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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 year ago, Worley fell behind early, allowing two first-inning runs to the high-powered Tigers lineup.
Worley then gave up a run in the second inning as shortstop Jhonny Peralta scored on an Omar Infante single to give Detroit a 3-0 lead. From there, though, Worley settled down and was able to pitch four scoreless innings before leaving after six innings and 101 pitches. But the new Twins starter was hit with his first loss in a Minnesota uniform as the Tigers took the season opener by a 3-2 final.
"It would have been nice to have that the first couple innings (back)," Worley said.
It was the fir...
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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...
I've gotten the question plenty this winter: How will the Twins be this year?
I usually answer by saying, simply, that they'll be better than last year. Then again, the bar wasn't set very high as Minnesota lost 96 games one year after losing 99. While the Twins may not compete for an American League Central title in 2013, there are reasons to believe this team will...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...