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Megan Ryan

Reporter | Minnesota Twins

Megan Ryan is a Minnesota Twins beat reporter.

Ryan covered the Minnesota United FC during its first two years of existence before switching to college sports in 2019. She previously spent two years at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette covering Penn State football, Robert Morris basketball and high school sports. A Minnesota native and Minneapolis resident, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a major in journalism and minors in management and global studies. She has lived in Pennsylvania, Texas (covering the real Friday Night Lights for the Dallas Morning News) and New York (as a sports copy editor for a summer through the Dow Jones News Fund).
Recent content from Megan Ryan
For now (clockwise from left), Carlos Correa, Royce Lewis and Brooks Lee are all shortstops. But there could come a time when all three are playing to

1 infield, 3 shortstops? Prospects Lee, Lewis imagine sharing field with Correa

Carlos Correa, Royce Lewis and Brooks Lee share the same position — for now — but could all start in the infield together in coming years. Who would go where?
Jose Miranda posed in the Twins’ new home white uniforms when they were revealed at the Mall of America in November.

Miranda works on launching a season with more staying power

Twins infielder Jose Miranda — he'll likely be at third base this season — tailed off after a strong start in 2022, so he worked out, improved his diet and is 12 pounds lighter.
Target Field

Twins anticipate better ticket sales, making improvements to Target Field

The team hopes to sell 2 million tickets after having the fewest number of fans since Target Field opened.
Joe Mauer made an appearance at Target Field last season during Jim Kaat’s number retirement ceremony.

Joe Mauer voted into Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame

A three-time batting champion as a catcher, Mauer retired following the 2018 season. The induction ceremony will be Aug. 5 at Target Field.
The Gophers’ Bryce Brodzinski, left, and Michigan’s Gavin Brindley battled for the puck during the first period Saturday night.

Gophers again force overtime, but Michigan wins for series split

Another packed house saw another thrilling game that went beyond 60 minutes — but only by 49 seconds.
Gophers forward Matthew Knies celebrated his goal with 8.8 seconds left in overtime to beat Michigan on Friday night at 3M Arena at Mariucci.

Matthew Knies scores late in overtime as Gophers edge Michigan 4-3

The home team had to rally after falling behind the Wolverines, getting the tying goal from Jackson LaCombe in the third period.
Carlos Correa  and his wife, Daniella, with 1-year-old son Kylo at Target Field on Wednesday. They are expecting again.

After chaos, Correa's unprecedented free-agent journey ends

Carlos Correa witnessed at least three versions of his future flash before his eyes. But his tumultuous free agency, which ended with returning to the Minnesota Twins, didn't leave Correa rattled.
Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa and his son, Kylo, 1, wave to the cameras after a press conference on Wednesday.

'My heart was here.' Correa describes twisting road that led back to Twins

Carlos Correa's agent said team physician Chris Camp was a key figure in erasing any doubts the Twins had after working with the star shortstop last season.
Luis Arraez is a valuable utility player for the Twins and won the American League batting title in 2022.

Moving things around: How Correa's return gives roster a major boost

The Twins won't start spring training for another month, but their roster is suddenly looking complete. The outlook changed that quickly when Carlos Correa agreed to return to Minnesota.
Gophers players celebrate Logan Cooley’s overtime goal on Sunday.

Cooley scores late in OT, Gophers men's hockey splits with St. Cloud State

A fatigued Cooley, one of four players who rejoined the Gophers after playing in the world junior championships, scored with 18 seconds left in the extra session Sunday at 3M Arena at Mariucci.
Gophers forward Bryce Brodzinski (22) has nine goals and eight assists so far this season. Minnesota plays St. Cloud State in a home-and-home series t

U men's hockey ready for top-four clash against old rival St. Cloud State

Gophers coach Bob Motzko has pledged to keep the in-state rivalries fresh, especially around his old stamping grounds at St. Cloud State.
Gophers forward Mason Nevers, above against North Dakota, has seven goals and nine assists through 20 games this season. Minnesota plays St. Cloud Sta

Gophers men's hockey opens second half against No. 4 St. Cloud State

The Huskies are 14-4 and have been propelled, in part, by the goaltending duo of Jaxon Castor and Dominic Basse.
Armani Smith

Twins add four in minor league phase of baseball's Rule 5 draft

The Twins passed on taking anyone in the major league phase, and also didn't lose anyone in that draft.
The Twins still hope they can re-sign free-agent shortstop Carlos Correa, but he’ll have plenty of other suitors.

'All avenues open' as Twins hope to re-sign Correa

Manager Rocco Baldelli is optimistic about the pursuit of free-agent shortstop Carlos Correa, but says team has to "let things play out."
Carlos Correa is one of several big-name free agents who are still unsigned, but that could change this week at baseball’s winter meetings.

Twins could still have a shot at Correa; winter meetings could get ball rolling

Carlos Correa, Aaron Judge and Trea Turner are among the unsigned big-name free agents who could be top topics of conversation in San Diego.
Gio Urshela had a good season for the Twins, but his salary could grow from $6.55 million this past season to $9.2 million through arbitration, so the

Urshela, Pagan are tender-day deadline decisions for Twins

Urshela had a strong season, but would get a big contract in arbitration. Pagan struggled mightily after being obtained from San Diego.
Gophers defenseman Brock Faber snaps a shot toward the Penn State goal on Friday night.

Gophers rally this time, defeat Penn State for men's hockey series split

Bryce Brodzinski scored twice for No.-1 ranked Minnesota in Friday night's 3-1 win.
Cody Stashak is recovering from shoulder surgery.

Twins reliever Stashak clears waivers, elects free agency

Cody Stashak, a 28-year-old righthander, pitched parts of the past four seasons in the major leagues.
Gophers hockey forward Logan Cooley stickhandled behind the net Thursday against Penn State in the opener of a Big Ten series at 3M Arena at Mariucci.

Crucial sequence leads to U men's hockey defeat against Penn State

The top-rated Gophers went on the power play late in the second period with the score tied 1-1. Not only did the Nittany Lions kill the penalty, they scored shortly afterward.
Gophers forward Jimmy Snuggerud, stopped on this chance by Notre Dame goalie Ryan Bischel, leads the team with eight goals and 12 points into its seri

Gophers-Penn State men's hockey series preview: Second series in a row against No. 1 for Nittany Lions

The Nittany Lions are coming off a victory and overtime loss against then-No. 1 Michigan, results which allowed the Gophers to move back into the No. 1 spot.
Gophers forward Abigail Boreen takes the puck to the net while being defended by Minnesota Duluth forward Clara Van Wieren in the second period Saturd

In a flash, No. 1 U women's hockey sweeps series with Minnesota Duluth

Catie Skaja and Abbey Murphy each scored within the first 35 seconds Saturday for Minnesota and set the tone for a 5-3 victory over the Bulldogs.
Gopehrs forward Matthew Knies gets the puck between Notre Dame goaltender Ryan Bischel’s legs for a goal in the second period.

Gophers men's hockey blitzes Notre Dame 4-1 at home

Jimmy Snuggerud scored twice for the Gophers, who outshot the Fighting Irish 54-25.
Abigail Boreen and the Gophers will be looking for payback Friday, when they face Minnesota Duluth for the first time since last season’s NCAA quart

Minnesota showdown: No. 1 Gophers women's hockey to face No. 5 UMD

The Gophers took four of a possible six points from Ohio State last weekend to take over the top spot in the rankings.
Gophers defenseman Jackson LaCombe, above celebrating a goal against North Dakota on Oct. 21, will play against No. 12 Notre Dame this weekend.

No. 3 Gophers men's hockey get another test vs. No. 12 Notre Dame

Minnesota is 3-3 so far in a stretch of four consecutive series against ranked teams.
The Gophers’ Jimmy Snuggerud (81) tried to work around North Dakota’s Chris Jandric (7) on Saturday night at 3M Arena at Mariucci.

Gophers endure stick-toss penalty, lose in overtime to North Dakota

Rhett Pitlick's post-goal antics drew a costly 10-minute misconduct. With the split, the Gophers fell to 4-2 in front of an announced sellout crowd of 10,193, while North Dakota improved to 3-2-1.
Jorge Polanco is one option to be the Twins shortstop at the start of next season.

What are the in-house shortstop options for the Twins next season?

The likely departure of Carlos Correa opens up a question for a team that has a number of strong candidates to replace him.
Carlos Correa is likely to depart the Twins this offseason.

With roster changes coming, Falvey hopes to be in mix for Correa

The star shortstop for the Twins has an opt-out clause in his contract that he can invoke after the World Series ends.
The finished the home portion of their season on Sept. 29 at Target Field.

They got Correa!? Early excitement for Twins in 2022 faded with the summer

The surprise free-agent signing of Carlos Correa and his new team were in first place for half the season, but then the wheels fell off.
Louie Varland pitched five shutout innings against the White Sox on Wednesday.

Minnesotans Wallner, Varland named Twins' top minor leaguers

Matt Wallner and Louie Varland, who both grew up in the metro area, became the first Minnesotans to win the awards in the same year.
Luis Arraez looked out from the Twins dugout after leaving Wednesday’s game in Chicago.

Arraez wins AL batting title as Twins hammer White Sox in season finale

At 25, Luis Arraez finished the season hitting .316, five points ahead of Aaron Judge of the Yankees, as the Twins crushed the White Sox 10-1 to conclude the regular season.
Carlos Correa of the Twins was thrown out at the second base trying to stretch a single on Monday night in Chicago.

Correa hints at opting out of contract with Twins, will meet with team

Should he decide for free agency, Carlos Correa will be part pf a pool of big-name shortstop free agents that includes the Dodgers' Trea Turner and Boston's Xander Bogaerts.
Wednesday's Twins-Chicago White Sox game recap

Wednesday's Twins-Chicago White Sox game recap

Twins catcher Gary Sanchez was 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored.
Luis Arraez

Luis Arraez likely American League batting champion as Aaron Judge sits out

The Twins finish the season today with a matinee against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Given his success in a new role this season, the Twins’ Jhoan Duran is likely to remain a reliever next season.

Duran as a Twins starter? Not likely, says Baldelli

Jhoan Duran thrived in his new role as a reliever, after being a starter throughout his career, and Twins manager Rocco Baldelli would like to continue using him in critical situations out of the bullpen.
Luis Arraez (shown last week at Target Field) went 1-for-4 in the Twins’ 8-3 loss to the White Sox in Chicago on Tuesday night, maintaining his narr

Arraez keeps slight lead in AL batting race, but Twins still lose

Luis Arraez went 1-for-4 against the White Sox in Chicago on Tuesday night to remain ahead of the Yankees' Aaron Judge in the batting race, the missing piece in Judge's pursuit of the American League Triple Crown.
Tuesday's Twins-Chicago White Sox game recap

Tuesday's Twins-Chicago White Sox game recap

Chicago's Elvis Andrus was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs.
Luis Arraez currently leads the American League with a .315 batting average, four points ahead of Aaron Judge of the Yankees, who is trying to win bas

Arraez says he's hurt, not sitting out to keep Judge from batting title

A left hamstring injury that has bothered Luis Arraez for months has left him out of the lineup with the season — and chase for the batting title — in its final days.
The Twins’ Gio Urshela circled the bases after hitting a two-run homer in the first inning, but that was the only offense the team produced in a 3-2

Urshela continues to outperform expectations, but Twins fall short

Gio Urshela's two-run homer in the first inning produced the Twins' only runs in a 3-2 defeat to the White Sox in Chicago, the first game of the final series of the season.
Monday's Twins-White Sox game recap

Monday's Twins-White Sox game recap

AJ Pollock scored the winning run for the White Sox in the seventh inning.
Carlos Correa scored a run for the Twins on Wednesday night at Target Field.

'I'm the product here.' Correa hints Twins could keep him with right offer

Carlos Correa said he hasn't decided if he'll opt out of his current deal after this season. Asked about the subject on Thursday, the star shortstop said, in part, "If you want something, you just go get it."
A sunny fall day wasn’t rnough to lure many Twins fans to Target Field on Thursday afternoon, the final home game of the season.

Low attendance leaves Twins' management 'bordering on disappointed'

There were thousands of empty seats on Thursday as the Twins ended their home season with a loss — and their lowest attendance, except for the pandemic years, since Target Field opened.
Twins POBO Derek Falvey and manager Rocco Baldelli will both return next season.

St. Peter: Derek Falvey will return to Twins for 'many, many years'

The team's president of baseball operations got the seal of approval from Twins President Dave St. Peter, who is certain the baseball staff will work aggressively to improve the team for 2023.
Minnesota Twins second baseman Luis Arraez (2) reacts after hitting a fly ball to end to end the sixth inning when the bases were loaded. The Minnesot

Arraez sparks Twins' win as he battles Judge for AL batting title

Luis Arraez smacked two hits as the Twins beat the White Sox 8-4 on the night when they were officially eliminated from the playoff race. Now up: Arraez vs. Aaron Judge for the batting crown.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli, left, and third base coach Tommy Watkins watched players stretch during spring training at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers

'It's scary': Twins, with connections in Florida, worry about hurricane's impact

Coach Tommy Watkins said his Fort Myers family is riding out Hurricane Ian; manager Rocco Baldelli said he and the organization will look to help with recovery efforts.
Wednesday's Twins-Chicago White Sox game recap

Wednesday's Twins-Chicago White Sox game recap

Twins rookie Matt Wallner recorded a career-high three RBI.
Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan lasted just four innings but was backed up by the bullpen in an 8-4 victory.

Ryan, bullpen help skidding Twins get back to winning ways

Saturday's victory stopped a five-game losing streak for the Twins, who got some solid pitching and racked up 11 hits.
Twins catcher Gary Sanchez celebrated with first baseman Luis Arraez after hitting a three-run homer against the Angels on Saturday night.

Saturday's Twins-Angels recap

A quick look at the Twins' slump-breaking victory.
Center fielder Byron Buxton hasn’t played a game for the Twins since Aug. 22, after which a hip strain from compensating for his knee put him on the

Buxton's knee surgery is a long time coming

Byron Buxton and the Twins have known since April that surgery was in his future, but recovery will take only six to eight weeks.
Shohei Ohtani throws to a Twins batter during the third inning Friday

Ohtani shows his stuff; Twins eliminated from AL Central race

Shohei Ohtani held the Twins hitless into the fifth inning while reaching 200 strikeouts for the season. He also hit an RBI single in the seventh inning.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli

Baldelli 'big part of our future' Twins boss Falvey says

President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey endorsed manager Rocco Baldelli on Friday as a disappointing Twins season nears its finish.
Twins center fielder Byron Buxton

Twins' Buxton to have season-ending knee surgery

With the Twins' playoff hopes fading, star center fielder Byron Buxton will have surgery soon on his troublesome right knee.
Friday's Twins-Angels game recap

Friday's Twins-Angels game recap

A quick look at Friday night's game.
Tyler Mahle pitched in only four games for the Twins this season before he was shut down because of shoulder problems.

Twins have penchant for just-acquired pitchers suffering injuries

Tyler Mahle, Chris Paddack and Sam Dyson all suffered season-ending injuries, but President Derek Falvey defended the team's vetting process.
Fresh bullpen arms help Twins lock down sweep of Royals

Fresh bullpen arms help Twins lock down sweep of Royals

After quality starts by Joe Ryan and Sonny Gray over the past two games, five relievers each threw a scoreless inning to secure the 3-2 victory. Carlos Correa and Nick Gordon each supplied a home run.
Twins starter Sonny Gray is trying to work faster — and finds he is throwing more strikes.

Twins' Gray says speeding up his pace has improved his accuracy

Mindful of the pitch clock next season, Twins starter Sonny Gray said tweaking his approach has helped him throw strikes.
The Twins - and Jake Cave - snagged another victory from the Royals on Thuesday.

Thursday's Twins-Royals game recap

A look back at Thursday night's game.
Luis Arraez singled on Tuesday night during the Twins’ 4-0 victory over the Royals, but came out after the first inning because of a hamstring injur

AL batting leader Arraez sidelined as Twins face Royals in series finale

Luis Arraez has a nagging hamstring injury that he is playing through as his teams struggles to stay in the Central race.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Sonny Gray in the sixth inning Wednesday, September 14, 2022, at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ

Gray supplies another fine start as Twins shut out Royals 4-0

One night after Joe Ryan pitched seven no-hit innings, Sonny Gray held the Royals scoreless through seven on three hits with eight strikeouts.
Twins third base coach Tommy Watkins, above celebrating with Jorge Polanco on a homer in August, has made several bad decisions recently on sending ru

Despite base-running blunders, Baldelli supports third base coach

The Twins have had two runners throw out at home in recent games after getting the green light from third base coach Tommy Watkins. They also are among the worst teams in stealing bases.
Gilberto Celestino and Jake Cave of the Twins had plenty to celebrate after winning a second consecutive game over the Royals, 4-0 on Wednesday.

Wednesday's Twins-Kansas City game recap

A look back at Wednesday night's game.
Jose Miranda and Nick Gordon of the Twins celebrated after Miranda’s 15th home run of the season Tuesday night at Target Field.

Veterans Gray, Greinke start as Twins face Royals

The Twins took a no-hit bid into the ninth inning of Tuesday's victory in the opener of the three-game series.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan throwing against the Royals in the first inning Tuesday night, September 13, 2022 at Target Field in Minneap

Ryan pulled after seven no-hit innings; Twins hold on for 6-3 win

Manager Rocco Baldelli took out Joe Ryan after seven innings and 106 pitchers, a decision that didn't go over well with the Target Field crowd. Jovani Moran gave up Kansas City's first hit, and three runs, in the ninth.
Tuesday's Twins-Royals game recap

Tuesday's Twins-Royals game recap

A look back at Tuesday night's game at Target Field.
A few American League Rookie of the Year candidates are playing at Target Field this week (counterclockwise from top): the Twins’ Jose Miranda and J

Trio of Rookie of the Year candidates on display at Target Field

The Royals' Bobby Witt Jr. and the Twins' Jose Miranda and Jhoan Duran all have had solid first seasons.
Twins righthander Tyler Mahle made his last start Sept. 3 against the White Sox, but left the game early with nagging shoulder fatigue and inflammatio

Twins starter Mahle might not be back this season

Righthander Tyler Mahle has made only four starts after he was acquired at the trade deadline in early August because of right shoulder fatigue and inflammation.
Joe Ryan starts for the Twins against Royals lefthander Kris Bubic in the series opener Tuesday at Target Field.

Ryan starts as Twins try to dig out of deep hole in AL Central

The Royals are at Target Field for a three-game series that starts tonight.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jose Miranda dined with family after Tuesday night’s game was called off by rain.

The room where it happens: Jose, Lin-Manuel Miranda dine in New York

When rain washed away Tuesday's Twins-Yankees game, it also dashed the chance for Jose Miranda's cousin to see him play live. Instead, a smaller family gathering took place.
Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa (4) celebrates with teammates after the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the New York Yankees

Correa homers in eighth, Twins hold off Yankees threat in ninth in 4-3 win

Carlos Correa's two-run homer in the eighth inning gave the Twins a two-run lead that relievers Caleb Thielbar and Michael Fulmer protected through a tense bottom of the ninth.
Thursday's Twins-Yankees game recap

Thursday's Twins-Yankees game recap

Carlos Correa hit a game-winning, two-run homer for the Twins in the eighth inning.
Marwin Gonzalez of the Yankees was tagged out by Twins catcher Sandy Leon in Game 2 on Wednesday.

Plummeting Twins hope to salvage series finale against Yankees

Sonny Gray pitches against Yankees All-Star lefthander Nestor Cortes. The Twins have lost six of their past seven games.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa is congratulated for his grand slam against the Minnesota Twins during the fourth inning .

24-hour Twin: Kiner-Falefa torments Minnesota in doubleheader sweep

Kiner-Falefa was a member of the Minnesota Twins for one day in March when he was traded for and traded away. His 'former team' made him look like a superstar Wednesday.
Wednesday's Twins-Yankees doubleheader recap

Wednesday's Twins-Yankees doubleheader recap

A quick look back at Wednesday's action from the Bronx.
Family and friends in Louie Varland’s cheering section rooted the Twins rookie pitcher on during his major league debut Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Twins' Varland brings his family to tears in major league debut

Righthander Louie Varland worked 5⅓ strong innings at Yankee Stadium in his first major league game, undaunted by the atmosphere. "It's like watching a movie," his mom said.
Yankees star Aaron Judge watched a tennis match at the U.S. Open on Monday night.

Let's play two! Twins, Yankees set for doubleheader at The Stadium

Louie Varland will make his major league debut in Game 1 as the Twins try to keep pace in the AL Central.
Louie Varland, shown pitching in Class A last season, struck out 142 batters in 103 innings in 2021.

Varland set for major league debut as Twins face Yankees in doubleheader

North St. Paul High School graduate Louie Varland is set to start Game 1 on Wednesday, though rain threatens the day's action even after Tuesday's game was rained out.