Found April 27, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
MINNEAPOLIS After facing teams from the American League East and AL West during the first month of the season, the Minnesota Twins will finally play a team from their division when they host the Kansas City Royals this weekend. Minnesota is the last AL Central team to face a division foe. The Twins welcome the Royals for three games, and both teams are in a tie for last place in the division. Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit, meanwhile, are in a three-way tie for first place entering Friday. Since Minnesota has yet to face any of these four teams, click here or at right to take a look around the AL Central to see how the rest of the division has fared so far. Follow Tyler Mason on Twitter.

Twins' Baker coming to grips with surgery

MINNEAPOLIS Beforethe anesthesia kicked in, Scott Baker didn't know what he was about to endure. Baker, Minnesota's best starting pitcher in 2011, went to see Dr. David Altchek in New York earlier this month to have his flexor pronator tendon in his right elbow repaired. But when Baker woke up from surgery, he had a new ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, thanks to...

Willingham back; Revere sent down

MINNEAPOLIS Ben Revere's call-up back to the big leagues was short-lived. The Twins optioned the outfielder back to Triple-A Rochester after Friday's game to make room for Josh Willingham, who will return Saturday from paternity leave.Revere, who started the season on Minnesota's Opening Day roster, was originally optioned to Rochester on April 14 after getting just...

After loss, Twins own worst record in baseball

Minnesota Twins pitching has been abysmal this season, but it's not the only reason Minnesota is the worst team in baseball. No matter what they do, the Twins generally find a way to lose. "We've got to find a way to win it, no matter how you look at it -- offense, pitching," manager Ron Gardenhire said after his team dropped a 7-6 decision to the Kansas City...

Twins' Parmelee 'feeling real good' post-injury

MINNEAPOLIS Twins first baseman Chris Parmelee was sporting a black eye Friday, but was headache- and concussion-free two days after being hit in the head by a 93 mph pitch in a game against Boston.Red Sox reliever Justin Thomas hit Parmelee in the head with a fastball in the sixth inning, and Parmelee instantly fell to the ground. He was helped off the field by trainers but did...

Baker out long term following surgery

Minnesota Twins RHP Scott Baker spoke to reporters Friday for the first time since having the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow surgically repaired. Though not happy to be out for nine-to-12 months, he felt he has finally fixed the right elbow that has been bothering him for the past two years. "I knew I wasn't crazy," he said. Baker, 30, had been...

Parmelee doing well after being hit in head

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins say first baseman Chris Parmelee "is doing well" a day after he was hit in the head by a pitch from Boston's Justin Thomas.A Twins spokesman says Parmelee was examined again by team doctors on Thursday and showed no signs of a concussion. He is listed as day to day.It was a scary scene in the sixth inning on Wednesday night. A...

Twins insist they're 'right there' despite skid

MINNEAPOLIS Like they did last season, the losses continue to pile up for the Minnesota Twins. Friday's 7-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals dropped the Twins to 5-15 on the season, which puts them alone in last place in the American League Central and dead last in the major leagues. But unlike the 2011 season, when Minnesota lost 99 games, the Twins insist that this year is...

Potential Trade Candidate: Francisco Liriano

While the trade market doesn’t traditionally become active before early summer, it’s never too early to begin an examination of some of the potential options that may be available either now or in the coming months. Regardless of what date the calendar reads, pitching is always put at a premium on the trade market anytime a quality option is made available. The key word there...

Starting pitching has put the Twins in a hole

MINNEAPOLIS When the Minnesota Twins announced earlier this month that right-hander Scott Baker would miss the entire 2012 season after having elbow surgery, Twins general manager Terry Ryan made a proclamation about his team's starting rotation. "Our big issue has not been pitching," Ryan said back on April 11. "We haven't hit too much. Our pitchers have...

Young arrested on hate assault charge

Detroit Tigers left fielder Delmon Young has been arrested on a hate crime assault charge after police say he attacked a group of men and yelled anti-Semitic epithets. Police say Young was standing outside of the Hilton New York, not far from Times Square. A group of about four Chicago tourists staying there were approached by a panhandler wearing a yarmulke. As the group walked...
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