Found February 24, 2013 on
Fox Sports North:
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Joe Mauer thought the scoreboard radar reading of 96 mph on a pitch from Kyle Gibson was a little low.
"It seemed like it was 106," Mauer said Sunday. "He was throwing the ball at a good angle. It was the first time I've caught him, so it was good to see him. It's been pretty good to get to know these guys. Once we get out into a game, you start to get a better idea about the guys."
Gibson struck out two and gave up one hit in two innings, but the Minnesota Twins lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 10-7 in 10 innings.
Facing longer odds of making the big league club, Rays reliever Juan Sandoval, attempting to pitch in the big leagues with one eye, struck out one and gave up one run and two hits in one inning.
"Sandoval was fine," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He threw the ball well."
Sandoval lost his right eye from an accidental gun shot while hunting in 2006.
"I look at it as a great challenge, but I'd look at it as a great challenge anyway," Sandoval said. "I don't even think about my eye anymore."
Gibson, a 2009 first-round draft pick out of the University of Missouri hoping to make the Twins' rotation coming off Tommy John elbow-reconstruction surgery, made his first spring training appearance Sunday.
He made nine appearances late last season after recovering from the Sept. 7, 2011, surgery. He showed promise two seasons ago, going 3-8 with a 4.81 ERA at Triple-A Rochester in 18 starts before the elbow gave out Aug. 2, 2011.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he had fun watching Gibson on the mound.
"He's got a good angle. The ball comes out of his hand really nice," Gardenhire said. "We're not going to let him pitch any more this spring, just to be safe. Just kidding. He looks pretty good."
Mauer went 0 for 2 with a walk. He is scheduled to leave camp after this week to play catcher for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.
Asked to compare Gibson to another pitcher, Mauer had trouble doing so.
"It's tough to compare somebody," Mauer said. "But he's got the height. He's got a good angle. He keeps the ball down."
Gibson said he worked on his slider, throwing three in the fourth inning and four in the fifth inning. He said he viewed his rehabilitation as over, although there were some things he would continue to do for the rest of his career.
"I think it's changed from rehab to prehab really," Gibson said. "I'm always trying to maintain. I think the program that I'm on is something I've been doing pretty much the whole time. I have to heat my arm up every day instead of just getting stretched. It's something that's become routine, and it's something I'll have to do every day for the rest of my career. It takes 45 minutes to get going. It's something I'm going to keep doing."
The Rays led 7-2 entering the ninth inning before a group of Twins minor leaguers rallied behind a three-run homer by infielder Brandon Boggs. The Twins scored five runs in the ninth.
Rays minor league catcher Michael Thomas hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning, sealing the victory.
Notes: Rays 3B Evan Longoria is slated to make his Grapefruit League debut Tuesday. Longoria left camp for four days for the birth of his daughter. Elle Leona Longoria was born Wednesday in Boca Raton. . . . Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe, held out of action because of a sore right calf, is slated to return to the field Tuesday.
BEST OF MAXIM
The Minnesota Twins have admitted the mistakes of the past when it came to their middle infielders. One official is quoted by MLB Reports as admitting the mistake of sending away J.J. Hardy and the fiasco caused by Nishioka and Casilla. Admitting your problems is the first half of the battle, so they say. And it should be noted that the Twins' current options will not hit anywhere...
The Tampa Bay Rays got clutch hitting late in the game to beat the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, 10-7 in 10 innings. Starting pitcher Chris Archer threw nine pitches in is one inning of work. He recorded a strike out and gave up one walk (to Joe Mauer). Jake Odorizzi also pitched well as he threw seven pitches in the second inning to record three outs.. But the real story was the...
One of the biggest questions leading to the Twins 2013 is how they plan on filling the hole left by the trade of Ben Revere and Denard Span. There are a handful of candidates for the position; Darin Mastroianni, Aaron Hicks and Joe Benson, with some guys like Clete Thomas nibbline at the edges.
The common opinion is that Twins fans would like to get their future started as soon as...
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Joe Mauer thought the scoreboard radar reading of 96 mph on a pitch from Kyle Gibson was a little low.
"It seemed like it was 106," Mauer said Sunday. "He was throwing the ball at a good angle. It was the first time I've caught him, so it was good to see him. It's been pretty good to get to know these guys. Once we get out into a game...
Hill-Murray School football coach Mark Mauer was busted in a prostitution sting last week. He’s also the cousin of the Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer. The best part about this story is his excuse after getting arrested.
According to the police report, Mauer arrived at the hotel about 7:30 p.m. and met with a female undercover officer. Mauer verbally agreed to pay the woman...
The Minnesota Twins are top heavy with hitters on the prospect level which bodes well for the future if they can find pitchers to put through to the major league rotation. But the pitching side of...
[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Justin Morneau was on Vance Worley's side this time.
That's the way the right-hander likes it.
Morneau hit a three-run double for Minnesota and the newcomer Worley pitched two scoreless innings in his spring debut for the Twins in a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.
Worley was acquired in a trade with Philadelphia for outfielder...
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- It doesn't matter if it's February or September, a couple of innings just to get the arm loose or a big-time start in a pennant race, Kevin Correia doesn't want to come out of the game.
It's why the Minnesota Twins veteran right-hander found himself grinding during Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against the Baltimore Orioles. Two hits...
Final: Twins 5, Pirates 4 (box)
WP: Cole De Vries (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
LP: Kris Johnson (0-1, 9.00 ERA)
SV: Pedro Hernandez (1, 0.00 ERA)
Kyle McPherson got the nod on the hill today for the Bucs and pitched two scoreless innings. He gave up one hit, which turned out to be the first hit given up by Pirates’ starters this spring. Pirates’ starting pitchers have still yet to give up...
Spring training is underway in Florida, but there is plenty to do at Target Field before the 2013 season starts in Minneapolis (like melting the snow). FOX Sports North caught up with Minnesota Twins president Dave St. Peter to find out what fans can look forward to this upcoming season and beyond at Target Field.
FSN: The team has made several changes to Target Field since it...
By David Dorsey
Special to FOXSportsNorth.com
FORT MYERS, Fla. Two men who have had a history with the Minnesota Twins, but never together, have been united this season for a common cause.
Tom Brunansky, 52, played outfield for the Twins from 1982-88, helping Minnesota to the 1987 World Series title. Just three years removed from being the hitting coach for the Gulf Coast rookie...