MINNESOTA TWINS NEWS

Gibson strikes out 7 Rays in Twins' 2-1 loss

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Kyle Gibson struck seven in six strong innings for the Minnesota Twins in a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. Gibson mixed in his slider and placed new emphasis on his changeup in striking out Rays slugger Evan Longoria three times and leadoff man John Jaso twice. "I think it's a pitch just to throw into the arsenal," Gibson said of his changeup...
Via AP on Fox
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rivera blasts solo homer as Rays down Twins

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Kyle Gibson struck seven in six strong innings for the Minnesota Twins in a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. Gibson mixed in his slider and placed new emphasis on his changeup in striking out Rays slugger Evan Longoria three times and leadoff man John Jaso twice. The right-hander had just 107 strikeouts in 179 1-3 innings last season, his first...
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22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Gibson strikes out 7 in Twins' loss to Rays

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Kyle Gibson struck seven in six strong innings for the Minnesota Twins in a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. Gibson mixed in his slider and placed new emphasis on his changeup in striking out Rays slugger Evan Longoria three times and leadoff man John Jaso twice. The right-hander had just 107 strikeouts in 179 1-3 innings last season, his first...
Via AP on Fox
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

2015 Minor League Preview: Minnesota Twins

Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America 2014 (3) | 2013 (10) | 2012 (19) | 2011 (13) | 2010 (6) 2014 Affiliate Records MLB: [70-92] AL Central AAA: [77-67] International League - Rochester AA: [73-69] Eastern League - New Britain (2015 Chattanooga) A+: [82-57] Florida State League - Fort Myers A: [73-67] Midwest League - Cedar Rapids Graduated Prospects Danny Santana...
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Watch Minnesota United-MLS press conference to announce new MLS team

Beginning at Noon ET/11am CT, watch a livestream of the press conference to officially announce Minnesota United as the latest team to be awarded a MLS franchise. Minnesota United, who currently play in NASL, will become MLS team number 23. MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Dr. McGuire, the owner of Minnesota United FC of the second-division North American Soccer League, will “make...
Via World Soccer Talk
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Off-Season Yoga Propelling Minnesota Twins Pitching Prospect to Peak Performance

Baseball stat heads and sabermetricians use advanced projection systems known as Steamer and ZiPS to predict a player’s future performance. But an emerging trend increasingly serves as a more accurate
Via Stack
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Baseball careers often start with winter grunt work

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Long before any of that major league money starts landing in their bank accounts, most baseball players are in a similar predicament as everyone else in the regular workforce. Between baseball seasons there are no paychecks and bills don't stop for the winter. So they need to find jobs. Minnesota Twins reliever Casey Fien says he signed for $500 and a plane...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Hunter's first home run helps Twins beat Blue Jays 6-5

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- After Torii Hunter hit his first home run in a Twins uniform since 2007, manager Paul Molitor greeted him in the dugout with a sly message. "Remember how you did it," Molitor said after Hunter hit a three-run homer Tuesday in the Twins' 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Tthe 39-year-old Hunter signed a one-year, $10.5 million, one-year deal to return to...
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Hunter's 1st homer helps Twins beat Blue Jays 6-5

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Torii Hunter hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer off Chad Jenkins in the seventh inning, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 Tuesday. It was the first homer this spring for the 39-year-old Hunter, who returned signed a one-year, $10.5 million, one-year deal to return to the Twins, a team he left after the 2007 season. Hunter had just two extra...
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Would Brian Dozier Have Commanded More in the Free Agency?

The Minnesota Twins have locked up one of the cornerstones of their rebuilding franchise, agreeing to terms with second baseman Brian Dozier on a four-year deal worth $20 million. Dozier was already signed through 2015, but the Twins wisely decided to deal with his contract situation now, before the budding star could test the free agent waters. While this move makes all the sense...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Brian Dozier, Twins Agree to a Safe Contract

On the heels of contract extensions for Christian Yelich and Adam Eaton, Brian Dozier and the Minnesota Twins got in on the action, agreeing to a four-year deal worth $20 million. Brian Dozier is one year further along in his career and one year closer to arbitration than Yelich and Eaton. Looking strictly at the […]
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Brian Dozier Signs 4 Year Deal with Minnesota Twins

Picture Credit – Jesse Johnson – USA TODAY Sports This morning, it was announced that the Minnesota Twins had come to terms with their 27 year old second baseman Brian Dozier. The contract spans four years and will be worth $20 million. Being that this deal is four years, this time period spans over all three of Dozier’s arbitration eligible years, and he is still on track...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
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Twins sign Brian Dozier to four-year extension

The Minnesota Twins have given second baseman Brian Dozier a four-year contract worth $20 million. Dozier will earn $2 million this season, $3 million in 2016 before getting $6 million in 2017 and $9 million in 2018. The deal between the Twins and Dozier does not buy out any of his arbitration years. Dozier, 27, is coming off a fine 2014 season in which he hit .242/.345/.416 with...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dozier and Twins agree to $20 million, 4-year contract

Second baseman Brian Dozier and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a $20 million, four-year contract. The deal was announced Tuesday, before the Twins played Toronto at their spring training home in Fort Myers, Florida. Dozier already was under contract for this year at $590,000 in the major leagues and $324,000 in the minors. The new deal calls for $2 million this season, $3 million...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Molitor and Sandberg Make History in Twins-Phillies Game

The Minnesota Twins and the Philadelphia Phillies met this afternoon in a Grapefruit League matchup that would wind up going down in history as the first time in Major League history that two current Hall of Fame players managed against each other. Ryne Sandberg, a 2005 Hall of Fame inductee, took over as manager of the Phillies in August of 2013 on an interim basis before he was...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Spring Training Gameday: Twins (8-9) at Phillies (9-10)

Minnesota Twins (8-7) at Philadelphia Phillies (10-6)  Starting Pitchers:PHI: David Buchanan vs.NYY: Mike Pelfrey Time: 1:05 EST, Bright House FieldTV: TCNWeather: Cloudy with possible rain, 71Media: Twitter and Facebook A Note for Today:  It was announced this morning that Aaron Nola (7th overall pick, 2014) will start Friday against the Yankees. Severino Gonzalez is slated...
Via Phillies Nation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

MLS to make 'important announcement' on future in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Major League Soccer is expected to confirm during a news conference this week that an expansion franchise has been awarded to Minnesota. MLS said Monday that Commissioner Don Garber will join Bill McGuire, the owner of the Minnesota United franchise in the North American Soccer League, at the news conference Wednesday to make ''an important announcement'' without...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Top CF Prospects Hicks, Bradley Jr. in Make-or-Break Year

Minnesota Twins center field prospect Aaron Hicks had a good season by many standards in 2012, batting .286 with 13 home runs over 129 games in Double-A. In another American League team’s farm system that same season, another young center fielder was having a strong season.  Red Sox prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. hit .271 in half a season of Double-A ball after getting called up...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins beat Marlins with strong start from Hughes

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Danny Santana had four hits as the leadoff hitter, Phil Hughes struck out four and the Minnesota Twins beat the Miami Marlins 5-3 on Sunday. Giancarlo Stanton had a long double and Michael Morse a two-run single for Miami. Dee Gordon went 3 for 3 with a run and a stolen base for the Marlins. Hughes pitched 4 2/3 innings in his second strong start. Marlins starter...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins News and Notes: Week of 3/22

Here is a summary of Minnesota Twins news from the last week:  Twins catcher Josmil Pinto suffered a concussion after being hit with three backswings during Saturday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles. “We’ll just see how he comes along, I talked to him this morning. He’s feeling OK, just not quite himself.” Manager Paul Molitor said according to the Pioneer Press...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Perkins returns in Twins split squad's loss to O's

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Glen Perkins made his first appearance of spring training Saturday, giving up a homer to Delmon Young in one inning of a Minnesota Twins split squad's 5-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. The Twins' closer retired the first two batters he faced in the fifth inning before Young homered to left. Perkins then struck out Orioles DH Nolan Reimold to end the inning...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Allan Dykstra's homer lifts Rays over Twins

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Allan Dykstra hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, lifting the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-2 win over a Minnesota split squad Saturday after Twins starter Trevor May pitched four perfect innings. Four Twins pitchers held the Rays to one hit over the first eight innings, a long home run by Juan Francisco off Mark Hamburger in the fifth. It was Francisco...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Perkins returns from oblique strain

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Glen Perkins made his first appearance of spring training Saturday, giving up a homer to Delmon Young in one inning of a Minnesota Twins split squad's 5-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. The Twins' closer retired the first two batters he faced in the fifth inning before Young homered to left. Perkins then struck out Orioles DH Nolan Reimold to end the inning...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays top Twins on late homer

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) Allan Dykstra hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, lifting the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-2 win over a Minnesota split squad Saturday after Twins starter Trevor May pitched four perfect innings. Four Twins pitchers held the Rays to one hit over the first eight innings, a long home run by Juan Francisco off Mark Hamburger in the fifth. It was Francisco...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Gibson gives up two homers in Twins' loss to Pirates

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Francisco Cervelli homered twice off Kyle Gibson on Friday, leading a Pittsburgh Pirates split squad to a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Three-time AL batting champion Joe Mauer went 0 for 3 with a strikeout. He is batting .158 in 19 spring at-bats. Gibson, slotted in as the Twins' No. 4 starter, walked three, including one to Pirates starter Gerrit...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss
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