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Twins
April 23
The interior of an an empty Target Field an hour before the Home Opener against the Oakland A's would have begun.

Twins to announce ticket refunds, set up fund for contract employees

As part of a coordinated effort through baseball, the Twins are expecting to announce ticket refund and exchange policies early next week.
Twins
April 16
Baseball mock draft pairs Ohio State catcher Dillon Dingler with Twins

Baseball mock draft pairs Ohio State catcher Dillon Dingler with Twins

Minnesota didn't draft a catcher until the 29th round last year, and it's always good to replenish such an important position.
Twins
April 15
Twins mailbag: Lots of ideas floating around to salvage the season

Twins mailbag: Lots of ideas floating around to salvage the season

The COVID-19 pandemic has shuttered the season for now, and there is lots of speculation about what's next.
Twins
March 28
This is a 2020 photo of Blaine Hardy of the Minnesota Twins baseball team. This image reflects the Twins 2020 active roster as of Thursday, Feb. 20, 2

Twins' Hardy has elbow surgery; Lewis, Larnach, Kirilloff to minors

The longtime Tigers lefthander had hoped to make the Twins bullpen.
Twins
March 24
Twins Mailbag: Trevor Larnach was the revelation of spring camp

Twins Mailbag: Trevor Larnach was the revelation of spring camp

Alex Kirilloff and Larnach got a lot of interest from fans, and clearly they are on a path to the major leagues.
Twins
March 17
The national anthem was played during the third game of the ALDS at Target Field.

Twins commit $1 million to helping idled Target Field employees

All 30 MLB teams make similar donations to support part-time employees during coronavirus cancellations.
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.
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