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Plouffe Lifts Twins Past Indians In 10th

After a 13-inning victory the night before, the long-shot Cleveland Indians held out hope that they could still sneak into the playoffs. They were dealt a serious setback Friday night.

09/19/2014

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Twins Shut Down Closer Perkins For Rest Of Season

All-Star closer Glen Perkins is being shut down for the season by the Minnesota Twins because of a strain and secondary nerve irritation in his left forearm. The Twins made the announcement on Friday. Perkins, a Minnesota native who signed a four-year, $22 million contract extension in March, had 34 saves in 41 chances. He blew three of his last five and posted an ERA of 14.21 ERA.

09/19/2014

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Santana’s 3 Hits Lead Twins Past Tigers 8-4

Danny Santana tripled, doubled and drove in two runs as the Minnesota Twins beat Detroit 8-4 Wednesday night to tighten the AL Central race ahead of the Tigers’ big weekend series in Kansas City. Kyle Gibson (12-11) recovered from a rough start to pitch Minnesota to its second straight win over the division leaders.

09/17/2014

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MLB’s Most Impressive Bubble Makers

When it comes to intimidating opponents, there are several effective methods a major league baseball player could use. There’s the thousand-yard stare, the extra-sharp cleats — and those dreaded tobacco loogies. But nothing is more unsettling to an opponent then a well-formed and hypnotic bubble-gum bubble.

09/17/2014

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Twins Stun Tigers In 9th For 4-3 Win

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.

09/16/2014

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Twins Closer Perkins Nominated For Clemente Award

The Minnesota Twins have nominated closer Glen Perkins for the 2014 Roberto Clemente Award. Perkins is one of the 30 club finalists for the annual award, which recognizes the player whose contributions on and off the field best represent the game.

09/16/2014

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Twins-White Sox Postponed By Rain

The Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox game has been postponed by rain. Friday night’s rainout was rescheduled for a traditional doubleheader beginning Saturday at 3:10 p.m. CST.

09/12/2014

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Twins’ Long Day Ends With Sweep

Rookie T.J. House pitched seven sharp innings, Carlos Santana homered and drove in both runs and the Cleveland Indians completed a doubleheader sweep with a 2-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. Santana also homered in the first game, backing another strong performance by Corey Kluber in an 8-2 victory.

09/11/2014

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Minnesota Twins To Start 2015 Season On The Road

The Minnesota Twins will open their season on the road with a three-game stand against the Detroit Tigers followed by three games against the Chicago White Sox. The games against the Tigers will be played on April 6, 8 and 9, and the White Sox series is scheduled for April 10-12.

09/08/2014

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Saints’ New Home Gets A Name: CHS Field

The new St. Paul Saints ballpark currently under construction in Lowertown now has a name. The ballpark, which will open next year, will be known as the CHS Field. A deal was announced Monday morning that gives the naming rights to the Twin Cities-based CHS Inc., an agriculture cooperative.

09/08/2014

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Twins Blog: Selling Hope

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.

09/07/2014

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Trout Hits 32nd Homer As Angels Sweep Twins, 14-4

Mike Trout hit his 32nd homer, C.J. Wilson recovered from a slow start and the Los Angeles Angels completed a season sweep of Minnesota by beating the Twins 14-4 on Sunday.

Howie Kendrick, who had three hits and four RBIs, and C.J. Cron also homered for Los Angeles. The AL West leaders had a season-high 19 hits and completed their fifth four-game sweep this season, extending a franchise record.

09/07/2014

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Pujols’ 9th-Inning 2B Lifts Angels Over Twins 8-5

Albert Pujols homered and hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the ninth inning for his 2,500th hit, leading the Los Angeles Angels over Minnesota 8-5 Saturday night for their third straight win over the Twins.

09/06/2014

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Twins Blog: Plenty To See Here

The calendar has turned to September. Kids are back in school. Football season has begun. And the Twins find themselves on the wrong side of another lop-sided record. The temptation to turn the page on the baseball season and forego any further trips to the ballpark is strong. But that would be a mistake.

09/05/2014

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Good Question: Why Do Baseball Players Still Spit So Much?

In 2011, Major League Baseball and the players’ union came to an agreement: For the most part, players wouldn’t use chewing tobacco where fans can see them. So, while some players still dip, many have turned to sunflower seeds and chewing gum. Outfielder Chris Colabello estimated 70 percent of Twins players chew seeds or gum during the games.

09/01/2014

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Hardy Hits Grand Slam, Orioles Beat Twins 12-8

J.J. Hardy hit his fourth career grand slam during a seven-run sixth inning, Nelson Cruz connected for his major league-leading 35th home run and Ryan Flaherty also homered, leading the Baltimore Orioles over the Minnesota Twins 12-8 on Sunday. Caleb Joseph had a career-high four hits for the Orioles, who extended their AL East lead over the second-place New York Yankees to nine games.

08/31/2014

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Paredes Homers As Orioles Beat Twins 3-2

Chris Davis hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the seventh, Jimmy Paredes homered and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 on Saturday night. The Orioles have won five of their past six games and lead the Yankees by eight games in the AL East. The Twins have lost 10 of their past 14 games.

08/30/2014

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6 Times Elvis Andrus And Adrian Beltre Proved They’re Best Friends

If you didn’t know by now, Texas Rangers’ Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre are pretty tight. From their back-and-forth banter to fooling each other on the field, there’s no pair more fun to watch. Need proof?

08/26/2014

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Martinez Has 4 RBIs To Pace Tigers Over Twins

Victor Martinez homered and had four RBIs, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 13-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. Rajai Davis also connected for the Tigers, who have won two straight to earn a split of this four-game series.

08/24/2014

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5 Times MLB Game Protests Have Been Upheld

With the San Francisco Giants being the first team since 1986 to successfully protest a game, we decided to take a look back at some of the past protested games upheld by the MLB. Here’s five times MLB game protests have been upheld:

08/21/2014

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Top 10 Mascots In Major League Baseball

On Dinger, on Lou Seal, on Phillie Phanatic! Major League Baseball has captured the imagination of the world with their compelling (and sometimes terrifying) costumed mascots. Here are just some of the best!

08/21/2014

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5 Epic Manager Meltdowns In Baseball

In honor of Joe Mikulik’s ridiculous rant here are five of the most epic manager meltdowns in baseball history.

08/19/2014

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May Struggles Again As Twins Lose To Royals, 6-4

Trevor May was better Monday night, but it wasn’t enough for the Minnesota Twins. In his second career start — and third overall appearance — May pitched into the fifth inning before control problems resurfaced and the Twins lost 6-4 to the Kansas City Royals.

08/18/2014

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Royals Score 7 In 2nd, Beat Twins 12-6

Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez and Josh Willingham homered, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 12-6 on Sunday for their 20th win in their last 25 games.

08/17/2014

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Hughes Goes 7, Suzuki Homers, Twins Top Royals 4-1

Phil Hughes threw seven sharp innings, Kurt Suzuki hit his third homer of the season and the Minnesota Twins beat first-place Kansas City 4-1 on Saturday night to snap the Royals’ three-game winning streak. Hughes (13-8) allowed one run, seven hits and struck out six to outlast hard-throwing rookie Yordano Ventura (9-9), who threw six innings of one-hit ball before the Twins broke through in the seventh.

08/16/2014

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