Spring Training

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Recharged With Molitor, Twins Need Starting Pitching Spike

Paul Molitor was hired as Minnesota’s new manager, bringing Hall of Fame membership and renowned intelligence and intuition to a team seeking a fresh start.

03/26/2015

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Hall Of Famers Molitor, Sandberg Manage Against Each Other

Hall of Fame players Paul Molitor and Ryne Sandberg are managing against each other, making the spring training game between the Minnesota Twins and Philadelphia Phillies a unique matchup.

03/23/2015

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Buchanan Allows 2 Hits In 5 Innings As Phillies Beat Twins 3-0

David Buchanan allowed two hits in five innings, Cody Asche hit a two-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Minnesota Twins 3-0 Monday. Expected to be the Phillies’ No. 4 starter, Buchanan struck out three and walked nine.

03/23/2015

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Steven Souza And Nathan Karns Help Rays Beat Twins 4-2

Steven Souza hit his second home run and Nathan Karns took another step toward a spot in Tampa Bay’s starting rotation, helping the Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 Thursday.

03/19/2015

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Jimenez Helps Orioles Beat Twins’ Split Squad 3-2

Ubaldo Jimenez has his best outing of spring training, allowing two runs and five hits over four innings Wednesday as the Baltimore Orioles beat a Minnesota Twins’ split squad 3-2.

03/18/2015

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Twins Beat Orioles 10-9 In Matt Wieters’ Return From Surgery

Matt Wieters returned to catching exactly six months after Tommy John surgery and played six innings in the Baltimore Orioles’ 10-9 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday.

03/17/2015

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 7: Brian Dozier #2 of the Minnesota Twins throws to first base to get out Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of the game on June 7, 2014 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Astros 8-0.

Dozier Homers For Twins In 6-6 Tie With Cardinals

Brian Dozier hit his second home run of the spring, a two-run shot off Carlos Martinez in the third inning, and the Minnesota Twins and the St. Louis Cardinals played to a 6-6, nine-inning tie Sunday.

03/15/2015

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Sano Hits Long HR, Twins Beat Cardinals

Minnesota Twins prospect Miguel Sano hit a long, two-run homer Saturday in a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Sano, a 21-year-old third baseman, missed last season because of Tommy John surgery. He connected off Cardinals reliever Tyler Lyons for a deep drive to left field.

03/14/2015

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Hughes Struggles As Twins Beat Marlins

Phil Hughes failed to last two innings for the second time in as many spring outings, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Miami Marlins 7-6 Tuesday. Hughes, who issued just 16 walks all last season, has walked one each time out this spring. He had a four-pitch walk to light-hitting Don Kelly of the Marlins.

03/12/2015

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Will Ferrell To Appear In 5 Arizona Spring Training Games

The comedian plans to play every position while making appearances at five Arizona spring training games on Thursday. He will play for all 10 teams involved, HBO and Major League Baseball announced Wednesday.

03/12/2015

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Dickey Shaky In Second Start; Blue Jays Lose To Twins 5-3

R.A. Dickey gave up solo home runs to Kennys Vargas in the second inning and Eddie Rosario in the fourth on Tuesday during the Toronto Blue Jays’ 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

03/10/2015

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8 Reasons The Twins Will Be Better In 2015

It’s a tough time to be a baseball fan in Minnesota. The Twins have had four straight seasons of at least 90 losses, have been at the bottom of the American League Central Division and there has been little hope that things will change any time soon. But as the Twins reported to Spring Training last week, optimism seemed to be everywhere.

03/04/2015

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Hall-Of-Famer Molitor Confident In Managerial Patience

Two seasons after Hall-of-Famer Paul Molitor played his last game, he became the bench coach for the Minnesota Twins on manager Tom Kelly’s staff. The role was his for two years. The experience was infinitely valuable for the job that opened for him much later.

03/04/2015

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Rosen Sports Sunday: 1st Week Of Spring Training Recap

Mark Rosen recaps the first week of Spring Training with interviews with new manager Paul Molitor, general manager Terry Ryan, their new outfielder Torii Hunter and others.

03/02/2015

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Kelly Feeling ‘Very Fortunate’ To Be Back With Twins

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.

02/26/2015

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Improvement For Twins Starts With Starting Pitching

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.

02/25/2015

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Ryan, Molitor Eager To Get Twins Back On Winning Track

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.

02/25/2015

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Twins Mentorship Program Still Alive With Hunter And Hicks

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.

02/25/2015

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Spring Training Day 2: Position Players Take The Field

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.

02/24/2015

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Twins Again Bank On Better Starting Pitching After Big Spend

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.

02/24/2015

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Torii Hunter Sends Kevin Garnett A Message From Spring Training

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.

02/24/2015

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Paul Molitor Makes Debut As Manager At Spring Training

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.

02/23/2015

Ron Gardenhire Presser

Gardenhire Welcome To Work For Twins But Will Take Year Off

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.

02/23/2015

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 22: A general view during a game between the Chicago White Sox and the San Francisco Giants at Camelback Ranch on March 22, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

5 Reasons To Get Excited For Spring Training

Pitchers and catchers report today for 13 of the MLB teams, with 5 teams reporting yesterday to their various spring training locations.

02/19/2015

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Podcast Page: 2-17-15 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

A Timberwolves Ticket Tuesday on The Morning News. Find out what is new at the Twins stadium when you head to Spring Training next month by clicking the link above.

02/17/2015

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