Two hometown stars are trying to save a franchise that has rarely been lower after four straight seasons of at least 92 losses.
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The contract Glen Perkins has with the Minnesota Twins goes through at least 2017, so the All-Star closer wouldn’t have to think about switching teams for a while. He already has. He would never do it.
Tom Kelly still has a lot to teach the Minnesota Twins. He wasn’t about to let a health scare keep him from returning to spring training. Kelly arrived Thursday at the team’s facility, ready to resume work as a guest instructor five months after a minor stroke.
If the Minnesota Twins have any chance to get better coming off their fourth straight season of at least 90 losses, it all starts with the starting pitching.
As the week goes on, more Minnesota Twins fans and players are arriving in Fort Myers, Fla., as the team starts Spring Training. Pitchers and catchers started their workouts on Monday, while the rest of the team gets things started on Friday.
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.
The past, present and future of the Minnesota Twins were all on display at a practice field in Fort Myers, Fla., on Tuesday as Spring Training continued.
The fall of the Minnesota Twins over the last four seasons can be traced to several factors, none more influential than the struggles of the starting rotation. So for the second straight winter, the Twins spent millions of dollars to try to fix it.
It was Kevin Garnett’s day in the Twin Cities as he was re-introduced as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves. But word of his arrival spread fast, all the way down to Fort Myers, Fla., where the Minnesota Twins are in the middle of Spring Training workouts.
Many are hoping Molitor will be able to change the losing culture at the Twins, but all the Hall of Famer can do to make changes is make out the lineup card. It all starts with the pitchers, who began their workouts in Fort Meyers Monday, including the recently-acquired, right-hander Irving Santana.
Manager Paul Molitor said Monday that Phil Hughes has been “penciled in” to take the mound on April 6 when the Twins play at Detroit, provided the right-hander stays healthy through spring training.
Former manager Ron Gardenhire has decided to take the year off, rather than work as an adviser role for the Minnesota Twins. Gardenhire was fired after last season and replaced by Paul Molitor, though his contract has another year on it.
Renovations to Hammond Stadium at the CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers were ceremonially opened to the public on Sunday, as Twins standouts Joe Mauer, Glen Perkins, Brian Dozier and Torii Hunter posed for pictures and fans toured the spruced-up seating areas and added amenities.
Without good vision, everything is much more difficult. But if you don’t have insurance, it can be a struggle to pay for an eye exam and prescription glasses. About 20 St. Paul kids who failed vision screenings at their school last fall got a follow-up exam Thursday with an optometrist.
Bill Pohlad, known for producing such powerful films as 12 Years a Slave, Tree of Life and Brokeback Mountain, will have a director credit on a film slated to cap off this year’s Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.
Trevor Plouffe is coming off of a season in which he led the Minnesota Twins in RBIs and signed a $4.8 million, one-year contract that made him the highest-paid third baseman in franchise history. Put those two things together and the 28-year-old Plouffe would appear to be on firm footing heading into his sixth season in the big leagues.
The Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms with left-hander Brian Duensing on a $2.7 million, one-year deal to avoid arbitration. The Twins announced the deal on Saturday. It also allowed the Twins to reach deals with all six of their arbitration-eligible players without going to a hearing.
It’s time to start thinking spring. The Minnesota Twins have returned to Target Field, but not for a baseball game. TwinsFest is underway at the ballpark.
The fast track Byron Buxton has been on to the majors with the Minnesota Twins hit a huge speed bump last season. Ranked by Baseball America magazine as the top prospect in the game when the year began, Buxton sprained his left wrist diving for a ball in March during spring training. He aggravated the injury in May sliding into a base with Class A Fort Myers after five games.
The Minnesota Twins and outfielder Jordan Schafer have agreed on a $1.55 million, a one-year contract that avoided arbitration. The deal was reached Friday, giving the Twins contracts with five of their six arbitration-eligible players. Left-handed reliever Brian Duensing remains unsigned.
The Minnesota Twins have agreed to one-year deals with third baseman Trevor Plouffe, left-hander Tommy Milone, right-hander Casey Fiend and infielder Eduardo Nunez that avoided arbitration. The Twins announced the agreements on Friday. Plouffe will earn $4.8 million next season after hitting .258 with 14 home runs and a team-leading 80 RBIs last season.
Former Minnesota right-hander Anthony Swarzak agreed Thursday to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians, who avoided arbitration with right-hander Carlos Carrasco by agreeing to a one-year deal for $2,337,500.
Minnesota’s major sports are in a rut. But fans shouldn’t feel too bad. The current losing streaks teams are on are nothing in comparison to some of the worst streaks in sports history.
Former Minnesota Twins right-hander Anthony Swarzak has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians.