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The Twins dazzled on defense but mustered just three hits vs. the Rangers and lost the opening game of a weekend series at Target Field.
There are plenty of theories and opinions about what really happened on Thursday between the Twins and Boston, what should have happened, and what might happen in Fenway Park next month.
The hit batter was Rick Porcello's 10th of the season, tying him for the major league lead, and Twins manager Paul Molitor reacted tersely.
Take an offense with only two dynamic hitters, subtract both of them because of injury, and the result is exactly what you would expect
Decades ago, most major league starting pitchers routinely whirled their arms and pivoted their torsos and coiled their bodies in a theatrical ballet before unleashing the ball.
In 2016, for example, Brian Dozier turned his season around to an incredible extent. From June 18 on, he hit .293 with a record-setting 35 home runs
By becoming the first Twins player with a three-double game since Robbie Grossman in 2016, Eduardo Escobar reached 30 doubles for the season, easily the most in baseball.
Eddie Rosario collected two singles, a double and a home run on Saturday
The Twins will judge his rehab assignment — and decide when to bring him back to the majors — based on his hitting as much as his recovery from the toe injury.
Eddie Rosario and Brian Dozier hit home runs for a reawakened offense, and the Twins enjoyed their most heartening victory in a couple of weeks.
The Class A Fort Myers Miracle, idle due to the Florida State League All-Star Game, will resume their season Monday, presumably with Miguel Sano in the lineup.
Joe Mauer went 0-for-10 for Rochester in his three-game rehab assignment at Rochester, but manager Paul Molitor said he's unconcerned by that.
JaCoby Jones hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to break a tie and lift Detroit.
The Twins got only one more hit after scoring two runs in the first inning and reliever Addison Reed gave up five singles when the Tigers put together their winning rally.
The shortstop has taken part in daily workouts and frequent extended spring training games since his 80-game steroid suspension began, but that's about to change.
Matt Belisle pitched in 62 games for the Twins in 2017 with nine saves after closer Brandon Kintzler was traded to Washington in late July.
From small beginnings among a few guys to now an all-in tournament involving players and coaches, dominoes has captivated the Twins' entire clubhouse.
Jose Berrios pitched the second complete game of his career and benefited from three home runs in the first four innings as the Twins split their four-game series with a 7-2 victory.
Eddie Rosario is hitting .364 with 23 extra base hits since May 1. The Twins are 18-17.
Limited to just one hit through seven innings in the opening game of a doubleheader, the Twins' bats came alive in the eighth capped by Eduardo Escobar's three-run blast. Zack Littell's MLB debut was a dud but 'incredible' experience in Game 2.
He'll be better remembered Tuesday for his game-winning home run, but Eduardo Escobar considers himself a doubles specialist after heeding the advice of Torii Hunter.
The Twins closed from a 9-0 deficit after two innings to 9-8 before losing for the fifth time in six games. Rookie Fernando Romero was knocked out by the Royals during a seven-run second inning.
Twins manager Paul Molitor likes Eddie Rosario's aggressiveness — when it's in the right situation.
Alcides Escobar's home run off Taylor Rogers sent the Twins to their eighth walk-off loss in 50 games, a dubious distinction that has been done only twice before in major league baseball.
The Twins manager is a proponent of doing whatever helps his team wins, but part of him wonders if what's good for his team is good for his sport.
Miguel Sano, Brian Dozier and Eddie Rosario -- all of whom had been struggling on offense -- played key roles as the Twins beat Kansas City 8-5
Minnesota lost its fourth in a row despite Berrios' strong 7⅓ innings.
The Twins peeled more than $7 million off their $22 million obligation to pitcher Phil Hughes by trading him to San Diego on Sunday, but the discount came at a not-insignificant price.
Young Twins starter Fernando Romero held his own again but Seattle's James Paxton was on as well, picking up 11 strikeouts in a 2-1 victory.
Ervin Santana threw 45 pitches over two innings at Class AA Chattanooga on Wednesday, never eclipsing 90 miles per hour, and showed signs that more healing on his middle finger is necessary.
The lingering uncertainty over Phil Hughes' role on the Twins is finally over. There isn't one. Cutting ties with Hughes will cost the Twins more than $20 million.
Eddie Rosario's bravado on the bases and in the field combined with Jose Berrios' middle-inning dominance helped the Twins win back-to-back home games for the first time in six weeks.
The Twins watched as Tampa Bay experimented with starting a reliever on consecutive days over the weekend.
Fernando Rodney assured the Twins during his rough April, when he blew three save opportunities in a row, that his results would be different eventually.
Jason Castro's injury creates playing time for Mitch Garver and Bobby Wilson, but the need for depth looms.
Jason Castro's meniscus in his right knee was more damaged than surgeons expected, and the repair was more extensive than planned.
Jose Berrios' overpowering fastball and Byron Buxton's uncontainable speed played critical roles Tuesday as the Twins beat the Cardinals for the fifth straight meeting, 4-1 at Target Field
A positive attitude is critical to a shift's potential success in the field, something that wasn't always there for Twins players or manager Paul Molitor.
The catcher will undergo surgery Tuesday in Vail, Colo., to have a small, torn part of the meniscus in his right knee removed.
Seattle scored the game's lone run on Logan Morrison's throwing error in the eighth inning as the Twins were held to a double and three singles.
Baseball Insider: The Twins haven't seen their preliminary 2019 schedule yet, but they know what it will almost certainly say: Minnesota will play its first-ever outdoor home games in March.
Beginning this season in the minor leagues, each inning beyond nine begins with a runner standing on second base. It's a change that some feel hurts the integrity of the game.
Jake Odorizzi and three relievers held St. Louis, which is tied for first in the NL Central, to two hits while the offense took care of business against the Cardinals' ace pitcher.
The problem for several Twins players is that the team's "designated primary shoe color" is black, not the navy blue that adorns the uniforms and caps.
Center fielder Byron Buxton is willing to go on another rehab assignment, but it's clear he would prefer to simply be activated when his broken toe heals.
Hitting 97 miles per hour with his fastball, rookie Fernando Romero struck out nine batters, kept calm when runners reached base and joked about his first time batting in the 'big-boy league.'
Morrison, who last played the outfield in 2015, went to manager Paul Molitor and said he could fill in to give the Twins more depth.
Joe Mauer baited the indecisive White Sox, then bolted home from third base with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, leading to the Twins' third consecutive victory.
James Shields, making his 25th career start against the Twins, retired the first 16 hitters he faced and didn't give up a hit until Eduardo Escobar waited on a slow curveball with one out in the seventh inning and served it into right field.
Eight runs lighten load for Lance Lynn's six innings.
CHICAGO – Jason Castro's right knee has been sore for a couple of weeks, and it flared up again on Friday. So Saturday, the…
Eduardo Escobar, the utility infielder, is now the Twins' unlikely home run leader after belting a pair Friday night in a 6-4 road victory over the White Sox.
Daniel Palka, the power-hitting outfielder, worked daily with Rudy Hernandez, the Twins' assistant hitting coach, while playing in Venezuela last fall.
This time, the Twins blew a 5-1 lead to the White Sox before Trayce Thompson, the son of former Gophers basketball star Mychal Thompson (and a .140 hitter this season) blasted them to defeat.
Normally a strong starter, Lance Lynn finished April with an 0-3 record and 8.37 ERA as the Twins, who also hurt themselves with sloppy defense, lost for the 10th time in 11 games.
Romero, 23, didn't give up so much as a hit in four spring training appearances, striking out eight in eight innings.
Jose Berrios lasted only three innings and the Twins showed little in the field and with their bats in an 8-2 loss to Cincinnati, which has the worst record in the majors.
Tyler Duffey was optioned back to Class AAA Rochester after pitching the final three innings of Sunday's loss.
Matt Magill knew "a lot" of the Reds he faced Sunday, which helped him get over his surroundings.
Byron Buxton was sidelined another day Friday because of a sore toe, an injury suffered on Sunday when he fouled a ball off his foot while playing for Class A Fort Myers during a minor league rehabilitation assignment.
The 30-year-old righthander pitched two scoreless innings for the Yankees against his new team on Monday.
The Twins had hoped to keep Tyler Kinley on the roster all season. He lasted only four weeks and had a sky-high ERA to show for it.
The Twins had their chances on a dreary night in the Bronx by loading the bases twice, but could not put together a big inning in a 7-4 loss.
Byron Buxton still was being bothered by a sore left big toe a day after a hole was drilled in the nail, further clouding his return to the Twins.
Tyler Kinley, who under MLB's Rule 5 has to remain on the major league roster all season or be offered back to the Marlins, has thrown 102 pitches this season, 50 of them 95 miles per hour or faster.
With the Twins trailing the Yankees by 11 runs in the eighth inning, Paul Molitor signaled for Ryan LaMarre to take the mound.
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.
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