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  1. American League beats National League 5-3 in 2014 All-Star Game; Mike Trout named MVP

    Jul 15, 2014, 11:32 PM EDT

    85th MLB All Star Game

    A rocky start, a grooved pitch, a fond farewell and the granting of home field advantage in the World Series to the Junior Circuit.

  2. Pat Neshek’s soaring triumph tinged with sorrow

    Jul 15, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT

    pat neshek getty

    MINNEAPOLIS – The most remarkable and wonderful part about the Pat Neshek story is that it isn’t one story. It is 10 different stories going over top of each other like different children’s hands working their way up the handle of a baseball bat in that game to decide who hits first. When Neshek starts crying…

  3. The 2014 All-Star rosters have been announced

    Jul 6, 2014, 7:51 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Find out who’s on the roster for each league in the All-Star Game at Target Field in Minnesota on July 15.

  4. Toronto’s bullpen melts down in epic fashion against the Twins

    Apr 17, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

    Sergio Santos AP

    The Twins scored six runs on one hit, eight walks (!) and three wild pitches in the bottom of the eighth inning tonight.

  5. 2014 Preview: Minnesota Twins

    Mar 30, 2014, 2:20 PM EDT

    Rick Anderson, Ron Gardenhire

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Minnesota Twins. The Big Question: Did the Twins improve their starting rotation enough? Prior to this offseason the most…

  6. Twins sign closer Glen Perkins to contract extension

    Mar 14, 2014, 3:04 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Minnesota Twins

    Glen Perkins was already under team control through 2015, with a team option for 2016, but the Twins and their 31-year-old closer have agreed to an extension that runs through at least 2017. Perkins is a Minnesota native who starred for the University of Minnesota and is very active in local charities (along with being…

  7. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  8. More sewage problems at O.co Coliseum in Oakland

    Sep 21, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

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    There have been multiple sewage issues at O.co Coliseum this season and they have reared their ugly head again today with rain in the Oakland area. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle has the updates from the Athletics clubhouse: Yes there is sewage flooding the #Athletics coaches' bathroom this morning. Not in the coaches'…

  9. Glen Perkins will buy you beer during a rain delay

    Sep 16, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

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    I wasn’t going to write about this, but since Phil Ervin of FOXSportsNorth.com just “reported” on it … why not? The rain delay at Target Field on Saturday night lasted exactly two hours and four minutes. Plenty of time for the Twins’ closer to express his gratitude toward a group of fans for riding it…

  10. Rays run scoreless innings streak to 27 before collapsing late against the Twins

    Sep 15, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    David Price

    The Rays entered this afternoon’s contest against the Twins having completed back-to-back shutouts. Starter Chris Archer shut them out over six innings on Friday while Matt Moore went three innings in a rain-soaked affair last night. The last time a Rays pitcher had allowed a run was in the sixth inning on Thursday against the…

  11. Neftali Feliz made his 2013 debut against the Twins

    Sep 1, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz

    Rangers reliever-turned-starter-turned-reliever Neftali Feliz made his 2013 debut against the Twins this afternoon, recording five outs, surrendering just one hit and recording two strikeouts. He came on in relief of starter Travis Blackley with two outs in the fifth. Against Darin Mastroianni, Feliz showcased all four of his pitches, including a fastball that touched 94 MPH,…

  12. Yu Darvish brings no-hitter into the seventh, but loses anyway

    Aug 30, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in the second inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Houston

    Rangers starter Yu Darvish brought a no-hitter into the seventh inning for the third time this season, but things quickly started to unravel after the right-hander began the inning with a 2-0 lead. Darvish walked Brian Dozier, then fell behind Chris Herrmann 2-0. He then threw a 91 MPH cutter over the plate, which Herrmann…

  13. Justin Morneau powers Twins to win with two homers

    Aug 9, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    This “just in” — Justin Morneau can still hit dingers. The Twins first baseman hit two of them this afternoon against the White Sox: a grand slam in the seventh off of Ramon Troncoso to give the Twins a 5-3 lead, and a solo shot in the eighth to remove the save opportunity for closer…

  14. Twins unveil 2014 All-Star game logo

    Jul 30, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    2014 all-star game logo

    I can’t imagine anyone caring a whole lot about this and 24 hours before the trade deadline seems like particularly odd timing, but via Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune here’s the 2014 All-Star game logo that the Twins unveiled today: Justin Morneau joined Joe Mauer and Glen Perkins for the unveiling ceremony at…

  15. Glen Perkins pitched (and got a save) with his fly down

    Jul 20, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Minnesota Twins

    Glen Perkins tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning for the Twins last night, converting his 22nd save in 24 chances while lowering his ERA to 1.77. And as the All-Star closer revealed via Twitter shortly afterward, he was pitching with his fly down: Nothing like getting two outs in the bottom of the ninth and realizing…

  16. The Twins give Mariano Rivera the absolute best gift yet

    Jul 3, 2013, 12:55 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins

    The Twins got creative, and now Mariano Rivera has a unique piece for the den as he heads into retirement next year. Deemed “The Chair of Broken Dreams,” the rocker was made up of bats broken by Rivera’s cutter. Manager Ron Gardenhire came up with the idea, and he presented it to Rivera along with…

  17. Evan Gattis returns to New York under better circumstances

    May 24, 2013, 8:40 PM EDT

    Evan Gattis

    The Braves are in Queens, New York tonight to open up a three-game series against the Mets. Catcher Evan Gattis isn’t starting, but figures to be used as a pinch-hitter late in the game if the Braves are in need of some offense, as the 26-year-old came up with two big home runs recently: on…

  18. Tim Hudson donated $1 million to Auburn baseball program

    May 14, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    tim hudson auburn

    Many college baseball programs depend on former players who’ve gone on to do well financially to help them stay afloat as other sports get more attention and funding. Here in Minnesota, for instance, Twins reliever Glen Perkins donated $125,000 to help get the Gophers a new field after their old one basically fell apart. Tim…

  19. The awesomeness of Miller and Harvey

    May 11, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v St. Louis Cardinals

    Last year, of course, we were lucky enough to get two of the most precocious young players in baseball history — Mike Trout put up a historic season at age 20, Bryce Harper put up a superb one at age 19. It was the greatest young duo to hit baseball since 1928 — when Jimmie…

  20. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Apr 29, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

    Tully Blanchard

    My weekend: a quickie trip to Detroit where I saw my Braves look pathetic on Saturday afternoon. But bad baseball is better than good nothin’, so it was a fine weekend.  Here’s what else went down: This has nothing to do with baseball, but holy crap this is a detailed article about the Magnum T.A.-Tully…

  21. Glen Perkins comes through for Twins fan on Twitter

    Apr 28, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Minnesota Twins

    Most athletes are a bore to follow on Twitter. Their feeds usually consist of motivational quotes, inside jokes with other teammates on Twitter, and banal comments about a recently-completed game. Twins reliever Glen Perkins is not among them. @AlexBerg22 asked Perkins if he could provide any assistance since Berg had been “screwed over” ordering tickets…

  22. Glen Perkins, stat-head closer

    Apr 3, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Minnesota Twins

    Parker Hageman at Twins Daily has an excellent article about Twins left-hander Glen Perkins, who went from injured, mediocre starter to excellent late-inning reliever and now full-time closer. Perkins talked about how he started getting into sabermetrics when he was hurt in 2010 and has embraced statistical analysis ever since: I didn’t get into any…

  23. U.S. rallies late against Canada to advance in WBC

    Mar 10, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

    USA v Canada - World Baseball Classic - First Round Group D

    The U.S. rallied late against Canada to advance out of Pool D to the second round in the World Baseball Classic. Canada got on the board early thanks to a two-run home run by Michael Saunders off of U.S. starter Derek Holland. Holland was otherwise solid, allowing just the two runs over five innings of work,…

  24. Behind Adrian Gonzalez, Mexico defeats USA

    Mar 9, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

    Mexico v United States - World Baseball Classic - First Round

    Mexico first baseman and clean-up hitter Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run, two walks, and three runs batted in, helping his team to a 5-2 victory over the United States. Gonzalez’s homer came in the third inning with two outs, pushing Mexico’s lead to 4-0 at the time. Lead-off hitter Eduardo Arredondo…

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