Twins manager Rocco Baldelli

Baldelli greets Twins' full roster with 1 goal, 2 magic words: World Series

Rocco Baldelli said he didn't want to leave any doubt about how far he thinks the Twins, only four years removed from a 103-loss season, can go.

Twins' starter Berrios alters workout routine

February 17
Twins pitcher Jose Berrios threw in the bullpen during the first team workout for pitchers and catchers.
Jose Berrios incorporated more exercises that are designed to help build his stamina and allow him to be effective late in the season.

Reusse: Tony Fernandez' influence ongoing in 'Cradle of Shortstops'

February 17
In this Sept. 18, 1987, file photo, the Yankees' Rickey Henderson, steals second base below Toronto shortstop Tony Fernández
The Twins' Jorge Polanco, the American League's incumbent All-Star shortstop, has called Tony Fernandez his "idol.'' That gives you a snapshot of the lasting power of the Fernandez' legend.
February 17

Twins continue workouts as position players start joining in

The team's first full-squad workouts are this week, but training camp activity has picked up with more position players arriving in Fort Myers.
February 17
Minnesota Twins pitcher Michael Pineda waved to fans during Sunday's workout.

Pineda broke rule, but strengthened ties that kept him with Twins

After being suspended for violating baseball's drug rules, something happened that convinced pitcher Michael Pineda about how much he wanted to remain with the Twins
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February 17
Josh Donaldson, at 34, said he thinks he has plenty of good offensive years left.

Healthy Donaldson confident his best years aren't in the past

The Twins, who agreed last month to pay 34-year-old Josh Donaldson $92 million for the next four years, are banking he has more elite seasons in his future.
February 16

Shrunken replay window already has Twins stirring

Starting next month, managers will have 20 seconds — not 30 , as the rule has allowed since the video-replay challenge system was introduced in 2014 — to inform umpires they are challenging a call.
February 15
Homer Bailey, who signed a $7 million deal with the Twins, is a lifelong horseman who kept horses outside Cincinnati, where he pitched for 12 season

Not his first rodeo: Bailey looks to help out Twins pitching staff

New Twins pitcher Homer Bailey, he of two career no-hitters and owner of lots of horses and land in his native Texas, is riding a resurgence after injuries.


  • AL Central w l pct gb home away last 10
    Minnesota 101 61 .623 0 46-35 55-26 8-2
    Cleveland 93 69 .574 8 49-32 44-37 4-6
    Chicago White Sox 72 89 .447 28.5 39-41 33-48 7-3
    Kansas City 59 103 .364 42 31-50 28-53 3-7
    Detroit 47 114 .292 53.5 22-59 25-55 2-8
  • AL East w l pct gb home away last 10
    NY Yankees 103 59 .636 0 57-24 46-35 4-6
    Tampa Bay 96 66 .593 7 48-33 48-33 7-3
    Boston 84 78 .519 19 38-43 46-35 4-6
    Toronto 67 95 .414 36 35-46 32-49 6-4
    Baltimore 54 108 .333 49 25-56 29-52 5-5
  • AL West w l pct gb home away last 10
    Houston 107 55 .660 0 60-21 47-34 8-2
    Oakland 97 65 .599 10 52-29 45-36 6-4
    Texas 78 84 .481 29 45-36 33-48 4-6
    LA Angels 72 90 .444 35 38-43 34-47 3-7
    Seattle 68 94 .420 39 35-46 33-48 4-6
  • NL Central w l pct gb home away last 10
    St. Louis 91 71 .562 0 50-31 41-40 6-4
    Milwaukee 89 73 .549 2 49-32 40-41 7-3
    Chicago Cubs 84 78 .519 7 51-30 33-48 2-8
    Cincinnati 75 87 .463 16 41-40 34-47 4-6
    Pittsburgh 69 93 .426 22 35-46 34-47 4-6
  • NL East w l pct gb home away last 10
    Atlanta 97 65 .599 0 50-31 47-34 4-6
    Washington 93 69 .574 4 50-31 43-38 9-1
    NY Mets 86 76 .531 11 48-33 38-43 7-3
    Philadelphia 81 81 .500 16 45-36 36-45 3-7
    Miami 57 105 .352 40 30-51 27-54 4-6
  • NL West w l pct gb home away last 10
    LA Dodgers 106 56 .654 0 59-22 47-34 8-2
    Arizona 85 77 .525 21 44-37 41-40 8-2
    San Francisco 77 85 .475 29 35-46 42-39 3-7
    Colorado 71 91 .438 35 43-38 28-53 5-5
    San Diego 70 92 .432 36 36-45 34-47 1-9
  • Batting Average
    N. Cruz MIN .311
    J. Polanco MIN .295
    E. Rosario MIN .276
    M. Kepler MIN .252
  • Home Runs
    N. Cruz MIN 41
    M. Kepler MIN 36
    M. Sano MIN 34
    E. Rosario MIN 32
    M. Garver MIN 31
  • Runs Batted In
    E. Rosario MIN 109
    N. Cruz MIN 108
    M. Kepler MIN 90
    J. Polanco MIN 79
    M. Sano MIN 79
  • Earned Run Average
    J. Berrios MIN 3.68
    M. Perez MIN 5.12
  • Strikeouts
    J. Berrios MIN 195
    J. Odorizzi MIN 178
    K. Gibson MIN 160
    M. Pineda MIN 140
    M. Perez MIN 135
  • Batting Average
    T. Anderson CWS .335
    D. LeMahieu NYY .327
    Y. Moncada CWS .315
    M. Brantley HOU .311
    R. Devers BOS .311
  • Home Runs
    J. Soler KC 48
    M. Trout LAA 45
    N. Cruz MIN 41
    A. Bregman HOU 41
    G. Springer HOU 39
  • Runs Batted In
    J. Abreu CWS 123
    X. Bogaerts BOS 117
    J. Soler KC 117
    R. Devers BOS 115
    A. Bregman HOU 112
  • Earned Run Average
    G. Cole HOU 2.50
    J. Verlander HOU 2.58
    C. Morton TB 3.05
    S. Bieber CLE 3.28
    L. Giolito CWS 3.41
  • Wins
    J. Verlander HOU 21
    G. Cole HOU 20
    E. Rodriguez BOS 19
    D. German NYY 18
    (3) Players 16
  • Saves
    R. Osuna HOU 38
    A. Chapman NYY 37
    B. Hand CLE 34
    I. Kennedy KC 30
    (2) Players 30
  • Batting Average
    C. Yelich MIL .329
    K. Marte ARI .329
    A. Rendon WAS .319
    J. McNeil NYM .318
    N. Arenado COL .315
  • Home Runs
    P. Alonso NYM 53
    E. Suarez CIN 49
    C. Bellinger LAD 47
    C. Yelich MIL 44
    (2) Players 41
  • Runs Batted In
    A. Rendon WAS 126
    F. Freeman ATL 121
    P. Alonso NYM 120
    E. Escobar ARI 118
    N. Arenado COL 118
  • Earned Run Average
    H. Ryu LAD 2.32
    J. deGrom NYM 2.43
    M. Soroka ATL 2.68
    J. Flaherty STL 2.75
    S. Gray CIN 2.87
  • Wins
    S. Strasburg WAS 18
    M. Fried ATL 17
    C. Kershaw LAD 16
    D. Hudson STL 16
    L. Castillo CIN 15
  • Saves
    K. Yates SD 41
    J. Hader MIL 37
    W. Smith SF 34
    R. Iglesias CIN 34
    K. Jansen LAD 33
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    Texas @ Kansas City
  • Saturday, February 22
    Baltimore @ Atlanta Tampa Bay @ Boston Philadelphia @ Detroit
    Toronto @ NY Yankees Minnesota @ Pittsburgh NY Mets @ St. Louis
    Miami @ NY Mets Oakland @ Chicago Cubs LA Angels @ Chicago White Sox
    Cincinnati @ Cleveland LA Dodgers @ San Francisco Milwaukee @ Texas
    Arizona @ Colorado Kansas City @ LA Angels Seattle @ San Diego
    Washington @ Houston
  • Sunday, February 23
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    Toronto @ Minnesota Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia Detroit @ Pittsburgh
    NY Yankees @ Tampa Bay Houston @ Washington St. Louis @ NY Mets
    Chicago White Sox @ Cincinnati Cleveland @ Kansas City Chicago Cubs @ LA Dodgers
    San Diego @ Milwaukee San Francisco @ Oakland Oakland @ Arizona
    Colorado @ LA Angels Texas @ Seattle
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February 15
Byron Buxton

Reusse: Buxton has belief, now needs health

Twins center fielder Byron Buxton, injured at the end of last season, says he "found myself" once before, and has belief again.
February 15
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker, left, listens as team owner Jim Crane talks during a news conference before the start of spring training

Astros cheating scandal won't go away any time soon

The fallout from MLB's sign-stealing scandal doesn't figure to be going away any time soon based on strong reactions from players as spring training opened. Why is this such a big deal?
February 15

'There's no rush in this process' in Twins bringing back Buxton in full

There is no guarantee that Byron Buxton will start the season on time, but the Twins remain hopeful.
The Kernels snapped a six-game losing streak defeating the Clinton LumberKings at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Tuesday night May
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February 15

Twins have stable of starting pitchers at camp

A look at the Twins' pitchers who will be in the mix for a starting rotation spot coming out of spring training.
February 15

Photos: Pitchers, catchers (and others) report to spring training

Twins pitchers and catchers have reported to Fort Myers, FL for the start of spring training
February 14
Twins pitcher Tyler Clippard

Tenth time a charm? Clippard's latest stop brings him to Twins

Tyler Clippard has been traded six times and become a free agent four, each time switching teams. And next month, he will become the 44th player in baseball history to play for 10 major league teams.
February 14
Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda talks to catcher Austin Barnes during the seventh inning of Game 6 of the World Series against the Houston Astros

Maeda not playing the what-if game for 2017 World Series

Mostly, former Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda said, he's moved on from the 2017 World Series vs. Houston. "It is a little frustrating," he said. "But then again, it is in the past."
February 14

A decade of relief for Tyler Clippard

A look at Tyler Clippard's numbers.
February 14
Minnesota Twins pitcher Homer Bailey spoke to a coach after throwing in the bullpen.

Twins podcast: The Twins suddenly have a lot of starting pitching options

Phil Miller and Michael Rand discuss the Twins' sneakily active offseason on the starting pitching front and where it might leave them once all their arms are available.
February 14
Reusse: Memories of 'Nishioka Era' more maudlin than misty-eyed

Reusse: Memories of 'Nishioka Era' more maudlin than misty-eyed

Tsuyoshi Nishioka came to Twins as a mystery in 2011 and left before his contract expired. Kenta Maeda arrives with a big-league track record and as much-needed starter.
February 14
New Twins pitcher Kenta Maeda had his first workout at spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., on Thursday.

Number of aces: Maeda follows Japanese tradition by getting No. 18

The Twins are following a baseball tradition (and a clause in their new pitcher's contract) with Mitch Garver giving up his No. 18 to newly acquired Kenta Maeda.
February 14
Justin Morneau will be the analyst for 80 Twins games on television this season as he takes on a larger public relations role with the team.

Hartman: Morneau to work 80 Twins games on TV as profile keeps rising

Justin Morneau has taken off in broadcasting and public relations roles for the Twins. This year he will work 80 games on TV as Bert Blyleven's role continues to be reduced.
February 14
Twins catchers warmed up Thursday morning at spring training in Fort Myers, Fla.

Baldelli on Astros: 'Everyone just wants a good fair playing field'

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli was asked if he's ever contacted Major League Baseball with concerns that opponents weren't playing by the rules.
February 13
Houston Astros owner Jim Crane, right, and manager Dusty Baker listen to a question during a news conference on Thursday.

Scorn, skepticism rain on Astros after sign-stealing news conference

Baseball didn't react well to the Houston Astros press conference Thursday morning. One oppoosing manager said he thought it was "a little short on remorse."
February 13
Kenta Maeda arrives at Twins spring training

Kenta Maeda arrives at Twins spring training

Kenta Maeda had to wait almost a week from the deal being made public until it was official.