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Twins TV ratings up 24 percent year over year

The Minnesota Twins' successful season on the field translated into a successful season on the tube, as well. The Twins and FOX Sports North announced on Wednesday that television ratings for the 2015 season were up 24 percent over the previous year. The viewership increase was the 10th highest among all Major League Baseball teams on regional sports networks, resulting in a 4.12...
Via Fox Sports North
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: grading each position player’s season

The Minnesota Twins shocked many (myself included) this season by winning 83 games, their first winning season since 2010, and remaining in playoff contention until the second to last day of the season. The Twins were supposed to be near the end of a rebuilding process, but instead they won 13 more games than they did last season, the fourth best improvement in the league. New manager...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Twins GM remains confident in Mauer

MINNEAPOLIS -- Once one of the game's great hitters, Joe Mauer hasn't been the same force in the batter's box for two years now. Mauer is coming off one of the worst offensive seasons of his career, but Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan believes he can return to being a difference-maker at the plate. "I don't want to put limits on Joe Mauer, but I certainly think he can...
Via Fox Sports North
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 MLB Farewells: The Minnesota Twins

A full-circle theme defined the preseason of the 2015 Minnesota Twins. Longtime manager Ron Gardenhire — who, it should be said, is still immensely popular in the North Star State — was gone. The team replaced him with Hall-of-Famer and former Twin Paul Molitor, a Minnesota native and, like Joe Mauer, Cretin-Derham Hall graduate. Fan favorite Torii Hunter returned to the Cities...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins roll up Boulders' MVP Joe Maloney

The Minnesota Twins, who made a valiant run toward the 2015 playoffs, hope to have found a diamond in the rough. The Can-Am League announced early last week that the Twins signed the league's Most Valuable Player, catcher Joe Maloney to a minor league contract. Originally drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 10th round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft from Limestone College...
Via The GM's Perspective
3 days ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2015 Minnesota Twins

No one thought the Twins would finish above .500 this year, with most picking them to finish dead last in an extremely deep AL Central. Instead, they contended far longer than the dark horse favorite White Sox and Indians and buried the 2014 Central champion Tigers. While they got knocked from contention in the second to last day of the 2015 season, this year has to be a huge positive...
Via The Outside Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals eliminate Twins from wild-card contention with 5-1 win

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins were eliminated from the AL wild-card race Saturday, getting stifled by Yordano Ventura for seven innings in a 5-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Ventura (13-8) carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning and struck out 11 to win his third straight decision for Kansas City (94-67), which momentarily pulled ahead of Toronto (93-67) for home-field...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Torii Hunter is the perfect player for the Minnesota Twins

Nineteen long years ago, Torii Hunter made his big league debut for the Minnesota Twins. On August 22, 1997, Hunter came on to run for catcher Terry Steinbach in the ninth inning of a 3-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. Then, it was right back down to the minor leagues for the 21-year-old Hunter. Hunter has come a long way since his inauspicious debut all those years ago, but his...
Via Baseball Essential
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins can't take advantage of Santana's stellar start, drop key game to K.C.

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ben Zobrist put a major dent in Minnesota's postseason bid with an RBI double in the eighth inning against struggling All-Star Glen Perkins, and the Kansas City Royals topped the Twins 3-1 on Friday night. Perkins, hampered by neck and back trouble that led to him losing the closer role, spoiled a stellar start by Ervin Santana (7-5) with a first-pitch fastball that...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: who would start the Wild Card game?

With only three games remaining in the regular season, the Minnesota Twins are one game back of the Houston Astros for the second wild card spot in the American League. If the Twins do make the playoffs, they will most likely play the New York Yankees in the Bronx, the same team that knocked them out of the playoffs in 2009 and 2010. While the Twins are focused on beating the Kansas...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Target Field has been happy home for Twins

The Minnesota Twins are at Target Field for the final three-game series of the season. With a playoff spot within grasp, being at home might just be the place to be for the Twins. Minnesota has the fifth-most home victories in the American League with 46, behind Toronto, Houston, Kansas City and Los Angeles. Entering the final weekend, the Twins are batting .266 at Target Field,...
Via Fox Sports North
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins Rally and Win on Tribe Wildness in Ninth; Twins 4, Indians 2

The Cleveland Indians spoiled a solid seven innings on the mound from Trevor Bauer as the bullpen coughed up a late lead with an error and wild pitch in the ninth inning of a 4-2 loss on Thursday night to the Minnesota Twins. In his return to the starting rotation and making his final start of the season, Bauer allowed a run on two hits, walked three, and struck out three over seven...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Jepsen closes out Twins 4-2 win over Indians

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Via Fox Sports North
6 days ago  |  Discuss

70 facts celebrating Rod Carew's 70th birthday

Rod Carew is one of the more beloved Minnesota Twins of all time. On Oct. 1, Carew celebrated his 70th birthday. In honor of the occasion, here are 70 facts about the Hall of Famer: 1. Was born on a train in the Panama Canal Zone and was named for the doctor who delivered him (Rodney Cline), who happened to be on that train. 2. Moved to New York City as a teenager. 3. Did not play...
Via Fox Sports North
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Kyle Gibson brilliant with short rest start ahead of him

It’s almost like there are two completely different pitchers on the Minnesota Twins named Kyle Gibson. He’s allowed one earned run or less in eleven of his 32 starts this season, coming off a 2014 campaign where the former first round pick allowed one or no earned runs in 14 of his 31 starts. On the other hand, Gibson has allowed five or more earned runs 19 times in starts over...
Via Baseball Essential
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Twins get all ****** over Jose Ramirez home run

Twins manager Paul Molitor and the rest of the Minnesota dugout had their feelings hurt after Indians second baseman Jose Ramirez had the nerve to admire his 8th career home run Wednesday night. In fact Molitor was so indignant that Ramirez would have gall to stand and praise himself in the batters box that the […] The post The Twins get all ****** over Jose Ramirez home run appeared...
Via The Majors National
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins P hints team will hit Indians infielder over bat flip

    The Minnesota Twins took exception to the way Jose Ramirez celebrated a home run he hit on Wednesday, and Ricky Nolasco hinted that the second baseman may be in line for a plunking. Ramirez went 2-for-4 with 4 RBIs in the Indians’ 10-1 win over the Twins in the second half of a doubleheader. He had an RBI double in the second, but it was after his 3-run home run in the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Doubleheader to bring back ’09 memories for Minnesota Twins

The Minnesota Twins are set to play a huge doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians today with their lives on the line in terms of a playoff berth. The mere fact that Minnesota is still alive in the race has come as a surprise to many, given the Twins’ struggles over the past four seasons and low expectations heading into 2015. However, those preseason doubts are a thing of the...
Via Baseball Essential
8 days ago  |  Discuss

A First for Brian Dozier’s Career

A few weekends ago, I wrote myself a note, reading “Jose Bautista — oppo.” I watched Bautista hit a home run to right field in Yankee Stadium, and I figured that might be the sort of thing worthy of a post. Bautista generally clobbers his dingers to left, and I thought maybe there could be something there. I thought also that maybe, just maybe, Bautista had a history of going...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Home-run happy: Here are some longball facts about these Twins

This year's Minnesota Twins team is hitting home runs at a rate not seen since they moved into Target Field. Get our your homer hankies; here are a few longball facts about this year's team. -- The Twins have their first season with three players having 20+ home runs since 2010 when Jim Thome (23), Delmon Young (21) and Jason Kubel (21) barely crossed the plateau. The 2015 Twins...
Via Fox Sports North
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: Ervin Santana is showing he’s worth the money

Last off-season, the Minnesota Twins made Ervin Santana the highest paid free agent in team history, paying him $54 million over the course of four years. This large of a salary provided lofty expectations for Santana, who failed to live up to them at the start of his tenure with the Twins. Fans have had quite a fickle relationship with Santana thus far, but he is starting to prove...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Karl-Anthony Towns offers to be closer for Twins (Video)

The Timberwolves selected Karl-Anthony Towns with the first pick in this year’s NBA Draft. On Sunday, he made an appearance wearing the jersey of one of Minnesota’s other professional sports teams. Towns was at Target Field to throw out the first pitch prior to the Twins’ game against the Angels and showed pretty good form on his delivery. Being on the mound is nothing new...
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pujols asked for baseball after ending hitless streak

    Albert Pujols is a surefire Hall of Famer when his playing days are over, having piled up numerous accolades and accomplishments along the way. However, on Saturday, he requested a baseball as a memento for a dubious distinction. Heading into the fourth inning the Angels’ game against the Twins, Pujols had gone hitless in 25 consecutive at-bats, the longest such streak...
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

JABO: Boosting Miguel Sano’s Case for Rookie of the Year

There was a time this season when it looked like Blue Jays infielder Devon Travis would have a serious case for winning the American League Rookie of the Year award. What that is, more than anything else, is a reminder that the regular season is really super long, but you can say this much — a heck of a race has emerged. Though many are understandably more focused on the games...
Via Fangraphs
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Brian Dozier and Torii Hunter Do Awesome Dance Routine To Celebrate Twins Victory Over Tigers

The Minnesota Twins are still on the outside looking in when it comes to the postseason, but they are only a game back making each and every game important. It also means that each and every victory becomes something worth celebrating. So after the Twins beat the Tigers 7-1 Monday night Brian Dozier and Torii Hunter celebrated with a pretty sweet dance routine in the locker room...
Via FatManWriting
23 days ago  |  Discuss

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