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  1. Ron Gardenhire follows Manager of the Year award with contract extension

    Nov 18, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

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    Ron Gardenhire is having a pretty good week. Yesterday he was named American League Manager of the Year after finishing runner-up for the award five times in the previous eight seasons and Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins will soon announce a two-year contract extension for Gardenhire. According to Christensen…

  2. Gardenhire tops Washington for AL Manager of the Year

    Nov 17, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

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    Ron Gardenhire finished runner-up for Manager of the Year in five of his first eight seasons as the Twins’ skipper, including each of the past two seasons. Today he finally claimed the award for the first time, receiving 16 of 28 first-place votes to top Ron Washington of the Rangers and Joe Maddon of the…

  3. Twins no longer a small-payroll team thanks to Target Field

    Nov 11, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Minnesota has long been one of MLB’s most successful “small-market” or “small-payroll” teams, making the playoffs five times from 2002-2009 despite consistently ranking among the bottom third in money spent. In their final two Metrodome seasons–2008 and 2009–the Twins won 87 and 88 games, made it to the postseason once and narrowly missed a second…

  4. Twins unlikely to re-sign second baseman Orlando Hudson

    Nov 8, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

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    I wrote last month that several people who know about such things have told me that the Twins are highly unlikely to re-sign Orlando Hudson, in part because of payroll limitations and in part because the veteran second baseman wasn’t universally beloved within the clubhouse. After talking to Hudson recently Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis…

  5. Free agent reliever Jesse Crain wants a chance to close

    Nov 8, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

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    Jesse Crain is one of four prominent Twins relievers hitting the open market as free agents and has said he’d like to remain in Minnesota, but told Kelly Thesier of MLB.com that his chances of re-signing depend largely on whether other teams offer him an opportunity to be their closer: Obviously, I’d love an opportunity…

  6. Justin Morneau: “Nothing really new to report” on comeback from concussion

    Nov 5, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

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    Justin Morneau sat out the final three months of the regular season after suffering a concussion on July 7. He started working out and taking batting practice in September, leading to some optimism that he could come back for the playoffs, but those hopes were quickly dashed when the post-concussion symptoms returned and he was…

  7. Twins exercise Jason Kubel’s option, decline Nick Punto’s

    Oct 29, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    In a pair of expected moves, the Twins have exercised their $5.25 million option on Jason Kubel and declined their $5 million option on Nick Punto. Kubel had a disappointing season, but hitting .249/.323/.427 in 143 games for career-lows in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, but bringing back the 28-year-old career .271/.335/.463 hitter…

  8. MLBPA’s “Heart and Hustle” award has amusing candidates

    Oct 26, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

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    Today the MLB players association released the list of 30 candidates for their annual “Heart and Hustle” award that’s “presented to an active player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit, and traditions of the game.” A few things about the candidates list stood out to me…

  9. On this day in 1991: “And we’ll see you … tomorrow night!”

    Oct 26, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

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    While we wait for this year’s World Series to begin, it’s worth noting that on this day in 1991 the Twins and Braves played a Game 6 of the World Series that ranks as one of the greatest in baseball history. With the score tied 3-3 in the 11th inning Charlie Leibrandt served up a…

  10. Twins “will likely decline” $5 million option on Nick Punto

    Oct 20, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

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    Kelly Thesier of MLB.com writes that the Twins “will likely decline” their $5 million team option on Nick Punto for 2011. Under normal circumstances not paying $5 million for a 33-year-old utility man who hit .238/.313/.302 this season and .247/.321/.322 for his career would be a no-brainer, but these circumstances aren’t normal. After all, Minnesota…

  11. Twins starters Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn undergoing elbow surgeries

    Oct 19, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Twins right fielder/first baseman Michael Cuddyer had arthroscopic knee surgery shortly after they were swept out of the playoffs by the Yankees and now starters Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn are both going under the knife as well. Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Blackburn underwent minor elbow surgery last week and…

  12. Twins likely to let Orlando Hudson hit the open market

    Oct 18, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

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    John Perrotto of Baseball Prospectus reports that “the Twins have no plans to re-sign Orlando Hudson,” which jibes with what I’ve been told from various people who know about such things. Outwardly he has a reputation for being a chatty jokester who lightens up a clubhouse, but I’m told he rubbed some people the wrong…

  13. How cute, the Yankees think they are underdogs

    Oct 6, 2010, 12:10 AM EDT

    Wait, what? Yeah that’s right, the big, bad, New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins to the punch on Tuesday, swiping the underdog role right out from under their noses. Not surprisingly, Alex Rodriguez was the culprit, telling the New York Times: “I mean, for us to be David in this situation, I think, is…

  14. Yankees, Rays now put focus on division

    Sep 29, 2010, 1:53 AM EDT

    It was a dramatic night in the MLB playoff races on Tuesday, with the Cincinnati Reds clinching the NL Central for their first postseason trip since 1995, and the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays also assuring themselves places in the postseason, eliminating the Boston Red Sox in the process. The AL teams are…

  15. The Week Ahead: Three-way battle for AL supremacy

    Sep 27, 2010, 2:52 AM EDT

    The American League playoff field is set, with the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins clinching their divisions, and the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays soon to sort out who will be the AL East champion and who will be the wild card team. But there is one big thing left to watch for…

  16. Bad omen? Skydiver gets stuck on Rangers Ballpark flagpole

    Aug 25, 2010, 12:19 AM EDT

    The Texas Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins for the second straight night on Tuesday, a nice confidence builder for the Rangers after being handed their lunch by the Rays the week before. But perhaps the real excitement came before the game, when a U.S. Army skydiver was snared by a flagpole as he was descending…

  17. The Week Ahead: Phillies primed to make a run

    Aug 23, 2010, 1:09 AM EDT

    Hold onto your hats Braves fans, the Philadelphia Phillies are finally hitting their stride. The season has been a struggle for the Phillies. They’ve endured a host of injuries, questions about the preseason trade of Cliff Lee, some major slumps from outfielders Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez, and even some questionable managing decisions. All you…

  18. The Week Ahead: History stacked against Red Sox comeback

    Aug 2, 2010, 1:54 AM EDT

    Despite sitting in third place in the AL East, the Boston Red Sox appear to be in pretty good shape. Riding a two-game winning streak, they enter the week just 6 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees, and 5 1/2 behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL wild card spot – with no…

  19. The Week Ahead: Like it or not, Interleague play is back

    May 16, 2010, 11:57 PM EDT

    Remember the novelty of Interleague play when it first came into existence back in 1997? Fans in Atlanta could see the New York Yankees in person. NL greats like Barry Bonds and John Smoltz would make appearances in AL cities. And places with multiple teams playing in separate leagues – like Chicago, New York, Los…

  20. Report: MLB to seize Rangers, complete sale, get sued

    May 3, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    That’s the logical conclusion if what Sports Business Journal’s Daniel Kaplan is reporting is true: MLB as soon as this week plans to dramatically alter the course of the standoff between creditors and the owner of the Texas Rangers, multiple sources said last week, a development that could include the league seizing the franchise. Were…

  21. The Week Ahead: Two big series for Red Sox

    May 3, 2010, 1:23 AM EDT

    The Boston Red Sox were swept by the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend. I’ll let you take a moment to read that again. Yes, we know that it’s a long season and teams have their ups and downs, but this is the Orioles we’re talking about. A team that was 2-16 not so long ago,…

  22. Tensions escalate between MLB and Dominican scouts

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:49 AM EDT

    MLB Trade Rumors’ Nick Collias continues to stay on top of the increasingly strained relationship between Major League Baseball and various baseball factions in the Dominican Republic. The latest: scouts have barred members of the Major League Scouting Bureau from watching players at several recent exhibitions on the island. In apparent retaliation, Major League Baseball…

  23. The Week Ahead: Cliff Lee to make Mariners debut

    Apr 26, 2010, 1:12 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee was dominant in his rehab start on Sunday for Triple-A Tacoma, tossing six shutout innings against Salt Lake. The former AL Cy Young winner threw only 68 pitches, allowing three hits and no walks while striking out four. Two of the hits were a bunt single and a fly ball that the center…

  24. Padres throw Chris Young on disabled list

    Apr 12, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    As expected, the Padres placed right-hander Chris Young on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with right shoulder tightness. Young was brilliant in his 2010 debut, allowing just one hit over six scoreless innings to the Diamondbacks, but reported tightness in his throwing shoulder the next day and it has not subsided.  The move was made…

  25. The Week Ahead: Twins move into new home

    Apr 12, 2010, 1:39 AM EDT

    For the first time since 1981, the Minnesota Twins will be playing a regular season home game outdoors when they host the Boston Red Sox on Monday. The special occasion is the opening of Target Field, a sparkling new venue that opens its doors just nine years after folks were seriously considering contracting the Twins.…

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