The Minnesota Twins — who for so long played in the indoor confines of the Metrodome — have been digging out from their own snowy surroundings at Target Field. They at least have until April 7 before they have to play a home game.
Ricky Nolasco pitched five solid innings against his former team in the Minnesota Twins’ 4-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Sunday. Nolasco, likely to start on opening day for the Twins, threw 74 pitches, 48 for strikes, and exited with a 3.27 spring ERA after allowing two runs on seven hits and no walks. The right-hander struck out three.
New York Mets outfielder Chris Young has prided himself on trying to make better contact and not worrying about pulling the ball this spring. He couldn’t help himself Saturday, though. Young went 2 for 3 and hit his first home run of the spring off Scott Diamond in the bottom of the first inning as a Mets’ split squad tied the Minnesota Twins 3-3 in nine innings on Saturday.
Closer Glen Perkins and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a four-year contract that guarantees the pitcher $22,175,000. Perkins had been due $4,975,000 this year and $3.75 million in 2015 under his previous deal, which included a $4.5 million team option for 2016 with a $300,000 buyout.
David Price struck out eight in five innings, and Yunel Escobar and David DeJesus drove in runs off Ricky Nolasco, helping the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 7-1 on Tuesday. Price allowed one run and three hits in his second spring training start, surrendering a solo homer to Jason Kubel leading off the second inning. The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner, who signed a $14 million, one-year contract after being the subject of trade talks, walked one, hit a batter and also was charged with a balk during a 75-pitch outing.
Jose Bautista hit his third home run of the spring for the Toronto Blue Jays in a 4-3 victory Saturday over the Minnesota Twins, who got three scoreless innings from newcomer Phil Hughes.
he Minnesota Twins open their home season at Target Field in Minneapolis on April 7, and this summer they will host one of baseball’s premier events, the 2014 All Star Game. The mid-summer classic will bring national media attention and hundreds of thousands of visitors to Minneapolis. Downtown Minneapolis bars and restaurants already have their calendars marked.
Andrew McCutchen homered, doubled and singled Friday for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins. McCutchen went 3 for 3, scored twice and drove in two runs. The reigning NL MVP is 8 for 11 in four games this spring. “No big deal,” he said. “They don’t count in the spring.”
Minnesotans looking for a piece of Minnesota Twins history may want to dig deep and head over to Pawn America, because a 1987 World Series ring is up for sale. The size nine-and-a-half ring boasts 15 diamonds and one ounce of yellow gold.
With snow in the forecast and temperatures still hovering around zero degrees, Minnesotans are in need of some cheering up. Well, the Minnesota Twins are here to offer it. Baseball season is less than a month away, and the Twins home opener is April 7.
Chris Parmelee’s three-run homer off left-handed reliever Jose Mijares broke open a close game in the sixth inning on Saturday, and the Minnesota Twins went on to beat the Boston Red Sox 6-2. Parmelee hit just .172 against lefties last year. He opened the season as the Twins’ everyday right fielder but gradually lost playing time until being sent back to Triple-A at the All-Star break. The former first-round draft pick is out of minor league options.
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An exclusive excerpt from John Feinstein’s book, “Where Nobody Knows Your Name,” which chronicles the lives of those trying to reach Major League Baseball.
With temperatures in the low teens, it seems winter is dragging on forever. But some people are already planning to watch “The Boys of Summer.” Single-game tickets went on sale Saturday for the Minnesota Twins, and a good amount of fans braved the cold to wait at the box office for tickets. Lucia Hudy didn’t mind shivering in order to get her hands on some good seats.
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