Found March 13, 2012 on
Fox Sports North:
Toronto Blue Jays
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-to-back doubles on consecutive pitches by Travis Snyder and Travis d'Arnaud in Minnesota's 8-2 loss to Toronto.
Prior to Tuesday, Liriano surrendered just two hits in five combined scoreless innings against Boston and Tampa Bay. Last Thursday against the Rays, Liriano recorded five strikeouts in three innings of work. He routinely worked ahead in the count in that start while keeping his pitch count low.
Tuesday was a different story. Twice in the second inning, Liriano fell behind batters by 3-1 counts. While he retired both hitters, he still saw his pitch count climb.
In the third, Liriano all...
BEST OF MAXIM
CLEARWATER, Fla. Justin Morneau is struggling at the plate, but the Twins first baseman isn't concerned about his offense just yet.
After a 0-for-5 performance Wednesday against Philadelphia, Morneau is batting .136 (3-for-22) with five strikeouts this spring. Morneau missed a good portion of the last two seasons after a concussion in 2010 and multiple ailments in 2011. He...
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...
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. 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...
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.
Florentino tested positive for metabolites of Nandrolone and...
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...
A couple of home runs given up by Roy Halladay hurt the Phils as they lose to the Twins, 6-4.
The Twins took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Josh Willingham hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Twins a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI infield single...
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...