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04/23/17 10:36 pmThe term "rising fastball" has been used in baseball for decades, even after science has given us the understanding that fastballs can't really rise as they come to the plate. Just don't tell that to hitters after they face Max Scherzer.
04/23/17 10:08 pmThe Giants and Dodgers face off in a four-game series this week, with both teams off to slow starts.
04/23/17 9:58 pmPence appeared on Bill Nye's new science show
04/23/17 9:51 pmDaniel Murphy tormented his former club with a first inning grand slam on Sunday against the Mets.
04/23/17 9:23 pmRookie Andrew Benintendi cracked five hits Sunday. Has anyone else had a five-hit game just 51 games into his big league career?
04/23/17 9:20 pmThe Nationals won their seventh-consecutive game as Daniel Murphy hit a first inning grand slam and Ryan Zimmerman added a two-run shot as the Nationals topped the Mets. New York got home runs from Michael Conforto and Neil Walker. Zack Wheeler allowed the Murphy slam, then closed his start with six scoreless innings. Max Scherzer got the win, working eight innings.
04/23/17 9:00 pmThey finished the week with another win on the road and extended their division lead, so it's no secret that the loaded Astros are off to a great start as one of the best teams in baseball in the early part of 2017. As is often the case in today's game, a terrific bullpen is a large part of the reason.
04/23/17 9:00 pmIt's one of the biggest rivalries in baseball that's always full of intrigue. The Dodgers and Giants square off for the first time this season.
04/23/17 8:18 pmYou know it's going to be a good week when Dodgers-Giants and Yankees-Red Sox are on the schedule.
04/23/17 8:05 pmRabbit causes delay at Minor League game in Iowa
04/23/17 8:03 pmMets slugger Yoenis Cespedes was able to take batting practice Sunday for the first time since incurring a hamstring strain.
04/23/17 7:50 pmIt's officially not early anymore, baseball fans. Once the week ahead comes to a close, we'll bid adieu to the first month of the Major League season.
04/23/17 7:28 pmIt seems like every time he takes the mound, Kolby Allard keeps showing why the Braves drafted him No. 14 overall two years ago. Allard is among Sunday's top prospect performers.
04/23/17 6:45 pmFlock of seagulls descend upon Oakland fan
04/23/17 6:43 pmYes, these are the Indians the way they were drawn up.
04/23/17 6:31 pmBrandon McCarthy pitched seven innings Sunday, won a game over his former Arizona team, 6-2, restored order for the Dodgers pitching staff and even triggered a six-run inning with a leadoff walk.
04/23/17 6:26 pmOpposing pitchers better get used to seeing Manuel Margot's name atop the Padres' lineup card. If the first three weeks of the season are any indication, it could be there for a long time.
04/23/17 6:22 pmThe Blue Jays needed a win, and some rest for their bullpen, and starting pitcher Marcus Stroman delivered both with a complete-game victory Sunday against the Angels.
04/23/17 6:18 pmThe Dodgers avoided a series sweep Sunday, scoring six runs in the fifth inning of a 6-2 win over the D-backs at Chase Field.
04/23/17 6:08 pmThe Mariners' dormant bats came alive in a big way Sunday, and veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo made it count with 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball for his first win of the year as Seattle snapped the A's five-game win streak in an 11-1 runaway at the Coliseum.
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Dozier: first Twins middle infielder with 25-HR season Brian Dozier slammed his 25th home run of the season in the Twins’ 4-1 victory over the Indians, becoming the first major-league second baseman to reach that total this season. He’s also … Continue reading
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Today we take a look through Minnesota Twins history and see what hitters were most likely to draw a walk during their Twins career. To make this list the player had to play in at least 162 games in a … Continue reading
Josh Willingham knocked in three runs in his first game against his former team in the Royals’ win over the Twins last night. Willingham is the fifth former Twins player to drive in at least three runs in his first … Continue reading
Seems to be some validity to the complaining that the Twins best paid player Joe Mauer isn’t hitting with runners on base. Joe Mauer had the go-ahead single in the ninth inning for Minnesota on Monday, after he entered the game … Continue reading
Oswaldo Arcia hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning and singled in Josh Willingham in the bottom of the seventh for his four RBIs in the Twins 6-4 win over the Brewers on Wednesday … Continue reading
The 2014 season is almost one-third over and the Twins are hanging around the .500 mark give or take a few games. You could argue that the Twins are playing better than expected and that might be true but the roster … Continue reading
We attended our final Twins spring training game yesterday as we watched the Twins lose 2-1 to the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was a sunny day albeit only 60 degrees at game time with a stiff wind blowing to left field. … Continue reading
2013 has just about come to a close and spring training is 41 days away and the MLB free agent list still has numerous serviceable players looking for work. The plums of the free agent market have pretty much been … Continue reading
It appears that Twins fans have another present under the 2013 Christmas tree. Star Tribune writer LaVelle E. Neal III reported this past Saturday that the Twins have agreed on a three-year deal worth about $24 million with former New York Yankee … Continue reading
It is that time of the year again, time to see who will take home the Twins Trivia 2013 Twins Turkey of the Year award. The 2013 baseball season has been over for almost a month and in the case … Continue reading
When I listened to the Twins radio broadcast of their game against the Astros on Sunday while waterproofing my deck I found it amusing that Dan Gladden and Cory Provus seemed to be making fun of the Astros high strikeout … Continue reading
Twins reliever Caleb Thielbar has not allowed a run yet this year. The rookie has appeared in 13 games pitching 14.2 scoreless innings allowing just five hits. According to the Twins Game Notes, the 26 year-old Minnesota native now holds the … Continue reading
The Twins played their 50th game of the season last night when they beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 at Target Field and their record now stands at 22-28. Last night they struck out 7 times, the night before they struck … Continue reading
The Twins finished April with an 11-12 mark playing at a .478 winning clip and in the middle of the pack in the Central Division, 3 games behind the division leading Detroit Tigers and just barely ahead of the Cleveland … Continue reading
It is too early to tell what kind of team the Twins have for 2013 but from what I have seen in the nine games they have played so far, it is a team that is playing better than what it … Continue reading
The 2013 season is just around the corner so it is time to make my annual predictions on who will finish where and who the 2013 World Series champion will be. AL East Toronto Blue Jays Tampa Bay Rays … Continue reading
It has been awhile since my last post but web site hosting issues have caused me a lot of extra work and taken me away from more fun activities like keeping up with the MLB Winter meetings and the changing … Continue reading
Josh Willingham’s tie breaking home run in the fifth inning yesterday was hit his 35th of the year, his first season with the Twins. That’s the most home runs any player has hit in his first season with the Twins … Continue reading
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Trevor Plouffe (twice), Josh Willingham and Drew Butera all homered in the Twins’ 10-8 victory over the Royals at Minnesota. It was the first time that the Twins have hit more than three home runs in a game at Target … Continue reading
Yesterday the Twins announced that they had signed a $7 million two-year extension with 31-year old switch-hitting catcher/DH/OF/1B Ryan Doumit. In 60 games Doumit is hitting .272 (.290 as a LHB and .230 as a RHB) with 7 home runs and … Continue reading
The All-Star game is a not too far away and here is how I would like to see the American League All-Star starting positions filled. I tend to look at the All-Star game as a reward for the current season and … Continue reading
Josh Willingham hit a three-run home run in the ninth inning to give the Twins a 3-2 win over the A’s last night. It was the first time since 1995 that a Minnesota player erased a deficit of two or … Continue reading
After last nights 6-2 loss to the Angels at Target Field the Twins record stands at 8-22 (.267) and the team is 9 games out of first place after having played just 30 games. After the game the Twins announced that 3B … Continue reading
Josh Willingham’s three-run double in the seventh inning yesterday highlighted the Twins’ come-from-behind 5-4 win over the Rays. Willingham, who had only a .246 batting average for the Athletics last season, has at least one hit in all 14 Twins … Continue reading
The Twins have crawled out of the starting gate at a 2-7 clip and now are headed for New York and Tampa. I know that they have played just nine games but let’s look at some of the numbers that … Continue reading
Yesterday was an interesting day for the Minnesota Twins and their fans with the news being good, bad and ugly. GOOD – On a cool crisp spring evening at Target Field the Twins finally got off the snide and posted their first victory of 2012. After a … Continue reading