Josh Donaldson to the Twins are almost too numerous to track. Here's a look.
Twins general manager Thad Levine said the Twins haven't given up on supplementing the starting rotation, and that the team is looking to "stimulate some more conversations" on the trade market.
No mere pitching shortage can dent the laid-back serenity of the Twins' manager. Especially since Baldelli doesn't believe that one really exists.
The Twins' front office certainly did its part to sway Josh Donaldson to Target Field but a sales pitch video from Miguel Sano and some prodding from noted fan Mardy Fish helped, too.
Byron Buxton, who underwent surgery Sept. 10 to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, is in Florida and has been cleared for hitting off a tee and other basic drills.
Former MVP third baseman Josh Donaldson accepted the largest free-agent contract the Twins have ever agreed to, and should add big pop to a lineup that set the major league home run record last season.
Miguel Sano doesn't care whether he plays third base, first base or the outfield ... he's just happy to get a long-term contract from the Twins.
Five other Twins players avoided arbitration with one-year deals, but Jose Berrios is the lone exception.
Free agent third baseman Josh Donaldson is seeking a four-year deal for more than $100 million, and the Twins appear to be out.
C.J. Cron and Trevor Hildenberger are free to sign with any team, including the Twins, but both figure to move on — in Cron's case, to his fourth team in four seasons.
The Badgers were unapologetic for their cheeky midfield celebration.
Some of the Badgers had been preparing for Saturday's snow globe since grade school.
The Gophers-Wisconsin football rivalry - 13 decades and 128 meetings - hits new heights Saturday and the Badgers want the trophy back.
The Gophers defense will have its hands full Saturday in trying to bring down Jonathan Taylor.
Was it a strange decision, or is he making the best of a bad situation?
The righthander said he didn't want to find himself stuck without a team as spring training approached.
Among other things, Iowa has allowed only 105 points in nine games, fewer than any Division I team except Ohio State and Georgia.
There were reasons for Jake Odorizzi to wait until after next season to test the free-agent market, which could also help the Twins front office in shaping the pitching staff for 2020.
Derek Falvey and Thad Levine, the architects of the Twins' American League Central champions, have agreed to contract extensions to remain in charge of the team's baseball operations.
Rocco Baldelli was honored Tuesday with the American League Manager of the Year Award, becoming the fourth Twins manager and third in the past decade to win the trophy.
Gophers QB Tanner Morgan threw for three TDs and 339 yards.
The Gophers sense a pivotal moment in their football program's history coming on Saturday. In other words, they're hoping this weekend's game does for them what their last meeting did for Penn State.
Pitcher Jake Odorizzi is expected to decline the $17.8 million qualifying offer in favor of seeking a long-term deal. The Twins didn't make offers to five others, including Kyle Gibson.
Nelson Cruz, the veteran designated hitter, set a franchise record for slugging percentage in a big offensive season.
While Max Kepler should be OK next spring without any further treatment on his nagging back, the Twins fear the same might not be the case for first baseman C.J. Cron.
The players were packing up Tuesday and coming to terms with a disappointing ending to a memorable season.
The highest-scoring team in Twins history went weakly into the winter with 5-1 loss to the New York Yankees on Monday, extending a baseball-record streak of postseason defeats that dates to 2004.
"When a guy like that speaks, everybody listens and perks their ears up and takes it in, because he's been in a lot of different situations," pitcher Kyle Gibson said.
In what could be his final start for the Twins, his team is asking nothing less from Jake Odorizzi than this: Save our season tonight against the Yankees at Target Field.
Eddie Rosario started each of the first two games in the American League Division Series standing in front of the short porch in Yankee Stadium.
Friday's 10-4 loss was the Twins' 14th consecutive postseason defeat, setting a major league record for October futility, and their 11th in a row to the Yankees.
The Twins were relatively happy about how they swung the bats Friday in the opening game of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees were ecstatic about the way they didn't.
First-year Twins manager Rocco Baldelli simply asks that players be themselves, stay prepared, and give it their all during the games. "Rocco wants you to be yourself," outfielder Eddie Rosario said.
Rookie infielder Luis Arraez is less than a week removed from being carted off the field following a collision at Kansas City.
Three days after Luis Arraez suffered a sprained right ankle that threatened his availability for the AL Division Series, the treatment is having an effect.
First pitch of Friday's game from Yankee Stadium will be at 6:07 p.m. Central time and televised on MLB Network. Saturday's game has an earlier start and a different network — 4:07 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.
No structural damage was found in Luis Arraez's right leg after Saturday's infield collision. The Twins must inform MLB which 25 players will face the Yankees in the AL Division Series by 9 a.m. Friday.
Minnesota now holds the title as baseball's most prolific home-run-hitting team, having hit three in their 5-4 loss to the Royals to overtake the Yankees on the season's final day.
Until Saturday, Tyler Duffey hadn't given up a run since July 28, a streak of 26 consecutive scoreless appearances and 23⅔ innings.
Jose Berrios pitched like a Game 1 starter Friday night, delivering a performance that the Twins would like to see repeated next week on the road in the playoffs.
Max Kepler has been in the lineup only twice in three weeks but seems to have made steady progress in his recovery from the soreness near his left shoulder
Winning 100 games for the second time in franchise history isn't nearly as vital as making choices that will help set the Twins' 25-man roster for the playoffs, which open next Friday, most likely against the Yankees in New York.
The Twins reached 300 home runs and pulled within one win of 100 on Thursday, finishing off a sweep of the Tigers with a 10-4 victory at Comerica Park.
Marwin Gonzalez included injured center fielder Byron Buxton and suspended righthander Michael Pineda in on the Twins clubhouse celebration via FaceTime on his phone.
The Twins broke out the champagne a little over two hours after rookies Randy Dobnak and Luis Arraez — who weren't even on the roster a few months ago — helped carry them past the Tigers in the 5-1 victory that clinched the AL Central title.
Sam Dyson had capsule repair surgery in his right shoulder in Los Angeles, and manager Rocco Baldelli said the 2020 season is in jeopardy for the reliever.
Kyle Gibson is willing to do whatever it takes to be part of the Twins postseason plans; Max Kepler's playing status has become a bit complicated.
Eddie Rosario made Detroit pay for intentionally walking Nelson Cruz. Rosario belted a crucial two-run double, the winning margin to open the three-game road series.
Kansas City scored seven runs off Taylor Rogers and two other relievers, but the Twins' magic number fell to four anyway.
The catcher becomes a free agent after the season, following three years in Minnesota.
Kyle Gibson was yanked in the second inning after seven Royals in a row reached base. Then Nelson Cruz, Miguel Sano and Mitch Garver went to work as the Twins reduced their magic number to six.
Tony Diaz and his powerful players practice their celebratory hand slaps — except in one notable case.
Eight Chicago pitchers combined to hold the Twins to three hits, all of them coming after Minnesota starter Jake Odorizzi, who pitched well, had been removed from the game.
Jonathan Schoop has been a part of 60 of the Twins' 124 double plays despite playing only 103 games.
Kyle Gibson made a surprise relief appearance and surrendered a game-turning three-run homer to Roberto Perez, and the error-prone Twins dropped a sloppy 7-5 decision to the Indians.
Rookie flamethrower Brusdar Graterol has been a starter in the minors for the Twins organization, but he will be used out of the bullpen the rest of this year.
Miguel Sano crushed a tie-breaking grand slam in Game 2 of a Saturday doubleheader, and the Twins all but terminated the Indians' three-year reign atop the AL Central with 2-0 and 9-5 victories.