Randball
February 17
Fans watched the Toronto Blue Jays take on the Twins at Hammond Stadium prior to last year’s spring training being shut down. (Carlos Gonzalez/Star

Twins head into spring two pitchers short of true contention

Projections about how the Twins will fare in 2021 are generally optimistic. But if the roster is basically the same at the end of the season as it is now, RandBall writes that it's hard to see how the October streak of ineptitude ends.
Sports
February 17
Podcast: Will Twins offseason moves finally lead to some playoff wins?

Podcast: Will Twins offseason moves finally lead to some playoff wins?

La Velle E. Neal III joins Michael Rand for a breakdown of the Twins' roster heading into spring training and to answer the question that annoys their fans. Also, something odd about Tuesday's Wolves loss and a sobering statistic about Gophers basketball.
Twins
February 17
Luis Arraez was the Twins’ second baseman in 2020.

Booted from second-base job, Arraez primed for Twins' super-utility role

Another off-season infield shake-up by the Twins means that Luis Arraez will be playing all over the field in 2021. He's ready.
Twins
February 16
Matt Shoemaker is assisted off the field after being hit by a line drive from Seattle Mariners’ Kyle Seager in 2016.

After seasons of injuries, pitcher Shoemaker signs deal with Twins

Matt Shoemaker had a 16-4 record as a rookie, but a fractured skull and other injuries have plagued his last five seasons.
Twins
February 15
Royce Lewis

Lewis among 32 Twins minor-leaguers coming to training camp

Pitchers and catchers report to Fort Myers on Thursday as spring training begins. The full squad has its first workout next week.
Sports
February 15
How local players such as (clockwise from upper left) Danielle Hunter, Kirill Kaprizov, Byron Buxton and Karl-Anthony Towns fare will go a long way in

Souhan: A dozen dreams of better times for Minnesota sports teams

Better times are ahead, and in sports as well as life, better times require health and normalcy. Here's a list of what could make 2021 an uncommonly good sports year.
Twins
February 14
Nelson Cruz leads a Twins lineup that again looks potent and the defense should be improved. But are the Twins ready for the next step?

Scoggins: Twins look good again on paper, but a higher bar is in play

If the Twins stay relatively healthy they should be in contention to three-peat the Al Central division title. But are they constructed in a way that makes them a legitimate World Series contender?
Twins
February 13
Miguel Sano has struck out nearly 37% of the time he has stepped to the plate in the major leagues — 834 strikeouts in 2,256 plate appearances. In 2

Twins offense has had a very hit-or-miss approach

The Twins offense, historically explosive in 2019, turned significantly sclerotic in 2020. Eliminate strikeouts, walks and home runs, and the Twins forced fielders to make a play on only 61% of their plate appearances,
Twins
February 12
Alex Colome

With Alex Colome signing official, Ian Hamilton is DFA'd by Twins

Brandon Waddell cleared waivers and will be a nonroster invite to training camp.
The Twins Beat
February 12
CHS Field, home of the St. Paul Saints.

Jumbo Shrimp, Iron Pigs, Storm Chasers among new rivals for St. Paul Saints

The Saints will play in the 20-team Triple-A East Division as part of a total reorganization and shrinking of baseball's minor leagues.
Twins
February 12
Carlos Gonzalez • carlos.gonzalez@startribune.com Fans were in line for Twins tickets at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla., on Feb. 14, 2020.

Twins set revamped spring training schedule to cut down on travel

The Twins will play only five other teams during spring training with the first game set for Feb. 28 against the Red Sox.
The Twins Beat
February 12
Fans flocked to spring training in Fort Myers last year; this year, they’ll only be allowed in for games in small numbers.

Twins Mailbag: Service time, one-year deals and trading top prospects

Baseball writer Phil Miller gets some surprising questions from fans eager for the games to start. It's only five days until pitchers and catchers report.
Twins
February 11
Kyle Garlick

Twins add ex-Dodgers, Phillies outfielder Kyle Garlick

Pitcher Brandon Waddell was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.
Twins
February 11
Nelson Cruz talked with Twin Cities reporters Wednesday via Zoom.

Cruz isn't worried about MLB's plans to deaden baseballs this season

Veteran designated hitter Nelson Cruz is returning to lead the Bomba Squad with a one-year, $13 million deal. But he'll be swatting at a different make-up of baseballs.
Twins
February 11
Jake Odorizzi doesn’t appear likely to return to the Twins this season.

Odorizzi unlikely to return to Twins following roster makeover

After signing five major league free agents to contracts worth roughly $42 million, Derek Falvey said "the heavy lifting is done" in restructuring the Twins' roster.
Randball
February 10
Minnesota Twins Josh Donaldson, Nelson Cruz, Mitch Graver and Rocco Baldelli posed for a photo with their awards before the start of a game.

Blame the Bomba Squad? MLB messing with the baseball again.

Transparency on this issue has been sorely lacking, particularly in recent years, about the game's soaring number of home runs.
Sports
February 9
Toni Stone’s legend grew over time, as the country recognized her incredible career as a professional baseball player. She shared her story with stu

Toni Stone: Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame inductee, class of 2020

The importance of Toni Stone was so personal and so monumental that it took decades for America to comprehend it. A Black woman who willed herself to become the first woman to play for a men's professional baseball team.
Twins
February 8
Brewers outfielder Keon Broxton made a leaping catch on a ball hit by Twins second baseman Brian Dozier on July 4, 2018 in Milwaukee.

Twins sign four ex-major leaguers to minor league contracts

Keon Broxton has played with five major league teams and hit 20 homers for the Brewers in 2017. Andrew Albers, who had two stints with the Twins, is also back after three seasons in Japan.
Sports
February 8
Orono basketball coach Barry Wohler with players Isaiah Hagen and Connor Chappell.

Reusse: Barry Wohler's journey from three-sport U recruit to prep coach

The athletic standout from Bird Island was recruited by the Gophers, got drafted by the Dodgers and is now the long-time boys' basketball coach at Orono.
Sports
February 6
Jose Berrios is exciting to watch as a pitcher; as a hitter, not so much. Keep the universal DH.

Scoggins: Some pandemic-driven changes in sports are worth keeping around

Some rule changes in sports in response to COVID-19 have improved the product, so much so that some should be permanent, not temporary, when life returns to "normal."
Final, 3/4 R H E
Tampa Bay 3-2 5 7 3
Minnesota 2-3 2 7 3