Early in spring training, Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he was just going to tell left-hander Francisco Liriano to let it fly.
Andrew McCutchen was more than glad to share Thursday. McCutchen doubled and scored three times, and the Pittsburgh Pirates used 10-run barrage in the first inning to batter the Minnesota Twins 17-6.
Adam Wainwright couldn’t help but flash a big grin. He had plenty of reason to be happy.
Francisco Liriano struck out five of the nine batters he faced in the Minnesota Twins’ 1-0 loss to a Tampa Bay Rays split squad on Thursday.
The Minnesota Twins take the field for their first game on Saturday. While it’s only a spring training game, it could be a good indicator for how the team will play this season.
The Minnesota Twins had all sorts of defensive issues last year with a variety of young players in the middle infield. They’re hoping to clean things up quite a bit this season, and it’ll start with a seasoned veteran up the middle.
There’s a different vibe in the Minnesota Twins clubhouse this spring. Michael Cuddyer, Joe Nathan and Jason Kubel are gone, and the Twins are still adjusting to the loss of the three steadying influences.
Joel Zumaya’s comeback bid with the Minnesota Twins took a worrisome turn on Saturday when the reliever ended a throwing session early because of discomfort in his right elbow.
Denard Span has reported to Minnesota Twins spring training, and the center fielder is ready to see how he feels coming off a year of concussion problems.
Joe Mauer’s return to the Minnesota lineup has been set for Friday.
Joe Mauer is back to crouching behind the plate, a bit tired but committed to being a catcher.
The Minnesota Twins have some potentially good news about Joe Mauer.
Joe Mauer is scheduled to DH in extended spring training on Wednesday in what will be his first game action since the Minnesota All-Star catcher went on the disabled list on April 12.
The Minnesota Twins have set a new franchise record for attendance at spring training.
Joe Mauer swung at the second pitch he saw this spring training and ended up with his first hit, and the Minnesota Twins beat Mike Pelfrey and the New York Mets 4-3 Wednesday.