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The Minnesota Twins pull into the All-Star break playing reasonably good baseball and within spitting distance of first-place Chicago in the AL Central, 11 games out with roughly half a season left. The fact that they have rallied from such a deficit in recent memory bolsters confidence of a team digging itself out of a 6-16 April. "We dug ourselves a pretty deep hole, but we're playing better," All-Star catcher Joe Mauer said. "You look at the standings and obviously we'd like to be closer than that, but I can recall times we've won the division when we've been 10 (games) back, you know? We've obviously been playing better, and hopefully we continue to get better." The 2006 Twins were 11 games behind at this time of the season and rallied to win the Central by a game. In 2009, they were seven out on Sept. 6 and won the division in a one-game playoff against Detroit. So deficits don't intimidate the Twins, who point to a 26-23 recor...
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Minnesota Twins shortstop Brian Dozier lost track of the number of outs and got himself doubled off first base during Saturday's game in Arlington against the Texas Rangers. Your browser does not support iframes. In the top of the second with one out and Dozier on first, Twins batter Jamey Carroll flied out to Rangers center fielder Craig Gentry. However, since Dozier ran...
It's been a slow climb back from an injury-filled 2011 season for Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, but he heads into this week's All-Star break on a bit of a high note.
After going 1-for-5 in Sunday's extra-innings loss to Texas, Morneau is now riding a 10-game hitting streak into the break. During that stretch, he has 14 hits, four RBI and a home run. The...
Starting pitching has easily been the most inconsistent aspect for the Minnesota Twins in the first half of the 2012 season. For proof, look no further than Saturday's game against the Texas Rangers.
Right-hander Samuel Deduno, who made his Twins debut Saturday, became Minnesota's 11th starting pitcher in 84 games this year.
Deduno was called up from Triple-A Rochester...
The numbers show that Glen Perkins has been an effective pitcher since moving from the starting rotation and into the bullpen. The Minnesota Twins southpaw knows those numbers as well as anyone, and not just his won-lost record, his ERA and his WHIP. He’s also aware of his BABiP, his FIP and his WAR, as well as most anything that can found in his PITCHf/x data.
Prior to a recent...
After a forgettable 99-loss season in 2011, the Minnesota Twins have again stumbled in the first half of the 2012 season. After Sunday's 13-inning loss to the Texas Rangers, the Twins are now 36-49 and 11 games out of first place heading into next week's All-Star break. Through 85 games last year, Minnesota was 38-47 and eight games out of first place.
If the Twins are to...
A potentially scary scene turned comical Sunday at the Ballpark in Arlington as the Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers completed their three-game series.
With one out in the top of the fourth inning of a scoreless game, lightning struck near the Rangers' park and was quickly followed by a loud clap of thunder. The noise was so loud that it caused a delay in the action. Twins...
By the time Sunday's 13-inning game between the Twins and Rangers was over, Cole De Vries' impressive start was all but forgotten. Still, that doesn't take away from the outing the right-hander put together for Minnesota.In just his fifth career major league start, De Vries delivered his best outing as a Twin. The Eden Prairie, Minn., native and former Golden Gopher held...
With Francisco Liriano heating up, and so few teams branded as definitive sellers as trade-deadline season gets ready to kick into high gear, interest in the lefty figures to pique soon. Earlier today, Ken Rosenthal reported that some teams prefer Liriano as a reliever. While Liriano could work out as a reliever, acquiring him to be one seems like a circuitous route to success.
A lightning and thunder strike came with great vengeance and furious anger during the top of the fourth inning of a game on Sunday between the Texax Rangers and the Minnesota Twins. Check out the video below courtesy of the MLB which shows how each player reacted during the thunderclap. Priceless…
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Minnesota used six pitchers to again subdue the Texas Rangers' offense for nine innings Saturday night.
Unfortunately for the Twins, they couldn't do it in extra innings.
Nelson Cruz hit an RBI double off reliever Kyle Waldrop (0-1) in the 10th inning that scored Adrian Beltre to lead the Rangers to a 4-3 victory that snapped their five-game losing streak.
I don’t think I ever heard thunder this loud before.
The Texas Rangers were hosting the Minnesota Twins when out of nowhere a loud smack of thunder quickly sent the players running off the field. This would be a lot funnier except I would’ve reacted like the Twins player on first base who ended up on all fours.
Trevor Plouffe as a Poor-Man's Jose Bautista
Plouffe was hitting .138 on May 15, and since then has hit 18 home runs, giving him 19 on the year. He qualifies at shortstop, among other places and has an .873 OPS despite the slow start. In 192 Triple-A at-bats in 2010, Plouffe had a 1.019 OPS with 15 HR, so the power surge wasn't entirely out of nowhere. Even last year...
Minnesota's Joe Mauer was the only Twin selected to the 2012 All-Star game, and he made the American League roster as a catcher. But Mauer entered Tuesday's game in the top of the eighth inning as a first baseman.Mauer's appearance in Tuesday's 8-0 National League victory was a brief one, as he didn't enter the game until the eighth inning and had just one at...
The crippling heat wave has finally broken, and just in time for the All-Star game.
After several weeks of record-setting temperatures from coast to coast, the forecast is for high temperatures in the 90s on Tuesday in Kansas City, the site of the annual Midsummer Classic.
That's quite the reprieve for organizers and civic leaders, along with players, coaches and fans, many...