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By JESSE TEMPLE
BELOIT, Wis. So much pure, raw, God-given talent radiates from Miguel Sano's powerful body on the baseball diamond that it's understandably difficult for casual observers to focus their eyes anywhere else, even hours before game time.
As he whips throws across the field from third base in the afternoon sunlight and later bombs baseballs over the fence during batting practice with ease, it quickly becomes apparent that this gift is something special. He is the sort of wunderkind that comes along so seldom that the Minnesota Twins committed a 3 million signing bonus to him as a 16-year-old in the Dominican Republic.
For now, he is in between stops, a 19-year-old climbing the major league ladder with the Beloit Snappers, a Single-A Twins affiliate in the Midwest League. Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America rate Sano as the Twins' top farm system prospect. It is clear he won't be in Beloit past this season.
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MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota Twins designated hitter Justin Morneau, who has been on the disabled list with a sore right wrist since May 6, took about 25 swings off a tee on Saturday as part of his rehabilitation process. Morneau said he did not feel discomfort during the swings. Although he and manager Ron Gardenhire have not set a specific return date, the 2006 AL MVP said he plans to...
MINNEAPOLIS For Twins starter P.J. Walters, Saturday was a study in margin of error.
Two pitches, and this would have been a different game. A few centimeters, even, the sharp ding of ball off metal that Walters hoped to hear, and this all would have been different. In the end, the Blue Jays' 2-1 victory over the Twins came down to little more than three two-out hits, one a...
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...
Francisco Liriano hasn't pitched out the bullpen since his rookie year in 2006, and the Twins are hoping his recent move there won't last long. "We're trying not to have it permanent," general manager Terry Ryan said Friday. Liriano, 28, was demoted to the pen after going 0-5 with a 9.45 earned-run average in six starts. "We're trying to get him...
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 Reggie Deal can tell a lot about baseball by simply listening.As he stood near the batting cage at Target Field prior to Friday's game between the Twins and Blue Jays, Deal could hear how the baseball came off the bat of Minnesota's Trevor Plouffe."The way the ball sounds off the bat, if you're close enough to the plate, sometimes it'll give you...
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
By ALAN FERGUSON,
STATS WriterThe Minnesota Twins are in position to match their longest winning streak of the season all of two games. The Twins will try to make it back-to-back wins over the Toronto Blue Jays when they resume a four-game series Saturday afternoon in Minneapolis. Minnesota (9-23), which had dropped five of six entering Friday's series opener, got a boost from...