CASEY FIEN NEWS

Sunday Notes: Fien’s Twitchy Feeling, Baldelli’s New Gig, Pollock the Scout, more

Casey Fien has found his niche. Primarily fastball-curveball when he broke in with the Tigers, in 2009, the Twins reliever has since added a cutter and learned how to pitch. As he told me a few weeks ago, “Now I know what I can get away with and what I can’t.” Last summer, Fien didn’t […]
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball careers often start with winter grunt work

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Long before any of that major league money starts landing in their bank accounts, most baseball players are in a similar predicament as everyone else in the regular workforce. Between baseball seasons there are no paychecks and bills don't stop for the winter. So they need to find jobs. Minnesota Twins reliever Casey Fien says he signed for $500 and a plane...
Via AP on Fox
24 days ago  |  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

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

Home Run Derby should change Target Field's pitcher-friendly reputation

Since it opened in 2010, Target Field has developed somewhat of a reputation as a pitcher's ballpark. In one week, though, that reputation will likely be squashed. Minnesota's home park will host the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, and that includes the always popular Home Run Derby. Some of the game's best sluggers will take their hacks next Monday, trying to send as many...
Via Fox Sports North
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Mauer, Twins hold off White Sox again

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Joe Mauer had two hits and two RBI, and the Minnesota Twins beat the White Sox 6-5 Sunday to complete their first four-game sweep against Chicago in 20 years. Anthony Swarzak and Casey Fien combined for three shutout innings of relief and Jared Burton earned his first save since May 30, 2013, with a perfect ninth. Kurt Suzuki had three hits. Gordon Beckham and...
Via Fox Sports North
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the Braves are falling further down the standings

The defending NL East champion Atlanta Braves are not playing good baseball right now. The team lost 10-5 to the Phillies on Wednesday, allowing Philadelphia to complete their first sweep in Atlanta since the final series of the 2011 season. For the month, the Braves are just 6-10 with a -22 run differential – that record is worse than all NL teams but the Mets, Rockies, and Padres...
Via Bloguin Best
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the Braves are falling further down the standings

The defending NL East champion Atlanta Braves are not playing good baseball right now. The team lost 10-5 to the Phillies on Wednesday, allowing Philadelphia to complete their first sweep in Atlanta since the final series of the 2011 season. For the month, the Braves are just 6-10 with a -22 run differential – that record is worse than all NL teams but the Mets, Rockies, and Padres...
Via The Outside Corner
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The Brewers Bar Weekly Hangover 6/8/14

Each Sunday evening we will review our favorite and least favorite events of the previous week, and share our perspective on how the team is doing.  Please enjoy responsibly. Cheers! (Best event/news of the week) Brewers Draft Picks Get Paid: I must admit I don’t follow the MLB draft closely.  It seems like high draft picks are hit or miss, while more than a few late picks end...
Via Brewers Bar
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers edge Twins, 5-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Leonys Martin doubled twice and scored three times, including the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and the Texas Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4 on Thursday to win their second straight four-game series on the road. Shin-Soo Choo hit a three-run double in the second for the Rangers, but the Twins took a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning on Josh Willingham's...
Via Fox Sports North
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins' emerging winning culture differs from past years

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins had identical 18-19 records through 37 games of the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Yet even though the records were the same at that juncture, something just felt different about the way Minnesota achieved that mark this year. Five games later, Minnesota is now at .500 (21-21) entering a five-game West Coast road trip and has won three straight series....
Via Fox Sports North
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Aviles' walk-off hit gives Indians 4-3 win

CLEVELAND (AP) -- A two-out single in the ninth inning by Mike Aviles gave the Cleveland Indians a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night. Asdrubal Cabrera led off the inning with a double against Casey Fien (3-1). The ball was hit over the head of infielder Eduardo Escobar, who misjudged the ball that landed on the warning track. After Lonnie Chisenhall's sacrifice...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins endure walk-off defeat at hands of Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Mike Aviles's two-out single in the ninth inning gave the Cleveland Indians a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night. Asdrubal Cabrera led off the inning with a double against Casey Fien (3-1). The ball was hit over the head of infielder Eduardo Escobar, who misjudged the ball that landed on the warning track. After Lonnie Chisenhall's sacrifice...
Via Fox Sports North
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins outlast Tampa Bay in 12 innings

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Chris Colabello drove in four runs and two of them came on a 12th-inning single that lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 6-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night. Colabello's game-winning hit came off Josh Lueke (0-1) after hits by Joe Mauer and Trevor Plouffe. Casey Fien (1-0) got the win and Glen Perkins pitched the 12th inning for his fourth...
Via Fox Sports North
April 24, 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' 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
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