Minnesota Twins: Model of Inconsistency

Can the Minnesota Twins get things back together?As expected, the 2014 season is off to a roaring start. From the early success of the Milwaukee Brewers, to the substandard performance of teams like the Royals, Reds, and Diamondbacks, the game we all love is showing us once again that anything can happen. One team in particular has found this to be true. Through twelve games the...
Via The MLB Nation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Shields undone by defense as Royals fall to Twins 7-1

MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Mauer hit his first home run of the season and free-agent acquisition Ricky Nolasco earned his first win for the Minnesota Twins in a 7-1 victory Saturday over the Kansas City Royals. A day after getting his first RBI of the year, Mauer drove in three more runs against Kansas City starter James Shields. Brian Dozier had a leadoff homer for Minnesota, which has...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Solid all-around effort pushes Twins past Royals

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Joe Mauer hit his first home run of the season and free-agent acquisition Ricky Nolasco earned his first win for the Minnesota Twins in a 7-1 victory Saturday over the Kansas City Royals. A day after getting his first RBI of the year, Mauer drove in three more runs against Kansas City starter James Shields. Brian Dozier had a leadoff homer for Minnesota, which...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Mauer homers, Nolasco pitches Twins past Royals

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Joe Mauer hit his first home run of the season and free-agent acquisition Ricky Nolasco earned his first win for the Minnesota Twins in a 7-1 victory Saturday over the Kansas City Royals.
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Everybody say ‘awwww’: Joe Mauer’s twin girls make Target Field debut (photos)

The Minnesota Twins may have been swept by the Oakland A’s after losing 6-1 on Thursday at Target Field, but at least first baseman Joe Mauer got to enjoy the pregame festivities and likely pocketed a memory that will last a lifetime. During a pregame ceremony, Mauer was joined on the field by his wife […] The post Everybody say ‘awwww’: Joe Mauer’s twin girls make Target...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Does having demonstrative players matter?

  Yesterday, Glen Perkins struck out the A’s Josh Donaldson, and started yelling some stuff. Who knows what was yelled, but it irked Donaldson, and he started to saunter over to Perkins. The Twins rushed to come between Donaldson and Perkins, the A’s spilled out of their dugout, there was posturing and warnings were given out. Ultimately, this will be a story that is forgotten...
Via The Rhino and Compass
6 days ago  |  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...
Via Fox Sports North
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins' outfield takes another hit as Bartlett goes on DL

MINNEAPOLIS -- Through six games of the season, Minnesota's outfielders have had a hard time staying healthy. Left fielder Josh Willingham was hit in the hand by a pitch on Sunday against Cleveland and left the game. Meanwhile, right fielder Oswaldo Arcia has been dealing with a wrist injury that sidelined him for the last two days. With few options, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians home opener pregame notes

The tarp has been on most of the day and the home opener is currently in a delay. TWINS (1-2) Brian Dozier 2B Joe Mauer 1B Josh Willingham LF Chris Colabello DH Trevor Plouffe 3B Oswaldo Arcia RF Kurt Suzuki C Aaron Hicks CF Pedro Florimon SS Mike Pelfrey P -- The right-hander is 1-0 in three previous starts against Cleveland with a 2.16 ERA. Twins vs. Salazar: 1 for 2, HR, RBI;...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
12 days ago  |  Discuss

CB Bucknor strikes out Joe Mauer on terrible call off plate (GIF)

Sometimes that CB Bucknor just gets a little overeager while serving as a homeplate umpire. Thursday was one of those days. During the top of the ninth inning in the Minnesota Twins-Chicago White Sox game, Bucknor punched out Joe Mauer on a breaking ball that was well off the plate. Mauer was already struggling entering […]
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13 days ago  |  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...
Via Fox Sports North
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins post lineup card on paper napkin

In a move that flies in the face of conventional baseball decorum and environmental sustainability -- and possibly suggests manager Ron Gardenhire was in the middle of a hot dog when he remembered the Twins were playing a day game -- Minnesota's lineup card was posted Wednesday on a napkin. The white paper napkin -- rumpled but devoid any discernible condiment stains -- was put...
Via Fox Sports North
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Not buying the Jason Bartlett chemistry angle

Jason Bartlett's comeback attempt after sitting out 2013 was a curiosity when Spring Training began. And when the NRI invite by the Minnesota Twins turned into a spring without any hits, the thought was the comeback attempt was doomed as much as Abreu's was with the Phillies. But despite a 3 for 36 spring, Bartlett has made the Twins!? This linked article describes the...
Via The Flagrant Fan
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Knowing the competition: Minnesota Twins

Joe Mauer is moving from catcher to first base this season. Probably a wise move to keep your franchise player healthy. (Photo courtesy of   Threat Level: 3 The Twins for years were always competitive, then they stopped producing good pitchers and have had trouble competing ever since. Then Justin Morneau had an unfortunate turn of events with concussions and now...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins troll the Braves in new commercial starring Kent Hrbek

The Minnesota Twins released a commercial to hype the 2014 season, and fans of the Atlanta Braves will not be pleased with it. In the commercial, former Twins first baseman Kent Hrbek shows new Twins first baseman Joe Mauer how to play his new position by treating Minnesota mascot T.C. Bear like he treated Ron Gant during the 1991 World Series. Cold, Twins – cold.
Via The Outside Corner
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins' Video: Kent Hrbek teaches Joe Mauer how to play 1st base

The Minnesota Twins are absolutely on fire today. First, the prank video on Mike Pelfrey and now an awesome season promo video featuring Twins' legend Kent Hrbek teaching converted catcher Joe Mauer how to play first base.Your browser does not support iframes.Hrbek is probably best known, nationally, for pulling Ron Gant of the Atlanta Braves off first base for an out during...
Via Pro Sports Daily
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Durable, experienced Suzuki gains trust with pitchers

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Kurt Suzuki doesn't aspire to be the next Joe Mauer. According to the Minnesota Twins, Suzuki shouldn't have to. "We wanted to add some leadership to help the pitching staff," Minnesota Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said of signing Suzuki to a one-year, $2.75 million deal as the team's primary catcher. Mauer has the rest of this...
Via Fox Sports North
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins positional preview: First base

It will be a familiar face in an unfamiliar position for the Twins in 2014 as Joe Mauer takes over as the regular first baseman.
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins Opening Day Roster Preview

Joe MauerHere's a look at what the Twins opening day roster will most likely be.C - Kurt Suzuki1B -  Joe Mauer2B - Brian Dozier3B - Trevor PlouffeSS - Pedro FlorimonLF - Josh WillinghamCF - Aaron HicksRF - Oswaldo ArciaDH - Jason KubelThe 5 man rotation will probably look like this:Ricky NolaskoPhil HughesKevin CorreiaMike PelfreyScott Diamond / Samuel Deduno?The Bullpen shapes...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: Filling Mauer’s shoes

Joe Mauer When 6-time All-Star player Joe Mauer announced that he was moving to first base permanently due to concussion-related issues, it has been debated who will step up and fill his shoes as catcher for the Minnesota Twins. Prospects for the position include Josmil Pinto, Chris Herrmann, Eric Fryer, and Kurt Suzuki. In this article I’ll look at each of the prospects for the...
March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins' 25-man roster prediction

The Minnesota Twins open the regular season two weeks from Monday when they travel to Chicago to face the White Sox. There's still time in spring training for several players to make their cases for a spot on the 25-man roster. While nothing is set in stone yet, I took a stab at predicting what the Twins' roster will look like when Minnesota breaks camp later this month....
Via Fox Sports North
March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

The great draft debate: Joe Mauer vs. Yadier Molina as your fantasy backstop

Joe Mauer and Yadier Molina have found themselves atop the final catcher ranks for a number of seasons due to their production on the field, that fact remains this season but it is buoyed by the fact that at a position where even the best players are forced to take a day off these two are scheduled for regular at bats. Having a catcher who isn’t going to sap your stats in more...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

It’s Ottoneu Draft Day, Life’s other plans are on hold

Back on February 28th of 2012, a legendary fantasy league was spawned. It was spawned partly by horrible human error on behalf of greater than three or four league members. You see, in Ottoneu’s auction draft format, a team owner must ‘nominate’ a player for bidding during the draft. At our inaugural draft I was in need of a catcher, and was quite happy to see a J. Mauer still...
Via Diamond Hoggers
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Mauer eager to try hand as full-time first baseman

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Joe Mauer can finally eat lunch. Consider it just one perk of Mauer's position change from catcher to first base, a decision that was made this offseason to keep the face of the Minnesota Twins franchise healthy and in the lineup. Now that Mauer doesn't have to deal with the daily rigors of catching and the extra work that goes into it before games, the...
Via Fox Sports North
March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins-Phillies ends in 1-1 tie

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Joe Mauer drove in the game's first run with a first-inning single, and four Minnesota Twins pitchers combined to two-hit the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1-1 tie Sunday. Mauer, who also flied out twice, is batting .250 through five spring games after making the full-time switch to first base. The Phillies fell to 2-8-1 this spring, among the worst records...
Via Fox Sports North
March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

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