Found February 21, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Bill Smith
TEAMS: Minnesota Twins
It's a unique situation, but the Twins are a very unique organization. Terry Ryan is beginning his first spring as general manager after four years out of that chair. Bill Smith, the guy he replaced, remains in the organization.

Twins notes: Blackburn, Liriano throwing well

Twins pitchers and catchers officially reported to Fort Myers on Saturday, and many pitchers have been easing their way into workouts. Several, including left-hander Francisco Liriano, threw their first bullpen sessions of the spring on Monday. will track reports from the news outlets already in Florida until March 4, when Tyler Mason will begin covering the team...

Morneau still needs to be cleared by MLB

Several more Twins players reported to spring training in Fort Myers on Tuesday, although four players have not yet reported. That includes first baseman Justin Morneau, who missed the end of the last three seasons. Position players have until Thursday to report to camp, and full-team workouts begin Friday. will track reports from the news outlets already in Florida...

Good news for Hughes: Shoulder just inflamed

Twins infielder Luke Hughes received welcome news on Wednesday, as a second opinion by Dr. Lewis Yocum on an MRI exam taken on Hughes' strained right shoulder found only inflammation.

Twins bring back closer Capps for 2nd chance

(Eds: APNewsNow. AP Photo planned. With AP Photos.) By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Baseball Writer After the kind of season Matt Capps endured as the Minnesota Twins closer, many pitchers would look for a change of scenery in free agency. Capps wanted a second chance. He got it from general manager Terry Ryan, who re-signed Capps as the closer this season after Joe Nathan left for the Texas...

Morneau needs medical clearance to play

Twins GM Terry Ryan confirmed that first baseman Justin Morneau will have to be medically cleared to return to action because Morneau ended last season on the disabled list with concussion-like symptoms.

Liriano throws first 'pen session of camp

A day after throwing off the mound, Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano threw his first bullpen session on Monday.

Span hopes to put concussion behind him (AP)

Denard Span has been assured by medical advisers that his concussion problems are behind him. He is ready to put the diagnosis to the test. Span showed up at Hammond Stadium a couple of days early and said he is eager to get back out there with the rest of the Minnesota Twins after concussion and migraine problems limited him to 70 games in 2011.

Twins ponder if three catchers is indeed a crowd

Drew Butera lacks punch at the plate, but the team might need him as a backup if Ryan Doumit opens as the DH. Still, "that next guy has got to earn his spot."

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Also, Joe Mauer is looking good at Twins spring training and more on the Vikings stadium.
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