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MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota Twins sluggers Justin Morneau and Josh Willingham have combined to hit 53 home runs this season, so they know a thing or two about sending a baseball out of the park.
But on Sunday, both Twins players helped send another baseball further than any home run either of them has ever hit. Before Sunday's Twins game against the Chicago White Sox, a group of University of Minnesota students launched a weather balloon that carried a baseball autographed by Morneau and Willingham.
The balloon was expected to enter the stratosphere and reach an altitude of approximately 70,000 feet before popping.
The students, mostly engineering majors at the University of Minnesota, tracked the balloon's flight in real time via a GPS. The Twins used Twitter to update the balloon's status during Sunday's game.
The launch was part of a kickoff event to start the Minnesota Aerospace and Aviation Week, which runs Sept. 16-22. To help celebrate the event, the Twins welc...
BEST OF MAXIM
MINNEAPOLIS Despite beginning the year at Triple-A Rochester, Minnesota left-hander Scott Diamond has pitched the most innings of any Twins pitcher this season. He lasted 5-13 innings Sunday against Chicago and has now pitched 153-23 innings for the Twins this season, more than he's pitched in a year at any point in his professional career.
Over his last several starts, it...
MINNEAPOLIS Chris Herrmann's major league debut was brief, but it was still a day to remember for the Minnesota Twins catcher.
Herrmann entered Sunday's game against the Chicago White Sox as a defensive replacement in the top of the eighth inning of the Twins' 9-2 loss.
After replacing Ryan Doumit defensively, Herrmann got his first big league at-bat in the bottom...
Who's up next in the End of Season Post-Mortem series? Minnesota Twins, come on down!
If you're new here (which about 90% of our reader base is in comparison to last year), here's a brief explanation: after a team is eliminated from the playoffs, we're going to put their season under a microscope and look at just what the hell went wrong, what went right, and...
Occasionally, a young pitcher will be referred to as "effectively wild." On Saturday, Minnesota's Samuel Deduno was simply wildly erratic.
Deduno began the day owning the second-most wins (six) of any Twins starter. Yet, the right-hander rarely found the strike zone against the first-place White Sox in an eventual 5-3 Twins setback.
Deduno was all over the place...
Sam Deduno is so close to becoming a regular major league starter he can taste it. So can the Minnesota Twins, who desperately need Deduno -- or Cole De Vries, or Esmerling Vasquez, or P.J. Walters -- to take the final step. Minnesota has only one pitcher locked into the 2013 rotation, rookie Scott Diamond, who became the ace of the 2012 staff with an 11-8 record and 3.69 ERA after...
SHADES OF MAYS
Video: Over the head basket catch
"He's a great communicator. He's up-front, he puts it out there -- what he thinks is best for the union -- and he's just a great leader."
"You're willing to trust his opinion and his leadership and his instincts. He's just a perfect union boss, I think."
-Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins, via John Shipley of the Pioneer Press.
By MATT BEARDMORE,
STATS WriterThe Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians are well out of the AL Central race, but they'll both have a major impact on which team finishes first.Their matchup this week could help determine if Minnesota or Cleveland ends up last.The Twins will try to snap a three-game skid when they go for a fourth consecutive victory over the Indians on Tuesday...
The Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians are well out of the AL Central race, but they'll both have a major impact on which team finishes first.
Their matchup this week could help determine if Minnesota or Cleveland ends up last.
The Twins will try to snap a three-game skid when they go for a fourth consecutive victory over the Indians on Tuesday night.
Long out of the playoff...