Found March 01, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
Twins_vs_rangers_d7f6 will track reports from the news outlets already in Florida until March 4, when Tyler Mason will begin covering the team in Fort Myers. Here's a look at Thursday's top story lines from camp:Twins win 'B' game: For the first time all season, Minnesota supporters can claim "Twins win." Even if it was in a spring training 'B' game, Minnesota had some bright moments Thursday, in a scrimmage they won, 6-5. Starting hurlers Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn got their first true action following 2011 seasons that were injury marred. Baker went one inning Thursday, yielding two hits, including a home run to Boston catcher Ryan Lavarnway. Blackburn pitched one scoreless inning, allowing a single. "Really, the idea of today was just to throw fastballs," Baker told the News-Press of Fort Myers, Fla. "It was good to go out there and throw a few strikes," said Blackburn. Baker went 8-6 with a 3.14 ERA last season, despite missing games with a strained flexor muscle in his arm. He sounds excited to get rolling in 2012. "I'm excited," said the seven-year veteran, "that I can now get back into the starting routine, which is ideal." Span survives crash with fence: Twins outfielder Denard Span endured a crash into an outfield fence Thursday morning, and suffered a cut lip. Yet, he walked away with his pride largely intact. "Right now," Span told the Pioneer-Press, "I feel okay." Span, of course, dealt with a concussion last June, which makes any collisions cause for at least mild concern these days. But he has felt solid during this year's spring training, aside from the occasional bouts of fatigue. "I've had days when I've had to fight through some stuff," the 28-year-old Span said, "but overall I haven't backed out of everything. This is what I'm trying to do, test myself now, because during the season it's a grind every day." Guterrez struggles: Thursday's scrimmage was a wild affair, considering the amount of players who saw action, plus the fact that the contest's umpires didn't show up until the third inning.And, the sixth inning was called after two outs, because Twins right-hander Carlos Gutierrez had ground the game to a halt, according to a account. Gutierrez, a reliever, surrendered two runs and three walks before the side was called. "First time out, maybe he's a little nervous, but he's better than that," noted Twins skipper Ron Gardenhire. "He's got to pick up the pace of the game and throw the ball over."

Minnesota Twins: 3 Up and 3 Down

The Minnesota Twins finished 2011 with a miserable 63-99 record which was worse than every team in baseball not named the Houston Astros. They were derailed by injuries and down seasons from players like Francisco Liriano, Brian Duensing, and Matt Capps. They got next to nothing from Japanese import Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who appeared to be in over his head against big league pitching...

So far so good for Mauer in spring training will track reports from the news outlets already in Florida until March 4, when Tyler Mason will begin covering the team in Fort Myers. Here's a look at Wednesday's top story lines from camp:Mauer in perpetual motion: He's catching bullpen sessions. He's taking grounders at first base. He's running the bases, and he looks lively during batting...

Morneau on the mend with Minnesota

Justin Morneau is on the mend with the Minnesota Twins and says he hopes to play in the team's first exhibition game Saturday. The former AL MVP has been plagued by concussions and several other injuries over the last two seasons. He raised some eyebrows when he reported to camp and openly wondered if he could come back from another concussion. But Morneau said Wednesday he...

Hughes almost recovered from shoulder injury will track reports from the news outlets already in Florida until March 4, when Tyler Mason will begin covering the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers. A look at Friday's top story lines from camp: Hughes almost ready: The Twins will open their exhibition season Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays in Fort Myers. The Star-Tribune reported that infielder Luke Hughes...

Healthy Mauer looking forward to game action

Twins catcher Joe Mauer says he's feeling good after 11 days in camp, and is looking forward to Grapefruit League action starting on Saturday against the Rays at Hammond Stadium.

Gardenhire announces lineup for Thursday 'B' game

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire announced his starting lineup and pitchers for Thursday's "B" game against the Red Sox at Hammond Stadium.

Detroit Tigers Preview and Predictions: Delmon Young

Delmon Young had 112 RBI's in 2010 (Twins) ** Writer’s Note ** – This article is the first of what I will call My “Player Predictions Preview”. Each article will take a different Tiger who will be on the roster out of Spring Training and attempt to predict their season. Obviously not all 25 spots are shoe ins at this point in time, so expect those last bullpen spots,...

Morneau aiming to play in Twins' first exhibition

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Justin Morneau is on the mend with the Minnesota Twins and says he hopes to play in the team's first exhibition game Saturday.

Iconic Minnesota Twins pitcher Jim Kaat Imparts Wisdom at Red Sox Camp

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– A special visitor graced the Red Sox clubhouse this week. Legendary Twins pitcher Jim Kaat, 73, passed by camp the past two days to offers advice to the team. Since pitching coach Bob McClure lives close to Kaat in Florida, it did not take much convincing for Katt to make the trek. "You can't teach experience, but [with] the amount of experience Jim...

Twins put the B in season-opening 'B' game

After 11 days of workouts, the Twins finally played their first game of the spring at Hammond Stadium. The Twins, who won 6-5, saw only a few regulars play in the game -- pitchers Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn and left fielder Ben Revere. But Twins manager Ron Gardenhire liked what he saw with the club preparing for Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against the Rays.

Trevor Plouffe: Back in outfield school

The former shortstop couldn't secure that position last season, but the Twins hope his new spot will allow him to blossom.

Morneau on the mend with Minnesota (Yahoo! Sports)

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Justin Morneau isn't going to sugarcoat his concerns over recurring concussions and how they could affect his playing career.

Twin Killing

Way back in 2010, the Minnesota Twins franchise thought they’ve embarked in what seemed like a dynasty and overall an unbelievable script only shown on the silver screen. For they had a hometown hero in all-star catcher, Joe Mauer and slugging first baseman Justin Morneau, about to christen the cathedral known as Target Field. Always competing in the AL Central the Twins were the talk

MLB Playoffs expanded to include 10 teams

Baseball's last official one-game playoff was in 2009, when the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins battled for the AL Central title. The Twins won on a walk-off single by Alexei Casilla in 12 innings. (Photo by Bryan Peterson/Minnesota Star-Tribune) As reported in the previous, baseball went ahead with their decision to implement the changes to the playoff system for the 2012...
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