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(Updates. With AP Photos.) By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer The Minnesota Twins have had all of two managers over the last quarter-century, so it's a bit startling to see Ron Gardenhire beginning the last year of his contract, his job seemingly on the line after back-to-back seasons of more than 95 losses.
Of course, Gardenhire isn't alone. Four years after winning the World Series, Joe Girardi is in the final season of his deal with the New York Yankees. Don Mattingly is in a similar situation with the Dodgers - and even Walt Weiss, who just took over the Colorado Rockies in November, is signed for only a year.
Every season, a handful of managers find themselves under increased pressure, and 2013 is no different. Sometimes a struggling team wants to keep its options open, or perhaps a contender starts losing patience. A manager facing the end of his contract isn't necessarily doomed, but these next few months will be crucial for some of baseball's biggest names....
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Joe Mauer has spent his entire career with the Minnesota Twins. So it's only fitting that he'll soon be the father of his own set of twins.
The team confirmed Wednesday that the star catcher and his wife, Maddie, are expecting their first children, as was first reported by the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Of course, it's all too perfect that the couple will have twins.
When word came that Minnesota Twins superstar Joe Mauer and his Maddie were expecting twins...I'm pretty sure fans from Rochester to Fergus Falls completely lost their mind.Yup, the guy who, when it's all said and done, might supplant Kirby Puckett or Harmon Killebrew as "Mr. Twin" is about to have twins of his own. "Obviously, we're both really excited...
Get your puns ready, because Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer and his wife, Maddie, are expecting twins.
Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported the news Wednesday.
“Obviously, we’re both really excited and couldn’t be happier,” Mauer told Walters. “Everything so far is good.”
Mauer is the Twins’ franchise icon and a hometown player from St. Paul, so...
Once upon a time, Justin Morneau was a very solid player. He was never the player his most-valuable-player status would have seemed to convey, though he was still solid. But that time was more than two seasons ago, and as he enters a contract year in what will be age-32 season, it’s fair to wonder if this is Morneau’s last stand.
To be sure, Morneau is no scrub. Since the Integration...
Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins announced that his wife is pregnant with Minnesota twins, and yes, our jokes about it are terrible.
As news spread that Joe Mauer and his wife are expecting twins in August, the All-Star catcher had two hits with an RBI, a walk and two runs scored to lead the Minnesota Twins over the Baltimore Orioles 7-1 on Thursday.
Josh Willingham boosted his spring average to .727 with a pair of hits for the Twins. Willingham also drove in a run, drew a walk and scored twice.
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) --Justin Morneau is finding his hitting touch early in preparation for the World Baseball Classic.
Morneau had two hits, including an RBI double, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 on Tuesday.
Morneau and teammate Joe Mauer, both taking part in next month's WBC, made the 2-hour trip from Fort Myers.
"Just to get my legs underneath...
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- As news spread that Joe Mauer and his wife are expecting twins in August, the All-Star catcher had two hits with an RBI, a walk and two runs scored to lead the Minnesota Twins over the Baltimore Orioles 7-1 on Thursday.
Josh Willingham boosted his spring average to .727 with a pair of hits for the Twins. Willingham also drove in a run, drew a walk and scored...
The bullpen allows 11 runs to score, doing in the Phils as they lose their third spring training game, dropping this one to the Twins, 12-5.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the game off with a single, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending...