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It’s too early to try to quantify how much of an effect all the movement is having on the Twins defense, but Molitor is convinced the effect is more than worth the effort.
Ervin Santana’s first pitch Thursday landed in the McCoy Stadium bullpen he had just warmed up in.
Moved to the bullpen out of desperation, Meyer reverted to his top-prospect form, giving up only one earned run in 17 innings as a reliever, a 0.53 ERA that included 20 strikeouts and just six walks.
The team might go with a seven-man bullpen for its upcoming games at Milwaukee and Cincinnati.
The team might go with a seven-man bullpen for its upcoming games at Milwaukee and Cincinnati.
The Twins clubbed ace Chris Sale for six runs, a remarkable achievement considering Sale had allowed only three runs in his last five starts combined.
“When he’s on the field, you don’t want to take your eyes off him. Every swing, if he puts it in play, you watch him run,” Molitor said.
Paul Molitor stuck with the stats and his starter, but Chicago pounced in the decisive seventh inning.
Byron Buxton showed off his baseball tools on offense and defense; Kennys Vargas went 4 for 4 with four RBI, including one of four Twins home runs.
The reliever's ERA in June is 14.54, and he has retired only 13 of the 23 batters he has faced in the month.
For the first time since May 6, the Twins have now given up more runs this season than they have scored.
The righthander gave up two runs but lasted only five innings against the Cubs.
The Twins' road trip had excitement, but also concluded Tuesday with a 1-4 record after another one-run loss at St. Louis.
The suspended righthander is slated to make his Twins debut July 5.
Hughes, always an extreme fly ball pitcher, now leads the American League in home runs allowed.
The Twins’ prized rookie is touted as a five-tool player, but there was no doubt which one he showed off in his major league debut: speed. Major league speed.
The righthander allowed eight runs in 3⅔ innings against the Rangers.
Byron Buxton, the Twins’ most highly prized prospect since Joe Mauer was drafted in 2000, was called up after Aaron Hicks' elbow injury and Torii Hunter's suspension.
The outfielder, who wasn't feeling well Saturday, withdrew his appeal.
Aaron Hicks dropped a would-be third out flyball in center, allowing two late runs as the Twins dropped their fourth straight game.
Torii Hunter is in the lineup for tonight's Twins' series opener in Texas as he appeals a two-game suspension for an eighth-inning outburst Wednesday.
As the Twins’ season reaches its 60th game, three-time batting champion Joe Mauer is batting .260, his lowest average so late in a season.
The Twins offense has fizzled on their current homestand, with the team scoring only 10 runs in the first five games.
Trevor Plouffe’s triple was all the Twins could muster as the Royals took AL Central lead.
Eduardo Escobar is delighted to be the Twins’ starting shortstop once again, but feels bad for the demotion of Danny Santana.
A year ago, Kansas City designated hitter Kendrys Morales signed a free-agent contract with the Twins. On Monday, he beat them with a two-run homer.
Which would have been a crazier prediction last winter: That the Twins would play a June series with the AL Central lead at stake? Or that they would wish Mike Pelfrey was pitching in it?
The Twins have been operating without much power in the middle of the lineup, and on Sunday, they decided to do something about it.Kennys Vargas…
There were five errors, eight infield hits, some outfield misplays and at least four baserunning blunders as the Twins took a one-game lead in the AL Central by splitting their series in Boston.
A blast onto a billboard atop the Green Monster was Torii Hunter’s 200th in a Twins uniform, making him the seventh player ever to reach that milestone.
The Twins' Tommy Milone, who has been on an impressive run pitching in the minors, will start Thursday’s game against the Red Sox.
Trevor May gave up just two hits in seven innings Wednesday night, shutting down the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Danny Santana helped out, too.
Reliever Michael Tonkin will be the Twins’ 26th man Wednesday, eligible to pitch under an MLB rule that allows teams to add a player for doubleheaders.
Just as it did a year ago, the Twins offense disappeared Tuesday. “It’s a park that’s more famous for 15-10 [scores] than 1-0s,” Paul Molitor said. “So it’s been strange.”
After Mike Pelfrey starts Tuesday, the team will have some decisions to make.
Casey Fien was activated Friday, though he understands his setup role in front of closer Glen Perkins belongs to Blaine Boyer, at least for the moment.
Mark Buehrle went the distance after a slow start for the Blue Jays, and Chris Colabello finished the job with a ninth-inning home run off Glen Perkins.
The sophomore season hasn’t been easy for the Twins’ standout rookies of 2014.
Following a rain delay at Target Field, the Twins jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Red Sox and held on for their fourth straight victory. Mike Pelfrey allowed just one run for the second straight start.
Each Twins player in the starting lineup collected a hit and Trevor Plouffe broke open the game with a three-run homer.
Milone may be collecting Class AAA scoreless innings like pocket change, but he also has the misfortune of doing so during the Twins’ longest extended stretch of starting-pitching effectiveness in years.
To millions of fans, loving baseball means loving the numbers it generates, and that thirst for mathematical exploration has exploded in the Internet era, even among players themselves.
The Twins will face Liriano, whose slider electrified Minnesota during a memorable rookie year in 2006, but became frustratingly inconsistent after elbow surgery sidelined him for 18 months.
The Twins say they have discovered something thrilling during an unusually Central-heavy first six weeks to the season: They can compete.
Kennys Vargas, who went 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter in the Twins’ 11-3 loss on Sunday, has not been the power source in the middle of the lineup that manager Paul Molitor wants to see.
Tampa Bay small-balled Twins starter Kyle Gibson, eviscerated Minnesota’s bullpen and piled up 19 hits, failures that obscure the overall successes of the weekend, after the Twins took two out of three.
For just the second time this season in the eight instances that Paul Molitor has challenged a call, the ruling wasn’t overturned.
Sloppy at plate, in field and on mound, the Twins lost their seventh of nine to the Tigers and ended their road trip with a 3-3 record.
Kurt Suzuki didn’t have much time Wednesday to talk about reaching 1,000 games in the major leagues. He had to go stretch. Again.
Five weeks to the day after his actual debut, Ricky Nolasco finally looked like the pitcher his new manager was expecting to see.
Manager Paul Molitor will be watching Hicks’ focus, which has been a problem for the 2008 first-round pick in the past. That might be the best indicator of whether, at 25, he has matured, the manager said.
The Twins had their chances Tuesday night in Detroit. But the Tigers pounced when it mattered, winning in 10 innings.
Tom Brunansky, a holdover from Ron Gardenhire’s staff, was the first hire for Paul Molitor's staff, too.
The 25-year-old outfielder will join the Twins in Detroit; Shane Robinson has been placed on the Family Emergency List by the team.
The righthander threw first-pitch strikes to 11 of 24 batters.
Cleveland pitcher Danny Salazar struck out 11 Twins in seven innings in the Indians' 8-2 victory Sunday.
The Twins again broke out the offense on Saturday, winning 7-4 for their 10th victory in 12 games.
The photo of Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer hugging in the infield Friday night after colliding while Mauer caught a pop-up got noticed.
In adding the four-out save to Glen Perkins’ responsibilities, Twins manager Paul Molitor has also introduced the closer to something else he hasn’t seen in awhile: baserunners.
With Eduardo Nunez unable to swing without soreness, the Twins placed him on the 15-day DL after Tuesday’s game, and called up Doug Bernier.
An eighth-inning rally faltered for Twins after they had been stifled by Oakland starter Jesse Chavez. Minnesota had just five hits, all singles.
When Oswaldo Arcia caught a fly ball, wound up and threw it home in the fourth inning Sunday, he successfully prevented White Sox baserunner…
The Twins now own a five-game winning streak, their longest in more than two years, and at 14-12, they are two games above .500 for the first time since May 21.
Eddie Rosario was summoned to the major leagues Monday when Oswaldo Arcia was placed on the disabled list because of a sore right hip.
Trevor Plouffe and Torii Hunter hit home runs to lead the Twins to a 5-3 victory on Saturday afternoon at Target Field. It’s their third straight win and moves the team to 12-12 on the season.
Saturday was the third time over the week the Twins threw out two baserunners in one game.
Tommy Milone was sent to Class AAA Rochester after Friday’s 1-0 victory over the White Sox to make room for Ricky Nolasco, who will start Saturday.
With zero margin of error to work with, Kyle Gibson worked his way out of trouble Friday. His reward was a 1-0 victory over the White Sox.
With Casey Fien injured, righthanded reliever Michael Tonkin is headed to Minnesota and will rejoin the Twins bullpen.
David Price was staked to an early lead, and a chance to turn the tables was blown.
Kennys Vargas was on the Twins’ bench for a second day in a row Monday. A thousand miles away, in Knoxville, Tenn., Miguel…
Torii Hunter thinks he’s found something important: his swing. The Twins have found something pretty critical, too: their confidence.
Trevor May is here to stay, at least if he pitches like that. The second-year righthander made the best start in his 12-game major…
Indians’ starter Danny Salazar struck out 10 Twins batters as Minnesota’s three-game win streak came to an end at Target Field.
Eduardo Nunez singled in the fifth inning Saturday, but that opportunity was foiled by a baserunning mistake.
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