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After their second straight last-place finish, the Minnesota Twins shook up their coaching staff.
Manager Ron Gardenhire has returned in the final year of his current contract, but only pitching coach Rick Anderson is back in the same role as before. The Twins are counting on some fresh perspective and insight from the new assistants to help spark a turnaround from consecutive seasons of 99 and 96 losses.
Two former players will have important jobs. Bench coach Terry Steinbach, a Minnesota native who finished his career with the Twins in 1999, will work closely with the catchers. Hitting coach Tom Brunansky, a member of the 1987 World Series championship team, will continue the relationships he's made with some of the younger players in the minor leagues the last few years.
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It's only February, but Twins pitcher Anthony Swarzak has already suffered the first strange baseball injury of the year.
Minnesota right-handed pitcher Anthony Swarzak will be sidelined about a month after fracturing two ribs during non-baseball activity, the Twins announced Wednesday.Swarzak, 27, fractured his ribs on Jan. 25. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., on Feb. 12, which means Swarzak will miss the first few weeks of camp.Last season, Swarzak appeared in a...
MINNEAPOLIS As the Minnesota Twins look for answers in the middle infield in 2013, many eyes will be watching some of the team's young infielders.
But there's a chance a 39-year-old journeyman could be the answer at one of the two positions.
That veteran would be Jamey Carroll, who enters his second season in a Twins uniform. Minnesota marked his fifth team in his 11-year...
Minnesota Twins pitcher Anthony Swarzak has two cracked ribs, the freak result of some ill-fated horseplay during a gathering with teammates last month.
Swarzak will miss at least the first two weeks of spring training, a setback to his bid for a roster spot as a long reliever.
General manager Terry Ryan said Wednesday that Swarzak was hurt the night of Jan. 25 when he was wrestling...
A league-average hitter swings at about 46% of the pitches he sees. That much hasn’t really changed over at least the last decade. Roughly 5% of the time, a league-average hitter will end up in a 3-and-0 count. Roughly 7% of the time, a league-average hitter will swing at the next pitch. There’s nothing inherently wrong about swinging in a 3-and-0 count — the pitcher, often...