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When the Minnesota Twins visited Fenway Park for the lone time this season for a four-game set starting May 6, the Red Sox were 20-11 and led the American League East by 1 1/2 games despite having just been swept three games in Texas.
The Sox beat the Twins 6-5 in 11 innings in the opener, but Minnesota took the final three games and things have gone downhill ever since for Boston, which is now looking up at the first-place Yankees. The Twins enter this weekend’s series at Target Field having lost back-to-back series there to the Orioles and White Sox to fall to 9-10 at home, 18-19 overall and fourth in the AL Central.
Thanks largely to Joe Mauer (.349), on a 14-game hitting streak, and Justin Morneau (.306), the Twins are a decent-hitting team, but their pitching staff is one of baseball’s worst. It ranks near the bottom in quality starts and opponents’ batting average, and is dead last in strikeouts. One big culprit for those numbers is Friday’s starter, former Phillie Vance Worle...
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MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer is out of the lineup on Friday for the series opener against the Boston Rex Sox. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that Mauer came to the park Friday with a stiff back.
"The decision was not to play him," Gardenhire said. "We'll see how he does through the night and check on him for tomorrow, see how it goes."...
MINNEAPOLIS After finally earning his first win in a Twins uniform last time out, Minnesota right-hander Vance Worley took another step forward Friday. Unfortunately for Worley, it didn't result in his second straight victory.
Worley allowed just one unearned run in six innings Friday against Boston and left with a one-run lead. But the Twins went on to lose 3-2 in extra innings...
MINNEAPOLIS If Ron Gardenhire had his choice, he would have been a switch hitter during his career as what he refers to as a "futility infielder."
Instead, Gardenhire batted only right-handed during his five seasons with the New York Mets. His career batting average? Just .232 in 285 games. Against right-handers, he was a career .205 hitter.
"I just know from when...
A pair of baseball legends were on hand for the Red Sox-Twins game Friday night at Target Field.Seen here are Patrick Renna and Chauncey Leopardi, also known as Hamilton "Ham" Porter and Michael "Squints" Palledorous from Sandlot, respectively, posing with Minnesota's Aaron Hicks in the dugout before the game.The duo are in town because the Twins are hosting...
The umpiring crew for the Minnesota Twins-Chicago White Sox game on Tuesday night badly blew a pair of calls in Chicago’s 4-2 win at Target Field.
The first blown call occurred with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. Justin Morneau was on second when Oswaldo Arcia singled to right field. Morneau tried to score on the play, but Alex Rios’ throw clearly beat him. Morneau tried...
THE GREAT HAMBINO
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the classic baseball movie "The Sandlot", actors from the movie visited the Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox before Friday night's game at Target Field. Photo via @BrianDuensing52. Chauncey Leopardi (who played Michael "Squints" Palledorous) and Patrick Renna (who played Ham Porter) with players on both teams, including...
Here's another you may have missed from last week. Justin Morneau broke a photographer's laptop in Boston.
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MINNEAPOLIS On Sunday, one of the classic baseball movies, "The Sandlot," will be played on FOX Sports North and on the big screen at Target Field following the Twins game. As it turns 20 years old this year, it has proven to stand the test of time. Even major league baseball players still enjoy the movie and have fond memories of it. Here are some thoughts from the Minnesota...
MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Twins took note of longtime nemesis Paul Konerko's return to the White Sox lineup for Wednesday's series finale.
They probably should have been more concerned with the guy batting ahead of him.
Chicago first baseman Adam Dunn he of the .137 batting average continued to torment the Twins, blasting two homers and driving in five runs as the White...
The Minnesota Twins nearly handed Clay Buchholz his first loss of the season 11 days ago.
Now, the Twins will have another chance to send Buchholz home a loser as they host the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.
Buchholz (6-0, 1.69 ERA) was outstanding en route to six straight wins to begin the season, posting a 1.01 ERA during that span. In his seventh start, however, he surrendered...
It’s almost time for the weekend. Hang in there.
The Twins have a heck of a prospect in Byron Buxton. Two monster players are going to be playing in Minnesota in a few years in Buxton and Miguel Sano.
This pitch was a bit low and inside.
Speaking of amusing animations involving bad baseball, here are the Astros!
Rosenborg 4, Sarpsborg 2 – This was a see...
Oh, how sweet it is to score some damn runs.
With the White Sox facing the Twins in the rubber match of the team's three-game road set in Minneapolis Wednesday afternoon, us palehose faithful hoped to see the team head west to Anaheim with a bit of momentum.
And with a four-game set ready to get underway against the Halos Thursday night after a long day of travel...
Note: Pitching matchups are subject to change
Friday, May 17 @ 8:10 PM
Clay Buchholz, RHP (6-0, 1.69) vs Vance Worley, RHP (1-4, 7.15)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday Audio
Saturday, May 18 @ 7:10 PM
Ryan Dempster, RHP (2-4, 3.75) vs Scott Diamond, LHP (3-3, 4.08)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday...
First Pitch: Friday 8:10, Saturday 7:10, Sunday 2:10
Arms: Friday: Clay Buchholz, RHP (6-0, 1.69 ERA) vs. Vance Worley, RHP (1-4, 7.15 ERA)
Saturday: Ryan Dempster, RHP (2-4, 3.75 ERA) vs. Scott Diamond, LHP (3-3, 4.08 ERA)
Sunday: John Lackey, RHP (1-4, 4.05 ERA) vs. Pedro Hernandez, LHP (2-0, 5.79 ERA)