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Twins
March 14
Twins reliever Sergio Romo stopped to say goodbye to Hammond Stadium parking operations worker Bill Fear as Romo left the complex Saturday in Fort Mye

Twins officials, many players preparing to leave Fort Myers

Twins players can stay at camp, return home or head to the Twin Cities as baseball completely shuts down for the next several weeks
Twins
March 11
A bicyclist rides past T-Mobile Park, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Seattle, where baseball's Seattle Mariners plays home games.

Plans for Twins' season-opening series vs. Oakland, Seattle uncertain

The games will still be played, Twins President Dave St. Peter said. But where? St. Peter wouldn't comment on the Twins' preference, but said he had expressed it to baseball officials.
Twins
March 11
Virus workaround: Twins reaching fans with autograph cards, selfies

Virus workaround: Twins reaching fans with autograph cards, selfies

Jose Berrios will start for Minnesota today, putting him on schedule to be the Twins' Opening Day starter.
Twins
March 9
Buxton making progress; Twins expected to announce first cuts

Buxton making progress; Twins expected to announce first cuts

Byron Buxton, who is on the rehab trail following shoulder surgery, will take live batting practice on Tuesday.
Twins
March 6
Nelson Cruz

Twins' roster splits as half the team catches flight to Dominican Republic

A handful of players quickly took their turns in the batting cage, and then were dismissed for an early afternoon flight to Santo Domingo to play Detroit on Saturday.
Twins
March 5
Twins players curtail autographs because of coronavirus threat

Twins players curtail autographs because of coronavirus threat

Bad news for fans at Twins spring camp: The team is instituting a no-physical-contact — including autographs — policy due to concerns about the impending threat of coronavirus.
Twins
March 3
Marwin Gonzalez makes spring debut for Twins

Marwin Gonzalez makes spring debut for Twins

The Tigers are loaded with former Twins, but only Kennys Vargas made the trip from Lakeland.
Twins
February 28
Max Kepler makes spring debut as Twins face Red Sox at Hammond

Max Kepler makes spring debut as Twins face Red Sox at Hammond

Kepler had some back and chest issues at the end of last season, and will hit leadoff today.
Twins
February 25
Twins pitching coach Wes Johnson spoke with Jhoulys Chacin last week in Fort Myers.

Chacin on mound for Twins; follow today's game vs. Atlanta here

The veteran righthander is in the running to claim the vacant spot in the Twins' starting rotation, with his main competition a batch of less-experienced pitchers.
Twins
February 24
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kenta Maeda (18), of Japan, works on his fielding skills during spring training baseball camp Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020,

Maeda pitching, Cruz in the lineup as Twins take on Red Sox today

The Twins face their Fort Myers crosstown rivals today at Hammond Stadium in the first of five meetings between the teams. Top-prospect Royce Lewis is the starting shortstop.
Twins
February 23

Donaldson, Garver, Sano in Twins lineup against Blue Jays

It's their Grapefruit League home opener, and it will be televised on FSN.
Twins
February 22

Twins in Bradenton to take on the Pirates

Former Twins bench coach Derek Shelton is now the manager of the Pirates, so there have been hugs behind the batting cage all morning
Twins
February 21
Twins minor leaguers face Gophers in 'exhibition' exhibition

Twins minor leaguers face Gophers in 'exhibition' exhibition

Royce Lewis will lead off as the Twins begin playing games in Florida.
Twins
February 20
Cruz OK after getting hit; Twins set lineup for Florida opener vs. U

Cruz OK after getting hit; Twins set lineup for Florida opener vs. U

Nelson Cruz was hit by righthander Cody Stashak, who walked one batter in 25 innings last season after being called up to the majors.
Twins
February 9
Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Brusdar Graterol throws his first MLB pitch during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Sund

Twins, Dodgers, Red Sox make progress toward finalizing trade once feared dead

The Twins are expected to trade righthander Brusdar Graterol and another minor leaguer, and will receive righthander Kenta Maeda and either another player or cash.
Twins
February 6
Jose Berrios gets a hefty raise, but Twins win arbitration case

Jose Berrios gets a hefty raise, but Twins win arbitration case

Berrios has been a two-time All-Star pitcher for the Twins, but that didn't help his request for a record salary in his first year of arbitration.
Twins
February 6
With big trade held up by Graterol health concerns, what happens next?

With big trade held up by Graterol health concerns, what happens next?

The Red Sox are hitting the pause button after medical reports seem to indicate that Twins pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol is better suited to be a reliever than a starter.
Twins
February 5
Twins, Tigers will play preseason game in Dominican Republic

Twins, Tigers will play preseason game in Dominican Republic

The game was announced by Detroit executive VP Al Avila, whose son Alex plays for the Twins and whose father started a baseball academy in the Dominican.
Twins
January 29
Ryne Harper

Twins trade Ryne Harper to Nationals for minor league reliever

Harper, who pitched in 61 games for the Twins last year, was designated for assignment last week to make room for Josh Donaldson.
Twins
January 20
Twins offering standing room ticket for 2020 season, with upgrades available

Twins offering standing room ticket for 2020 season, with upgrades available

The Twins Pass, which provide standing room access to all home games except the April 2 home opener, also comes with an opportunity to upgrade.
Twins
January 15
Where does Josh Donaldson best fit in Twins batting order?

Where does Josh Donaldson best fit in Twins batting order?

Manager Rocco Baldelli had 145 different lineups in 162 games last season, so there definitely won't be any set order.
Twins
January 10
Bob McClure joins Rocco Baldelli's coaching staff with Twins

Bob McClure joins Rocco Baldelli's coaching staff with Twins

The former Royals and Phillies pitching coach will be the team's bullpen coach.
Twins
January 10
Toby Gardenhire met with umpires and his father Ron, the Tigers manager, before a game at Target Field.

Gardenhire — Toby, that is — will manage Twins' team in Rochester

The son of the former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire will replace Joel Skinner.
Twins
December 19, 2019
Twins sign five former major league players to minor league deals

Twins sign five former major league players to minor league deals

Danny Coulombe, Caleb Thielbar, Cody Asche, Jack Reinheimer and Wilfredo Tovar will be on the roster of Class AAA Rochester.
Twins
December 11, 2019
Do the Twins have a shot at Bumgarner?

Do the Twins have a shot at Bumgarner?

With Gerrit Cole signed, the price for the former Giants left hander went higher. Dallas Keuchel, Hyun-Jin Ru and Rick Porcello are other options.
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