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Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:26:42 PSTMESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Danny Salazar breezed through his first outing for the Cleveland Indians. No extra adrenaline from facing the Chicago Cubs. No interest in revisiting the World Series.
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:14:06 PSTWelcome to spring training, Bryce Harper. Harper hit a long solo homer and a single, helping the Washington Nationals to an 8-6 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday at Port St. Lucie, Fla. Andrew Stevenson and Matt Skole also connected for Washington, and Gio Gonzalez struck out one in a scoreless first inning.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:25:42 PSTMatt Wieters finally has a new team. ''It's tough finding a team when you can't do anything baseball-related,'' Wieters said Friday, when the catcher took batting practice and ran conditioning sprints at spring training with the Washington Nationals after his signing was announced. Now Wieters is working on getting up to speed with the pitching staff for the reigning NL East champions.
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:42:54 PSTByung Ho Park reported to Minnesota a year ago with a $12 million, four-year contract after the Twins agreed to pay $12.85 million to his South Korean club. After hitting .191 with 12 homers, 24 RBIs and 80 strikeouts in 62 games as a rookie and getting demoted to Triple-A on July 1, he is not even on the 40-man roster at spring training this year. Park had 210 home runs and 604 RBIs over 868 games during nine seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization for the LG Twins and Nexen Heroes.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:46:59 PSTEduardo Nunez finally got a chance to play regularly last season - and made the most of it. After five years in predominantly a utility role off the bench, Nunez got regular time in Minnesota at both third base and shortstop and was named an All-Star for the first time. Then the Twins traded him to the San Francisco, where Nunez took over at third base.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:48:42 PSTRyan O’Rourke is used to pitching on an empty stomach. For Minnesota Twins reliever Ryan O’Rourke, pitching in front of a huge crowd can be unsettling. Before nearly every one of his 54 appearances in the majors, O’Rourke … um … expels the contents of his stomach, according to the Pioneer Press.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:02:04 PSTMichael Brantley has clashed with self-doubt and depression while pushing his body. Brantley's comeback from right shoulder surgery has been grueling for the Indians' best all-around player, far tougher than he or the team imagined. ''He's had to fight that thought that this injury can win,'' said Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, among Brantley's closest friends.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:25:23 PSTFor a local kid that grew up a Minnesota Twins fan, Joe Mauer has had quite a career with his home team. Entering his 14th season with the Twins - a total that matches two of the organization's previous stars, Harmon Killebrew and Kent Hrbek, and is one year less than former standout Tony Oliva - the 33-year-old Mauer is touched when his name in mentioned with those stalwarts who wore the Minnesota uniform before him. ''It's pretty special,'' the soft-spoken Mauer said in an interview with The Associated Press.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:15:27 PSTWith two spots in their outfield vacated, the Chicago White Sox are hoping a familiar face can fill one, and that someone emerges from a crowded Camelback Ranch camp to fill the other. Center field is up for grabs, while right field is Avisail Garcia's, if he can hold onto it. ''We still want to get Avi in right to get him comfortable again and we know Melky (Cabrera), how he plays left,'' manager Rick Renteria said Monday.
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:01:53 PSTBrian Dozier participated in Minnesota's first full-squad workout on Sunday. Dozier set career highs with 42 homers and 99 RBIs last season, one of the few bright spots in a 103-loss season for the Twins. ''Being honest with you, I thought that I wasn't coming back,'' Dozier said.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:42:55 PSTFORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Glen Perkins' professional baseball career began with the Minnesota Twins organization. He wants it to end that way too.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:32:43 PSTFree of an annoying rib, Phil Hughes is looking forward to having a better 2017 for the Minnesota Twins. If you’re Phil Hughes, it definitely counts. In an interview he did with the Associated Press, Hughes revealed that a rib is the souvenir he chose to keep to remember his unfortunate 2016 season.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:48:45 PSTPhil Hughes kept a souvenir from his forgettable 2016 season. Plating it with some sort of precious metal is one way to go,'' he said Wednesday as the Twins started spring training workouts. ''I'm going from the most difficult year of my career to a fresh start in spring training trying to prove that I'm a different guy than what I've seen over the past few years,'' Hughes said.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:30:29 PSTEven for an accomplished veteran like Justin Verlander, the start of spring training can be special. Verlander's Tigers were among 15 teams with their first scheduled workouts for pitchers and catchers Tuesday. As major leaguers took the field in Florida and Arizona, that familiar sound of balls popping into mitts served as a reminder that in baseball at least, winter is finally over.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:19:16 PST(corrects dateline) Feb 14 (The Sports Xchange) - Arizona Diamondbacks bench coach Ron Gardenhire revealed Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery this spring. The former Minnesota Twins manager said he was diagnosed earlier this month. A blood test taken during his physical exam cited the possibility and an MRI exam confirmed he had prostate cancer. Surgery will be performed after Gardenhire completes the preparation process. The 59-year-old Gardenhire told Arizona team officials that doctors told him the cancer was detected early. ...
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:13:32 PSTIf the Minnesota Twins are going to rebound from a 2016 season marked by a club-record 103 losses, they need their youngest starting pitchers to take the next step in their progression this spring. Jose Berrios and Tyler Duffey were among the first players in the clubhouse on Tuesday, the reporting day for Twins pitchers and catchers. ''At some point the young guys are going to have to step up,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:36:30 PSTNew Arizona Diamondbacks bench coach and former longtime Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has prostate cancer. The 59-year-old Gardenhire revealed the diagnosis in a meeting with reporters on Tuesday, saying it was the only time he would talk publicly about the subject this spring. Gardenhire said he received the diagnosis about a week ago after tests in Minnesota and would undergo surgery to remove the prostate gland, probably the second week in April.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:11:39 PSTRon Gardenhire, the former Minnesota Twins manager who is starting his new job as Arizona Diamondbacks bench coach this week, has prostate cancer. The Diamondbacks announced it on Tuesday, and released an incredibly supportive statement that contained words from Gardenhire’s colleagues and the man himself. #Dbacks bench coach Ron Gardenhire has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:25:30 PSTSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to minor-league deals with left-hander Brian Matusz and right-hander Kevin Jepsen.
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:52:54 PSTThe first repeat championship in Chicago since the late ’90s Chicago Bulls dynasty has been put on hold. After being favored to win the 2017 World Series all offseason, the Chicago Cubs now have some competition to bring home baseball’s ultimate prize. The company released its latest World Series odds Monday, and for the first time all offseason, the Cubs are not the odds-on favorite.
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 20:48:31 PSTBIGGEST MOVES OF THE DAY: The Los Angeles Dodgers do not rest. On Friday, they made another pair of notable moves by re-signing Chase Utley and adding Franklin Gutierrez, both reportedly on one-year deals. Financial details on Utley’s deal were not immediately known. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Gutierrez’s contract will be worth $2.6M and could escalate to $3M based on incentives. Both signings come as something of a surprise given the Dodgers depth.
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:14:30 PSTThe first step toward fortifying the fallen Minnesota Twins was a change in leadership, with chief baseball officer Derek Falvey plucked from Cleveland's front office and general manager Thad Levine hired from Texas. Byron Buxton, Max Kepler and Miguel Sano form the under-25 core of a lineup that ranked sixth in total bases in the American League in 2016 despite a club-record 103 losses. Second baseman Brian Dozier returns from a 42-home run season after trade talks fizzled.
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:06:56 PSTThe Houston Astros are still thinking about their terrible start to last season and are determined to start things off much better this year. As the Astros prepare for the start of spring training, that 7-17 mark is still firmly in their minds. The Astros got it together after that awful month, but it put them in too big of a hole to dig out of and they just missed reaching the playoffs for the second straight season.
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:32:01 PSTPITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates gave their bullpen another arm heading to spring training, acquiring reliever Pat Light from Minnesota on Thursday for a player to be named or cash.
Wed, 08 Feb 2017 17:00:39 PSTJavier Lopez is hanging up the cleats after 14 seasons, 839 appearances and four World Series championships. Javier Lopez, a side-arming left-hander who played on four World Series champions, has retired after 14 seasons in Major League Baseball. Lopez was a fourth round pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 1998, but didn’t debut in the majors until 2003 with the Colorado Rockies.
Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:52:53 PSTMINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Twins have agreed to minor league deals with left-hander Craig Breslow and outfielder Drew Stubbs.