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Their two biggest needs are in the bullpen and at shortstop.
The lefthander hasn’t allowed a run in his past 11 appearances.
Kyle Gibson kept getting into jams, and eventually New York pounced and knocked the Twins 7 1/2 games behind Kansas City in the American League Central.
Alex Rodriguez belted three home runs Saturday night at Target Field, the last coming on the first pitch of the ninth inning off Glen Perkins.
Byron Buxton, who sprained ligaments in his left thumb during a game on June 23, then went on the disabled list two days later, could miss another month as he prepares to return
Building and removing the huge stage in deep center field for last weekend’s pair of concerts required a 250-foot stretch of grass to be resodded.
Miguel Sano supplied the power and Phil Hughes the pitching in a rare, welcome blowout of New York.
As the second half of the season opens Friday in Oakland, this doesn’t feel like the team the Twins broke camp with in April. They hold a wild-card slot, four full games ahead of the closest non-playoff team.
The past two seasons, Twins closer Glen Perkins said he's "lost money on it" when discussing his bonus for making the All-Star team.
The Twins treated Detroit the way the Tigers have treated them most of the season, jumping to a big lead and coasting home.
A Twins teammate told J.R. Graham he couldn't come to the dugout to see the Twins' seven-run ninth inning on Friday.
The second baseman, after falling short in an online vote, was picked as a replacement for the Blue Jays' Jose Bautista.
For the second time in three games, Brian Dozier bolstered his case in the All-Star Final Vote by hitting a home run that put his team ahead for good.
The closer set a team record by converting his 28th consecutive save. However, two outings still bother him.
The Twins closer is named to his third All-Star Game; Brian Dozier is a Final Vote candidate.
Kansas City again made several highlight-reel plays to keep the Twins offense down.
Asked during a five-minute dugout interview if he did a “bad thing,” as he put it, Ervin Santana smiled and shot back, “What do you think?”
Telling Alex Meyer he was headed back to Class AAA Rochester wasn’t the only tough news Twins manager Paul Molitor delivered Friday. He also had a new destination for Trevor May: the bullpen.
As the Twins prepared to play game No. 80 on Friday, Ervin Santana checked into the team’s hotel across town. At the game’s final out, Santana’s steroids suspension had officially been served.
The Twins’ bats failed to back up Tomy Milone’s quality effort Friday in Kansas City.
The Twins agreed to a $4 million contract with 16-year-old Dominican shortstop Wander Javier, the team confirmed, outstripping the franchise record $3.1 million they paid Miguel Sano in 2010.
Miguel Sano hustled down the line, beat Mike Moustakas’ throw and ended up with a souvenir - the ball from his first MLB hit Thursday.
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.