Eight former Twins players were selected to participate in this year’s All-Star Game:
David Ortiz, DH, Boston
Twins career: 1997-2002. He hit .272 with 20 home runs and 75 RBI in ’02, not enough to keep the Twins from giving up on him that offseason.
How he left: Released after that season, he signed with Red Sox and turned into a star, finishing in the top five in AL MVP voting five times.
J.J. Hardy, SS, Baltimore
Twins career: 2010. Traded for Carlos Gomez, but injuries and a lack of speed made the Twins believe Tsuyoshi Nishioka would be a better option.
How he left: Traded to the Orioles after the 2010 season in a four-player deal that brought reliever Jim Hoey and minor leaguer Brett Jacobsen.
Torii Hunter, OF, Detroit
Twins career: 1997-2007. Team leader and Gold Glove-winning center fielder who batted .271 with 192 HR and 711 RBI in 11 seasons.
How he left: A free-agent deal of five years for $90 million with Angels after the 2007 season was too rich for the Twins’ liking.
Joe Nathan, RHP, Texas
Twins career: 2004-2011. One of three players to come from San Francisco for A.J. Pierzynski, he became one of the game’s premier closers, with 260 saves here.
How he left: One season after his return from Tommy John surgery, he signed as a free agent with the Rangers in 2011.
Grant Balfour, RHP, Oakland
Twins career: 2001, 2003-2004. Hard-throwing Australian had 74 strikeouts in 68 innings with the Twins, but he had Tommy John surgery in 2005.
How he left: Allowed to leave via free agency; signed by the Reds and did not pitch again in the majors until 2007 with the Brewers.
Jesse Crain, RHP, Chicago
|Atlanta - LP: A. Wood||0||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - WP: A. Bastardo||1|
|Cleveland - LP: D. Salazar||5||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: J. Verlander||7|
|Toronto - LP: R. Dickey||0||FINAL|
|Minnesota - WP: K. Gibson||7|
|Seattle - LP: J. Beimel||6||FINAL|
|Texas - WP: P. Figueroa||8|
|Los Angeles||2||Top 9th Inning|
|Colorado - F. Morales||5:40 PM|
|San Diego - I. Kennedy|
|St. Louis - A. Wainwright||6:05 PM|
|Washington - T. Jordan|
|Milwaukee - Y. Gallardo||6:05 PM|
|Pittsburgh - E. Volquez|
|NY Yankees - C. Sabathia||6:10 PM|
|Tampa Bay - D. Price|
|Toronto - D. McGowan||6:10 PM|
|Minnesota - M. Pelfrey|
|Boston - J. Lester||7:10 PM|
|Chicago WSox - C. Sale|
|Kansas City - J. Shields||7:10 PM|
|Houston - S. Feldman|
|Los Angeles||9:30 PM|