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  1. Where have all the superstar left-handed hitters gone?

    Jul 15, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Last night’s Home Run Derby included just one left-handed hitter (Justin Morneau) among the eight contestants and tonight’s All-Star game will feature only two left-handed hitters (Chase Utley, Robinson Cano) among the 18 starters.

  2. Your 2014 Home Run Derby Live Blog

    Jul 14, 2014, 7:50 PM EDT

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    We’re keeping a running commentary on the Home Run Derby. So you don’t have to.

  3. No timetable yet for Joe Mauer’s return from oblique strain

    Jul 11, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Joe Mauer is two weeks into what is usually at least a month-long recovery for a strained oblique muscle and there’s no timetable yet for the Twins first baseman’s return to the lineup.

  4. Strained oblique muscle sends Joe Mauer to the disabled list

    Jul 2, 2014, 11:15 AM EDT

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    Joe Mauer was finally beginning to look like his old self following last year’s season-ending concussion and a terrible start to this season, hitting .320 over his last 20 games, but last night he suffered a strained oblique muscle while hitting a double to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.

  5. Joe Mauer exits game with strained left oblique

    Jul 1, 2014, 11:19 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger comes word that Twins first baseman Joe Mauer made an early exit from Tuesday night’s game against the Royals after suffering a strained left oblique muscle. Most oblique strains need 2-3 weeks of rest and rehab, so Mauer is presumably headed to the 15-day disabled list.

  6. David Ortiz credited with hit on contested call from last week; apologizes for his actions

    Jun 23, 2014, 11:31 PM EDT

    David Ortiz Getty

    While David Ortiz went about his protest the wrong way last week, he was credited with a hit today.

  7. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 23, 2014, 6:42 AM EDT

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    Mike Napoli stole home. Though, really, we should call what he did something else. Also: are we at “Peak Brandon” in Major League Baseball?

  8. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 20, 2014, 7:11 AM EDT

    Zack Wheeler

    Two of the most promising young arms in baseball met last night. But Zack Wheeler got the best of Andrew Heaney on the occasion of the latter’s major league debut.

  9. David Ortiz whined about an official scorer’s ruling yesterday

    Jun 19, 2014, 11:36 AM EDT

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    You’d think a Hall of Fame caliber player with multiple World Series rings would let a lone judgment call by an official scorer go. If so, you’d think wrong.

  10. Joe Mauer returns to Twins’ lineup after back spasms

    May 10, 2014, 11:35 AM EDT

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    Joe Mauer is back in the Twins’ lineup after missing five straight games.

  11. Twins place Sam Fuld on the concussion disabled list

    May 8, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT

    Sam Fuld Twins

    Sam Fuld has been playing since crashing into the outfield wall last Friday, but this morning he woke up with a severe headache and the Twins have placed him on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

  12. Joe Mauer out with “pretty brutal” back spasms

    May 7, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Joe Mauer has so far avoided the disabled list, but the Twins first baseman sat out his second straight game Tuesday with back spasms and LaVelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that he’ll likely miss at least a few more games.

  13. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    May 5, 2014, 5:00 AM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    What a fun, relaxing weekend. Not just for all of us who watched races and sipped julep. It was relaxing for Carlos Beltran too.

  14. Twins place Aaron Hicks on concussion disabled list

    May 2, 2014, 3:26 PM EDT

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    Aaron Hicks left last night’s game after slamming his head into the outfield wall and now the Twins have placed the center fielder on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

  15. 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…

  16. Indians sign Yan Gomes to six-year, $23 million contract extension

    Mar 29, 2014, 8:03 PM EDT

    Yan Gomes

    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Indians have signed catcher Yan Gomes to a six-year, $23 million contract extension which includes two option years. The 26-year-old was not eligible for arbitration until after the 2015 season. The contract buys out all three arbitration years and one year of free agency. Per Jon Heyman…

  17. Joe Mauer handles first day at first base with relative ease

    Mar 1, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer

    Over the off-season, the Twins announced they were moving Joe Mauer from behind the plate to first base, a decision meant to alleviate the day-to-day physical stress their $184 million man had gone through, particularly recently. Mauer suffered a concussion last season from a foul tip and has also had back problems from time to…

  18. Astros hanging on to Jason Castro for now

    Mar 1, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Chicago White Sox

    Back in January, the Astros avoided arbitration with catcher Jason Castro, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $2.45 million. Prior to the agreement, there was some speculation that the Astros would sign him to a multi-year extension, buying out all three of his arbitration years and likely at least one year of free agency. If…

  19. Joe Mauer takes live BP for first time in six months

    Feb 23, 2014, 9:01 AM EDT

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    Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has the story: Before he stepped into the box against Vance Worley and Logan Darnell on Saturday, Joe Mauer hadn’t faced professional pitching in just over six months. Let that sink in for a moment. Mauer didn’t do much swinging on this day, but afterwards he sounded…

  20. Twins prospect Miguel Sano has high expectations for himself in 2014

    Jan 26, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

    Miguel Sano

    MLB.com recently released their list of the top 100 prospects in baseball. The Twins, as expected, had two of the very best with outfielder Byron Buxton at #1 and third baseman Miguel Sano at #4, sandwiched between Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras and Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley. The expectations are already high for Sano going into…

  21. Former Major Leaguer Gabe Kapler wants collisions to remain part of the game

    Dec 20, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

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    [Edit: The title originally included the word &concussion& rather than &collision&, which made Kapler look bad for something he didn't say. It was an unfortunate malapropism on my part. I apologize for the mistake.] Former Major Leaguer Gabe Kapler penned a thoughtful piece about the home plate collision issue over at FOX Sports. It’s nice…

  22. Twins making progress with A.J. Pierzynski

    Dec 1, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

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    Joe Mauer is officially moving to first base next season and the Twins aren’t quite sold that Josmil Pinto is ready to be an everyday catcher, so the goal is to bring in a new backstop this winter. And the wheels have already been put into motion. According to beat writer LaVelle E. Neal III…

  23. Report: the Twins are close to a “major free agent signing”

    Nov 27, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT

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    Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors is hearing some buzz: Heard from a rival team the Twins are close to a major free agent signing. Name is unknown at this time. — timdierkes (@timdierkes) November 27, 2013   It’d be somewhat surprising to see the Twins sign a “major” free agent, as they have not…

  24. Twins have Jarrod Saltalamacchia on their radar

    Nov 24, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    Now in the mix for a catcher after moving Joe Mauer to first base, the Twins could pursue free agent Jarrod Saltalamacchia, writes Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. He suggests Salty could fetch a three-year deal in the $30 million range, which is in the Twins’ affordability range. They currently have $46 million committed…

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