When the Minnesota Twins brought back Torii Hunter this season, that $10.5 million was earmarked for more than just a reliable power hitter and right fielder. They wanted a leader for this young, struggling team.
Aaron Hicks hit a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning and the Minnesota Twins rallied for a 4-3 win over the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night. After J.D. Martinez hit a three-run home run to give Detroit a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth, Trevor Plouffe drew a one-out walk against Joe Nathan (4-4) and was replaced by pinch-runner Doug Bernier.
At the end of their penultimate home stand, the Minnesota Twins left the friendly confines of Target Field with a record of 61-82. With only 19 games remaining in the season, it seems fairly well assured that the Twins will end their fourth straight season with 90+ losses. Speculation and debate over potential organizational change will run rampant. And Twins fans will spend another off-season wondering when their favorite team will manage to climb their way out of baseball’s cellar.
The Minnesota Twins intend to add eight players to their roster, including catcher Josmil Pinto and four pitchers.
Beating the Texas Rangers and any other team requires the development of young hitters. That’s Tom Brunansky’s job. He’s former Twin turned hitting coach, and he has his hands full.
Texas closer Joakim Soria bobbled a slow-bouncing ball hit by Minnesota’s Danny Santana to the left of the mound with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth inning, allowing the winning run to score in the Twins’ 4-3 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night. The day began ominously for the Rangers when star pitcher Yu Darvish was scratched from his scheduled start with stiffness in his neck.
Aaron Hicks delivered the game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th and Phil Hughes struck out eight in six innings to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 in the series finale on Thursday.
The Minnesota Twins have reinstated outfielder Aaron Hicks from the 7-day disabled list. Hicks ended up with a concussion when he crashed into the center-field wall against the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 1.
The Minnesota Twins have placed center fielder Aaron Hicks on the seven-day disabled list with concussion-like symptoms. The move was made before Friday’s game against Baltimore. Left-handed pitcher Logan Darnell was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to fill the roster spot.
After Yasiel Puig carried the Dodgers early, it was little-known Scott Van Slyke and Drew Butera who came up big at the end of a long day. Van Slyke and Butera homered in the 12th inning and Los Angeles held on to beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 to earn a sweep of the day-night doubleheader on Thursday.
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Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer, Kurt Suzuki drove in three runs, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-7 Thursday. Sam Fuld had a pair of run-scoring doubles for the Twins, who won two of three for their first road series win against the Rays since Sept. 4-6, 2006. Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire moved past Chuck Dressen into sole possession of 59th place on the career victory list with 1,009.
The Minnesota Twins have reinstated outfielder Wilkin Ramirez from the disabled list after missing 69 games with concussion problems. Ramirez was first put on the disabled list on May 26. He struggled with lingering symptoms for quite a while before beginning a rehab assignment three weeks ago. Ramirez says he sought the counsel of Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, who has a long history with concussions.
The Minnesota Twins have optioned left-hander Scott Diamond and center fielder Aaron Hicks to Triple-A Rochester. The Twins made the moves on Thursday after both players struggled in a 7-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Diamond (5-10) gave up seven runs — six earned — on nine hits in five innings.
Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer a pitch after shortstop Eduardo Nunez made a two-out throwing error, and the Minnesota Twins took advantage of some Yankees miscues and misfortune to beat CC Sabathia for the first time in six years and end more than a decade of misery in the Bronx with a 10-4 win Sunday.
Scott Diamond is running out of answers while trying to solve his pitching problems. Todd Redmond threw one-hit ball over five innings for his first major league win and the Toronto Blue Jays hit three home runs off Diamond Sunday to beat the slumping Twins 11-5. “It’s frustrating the way it all worked out again,” said Diamond, who’s allowed eight homers in his past four starts. “I’m really struggling keeping guys in the park.” Diamond (5-8) allowed six runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings and matched a career-high with four walks, losing for the fourth time in six starts.
Clete Thomas was the Twins’ hero on Wednesday night. He made his big league debut in 2008 and was then out of the majors for a few years. He had been 1-for-13 in his first five games with the Twins this season.
The Minnesota Twins have placed outfielder Aaron Hicks on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.
The Minnesota Twins have selected the contract of outfielder Clete Thomas from Triple-A Rochester to give them a needed extra center fielder. The Twins announced the move on Monday.
Aaron Hicks homered again and made another run-saving catch for Minnesota, helping Samuel Deduno and the Twins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 on Wednesday night.
Pinch-hitter Eduardo Escobar hit a sacrifice fly with one out in the 14th inning to score Hicks on Tuesday night, lifting the Minnesota Twins to a 6-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, who got six hits from Jean Segura.
To say that Aaron Hicks’ first month-plus in the big leagues has been a trial is more than a tepid understatement. Coming into Monday night the rookie had a slash-line of .137/.239/.216. As bad as those numbers look, considering that they were numbers on the rise, they look even worse.
Rookie Aaron Hicks hit two home runs and made a leaping catch in center field to take a home run away from Adam Dunn in the Minnesota Twins’ 10-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night. Justin Morneau extended his hitting streak to nine games with three hits and four RBIs, including a bases-clearing double that capped the scoring in the eighth.
The Minnesota Twins aren’t playing like a team content to muddle through rebuilding.
With Detroit’s dominant right-hander Justin Verlander staring down at him from the mound, Aaron Hicks dug in the batter’s box with two strikes against him.