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Marooned at the bottom of the AL Central division with an MLB-worst 8-22 record, the Minnesota Twins couldn't wait any longer for Francisco Liriano and Danny Valencia to get going.
The Twins moved Liriano from the rotation to the bullpen and sent Valencia, once a promising third base prospect, to Triple-A Rochester as part of a major shakeup to try and instill some energy and life into a team that has shown very little of either through the first 30 games.
The moves were made after another lackluster performance in a 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
''We need to make some changes,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''We need some hits. We need some new life in here, the whole package.''
Josh Willingham hit his sixth homer of the season, but Carl Pavano (2-3) was knocked out of the game before there was an out in the fifth inning. He gave up five runs (four earned) and 10 hits in his shortest outing of the season.
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The struggling Minnesota Twins are shaking things up, moving Francisco Liriano to the bullpen and optioning third baseman Danny Valencia to Triple-A Rochester.
The Twins announced the moves on Wednesday night after a 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels that dropped them to an MLB-worst 8-22.
Liriano is 0-5 with a 9.45 ERA in six starts this season. Manager Ron Gardenhire says they...
MINNEAPOLIS Sitting fourteen games under .500, the Minnesota Twins needed to do something, anything, to possibly light a fire under the team.
After Wednesday's 6-2 loss to the Angels, they did just that.
Minnesota made a slew of roster moves Wednesday night with the hope of jumpstarting a struggling club. Perhaps the most notable move was third baseman Danny Valencia, who...
Here's the headline from the other night: Diamond pitched a gem.
Yeah, it's corny. It's also true.
Scott Diamond, in his first start of the season, pitched seven scoreless innings and gave the Twins the lift they needed in a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
I know. I can't help myself.
On Wednesday night, the 25-year-old from up north...
The Minnesota Twins designated Matt Maloney for assignment, optioned Danny Valencia to Triple-A and called up Darin Mastroianni according to the team's official Twitter account.
Maloney went 1-0 with a 8.18 ERA, 1.6 HR/9, 0.8 BB/9 and 4.1 SO/9 in 11.0 with the Twins this season. Mastroianni was hitting .346/.393/.423 with 11 RBI's and a .816 OPS with the Twins' Triple...
MINNEAPOLIS Go ahead. Cue the punny headlines.You could go with "A Diamond in the rough." Or perhaps "A Diamond is forever." Maybe "Nothing sparkles like a Diamond" is more your speed.Whatever you choose to call Scott Diamond's 2012 debut with the Twins, make sure you call it one thing: impressive. For a team so desperately needing a strong outing...
The Minnesota Twins recorded their only set of back-to-back victories last month at Target Field against the Los Angeles Angels.
After their best performance at the plate in May, the Twins will try again to post two straight wins over the visiting Angels on Wednesday night while adding to right-hander Ervin Santana's losing streak.
Minnesota had produced a combined eight runs...
Angels at Twins - Scott Diamond has been called up to face Haren. Good luck with that as Diamond is nothing spectular, but more of a filler. The trend is 81% of the betting public is taking the Angels money line.
TV's Take: Angels -175/ Bet $350 for an easy $200.
Braves at Cubs - I love Dempster in this game. He has been solid all year despite getting the lowest run production...
MINNEAPOLIS Darin Mastroianni's major-league career has been brief so far one game, to be exact, prior to Thursday. It was a time he described as a "whirlwind of emotions."On Aug. 24 of last season, Mastroianni made his big-league debut with the Toronto Blue Jays against the Kansas City Royals. He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a sacrifice bunt in his three at...
Date: April 18, 2012 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Top 1: Clete Thomas struck out swinging against Hiroki Kuroda (5 pitches)
Top 3: Thomas called out on strikes against Kuroda (6 pitches)
Top 5: Thomas struck out swinging against Clay Rapada (7 pitches)
Top 8: Thomas struck out swinging against Boone Logan (3 pitches)
Final Line: 0-for-4, 4 K
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Scott Diamond pitched a career-best seven scoreless innings in his season debut and Ryan Doumit hit a two-run homer, giving the Minnesota Twins a much-needed jolt in a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.
Diamond (1-0) struck out six, the most in any of his eight major league starts, and allowed only four hits. He's the first Twins starter...
The Twins are 8-23, the worst record in baseball by a large margin, and thereâ€™s no doubt that this is a terrible baseball team for the second year in a row.Â Itâ€™s incredibly disheartening.Â Here are all the things that have gone wrong over the last 18 months, in roughly chronological order:
1) Twins trade JJ Hardy and Brendan Harris for two minor league relievers.
Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimÂ (13-18) @ Minnesota Twins (8-21)
Pitching Probables: LAA â€“ Ervin Santana (0-6, 5.59 ERA) Â MIN â€“ Carl Pavano (2-2, 4.62 ERA)
Game Info: 5:10 PM PT; TV - Fox Sports West; Radio - KLAA 830
When this series began, it seemed to be set up more perfectly than you could imagine. The Minnesota Twins just allowed the Angels to gain not only three wins...