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Rich Hill threw 60 pitches against Twins extra players at CHS Field in St. Paul on Friday, "and felt great," said Derek Falvey, the Twins president of baseball operations.
Slow-moving rain showers arrived at Target Field just before the scheduled 7:10 p.m. start of Twins-Royals on Friday. The Twins postponed the game until Saturday, creating some history.
The Twins piled up 12 runs against the Brewers on Wednesday. But scoring has declined around MLB so far. "It takes time for everything to feel comfortable," Twins hitting coach Edgar Varela said.
The Twins see the Royals seven more times in the next 14 days, and they had better hope they solve an out-of-nowhere bullpen during that stretch.
Manager Rocco Baldelli said he'd like to have more position players on the pandemic-expanded 28-man roster. But pitching issues will keep that from happening.
Jorge Soler crushed a pair of home runs and Kansas City recorded rare back-to-back victories over the Twins.
Umpires are tested for the coronavirus every other day, just like the players, and MLB has commandeered seats on team planes to help them minimize or avoid commercial air travel.
Josh Donaldson's recovery from a calf issue has been slow, meaning he will miss another week.
It's the first time in this bizarre season's 14 games that the Twins, who blew a ninth-inning lead at Pittsburgh on Thursday, have dropped back-to-back games.
Caleb Thielbar, who grew up just outside the Twin Cities, pitched in an MLB game for the first time since 2015, recording seven outs to help the Twins win their fifth game in a row.
The game resumed after eight minutes without incident, but the matter is being taken seriously by police and Major League Baseball. "Definitely a 2020 moment right there," manager Rocco Baldelli said.
Eddie Rosario drove in two runs and Nelson Cruz had three hits in a victory over the Pirates at Target Field.
A Twins rotation that has already lost two members to the injured list was thrown further into disarray Monday when Rich Hill was shut down.
Nelson Cruz smacked a 400-foot single to the warning track to cap a rally from a mid-game 4-0 deficit. There was hand sanitizer on the field and even some socially distant Gatorade throwing in celebration.
They will keep an eye on the Saints' reopening.
First, the Twins decided to give veteran pitcher Homer Bailey an extra day of rest. Then, they decided to give him a week off because of mild case of tendinitis.
The Twins continued to dominate with their pitching as Cleveland scored only two runs in the final three games, scraping together nine hits in 27 innings.
For the third consecutive game, a longtime National League starter pitched five strong innings for the Twins and walked away in line for an impressive victory.
Twins slugger Miguel Sano is healthy, and despite going 0-for-8 against the White Sox, his at-bats are getting better, too.
The home opener was the first of a stretch of 36 scheduled games in 37 days for the Twins, a daunting stretch that closer Taylor Rogers said the team is built for.
Josh Donaldson hit an opposite-field homer and Homer Bailey pitched five strong innings in their Target Field debuts for the Twins, who broke open the game with a big second inning.
There were plenty of moments over the past four months in which it appeared unlikely that games would ever take place in Target Field in 2020.
Images of ex-Twins and other 'celebrities' will fill seats, add atmosphere at Target Field.
Expectations can be a perilous burden in normal times. But the 2020 Twins seem happy to bear them as baseball is about to begin the most unusual season in the game's history.
Wes Johnson sees evidence his charges were keeping in shape and working on their craft while the season's start was delayed.
Despite his success as a reliever, veteran righthander Kenta Maeda wants the ball at the beginning of games, which is what the Twins plan to do. He also wants to have fun.
In an effort to expose as few people as possible to any coronavirus risk, Major League Baseball last month informed its corps of scorebook-keepers that they will work remotely this season.
It's a singular moment in baseball history, something that had never happened before or since, so former Twins first baseman Kent Hrbek always feels the same emotion when he considers his role in it: Regret.
The Twins held an intrasquad game at Target Field that may have been most notable its attempt to for replicate the conditions that baseball will face when this irregular season opens next week.
On Wednesday, Twins' TV broadcasters will man the booth for the first time this season. The seven-inning dress rehearsal will not be televised, but Dick Bremer and Justin Morneau will provide commentary.
After rushing through a brief training camp, the Twins are scheduled for only two game-free days in the first 41, and pennant-race pressure will exist from the season's first pitch.
Even for a 60-game season, manager Rocco Baldelli wants to ensure his players stay fresh.
Wilfredo Tovar, a nonroster infielder invited to camp as part of the team's taxi squad in St. Paul, was cleared to take part in workouts but later tested positive.
Some have left their families for the next few months, while others have decided to bring them up to the Twin Cities for the shortened season.
After getting a look at automated ball-and-strike calls, none of the Twins sounded in a hurry to get rid of the humans who are normally behind the plate.
Byron Buxton missed the final two months of last season, and was easing back into regular work this spring when the pandemic shut down training camps. Now, there's no mistaking his readiness.
Wes Johnson's college coaching experience, with interruptions for holidays and finals, have prepared him to be ready for anything in this 60-game dash to the finish line.
Seven of the Twins' 10 games against Cleveland will be at Target Field.
The team knows it has to push the pace with the shortened season rapidly approaching.
The All-Star righthander deferred his first multiyear contract for an extra 12 months in hopes of compounding its value, not knowing the coronavirus pandemic would delay the season.
Miguel Sano and Willians Astudillo are the team's two major leaguers who had positive coronavirus tests entering camp.
Willians Astudillo and another Twins player tested positive for the coronavirus upon arrival in Minnesota for the start of training camp. Minor leaguers Nick Gordon and Edwar Colina tested positive at home.
The first official Twins workout since March finally has arrived. Start the questions - and answers? - to be asked over the next three weeks.
Rosario is an 18-year-old outfielder from Hilo, Hawaii, and gives the Twins nine new players following the draft.
The first stirrings of a big-league season were recorded in downtown Minneapolis on July 1, 97 days after what was supposed to be Opening Day.
Cruz said he was enjoying the best spring training of his career, with a .435 average and three home runs, when the pandemic shut down spring training. 'Why would I retire?' he added.
Rocco Baldelli sat in the far corner of the Twins dugout on Monday, looking at an empty Target Field. It's one of the last quiet moments he will have for a while.
The Twins enlisted former players Torii Hunter, Michael Cuddyer and LaTroy Hawkins to call prospects and sell them on signing wioth the team after the amateur draft was cut to five rounds.
Tables, chairs, buffets and anything that encourages players to congregate are being removed from the clubhouse, and outdoor areas are being built that are intended to allow players to warm up at a distance from one another.
The Twins are set to defend their American League Central title under strict pandemic guidelines.
The Twins were looking for artwork to be used on souvenir items at Metropolitan Stadium, and an artist's quick doodle became an iconic part of franchise history.
Aaron Sabato, a slugging first baseman from UNC, signed his contract with the Twins on Tuesday and became the first top pick of the Twins ever to receive more money than the slot system.
Once MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred formally implements a schedule, training camps could resume next week, and the 60th Opening Day in Twins history is likely to take place in about a month.
Twins players are making it clear they want Major League Baseball to accept their union leader Tony Clark's challenge about the endangered 2020 season.
Undrafted players must be sold on more than money. Staff, expertise, equipment and facilities such as the team's spring training complex (pictured) might be just as important.
The brief two-day draft, shortest in MLB history, now gives way to a free-agent free-for-all. Starting Sunday, teams are allowed to sign as many undrafted players as they want, but with a first-of-a-kind catch.,
The Notre Dame quarterback, who went on to be the 1983 NFL MVP, was only offered $500 to sign by the Twins, who realized his heart was in another sport.
Eddie Leon, an 18-year-old shortstop from Arizona and the ninth pick overall in 1965, couldn't come to agreement on a contract.
Here's a trivia question that is much more obscure now that Joe Mauer has retired: What Twins draftee who is still active has had the best MLB career?
A baseball season seems more possible, given the latest developments. But the length and shape of that season remains a mystery as players and owners trade proposals.
MLB's 67-page "operations manual" to address player safety was delivered to the union Friday night. But plenty of hurdles remain before Target Field is occupied again
Major League Baseball's detailed plans to address player safety during what it hopes will be a captivating, if shortened, 2020 season, leaked to several national media outlets.
Major League Baseball and its Players Union met Tuesday to discuss an owner-approved return to the diamond. Safety and money issues must be resolved to start the season. There were no reports of consensus reached.
Baseball officials have started their lobbying efforts, including a Monday briefing with Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz. Getting everyone to go along with the current plan is far from guaranteed.
As the Twins try to zero in on whom they might acquire in next month's amateur draft, it's hard not to think about what they'll miss out on, too.
MLB had hoped to implement a league-wide policy on ticket refunds during the pandemic, but this week decided to allow each team develop its own plan.
Ending the first extended disruption of a Major League Baseball season that wasn't about money might be even more difficult than it once appeared — because of money.
Winning more than 100 games for the first time in 54 years was a big deal to Twins fans, and it paid off for team ownership as well.
The notion of housing all MLB teams in Arizona and starting the season in smaller venues around the state faces significant hurdles, starting with the support of players.
An agreement between Major League Baseball and the Players Association, reached March 27 but not yet announced, established the framework of baseball's eventual return, even if it's not until next March.
There are roughly 800-900 workers at Target Field not employed by the Twins. For them, the Target Field Employee Assistance Fund is being set up, and the team is making a "significant" (unspecified) contribution.
Jake Odorizzi understood when he delayed free agency that he was betting on himself. But he might no longer be the deciding factor in that wager.
Manager Rocco Baldelli said that Byron Buxton has healed completely from the shoulder surgery that ended his 2019 season early; pitching coach Wes Johnson said his staff faces an assortment of challenges.
The loss of Opening Day traditions doesn't begin to compare to the losses being inflicted by coronavirus. But that won't make the day less … odd.
Exactly one week before the 2020 baseball season was to begin, the Twins' top executives reluctantly considered the possibility that Opening Day is actually one year away.