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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
Byron Buxton’s knee has been a persistent wrinkle in the Twins’ plans so far this season.

Twins' injury management not about wins, but 'right thing to do'

The Twins are giving Byron Buxton deliberate games off to help manage pain in his knee.
Luis Arraez (2) was welcomed back to the dugout by Gary Sanchez after Arraez scored on a single by Max Kepler in the first inning of the Twins’ 3-1

Twins stop Guardians 3-1 to take series — and Ryan fattens his wallet

Gio Urshela and and Byron Buxton socked homers and Joe Ryan pitched six innings of one-run ball — not to mention making an extra $500 on the side from his fellow starting pitchers — to take two games in the three-game series.
Sunday's Twins-Cleveland game recap

Sunday's Twins-Cleveland game recap

A quick look at Sunday's series finale.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli is ejected by third base umpire John Tumpane during the 10th inning of the team’s game against the Cleveland Guardians

Umpire's call in 10th angers Baldelli as Twins lose to Guardians

A Cleveland runner was awarded second base and subsequently scored the eventual winning run in the 10th after colliding with Twins first baseman Jose Miranda.
Saturday's Twins-Cleveland game recap

Saturday's Twins-Cleveland game recap

A quick look at Saturday night's game.
The Twins’ Alex Kirilloff has played several positions recently since being called up but was sent down to the minorss again, partly to get more at-

Kirilloff sent back to minors after five games with Twins

The team needed to make a roster move to bring up pitcher Devin Smeltzer. Manager Rocco Baldelli also wanted Alex Kirilloff to get more at-bats.
Members of the ground crew quickly pull out the tarp as the game between the Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros is delayed because of thunderstorms an

Foul weather stops Twins game, will resume today before scheduled game

Lightning, violent wind and torrential rainfall stopped Wednesday's game at Target Field. The game will be resumed at 12:10 p.m. today.
Reliever Danny Coulombe became the 13th Twin to go on the injured list Wednesday because of hip injury he’s endured since Opening Day.

Reliever Coulombe is latest Twins player on injured list

Lefthander Danny Coulombe was the 13th player to go on the IL this season after aggravating a hip injury Tuesday.
Yennier Cano

Cuban pitcher Yennier Cano called up from St. Paul by Twins

The 28-year-old righthander was signed three years ago as an international free agent.
Astros pitcher Justin Verlander throws against the Twins during the first inning Tuesday

Verlander takes no-hitter into eighth inning; Astros shut down Twins 5-0

Justin Verlander, the 39-year-old with two American League Cy Young Awards, was trying for his fourth no-huitter until Gio Urshela broke it up with a single.
Carlos Correa

Twins place Correa, Paddack on 10-day injured list

Outfielder Mark Contreras and reliever Jharel Cotton were called up from the St. Paul Saints.
Tuesday's Twins-Astros game recap

Tuesday's Twins-Astros game recap

A look back at Tuesday night's game.
Twins acting manager Jayce Tingler stood next to Carlos Correa after the shortstop was hit by a pitch from Orioles starter Spenser Watkins in the fift

Correa injured after getting hit twice in Twins loss

The injury knocked star shortstop Carlos Correa out of the game in the seventh inning and could set the stage for the promotion of Royce Lewis, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft.
(Clockwise from left) Twins manager Rocco Baldelli, utility infielder Luis Arraez and starter Dylan Bundy all tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday

Twins manager Baldelli, players Arraez, Bundy positive for COVID-19

All three were sidelined as the Twins played Baltimore to complete a seven-game road trip. Bench coach Jayce Tingler will take over Baldelli's duties.
Thursday's Twins-Baltimore game recap

Thursday's Twins-Baltimore game recap

Orioles first baseman Ryan Mountcastle homered twice.
Twins starter Sonny Gray has been on the injured list with hamstring tightness since pitching April 16.

Working back from injury, Gray will pitch Saturday for Saints in St. Paul

Sonny Gray started a Class A game over the weekend in Florida and will have a second rehab game on Saturday at CHS Field.
Minnesota Twins' Dylan Bundy (37) stands ion the pitching mound as Baltimore Orioles shortstop Ramon Urias rounds the bases after hitting a two run ho

Bundy gets to the point after Twins crushed by Orioles: 'It was bad.'

Dylan Bundy talks plain, means what he says and will tell you the truth no matter how blunt the take. He was more on point with his comments than his pitches Tuesday night.
Baltimore’s Cedric Mullins doubled in the fifth inning Wednesday night.

Wednesday's Twins-Baltimore game recap

Cedric Mullins' two-run homer helped lift the Orioles to a 9-4 victory.
The Twins celebrated their victory in Baltimore on Tuesday.

Bundy faces old teammates; Buxton gets night off for streaking Twins

Dylan Bundy started his major league career with the Orioles and will face them tonight as the Twins try to build on their four-game lead in the AL central.
The Twins’ Ryan Jeffers is greeted near home plate by Gary Sanchez after Jeffers scored Sanchez, Trevor Larnach and himself on three-run home run ag

Finding his groove, Jeffers pounds three-run homer as Twins win 11th of last 12

Ryan Jeffers' home run broke open a tie game in the sixth inning while Jose Miranda got his first MLB hit and RBI in the 7-2 victory at Baltimore.
Tuesday's Twins-Baltimore game recap

Tuesday's Twins-Baltimore game recap

Ryan Jeffers' three-run homer broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning.
Twins first baseman Miguel Sano last played Saturday in Tampa against the Rays.

Twins' Sano to have surgery on torn meniscus in left knee

Miguel Sano injured the knee during a celebration after a walkoff victory against Detroit, and last played Saturday in Tampa. No timetable for return was given.
Joe Ryan

Joe Ryan takes the mound as streaking Twins play Orioles

The Twins have won 10 of their past 11, including a 2-1 victory on Monday night at Camden Yards.
Jhoan Duran threw against the Orioles in the ninth inning on Monday.

Calm, cool Duran gets first save, sends Twins to 10th win in 11 games

Jhoan Duran pitched a perfect ninth inning featuring 100-mph heat to earn his first career save and starter Chris Paddack got his first win this season in the 2-1 victory.
Minnesota Twins left fielder Nick Gordon, left, shortstop Carlos Correa, center, and center fielder Byron Buxton celebrated after the win.

Monday's Twins-Baltimore game recap

A quick look at the Twins' series-opening victory, which marked the 13th time this season Twins starters have given up one run or fewer.
Jose Miranda debuted for the Twins on Monday in Baltimore.

After spectacular 2021 minor league season, Twins call up Jose Miranda

The third baseman joined the team in Baltimore as Miguel Sano and Kyle Garlick went on the 10-day injured list. Pitcher Jovani Moran was also promoted.
Twins righthander Josh Winder impressed in his first major league start, shutting out the Rays for six innings Sunday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Winder brilliant in starting debut as Twins take series in win over Rays

A five-run first inning set the tone for Josh Winder's first major league victory — and Minnesota's ninth win in its last 10 games. Winder pitched six shutout innings, yielding only two hits.
Kenta Maeda left this sign for his Twins teammates in the dugout after Friday’s loss.

Maeda's excitement for reunion with teammates quashed by bad luck

Injured Twins pitcher Kenta Maeda drove to meet the team in Tampa Bay, but superstition drove him away — leaving behind only a sign in the team's dugout.
Manager Rocco Baldelli said Miguel Sano hurt his knee while celebrating Tuesday’s victory over Detroit.

Sano goes on IL; Baldelli says knee injury happened during celebration

Miguel Sano is batting .093 so far this season, with five hits in 54 at-bats. he has one home run and 21 strikeouts. Luis Arraez will be the main fill-in.
Twins star Jorge Polanco hit the first of his two two-run doubles against the Rays on Sunday.

Sunday's Twins-Tampa Bay game recap

A quick look at Sunday's series finale.
Cole Sands worked out in March at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla.

Sands has busy travel day surrounding first big-league call-up

Righthander Cole Sands was promoted as Bailey Ober went to the injured list.
Kyle Garlick was greeted with high-fives in the Twins dugout after hitting a two-run homer in the sixth inning Saturday.

Garlick homers twice as Twins defeat Rays 9-1

Starting pitcher Chris Archer worked four innings in his first appearance as a visitor to Tropicana Field.
Saturday's Twins-Tampa Bay game recap

Saturday's Twins-Tampa Bay game recap

Kyle Garlick recorded his first career multi-home run game for the Twins, hitting two.
The Rays’ Josh Lowe belted a three-run home run off Twins starter Dylan Bundy in the first inning of Tampa Bay’s 6-1 victory Friday night, ending

Rays' four-run first inning helps end Twins' seven-game win streak

Josh Lowe did the most damage off Twins starter Dylan Bundy, hitting a three-run homer in his first at-bat.
Friday's Twins-Tampa Bay game recap

Friday's Twins-Tampa Bay game recap

A quick look at Friday night's game.
Chris Archer

Twins' Archer pulls into wrong parking lot before facing his old team

Former Tampa Bay All-Star Chris Archer will be the starting pitcher in Saturday's game.
Dylan Bundy

Bundy goes for 4-0 start as Twins seek to extend streak

Catcher Gary Sanchez returns to the lineup against Tampa Bay with Byron Buxton as the DH. Nick Gordon will be the startong center fielder.
Ryan Jeffers rounded the bases after his home run Saturday at Target Field.

In new leading role, catcher Jeffers embracing the responsibility

From calling games to guiding pitchers to adding his voice in team meetings, 24-year-old catcher Ryan Jeffers is taking on the demands of increased role.
The Twins’ Byron Buxton (25) got quite the reception at home plate from teammates after clubbing a three-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10t

Buxton goes deep twice, carries Twins over White Sox 6-4 in 10

Byron Buxton homered in the seventh inning to tie the score 3-3 before belting a three-run shot in the bottom of the 10th to bring the Twins from behind again and allow them to sweep Chicago at Target Field.
Twins starter Chris Paddack is the current keeper of Richie the Rally Goat. The team hasn’t lost since the goat’s appearance.

Twins' new clubhouse mascot making rounds, bringing good luck

Richie, a goat figurine, makes his Target Field debut and is expected to travel with the Twins, too.
New Twins catcher Jose Godoy tagged out AL MVP Jose Abreu to end the top of the third inning.

Sunday's Twins-White Sox game recap

A quick look at Sunday's series finale.
Byron Buxton circles the bases after his solo home run against the Chicago White Sox in the fourth inning Saturday

Buxton's four hits send Twins soaring over White Sox 9-2

Playing in his second game since injuring his knee April 15, Byron Buxton was a triple shy of the cycle as the Twins found no trouble with the White Sox at Target Field.
Twins starter Sonny Gray has been on the injured list with hamstring tightness since pitching April 16.

Twins' pitching depth is not what it was

Five pitchers are already dealing with injuries early in the season.
Twins catcher Ryan Jeffers ran the bases on his solo home run Saturday.

Saturday's Twins-White Sox game recap

A quick look at Saturday's game.
Twins outfielder Alex Kirilloff played in five games this season, with only one hit in 17 at-bats, before deciding he needed to have his surgically re

Kirilloff likely headed to St. Paul to rehab before returning to Twins

Outfielder Alex Kirilloff only played in 59 games last season before having wrist surgery. The wrist still causes him some pain, but a checkup found no structural damage.
Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan

Ryan's arm, Gordon's glove preserve Twins' 1-0 victory over Royals

Starter Joe Ryan went six innings and Miguel Sano's sacrifice fly drove in the lone run as the Twins salvaged the series finale.
Thursday's Twins-Kansas City game recap

Thursday's Twins-Kansas City game recap

Center fielder Nick Gordon made the defensive play of the game, gunning down Andrew Benintendi at home plate in the fourth inning, which eventually preserved a 1-0 victory.
Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton leaves the field after being injured on his double during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox

Byron Buxton back in Twins lineup for final game of Kansas City series

After limping off the field following a slide in last Friday's game at Boston, Buxton is back in action this afternoon as the designated hitter.
The Twins had five singles and grounded into three double plays, including this one by Carlos Correa, in Wednesday’s 2-0 loss at Kansas City.

'Boys, I need your help.' Another night of invisible offense sinks Twins

In what has become a theme for the first dozen games of the season, the Twins' weak offense wasted strong pitching — this time contributing to a 2-0 loss at Kansas City.
Wednesday's Twins-Royals game recap

Wednesday's Twins-Royals game recap

A quick look back at Wednesday night's game.
Twins reliever Jhon Romero discussed strategy with Gary Sanchez in a game against the Mariners. But if Sanchez and backup catcher Ryan Jeffers should

Twins' emergency catcher could be ... a reliever?

Jhon Romero was a light-hitting catcher for most of his youth before deciding he had a better shot at being signed and progressing to the major leagues as a pitcher.
Chris Paddack made his first start for the Twins last week against the Dodgers.

Chris Paddack on the hill as Twins resume series in Kansas City

Trevor Larnach is the only lefthanded hitter in the Twins lineup against Royals lefty Daniel Lynch.
Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez (13) celebrates with first base coach Damon Hollins after their baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Tuesday,

Royals rally past Twins 4-3; reliever Duffey gives up two homers in inning

After Joe Smith bailed the Twins out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning, Tyler Duffey yielded homers to Salvador Perez — his second of the game — and Hunter Dozier.
The Twins Luis Arraez fielded a ground ball at second base against Seattle above, but was at first base Tuesday in Kansas City.

Arraez makes first Twins' appearance at first base against Kansas City

The versatile infielder has played second and third base and shortstop in the major leagues but not first base before.
Gary Sanchez is tagged out at home by Kansas City catcher Cam Gallagher during the third inning

Twins rue challenge that didn't go their way in loss to Royals

The Twins lost an early challenge in Tuesday's 4-3 loss then couldn't challenge another close call later in the game on Max Kepler's ground ball.
Tuesday's Twins-Royals game recap

Tuesday's Twins-Royals game recap

A look back at Tuesday night's game in Kansas City.
Chris Archer

Archer starts, Arraez plays first as Twins open series in Kansas City

The Royals have fallen to the bottom of the AL Central, although the 4-6 Twins have struggled as well.
Dereck Rodriguez made his Twins debut on Wednesday.

Rodriguez came full circle when he finally debuted for Twins

Drafted as an outfielder 11 years ago, the son of Hall of Famer Ivan (Pudge) Rodriguez was converted to pitching and had success with the Giants.
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) threw his last pitch in the 7thin inning . Kershasw was just 6 outs from the chance at a per

Flawless but incomplete. Kershaw's seven perfect innings shut down cold Twins bats

Clayton Kershaw, coming back from 2021 arm issues and a short training camp, said it was a hard choice when he was asked by manager Dave Roberts for his opinion about staying in the game.
Twins left fielder Alex Kirilloff broke his bat on a swing against Seattle on Saturday at Target Field.

Twins place Kirilloff on injured list with wrist issue

The outfielder has dealt with wrist problems since 2019, and a visit to his Ohio orthopedic surgeon is set for Thursday.
Los Angeles catcher Austin Barnes rounded third base after hitting the third of three consecutive Dodgers home runs off Dereck Rodriguez.

Recap: Dodgers 7, Twins 0

Clayton Kershaw was perfect through seven innings and struck out 13.
Heavy rain interrupted Tuesday’s game at Target Field.

Quick turnaround as Twins face Kershaw and Dodgers at noon

Chris Paddack will make his Twins debut against the former MVP and Cy Young winner.
Seattle Mariners right fielder Jesse Winker (27) was tagged out at home by Minnesota Twins catcher Gary Sanchez (24) in the first inning in  Minneapol

Sunday's Twins-Seattle game recap

A quick look at Sunday's game, including impact player Gary Sanchez.
Minnesota Twins catcher Gary Sanchez (24) hit a grand slam in the first inning against the Mariners.

Six plays from Sunday: Half-dozen home runs give Twins first win

Byron Buxton homered in his first two at-bats and Gary Sanchez busted open the game early with a grand slam in the 10-4 victory over Seattle.
The Twins’ Byron Buxton celebrated after belting his second home run of the game in a 10-4 victory over the Mariners at Target Field on Sunday. Buxt

Buxton says timing still not perfect after three homers in two games

Byron Buxton lofted a drive 436 feet into the upper deck in left field in the eighth inning Saturday, but said his swing still felt "late." After two homers Sunday, it's getting better.
The Mariners’ Adam Frazier (26) celebrated with teammates in the dugout after scoring the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning in Seattle’s

Twins rally in eighth inning, then cave in ninth in 4-3 loss to Mariners

Byron Buxton's titanic homer briefly energized the Target Field crowd, but Tyler Duffey couldn't hold the lead one inning later.
The Twins’ Luis Arraez acknowledged the Target Field crowd after his solo home run in the bottom of the first inning of an eventual 4-3 loss to the

Twins' Arraez finding a niche as a pinch hitter

Versatile Luis Arraez has a .333 average when called on to hit in clutch situations.
Saturday's Twins-Seattle game recap

Saturday's Twins-Seattle game recap

A quick look at Saturday's loss.
Twins pitching coach Wes Johnson talked to reliever Jhoan Duran during Friday’s game at Target Field.

Duran lives up to billing in Twins debut with 'closer' stuff

Jhoan Duran's two shutout innings with four strikeouts was one of the rare highlights for the home team in the season opener.
“The past week has definitely been kind of crazy,” said Chris Paddack, the pitcher the Twins acquired from the Padres right before the start of th

New pitchers Paddack, Pagan figuring out their roles for Twins

Chris Paddack and Emilio Pagan spent their entire preseason with the San Diego Padres before the Opening Day trade.
Jorge Polanco led the Twins in home runs and RBI last season.

Polanco is Twins' under-the-radar star: 'We probably don't talk about him enough'

Second baseman Jorge Polanco had an outstanding 2021 season and looks to benefit in 2022 from playing alongside Carlos Correa.
Max Kepler had one of the Twins’ two home runs on Monday.

Bailey Ober sharp as Twins shut out Red Sox 2-0

Max Kepler and Miguel Sano homered, but Nick Gordon was injured in an outfield collision.
Danny Coulombe played catch early in Twins camp in Fort Myers, Fla.

Coulombe sticks with Twins as non-roster spring training invitee

Lefthanded reliever Danny Coulombe pitched for the team last year, but only got a minor league contract in the winter.
Newly acquired Twins pitcher Sonny Gray spoke with pitching coach Wes Johnson, left, during a spring training workout.

Twins' Gray learned about life, death and decency from dad's instruction

New Twins pitcher Sonny Gray still carries, and teaches, the lessons he soaked up before his father's death when Sonny was 14. "He likes bringing people together," manager Rocco Baldelli said.
Nick Gordon (1) celebrates a three run home run with teammate outfielder Kyle Garlick (30) in the third inning.

Gordon has five RBI, Kirilloff leaves game early as Twins beat Rays 8-2

Nick Gordon had a three-run homer and a triple for the Twins; Alex Kirilloff left the game was an apparent injury while running the bases.