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MINNEAPOLIS -- Ricky Nolasco hung the four-seam fastball up in the zone, and Royals catcher Salvador Perez made him pay with a line-drive double to right field.
The gate had been opened early, this time in the second inning at Target Field. But unlike his first two starts in a Twins uniform, Nolasco responded rather than regressed.
After all, he's been through this before during his seven-year major-league career -- a couple bad starts here, a slump there, a meatball offering that means extra bases in a game-turning scenario somewhere in between.
But to stick in the majors this long and earn a lucrative contract like the four-year, $49 million one he inked with Minnesota in the offseason requires a move-on mentality.
"You can never count yourself out, no matter how bad you're doing," Nolasco said. "It's huge. Sometimes, if you do that, you're gonna beat yourself before the game even starts."
At the first sign of trouble Saturday, Nolasco didn'...
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
Photo Credit: David Eulitt / The Kansas City Star How bad have the Kansas City Royals started this year? Going 4-7 and being dead last in runs, runs per game, slugging, OPS, and home runs in the AL is not a good start no matter how you slice it. But good news everyone, its baseball! There are 162 games and we are 6.17% done with the season (for comparison that is 59.5 minutes...
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.
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...
By: X. Grieves
Continuing our breakdown of The Kansas City Royals coaches, we come to our bench coach, Don Wakamatsu. Wilber Donald “Don” Wakamatsu became The Royals bench coach and catching instructor in October 2013. Previously, Wakamatsu served as the bench coach for The Toronto Blue Jays in 2011-2012 and Manager of The Seattle Mariners in 2009 and part of 2010. Wakamatsu...
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.
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.
Learn from Omar Infante, guys. Omar Infante, back...
Jeff Francoeur is a 10-year MLB veteran, familiar with locker room antics and baseball pranks. However the 30-year old was completely oblivious to the most epic prank in minor league history when he was reassigned to the El Paso Chihuahuas this spring. The collective team convinced Francoeur that pitcher Jorge Reyes was deaf, a white lie that sparked a month long prank at the expense...
2004: Ken Harvey’s eighth-inning single broke a 3-3 tie and lifted the Royals to a 5-3 win over the Indians at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals, who had led 3-1 before Cleveland tied the score in the seventh, began their half of the eighth with Mike Sweeney being hit by a Jose Jimenez pitch. Juan Gonzalez flied out before Joe Randa worked a walk, moving pinch-runner Angel Berroa...
The Royals clearly are auditioning for a bridge to closer Greg Holland, and considering how difficult it is for the Royals' offense to score these days, that job is now critical to the team's psyche -- they simply can't afford to blow the rare leads they get.
Chris Colabello decided to stay in Minnesota after drawing lucrative offers from Korean teams following his major league debut with the Twins last season.
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