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Indians, Cubs tie 1-all in 1st matchup since World Series (The Associated Press)

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:26:42 PST

MESA, 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.

Harper homers, Ventura remembered, Bourn hurt (The Associated Press)

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:14:06 PST

Welcome 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.

Wieters joins Nationals; Judge hits long homer for Yankees (The Associated Press)

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:25:42 PST

Matt 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.

South Korean slugger Park looks to rebound after rough year (The Associated Press)

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:42:54 PST

Byung 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.

Eduardo Nunez set for regular role at third for Giants (The Associated Press)

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:46:59 PST

Eduardo 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.

Twins reliever's pre-appearance ritual will make you queasy (Big League Stew)

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:48:42 PST

Ryan 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.

Indians' Brantley hopes 'bad days' behind him after injury (The Associated Press)

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:02:04 PST

Michael 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.

Mauer enters 14th year still excited he's at home as a Twin (The Associated Press)

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:25:23 PST

For 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.

White Sox seek solutions for outfield vacancies (The Associated Press)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:15:27 PST

With 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.

Dozier surprised he's back to lead young Twins lineup (The Associated Press)

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:01:53 PST

Brian 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.

Rehab nearly complete, Perkins focused on health, not future (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:42:55 PST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Glen Perkins' professional baseball career began with the Minnesota Twins organization. He wants it to end that way too.

Phil Hughes saved a really weird memento from his disastrous season (Big League Stew)

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:32:43 PST

Free 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.

Hughes keeps souvenir from forgettable season: a rib (The Associated Press)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:48:45 PST

Phil 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.

High hopes as always in first spring training workouts (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:30:29 PST

Even 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.

Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

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. ...

Twins need rebound from Berrios, Duffey for ragged rotation (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:13:32 PST

If 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.

New D-backs bench coach Ron Gardenhire has prostate cancer (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:36:30 PST

New 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.

Ron Gardenhire diagnosed with prostate cancer (Big League Stew)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:11:39 PST

Ron 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.

Diamondbacks sign Matusz, Jepsen to minor league deals (The Associated Press)

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:25:30 PST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to minor-league deals with left-hander Brian Matusz and right-hander Kevin Jepsen.

Cubs no longer sole favorite to win World Series according to odds (Big League Stew)

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:52:54 PST

The 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.

Hot Stove Digest: Dodgers to re-sign Chase Utley, add Franklin Gutierrez to crowded roster (Big League Stew)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 20:48:31 PST

BIGGEST 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.

New Twins leadership counts on young talent to lead revival (The Associated Press)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:14:30 PST

The 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.

Astros determined to start fast after last year's fiasco (The Associated Press)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:06:56 PST

The 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.

Pirates acquire reliever Pat Light from Twins (The Associated Press)

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:32:01 PST

PITTSBURGH (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.

Hot Stove Digest: Javier Lopez retires after 14 seasons, four World Series championships (Big League Stew)

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 17:00:39 PST

Javier 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.

Breslow, Stubbs agree to minor league deal with Twins (The Associated Press)

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:52:53 PST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Twins have agreed to minor league deals with left-hander Craig Breslow and outfielder Drew Stubbs.