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Royals ride three-game winning streak into weekend series with the Twins

While their pitching staff has started to build some confidence, the Kansas City Royals have put together their longest winning streak of the young season. They'll try to extend that run while exacting some revenge on a Minnesota Twins team that swept them last weekend. Kansas City goes for its fourth straight victory Friday night when it opens a three-game home set against the...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

What a difference a year makes

This offseason Ubaldo Jimenez was one of the most sought after free agent pitchers. He had a superb year after a couple of bumpy seasons upon leaving the Rockies for Cleveland. In three starts so far this season he has been something beyond awful in Baltimore. Ricky Nolasco defined upper middle class pitching for the last six seasons, but his first two starts this season were terrible...
Via Brush Back Pitch
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) added to Baseball-Reference.com

Last night, I added FIP (short for Fielding Independent Pitching) to the site. This is a sabermetric stat for pitchers that approximates ERA without the effect of their team's fielding ability. FIP actually correlates to future ERA better than ERA itself making it a superior indicator of future performance. The idea is that the pitcher most directly controls the number of...
Via Sports-Reference
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: First Tier AL Starting Pitchers

Last week, we took a look at three tiers of starting pitchers in the National League. The primary thrust of the week was to see how the three groups were separated in terms of secondary numbers. This week, we are doing the same thing in the American League. For those that did not look in last week, the general idea was to take the pitchers that hurled more than 100 innings in 2013...
Via The Fantasy Fix
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins clobber Royals

Hannah Foslien, Getty Images After scoring 10 runs off the Royals last night, the Twins made a statement today, scoring 7 runs off Royals ace, James Shields. After a quick top of the 1st inning, in which Ricky Nolasco took the Royals down in order, it took the Twins little time to score off Shields, as Brian Dozier hit his 2nd leadoff home run of the year and 5th of his career. http...
Via TopSportsReport
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Correia's quality start completes solid weekend for Twins rotation

MINNEAPOLIS -- Entering the weekend, the Minnesota Twins dropped to 3-6 following a three-game sweep at the hands of the Oakland Athletics. Poor starting pitching was one of the biggest flaws during that series. Three days later, the Twins are back at .500 with a three-game sweep of the visiting Kansas City Royals -- and Minnesota has its starting pitching to thank. Right-hander...
Via Fox Sports North
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins bats, Nolasco hit stride in 7-1 win over Royals

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is about to return to a team that is playing markedly better than when he left it two days ago. Saturday, the offense showed it can take advantage of a struggling starter. And Ricky Nolasco allayed fears about a possible Vance Worley redux. And after being beat down by the Royals for most of 2013, the Twins whipped them 7-1 Saturday, giving them victories...
Via Pro Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Minnesota Twins will make the playoffs

Brian Dozier The last time the Minnesota Twins reached the postseason was the year 2010. They had a comfortable six-game lead over the Chicago White Sox in the standings and were the only team in the division to finish with over 90 wins. This year, the Twins have started to turn their rough start to the season around as they hope to reclaim the division and head to the playoffs....
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nolasco contains Royals, posts strong start

Things hadn't gone Ricky Nolasco's way in his first two starts, but the Twins' big free-agent offseason signing handcuffed the Royals in pitching eight strong innings to give Minnesota starters solid back-to-back starts.
Via FOXSports.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nolasco contains Royals, posts strong start

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ricky Nolasco hung the four-seam fastball up in the zone, and Royals catcher Salvador Perez made him pay with a line-drive double to right field. The gate had been opened early, this time in the second inning at Target Field. But unlike his first two starts in a Twins uniform, Nolasco responded rather than regressed. After all, he's been through this before during...
Via Fox Sports North
5 days 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...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
5 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...
Via Fox Sports North
5 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.
Via FOXSports.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Money Matchup of the Day – Norichika Aoki vs. Ricky Nolasco

No one matchup is the make or break in any baseball game but there are certain matchups in some games that could help decide the outcome in that game. In this new daily piece at Pine Tar Press we will take a look at an intriguing competition between two players in that days game that we feel could help decide the outcome. Today's Matchup: Nori Aoki vs. Ricky Nolasco It...
Via Pine Tar Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Shields looks to help Royals rebound in Minnesota

The Minnesota Twins were among the league's worst both at the plate and on the mound in 2013. While the pitching staff has yet to come around, at least their offense has been able to produce at times without some of their key hitters. Coming off their third double-digit scoring performance of the season, the Twins hope to get a better outing from Ricky Nolasco as they face James...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Gameday Live: Indians vs Twins 4/6

Welcome to Indians Gameday Live! GAMEDAY INFO Opponent: Minnesota Twins Where: Progressive Field TV: SportsTime Ohio Starting Pitchers: Justin Masterson (0-0) vs. Ricky Nolasco (0-1) Game preview: Click here GAMEDAY CHAT
Via Fox Sports Ohio
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Masterson vs. Nolasco in Indians-Twins finale

Justin Masterson was pleased with how he started 2014 while Ricky Nolasco didn't feel the same way about how his season debut went. Both these starters, however, are searching for their first victories Sunday as Masterson's Cleveland Indians meet Nolasco and the visiting Minnesota Twins in the finale of this three-game set. Masterson yielded three hits over seven innings...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins newcomer Nolasco endures unfortunate Opening Day

With big contracts come big expectations, and Ricky Nolasco is no exception. Nolasco signed a four-year, $49 million deal with Minnesota this past winter, the biggest contract ever given to a free agent in Twins history. He was one of multiple pieces brought in with the hope of solidifying what had been a brutal starting rotation. It's only one game, but Nolasco's Twins debut...
Via Fox Sports North
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: 2014 AL Central predictions

Aaron Hicks With the regular season just around the corner, many people are starting to predict who will win each division, the wild cards, and even the World Series. The Minnesota Twins are predicted to appear again at or near the bottom of the American League Central Division. In this article, I’ll give my own prediction as to how the AL Central Division will possibly look at...
Via isportsweb.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

This is what I’ve been trying to tell you about the Twins

Asst GM Rob Antony: We planned for higher payroll than $85M, but FA position players signed elsewhere. “We were trying to give money away.” — Phil Miller (@MillerStrib) March 26, 2014   The Twins season begins on Monday, so we can start to take the roster seriously now. Jason Kubel made the team, and that’s generally the only additional player added to the roster that was...
Via The Rhino and Compass
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Nolasco shelled in first inning of Twins' 9-1 loss to Mets

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Ricky Nolasco allowed seven straight batters to reach in a seven-run first inning for the New York Mets, who beat the Minnesota Twins 9-1 Friday. The Twins' opening-day starter threw 43 pitches in the inning but he was encouraged that he didn't become fatigued. He was lifted after three innings. Five of the Mets' six hits in the inning went for...
Via Fox Sports North
27 days ago  |  Discuss

AL Central 2014 Team Previews: Minnesota Twins

We will start off our previews of the White Sox AL Central competition by taking a look at the Minnesota Twins.  The Twins finished in fourth place last year with a record of 66-96, or three games better than the White Sox.  They aren’t expected to be much better this year but that has never seemed to matter to the piranhas before. First, a look at their roster changes...
Via Grab Some Bench
March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Nolasco throws 5 innings, Twins beat Marlins

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Ricky Nolasco pitched five solid innings against his former team in the Minnesota Twins' 4-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Sunday. Nolasco, likely to start on opening day for the Twins, threw 74 pitches, 48 for strikes, and exited with a 3.27 spring ERA after allowing two runs on seven hits and no walks. The right-hander struck out three. Eduardo...
Via Fox Sports North
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Marlins split-squad bested by Twins, former starter Ricky Nolasco

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Ricky Nolasco pitched five solid innings against his former team in the Minnesota Twins' 4-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Sunday. Nolasco, likely to start on opening day for the Twins, threw 74 pitches, 48 for strikes, and exited with a 3.27 spring ERA after allowing two runs on seven hits and no walks. The right-hander struck out three. Eduardo...
Via Fox Sports Florida
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Glen Perkins signs 4-year deal with Minnesota Twins

Glen Perkins and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a four-year deal that guarantees Perkins $22.1 million. Perkins, 31, eagerly approached the Twins in wanting a new deal and he was rewarded. “I approached them because I wanted to be here,” Perkins said.  ”I believe in what we’re doing here and I wanted to be a part of that.” Perkins saved 36 games last year for the Twins...
Via Sports-Glory
March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

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