BRIAN DUENSING NEWS

In season of change, Duensing a constant in bullpen

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Hitters may know what's coming when Minnesota's Brian Duensing takes the mound, but that doesn't mean they're going to hit his best pitch. "That would be a sinker, the two-seam fastball," the left-handed Duensing said prior to taking part in drills on day four of the Twins' spring training camp at Hammond Stadium. All-Star catcher Kurt Suzuki agreed. "With that...
Via Fox Sports North
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Twins, left-hander Duensing agree to $2.7M, 1-year deal

  The Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms with left-hander Brian Duensing on a $2.7 million, one-year deal to avoid arbitration. The Twins announced the deal on Saturday. It also allowed the Twins to reach deals with all six of their arbitration-eligible players without going to a hearing. Duensing, a lefty specialist out of the bullpen, went 3-3 with a 3.31 ERA in 54 appearances...
Via AP on Fox
January 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Twins, Duensing agree to $2.7M, 1-year deal

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms with left-hander Brian Duensing on a $2.7 million, one-year deal to avoid arbitration. The Twins announced the deal on Saturday. It also allowed the Twins to reach deals with all six of their arbitration-eligible players without going to a hearing. Duensing, a lefty specialist out of the bullpen, went 3-3 with a 3.31 ERA...
Via AP on Fox
January 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Twins agree to deal with Duensing

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins inked a new deal with relief pitcher Brian Duensing on Saturday, avoiding arbitration with the last of six arbitration-eligible players this offseason. Minnesota and the veteran left-hander agreed to a one-year, $2.7 million deal, the team announced during its annual TwinsFest event at Target Field. Duensing was prepared to attend an arbitration hearing but...
Via Fox Sports North
January 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Jordan Schafer, Twins reach $1.55 million, 1-year deal

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins and outfielder Jordan Schafer have agreed on a $1.55 million, a one-year contract that avoided arbitration. The deal was reached Friday, giving the Twins contracts with five of their six arbitration-eligible players. Left-handed reliever Brian Duensing remains unsigned. Schafer was claimed off waivers from the Atlanta Braves last August and batted...
Via AP on Fox
January 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Twins sign four players, avoid arbitration

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins signed four players to contracts Friday, avoiding arbitration with them. The team announced it has inked left-hander Tommy Milone, third baseman Trevor Plouffe, reliever Casey Fien and infielder Eduardo Nunez to one-year deals. Milone, who was acquired in a trade with Oakland during the 2014 season, is set to earn $2.775 million in 2015. Plouffe...
Via Fox Sports North
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Starting vs Relieving, Trade Dialogue and Much, Much More

Becoming a full-time reliever has paid dividends for Brian Duensing. The 31-year-old southpaw had mixed success as a swing-man for the Twins from 2009-2012. The best of those campaigns came in 2010 when he pitched primarily out of the bullpen. The worst was 2011 when he worked almost exclusively as a starter. The writing was […]
Via Fangraphs
December 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Duensing's T-shirt, Twitter campaign raises childhood-cancer awareness

MINNEAPOLIS -- Next to Brian Duensing's locker in the Minnesota Twins clubhouse sat a stack of boxes and padded envelopes, nearly 20 in all. As a professional athlete, Duensing is used to getting mail sent to him from fans, so the pile of packages didn't appear too out of the ordinary. But this was no ordinary fan mail. In late August, the Twins reliever took to his Twitter account...
Via Fox Sports North
September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins players more than a little excited to celebrate Little Big League Day

MINNEAPOLIS -- The fact that Billy Heywood wore No. 20 isn't lost on Chris Colabello. Heywood, of course, was the fictional 12-year-old kid who inherited the Twins from his late grandfather in the movie "Little Big League." After becoming the team's owner, he later made himself the manager and led Minnesota on a storybook comeback in a film that captured the hearts and minds of children...
Via Fox Sports North
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins and the Trade Deadline

We're nearly at the all-star break, which means we're a fair way past the first half of the season but everyone's required to refer to it as the first half anyway.  It's also a good time to look back on what has transpired thus far and what I hope to see in the 2nd half, mainly because that's what everyone does at the all-star break.  The most exciting part of the second half for...
Via Down with Goldy
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Tight AL Central keeping Twins in the mix

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins are finally home after a long, 10-day, nine-game road trip that saw them drop two of three series. They've lost a season-high five straight games, including a three-game sweep at the hands of the Boston Red Sox -- all of which were one-run losses. Yet despite all that, last-place Minnesota finds itself just six games out of first place in what has...
Via Fox Sports North
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins draft glut of college relievers, likely will keep them in bullpen

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was asked over the weekend if he's thought about what it would be like to have a reliever who throws 103 mph as a weapon in his bullpen. "Daily," the skipper replied. That reliever would be Nick Burdi, the University of Louisville closer whom Minnesota drafted in the second round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Thursday. In fact, the Twins took...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins starters aiding bullpen by going deeper into games

No bullpen threw more innings in 2013 than the Minnesota Twins. That's because no starting rotation struggled more last year more than Minnesota's. Despite adding a few pieces to the rotation this offseason, that trend appeared as if it would continue early on in 2014. Several of the starters failed to get deep into games, and manager Ron Gardenhire had to dip into his bullpen earlier...
Via Fox Sports North
May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins activate Duensing from paternity list

The Twins activated left-handed reliever Brian Duensing from the paternity list Thursday and sent Michael Tonkin to Triple-A Rochester. Duensing was placed on the list before Monday's season opener. His wife, Lisa, gave birth to their son Boston Matthew on Tuesday morning in Omaha, Neb. Tonkin pitched one scoreless inning in Wednesday's loss to the White Sox, allowing one hit and...
Via Fox Sports North
April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins activate Duensing from paternity list

The Twins activated left-handed reliever Brian Duensing from the paternity list Thursday and sent Michael Tonkin to Triple-A Rochester.
Via FOXSports.com
April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins place Duensing on paternity leave

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins have placed left-hander Brian Duensing on the paternity list and have recalled right-hander Michael Tonkin from Triple-A Rochester. The moves were announced before Monday's opener against the Chicago White Sox. Duensing's wife, Lisa, gave birth to a boy named Boston Matthew Duensing in Omaha. It was the second child for the couple. Tonkin made...
Via Fox Sports North
March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins place Duensing on paternity leave

CHICAGO (AP) The Minnesota Twins have placed left-hander Brian Duensing on the paternity list and have recalled right-hander Michael Tonkin from Triple-A Rochester.
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins 2014 positional preview: Relief pitching

This is the second in a nine-part series previewing each position for the Minnesota Twins leading up to Opening Day. The second preview examines the Twins' bullpen, one of the strong suits of last year's club. PROJECTED RELIEVERS RHP Jared Burton (2-9, 3.82 ERA, 61 K, 22 BB in 66 innings in 2013) RHP Anthony Swarzak (3-2, 2.91 ERA, 69 K, 22 BB in 96 IP) RHP Casey Fien (5-2, 3.92...
Via Fox Sports North
March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins have eye back home on GM Terry Ryan

While listening to assistant general manager Rob Antony deliver the traditional clubhouse talk on the first day of full-squad workouts, Minnesota Twins reliever Brian Duensing kept thinking of Terry Ryan. That speech, given on Saturday, had been Ryan's responsibility for all but four springs since he replaced Andy MacPhail as general manager nearly two decades ago. With Ryan recuperating...
Via AP on Fox
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins' tight-knit bullpen hopes to stay strong with less usage

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- With the repeated struggles of the Minnesota Twins' starting pitchers last year, the team's bullpen resorted to gallows humor. Better laugh about it then gripe and grouse, right? "It became a running joke that we started stretching in the third inning," relief pitcher Casey Fien said. As Fien spoke, starting pitcher Vance Worley smiled while seemingly wincing...
Via Fox Sports North
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins don't want strong bullpen to be best part of team

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins had the worst starting rotation in baseball in 2013, which meant their bullpen was among the most taxed. Yet despite the starters' inability to go deep into games, Minnesota's relievers proved to be a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season. The 871 innings pitched by the Twins' starters were easily the fewest in the majors. Not surprisingly...
Via Fox Sports North
February 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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