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Last Build Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:47:43 EDT

 



Dream finally comes true for Twins coach

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:44:00 EDT

Jeff Smith has dreamed about reaching the Major Leagues since he was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 1995. "I've been a Minnesota Twin for almost half my life," Smith said. "I bleed Minnesota Twins."



See what's new on MLB.TV and catch all the action

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:47:12 EDT

MLB.TV is back, and it's better than ever. Watch live out-of-market games -- including almost 300 Spring Training games and the World Baseball Classic (in U.S.) without blackouts -- on more than 400 devices.



Twins president thanks fans, vows commitment

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:00:00 EDT

The Twins are coming off a rough year that saw them post the worst record in the Majors, but with their new leadership led by Derek Falvey and Thad Levine, Twins president Dave St. Peter believes brighter days are ahead.



Spring has arrived: Get tickets, skeds, gear

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:07:16 EDT

Spring Training is here! Check out the latest ticket deals, gear up at the shop and get ready for the 2017 season with complete Twins coverage.



Twins mourn passing of journalist Simons

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:30:00 EDT

Longtime Minnesota area sports journalist Rod Simons has passed away at the age of 56, the Twins have confirmed. Simons, who spent the last two decades covering sports in various parts of the country, passed away in Fort Meyers, Fla., while covering Twins Spring Training.



Twins' players take part in unique spring drills

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:52:41 EDT

There are the thousands of baseballs the Twins brought down to Fort Myers. There are even more than a few golf balls floating around the clubhouse. But it's some balls you might not expect that the Twins hope give them an edge this spring.



Slegers learning to fit in with Twins

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:42:19 EDT

In his first Major League Spring Training camp, Minnesota Twins pitcher Aaron Slegers is just trying to blend in. That's easier said than done when you are nearly 7 feet tall.



Molitor: Twins can learn from last season

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:42:14 EDT

Before the Twins held their first official full-squad workout on Sunday, manager Paul Molitor addressed all 62 players in camp, trying to the set the tone for the 2017 season.



Twins' Top 30 prospects list

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:07:27 EDT

Who do the Twins have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Minnesota's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.



After whirlwind winter, Haley ready to grind

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:41:59 EDT

As Justin Haley was preparing to make his final start for Leones del Escogido in the Dominican Winter League on Nov. 18, he received word from the Red Sox that he wasn't going to be added to the 40-man roster. It was the start of a whirlwind for Haley, who got married eight days later and was taken by the Twins in the Rule 5 Draft 12 days after that.



May game for eSports involvement

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:01:19 EDT

As a Twins pitcher and an avid gamer, Trevor May knows plenty about what it takes to succeed in sports and eSports.



Spring into fresh look for Twins' new year

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:07:35 EDT

Gear up for Spring Training with updated authentic caps, jerseys, socks and more, and wear what your favorite Twins are wearing.



Perkins could open season on disabled list

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:41:54 EDT

Twins closer Glen Perkins continues to make progress in his recovery from labrum surgery, as he threw his second bullpen session of the spring without any issues on Saturday.



Erv ball: Santana likely Twins' Opening Day starter

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:36:04 EDT

Twins manager Paul Molitor essentially revealed that veteran Ervin Santana will be the club's Opening Day starter for a second straight season, but he hasn't told the right-hander about the decision in person yet.



Fantasy Player Preview: Dominate your draft

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:07:45 EDT

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Duff enough: Duffey ready to start or relieve

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:33:31 EDT

The Twins had high hopes for right-hander Tyler Duffey last year, but he struggled in spring with a 7.30 ERA, and ultimately opened the year at Triple-A Rochester. It was the sign of what was to come from Duffey, who went through a rough sophomore season with the Twins, with a 6.43 ERA in 26 starts.



Melotakis sustains mild oblique strain

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:42:34 EDT

Twins left-handed reliever Mason Melotakis suffered a mild right oblique strain before coming to camp, and isn't ready to start throwing bullpen sessions with the rest of his teammates.



Windup change has Berrios feeling confident

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:02:43 EDT

While his rookie season didn't go quite as planned, Twins right-hander Jose Berrios is ready to move on and believes a subtle change to his windup will help him bounce back this season.



Hughes keeps surgically removed rib

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:50:06 EDT

The 2016 season was mostly a forgettable one for Twins right-hander Phil Hughes, but he has a unique memento to remind him of what he went through with his season-ending surgery to alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome in July.



Fastball command the focus at first workout

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:22:12 EDT

Before Twins pitchers threw their bullpens on the first day of workouts, pitching coach Neil Allen gathered his players to explain a renewed emphasis on fastball command this spring.



First bullpen goes off without a hitch for Hughes

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:24:11 EDT

Despite coming off surgery to alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome in July, Twins right-hander Phil Hughes followed his normal offseason routine and on Wednesday threw his first official bullpen without any issues during the first day of pitcher and catcher workouts.



Perkins throws first bullpen since surgery

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:10:05 EDT

Twins reliever Glen Perkins threw his first bullpen session since undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in late June, and reported no issues.



Twins pitchers and catchers report to camp

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:35:16 EDT

Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said the organization has been conducting meetings over the last two days leading up to the first workout, and that there haven't been any issues with players arriving late to camp.



Gardenhire diagnosed with prostate cancer

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:09:52 EDT

By the time the news hit that former longtime Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was diagnosed with prostate cancer, reliever Glen Perkins was the lone Twins player still working out at the CenturyLink Sports Complex on Tuesday.



Twins to approach '17 with renewed optimism

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 16:23:45 EDT

While Twins manager Paul Molitor is ready to close the door on a disappointing 2016 season and look toward a better '17 campaign, he's also not one to completely forget what happened last year.



Familiar faces expected to boost Twins' roster

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 17:00:00 EDT

Even though Minnesota will have many of the same faces from last year, the Twins believe this is a much better team that will get the franchise back on track.



Twins' perfect season more than wins, losses

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:17:05 EDT

After losing a franchise-worst 103 games in 2016, the Twins know that a perfect 2017 season is about much more than where they finish in the standings.



Twins counting on young core for '17 success

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 16:05:14 EDT

Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey often speaks of his goal of building a sustainable championship-caliber franchise, but what would that type of team will actually look like?



Park clears waivers, outrighted to Rochester

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 16:30:32 EDT

Twins designated hitter Byungho Park cleared waivers on Thursday and he was sent outright to Triple-A Rochester.



Twins well-represented with 10 in WBC 2017

Wed, 8 Feb 2017 18:45:21 EDT

The Twins are set to be well-represented at the World Baseball Classic, as 10 of the organization's players are on the official rosters released Wednesday night on MLB Network.



Dozier out to show 2016 was no fluke

Wed, 8 Feb 2017 16:00:00 EDT

As hometown hero Joe Mauer's star has started to fade since suffering his career-altering concussion in 2013, second baseman Brian Dozier has emerged as a face of the franchise for the Twins.



Stubbs, Breslow join Twins on Minors deals

Wed, 8 Feb 2017 12:01:31 EDT

With less than a week before pitchers and catchers report, the Twins added a pair of veterans on Minor League deals with invites to Spring Training on Wednesday, signing outfielder Drew Stubbs and lefty reliever Craig Breslow.



Vargas to get chance as everyday DH

Tue, 7 Feb 2017 18:19:00 EDT

After he followed up his solid rookie season with a disappointing sophomore campaign, Kennys Vargas found himself last on the depth chart among the Twins' crowded corner infield situation entering last year. But barring a surprise signing of a veteran DH, the door is open for Vargas, who hit .230/.333/.500 with 10 homers, 11 doubles and 20 RBIs in 47 games with the Twins last year.



Breslow's pitching experiments led to Twins contract

Wed, 8 Feb 2017 15:28:58 EDT

Breslow's pitching experiments led to Twins contract



Mudcat Grant reflects on career, Black Aces

Mon, 6 Feb 2017 16:31:41 EDT

In 1965, Mudcat Grant became the first African-American pitcher in the American League to win 20 games, which later shaped his efforts to have black pitchers recognized as part of his Black Aces campaign.



Fantasy 411 Cheat Sheet

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:07:07 EDT

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Castro key to leading Twins' pitching turnaround

Mon, 6 Feb 2017 15:57:46 EDT

Pitching has been a major issue for the Twins in recent years, especially last season when Minnesota pitchers combined to post the second-worst ERA in the Majors en route to a 103-loss season. But instead of signing a free-agent starter to bolster their staff this offseason, the Twins took a different route by inking defensively minded catcher Jason Castro to a three-year, $24.5 million deal.



Twins claim versatile Adrianza from Brewers

Mon, 6 Feb 2017 17:27:52 EDT

The Twins made strides toward improving their depth Monday, claiming versatile infielder Ehire Adrianza off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers. Right-handed pitcher Pat Light was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.



Family ties: Pudge's son looks to make a name for himself

Sat, 4 Feb 2017 13:45:09 EDT

Dereck Rodriguez, who is pitching for the Criollos de Caguas in the Caribbean Series this week, grew up in clubhouses across the Major Leagues and around some of the biggest names. Now, he's determined to make a name for himself.



Who are the Twin Cities' Top 5 all-time players?

Fri, 3 Feb 2017 21:47:00 EDT

Using career WAR as a guide, but also considering other factors, such as the era they played, postseason accomplishments, if they played professionally in that city and Hall of Fame status, we ranked the best five players all-time from each city, listed some excellent names that couldn't crack the top five, and sprinkled in some current players too.