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The Outside Corner:
This is the ninth edition of Hope for the Hopeless, where we will take a look at the first ten fourteen teams in the league eliminated from playoff contention, and examine what their fans can be optimistic about after a disappointing 2013 season. Next up: the Minnesota Twins.
Well Twins fans, the Justin Morneau era is over. The former AL MVP, due to be a free agent after the season, was dealt to the Pirates in August after another miserable season in Minnesota began to wind down.
But while the Morneau era is over, the Joe Mauer era is still going strong. Mauer remains the face of the franchise and had another nice year in 2013, though it was cut short by lingering effects from a concussion. If the aftereffects of that concussion don't linger like they did with Morneau, Mauer will continue to be a part of Minnesota's future going forth.
However, sometime next season, Mauer is going to lose his role as the most talented Twins player thanks to the presence of a pa...
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MINNEAPOLIS -- As the Minnesota Twins march toward the end of another losing season, there haven't been too many bright spots to speak of lately.
Josmil Pinto, however, has been one of them.
The Twins' rookie catcher has already impressed with his bat during his limited time in the major leagues, but he had his biggest hit of his young career Sunday against Tampa Bay. With...
MINNEAPOLIS -- The rain delay at Target Field on Saturday night lasted exactly two hours and four minutes.
Plenty of time for the Twins' closer to express his gratitude toward a group of fans for riding it out.
At some point during a respite that drove many fans away from an already-thin contingent -- Minnesota trailed 4-0 after 3 innings when the tarps first came out -- Glen...
MINNEAPOLIS -- The strikeout totals for Minnesota's batters have been alarming. The Twins already set a club record for the most strikeouts in a season, and that number continues to grow.
In Friday's 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay, it was the strikeouts Minnesota's hitters simply sat and watched that bothered manager Ron Gardenhire.
The Twins struck out 11 times against the...
Here we are, folks: the End of Season Post-Mortem series. If you're new here (which about 50% of our reader base is in comparison to last year), here's a brief explanation: after a team is eliminated from playoff contention, we're going to put their season under a microscope and look at just what the hell went wrong, what went right, and so on and so forth. The goal is...
Josmil Pinto is a "hungry" ballplayer manager Ron Gardenhire said Sunday someone who is "really interested" in showing the Twins he deserves a spot on the 2014 roster.
He makes a pretty convincing case.
Pinto launched a three-run home run into the Tampa Bay bullpen in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday rallying the Twins past the playoff-contending Rays...
Adding Kevin Correia was not the kind of offseason move that caused a buzz around baseball or made Minnesota Twins fans buy a bunch of tickets.
The veteran has given the Twins good value, though. Imagine their rotation without the right-hander.
Chris Archer pitched six innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays added to their slim wild-card lead by beating Correia and the Twins 3-0 on Friday...
MINNEAPOLIS -- By the end, the individual boos and catcalls from the few souls left inside Target Field could be heard plainly.
Not that the Twins needed any more audible reminders of their struggles against the Rays.
And at home.
And in 2013.
Tampa Bay continued to cruise against Minnesota, shutting out the Twins for the second night in a row with a 7-0, rain-delayed shellacking...
Joel Peralta gave up a solo homer to Ryan Doumit in the eighth inning and a three-run drive to Josmil Pinto, and the Tampa Bay Rays stumbled again in the AL wild-card race with a 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
Tampa Bay, which had won its previous three games, wasted a 3-0 lead and dropped to 7-14 from Aug. 25 on. The Rays began the day tied with Texas for the two AL...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Chris Archer pitched six scoreless innings and the Tampa Bay Rays added to their slim wild-card lead by beating the Minnesota Twins 3-0 on Friday night.
The Rays hold the second wild-card spot with four teams still in striking range. They nudged their edge to 1 games over Cleveland, due to a loss by New York that pushed the Yankees to two games back. Baltimore...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Joel Peralta gave up a solo homer to Josmil Pinto in the eighth inning and a three-run drive to Ryan Doumit, and the Tampa Bay Rays stumbled again in the AL wild-card race with a 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
Tampa Bay, which had won its previous three games, wasted a 3-0 lead and dropped to 7-14 from Aug. 25 on. The Rays began the day tied with...
It’s Friday the 13th! Spoooooky.
This trbute to Andrew Luck is pretty corny.
No, it’s cool. Concussions are cool.
SEC Football is so messed up.
Oakland 8, Minnesota 2 – The Twins appear ready for the offseason.
Cleveland 14, Chicago 3 – Chicago too.
Cleveland 3, Chicago 1 (Today) – At least they didn’t give up a touchdown, right?
Francisco Liriano took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before faltering in his first no-decision this season, and pinch-hitter Justin Morneau singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth Sunday to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Chicago Cubs 3-2.
Pittsburgh, which began the day tied with St. Louis for the NL Central lead, took three of four from the last-place Cubs and won...
Three batters into the game, it appeared Chicago Cubs starter Travis Wood might not make it out of the first inning.
Jose Tabata led with a triple off the center-field fence and scored on a wild pitch to put the Pittsburgh Pirates ahead 1-0. Jordy Mercer followed with a double that bounced into the left-field bleachers, and Andrew McCutchen singled to put runners at the corners...
Only two weeks left to sort the baseball playoff picture, and the chase for October is sizzling. A quick look at how the races shake out:
THE WILD SIDE: It's a scramble for the two AL wild-card spots, with a half-dozen teams trying to claim them. Texas and Tampa Bay are tied at the top, but wobbling. Cleveland is a half-game back, Baltimore is 2 1/2 behind, the Yankees trail...
Jim Souhan and Phil Mackey are local media personalities who are rather strident in their opinions. Of course, they are almost in lock step with those opinions, and they are often myopic. Let’s run down a list of the people, teams and ideas that they hate.
- Christian Ponder
- Jerry Kill’s epilepsy
- Christian Ponder if he had epilepsy
- Twins fans that question Ron Gardenhire...