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Park is likely to be added to the Twins' 40-man roster Thursday, the winner of a competition with Kennys Vargas to capture the designated hitter role he lost last season.
Pitcher Hector Santiago transforms basement into wall-to-wall sports shrine.
Manager Paul Molitor said roster moves are coming that will provide "a fair amount of clarity" about the remaining roster competitions. The designated hitter situation doesn't appear to be among them.
For the second spring in a row, Duffey is part of a two- or three-way competition for the final spot in the Twins rotation, and for the second spring in a row, it's come down to the final week of camp.
Ervin Santana, who left Twins camp two weeks ago to join the Dominican Republic team in the World Baseball Classic, struck out six Orioles in a four-inning stint.
Phil Hughes surrendered a home run to George Springer on his first pitch of the day against the Astros and lasted only two innings. His spring ERA jumped to 6.75.
Buddy Boshers' young daughter keeps the Twins' bullpen contest in perspective. "She keeps me pretty busy, from the time I walk through the door."
Brian Dozier slugged his first home run of spring training and Phil Hughes pitched five strong innings as the twins defeated Tampa Bay 4-2.
Adalberto Mejia shut down the Cardinals to continue a strong spring.
But the first baseman did manage to record his first RBI of the spring.
The Twins' top minor leaguer of 2016 has speed to burn, but that's not all.
Ryan Vogelsong, 39, likes where he's at right now.
It can't be easy being Dee Gordon's younger brother. You're trying to live up to your first-round-pick identity and get to the big leagues, and all anybody wants to do is make comparisons.
ByungHo Park, John Ryan Murphy and Dan Rohlfing hit home runs and Tyler Duffey gave up one run in three innings during his first start of spring training.
To restore his potency at the plate, Miguel Sano tinkered with his mechanics this offseason, namely working with former major leaguer Fernando Tatis
Each will throw an inning vs. Twins in an exhibition.
Chris Gimenez was thrilled to fight off a couple of sliders Monday and then line a single up the middle, which drove in the game-winning run in the 10th inning.
Twins manager Paul Molitor is impressed with the new coach's willingness to consider unconventional approaches — including new ways of examining statistics — in different situations.
Hector Santiago retired eight of the 11 batters he faced in 2⅔ scoreless innings, five of them via strikeouts, before departing to play for Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic as the Twins rallied for a 4-2 victory over the Nationals at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
Ryan Pressly has gradually gained experience with the Twins, figured out how to attack hitters, and put himself on the precipice of becoming a bullpen virtuoso — and perhaps a star.
The question of where to slot the three-time batting champion is becoming a ticklish matter as Joe Mauer reaches the later stages of his career.
ByungHo, as he wants to be called, homered for the second time.
For Buxton, that means improving his running game, and particularly against lefthanders. He has the speed to successfully steal against lefties, but he admits, not always the guts.
When the Twins' young righthander returned home for the winter in Sulphur, La., his family surprised him with a keepsake that he wanted no part of keeping.
"We can't believe we're not dead," Mike Quade said after his SUV was rammed from behind by a car going close to 50 miles per hour.
Competition in Fort Myers for spots in the Twins rotation and bullpen, along with DH and bench roles, could be fierce. The team opens Grapefruit League play Friday vs. the Rays.
Ehire Adrianza is in Twins camp to kick off spring training - his third organization in a month after being released by San Francisco and Milwaukee.
The 29-year-old former first-round draft choice decided he had to do something drastic after muddling through a discouraging season that included six weeks on the disabled list and a fat ERA.
Roughly a dozen arms will audition for a starting staff in flux. "It doesn't matter if you have a spot, you still have to prove it," Ervin Santana said
Since reaching the majors in 2009, Chris Gimenez has been waived, designated for assignment or nontendered seven times, including once the day after he signed a contract.
Craig Breslow altered his pitching motion, charted results and created a market for an aging lefty.
Under watchful eye of new front office, Molitor returns as Twins manager.
The Twins' new era begins Tuesday, when Derek Falvey and Thad Levine oversee their pitching staff's first workout in Fort Myers, Fla. You will have to look closely, though, to notice any subtle changes.
Belisle, a 36-year-old righthander who has pitched for the Reds, Rockies, Cardinals and Nationals, has agreed to a one-year contract worth $2.05 million.
The bankroll is the biggest of any team (though teams can add additional spending space through trades), and the most money the Twins have been allowed to spend in one year since baseball adopted the draft-slotting system in 2012.
For the third time in four years, Escobar will report to camp in Fort Myers, Fla., with the creeping feeling that he is considered Option B at shortstop.
New Castro has been studying video of each of the Twins pitchers since signing a three-year contract in November, and he spent TwinsFest getting to know them personally.
Healthy again after an injury-filled 2016, Trevor May has been promised a shot at a starting role, just as he was last year. This time, though, he believes the opportunity is legitimate.
Tom Kelly managed the Twins from 1986 to 2001, winning a pair of World Series titles.
Thirty years ago, Andy MacPhail built Minnesota's first World Series champion. Twenty years ago, Michael Cuddyer joined the Twins organization as a first-round draft pick.
Brandon Eggum, a J Robinson assistant after his wrestling days ended in 2000 and his top aide for five seasons, was hastily handed the reins when Robinson was fired last fall.
The center fielder hopes his September success means his days of big-league misery are behind him.
Kyle Gibson quadrupled his salary on Friday, the biggest raise among four Twins arbitration-eligible pitchers who settled on 2017 contracts with the team on Friday.
Dozens of veteran free agents remain unsigned, one month before spring training camps open, and only one big-name player has been traded since last season ended.
General Manager Thad Levine said the team never will put an artificial time limit on any transaction that could improve the team.
As former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire prepares for a new job this spring, his son (and former Twins farmhand) Toby Gardenhire is doing the same.
Jeff Pickler, a former SEC Player of the Year and professional scout who has spent the past two seasons in the Dodgers' front office, has been hired for Twins manager Paul Molitor's coaching staff for 2017
Former Twins superstar Rod Carew had a 13-hour operation Friday in Los Angeles to receive a heart and kidney transplant. Carew, 71, had been living with a left ventricular assist device since September 2015.
There have been several incidents involving player protests, including ones at Missouri and Oklahoma last year.
"If you have veterans for the eighth inning, ninth inning, they can shoulder the load and take the stress off the kids," GM Thad Levine said.
Trevor Plouffe, who has spent most of the past five seasons as the Twins' third baseman, has been waived and will become a free agent.
Derek Falvey and Thad Levine talked to fans about Joe Mauer, Byron Buxton and Neil Allen on Thursday night.
In the Twins' annual question-and-answer session for ticket holders Derek Falvey and Thad Levine hinted they are willing to trade even the most popular current players.
Twins new chief baseball officer Derek Falvey was blunt last week about how much money he and GM Thad Levine will have at their disposal: He doesn't care.
Derek Falvey and Thad Levine found time to circulate with peers from other teams and agents but, "our primary objective was more internally focused," Levine said.
Glen Perkins' lengthy recovery from extensive shoulder surgery means that the former Twins closer will have to win back a job in the bullpen in 2017.
The Twins also announced they will retain pitching coach Neil Allen, third base coach Gene Glynn, bullpen coach Eddie Guardado, assistant hitting coach Rudy Hernandez and bench coach Joe Vavra.
The manager is effusive in his praise of his much younger newsuperiors, and vice versa.
The manager is effusive in his praise of his much younger newsuperiors, and vice versa.
It's a moment that has been replayed countless times, including regularly on the scoreboard at Target Field. Gene Larkin remembers the nerves and the anxiety of extra innings in Game 7, even 25 years later.
He was named MVP as the team's end of season awards were announced.
The Twins' front office is in an odd limbo for now, preparing for important decisions about the team's future without the team's new top baseball executive having any input.
MLB's Statcast system timed Byron Buxton at 14.05 seconds around the bases, the fastest time ever recorded in the system's two seasons
Brian Dozier, stuck on 99 RBI, left the game with a sore leg muscle and is unlikely to play Sunday.
The 2016 Twins are the least successful team that Minnesota has ever witnessed in 56 seasons of Major League Baseball. A meek defeat in Chicago sealed that mark.
As it turned out, the Twins' Sept. 23 loss to Seattle in Target Field was probably Kurt Suzuki's farewell to Minnesota.
Vargas said he understands the crowd at first base for the Twins, but he is optimistic he will be given a shot next year.
Not since the 1942 Philadelphia Phillies went 109 innings without a multiple-run inning had any major league team suffered through such a lengthy offensive drought.
While Brian Dozier continues his pursuit of Rogers Hornsby's home-run record for second basemen, he's pulled alongside a few other legendary names with his remarkable season in stolen base success as well.
The Twins haven't scored more than one run in an inning in two weeks and moved within one loss of tying their single-season record for losses.
Falvey, who is expected to be formally named to his new post sometime in the next week, will try to bring that level of success to Minnesota, where the Twins are headed toward a new franchise record for futility.
Joe Mauer's past few months have been ruined by the strained quads he suffered in Atlanta on Aug. 16, while scoring from first base on a double.
The Twins avoided their 100th loss of the season with a 3-2 win over the Mariners. Tyler Duffey pitched seven strong innings.
J.T. Chargois, a second-round pick in 2012, hit 99 miles per hour three times during Thursday night's loss to Detroit
Kennys Vargas intends to discover whether his readjusted swing carries him as far as some of the tape-measure blasts he's hit this month.
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