In just four days, the Twin Cities will step into the national spotlight when the best in baseball head to Target Field. The 2014 All-Star Game will bring an estimated 160,000 visitors to Minneapolis. Keeping everyone safe is a top priority for law enforcement.
The starting pitching matchup at the All-Star game — whatever it ends up being — could be one for the ages. Seattle’s Felix Hernandez looks like the front-runner in the American League, with a 10-2 record and a 2.11 ERA.
Hours after trading Vidal Nuno to Arizona for Brandon McCarthy and cutting outfielder Alfonso Soriano, the New York Yankees took a nine-run lead by the fourth inning and seemed set for a laugher at Target Field. The game ended with the potential go-ahead run at the plate. Jacoby Ellsbury homered, doubled and drove in four runs as Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 9-7 Sunday after their roster shakeup and moved back above .500 at 44-43.
All-Star game appearances are special, as Minnesota native Terry Steinbach knows. In 1988 he was voted into his first All-Star game, and he was hitting just 217. But that night it didn’t matter for him or his home town of New Ulm, Minn. Steinbach remembers it well what it meant to be named to the All-Star team.
This weekend likely isn’t Derek Jeter’s last time playing in Minnesota — he’s nearly a lock to make his 14th All-Star team here in a little more than a week. But it will be his last time playing against the Twins, with the future Hall of Famer announcing that this will be his final season.
The Minnesota Twins got a lot of help in snapping a skid against the New York Yankees. Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli made a throwing error in the 11th inning that allowed Josh Willingham to score from second base, giving Minnesota a 2-1 victory on Saturday. With the bases loaded, Trevor Plouffe hit a dribbler to reliever Matt Thornton (1-1). The left-hander flipped it to Cervelli for the forceout at home.
The Minnesota Twins reinstated third baseman Trevor Plouffe and utilityman Eduardo Nunez from the disabled list Monday, putting both of them right back in the lineup for the series opener against Kansas City. Plouffe and Nunez each missed 14 games after their injuries June 14 at Detroit. Plouffe hurt his rib cage, and Nunez, who played in four games on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester, strained his right hamstring. Manager Ron Gardenhire had Plouffe batting sixth and Nunez hitting eighth as the shortstop against the Royals at Target Field.
The Minnesota Twins have reinstated third baseman Trevor Plouffe and utilityman Eduardo Nunez from the disabled list. The moves were made before Monday’s game against Kansas City.
Kendrys Morales had a tiebreaking double off Texas closer Joakim Soria in the top of the ninth inning and the Minnesota Twins snapped a 10-game road losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Rangers on Sunday. Morales’ line drive landed just inside the foul line in left field, and a leaping security guard avoided touching the ball, allowing pinch-runner Sam Fuld to score from first base.
Phil Hughes hoped to turn around the fortunes of a Minnesota Twins team that came 0-4 on its current road trip and winless in the previous nine games away from Target Field. An early run was all the Rangers needed with Yu Darvish on the mound to hand Minnesota another road loss. Darvish held the Twins scoreless through eight innings on only four singles, two by Chris Parmelee, as Texas went on to win 5-0.
The Minnesota Twins have called up right-handed pitcher Yohan Pino from Triple-A Rochester, just one day after sending him down. The move was made before Friday’s game at Texas, when the Twins also placed shortstop/center fielder Danny Santana on the 15-day disabled list with a bone bruise in his left knee.
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Mike Trout and Albert Pujols drove in two runs apiece, Jered Weaver pitched seven strong innings, and the Los Angeles Angels completed a perfect homestand with a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. Pujols had three hits and Josh Hamilton drove in a run to help the Angels win their sixth straight and move a season-best 11 games over .500 (44-33).
The Minnesota Twins have signed right-hander Nick Burdi, the hard-throwing college closer they drafted in the second round. The Twins announced Tuesday the deal was done. Burdi will report Friday to Class A Midwest League affiliate Cedar Rapids.
Yes, Kevin Love is the subject of trade talks by the Minnesota Timberwolves. The star power forward is still one of the notable names scheduled for the celebrity softball competition at Target Field, as part of festivities leading up to the Major League Baseball All-Star game.