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Craig Breslow pitched for the Twins in 2008, 2009 and 2017. He's found even more success as a baseball executive — and nearly landed in Minnesota's front office.
Last year Kyle Farmer was happy to get in the way of a baserunner so he could apply a tag, but that won't slide under new rules meant to improve safety this season.
Daniel Duarte, 27, played for 11 minor league teams over nine years before landing with the Reds in 2022. Last season he was pitching great, then he felt another twinge in his arm. The Twins still see his potential.
Max Kepler is still young, even for a ballplayer, but he's now the longest-tenured player on the Twins roster. In the final year of his contract, he's starting to believe in his talent after a blistering second half.
Righthander Brock Stewart, who dominated out of the bullpen for the Twins last season when he wasn't sidelined by a forearm injury, ramped up his offseason schedule.
As a free agent this offseason, reliever Jeff Brigham reached out to his former roommate, Pablo López, for intel on the Twins. Then the front office showed him a blueprint to improve his career.
A rainy day in Florida didn't keep the Twins from getting their work in.
Although delighted to return to center field, Buxton is determined to find the positives in last year's rough season.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred isn't giving up on traditional cable TV packages, but wants baseball fans — especially those who have cut the cable cord — to be able to watch any game at a reasonable price.
After the best season of his young career, Ryan Jeffers joins fellow catchers and pitchers in reporting to spring training as a fresh season gets under way.
Walker Jenkins was the fifth overall pick in the 2023 MLB draft and has been working out with Twins catcher Ryan Jeffers, who sees a star in the making.
Unable to put together a streaming service deal that makes financial sense and gives fans better access to games, the club is back with Bally Sports North for one more year.
A federal bankruptcy judge in Houston approved Diamond's bid to stay in business, though no mention was made of how much BSN will pay the Twins.
Carl Pohlad's children and grandchildren have many business endeavors outside of baseball. The family has an answer for those who wonder about the depth of its interest in baseball.
An All-Star in Cleveland, the first baseman had 23 home runs and 86 RBI last season playing for the Pirates and the Brewers.
Righthander Daniel Duarte pitched in 31 games for Cincinnati last season and also spent part of the season in Class AAA.
A direct-to-consumer streaming option, which the Twins said they were determined to create this year, will apparently have to wait while MLB develops a leaguewide strategy.
Byron Buxton is excited to get back into position for the Twins this season and says he's back to hitting with power.
The St. Paul-born catcher attended TwinsFest days after getting word he's headed to Cooperstown this summer.
After a strong 2023 season, the veteran pitcher already has been named the Opening Day starter by Twins manager Rocco Baldelli.
During a visit to Cooperstown with the other newly elected members, Joe Mauer said he's been hearing from familiar old friends -- and famous new acquaintances.
Joe Mauer, the Minnesota Twins legend from St. Paul, joins an exclusive club as the third catcher elected on the first ballot to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kirby and Killer. The fabulous four from St. Paul. With Joe Mauer being elected, the list of former Twins in the Hall of Fame now stands at 13. Here they are:
Early reports suggest Joe Mauer will join fellow St. Paul legend Paul Molitor in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Only two catchers have ever been elected by Baseball Writers' Association of America members to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot.
Amazon and Diamond Sports came to an agreement that took baseball by surprise. It's another curveball for the Twins and their fans, who want to know more about the future of team broadcasts.
The former Twins catcher and first baseman was tracking well among ballots made public in his first year of candidacy.
Former Royals righthander Josh Staumont was sidelined after surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome last season.
A Jan. 10 bankruptcy trial in Houston could play a role in who televises the Twins' games in 2024.
Goodrum was drafted by the Twins in 2010 and made his major league debut for them in 2017.
The bonuses come from a $50 million pre-arbitration pool distributed to players who win, or receive votes for, the Rookie of the Year, MVP, Cy Young and All-MLB Team awards.
Cory Provus said the Twins approached him in mid-October about moving from radio to TV to replace Dick Bremer. But how the games will be available on TV and the web still hasn't been settled.
A federal bankruptcy judge's ruling keeps Wolves games on TV this season, and likely those of the Wild. But the Twins could face a financial hit.
Luis Arraez won a batting title in Miami, Mitch Garver, Robbie Grossman and Martín Pérez won World Series rings with Texas, and that's just the top of the iceberg.
Sonny Gray was named the Twins' MVP as well as the team's best pitcher. Carlos Correa and four other players were honored in voting by the Twin Cities chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Star Tribune baseball writer Phil Miller goes through the Twins roster with an eye to who'll be back and who's likely to end up elsewhere.
The only Twins lefthander to pitch, Caleb Thielbar, was the victim of a two-run homer by José Abreu. Starter Joe Ryan lasted just 26 pitches.
An injury to Alex Kirilloff gave the Twins a chance to activate Byron Buxton for the playoff roster. His at-bat came in the eighth inning, with the Twins trailing by a run.
With two games at home and Sonny Gray on the mound, the Twins' route to the AL Championship Series seemed sunny and bright. Now? Everywhere they look, there are shadows after a 9-1 loss to Houston.
Beating the Astros on Sunday night has turned the ALDS into a best-of-three series and given the Twins home-field advantage going into Tuesday afternoon's game.
MLB overruled the Astros and said the second game of the American League Division Series would be played in open air.
A former Gold Glove winner in the outfield, Michael A. Taylor has been an unassuming backbone of the Twins defense this season.
Home runs from Jorge Polanco and Royce Lewis got the Twins within striking distance. But Yordan Alvarez homered twice and Justin Verlander threw six shutout innings for the defending World Series champions.
Carlos Correa was an early part of Houston's dynasty before being tugged into Minnesota twice in the past two years.
The Twins are still considering the possibilities against the Astros, who have already set Justin Verlander as their starter.
Winning Twins pitcher Sonny Gray credited shortstop Carlos Correa with the idea that ended a Toronto rally.
Jhoan Duran's thumbnail had somehow sliced a small cut into the side of his thumb as he warmed up, and blood was oozing out.
Royce Lewis returned from the injured list with two home runs, Pablo López got the win over the Blue Jays and the Twins snapped their 18-game playoff losing streak in front of a raucous crowd at Target Field.
Royce Lewis homered in each of his first two at-bats Tuesday, powering the Twins to a 3-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 1 of their AL wild-card series.
Royce Lewis could be at his normal position or designated hitter, while Carlos Correa said he will definitely be at shortstop. Byron Buxton's status is less clear.
"The goal is to win the championship — but also to give the fans something to root for, to celebrate," said Game 1 starter Pablo López.
The 2023 Twins have played in 217 playoff games in their careers. They have won World Series. And soon they will try to use this experience to end a historic postseason losing streak.
The 2023 Twins have four players who have previously won World Series on the roster.
Veteran righthander Kenta Maeda could still be a starter, as manager Rocco Baldelli hasn't decided on who will get the ball if there's a Game 3.
Oakland righthander Luis Medina gave up one run on three hits over six innings to cap off his rookie season.
When the Twins return to Target Field next week, figure the intensity to be exponentially higher than the sleepy, playing-out-the-string feel of this getaway matinee.
The Twins are now 12-0 this year, and 18-1 over the past two seasons, when Ryan Jeffers homers.
The Twins easily lead the majors in called third strikes taken, but they don't consider that to be a crisis or arguably even a problem.
A quick look back at Wednesday night's game, a 6-4 victory for the Twins over the Oakland Athletics.
Royce Lewis, who suffered a strained left hamstring last week, is swinging but not yet fielding or running as he bids to join the Twins' playoff roster.
Saturday marked the fifth time that Sonny Gray, whose record is now 8-8, has earned a quality start and walked away charged with a loss.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli says the team will be strategic in the last seven games of the season as it seeks a long playoff run.
Kenny Rosenberg pitched five shutout innings to earn a victory for the Angels.
The Twins are the champions of the AL Central for the ninth time, and third time in the past five seasons. For the first time since 2010, they celebrated at home.
Royce Lewis was put on the injured list because of a hamstring pull, but the team hopes he'll be ready for the playoffs. Jordan Luplow was recalled from St. Paul.
The Twins strike out in 29.6% of at-bats. They will shatter the MLB record for strikeouts in a season. They're also scoring runs and likely to win the division. So, should we care?
Head athletic trainer Nick Paparesta is confident the latest treatment plan will work as the Twins near the end of the regular season.
After trailing by four early, the Twins tied the score, but the Rays' Randy Arozarena crushed a homer with two outs in the ninth inning for a 5-4 win.
Randy Arozarena's solo home run in the ninth inning broke a tie and clinched the game for the Rays.
Tuesday was "Remember me?" night at Target Field — but while Joe Ryan and Zack Littell started against their former teams, Twins reliever Louie Varland stole the win.
Willi Castro delivered the key blow, a two-run homer in the seventh inning that was the difference in the 3-2 victory
Twins pitcher Sonny Gray and shortstop Carlos Correa sized up Tampa Bay's lineup Monday, and the situation presented itself when Jose Siri got caught off second.
Sonny Gray couldn't complete five innings and the bullpen didn't fare any better as the Twins remained winless against one of the best teams in the AL.
Manager Rocco Baldelli said he thought the rookie might be "a swing away" from figuring out what's going wrong at the plate.
The Twins and Yankees fought for the record until the final games of the 2019 regular season; the Braves hope to claim that mark by October.