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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

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

    Sep 21, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

    Keep-Out-Sewage-Treatment-Sign-S-9098

    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'…

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

    Sep 16, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

    grand drunk railroad3

    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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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,…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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,…

  20. 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…

  21. Team USA, White Sox play to 4-4 tie in WBC warmup

    Mar 5, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    David Wright

    Team USA rallied late Tuesday to salvage a 4-4 tie in its exhibition game with the White Sox in Arizona. Derek Holland started and allowed one run in three innings for Team USA. The White Sox added one run in the fourth off Luke Gregerson and two in the fifth off Tim Collins before the…

  22. Can Japan be beat? Previewing the World Baseball Classic

    Mar 1, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Ryoji Aikawa, Koji Yamamoto, Osamu Higashio

    While we’re still a week away from any World Baseball Classic play in North America, the tournament kicks off in Japan and Taiwan on Saturday (Friday night in the U.S.), with eight teams in two pools participating in round-robin play. Pool A (Japan, March 2-6): Brazil, China, Cuba, Japan Pool B: (Taiwan, March 2-5): Australia,…

  23. Twins sign Rafael Perez to minor league deal

    Feb 14, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    Rafael Perez Getty

    Minnesota has signed left-hander Rafael Perez to a minor-league contract, according to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Perez was non-tendered by the Indians in November following a season in which he was limited to eight appearances because of a shoulder injury that required surgery in September. However, prior to the shoulder…

  24. Team USA’s roster announced for the World Baseball Classic

    Jan 17, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    American Flag

    The roster for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic was just announced.  It breaks down like this: Catchers: Joe Mauer, J.P. Arencibia, Jonathan Lucroy 1B: Mark Teixeira 2B: Brandon Phillips SS: Jimmy Rollins 3B: David Wright Utility: Ben Zobrist, Willie Bloomquist Outfielders: Ryan Braun, Adam Jones, Giancarlo Stanton, Shane Victorino Lefties: Jeremy Affeldt, Tim Collins, Derek…

  25. Twins talking extension with reliever Jared Burton

    Nov 10, 2012, 2:17 PM EDT

    Jared Burton Getty

    Jared Burton had to settle for a minor league contract with the Twins last offseason following consecutive injury-plagued seasons as a member of the Reds, but he could soon get a pretty nice payday. According to Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500, the Twins are currently discussing a contract extension with Burton. The 31-year-old right-hander is…

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