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Joe Mauer, .287 BA, 3 HRs, 30 RBIs in 2011
Mauer is a three-time batting champion and a former American League MVP. But the Minnesota Twins' star catcher was a shell of himself in 2011. Mauer batted a career-low .287 and slugged just .368, also the lowest of his eight-year career. Most notably, Mauer played in just 82 games due to numerous injuries, including bilateral leg weakness.
But after recovering from pneumonia at the end of the 2011 season, Mauer is finally healthy again as is evident by the amount of time he's spent on the field this spring in Fort Myers. Through Sunday, Mauer had played in 10 games and is 7-for-26 with five RBIs.
"I'm surprisingly feeling pretty good at the plate," Mauer said earlier this month. "My goal in spring training is to get on time for a fastball, control and not get so jumpy. Just kind of get on time for a fastball and go from there."
Mauer threw out 26 percent of base runners in both 2009 ...
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After spending 12 days watching the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, I can tell you this: This team will not lose 99 games again this season.
That may not exactly be going out on a limb, since the only other time the Twins lost that many games was in 1982 when they finished 60-102. But after an injury-plagued season a year ago, Minnesota will certainly be improved from last year&...
The Minnesota Twins have assigned struggling infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka to Triple-A Rochester in hopes that the Japanese import can find his game in the minor leagues.
Nishioka was hitting .240 in nine games this spring. After a difficult first season in the United States last year, Nishioka has looked no more comfortable at the plate or in the field with the Twins this spring...
One thing became abundantly clear when compiling both top fives for the Twins, their high ceiling talent lies in the low minors. For an older squad that could use some present day help, that's probably not a good thing. Regardless, the trio that fronts the Twins prospect list could provide some serious punch in a few years.
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The Minnesota Twins sent infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka to Triple-A Rochester on Monday.
Signed to a three-year, $9.25 million contract prior to last season, the Japanese star batted just .226 with 19 RBIs in 68 contests as he adjusted to the North American style of play.
Nishioka was also hampered by injuries. He missed 59 contests with a lower left leg injury before an oblique ailment...
Justin Morneau, .227 BA, 4 HRs, 30 RBIs in 2011
Justin Morneau has only played a total of 150 games over the last two seasons combined. A concussion cut his 2010 season short -- just 81 games -- after he posted All-Star numbers. One year later, Morneau played just 69 games due to multiple ailments, including neck surgery and another concussion. In 2009, he missed...
Francisco Liriano threw five hitless innings Sunday, and the Minnesota Twins allowed just one hit in a 10-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Pirates did not get a hit until Brandon Boggs singled off non-roster invitee Luis Perdomo in the eighth inning. Perdomo was the fourth of five Twins pitchers.
With an exception of one four-run inning in his last spring start, Liriano has...
(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Baseball Writer Early in spring training, Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he was just going to tell left-hander Francisco Liriano to let it fly.
That's exactly what Liriano has been doing on the mound so far.
The key to the Twins rotation is off to an impressive start with 18 strikeouts in...
In a move that was somehow simultaneously surprising and not, Tsuyoshi Nishioka was sent down to Triple-A Rochester Monday, and to say it’s been a tumultuous year for the man would be an understatement. No, this isn’t to evoke images of sympathy for a man who made $3 million for especially bad baseball last year, and is due a minimum of $6.25 million more.
But let’s consider...
Well, I’d say the Twins got sufficient revenge from the beatdown the other day in Fort Myers.
At the plate:
The Pirates were hitless until the eighth inning. Brandon Boggs broke up the impending no-no with a single, and was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.
Twins starter Francisco Liriano struck out six in five innings.
On the mound:
Charlie Morton had a rough day...
Former First Baseman Ken Harvey is from Los Angeles, CA but like most Cali boys who graduate from Beverly Hills High School he became a Cornhusker at Nebraska. Harvey did work in college and was named an All-American and First Team Big 12 in 1999. Harvey committed Teddy Williams that year and hit .478 setting the new Big 12 batting average record. The 1999 Nebraska team was most...
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Felix Doubront's bid for a spot in Boston's starting rotation took a hit when he allowed eight hits in 4 2-3 innings Monday as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Red Sox 8-4.
The left-hander gave up two runs, struck out three and walked one.
Twins starter Jason Marquis allowed three runs, five hits and two walks in four innings with two strikeouts...