Found April 12, 2014 on Pro Sports Daily:
Finally, the Twins could smile in their own clubhouse following a game. Behind a solid outing from righthander Kyle Gibson — who has been the best starting pitcher so far — and an excellent day at the plate, the Twins beat Kansas City 10-1 on Friday night for their first home victory in four tries. It ended a nine-game losing streak at Target Field dating to last season. The boos from the fans in recent days turned to cheers. Especially in the seventh inning, when Terry Steinbach went to the mound to replace Gibson, whose 100th pitch of the game had just struck out Alcides Escobar for the first out of the inning. Most of the announced crowd of 24,338 rose to their feet to cheer Gibson for his effort. He is the first Twins starter to win two games this young season. Check that. He’s the only Twins starter to win even one game this season. Steinbach — filling in for manager Ron Gardenhire, in Ohio for a funeral — will have many good things to say when he checks in Saturday morning...

Gibson proving to be more than capable starter for Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- On a night when the Minnesota Twins needed their starting pitcher to go deep into the game, Kyle Gibson delivered. And through two starts, Gibson has pitched more like an ace than a No. 5 starter. Granted, it's early to throw such labels onto the Twins' 26-year-old right-hander. But following arguably the best start of the year by a Minnesota pitcher, Gibson...

Twins Friday: Willingham sent to DL

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins were hopeful that left fielder Josh Willingham could avoid the disabled list after getting hit in the hand with a pitch on Sunday. But Willingham wasn't making the progress he'd hoped after taking swings in the cage, so he will indeed be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a hand contusion, assistant general manager Rob Antony said Friday...

Minnesota Twins: Colabello contributes hot bat to lineup

Target Field While the Minnesota Twins still struggle to see a record above .500, designated hitter and first baseman Chris Colabello has been nothing but determined to help the team reach that goal and a possible chance at postseason. At 30 years old, Colabello was not within immediate eyesight for any Major League roster following school. Graduating from Assumption College in 2005...

How the Minnesota Twins will make the playoffs

Brian Dozier The last time the Minnesota Twins reached the postseason was the year 2010. They had a comfortable six-game lead over the Chicago White Sox in the standings and were the only team in the division to finish with over 90 wins. This year, the Twins have started to turn their rough start to the season around as they hope to reclaim the division and head to the playoffs....

Correia's quality start completes solid weekend for Twins rotation

MINNEAPOLIS -- Entering the weekend, the Minnesota Twins dropped to 3-6 following a three-game sweep at the hands of the Oakland Athletics. Poor starting pitching was one of the biggest flaws during that series. Three days later, the Twins are back at .500 with a three-game sweep of the visiting Kansas City Royals -- and Minnesota has its starting pitching to thank. Right-hander...

I think Minnesota just needed to let loose

The Twins haven’t been to, let alone won a World Series since 1991. The Vikings haven’t ever won the Super Bowl, and haven’t been since the 70s. There is no Stanley Cup in the Minnesota past and the NBA hasn’t been good to Minnesota since the Lakers left. The University of Minnesota is the only college game in town, and the basketball team made a run to Final Four in 1998...

Twins notes: Mastroianni feeling good after stint in minors

In retrospect, Darin Mastroianni said Thursday, getting sent to the minors last month was the best thing that happened to him this spring. “If you’re not playing a lot, you can’t really simulate game conditions, and my ankle wasn’t getting better,” the Twins outfielder said after arriving from Class AAA Rochester, called up for injured Oswaldo Arcia. “Going to Rochester...

Twins bats, Nolasco hit stride in 7-1 win over Royals

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is about to return to a team that is playing markedly better than when he left it two days ago. Saturday, the offense showed it can take advantage of a struggling starter. And Ricky Nolasco allayed fears about a possible Vance Worley redux. And after being beat down by the Royals for most of 2013, the Twins whipped them 7-1 Saturday, giving them victories...

Vargas will try to help Royals slow down Twins, avoid sweep

While they've had strong performances in the early going despite injuries, the Minnesota Twins' bats have really come alive during a visit from the Kansas City Royals. In manager Ron Gardenhire's likely return to the dugout, the Twins will next try to power their way to their first series sweep over their AL Central rivals in nearly three years Sunday afternoon. Josh...

Twins rally to sweep Royals

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Pitcher Wade Davis made a wild flip home on a comebacker in the eighth inning and the Minnesota Twins rallied past the Kansas City Royals 4-3 Sunday for a three-game sweep. A madcap sequence put the Twins ahead and a crazy play ended it, too. With two outs and none on in the ninth, Mike Moustakas popped a ball straight up. As he stood to watch it in the batter...

Nolasco contains Royals, posts strong start

Things hadn't gone Ricky Nolasco's way in his first two starts, but the Twins' big free-agent offseason signing handcuffed the Royals in pitching eight strong innings to give Minnesota starters solid back-to-back starts.

Money Matchup of the Day – Bruce Chen vs. Trevor Plouffe

No one matchup is the make or break in any baseball game but there are certain matchups in some games that could help decide the outcome in that game.  In this new daily piece at Pine Tar Press we will take a look at an intriguing competition between two players in that days game that we feel could help decide the outcome. Today's Matchup: Bruce Chen vs. Trevor Plouffe ...

Gardenhire to miss 2 games for funeral

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Manager Ron Gardenhire will miss Minnesota's games on Friday and Saturday against Kansas City to attend Saturday's funeral of Michael Hirschbeck in Ohio.

Mauer homers, Nolasco pitches Twins past Royals

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Joe Mauer hit his first home run of the season and free-agent acquisition Ricky Nolasco earned his first win for the Minnesota Twins in a 7-1 victory Saturday over the Kansas City Royals.

Royals pounded by Twins 10-1 as offense continues to struggle

So, this was the time that the Royals were supposed to take off, playing nine games against the lowly Minnesota Twins and even lowlier Houston Astros over the next 10 days. Oops. The Royals did not exactly get off to a flying start, getting drilled by the Twins and their youthful and shaky starter Kyle Gibson by a score of 10-1. 3 UP Learn from Omar Infante, guys. Omar Infante, back...
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