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(Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos.) By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Baseball Writer The Minnesota Twins signed Josh Willingham to do two things - hit home runs and play right field.
The homers shouldn't be an issue. He hit 29 last season with Oakland and has plenty of power to reach the seats in spacious Target Field.
The transition to right field will be a little trickier. Willingham has primarily played left field for his entire career, but Ben Revere is penciled in as the left fielder right now.
Willingham will be leaning on center fielder Denard Span, who has played all three positions, to help him make the move. Manager Ron Gardenhire says he plans to play Span and Willingham together in the outfield as often as possible in spring training to give them time to get on the same page.
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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...
FOXSportsNorth.com 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...
FOXSportsNorth.com will track reports from the news outlets already in Florida until March 4, when Tyler Mason will begin covering the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers. A look at Friday's top story lines from camp:
Hughes almost ready: The Twins will open their exhibition season Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays in Fort Myers. The Star-Tribune reported that infielder Luke Hughes...
FOXSportsNorth.com 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...
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.
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,...
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire announced his starting lineup and pitchers for Thursday's "B" game against the Red Sox at Hammond Stadium.
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...
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.
The former shortstop couldn't secure that position last season, but the Twins hope his new spot will allow him to blossom.
After 11 days of workouts, the Twins finally played their first game of the spring at Hammond Stadium. The Twins, who won 6-5, saw only a few regulars play in the game -- pitchers Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn and left fielder Ben Revere. But Twins manager Ron Gardenhire liked what he saw with the club preparing for Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against the Rays.
Baseball's last official one-game playoff was in 2009, when the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins battled for the AL Central title. The Twins won on a walk-off single by Alexei Casilla in 12 innings. (Photo by Bryan Peterson/Minnesota Star-Tribune)
As reported in the previous, baseball went ahead with their decision to implement the changes to the playoff system for the 2012...
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Justin Morneau isn't going to sugarcoat his concerns over recurring concussions and how they could affect his playing career.