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Aaron Hicks struck out in his first three major league at-bats. Minnesota's new center fielder was facing Detroit ace Justin Verlander, with wind and a 35-degree first-pitch temperature.
Not a memorable performance.
But the Twins rookie said he'd remember his first opening day forever. Not only was his family in attendance to watch his debut, but the 2008 first-round draft pick met his all-time favorite player, Torii Hunter, before the game.
Hunter now roams right field for the Tigers. The Twins are hoping that Hicks can become an even better player in time than Hunter, who was a fixture in their lineup for nearly a decade.
Hunter says he sees that potential in Hicks.
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MINNEAPOLIS Aaron Hicks made his first rookie mistake before he even got to the ballpark for his first big league game.
Hicks, the Minnesota Twins' 23-year-old center fielder, chose to eat breakfast at his hotel on Monday morning prior to heading to Target Field for the Twins' season opener against Detroit. It wasn't until he arrived in Minnesota's clubhouse that...
MINNEAPOLIS The biggest problem plaguing the Minnesota Twins in 2012 was their starting pitching. Early in Monday's season opener, that storyline seemed to be repeating itself.
Right-hander Vance Worley, acquired this offseason along with minor leaguer Trevor May in exchange for Ben Revere, took the ball as the Twins' Opening Day starter. Like many Minnesota pitchers a...
MINNEAPOLIS Joe Mauer grew up in the frigid winters of Minnesota, but no high school baseball game he played in compared to the first game of his second minor league season.
Mauer, just 19 at the time, was part of a Low-A Quad Cities team that played a 17-inning game on opening night. Mauer was behind the plate for all 17 chilly innings, which he said was colder than any snow-filled...
Former major league pitcher Scott Elarton has joined the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlanta League. Elarton has not pitched in the major leagues since 2008.
Elarton’s last productive season came in 2005 when he won 11 games for the Indians. Last year Elarton made 26 starts for the Phillies Triple-A team finishing with a 5.41 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP.
The Skeeters also signed former...
While the Minnesota Twins now call Target Field their home, the soon-to-be vacant Metrodome hosts high school and college baseball games throughout much of the spring and summer.
They usually don’t occur at 3 A.M, as was the case last Thursday.
As reported by Christopher Dabe of Wausau Daily Herald, two Wisconsin high schools, D.C. Everest and Middleton, were desperate for a clean...
To help celebrate Major League Baseball’s opening day, it is time for another edition of Promising Prospects. All three of these guys are high upside prospects who are at least a year or two away from the majors. As we all know, the prospect game is extremely hit or miss, and guys like this are good examples of that. Even though all three have very good talent, I would be shocked...
Eduardo Escobar's two-run double with one out in the ninth inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.
After Joaquin Benoit issued a leadoff walk to Trevor Plouffe, reliever Phil Coke took over. Coke got the first out, but Brian Dozier's single advanced pinch-runner Jamey Carroll to third. Then Escobar drove the first pitch Coke...
For, lo, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth;
The time of the singing of birds is come,
And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.
Once the turtle has had his say he is likely to duck back into his shell, and wait out the cold Minnesota winds there. But winter weather or not, it is still Opening Day, which should warm the hearts...
WP: Justin Verlander (1-0) LP: Vance Worley (0-1) SV: Phil Coke (1) MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – Justin Verlander threw 5 scoreless innings and the Tigers got some early runs in a 4-2 Opening Day defeat of the Minnesota Twins. The win was Verlander’s 1st career Opening Day win in 6 tries. [...]