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Twins
July 29
The Twins' Luis Arraez acknowledges teammates in the dugout after hitting a two-run single during the seventh inning

Arraez moves to leadoff spot; Buxton, Kepler not starting vs. Cardinals

Byron Buxton and Max Kepler are not in the batting order as the Twins look for a two-game sweep against Cards righty Daniel Ponce de Leon.
Twins
July 28
Byron Buxton is in the Twins starting line for the home opener.

Buxton returns to starting lineup for Twins in home opener

The speedy center fielder, who injured the foot during an intrasquad game about two weeks ago, has been working out with players at CHS Field in St. Paul
Twins
July 25
Minnesota Twins' Rich Hill pitched live batting practice at a baseball camp July 6, 2020, in Minneapolis.

Twins pregame: Updates on Rich Hill, Byron Buxton as Twins look to go 2-0

Twins decided Hill deserved a couple extra days of rest, and Buxton might have driven to Chicago just for the pre-game ceremony.
Twins
July 24
Jake Cave (left) congratulates LaMonte Wade Jr. during a game last season.

Cave in center, Sano bats eighth as Baldelli sets lineup for opener

The Twins and White Sox play tonight at 7:10 at Guaranteed Rate Field on the South Side to start the 2020 season.
Twins
July 24
Twins mailbag: Buxton's health, Sano's rust and a World Series-or-bust question

Twins mailbag: Buxton's health, Sano's rust and a World Series-or-bust question

In addition to questions about the health of Byron Buxton and Migeul Sano, a fan wants to know if the Twins are looking at roster overhaul because of their talented prospects.
Twins
July 23
Floyd remembered, health care workers honored at Twins home opener

Floyd remembered, health care workers honored at Twins home opener

A memorial graphic to Floyd will be unveiled on the outfield wall, and there will be a moment of silence at 8:46 p.m. Tuesday during the Twins home opener against St. Louis
Twins
July 15
Confident Sano returns to Twins after COVID: 'King Kong is back'

Confident Sano returns to Twins after COVID: 'King Kong is back'

Miguel Sano flexed and looked into the camera as his Zoom interview ended Wednesday. "Put it on the board — 30 bombas!" he said.
Twins
July 8
Berrios, Dobnak dominate Twins informal intrasquad game

Berrios, Dobnak dominate Twins informal intrasquad game

'They had fun with it,' said manager Rocco Baldelli as Target Field finally saw players running the bases.
Twins
July 2
Remaining suspension for Twins pitcher Pineda is 36 games

Remaining suspension for Twins pitcher Pineda is 36 games

The Twins confirmed that the three playoff games against the Yankees count as part of an original 60-game suspension.
Twins
June 25

Twins sign undrafted free agent Willy Diaz Vasquez

The Canadian teenager can play shortstop or the outfield, and gets a $20,000 bonus.
Twins
June 18
Twins sign draft choices Alerick Soularie and Marco Raya

Twins sign draft choices Alerick Soularie and Marco Raya

They were the second and fourth round choices in last week's MLB first year player draft.
Twins
June 18
UNC-Wilmington lefthander Sharpe agrees to sign with Twins

UNC-Wilmington lefthander Sharpe agrees to sign with Twins

Zarion Sharpe was drafted by St. Louis in 2019, but returned to school for his redshirt junior season.
Twins
June 16
Twins sign Pacific lefthander Lucas Sweany, juco catcher Allante Hall

Twins sign Pacific lefthander Lucas Sweany, juco catcher Allante Hall

The 6-foot-6 Sweany played three seasons for the Tigers before turning pro. Hall was headed to the University of Missouri.
Twins
June 11

Twins draft Tennessee outfielder Alerick Soularie in second round

Once drafted by the Cardinals, Soularie has a .336 career batting average with the Vols.
Twins
May 26
Field of Dreams Game still on as ballpark construction continues

Field of Dreams Game still on as ballpark construction continues

The White Sox and Yankees are scheduled to play in Dyersville, Iowa, in August.
Twins
May 21
Twins mailbag: 'Everybody spits.' Can baseball really enforce these rules?

Twins mailbag: 'Everybody spits.' Can baseball really enforce these rules?

Can an MLB dugout can go from being a trough for the amalgamation of fluids and sunflower seed shells to suddenly being sanitary?
Twins
May 6
Twins mailbag: Is the best-case scenario just a fantasy for baseball?

Twins mailbag: Is the best-case scenario just a fantasy for baseball?

The one question no one seems to be able to answer is the most common query for baseball writers these days. And a Pete Rose/Hall of Fame question.
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.
Final, 8/3 R H E
Pittsburgh 2-8 4 9 1
Minnesota 8-2 5 7 0