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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Ten years ago, approaching a promising 2002 season, the Minnesota Twins nearly had their franchise wiped out.
Then they finished three wins short of the World Series.
"It was one of those 'take that' kinds of things," said manager Ron Gardenhire, reflecting on his first year running the team. "Take that, baseball."
Gardenhire's bunch of outspoken, scrappy, prank-prone characters used strong chemistry, the best defense in the majors and a relatively weak division to win 94 games and reach the playoffs for the first time since the 1991 championship season.
The Twins will mark the 10-year anniversary of that team as part of their home opener festivities on Monday, when they host the Los Angeles Angels to start their third season at Target Field. Doug Mientkiewicz, Eddie Guardado, Brad Radke, Jacque Jones, Corey Koskie and Denny Hocking are scheduled to take part in a pregame rally downtown, throw out ceremonial first pitches and lea...
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The Minnesota Twins have seen the good Francisco Liriano, and they've also seen the not-so-good Francisco Liriano. Both sides of the Twins' left-hander made appearances in Saturday's 8-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, but the good Liriano's appearance was nothing but a brief cameo.
After a down year in 2011, Liriano had perhaps the most encouraging spring training...
MINNEAPOLIS Twins manager Ron Gardenhire talked before his team's home opener Monday about Minnesota's lack of offense through its first three games. The Twins scored just five total runs in the season-opening series against the Baltimore Orioles and failed to score more than two runs in a game.
Gardenhire delivered a similar message following Monday's 5-1 loss to the...
MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Twins entered this season hoping right-hander Scott Baker would be starting their home-opener today. Instead, Baker was preparing to travel to New York to get a second opinion on his troublesome right elbow from Dr. David Altchek.
A recent MRI showed the same flexor strain that bothered Baker at times last season, and the Twins are worried about the continual...
Well that was pretty embarrassing. In fact, it was so embarrassing that let's just go ahead and list all the cool things that happened and then maybe we can decide which is the worst.
1. Getting swept by a team that has finished last in their division for four straight years, hasn't had a winning season since 1997, hasn't broken 70 wins since 2005, and once again...
Minnesota Twins right-hander Liam Hendriks has been scratched from his scheduled start Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles with food poisoning.
Hendriks was admitted to a Baltimore-area hospital on Saturday morning and held for observation, according to manager Ron Gardenhire. Barring further complications, Hendriks will be released Sunday.
Long reliever Anthony Swarzak will start...
Ten years ago, the Minnesota Twins were nearly eliminated as part of baseball's plan to fold two franchises for financial reasons.
The court intervened, and the Twins came together to win their division and reach the American League championship series on a bargain budget with a bunch of scrappy young players that came up together in the minors.
The Twins will honor that popular...
BALTIMORE (AP) Minnesota Twins right-hander Liam Hendriks remained hospitalized Sunday with an apparent case of food poisoning.
Hendriks was slated to be released after spending Saturday in a Baltimore-area hospital.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said doctors at the hospital recommended the pitcher stay another night, leaving open the possibility that Hendriks would not accompany...
In the marathon that is a 162-game baseball season, a three-game losing streak is barely reason to panic. But after Minnesota was swept in their three-game season-opening series against the Baltimore Orioles, Twins fans seem to believe that not much has changed from last year's 99-loss season.
Indeed, it was a rough opening series for the Twins, who scored just five runs in...
MINNEAPOLIS LaTroy Hawkins still remembers the call he got from manager Tom Kelly after the Twins' 2001 season.
Minnesota finished the year with an 85-77 record, good for second in the American League Central. Despite the Twins' success that season, however, Kelly called to tell Hawkins that he wasn't returning as Minnesota's manager for 2002.
"I felt bad...
One of my favorite movies of all-time has to be the Big Lebowski and I have to say that when I heard about this Minnesota Twins ad parodying it, I was quite excited.
The commercial features former Twins pitcher Kent Hrbek as "The Big Hrboswski" and it is an instant classic:
Minnesota Twins right-hander Liam Hendriks remained hospitalized
Sunday with an apparent case of food poisoning.
The Orioles picked up their usual Opening Day win yesterday, and are tied for first place in the AL East. Going wire-to-wire is probably going to require a second victory today, so they'll need to make that happen to keep the dream alive.The Twins (2011 stats):
The Orioles have already won their first series of 2012, and go for the sweep today. The Twins (2012 stats):