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FORT MYERS, Fla. Chartered flights. Five-star hotels. Tens of thousands of fans in state-of-the-art ballparks.
Yes, things are a bit nicer in the major leagues. For several Twins minor leaguers, last season was their first taste of the bigs. Numerous injuries and 99 losses meant several young players had an opportunity to show their stuff with Minnesota late in the 2011 season.
Several months later, those same players are trying to make a case to stay in the majors in 2012.
"Once you have a taste of the big leagues, you don't want to go back to the minor leagues," said outfielder Rene Tosoni, one of several Twins to make his major league debut in 2011. "But when you get back there, that's all you want to do is get back to the big leagues. Your goal is to stay out of the minor leagues. You want to be playing in the big leagues as long as you can."
Tosoni, 25, spent a decent part of 2011 with Minnesota, playing 60 total games in the majors and 73 with...
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FORT MYERS, Fla. With the New York Yankees in town, the Minnesota Twins rolled out what looked like a potential Opening Day lineup -- for a few hours, at least.
Center fielder Denard Span was scratched from the lineup with a stiff neck just before game time. Span played in just 70 games last season due to a concussion and has also been hampered by vestibular neuritis during his...
FORT MYERS, Fla. Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano cruised through his first two starts of the spring, throwing a total of five scoreless innings. Through two more scoreless innings Tuesday against Toronto, he seemed to be continuing that trend in start No. 3.
But the wheels fell off for Liriano in the third inning as he allowed four runs on four Blue Jays hits, including back...
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. Twins outfielder Denard Span is confident that the stiffness in his neck is unrelated to the concussion symptoms or vestibular neuritis he's dealt with over the past few years. Span said he's "optimistic" about the recent injury, and said Monday that he hopes to be back on the field within the next few days.
"It feels a lot better than...
FORT MYERS, Fla. Ben Revere's speed nearly got him in trouble last year.
As he laced a triple to right field during a mid-July game at Target Field, Revere sprinted around second base and headed for third. But the Twins outfielder was seemingly going too fast and stumbled over his own feet. After a nifty somersault, Revere popped back up in stride and slid safely into third...
FORT MYERS, Fla. Brian Dozier is a pretty good baseball player, but he's also a pretty good golfer.
Dozier, the Minnesota Twins' 24-year-old shortstop prospect, was a four-sport athlete at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Miss. He was the quarterback of the football team and the point guard on the Indians basketball team, as well as a shortstop. But he always...
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Nick Blackburn pitched three scoreless innings and the Minnesota Twins hit three home runs Sunday to beat a New York Yankees split squad 5-1.
Blackburn gave up three hits without a walk.
Danny Valencia, Joe Benson and Mike Holliman homered for the Twins. Minnesota had hit just three home runs in its first nine exhibition games.
Yankees starter Phil Hughes...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Two minor league pitchers in the Minnesota Twins' organization have been suspended 50 games each under baseball's minor league drug program.
Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that Yeison Florentino and Ezequiel Zarzuela each tested positive. They both play on the Twins' team in the Dominican Summer League team.
The suspensions are effective at...
If these guys are around in the mid to later rounds make sure to invest them.
9) Ben Revere (OF, Minnesota Twins)
As a late pick I REALLY like Revere. Last year in 117 games he stole 34 bags; this season he should easily steal 40+. We know Revere lacks power, but other than that he doesn’t hurt you fantasy wise. Although he only hit .267, in September Revere turned it on with...
Francisco Liriano's fast spring start slowed Tuesday when the Toronto Blue Jays scored four runs off him in the third inning and beat the Minnesota Twins 8-2.
The streaky lefty, who pitched a no-hitter last year while going 9-10, struck out five. But Toronto's Travis Snyder and Travis d'Arnaud hit consecutive two-run doubles off the right-field fence against Liriano...
Nick Blackburn pitched three scoreless innings and the Minnesota Twins hit three home runs Sunday to beat a New York Yankees split squad 5-1.
Blackburn gave up three hits without a walk.
Danny Valencia, Joe Benson and Mike Holliman homered for the Twins. Minnesota had hit just six home runs in its first nine exhibition games.
Yankees starter Phil Hughes threw three shutout innings...
DOWN AND OUT: Justin Morneau hit just 4 homeruns in 2011.
This post was written and contributed by Kellen Hunter.
Picks for 2012
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