Found February 29, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
Twins_vs_tigers_0731 will track reports from the news outlets already in Florida until March 4, when Tyler Mason will begin covering the team in Fort Myers. Here's a look at Wednesday's top story lines from camp:Mauer in perpetual motion: He's catching bullpen sessions. He's taking grounders at first base. He's running the bases, and he looks lively during batting practice. If the first 12 days of Twins spring training are any indication, Joe Mauer is feeling much better this season. "Every day I'm just, 'What do you want me to do today?' " the Twins catcher told the Pioneer Press. Mauer has fully participated in all 12 days of the Twins' camp in 2012. He began camp by catching bullpen sessions for three pitchers, something he didn't do last season until March 12. Last year at this time, Mauer was recovering from mild knee surgery. This year, after intense off-season training, he'll play in the exhibition opener, Saturday against Tampa Bay. "There's always soreness, trying to get your body back into shape, so that's what I'm dealing with right now," Mauer noted. But "you know, you're going to do anything you want to do to get ready for the year."You've just got to get out there and catch bullpens and get on the field and play, so everything's going pretty good." Gibson rehabbing slowly but surely: The Twins' top pitching prospect, Kyle Gibson, is feeling a bit stir-crazy this spring. But, by all accounts, the righthander's rehab from Tommy John elbow surgery is progressing fine. "It's getting a little bit harder because I know I'm not going to be able to do everything," Gibson told the Star Tribune recently in Florida. Gibson is restricted to 50-foot tosses these days, but he has also been cleared to lift weights and go through full workouts. On June 7, the righthander will be allowed to throw in the bullpen for the first time since he had surgery. "I'm excited about where I'm at," Gibson said, "but at the same time I know there's possibly going to be setbacks. When I start throwing back-to-back days and it feels good, then it will be a little bit more exciting."The Twins anticipate allowing Gibson to pitch in some minor-league games late this season. And, the University of Missouri alum plans to be fully ready to compete at the start of the 2013 campaign. "When it comes to 2013 spring training, I'm going to feel like I have something to prove -- that I am healthy ... and (can) compete at a high level." Gardenhire announces Thursday's lineup: The Twins are scheduled for a "B" game with the Red Sox Thursday, at Hammond Stadium. According to manager Ron Gardenhire, Minnesota will use nine pitchers in that game, starting with Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn, followed by Liam Hendriks, Jeff Manship, Jason Bulger, Carlos Gutierrez, Tyler Robertson, Brendan Wise and Deolis Guerra.According to, the Twins' starting position players Thursday will be catcher J.R. Towles, first baseman Aaron Bates, second baseman Pedro Florimon, third baseman Ray Chang, shortstop Brian Dozier, left fielder Ben Revere, center fielder Joe Benson, right fielder Rene Tosoni and designated hitter Brian Dinkelman. The game starts at noon CST.

Minnesota Twins: 3 Up and 3 Down

The Minnesota Twins finished 2011 with a miserable 63-99 record which was worse than every team in baseball not named the Houston Astros. They were derailed by injuries and down seasons from players like Francisco Liriano, Brian Duensing, and Matt Capps. They got next to nothing from Japanese import Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who appeared to be in over his head against big league pitching...

Healthy Mauer looking forward to game action

Twins catcher Joe Mauer says he's feeling good after 11 days in camp, and is looking forward to Grapefruit League action starting on Saturday against the Rays at Hammond Stadium.

Liriano already ahead of last year's pace

Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano threw his third live batting practice of the spring on Tuesday, and is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday.

Twins win wild 'B' game against Red Sox will track reports from the news outlets already in Florida until March 4, when Tyler Mason will begin covering the team in Fort Myers. Here's a look at Thursday's top story lines from camp:Twins win 'B' game: For the first time all season, Minnesota supporters can claim "Twins win." Even if it was in a spring training 'B' game...

Gardenhire announces lineup for Thursday 'B' game

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire announced his starting lineup and pitchers for Thursday's "B" game against the Red Sox at Hammond Stadium.

With Zumaya out, Twins seek to fill bullpen void

With the offseason signing of hard-throwing reliever Joel Zumaya, the Twins were hoping they found a right-handed complement to top setup man Glen Perkins. But with Zumaya out for the season with a torn ulnar collateral ligament, the Twins have to find a replacement to handle late-inning duties to hand the ball off to Perkins and closer Matt Capps.

Detroit Tigers Preview and Predictions: Delmon Young

Delmon Young had 112 RBI's in 2010 (Twins) ** Writer’s Note ** – This article is the first of what I will call My “Player Predictions Preview”. Each article will take a different Tiger who will be on the roster out of Spring Training and attempt to predict their season. Obviously not all 25 spots are shoe ins at this point in time, so expect those last bullpen spots,...

Morneau aiming to play in Twins' first exhibition

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Justin Morneau is on the mend with the Minnesota Twins and says he hopes to play in the team's first exhibition game Saturday.

Iconic Minnesota Twins pitcher Jim Kaat Imparts Wisdom at Red Sox Camp

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– A special visitor graced the Red Sox clubhouse this week. Legendary Twins pitcher Jim Kaat, 73, passed by camp the past two days to offers advice to the team. Since pitching coach Bob McClure lives close to Kaat in Florida, it did not take much convincing for Katt to make the trek. "You can't teach experience, but [with] the amount of experience Jim...

Trevor Plouffe: Back in outfield school

The former shortstop couldn't secure that position last season, but the Twins hope his new spot will allow him to blossom.

Morneau on the mend with Minnesota (Yahoo! Sports)

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Justin Morneau isn't going to sugarcoat his concerns over recurring concussions and how they could affect his playing career.
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.