Twins Blog: All-Star VotingWe here at the WCCO.com Twins Blog are naturally big baseball fans, so we always look forward to the All-Star Game. All the more so this season because the Mid-Summer Classic is being held at Target Field. One of the joys of baseball's annual honor for the best in the game, is that fans get to play a significant role in selecting who gets play in the game.
Pirates, Twins Complete Morneau TradeThe Pittsburgh Pirates have completed their trade for Justin Morneau by sending right-handed pitcher Duke Welker to the Minnesota Twins. The final portion of the Aug. 31 trade was announced on Saturday. The Pirates sent outfielder Alex Presley and a player to be named later to the Twins for Morneau to give them some extra pop at the plate and a reliable defensive first baseman. The 27-year-old Welker went 3-4, with a 3.57 ERA and nine saves in 48 appearances for Triple-A Indianapolis this season.
Twins Blog: 2013 RewindAnother baseball season is in the books, and once again, there was disappointment in Twins Territory. Another 66-96 record was certainly not what fans, or the club for that matter, were hoping for. But baseball, like life, is as much about the journey as it is the destination. So how did the 2013 Twins arrive at this point?
Twins Shut Down Mauer For Rest Of SeasonThe Minnesota Twins are playing it safe with All-Star catcher Joe Mauer after having seen up close the damage concussions can do to a player. The Twins shut Mauer down for the rest of the season on Monday, saying it wasn't worth the risk to try to get him back on the field with the team far out of contention and Mauer still experiencing some symptoms of a concussion he sustained on Aug. 19. The Twins have seven games left in what has been another miserable season for them, and Mauer's injury only adds to the disappointment. He was hurt when he took a foul ball off his mask against the New York Mets and hasn't played since.
Twins Add CF Presley To Roster After Morneau TradeMinnesota added center fielder Alex Presley to its roster Sunday, a day after acquiring him from Pittsburgh in the trade for Justin Morneau.
A Letter From Justin Morneau To Twins FansMany Minnesota Twins fans are still talking about Saturday's news, when the Twins organization announced they were trading former MVP Justin Morneau to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Twins Blog: So Long, JustinNews broke this afternoon that Justin Morneau has been traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for OF Alex Presley. Morneau has spent 11 seasons in the big leagues, all with the Minnesota Twins. He made his major league debut in June of 2003, hitting .226/.287/.377 with four home runs in 106 at-bats. His “popeye-like” forearms and prodigious power mesmerized Twins fans who hadn't seen a true power-threat at first base since Kent Hrbek retired.
Twins Trade Morneau To PiratesThe Minnesota Twins have traded Justin Morneau to the Pittsburgh Pirates, sending the veteran first baseman to a playoff-contending team for the final month of the season. The deal was done on Saturday before the deadline. The Twins obtained outfielder Alex Presley and either a player to be named or cash.
Morneau Homers, Perkins Closes & Twins Win 6-3Justin Morneau had a season high four hits, including a two-run homer and a two-run double, and Glen Perkins struck out Miguel Cabrera with two on for the final out to help the Minnesota Twins hold off the Detroit Tigers in a 6-3 win Tuesday night.
Twins Place Justin Morneau On WaiversThe Minnesota Twins have placed first baseman Justin Morneau on revocable waivers. If Morneau is claimed before Wednesday's deadline, the Twins can work out a trade with the claiming team, let that team take his contract or pull him back and keep him in Minnesota.
Twins Activate OF Ramirez From Disabled ListThe Minnesota Twins have reinstated outfielder Wilkin Ramirez from the disabled list after missing 69 games with concussion problems. Ramirez was first put on the disabled list on May 26. He struggled with lingering symptoms for quite a while before beginning a rehab assignment three weeks ago. Ramirez says he sought the counsel of Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, who has a long history with concussions.
White Sox Rally To Beat Twins 5-4The double-digit losses and ERA over 5.00 are frustrating enough for Mike Pelfrey. Even worse for the Minnesota Twins right-hander is the lack of progress he's showing this season. "This is by far the worst season of my career," he said after a 5-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. "It started off brutal and I thought I was getting better for two months, but these last three starts have seemed as (bad) as the first two months." Pelfrey (4-10) lasted just five-plus innings, giving up five runs, four earned, and four hits with five walks. He left the game in the sixth inning after allowing the first two batters to reach on a single and a walk. The Twins' bullpen allowed both inherited runners to score to turn a 4-3 lead into a 5-4 deficit.
Morneau's Grand Slam Lifts Twins Past Chicago White Sox 7-5 Justin Morneau hit late two homers, including a grand slam, and the Minnesota Twins rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 7-5 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Friday. The White Sox traded Alex Rios to Texas before the game and were headed toward their fourth straight win before things turned in the seventh inning.
Morneau And Arcia Homer, Twins Sweep AstrosJustin Morneau and Oswaldo Arcia homered as the Minnesota Twins beat the Houston Astros 3-2 Sunday for a three-game sweep. Four Twins relievers combined for four scoreless innings, sending Houston to its fourth straight loss. Arcia led off the seventh with a home run that broke a 2-all tie. He connected against Brad Peacock (1-4), who was promoted from Triple-A to make the start and struck out 10.
Good Question: Why Do Baseball Players Still Spit So Much? In 2011, Major League Baseball and the players’ union came to an agreement: For the most part, players wouldn’t use chewing tobacco where fans can see them. So, while some players still dip, many have turned to sunflower seeds and chewing gum. Outfielder Chris Colabello estimated 70 percent of Twins players chew seeds or gum during the games.