June 12 – This Day in Twins History

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Twins record on June 12 games is 


2017 – The Twins blow a 5-4 lead in San Francisco and end up losing 13-8. Eduardo Escobar was 3 for 4 with a home run and 3 RBI. Byron Buxton also chipped in a home run but Twins still came away with a “L”. Twins relievers Matt Belisle (who settled for the loss) and Craig Breslow were just pitiful in this game. Box Score

Eduardo Escobar

Royce Lewis

The Minnesota Twins announced tonight that they have selected shortstop Royce Lewis from JSerra Catholic High School (CA), with the first overall selection in the first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. This marks the third time that the Twins have had the first overall pick in the draft. In 2001 they selected catcher Joe Mauer and in 1983 they selected RHP Tim Belcher but were not able to sign him.


2009 – In the eighth inning of the Twins/Cubs game at Wrigley Field with the Twins leading 5 to 3, Joe Mauer batted with one out and runners on first and third and hit a fly ball to right that was caught by Cubs right fielder Milton Bradley for out number two. Nick Punto scored from third and Brendan Harris advanced to second. Bradley, who lost track of the number of outs casually flipped the ball into the bleacher seats and Harris advanced to third but was stranded there. An embarrassed Bradley was charged with an error. The Twins beat the Cubs 7-4 as their first two hitters Brendan Harris and Joe Mauer combined for 5 hits in 9 at bats, scored twice and had 4 RBI. Jason Kubel and Mauer also had home runs. Kevin Slowey went 6 innings and struck out 10 to bump his record up to 9-2. Box Score

Brendan Harris (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Joe Mauer

Kevin Slowey







1981No games were played on this date.  The Executive Board of the Players’ Association voted unanimously to strike on May 29th due to the unresolved issue of free-agent compensation. The major issue behind the strike was the issue of free agent compensation, or, in other words, what compensation teams would receive if one of their star players was signed as a free agent by another team. The owners wanted a system whereby teams would receive a player of similar value, while the players were opposed, seeing that this would void their newly acquired right to become free agents after playing out their contract. The resulting compromise was the Free agent compensation draft, which functioned for the next four years. The deadline was extended briefly, however, after the Players’ Association’s unfair labor complaint was heard by the National Labor Relations Board. At 12:30 A.M on June 12th, union chief Marvin Miller announced the player’s strike beginning the longest labor action to date in American sports history. By the time the season finally resumed on August 10th, seven-hundred six games (38 percent of the Major League schedule) had been canceled. Due to the two-month strike, Major League owners elected to split the 1981 season into two halves, with the first-place teams from each half in each division meeting in a best-of-five divisional playoff series. The second half of the season began with the All Star Game on August 9.

1961 – The Boston Red Sox prevail over the visiting Twins 10-8 in spite of being out-hit 15 to 11 and watching the Twins hit three balls out of the park to their none. Harmon Killebrew, Earl Battey and Billy Martin hit the home runs. Killebrew goes 5 for 6, knocks in four and scores once. Twins pitching leaves a lot to be desired as starter Gerry Arrigo can’t get out of the second inning and takes the loss. Box Score

Harmon Killebrew

Billy Martin

Earl Battey






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