Twins' again leave too many on base in loss to Royals

Another game, another night in which Minnesota's offense struggled. For the second night in a row, the Twins went just 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position against Kansas City. And once again, it resulted in a loss, this time a 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Royals. Though Minnesota's bullpen faltered in a four-run seventh inning, the Twins' lack of timely hitting...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Twins run into trouble in loss to Royals

In a one-run game, the little things can often be magnified. One missed opportunity could mean the difference between winning that one-run game or being on the losing end of it. Such was the case Wednesday when Minnesota fell 3-2 to Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium. Though the Twins led 1-0 into the sixth inning, a sequence of miscues -- on the basepaths, no less -- cost Minnesota...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins name teen with heart condition honorary manager in ‘Little Big League’ tribute (vid)

The Minnesota Twins wanted to something special to commemorate the 20th anniversary this month of the film, “Little Big League.” To do so, the team went above and beyond simply doing something hokey and instead utilized the anniversary of the movie to lift the spirits of an ill 14-year-old baseball fan. “Little Big League” of […] The post Twins name teen with heart condition...
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A Kansas City Royals Announcer Had A Rough Time With Instant Replay

I’m not much of a Kansas City Royals fan or a Minnesota Twins fan, so I’m not quite sure who the announcers were for this game. Therefore, I’m just going to refer to the announcer as “Announcer.” Regardless, Announcer and the MLB umpires who were in charge of yesterday’s game between the Royals and the Twins had a rough time with instant replay. In the top of the 3rd...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Gibson sharp, replay officials not so much as Twins win over KC

Ron Gardenhire knew there was a good chance he was going to get thrown out because of a replay challenge Tuesday. But he was astounded by the reason why. The Twins manager watched Kyle Gibson hold Kansas City to two hits over seven innings on Tuesday and collect the victory in a 2-1 decision over the Royals. But Gardenhire did it from his office, where he was banished by home plate...
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Sunday Notes: Molitor on Shifts, Chen Down the Middle, Rusty Kuntz & More

The Minnesota Twins have learned to love the shift. According to Baseball Info Solutions, Ron Gardenhire‘s club went into the All-Star break having shifted on 251 balls in play, 13th-most in baseball. Last year they shifted just 84 times on balls in play, sixth-fewest in baseball. Paul Molitor is in charge of Minnesota’s infield defense. […]
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Twins Thursday: Gibson likely to also miss Saturday start

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins were hopeful that Kyle Gibson's back would heal in time for him to start Saturday against Chicago. With two days until that day, it doesn't appear likely that will be the case. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Thursday that the chances of Gibson starting Saturday are "not very good." If Gibson indeed is unable to start, Minnesota...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB managers on the hot seat

In the last few of months the landscape of Major League Baseball’s managerial dead pool has changed. As recently as a few months ago people were wondering if Mike Scioscia was done, as his high-priced Los Angeles Angels languished around .500. Then like the other Los Angeles team did last year, the Angels have caught fire and are on the verge of catching the Oakland A’s...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins punchless at the plate in key spots vs. Cleveland

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins have struggled to fire on all cylinders for the majority of the 2014 season. When the offense is clicking, the starting pitching falters. Sometimes the bullpen lets down the rotation. Other times, the lineup can't hit. While starting pitcher Yohan Pino was far from perfect Tuesday against Cleveland, the Twins' clutch hitting -- or lack thereof...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins Monday: Pino likely to get another start

MINNEAPOLIS -- Pitcher Yohan Pino was in the Twins' clubhouse prior to Monday's game, but the right-hander has not yet been added to Minnesota's 25-man roster. Manager Ron Gardenhire confirmed Monday that the Twins do plan to recall the 30-year-old Pino before Tuesday's game -- which Pino is slated to start. A corresponding roster move will be announced either after...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

What kind of manager is Ron Gardenhire?

Joe Posnanski recently wrote an extensive (though not by his standards) missive on a rough bit of management by Ned Yost. Posnanski insists that Yost was perfect for the Royals as a manger when he was hired, and they needed to begin turning their fortunes around, but he isn’t the best gae manager. The team needs someone to get them over the hump now that they are at the brink...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins' Hughes outdueled in loss to Tampa Bay

MINNEAPOLIS -- With two swings of his bat, Sean Rodriguez quashed the seemingly impending pitchers' duel set to take place at Target Field on Saturday night. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and anyone else who took a look at the matchup before settling into their seats or couches at home could've anticipated as much. "The names are there," he said before his team&...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins start homestand in unfortunate fashion versus Rays

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twin Cities are just three days removed from hosting one of sport's greatest spectacles, yet only shadows remain from the 85th Major League Baseball All-Star Game's scenic backdrop. The silhouette of Minnesota still graced Target Field's outfield grass Friday, but the letters "ASG" were no more. The bright, lime-green line in the sidewalk...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins Friday: Santana returns

MINNEAPOLIS -- While most of his teammates spent the weekend resting, Danny Santana was back where it all began. Back in Fort Myers, Fla., the Twins' annual spring training resort and home of their Single-A affiliate the Fort Myers Miracle. Three times in four nights, Santana tested the left knee that cost him 17 games heading into Major League Baseball's All-Star break....
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Oft-misunderstood Gomez plans to open eyes in All-Star Game

MINNEAPOLIS -- Loose Cannon No. 1. That's the affectionate moniker Twins manager Ron Gardenhire gave Carlos Gomez during the All-Star outfielder's short but pivotal stint in the Twin Cities. An energetic persona called contagious by his teammates, refreshing by his teammates and overzealous by his critics was present from the day the Mets dealt him in the 2008 Johan Santana...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Kelly borrows Gardenhire's pants for All-Star Futures game

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Tom Kelly found his jersey ready when he arrived at Target Field on Sunday to manage the U.S. team in the All-Star Futures game but was missing baseball pants. Kelly, who managed the Twins to a pair of World Series titles during his time in the Minnesota dugout from 1986-01, borrowed a pair from current Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. "They're a little...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Young Twins pitcher endures early exit in Colorado

Kris Johnson's spot start earlier in the year with Minnesota lasted just 4 1/3 innings. His second outing in a Twins uniform was even shorter. Johnson went four innings Friday in the series opener against the Colorado Rockies, surrendering five runs on eight hits as he and the Twins fell, 6-2, in Denver. Among the eight hits Johnson allowed, two cleared the Coors Field fence...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins Monday: Nolasco to undergo MRI on elbow

One day after Ricky Nolasco's worst outing in a Twins uniform, it was revealed that Minnesota's right-hander has been pitching through an injury. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire on Monday told reporters in Seattle that Nolasco will have an MRI in Minneapolis on his right elbow after experiencing elbow soreness. Nolasco didn't make any mention of elbow problems when he met...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins offense fails to capitalize on chances in loss to Royals

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire let out a deep sigh moments before addressing the media following Monday's 6-1 loss to Kansas City. It was one of those nights for Gardenhire and Minnesota. "We had chances," the skipper said. The Twins did indeed have plenty of chances to score in Monday's series opener but didn't capitalize on them. Minnesota finished...
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: Gardenhire expresses encouragement

As the first half of the season comes gradually to a close, the Minnesota Twins are still struggling to find some sort of foothold that could possibly propel them to the near top of the AL Central Division. And June has not been a friendly month for such a case to happen. The longest win streak the Twins have had was four games, with the most recent coming off a four-game sweep of...
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins get clutch hit to back Gibson and end losing streak

Ron Gardenhire wanted to try something to break up the Minnesota Twins' scuffling offense and snap the road losing streak. Minnesota's manager gave 20-year-old Jorge Polanco his first major-league start at shortstop. Gardenhire even put Chris Parmelee and his eight-game hitting streak in the third spot in the batting order and playing center field; anything to shake the Twins...
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June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Road weary: Twins' struggles away from home continue in Texas

Ballparks other than Target Field haven't been friendly locales for the Twins of late, and their away woes persisted in a 5-4 defeat Friday night at Texas. If there's one common thread among Minnesota's four straight losses on its current six-game road swing, it's a lack of viable starting pitching. Kevin Correia became the latest Twins rotation man to succumb to...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Gardenhire 'not afraid' to play young call-up Polanco

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Single-A ball is rarely a direct feeder to major-league clubs. Gimmicky mascots and small towns -- it's a level more suited for emerging young talent, a stop along the road for some who end up making it to higher levels and the end of the road for many others. In an atypical move, the Minnesota Twins turned to their Single-A team for infield help after shortstop...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Gibson struggles early, but Twins avoid losing ugly

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Minnesota Twins may sometimes be down but rarely are they every truly out of a ballgame until the final inning. A disastrous game was instantly turned around. The Twins made the most of the few chances they had and although they were edged 8-6 by the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday night in Anaheim, it wasn't necessarily a bad loss. "We stay after it, we...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins Tuesday: Mauer getting back into old habits

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- There are a lot of things that Twins manager Ron Gardenhire worries about. But whether or Joe Mauer will return to his old offensive form? Not a concern. Mauer has been on a tear as of late and looking more like he did in 2009, the year he was named American League MVP. It appears that he has finally made the full adjustment to first base. The position change has...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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