The trade deadline is a week away, here are some Twins predictions

I wrote a little while back about Kurt Suzuki and how he was the perfect trade chip for the Twins. The trade deadline is fast approaching, and one would assume that his time with the Twins is drawing to a close. But who from the Twins will be leaving town at the end of the month and who will be saying with the Twins? Let’s look at some candidates and see what might happen with...
Via The Rhino and Compass
July 24, 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...
Via Down with Goldy
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Burton seals Twins' four-game sweep of White Sox

He didn’t know for sure until the phone rang. As the Twins prepared to bat in the eighth inning Sunday, Jared Burton watched bullpen coach Bobby Cuellar pick up the receiver, listen for a moment, then turn to him as he hung up. “He says, ‘Burton, you got it,” the veteran reliever recounted. “I said, ‘All right — let’s do it.’ ” And so he did, needing only...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 23, 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

Links of the Day 4/17/14

The coldest game at Target Field was today. And I was there! AJ Hammons is coming back next year, which is good for Purdue. Did you miss night one of the playoffs? Here is a recap. Jared Burton: Terrible lately  SCOREBOARD MLB Boston 6, Chicago 4 – The various Sox varieties have been competitive in their little series. Minnesota 7, Toronto 0 - Kyle Gibson was really good today...
Via The Rhino and Compass
April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins' Burton remains confident despite control problems

Jared Burton has given up home runs in three of his five appearances this season, and Tuesday night was the worst. After recording two easy groundouts to open the ninth inning, the Twins righthander walked three consecutive Blue Jays batters to load the bases, then grooved a 90-mile-per-hour cut fastball that Brett Lawrie hit off the upper-deck facing at Target Field. That grand...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Links of the Day 4/16/14

How’s your day going? I imagine that answer depends on what side of I-94 you live on. Josmil Pinto is a good hitter. Also, he doesn’t dive into first. That’s Punto, not Pinto. Here are the Vikings being all awkward with their well wishes for the Wild. Jose Abreu hit a completely lame home run. SCOREBOARD MLB Chicago 2, Boston 1 – This is approximately the score I expect...
Via The Rhino and Compass
April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins come back to force extra innings, fall to A's 7-4 in 11th

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Derek Norris hit a three-run homer in the 11th inning, and the Oakland Athletics bounced back from another blown save by new closer Jim Johnson to beat the Minnesota Twins 7-4 on Wednesday. Jared Burton (0-1) gave up the one-out drive by Norris, who went deep on Tuesday night, too. Dan Otero (1-0) got the last eight outs for the victory in relief of Johnson, who...
Via Fox Sports North
April 09, 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...
Via Fox Sports North
March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Monell hits 3-run homer to lead Orioles over Twins

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Johnny Monell hit a three-run homer to key a five-run third inning, leading the Baltimore Orioles to an 11-5 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night. Monell, a 27-year-old journeyman catcher purchased from the San Francisco Giants this offseason, connected on a fastball from Twins setup man Jared Burton. The Orioles also stole third base twice in the same...
Via Fox Sports North
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

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

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 Pro Sports Daily
February 25, 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...
Via Fox Sports North
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins show support of Ryan with 'Stand Up To Cancer' shirt

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Minnesota Twins players, coaches and staff members showed support for general manager Terry Ryan by wearing "Stand Up To Cancer" T-shirts for the team's first full-squad workout on Saturday morning. Ryan isn't expected to be at the Twins complex in Southwest Florida this spring, according to director of baseball communications Dustin Morse. He...
Via Fox Sports North
February 22, 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...
Via Fox Sports North
February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins Salary Matrix

Here is the salary matrix for the Minnesota Twins through 2020. Updated: 10/22/2013 Player Pos 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Current Max Contract Comments Andrew Albers LHP $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- — Oswaldo Arcia OF $- $- $- $- $- $- $- ...
Via 85% Sports
October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Correia's effort not enough in 6-1 loss to KC

Minnesota starter Kevin Correia was dominant through seven innings. But the Twins bullpen struggled in the eighth and lost control of the game. After Correia held Kansas City scoreless, the Royals scored five runs off relievers Jared Burton (2-8) and Caleb Thielbar in the eighth and beat the Twins 6-1 on Tuesday night. Burton leads the Twins with 22 holds this season, but entered...
Via Fox Sports
August 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Indians 3, Twins 1

Drew Stubbs hit a tiebreaking, two-out homer in the eighth inning and the Cleveland Indians overcame four errors to beat the Minnesota Twins 3-1 Sunday. Stubbs homered to dead center on a 0-1 pitch from Jared Burton (2-7) to snap a 1-all tie and lift the Indians to a crucial win in their quest a spot in the American League playoffs. Joe Smith (5-1) pitched a scoreless eighth and...
Via Fox Sports
August 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Lulz Of The Week: Giancarlo performs “Single Ladies” + Starling & Colabello struggle in OF

Giancarlo Stanton rules. —– The Raul Ibanez GIF you need to watch … because yes Jared Burton & Brian Duensing punch each other in the bullpen during homers … twice Zack Greinke is very, very, very confused by Hanley Ramirez Adrian Beltre gets caught in rundown, tries to escape to left field Pitching the Juan Uribe, Hanley Ramirez, and Yasiel Puig show to Time Warner Cable...
August 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Twins top Tigers, 6-3

DETROIT (AP) -- Justin Morneau had a season high four hits, including a two-run homer and a two-run double, and Glen Perkins struck out Miguel Cabrera with two on for the final out to help the Minnesota Twins hold off the Detroit Tigers in a 6-3 win Tuesday night. Mike Pelfrey (5-10) gave up three runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings. Jared Burton got out of a two-on, one-out jam...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
August 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Twins Relievers Pull Off Great Prank, Landing Perfect Fake Punch on Minnesota Home Run (GIF)

The Minnesota Twins woke up Monday morning with a 52-63 record, 16 1/2 games back in the AL Central and 13 1/2 games back in the wild card. They’ll likely play out the string, maybe get some work for some of their can’t-miss prospects and finish the season near the bottom of the division. In short, it’s going to be a tough few weeks to get through, so they’re going to have...
Via NESN.com
August 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins relievers execute perfect fake knockout punch for cameras

If you watched Minnesota Twins outfielder Chris Colabello’s home run against the Chicago White Sox on Friday, you may have witnessed something disturbing in the visitor’s bullpen. Just as the ball was clearing the wall, it looked like Twins reliever Jared Burton decked teammate Brian Duensing in the face. Fortunately, it was just a perfectly-timed […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Twins Bullpen Nailed It With The ‘Knockout Punch’ Prank

Take a close look at the .GIF from Friday night’s game between the Twins and White Sox. You may notice a very odd situation happening as Chris Colabello’s home run entered the Twins’ bullpen area, and that would be what looks to be Jared Burton delivering a knockout punch to Brian Duensing. The sleuths over at the Pioneer Press were able to do some digging and found out that...
Via Next Impulse Sports
August 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Two hits: Colabello hitting HR, Burton hitting Duensing

Just as Twins right fielder Chris Colabello slugged a home run in Friday's game against the White Sox, one of his Minnesota teammates were involved in a slugfest of their own. Sort of. In the second inning of Friday's game -- the first of a day-night double-header at U.S. Cellular Field -- Colabello homered to right field to open the scoring and give the Twins a 1-0 lead...
Via Fox Sports North
August 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Jared Burton & Brian Duensing punch each other in the bullpen during homers … twice

Because apparently home runs by Chris Colabello and Chris Herrmann are not entertaining enough.
August 10, 2013  |  Discuss

GIF: Twins pitcher punches teammate in bullpen during home run, sort of

As outfielder Jordan Danks backs up towards the fence, Jared Burton winds up and straight punches Brian Duensing in the Twins bullpen. What?
Via Gamedayr
August 09, 2013  |  Discuss
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