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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.
Before it fades from memory, from the record book, from any trace of existence, let's note what the Twins accomplished in the first inning Saturday.
The Twins agreed to a one-year contract that guarantees only $12 million to former St. Louis righthander Lance Lynn, one of the more accomplished pitchers in this free-agent class and another clear upgrade to what was one of the AL's worst rotations a year ago.
Jose Berrios gave up three hits in four innings and Miguel Samo launched home runs to center field and left field in the 4-3 victory over the Rays.
The power-hitting second baseman again figures to be at a familiar spot in the batting order.
Having just turned 23 and with only six big-league innings behind him, lefty Gabriel Moya is making a strong case that he's for a bullpen spot.
Journeyman Ryan LaMarre picks up plenty by analyzing, but tries not to overthink things while at the plate. Manager Paul Molitor calls him a "get-dirty type of player."
Miguel Sano missed the Twins' workouts Tuesday after his representatives informed the team of his appointment with MLB's security departments
Logan Morrison's new teammates like the sound of adding another lefthanded power hitter into the middle of what was already projected to be one of the AL's best offenses.
New Twins pitcher Addison Reed gives team versatility in the bullpen. "I really don't care when I pitch," he said. "I just want us to win."
Coming off a 2017 season in which he dominated the Class AA Southern League, Stephen Gonsalves comes to camp as a legitimate candidate, albeit a longshot, for the 2018 rotation.
Miguel Sano reported to spring training Sunday, the three issues that complicate his 2018 season — health, weight and an assault investigation — seemingly reduced to two.
The Twins' most senior player officially reports to his 17th Twins camp Sunday with questions swirling around him, triggered by the expiration next October of his club-record, eight-year, $184 million contract signed in March 2010.
In Odorizzi, they have acquired a veteran who has won between nine and 11 games in each of the past four seasons with the Rays, and has compiled a career ERA of 3.83.
The Twins' most noticeable upgrade in the bullpen is the presence of a trio of pitchers who were brought in to get critical outs, but also to help some of their young teammates better learn how.
As pitchers and catchers reported to spring training Tuesday, Twins' GM Thad Levine said he considers adding a pitcher to the rotation a need but nothing imminent appears in the works.
The Twins will learn this spring how close shortstop Nick Gordon is to being major league ready. He's among 13 non-rostered players invited to training camp.
The All-Star starting pitcher is likely to miss the first month of the regular season after knuckle surgery on his pitching hand.
Michael Pineda is hopeful he can help the Twins this season after Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery last July. He threw a baseball again for the first time post-op in mid-January.
After the Steelers jettisoned James Harrison, the linebacker joined the Patriots and quickly assimilated their defensive schemes.
If Derek Falvey recommends beefing up the Twins' pitching rotation by signing free-agent righthander Yu Darvish, team owner Jim Pohlad said Saturday…
Miguel Sano remains in Fort Myers, putting his surgically repaired shin through workouts. There is no word from Major League Baseball what their investigation into an alleged assault two years ago has uncovered.
None of the top dozen or so starting pitchers available this winter has signed a contract yet, and that, manager Paul Molitor theorized, might work to his team's advantage.
He is the third veteran reliever to join the Twins.
The determination of baseball executives to make evidence-based decisions, to trust research over routine, has become just as conspicuous in January as in July.
Morneau, whose Minnesota career included one of the franchise's five American League MVP Awards, has been hired as a special assistant for his former team, according to a report on the Canadian Baseball Network.
A Twin Cities photographer on Thursday accused Twins third baseman Miguel Sano of grabbing her and trying to kiss her after an autograph session at a local mall in 2015.
In the context of the rest of the offseason's class of free agents, Duke isn't exactly a high-profile acquisition -- not with pitchers such as Jake Arrieta and Yu Darvish still hunting for contracts.
The Twins have contacted Mike Napoli's agent about a contract for 2018, in hopes of reaching a deal that the veteran turned down last year when he went to Texas.
The 40-year-old righthander owns 300 career saves with eight teams.
Star Tribune columnist was up for prestigious baseball writing award.
Though they have nearly $70 million committed to six players for 2018, the Twins on the hook at the moment for less than $25 million in 2019, and virtually nothing in 2020.
The Twins and WCCO will reunite for the 2018 season and beyond, multiple sources confirmed Thursday, after 11 seasons on other outlets.
The termination of Jelfry Marte's contract is why the Twins have been identified last week as one of three teams with the ability to offer Japanese star Shohei Ohtani more than $3 million.
Paul Molitor was chosen as the American League's top manager over two other finalists, each of whom led their teams to 100-win seasons
Derek Falvey and Thad Levine spent much of last year's meetings getting a crash course on their own players. Now, they already have "a pretty good understanding" of what other teams covet.
It's the first time since Joe Mauer won as a catcher in 2010 that any Twins player has earned a Gold Glove, which is awarded for best defensive player at each position.
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