Improved outfield defense a major reason for Twins' turnaround

Two big reasons for the Minnesota Twins' turnaround from 90-game losers to a team with a winning record heading into July have been the improvements of the starting pitching and the defense. The pitching, which has hit a few bumps as of late, is far improved from the last several years when Minnesota's rotation ranked near the bottom of the majors in combined ERA. The defense has...
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Cody Ross was never a fit with the Diamondbacks

The much-maligned tenure of Cody Ross with the Arizona Diamondbacks came to an abrupt end this past weekend when the Diamondbacks released Ross, eating the final $9.5 million remaining on his three-year, $25 million contract. Ross hooked on with the Athletics this week, but looking back, his tenure in Arizona was doomed to fail from the beginning. When former Diamondbacks GM Kevin...
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April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Cody Ross was never a fit with the Diamondbacks

The much-maligned tenure of Cody Ross with the Arizona Diamondbacks came to an abrupt end this past weekend when the Diamondbacks released Ross, eating the final $9.5 million remaining on his three-year, $25 million contract. Ross hooked on with the Athletics this week, but looking back, his tenure in Arizona was doomed to fail from the beginning. When former Diamondbacks GM Kevin...
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April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Welcome Aboard, Jonathan Nwankwo!

I sort of feel like he has one too many Ws in his name, but it doesn't matter because those are now our Ws as Jonathan Nwankwo committed to your favorite basketball team over the weekend after registering for an account on Gopher Hole during his official visit and chatting with friends all weekend, then breaking the news on the message board.  He's a 6-10, 245 lb. center with a...
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September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins Rumors: Jason Kubel likely to be released

The Minnesota Twins snagged Kendrys Morales out of free agency last week and he has just been killing it. Morales is batting .412 over four games. But in order for the Twins to bring in Morales they had to send someone down, that being Jason Kubel.#450249080 / gettyimages.comThe decision was pretty easy for the Twins with Kubel's lack of power this season. Kubel has just one home...
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June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins Stuff

The reason I'm not posting as much this Twins' season is not because they suck.  They are a far more interesting team this season than last and I'm actually enjoying this more than any season in a while.  The reason I'm not posting as much is some combination of laziness and apathy and alcoholism.  I'm not sure those last two seasons make all that much sense together but neither...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 10

Position Players Kendrys Morales The Twins picked him up as soon as the draft pick compensation disappeared. Target Field suppresses power somewhat, but only slightly less so than Los Angeles of Anaheim, and not quite as much as Safeco. In short, there’s not much reason to change expectations. The Twins let go of Jason Kubel to make room for him so the at-bats should be regular...
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June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Kubel designated for assignment by Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jason Kubel doesn't often show emotion, but he started to get a bit choked up Sunday as he stood in front of his locker just a few minutes after the Twins designated him for assignment. After eight years in Minnesota, it appears Kubel's time here has run out. "I just had a lot of good memories," Kubel said Sunday. "A lot of big wins. A lot of big homers. It's been...
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June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins Sign Kendrys Morales, DFA Jason Kubel

After signing free-agent Kendrys Morales to a deal a spot on the roster had to be created and today the Minnesota Twins designated for assignment Jason Kubel.  Morales played 156 games for Seattle last year, hitting .277 with 34 doubles, 23 home runs and 80 runs batted in. The 30-year-old switch-hitter declined a qualifying offer from the Mariners in the offseason.  Kubel  has...
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June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins again strand too many runners, lose another one-run game

MINNEAPOLIS -- Frustration has started to set in for the Minnesota Twins, but not yet desperation. Following Thursday's 5-4 loss to Texas -- the second one-run loss in as many days -- Minnesota has now lost six of its last seven games and enters the weekend with a 24-27 record. The Twins once again had chances against the Rangers but left 10 runners on base. Now Minnesota heads to...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins see shift in baseball culture on defense

MINNEAPOLIS -- Almost every time Jason Kubel steps up to the plate, it seems as if the opposing team is playing with five infielders. That's not the case, obviously, but more and more teams continue to put an infield shift on the left-handed hitting Kubel. Often times that means a third baseman will move all the way over to shallow right field, anticipating a ground ball to the right...
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May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: Decisions to be made regarding lineup

Mike Pelfrey Like any other team, the Minnesota Twins have had to get by with injuries in the roster. But, once the injured players recover and plan to return, who should stay and who should sit out?   Samuel Deduno v. Mike Pelfrey Samuel Deduno started out the season as a reliever in the bullpen, but has recently moved into the starting rotation after Mike Pelfrey suffered a groin...
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May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Royals vs. Minnesota Twins, April 18-20

The Minneosta Twins head to Kansas City with the Royals looking to exact revenge after last weekend's debacle of a series. The Royals have only played three games since facing the Twins, so I won't get too deep into them again, but I will talk briefly about their team before getting into the matchups. Offensively, the Twins kind of sneak up on you. They don't hit for a ton of power...
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April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Kubel producing offense and feeling back at home with Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Every time Jason Kubel steps into the batter's box at Target Field, a familiar sound echoes through the ballpark. "Kuuuuubes!" the Twins fans bellow as the left-handed outfielder takes his cuts. It's something Minnesotans have done dating back to the Metrodome days, and ever since Kubel became an everyday player for the Twins back in 2007. So even after returning to...
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April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins' patience at the plate paying off, especially against Blue Jays

MINNEAPOLIS -- The old scoreboard at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome used to display a message with a picture of a ghost whenever an opposing pitcher gave a Twins batter a free pass: "Walks Will Haunt." That phrase has perhaps never been more true than it was Thursday night at Target Field.  Minnesota drew 12 walks in the game -- and a whopping eight walks in a six-run eighth inning...
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April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins offense among best in baseball

MINNEAPOLIS -- In an offseason where starting pitching was the main focus for Minnesota in free agency, much hand-wringing was done this winter in Twins Territory over the lineup. Would this offense be able to score any runs? Will the players who had down years in 2013 be able to bounce back in 2014? Through two weeks, the answer to both of those questions has been a resounding yes...
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April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins can't muster much 'O' against A's

MINNEAPOLIS -- The biggest question mark for the Twins entering the 2014 season was the lineup. Many wondered if Minnesota was going to be capable of scoring enough runs to compete. For the first eight games of the 2014 season, the offense wasn't a huge concern. Minnesota averaged 5.6 runs per game entering Thursday's series finale against Oakland, aided by a pair of 10-run outings...
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April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

With big bats silent, rest of Twins lineup works to pick up slack

Joe Mauer, Brian Dozier and Oswaldo Arcia were three players the Minnesota Twins figure to rely on offensively this season. Yet as that trio combined to go hitless Wednesday in Chicago, it was the likes of Jason Kubel, Aaron Hicks, Trevor Plouffe and Kurt Suzuki doing the damage at the plate in Minnesota's 7-6 extra-innings loss to the White Sox. Manager Ron Gardenhire drew some...
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April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

With big bats silent, rest of Twins lineup works to pick up slack

If players like Jason Kubel, Aaron Hicks, Trevor Plouffe and Kurt Suzuki can continue to find success at the plate, Minnesota's seemingly anemic offense could prove to be better than expected.
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April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: Batting a concern for regular season

Brian Dozier With Spring Training now done and the regular season upon us, many Major League players and fans are looking forward to the start of the regular season. For the Minnesota Twins, there are still some factors of concern, particularly when it comes to batting. Chris Colabello, Aaron Hicks and Oswaldo Arcia are among the players who have played a majority of Spring Training...
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox-Twins Live

Top 2nd, Twins 1-o: Trevor Plouffe pops out to shortstop Bogaerts. Two out. Top 2nd, Twins 1-o: Josh Willingham homers on a fly ball to left field. Jason Kubel grounds out. One out. Bottom 1st, 0-0: Daniel Nava and Shane Victorino ground out and Dustin Pedroia flies out to centerfield to end the first inning. Today’s lineup for the last game of spring training. RED SOX Nava LF...
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March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins 2014 positional preview: Bench/DH

Minnesota's bench has a bit of a retro look, with the return of Jason Kubel and Jason Bartlett. The Twins hope Kubel can give the team a boost at designated hitter.
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins 2014 positional preview: Bench/DH

The ninth and final part of our nine-part series previewing each position for the Minnesota Twins takes a look at the designated hitter and bench. A few former Twins are back in the fold in today's preview. PROJECTED STARTER (DH) Jason Kubel (.216/.293/.317, 5 HR, 32 RBI in 97 games with Arizona and Cleveland) KEY BACKUPS Chris Colabello (.194/.287/.344, 7 HR, 17 RBI in 55 games...
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins 2014 positional preview: Outfield

This is the eighth of a nine-part series examining each position for the Minnesota Twins in 2014. Today we take a look at the outfielders, where many question marks appear after a disappointing 2013. PROJECTED STARTERS Josh Willingham (.208/.342/.368, 14 HR, 48 RBI in 111 games) Aaron Hicks (.192/.259/.338, 8 HR, 27 RBI, 9 SB in 81 games) Oswaldo Arcia (.251/.304/.430, 14 HR, 43...
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March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins Who’s In, Who’s Out and Who’s On The Bubble

                                                          Andrew Burton/Getty Images Jacob Papke Staff Writer After having competitions for the final rotation spot, the bullpen, centerfield, the bench and DH, the Twins have widdled it down to a lucky few. The Bullpen Matt Guerrier – After signing this winter as a non roster invitee Guerrier was considered...
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March 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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