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Finally. Opening Day is here.After a tailspin led to 99 losses for the Minnesota Twins last year, the end of the 2011 season seemingly couldn't come fast enough. And for a Twins team looking to turn the page on all that, the 2012 opener couldn't come soon enough. A chance at redemption officially begins Friday when the Twins open their year on the road against the Baltimore Orioles.Few sports, if any, celebrate the first game of the season in the same fashion baseball does. The pristinely manicured fields are painted with special logos and emblems to signify the start of a new year. Fans begin countdowns to Opening Day months before the first pitch is thrown. In Minnesota, that means dreaming about and wishing for baseball long before the snow melts.At the beginning of each season, all teams are even; everyone has a clean slate. No one trails in their division race. There is hope for all 30 teams. That includes the Twins, the same team that finished last in the American Leag...
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Minnesota Twins right-handed pitcher Scott Baker left a minor league rehab start Thursday after throwing only 11 pitches.
Baker had been placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, retroactive to March 27, due to elbow tendinitis.
The 30-year-old Baker pitched four innings Saturday and was looking to build up his arm strength. He was eligible to return from the disabled list on...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Minnesota Twins edged their Class-A affiliate, Fort Myers, 8-7, Wednesday, in an exhibition game before breaking spring training camp. The Twins posted three runs in the home half of the sixth, then held on as the Miracle posted a pair of runs in the top of the ninth to draw to within 8-7. Trevor Plouffe provided the biggest highlight for Minnesota Wednesday...
The Minnesota Twins lost 99 games last season and finished in last place in the AL Central. But it's a new season, and they're getting ready in the best way possible; making a parody of The Big Lebowski. A number of Twins, including All-Star catcher Joe Mauer and manager Ron Gardenhire, appear in the parody called "The Big Hrbowski." Playing the role of The Dude...
The Minnesota Twins made their final two roster moves in preparation for Opening Day on Friday in Baltimore.
Right-hander Scott Baker was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow strain. That move is retroactive to March 27. Baker was 8-6 with a 3.14 ERA last season but missed time at the end of the season with an elbow injury. He was originally scheduled to start Minnesota...
The Minnesota Twins opened their season on Friday able to finally start with a clean slate after last year's disappointing 63-99 record.
Three batters into the bottom of the first inning and the look of the season-opener had a certain dj vu feeling. Former Twin J.J. Hardy had walked and Nick Markakis followed with a one-out, two-run home run to put Minnesota in a 2-0 hole.
The Minnesota Twins have placed right-hander Scott Baker on the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-hander Jason Marquis to Double-A New Britain, with neither starter ready in time for the regular season.
The moves were made Wednesday, the Major League Baseball deadline for setting 25-man opening day rosters.
Baker has been bothered by tendinitis in his throwing elbow. He was...
"The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball."
That's a line from "Field of Dreams." And, with another baseball season starting, it's a line that applies to the Twins.
The one constant through all the years since 1991 has been that the Twins come up short. They came up way short last season, losing 99 games.
They won't come up...
With Opening Day upon us, we're finally getting around to wrapping up our Season Previews. Five years ago, they began as a semi-serious analysis and ended up as half-assed haiku. We're just gonna go with what we know. As our final preview of the 2012 season, and polishing off our preview of the American League Central, let's check out the Minnesota Twins.
It has become a tradition for me to go to at least one Yankee game a year, which is not always an easy thing to swing, considering how expensive ticket prices are - c'mon, Steinbrenners! Don't you make enough money charging me $12 for a beer????The tradition has also been to go to a game where the visiting team is the Minnesota Twins - if you're asking why, you obviously...
MINNEAPOLIS First baseman Kent Hrbek won two World Series titles with his hometown Minnesota Twins. Now, Hrbek will be immortalized with a bronze statue of his likeness that will stand outside Target Field.
The Twins officially announced Wednesday that Hrbek's statue will be unveiled Saturday, April 14 before Minnesota hosts the Texas Rangers. It will be outside Gate 14, which...