Twins
July 29
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Twins players pick their 2020 entrance music: Let's rank the Top Ten

As much as the songs are part of the fan experience, they are even more about getting players in the right frame of mind to compete.
Twins
July 29
Minnesota Twins pitcher Taylor Rogers

Twins think they're built for grueling stretch of schedule ahead

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.
Twins
July 29
Jorge Polanco broke open the game with a home run in the second inning, when the Twins scored five runs.

Free-agent buys Donaldson, Bailey pay off for Twins in home opener victory

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.
Twins
July 29
The Twins offense backed up another new teammate as Homer Bailey won his first start at Target Field.

New Twins pitchers are loving team's dominant early offense

There's nothing like an early cushion to help a pitcher relax and throw strikes. Homer Bailey did that, holding St. Louis to two runs over five innings as the offense gave him a 5-0 lead.
Twins
July 29
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Replay: The odd season continues. Twins home opener conversation

Watch the Star Tribune's La Velle E. Neal III, Chip Scoggins and Michael Rand in their Zoom conversation to mark the home opener at Target Field. The show is presented by X-Golf.
Twins
July 29
Twins second baseman Luis Arraez was safe scoring on a Byron Buxton single in the second inning.

Souhan: Aesthetic Arraez has spark to lead off for Twins' Bomba Squad

Even in the launch-angle era, there remains value in a leadoff hitter who wears down pitchers and gets on base. Last year, Arraez had the best on-base percentage of any Twins regular, at .399.
West Metro
July 29
Luke Widbin and Nathan Heerts ate takeout outside Target Field while listening to the Twins home opener via phones.

Eerie quiet surrounds Target Field, downtown Minneapolis for Twins home opener

For a few fans, just being close to the home opener was worth the trip.
Twins
July 29

Tuesday's Twins-Cardinals game recap

A look back at Tuesday night's home opener.
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 28

Blog replay: Twins make fans happy with 6-3 home opener victory

The Twins are playing St. Louis in the spectator-free 2020 home opener. Tap here for updates from Star Tribune reporters at the game, and others following the action even though they're not at Target Field.
Twins
July 28
Minnie and Paul, high above Target Field, will overlook a nearly empty stadium for Tuesday's home opener against the Cardinals.

First pitch, music and more: Tonight's Twins home opener schedule

The team will unveil a memorial graphic for George Floyd on the outfield wall and will have an in-game moment of silence at 8:46 p.m.
Twins
July 28
President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey, right, recently talked with Twins manager Rocco Baldelli during training camp at Target Field.

Reusse: Young genius. Twins appear to have scored with Derek Falvey

Falvey was a little-known 33-year-old member of the Cleveland front office when the Twins hired him in 2016 to head their baseball operation amid much skepticism.
Twins
July 28
Target Field will be devoid of fans when the Twins play the Cardinals on Tuesday in the home opener.

Tonight's home opener presents Twins with new kinds of challenges

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.
Twins
July 28
No social distancing was evident as Twins players celebrated their victory over the White Sox in Chicago on Sunday.

Twins, other teams working through first in-season coronavirus scare

The Twins beat the White Sox in two of three games in Chicago over the weekend, with both teams finding it difficult to observe social distancing and avoiding actions such as spitting.
Twins
July 28
President Donald Trump plays catch with retired New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, July 23, 2

Trump announced, then canceled, a Yankees pitch. Both came as a surprise.

Trump had not actually been invited on that day by the Yankees, according to one person with knowledge of the president's schedule. His announcement surprised Yankees officials and White House staff.
Coronavirus
July 28
With a fanless home opener for the Twins on Tuesday, downtown restaurants and bars are worried about business. Pictured is Kirby Puckett's statue outs

Downtown Mpls. restaurants, bars expect 'huge loss' with no Twins foot traffic

Tim Mahoney will still be able to hear the crack of the bat from his sports bar steps away from Target Field during the Twins’…
Twins
July 27
Nelson Cruz, right, celebrated with Aaron Whitefield after hitting a three-run home run in the eighth inning Sunday.

Twins' Cruz is American League player of the week

Nelson Cruz went 7-for-13 (.538) with three homers, two doubles, 10 RBI and a 1.956 OPS in the Twins' first three games.
Twins
July 27
St. Louis’ Carlos Martinez has lost both his career starts against the Twins despite giving up only three earned runs over 11⅔ innings.

Twins-Cardinals series preview

St. Louis is the first interleague opponent to open a Twins home schedule.
Twins
July 27
Nelson Cruz was aboard when Jake Cave staked Kenta Maeda to a 4-0 lead in the first inning with a grand slam.

Cruz drives in seven, Cave hits grand slam as Twins smash White Sox 14-2

The Twins scored 27 runs over the weekend, their most in the first three games of any season since 1996, when they scored 30.
Twins
July 27
Power of illusion: Twins season begins as distraction and reminder

Power of illusion: Twins season begins as distraction and reminder

When you weren’t really paying attention this weekend, or conversely you were able to lose yourself in the moment, the Twins’ season-opening weekend in Chicago felt close to normal.
Final, 8/3 R H E
Pittsburgh 2-8 4 9 1
Minnesota 8-2 5 7 0