Kepler's HR, Slegers' debut help Twins split

Max Kepler was not in the Twins' starting lineup for Thursday's nightcap of a twin bill against the Indians. An injury forced him into the mix and Kepler's late go-ahead home run fueled a 4-2 victory, which ended Cleveland's six-game winning streak and run of 10 straight wins at Target Field.
2 hours ago

Robbie Grossman Diagnosed With Fractured Thumb

Twins outfielder/DH Robbie Grossman has been diagnosed with a fractured left thumb, the club announced (h/t Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press, on Twitter). Grossman’s prognosis is not yet known, but it seems clear he’ll require a DL stint of some duration. The Twins have come to lean rather heavily on the switch-hitter over the past two seasons. This year, in particular...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
3 hours ago

D-backs-Twins an Interleague contender battle

The D-backs travel to the Twin Cities for the first time since late September 2014, as they begin a three-game set against the Twins at Target Field on Friday night. Back then, both the Twins and D-backs were playing out the string on disappointing seasons. This time around, though, they are both in the thick of their respective league Wild Card races, making these games crucial.
5 hours ago

Perkins' return from DL gives Twins' 'pen a lift

The Twins returned a vital piece of their bullpen Thursday, reinstating former All-Star closer Glen Perkins from the disabled list.
13 hours ago

Twins Activate Glen Perkins

After spending more than 16 months on the shelf thanks to a shoulder injury that ultimately required surgery to reattach the labrum to the bone, left-hander Glen Perkins has been activated from the 60-day disabled list, the Twins announced. To make room on the roster, Minnesota put fellow lefty Dietrich Enns on the 10-day DL due to a shoulder strain. The Twins also announced that...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
13 hours ago

Twins reinstate Perkins from DL, after 16-month stay

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Glen Perkins has finally returned to the Minnesota Twins, with the bonus of a playoff race and a bullpen in need of some help. He’s not the hard-throwing three-time All-Star closer he once was. He’s just grateful for another chance to be on a major league mound after missing more than 16 months because of shoulder trouble. “I did everything I could to hold...
21 hours ago

Indians’ Ramirez hit by pitch on forearm, leaves Twins’ game

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cleveland third baseman Jose Ramirez has left Thursday’s game against Minnesota after getting hit by a pitch. Ramirez was hit in the right forearm by a 93.1 mph pitch from Kyle Gibson in the top of the second inning. He kneeled a few feet down the first-base line and was quickly attended to by a trainer. He walked off holding his arm after a few minutes. The...
22 hours ago

Indians-Twins postponed by rain, split doubleheader Thursday

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have postponed their game against the Cleveland Indians because of rain, scheduling a split doubleheader to finish the series. With wet and stormy weather forecast throughout Wednesday night in Minnesota, the Twins called the middle game of the series. They’ll play the Indians twice Thursday, trailing them by six games in the AL Central...
1 day ago

Banjo Hitter: Eddie Rosario, Reformed Hacker by Aaron Gleeman

After years of swinging at everything and frustrating everyone, Rosario may have had an epiphany.
Via Baseball Prospectus
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins GM jokingly compares trading process to Tinder

The Minnesota Twins mostly kept a low profile at this year’s trade deadline, and GM Thad Levine has an interesting parallel for what the process is like.In a recent interview with Baseball Prospectus’ Aaron Gleeman, a joking Levine compared the trade procedure to the popular online dating app Tinder.“Most of it’s done through Tinder,” he said. “You don’t get off the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Mariners have tried to trade for Ervin Santana multiple times

The non-waiver trade deadline may have already passed, but the Seattle Mariners are still pursuing upgrades on the waiver trade market.Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reported over the weekend that the Mariners have tried to trade for Minnesota Twins righty Ervin Santana “multiple times.” Divish does add however that trade talks between the two sides are currently “on hold”...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers manager has no explanation for Castellanos’ blunder

Detroit Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos committed one of the worst blunders on the bases we’ve seen in a while, and not even his manager could defend him for it.Castellanos was on second base with one out and his Tigers trailing the Minnesota Twins 7-4 in the bottom of the 8th on Friday night. John Hicks drove a ball to deep right field that was hit far enough where Castellanos...
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Miguel Sano Hurt or Just Struggling?

We’re at a point in the season when you can reasonably split the data into two halves. In terms of reliability for batted-ball metrics, 50 balls in play is a good sample, and the majority of regular position players have produced that many since the first of July, more or less. If you look at exit velocity in two halves, Miguel Sano‘s name jumps off the list. In a bad way. But...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Eduardo Escobar left stunned over ball girl's brilliant catch

The San Diego Padres are suffering through a rough season. But their ball girls are some of the most athletic in all of baseball. Just ask Minnesota Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar.During the seventh inning of Tuesday’s game, Escobar lined a foul ball down the right field line. The ball girl popped up to make a leaping catch, drawing a stunned reaction from the Twins shortstop...
Via Sportsnaut
15 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: A's 3B Matt Chapman makes circus catch to end inning

It’s been a busy day for Oakland Athletics 3B Matt Chapman. He hit a two-run double in the eighth inning to tie Oakland’s game against the Minnesota Twins. Then Chapman made an incredible catch with two outs in the tenth.Not only did he end the inning, but Chapman stuck the landing after his circus catch. This kind of catch can only happen in Oakland.The A’s have one of the...
Via Sportsnaut
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Twins expected to be sellers at MLB trade deadline

The Minnesota Twins’ brass seems a tad confused about the direction of the team. Shortly after acquiring veteran starter Jaime Garcia earlier in the month, it was reported that the Twins were looking to move Garcia as well as fellow starter Ervin Santana. This comes after the team yielded a top-25 prospect to the Atlanta Braves for Garcia.Now comes this report from Chris Cotillo...
Via Sportsnaut
19 days ago  |  Discuss

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