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.
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.
Pitchers and catchers report today for 13 of the MLB teams, with 5 teams reporting yesterday to their various spring training locations.
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You have to do something about this weather, but what are your options? For Lakeville North High School, you go south to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Fla. With 80-degree temperatures, they work out – and this is a team that understands it is all about work.
The winter sports season is over, and the spring sports season is in a fight with Mother Nature.
Josh Willingham finally hit his first home run of the spring in Minnesota’s exhibition finale, and the Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 7-4 on Saturday. The game was called because of rain with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. Mike Napoli went 2 for 2 with a home run and three RBIs for the Red Sox. Jake Peavy, making his third Grapefruit League start, gave up one run and three hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out three.
Mike Napoli hit a solo homer to help the Boston Red Sox defeat the Minnesota Twins 4-0 on Friday. The Red Sox gave Grady Sizemore the day off after telling the oft-injured three-time All-Star that he will be their starting center field on opening day. He has not played in the big leagues since 2011.
Earlier this month Peter and I were asked to participate in Fan HQ’s “Rock ‘N’ Jock” expo, a fan-fest of sorts involving local sports, music and art. It was a packed event at the New Hope Cinema Grill. The Twins Blog hosted the Twins Spring Training viewing party.
Masahiro Tanaka struggled a bit in one of his final tuneups for the regular season, allowing three runs while pitching into the sixth inning, but the New York Yankees still beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4 victory Saturday.
Ricky Nolasco allowed seven straight batters to reach in a seven-run first inning for the New York Mets, who beat the Minnesota Twins 9-1 Friday. The Twins’ opening-day starter threw 43 pitches in the inning but he was encouraged that he didn’t become fatigued.
New York Mets outfielder Chris Young has prided himself on trying to make better contact and not worrying about pulling the ball this spring. He couldn’t help himself Saturday, though. Young went 2 for 3 and hit his first home run of the spring off Scott Diamond in the bottom of the first inning as a Mets’ split squad tied the Minnesota Twins 3-3 in nine innings on Saturday.
Jose Bautista hit his third home run of the spring for the Toronto Blue Jays in a 4-3 victory Saturday over the Minnesota Twins, who got three scoreless innings from newcomer Phil Hughes.
Andrew McCutchen homered, doubled and singled Friday for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins. McCutchen went 3 for 3, scored twice and drove in two runs. The reigning NL MVP is 8 for 11 in four games this spring. “No big deal,” he said. “They don’t count in the spring.”
The Minnesota Twins announced Thursday’s Spring Training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Hammond Stadium has been cancelled due to inclement weather.
Kevin Correia threw three hitless innings and a split squad of Minnesota Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 12-2 Monday. Correia, who was 9-13 last year, permitted just one walk. “Trying to get command of all my pitches,” he said. Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ struggled, walking four and giving up a double and single while getting only one out.
Chris Parmelee’s three-run homer off left-handed reliever Jose Mijares broke open a close game in the sixth inning on Saturday, and the Minnesota Twins went on to beat the Boston Red Sox 6-2. Parmelee hit just .172 against lefties last year. He opened the season as the Twins’ everyday right fielder but gradually lost playing time until being sent back to Triple-A at the All-Star break. The former first-round draft pick is out of minor league options.
The Minnesota Twins announced Saturday morning that one of their top minor league prospects will miss the entire 2014 season with an elbow injury. Twins officials said third baseman Miguel Sano will have Tommy John surgery to repair a torn UCL in his right elbow.