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The lingering uncertainty over Phil Hughes' role on the Twins is finally over. There isn't one. Cutting ties with Hughes will cost the Twins more than $20 million.
Eddie Rosario's bravado on the bases and in the field combined with Jose Berrios' middle-inning dominance helped the Twins win back-to-back home games for the first time in six weeks.
The Twins watched as Tampa Bay experimented with starting a reliever on consecutive days over the weekend.
Fernando Rodney assured the Twins during his rough April, when he blew three save opportunities in a row, that his results would be different eventually.
Jason Castro's injury creates playing time for Mitch Garver and Bobby Wilson, but the need for depth looms.
Jason Castro's meniscus in his right knee was more damaged than surgeons expected, and the repair was more extensive than planned.
Jose Berrios' overpowering fastball and Byron Buxton's uncontainable speed played critical roles Tuesday as the Twins beat the Cardinals for the fifth straight meeting, 4-1 at Target Field
A positive attitude is critical to a shift's potential success in the field, something that wasn't always there for Twins players or manager Paul Molitor.
The catcher will undergo surgery Tuesday in Vail, Colo., to have a small, torn part of the meniscus in his right knee removed.
Seattle scored the game's lone run on Logan Morrison's throwing error in the eighth inning as the Twins were held to a double and three singles.
Baseball Insider: The Twins haven't seen their preliminary 2019 schedule yet, but they know what it will almost certainly say: Minnesota will play its first-ever outdoor home games in March.
Beginning this season in the minor leagues, each inning beyond nine begins with a runner standing on second base. It's a change that some feel hurts the integrity of the game.
Jake Odorizzi and three relievers held St. Louis, which is tied for first in the NL Central, to two hits while the offense took care of business against the Cardinals' ace pitcher.
The problem for several Twins players is that the team's "designated primary shoe color" is black, not the navy blue that adorns the uniforms and caps.
Center fielder Byron Buxton is willing to go on another rehab assignment, but it's clear he would prefer to simply be activated when his broken toe heals.
Hitting 97 miles per hour with his fastball, rookie Fernando Romero struck out nine batters, kept calm when runners reached base and joked about his first time batting in the 'big-boy league.'
Morrison, who last played the outfield in 2015, went to manager Paul Molitor and said he could fill in to give the Twins more depth.
Joe Mauer baited the indecisive White Sox, then bolted home from third base with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, leading to the Twins' third consecutive victory.
James Shields, making his 25th career start against the Twins, retired the first 16 hitters he faced and didn't give up a hit until Eduardo Escobar waited on a slow curveball with one out in the seventh inning and served it into right field.
Eight runs lighten load for Lance Lynn's six innings.
CHICAGO – Jason Castro's right knee has been sore for a couple of weeks, and it flared up again on Friday. So Saturday, the…
Eduardo Escobar, the utility infielder, is now the Twins' unlikely home run leader after belting a pair Friday night in a 6-4 road victory over the White Sox.
Daniel Palka, the power-hitting outfielder, worked daily with Rudy Hernandez, the Twins' assistant hitting coach, while playing in Venezuela last fall.
This time, the Twins blew a 5-1 lead to the White Sox before Trayce Thompson, the son of former Gophers basketball star Mychal Thompson (and a .140 hitter this season) blasted them to defeat.
Normally a strong starter, Lance Lynn finished April with an 0-3 record and 8.37 ERA as the Twins, who also hurt themselves with sloppy defense, lost for the 10th time in 11 games.
Romero, 23, didn't give up so much as a hit in four spring training appearances, striking out eight in eight innings.
Jose Berrios lasted only three innings and the Twins showed little in the field and with their bats in an 8-2 loss to Cincinnati, which has the worst record in the majors.
Tyler Duffey was optioned back to Class AAA Rochester after pitching the final three innings of Sunday's loss.
Matt Magill knew "a lot" of the Reds he faced Sunday, which helped him get over his surroundings.
Byron Buxton was sidelined another day Friday because of a sore toe, an injury suffered on Sunday when he fouled a ball off his foot while playing for Class A Fort Myers during a minor league rehabilitation assignment.
The 30-year-old righthander pitched two scoreless innings for the Yankees against his new team on Monday.
The Twins had hoped to keep Tyler Kinley on the roster all season. He lasted only four weeks and had a sky-high ERA to show for it.
The Twins had their chances on a dreary night in the Bronx by loading the bases twice, but could not put together a big inning in a 7-4 loss.
Byron Buxton still was being bothered by a sore left big toe a day after a hole was drilled in the nail, further clouding his return to the Twins.
Tyler Kinley, who under MLB's Rule 5 has to remain on the major league roster all season or be offered back to the Marlins, has thrown 102 pitches this season, 50 of them 95 miles per hour or faster.
With the Twins trailing the Yankees by 11 runs in the eighth inning, Paul Molitor signaled for Ryan LaMarre to take the mound.
Shortly after calling off Friday's game with the White Sox due to a daylong off-and-on cold drizzle, the Twins sent reserve outfielder Ryan LaMarre to Class AAA Rochester
Addison Reed has appeared in six of the Twins' 10 games, leads the bullpen in innings with eight, has given up only one run, and has prevented all five runners he has inherited from scoring.
The Twins failed again and again at the plate against Justin Verlander, with slumping Eddie Rosario having the toughest night of all at bat and in the field.
"He's got the tools to be at the top in almost every category, whether it's first-steps, routes, closing speed, all those type of things," Twins manager Paul Molitor said.
The notion of a true two-way player was a common topic in the Twins clubhouse last week, and Shohei Ohtani's challenge clearly intrigues his peers around the game.
Super Bowl LII wasn't the only shocking turn of events involving eagles and patriots in a downtown Minneapolis stadium this year.
The Twins knocked out six extra-base hits in a game where the "feels like" temperature dipped to 22 near the end and closer Fernando Rodney caught snowflakes on his tongue.
"Minnesota fans aren't going to care if it's 32 degrees or 22 degrees, they're excited to see a baseball game," Kyle Gibson asserted.
Players and managers are still getting used to the boundaries and definitions that might come into play. "I can see the usefulness," second baseman Brian Dozier said.
Adam Frazier ended the Twins' rally and kept the Pirates in the lead by running down a line drive.
Brian Dozier thought about approaching Chance Sisco at second base during a ninth-inning timeout Sunday but decided against it.
Jose Berrios' complete game shutout combined with a big offensive outburst gave the Twins a 7-0 win Sunday and a 2-1 series victory over the Orioles to start the season.
Thanks to a controversial replay reversal, Pittsburgh opened the season with a 13-10, 13-inning victory at Detroit on Friday, then swept a doubleheader with the Tigers on Sunday following a rainout Saturday.
The Minnesota Twins defeated the Orioles 7-0 behind a dominant showing by starting pitcher Jose Berrios and plenty of offense.
Stellar pitching, which included a no-hitter by Kyle Gibson, and an offense powered by Miguel Sano led Minnesota to a commanding victory over the Orioles.
Gibson labors through six innings with gem intact.
Adrianza, who made his first start of the season Saturday, spent the winter with the goal of becoming almost as valuable for his offense as his defense.
Byron Buxton's Opening Day steal means he's now halfway to the major league record for consecutive steals — Vince Coleman's run of 50 in a row for the Cardinals in 1998-89.
After rallying to tie the game with two runs in the ninth inning, the Twins lost their opener for the ninth time in 10 years when Adam Jones smashed a Fernando Rodney pitch over the wall in left field.
The Twins' new closer wasn't presented with a typical modern save situation on Thursday, but with something more old-fashioned, and significantly more difficult: a crisis.
The Twins reached out to a handful of players, Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey said, but couldn't find common ground on contracts that would buy out arbitration-eligible years.
Ryan LaMarre was choked up and tearful after beating out Zack Granite for the final spot on the Twins' Opening Day roster.
Phil Hughes, who hasn't appeared in a regular-season game since last July 14, remained in Fort Myers to get treatment for a strained oblique muscle.
Jose Berrios and six relievers combined to hold Washington to just two hits.
The game was a chance for Gabriel Moya and righthander Tyler Kinley to showcase themselves one last time before the Twins' roster is finalized, as well one more look for Paul Molitor at bench candidates Robbie Grossman and Ryan LaMarre, who are competing with Zack Granite.
Major League Baseball's three-month investigation into a Twin Cities woman's charge that Miguel Sano assaulted her in 2015 "was obviously on my mind" this spring, Sano said Saturday, so he is happy that the case is now probably closed.
For a team with a talented young core that some believe could remain in place for a decade, there is an odd sense of urgency about the upcoming season, like an era is coming to an end just as a new one takes flight.
For nearly every assignment a pitcher can take on, the Twins made an upgrade.
Promotions aside, one of the most underrated aspects of the Twins' sudden turnaround in 2017 was the defense.
A lineup full of Twins regulars managed little against Houston.
It figures Tyler Kinley has the edge because he's a Rule 5 Draft pick.
Almost every question about the Twins' 2018 roster was answered on Thursday, although one major issue remains unsettled leading up to next week's opener in Baltimore.
Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco says he learned he had failed a steroid test a month ago, and now he's ready to take the consequences.
The bullpen gave up eight runs, and fielding misplays marred Jose Berrios' pitching effort.
The Twins bullpen failed, as Fernando Rodney, Trevor Hildenberger and Taylor Rogers all gave up runs.
The veteran righthanded pitcher got a one-year, $12 million deal, and is ready for his spring debut.
Lance Lynn is expected to sign a one-year contract Monday, making him the latest in a series of players who chose the Twins over competing — and sometimes better — offers.
The righthander has yet to give up a hit this spring.
The Twins' signing of Lance Lynn adds another arm to the rotation competition.
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