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Mariners creeping up list of MLB's highest spenders

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 22:18:45 UT

The fact that the Mariners are spending money doesn't necessarily explain the team's best start since 2009, but whether it's causation or correlation, the M's and their fans have to be happy that the club is shedding its tight-fisted reputation.




The Twins take on the cold in opening homestand

Fri, 6 Apr 2018 18:31:09 UT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kyle Gibson was given the assignment to take the mound for the first home game for the Minnesota Twins, an afternoon that was quite the cold opener to the team's ninth season at Target Field. He didn't mind the 38-degree first-pitch temperature. That's good, because the Twins have a 10-game homestand. Gibson will probably get another turn or two in the frigid air of this early April in the north that just won't thaw . "I'm the warmest guy out there. I'm the only one who's moving every pitch and who's that active, so I enjoy it," said Gibson, who grew up outside of Indianapolis and played at Missouri before being drafted by the Twins.



The eagle has landed ... on James Paxton's shoulder

Fri, 6 Apr 2018 01:18:51 UT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The pageantry and patriotism accompanying the buildup to the Minnesota Twins' home opener forced a pause for James Paxton in his warmup routine, leaving the Seattle starting pitcher standing alone in left field while a giant flag was unfurled nearby. The bald eagle brought in for a ceremonial flight over the field was the final piece of the pregame pomp, prior to the playing of the national anthem. Well, the big bird didn't want to visit the mound, perhaps wary of Major League Baseball's new rule limiting such trips to keep the pace of play. Instead, it picked out another target at Target Field. And Paxton wound up as the landing spot, sticking its talons into his back. "I guess the eagle knew I was Canadian.