Found May 09, 2012 on Fox Sports:
The struggling Minnesota Twins are shaking things up, moving Francisco Liriano to the bullpen and optioning third baseman Danny Valencia to Triple-A Rochester. The Twins announced the moves on Wednesday night after a 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels that dropped them to an MLB-worst 8-22. Liriano is 0-5 with a 9.45 ERA in six starts this season. Manager Ron Gardenhire says they are hoping he regains some confidence in the bullpen and they still view him as a starter for the long term. The Twins selected the contract of right-hander P.J. Walters from Rochester. He will start on Saturday against Toronto. Valencia is hitting .190 with one homer and 11 RBIs. The Twins also recalled outfielder Darin Mastroianni and designated left-hander Matt Maloney for assignment.

Liriano moved to bullpen, Valencia demoted

MINNEAPOLIS Sitting fourteen games under .500, the Minnesota Twins needed to do something, anything, to possibly light a fire under the team. After Wednesday's 6-2 loss to the Angels, they did just that. Minnesota made a slew of roster moves Wednesday night with the hope of jumpstarting a struggling club. Perhaps the most notable move was third baseman Danny Valencia, who...

Sansevere: Call-ups offer hope for Twins

Here's the headline from the other night: Diamond pitched a gem. Yeah, it's corny. It's also true. Scott Diamond, in his first start of the season, pitched seven scoreless innings and gave the Twins the lift they needed in a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Diamond sparkled. I know. I can't help myself. On Wednesday night, the 25-year-old from up north...

Liriano to bullpen; Valencia demoted

Marooned at the bottom of the AL Central division with an MLB-worst 8-22 record, the Minnesota Twins couldn't wait any longer for Francisco Liriano and Danny Valencia to get going. The Twins moved Liriano from the rotation to the bullpen and sent Valencia, once a promising third base prospect, to Triple-A Rochester as part of a major shakeup to try and instill some energy and...

Twins designate Matt Maloney for assignment- promote Darin Mastroianni

The Minnesota Twins designated Matt Maloney for assignment, optioned Danny Valencia to Triple-A and called up Darin Mastroianni according to the team's official Twitter account. Maloney went 1-0 with a 8.18 ERA, 1.6 HR/9, 0.8 BB/9 and 4.1 SO/9 in 11.0 with the Twins this season. Mastroianni was hitting .346/.393/.423 with 11 RBI's and a .816 OPS with the Twins' Triple...

Twins hope lefty Diamond can revamp staff

MINNEAPOLIS Go ahead. Cue the punny headlines.You could go with "A Diamond in the rough." Or perhaps "A Diamond is forever." Maybe "Nothing sparkles like a Diamond" is more your speed.Whatever you choose to call Scott Diamond's 2012 debut with the Twins, make sure you call it one thing: impressive. For a team so desperately needing a strong outing...

Twins try for second series win against Angels

The Minnesota Twins recorded their only set of back-to-back victories last month at Target Field against the Los Angeles Angels. After their best performance at the plate in May, the Twins will try again to post two straight wins over the visiting Angels on Wednesday night while adding to right-hander Ervin Santana's losing streak. Minnesota had produced a combined eight runs...

Betting - Ride the Winning Streak!

Angels at Twins - Scott Diamond has been called up to face Haren. Good luck with that as Diamond is nothing spectular, but more of a filler. The trend is 81% of the betting public is taking the Angels money line. TV's Take: Angels -175/ Bet $350 for an easy $200. Braves at Cubs - I love Dempster in this game. He has been solid all year despite getting the lowest run production...

Youngsters eager to impress Twins coaches

MINNEAPOLIS Darin Mastroianni's major-league career has been brief so far one game, to be exact, prior to Thursday. It was a time he described as a "whirlwind of emotions."On Aug. 24 of last season, Mastroianni made his big-league debut with the Toronto Blue Jays against the Kansas City Royals. He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a sacrifice bunt in his three at...

Golden Sombrero: Clete Thomas (4/18/2012)

Date: April 18, 2012 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Top 1: Clete Thomas struck out swinging against Hiroki Kuroda (5 pitches) Top 3: Thomas called out on strikes against Kuroda (6 pitches) Top 5: Thomas struck out swinging against Clay Rapada (7 pitches) Top 8: Thomas struck out swinging against Boone Logan (3 pitches) Final Line: 0-for-4, 4 K RE24: -1.476 WPA: -0.105 Notes: Itâ€...

Haren, Angels, shut out by struggling Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Scott Diamond pitched a career-best seven scoreless innings in his season debut and Ryan Doumit hit a two-run homer, giving the Minnesota Twins a much-needed jolt in a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night. Diamond (1-0) struck out six, the most in any of his eight major league starts, and allowed only four hits. He's the first Twins starter...

Who's to Blame For the Twins?

The Twins are 8-23, the worst record in baseball by a large margin, and there’s no doubt that this is a terrible baseball team for the second year in a row.  It’s incredibly disheartening.  Here are all the things that have gone wrong over the last 18 months, in roughly chronological order: 1) Twins trade JJ Hardy and Brendan Harris for two minor league relievers. 2) Twins...

Game Preview 5/9: - Shift in momentum Angels @ Twins

@ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (13-18) @ Minnesota Twins (8-21) Pitching Probables: LAA – Ervin Santana (0-6, 5.59 ERA)  MIN – Carl Pavano (2-2, 4.62 ERA) Game Info: 5:10 PM PT; TV - Fox Sports West; Radio - KLAA 830 When this series began, it seemed to be set up more perfectly than you could imagine. The Minnesota Twins just allowed the Angels to gain not only three wins...
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