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For one amazing month in 2013, it appeared the Twins had found the natural successor to Joe Mauer as their catcher. On Friday, they gave up on Josmil Pinto ever assuming that role.
Twins General Manager Terry Ryan described negotiations with Byung-ho Park Wednesday as “ongoing,” and said “we’re hopeful of coming to an agreement.” It’s been almost…
The Twins acquired 24-year-old catcher John Ryan Murphy from the Yankees in a trade that did not come without a steep price: Aaron Hicks is headed to the Bronx.
The Twins pulled off their first trade of the offseason, acquiring 24-year-old Class A outfielder Daniel Palka from Arizona for catcher Chris Herrmann, and signed reliever Dan Runzler to a minor league contract.
If the Twins can sign Korean slugger Byung-ho Park, general manager Terry Ryan said Park would likely become the team's regular DH and Miguel Sano would move to the outfield.
He’s only the second Twin to win both club awards.
Lynx center Sylvia Fowles sat out half the season to convince Chicago to trade her. She was commanding Wednesday, scoring 20 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and earning the MVP award for the WNBA Finals.
The rookie slugger, who turbocharged Minnesota’s offense with 18 home runs and a team-high .915 OPS as the team’s designated hitter, was a third baseman in the minors.
Twins, Ryan have decisions to make this offseason regarding young talent, pending free agents.
He played a key role after being sent to the Twins bullpen.
Max Kepler can start preparing for 2016 with renewed enthusiasm after making his first start Sunday, going 1-for-5 against All-Star-caliber pitchers such as Johnny Cueto and Edison Volquez.
Kansas City piled up five quick runs Sunday afternoon and marched off into the postseason with a victory over the Twins at Target Field.
The Twins’ season unofficially ended Saturday, one day from the formal finish, and that fact represents undeniable progress. But their 5-1 loss to the Royals at Target Field, featuring another listless performance at the plate and several unnerving breakdowns in the field, hurt just the same.
The outfielder, who made a big impact in his return, will consider retirement.
A quiet loss to first-place Kansas City pushes the Twins to the brink elimination.
Ervin Santana, suspended for the first half of the season after failing a test for performance-enhancing drugs in the spring, turned in seven consecutive quality starts to close the season.
Cleveland's leadoff homer set the tone as Kyle Gibson didn't make it through the third inning, giving up all six runs at Cleveland scored in its 6-3 victory.
Joe Mauer led off the eighth inning Thursday with a walk, the 43rd consecutive game he has reached base. That surpasses Bob Allison’s 42-game record, set in the Twins’ inaugural season in 1961.
Minnesota improved its American League wild-card hopes with a three-run third inning Tuesday against Danny Salazar and the Indians.
Max Kepler didn’t think a day in baseball could get much better than hitting a home run, then celebrating a championship shortly afterward. But it did.
Minnesota scored just four runs in 21 innings Saturday and lost both ends of a doubleheader to the Angels, 4-3 in 12 innings during the day, 5-2 at night.
Phil Hughes retired six of the seven hitters he faced in a two-inning relief stint in Game 2 of Saturday’s Twins-Angels doubleheader.
The Angels hit four home runs, two by Mike Trout, after the Twins took a 5-0 lead in the first inning. Tommy Milone was knocked out in the second in the team's third straight loss.
By quirk of the calendar, the Twins’ Opening Day starter doesn’t know when he will pitch again, and there is an outside chance it won’t be this year.
Ian Kinsler’s singled home the tie-breaking run in the 12th inning, and J.D. Martinez blasted a two-run homer off Brian Duensing as punctuation as the Tigers won at Target Field.
Ricky Nolasco hasn’t pitched in the Twins’ last 96 games. But don’t rule him out of the final 17 games.
Kyle Gibson stood out against Chicago again, benefiting from his team's latest big day against the All-Star lefthander.
Paul Molitor isn’t sure where Torii Hunter’s first-inning at-bat against Chris Sale might rank by the time this season is over. But it’s one he will remember for a long time.
Tommy Milone, who had allowed only seven runs in seven career starts against Chicago, equaled that number in the fourth inning at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday, surrendering the Twins’ largest inning of the season.
The Twins' 62 steals on the season mean they will likely finish with one of the franchise’s three lowest totals of the past 30 years.
Torii Hunter, Trevor Plouffe and Ervin Santana propelled the Twins’ series-opening victory vs. White Sox
Phil Hughes will make his first start since Aug. 9 on Tuesday vs. Detroit, an admittedly ambitious timetable after his lower-back injury but necessary, Paul Molitor said, given the Twins’ spot in the standings.
Miguel Sano’s home run in the 12th inning put the Twins ahead of Kansas City on Wednesday. Sano had been nursing a sore hamstring and dealing with strikeout issues.
The lure of a pennant race and some well-placed cortisone shots are helping to heal the sore backs of the Twins’ Opening Day starter and All-Star closer.
Kyle Gibson pitched well Tuesday in every inning but the first, where he allowed four runs to the Royals before getting anyone out.
Twins' 40-year-old outfielder Torii Hunter said he's accepting of being subbed for because he’s worked with and is close to the players who are slowly taking his place.
Tommy Milone limited Kansas City to two runs while Eduardo Escobar drove in three as the Twins built a lead against the Royals and then held on.
Phil Hughes will pitch a simulated game Wednesday afternoon. Mike Pelfrey will pitch a real one that night. Their roles might reverse next week.
Until last Monday, Keuchel had not allowed a home run in Minute Maid Park all season. Matter of fact, when Brian Dozier’s and Eduardo Escobar’s cannon shots put the Twins ahead 2-0, it was the first time that Keuchel had trailed by two runs at home this year.
Few current Twins have participated in a playoff race before, but ‘old-timer’ Tony Oliva says the drama is unforgettable.
It’s not always easy to watch Miguel Sano lope slowly to first base on a ground ball, Paul Molitor said Saturday, but it beats not watching him hit at all.
A parade of Astros touched home after the Twins were refused a run in the first inning in the first game of a critical road trip.
Aaron Hicks has been a center fielder his entire professional career and he was back in center for the Twins on Friday night. But if it’s essentially a farewell appearance.
First baseman Kennys Vargas, shortstop Danny Santana, catcher Eric Fryer and relievers Michael Tonkin and A.J. Achter will be at Target Field on Tuesday.
The righthanded starter has progressed beyond a jarring big-league debut with the Twins.
There he was Saturday night, strumming along on his acoustic guitar as a Christian rock band played “Amazing Grace” to close the Twins’ first Faith Night promotion at Target Field.
Ervin Santana struck out 10 batters in seven shutout innings, a performance both he and the Twins needed in their fight for a wild-card berth.
The Twins might be about to embark upon another two-center-fielder era.
Mike Pelfrey couldn’t get out of the fourth inning as the Twins stumbled Saturday night against the Astros.
Glen Perkins pitched a 1-2-3 seventh, and Kevin Jepsen escaped a jam in the ninth to save a Twins shutout over Houston.
Sore hamstrings sidelined both Astros shortstop Carlos Correa and Twins slugger Miguel Sano on Friday, though both hope to play later in the series.
Years of losing replenished the farm system, and now the kids are contributing.
The 6-4 Miguel Sano took off for second base in the sixth inning, beating the throw from Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes with room to spare.
The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner dominated again, facing just 28 batters and needing 98 pitches.
The veteran reliever went on the disabled list Friday because of elbow inflammation
In his last four starts, all Twins losses, Ervin Santana has posted an ERA of 9.90 and his strikeouts have all but ceased.
Trevor May is no longer in the bullpen, Phil Hughes is no longer on the active roster, and Tyler Duffey is no longer a one-and-done major league pitcher.
May has discovered that while strikes are a starter’s best weapon, relief pitchers can make smart use of pitching out of the strike zone.
An August slide is nothing new for the Twins, and Paul Molitor is trusting his players to claw their way out.
The Twins closed one of their worst road trips ever on Sunday by being routed yet again, this time 8-1 to the Indians.
Shane Robinson lightened the mood, but the Indians got to Ervin Santana early.
Eddie Rosario knows he has an ally in his pursuit of the Twins’ rookie triples record: Tony Oliva, the record holder.
Long after a fiery dugout speech, he provided the game-winning homer.
The Toledo native, who turns 27 later this month, appeared in seven games as a September call-up last year, “but this is my first time on the 25-man roster, so that’s a big deal,” he said.
The Twins are 54-54 after being swept in Toronto with exactly two-thirds of the season gone. A 9-3 drubbing by the Blue Jays on Thursday was the latest defeat.
A.J. Achter was recalled from Class AAA Rochester after Thursday’s 9-3 loss to the Blue Jays, swelling the Twins’ relief corps to nine. Chris Hermann was also recalled.
Three monster Toronto clouts spoiled some rare Twins offense and Tyler Duffey’s MLB debut, which didn't last long.
Paul Molitor said he decided after watching the Twins score seven runs in their past five games that something different was necessary for Wednesday's game, even if it’s only temporary.
Durability, demeanor have kept LaTroy Hawkins around 21 years
According to the defensive statistics kept by fangraphs.com, Eduardo Nunez has gone from a minor liability at the position to an average shortstop.
The Twins are in a 0-for-15 slump with the bases loaded, striking out seven times in that span.
The former Cy Young Award winner helped Toronto pull even with the Twins in the wild-card race.
A "win-now” philosophy evident at baseball's trade deadline, but not in Minnesota.
The Twins demoted shortstops Danny Santana and Jorge Polanco after the game.
The 40-year-old right fielder says he is not ready to retire just yet.
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