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Young players driving success of the Minnesota Twins

Spring Training is right around the corner for the MLB, with pitchers and catchers beginning to report on February 17th. This spring will be an extremely important one for the Minnesota Twins as they look to improve upon their stellar 83 win season. They exceeded expectations greatly last season as they finished second in the AL Central Division and were only three wins away from...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Necessary Moves: Ervin Santana, Minnesota Twins

Over the next 30 days, I’ll look at 30 players—one from each team—that I believe should be traded. Some will seem obvious, just as others will seem nonsensical. Some may also seem desperate, but it’s important to understand that this list is entirely subjective. A player can be deemed movable for any of the following reasons: production (or lack thereof), current and future...
Via The Sports Post
November 22, 2015  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2015 Minnesota Twins

No one thought the Twins would finish above .500 this year, with most picking them to finish dead last in an extremely deep AL Central. Instead, they contended far longer than the dark horse favorite White Sox and Indians and buried the 2014 Central champion Tigers. While they got knocked from contention in the second to last day of the 2015 season, this year has to be a huge positive...
Via The Outside Corner
October 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Twins can't take advantage of Santana's stellar start, drop key game to K.C.

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ben Zobrist put a major dent in Minnesota's postseason bid with an RBI double in the eighth inning against struggling All-Star Glen Perkins, and the Kansas City Royals topped the Twins 3-1 on Friday night. Perkins, hampered by neck and back trouble that led to him losing the closer role, spoiled a stellar start by Ervin Santana (7-5) with a first-pitch fastball that...
Via AP on Fox
October 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: who would start the Wild Card game?

With only three games remaining in the regular season, the Minnesota Twins are one game back of the Houston Astros for the second wild card spot in the American League. If the Twins do make the playoffs, they will most likely play the New York Yankees in the Bronx, the same team that knocked them out of the playoffs in 2009 and 2010. While the Twins are focused on beating the Kansas...
Via isportsweb.com
October 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Target Field has been happy home for Twins

The Minnesota Twins are at Target Field for the final three-game series of the season. With a playoff spot within grasp, being at home might just be the place to be for the Twins. Minnesota has the fifth-most home victories in the American League with 46, behind Toronto, Houston, Kansas City and Los Angeles. Entering the final weekend, the Twins are batting .266 at Target Field,...
Via Fox Sports North
October 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: Ervin Santana is showing he’s worth the money

Last off-season, the Minnesota Twins made Ervin Santana the highest paid free agent in team history, paying him $54 million over the course of four years. This large of a salary provided lofty expectations for Santana, who failed to live up to them at the start of his tenure with the Twins. Fans have had quite a fickle relationship with Santana thus far, but he is starting to prove...
Via isportsweb.com
September 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Suspect Calls Shut Down Salazar and Tribe; Twins 3, Indians 1

A questionable ball four call against Danny Salazar spiraled into a three-run third inning and that would be all Minnesota would need on Tuesday as Ervin Santana and the Twins shut down the Cleveland Indians, 3-1. It was another loss that the Indians could ill afford to suffer as the team has long since been in crunch time. The loss dropped the club back under the .500 mark at 74...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Santana, Twins start key series against Indians with 3-1 win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Ervin Santana pitched strong into the eighth inning, Aaron Hicks and Brian Dozier each had two hits and an RBI from the top two spots in Minnesota's lineup, and the Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 3-1 Tuesday to start a critical series for the American League wild card chasers. Santana (6-4) turned in his fifth straight stellar start, surrendering five hits,...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Twins fend off Indians in key series opener, 3-1

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ervin Santana pitched strong into the eighth inning, Aaron Hicks and Brian Dozier each had two hits and an RBI from the top two spots in Minnesota's lineup, and the Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 3-1 Tuesday to start a critical series for the American League wild-card chasers. Santana (6-4) turned in his fifth straight stellar start, surrendering five hits, one run...
Via AP on Fox
September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Twins playoff push comes with tough schedule

The road to make the playoffs for the Twins won't be easy. With 13 games left, there are plenty of good teams left on Minnesota's schedule. In fact, the Indians (who are trying for that last American League wild-card spot, as well) and Twins both boast tough schedules, thanks in part to playing each other seven times in the final 13. A key for Minnesota is getting runners in scoring...
Via Fox Sports North
September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Daniel Norris vs. Ervin Santana tonight in Minnesota

Ervin Santana was brought in to serve as a veteran presence in Minnesota's rotation, but a lengthy suspension made him more like a mid-season addition for the playoff race. The right-hander now seems to be hitting his stride at just the right time for the Twins. As Santana looks to win his fourth straight start, Minnesota hopes to bounce back by avoiding its first home series loss...
Via AP on Fox
September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Daniel Norris vs. Ervin Santana tonight in Minnesota

Ervin Santana was brought in to serve as a veteran presence in Minnesota's rotation, but a lengthy suspension made him more like a mid-season addition for the playoff race. The right-hander now seems to be hitting his stride at just the right time for the Twins. As Santana looks to win his fourth straight start, Minnesota hopes to bounce back by avoiding its first home series loss...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Preview: Twins vs. Tigers

Ervin Santana was brought in to serve as a veteran presence in Minnesota's rotation, but a lengthy suspension made him more like a mid-season addition for the playoff race. The right-hander now seems to be hitting his stride at just the right time for the Twins. As Santana looks to win his fourth straight start, Minnesota hopes to bounce back by avoiding its first home series loss...
Via Fox Sports North
September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Preview: Twins at Astros

After managing little against Ervin Santana last weekend, the Houston Astros didn't have to wait long for another shot at the Minnesota Twins right-hander. Hoping for a better performance this time, the Astros will try to add to Santana's recent road struggles Saturday night. Following a six-start stretch in which he went 0-4 with a 9.20 ERA, Santana (3-4, 5.40 ERA) gave up six hits...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
September 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Preview: Twins at Astros

After managing little against Ervin Santana last weekend, the Houston Astros didn't have to wait long for another shot at the Minnesota Twins right-hander. Hoping for a better performance this time, the Astros will try to add to Santana's recent road struggles Saturday night. Following a six-start stretch in which he went 0-4 with a 9.20 ERA, Santana (3-4, 5.40 ERA) gave up six hits...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
September 05, 2015  |  Discuss

NERD Game Scores for Saturday, September 5, 2015

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by viscount of the internet Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. Read more about the components of and formulae for NERD scores here. *...
Via Fangraphs
September 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Santana sharp at home in Twins' win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Ervin Santana struck out 10 to earn his first home win, Eduardo Nunez and Miguel Sano homered, and the Minnesota Twins survived a ninth-inning rally to beat the Houston Astros 7-5 on Sunday. Down 7-0 in the ninth, Chris Carter hit a three-run homer and Jose Altuve cracked a two-run shot that made it 7-5 before Trevor May struck out Marwin Gonzalez to end the game...
Via AP on Fox
August 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Twins vs. Astros preview

Ervin Santana has fallen hard in August, but in his next start he'll try to keep the Minnesota Twins from falling any further in the wild-card race. The slumping Santana and the Twins will go for a series win at home Sunday against the AL West-leading Houston Astros. After Minnesota (66-63) dropped 1 1/2 games back of Texas for the AL's second wild-card spot with Saturday's 4-1 loss...
Via Fox Sports North
August 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Ervin Santana: Yankees Stadium ‘a joke’ following rough outing

By Jesse Reed Minnesota Twins pitcher Ervin Santana isn’t fond of Yankees Stadium after Greg Bird blasted two home runs off him in Wednesday’s game. To be fair, Santana did give Bird credit for one of the dingers, but he staunchly believes the second was due solely to the layout of the stadium. “The other one was a very good pitch, out and way, and he just hit it very...
Via Sportsnaut
August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Santana, Twins unravel in 10-4 loss to Pirates

MINNEAPOLIS -- Andrew McCutchen hit a home run and turned an RBI single into race around the bases while Minnesota made two errors in a five-run sixth inning, helping Francisco Liriano and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Twins 10-4 Wednesday for a two-game sweep. Jung Ho Kang homered for the second straight day for the Pirates, after going deep for the go-ahead run in the ninth the...
Via AP on Fox
July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Santana, Twins unravel in 10-4 loss to Pirates

MINNEAPOLIS -- Andrew McCutchen hit a home run and turned an RBI single into race around the bases while Minnesota made two errors in a five-run sixth inning, helping Francisco Liriano and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Twins 10-4 Wednesday for a two-game sweep. Jung Ho Kang homered for the second straight day for the Pirates, after going deep for the go-ahead run in the ninth the...
Via Fox Sports North
July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Twins vs. Pirates preview

Francisco Liriano and Ervin Santana have enjoyed strong stretches in the past, but rounding into the twilight of their respective careers, they look as good as ever. The Pittsburgh Pirates visit the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday in a matchup of Dominican hurlers that have been impressive of late. Liriano (6-6, 2.91 ERA) was an All-Star with Minnesota in 2006, but posted an ERA of...
Via Fox Sports North
July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Front of Minnesota Twins rotation suddenly one of league’s best

The Minnesota Twins rotation was basically a joke after finishing dead last in starter ERA in both 2013 and 2014. Phil Hughes was a bright spot for that terrible rotation last year and finished seventh in American League Cy Young voting. The Twins had high hopes for Hughes to continue his success at the top of the rotation, and Minnesota singed veteran free agent Ervin Santana to...
Via Baseball Essential
July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #95: One mistake – Twins 3, Angels 0

Sometimes the margin for error in baseball is razor thin. Garrett Richards made one mistake all day and the Angels lost because of it. Well, that’s not totally true. They also lost because Ervin Santana didn’t make a single mistake, not one the Angels took advantage of, anyway. Baseball, man. Twins 3, Angels 0 Run Expectancy Rundown Yeah, G-Rich hung one pitch, but the real...
Via Monkey with a Halo
July 24, 2015  |  Discuss
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