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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.
Shelton, 47, is a former catcher in the Yankees minor league organization, but he's been in the major leagues as a coach for 13 seasons
Rick Stelmaszek oversaw the bullpen, organized spring training, tutored the catchers and kept Twins players entertained with sense of humor.
Miguel Sano, sidelined for the season's final six weeks by a stress reaction in his left shin, might require surgery to insert a permanent rod to help support the bone.
Twins centerfielder Byron Buxton made a spectacular catch in the second inning, but left the game in the fourth. Zack Granite replaced him, and made a crucial baserunning error.
The Twins are in the wild-card playoff for the first time. But it was the excitement that surrounded their "Game 163s" in 2008 and 2009 that led to baseball creating the one-game showdown.
All indications, including the Twins' own history, suggest that the 2017 postseason, no matter if it lasts one night or a month, is only the prelude to something that figures to last much longer.
Miguel Sano spent Monday afternoon in the visitors' clubhouse, undergoing treatment for his sore left shin and hitting a few pitches in the indoor cages.
Twins manager Paul Molitor, 61, enters Tuesday's wild card game in New York with zero games of postseason managing experience. He does not have a contract for next season.
In the regular-season finale, 44-year-old Bartolo Colon allowed only three hits and just one run over 6 1/3 innings, a performance that helped deliver the Twins' 85th victory of the season.
The Twins lost 3-2 on Saturday to a Tigers team that used Andrew Romine at all nine positions on the field, including at pitcher for one at-bat by Miguel Sano.
Three-time All-Star Glen Perkins was tearful Saturday night after perhaps his final big-league game.
In the Twins' 6-3 victory over Detroit on Friday, Miguel Sano played for the first time since Aug. 19, and Jose Berrios earned the victory after coming out of the bullpen for the first time in his career.
Dave Pruemer, 46, was hired by the Twins in 1995, shortly after graduating from Southern Illinois, and he worked at nearly every level of the system, starting at rookie-level Elizabethton
A line drive off Todd Frazier's bat in the fifth inning Wednesday struck a young girl in the face, visibly affecting Frazier and several other players who witnessed it.
The Twins lost for the fifth time in six games Wednesday and fell to 1-8 in the Bronx over the last three years, continuing their long and durable domination by the Yankees.
Jose Berrios' command was absent, or at least shaky. The rest of the Twins contributed mistakes or fell short during the 5-2 loss at Yankee Stadium.
Manager Paul Molitor is concerned about Sano trying to regain his timing in the midst of a postseason chase.
Since Eduardo Escobar took over at Sano's position full-time while he recuperates, the backup has homered eight times, or one every 13.6 at-bats.
Jaime Garcia took advantage of the Twins being overaggressive at bat, striking out seven of the first 10 batters, while Ervin Santana pitched well in a ballpark that hasn't been kind to him in the past.
The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects. All the players are 14 or younger.
A series of well-placed hits by the Blue Jays did in the Twins.
Byron Buxton has stolen 25 bases in 26 attempts this season, and the past 21 in a row.
Bartolo Colon's shutout - on 'Big Sexy Night' in his honor - vanished in the fifth inning, and Minnesota's bats went quiet.
He says he's only vaguely aware of his success, and not at all concerned about having the title of "closer."
Bartolo Colon's shortest non-injury-related start in more than six years set the tone for a deflating loss to the Royals that ended a 3-4 road trip.
With 21 days remaining in the season, the Twins still have 19 games to play, and they remain ahead of the pack chasing the final AL wild-card spot.
Byron Buxton's hand might still be sore almost 10 days after he injured it while swinging a bat but as far as he is concerned, nothing has changed about his job.
After allowing only two runs over nine critical innings during the winning streak, the Twins' bullpen corps stumbled on Saturday in a 5-2 loss.
One night after a three-run ninth-inning rally stung and stunned the former champs, Minnesota scored in each of the first five innings on Friday but let the Royals back in it.
The Twins hired buses to take the entire Class A Miracle team, eliminated Wednesday from the now-canceled Florida State League playoffs, to Atlanta to catch flights home.
After a controversial checked-swing ruling on a potential strike three, the Royals' Lorenzo Cain converted his extra chance into two runs.
The 6-10 righthander gave up two hits over 6⅓ innings vs. Cleveland in his major league debut last month.
Max Kepler took an 88 mph slider off the shin in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Twins rallied to win - good for a sweep the three-game series.
An MRI determined Byron Buxton's hamate bone in his left hand is intact, and the pain he experienced a day earlier was the result of a bruise
One reason the twins are contending for a postseason berth: Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton and Max Kepler are playing the way the Twins imagined they would long ago.
Asked about changes to his game on the basepaths, the second baseman says: "You go through things during a season that allow you to do things, and sometimes not to do things."
Toronto took a six-run lead in the sixth inning, then had to hold off a late-inning Twins rally that included a grand slam from Max Kepler. The Blue Jays later benefited from a pop-up double.
Glen Perkins' third outing Saturday since returning from shoulder surgery lasted only three batters, a sign that he's learning what he can do with the tools at his disposal.
Bartolo Colon pitched an efficient outing, and Byron Buxton showed off with speed at the plate and in the outfield during the 6-1 victory.
Miguel Sano, sidelined with an injured shin, is eligible to return Wednesday but still cannot run, and he hasn't been able to hit or do fielding drills, either.
A sloppy fourth inning, which started with a walk and included two errors, led to three White Sox runs and a Wild Card race that tightened even more.
Catcher Jason Castro took foul balls off his face mask in three consecutive innings during Wednesday's game in Chicago and was replaced by Chris Gimenez.
Since 2015, John Curtiss has added a slider to his mix, a couple mph to his velocity, and the confidence to close to his mind-set. He was called up by the Twins earlier this week.
With the offense again humming, Kyle Gibson on Tuesday escaped trouble twice on the mound against the White Sox and made it past the sixth inning for the first time in a month.
Dillon Gee had been pitching out of the Twins bullpen, but retired 18 of 20 hitters he faced in beating the White Sox on Monday. That earned him Saturday's starting spot in Toronto.
The Twins are hopeful to get Miguel Sano back from his disabled list stint early next week.
Dillon Gee allowed only two baserunners in six innings while the Twins offense jumped to an early Game 2 lead after its rally in the opener fell one run short.
Byron Buxton's blazing inside-the-park home run was one of his three hits and six Twins home runs Friday night against the Diamondbacks.
Mitch Garver's wife was set to fly from the Twin Cities to Rochester, N.Y., this weekend. Instead, she's still here and watching her husband in the big leagues.
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