This page will share with you what has transpired on this day in Twins history. The "search" box just above the table can be a huge help to you if you are looking for something specific.
|January 4, 2002||Ron Gardenhire is named as the Minnesota Twins 12th manager, In spite of the franchise's uncertain future due to possible contraction. Gardenhire will replace the Twins winningest manager, Tom Kelly.|
|January 4, 2010||The Minnesota Twins offically take possesion of Target Field from Mortensen Construction, a full two months ahead of schedule.|
|January 5, 2009||Minnesota Twins owner Carl Pohlad passed away at his Edina, Minnesota home at the age of 93. Pohlad bought the Twins from Calvin Griffith the teams original owner in 1984 for about $38 million.|
|January 5, 2011||Roberto Alomar, a 12-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winning second baseman, and Bert Blyleven, a 287-game winning pitcher who ranks fifth on the all-time strikeout list, were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Blyleven, who garnered 79.7% of the votes, pitched in 22 seasons with the Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians and California Angels and compiled a 287-250 record with a 3.31 ERA, 242 complete games, 60 shutouts and 3,701 strikeouts in 4,969 1/3 innings. The righthander pitched a no-hitter on Sept. 22, 1977 for the Rangers against the Angels and shares the AL single-game record for the longest one-hit complete game of 10 innings June 21, 1976. He, too, was a key part of two World Series champions, the 1979 Pirates and the 1987 Twins.|
|January 6, 1967||Joe Haynes, who had been an all-star AL pitcher, brother-in-law of Twins owner Calvin Griffith and Twins vice-president passed away of a heart attack at the age of 49.|
|January 6, 2004||Paul Molitor and Dennis Eckersley are named to the Hall of Fame by the baseball writers. Molitor, a Minnesota native, played for the Twins from 1996 through 1998|
|January 7, 1982||The Twins sent catcher Scotti Madison and pitcher Paul Voight to the Dodgers and acquired pitcher Bobby Castillo and outfielder Bobby Mitchell.|
|January 7, 1983||Houston sends pitcher Rick Lysander to the land of 10,000 lakes and receives pitcher Bob Veselic.|
|January 7, 1986||The Twins trade pitchers Bryan Oelkers and Ken Schrom to the Indians and get pitchers Roy Smith and Ramon Romero in return.|
|January 8, 1991||Rodney Cline Carew becomes only the 22nd player in MLB history to be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot.|
|January 9, 1961||The new Minnesota Twins and the American Association finally agree on a $500,000 indemnity payment to the minor league for the Minneapolis/St. Paul territory, ending 2 months of negotiations.|
|January 9, 1985||The Twins and Expos hook up in a minor trade, The Twins receive outfielder Mike Stenhouse and Montreal gets pitcher Jack O’Conner.|
|January 10, 1984||Luis Aparicio, Harmon Killebrew, and Don Drysdale are elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA.
|January 11, 1973||After a seven-hour meeting in the Lancaster Room of the Sheraton-O'Hare Motor Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois, American League owners voted 8-4 for something they called the "designated pinch hitter for the pitcher," or DPH, an abbreviation quickly modified to DH. I asked Clark Griffith how the Twins voted and here is what he had to say. "The Twins voted for it and I think that was a mistake. The vote was based on having Killebrew and Oliva for DH. I was involved in the drafting of the rule and after the vote it occurred to me that we used the wrong statistic to support it. The stat used was pitcher BA v. hitters BA and it should have been pitchers and those who hit for pitchers v. other batters. In essence, that means measuring the ninth hitter with all others. The effect of not removing a pitcher for a PH was not considered either. The DH is a horrible rule that should be allowed to go away. I love reading NL box scores for their complexity."
From what I can determine, Charlie Finley, former Oakland Athletics owner, is generally credited with leading the push for the DH in 1973. He was strongly supported by American League President Joe Cronin and owners Nick Mileti (Cleveland), Jerry Hoffberger (Baltimore), John Allyn (Chicago) and Bob Short (Texas). John Fetzer (Detroit), Bud Selig (Milwaukee) and Calvin Griffith (Minnesota) would make 8 votes in favor with Boston, New York, Kansas City and California voting against the DH.
|January 12, 1990||The Twins reacquire outfielder Jim Dwyer from Montreal and give up pitcher Jim Davins.|
|January 12, 2013||Twins general manager Terry Ryan and former Pirates GM Larry Doughty received the George Genovese Lifetime Achievement Award in Scouting.|
|January 16, 1975||The Minnesota Twins release icon and future Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew who had played for the Washington Senators and Twins since 1954 after refusing an offer by owner Calvin Griffith to be a Twins coach and pinch hitter. Killebrew however; wanted to play one more season as a DH and signs with the Kansas City Royals and plays one final season before hanging up his spikes for good.|
|January 16, 1986||The Twins trade 2B Tim Teufel and outfielder Pat Crosby to the Mets for outfielder Billy Beane and pitchers Bill Latham, and Joe Klink. They also trade catcher Dave Engle to the Tigers for infielder Chris Pittaro and outfielder Alex Sanchez.|
|January 16, 2001||In their first year of eligibility, Dave Winfield and Kirby Puckett are elected to the MLB Hall of Fame. The former Twins are the fourth pair of teammates selected by BBWAA in the same year.|
|January 25, 2013||The Minnesota Twins announced today that former left-handed pitcher and two-time All-Star, Eddie Guardado, along with former Director of Public Relations, Tom Mee, have been elected to the club's Hall of Fame. Guardado and Mee will become the 25th and 26th members of the Twins Hall of Fame when they are inducted during a special on-field pre-game ceremony June 14, when the Twins host the Detroit Tigers at Target Field.
In town for TwinsFest, Twins reliever Anthony Swarzak cracks several ribs when he hurts himself in a horse-play wrestling incident with other players. Swarzak apologized and stated he expects to be healthy for opening day.
|January 26, 2012||Twins President Dave St. Peter revealed today at an annual awards banquet at Target Field that the Minnesota Twins will retire former manager Tom Kelly's number 10 uniform number during a ceremony before a game against Cleveland on September 8, 2012. The 61 year old Kelly was very emotional after the announcement. Kelly will become the seventh Twin to have his number retired.|
|January 27, 2012||The Minnesota Twins announced today that former pitcher and five-time All-Star Camilo Pascual has been elected to the club's Hall of Fame. Pascual will become the 24th member of the Twins Hall of Fame when he is inducted during a special on-field pre-game ceremony July 14, when the Twins host the Oakland Athletics at Target Field.|
|January 28, 1901||The American League formally organizes as a major league, having been a top minor league in 1900; the Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Athletics, and Boston Americans are admitted to join the Washington Nationals, Cleveland Blues, Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers, and Chicago White Sox. Three of the original clubs - Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and Buffalo are dropped.|
|January 28, 1985||The beginning of the end for Met Stadium as the wrecking ball strikes a solid blow. You can view a short clip on my Twins audio and video clip page.|
| January 28, 2011||Twins president Dave St. Peter announced that the team plans to remove the 14 black spruce trees that are currently behind the center-field wall at Target Field. Hitters, for both the Twins and visiting teams, have complained that the trees were a distraction. The hitters have said the trees make it difficult to see the ball coming out of the pitcher's hand, particularly during windy days when the trees would move.|
|January 30, 1962||The Twins trade outfielder Dan Dobbek to the Reds and receive catcher Jerry Zimmerman.|
|February 2, 2008||In a blockbuster deal, Minnesota gets outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitchers Kevin Mulvey, Philip Humber and Deolis Guerra but have to part with former Cy Young winner Johan Santana whom they could not afford to sign.|
|February 3, 1979||The Twins trade 7-time batting champion 2B Rod Carew to the Angels for outfielder Ken Landreaux, catcher Dave Engle, and pitchers Paul Hartzell and Brad Havens. The same day, they make another deal where the Red Sox ship outfielder Dave Coleman to Minnesota and the Twins give up 3B Larry Wolfe.
|February 3, 1987||The Expos trade ace reliever Jeff Reardon and catcher Tom Nieto to the Twins for pitchers Neal Heaton, Yorkis Perez, Al Cardwood and catcher Jeff Reed.|
|February 5, 1988||The Twins trade for pitcher Fred Tolliver and send catcher Chris Calvert to Philly.|
|February 5, 2002||MLB owners postpone contraction until the 2003 season; a day after the Minnesota Supreme Court refuses to hear their appeal of the injunction that forces the Twins to honor their Metrodome lease for the 2002 season.|
|February 6, 1998||The Twins trade 2B Chuck Knoblauch to the Yankees and in turn received pitchers Eric Milton and Danny Mota along with shortstop Cristian Guzman and outfielder Brian Buchanan and $3 million in cash.|
|February 10, 2014||The Minnesota Twins released the following statement on behalf of GM Terry Ryan. "During the course of a routine annual physical, Twins team physician Dr. Vijay Eyunni detected a lump in my neck which required further review. A subsequent biopsy confirmed the lump was cancerous, leading to an official medical diagnosis of Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Thankfully, incremental tests indicate the cancer appears to be confined to my neck and has not spread to other regions of my body. At the direction of Dr. Eyunni, I am currently being treated at the Mayo Clinic as well as Minnesota Oncology. I've been assured this form of cancer is treatable and remain optimistic about my return to good health in the near future." Ryan had surgery the next day that was reported to be successful. Assistant GM Rob Antony is the acting GM while Ryan recuperates.|
| February 11, 1974||Forty-eight major league players invoke the new arbitration procedure established to settle contract differences. The first is pitcher Dick Woodson (seeking a contract for $30,000) and his team, the Twins (offering $23,000), who present their respective cases to Detroit lawyer and labor arbitrator Harry H. Platt, who must decide on one of the monetary amounts presented. Woodson wins.|
|February 11, 1985||Twins 1B Kent Hrbek signs a new contract that makes him the club's first $1 million player.|
|February 19, 1985||The Twins send 1B Randy Johnson and outfielder Ron Scheer to the White Sox for shortstop Roy Smalley.|
|February 20, 1987||The Twins send pitcher Mike Shade to the Expos for 2B Al Newman.|
|February 20, 2001||William (Bill) Joseph Rigney, The Minnesota Twins fifth manager passed away at the age of 83 in Walnut Creek, California.|
|February 21, 1961||The Minnesota Twins first training camp begins at Tinker Field in Orlando, Florida. The Washington Senators had trained there previously from 1936-1942 and again from 1946-1960. Tinker Field was named after Chicago Cubs HOF Joe Tinker of "Tinker to Evers to Chance" fame.|
|February 24, 1988||The Twins swap shortstops with the Tigers when they get Doug Baker and give up Julius McDougal.|
|February 25, 2005||The back-to-back-to-back American League Central Division champion Minnesota Twins, in conjunction with Periscope, today announced plans to launch a pair of new television commercials next week featuring the ballclub's new marketing campaign of "This Is Twins Territory".|
|March 1, 2014||Acting GM Rob Antony verified this morning that 3B Miguel Sano, one of the Twins top prospects is out for the 2014 season and will be under-going "Tommy John" surgery some time in March. There is a slim chance that Sano could be used as a DH late in the season.|
|March 2, 2005||C/DH Matthew LeCroy offers to eat a cockroach for $200 but has no takers. No wonder, LeCroy ate everything.|
|March 2, 2007||Starting his final season as a Twin, outfielder Torii Hunter is beaned by former teammate Kyle Lohse. Hunter blames the poor lighting and Lee County replaces the lights before the next season begins.|
|March 2, 2012||The 2012 Postseason will feature a 10-team format that includes two additional Wild Card Clubs and an elimination game in each League prior to the Division Series, Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today. Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association agreed to the changes to the new Postseason format as a part of last year's collective bargaining. The new Basic Agreement, announced on November 22nd, provided that MLB and the MLBPA would expand the Postseason no later than 2013; that a second Wild Card would be awarded in both the American League and the National League; and that a single Postseason game would be played between each League's two Wild Card Clubs, with each winner advancing to compete among the three division champions from each League in the Division Series. Following further discussions to address player concerns, the parties agreed that the new format would be used in 2012. The change, which was endorsed by the Commissioner's 14-member Special Committee for On-Field Matters, marks the first amendment to the Postseason since MLB adopted the six-division, eight-team Postseason structure in January of 1994. The first Postseason to be played under that format occurred in 1995.|
|March 3, 2003||CRP Sports, Inc., the holding company of the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club and Victory Sports One, has changed its name to Twins Sports, Inc. Twins Sports, Inc. has recently established the organizational structure of Victory Sports One with a series of hires to launch its 24-hour network in the fall of 2003.|
|March 3, 2014||Baseball's new expanded replay rules were put to use for the first time in Grapefruit League play between the Twins and Blue Jays on Monday at Hammond Stadium. Two different calls were challenged and upheld by umpires, with the first one coming in the sixth inning. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons challenged the call on the field after Twins outfielder Chris Rahl was ruled safe at first with first-base umpire Fieldin Culbreth ruling that first baseman Jared Goedert came off the bag to field the throw.
After a review that lasted two minutes and 34 seconds, it was ruled the initial call was correct and the play was upheld.
A second review came in the eighth inning, when it was ruled by umpire Will Little that Doug Bernier was safe on a grounder hit to shortstop Kevin Nolan. After a review that lasted two minutes and three seconds, the play was upheld. Gibbons was technically out of challenges -- managers get one per game and get one more if they win their first challenge -- but he was still able to ask the umpires about the play, as once the seventh inning starts, the crew chief can call for a review. By the way, the Twins beat the Blue Jays 12-2.
|March 5, 2006||Minnesota Twins great and Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett suffers a massive stroke in his Scottsdale, Arizona home.|
|March 6, 1973||In an exhibition game with the Pirates, the Twins Larry Hisle becomes the first designated hitter in ML history. Hisle makes the new AL rule look good by collecting 2 HRs and 7 RBI.|
|March 6, 2006||Twins star outfielder and MLB Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett passes away at the age of 45 from a stroke he suffered a day earlier.|
|March 7, 2013||Aaron Hicks who is trying to win the Twins centerfiled job has a spring training game to remember whn the Twins beat the Phillies in Clearwater 10-6. Hicks goes 4 for 5 with 3 homeruns and a single with 6 RBI's and a stolen base. The Twins gave him the scorecard for his efforts.|
|March 11, 1961||The Twins play their first exhibition game and lose 4-1 to the Detroit Tigers at Tinker Field. Paul Giel was the starting pitcher and Zoilo Versalles was the first batter.|
|March 12, 2006||Cal Ripken Jr., Kent Hrbek and others share humorous anecdotes during a lighthearted ceremony at the Metrodome honoring the memory of Kirby Puckett. A crowd of 15,000 Twins fans pay their final respect to their beloved Hall of Fame outfielder who died last week at age 45 following a stroke suffered the day before at his home in Arizona.|
|March 14, 1960||Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett is born in Chicago, Illinois.|
|March 14, 1994||The Twins sell catcher Lenny Webster to the Montreal Expos.
|March 17, 1992||The Twins trade for pitcher John Smiley and send outfielder Midre Cummings and pitcher Denny Neagle to Pittsburg as payment.|
|March 17, 2001||The 1 millionth fan passes through the turnstyles at Hammond Stadium.|
|March 20, 1989||The Twins send pitcher Balvino Galvez to the Yankees and receive pitcher Steve Shields in return.|
|March 21, 1970||The Twins acquire outfielder Brant Alyea from Washington and part ways with pitcher Joe Grezenda and pitcher Charley Walters who will later become a St. Paul Pioneer Press sports writer.|
|March 21, 1989||2B Steve Lombardozzi is sent packing to the Astros and the Twins acquire 2B Mica Lewis and outfielder Ramon Cedeno.|
|March 21, 2010||The Twins get some bad news as they learn that star closer Joe Nathan will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a tear in a ligament in his pitching elbow. Joe misses the entire 2010 season.|
|March 22, 2010||Catcher Joe Mauer officially signed his eight-year, $184 million contract extension (2011 - 2018) in a press conference at the Lee County Sports Complex. The contract is the 4th highest contract ever signed in MLB.|
|March 23, 2011||Today marked the first day of repair work on the damaged Metrodome roof which collapsed during a snowstorm on Dec. 12, 2010. Hand-picked union laborers from Ironworkers Local 512 will work 10-hour days, six days a week to have the new roof installed by August 1. The workforce will start at around 20, but will grow to as many as 100 workers when the labor hits full tilt this summer. Birdair, the New York-based engineering firm was the only company to bid on the repair work and is heading up the project and will be responsible for disposing of the damaged panels.
|March 24, 1988||The Twins trade outfielder (and future Oakland A's GM) Billy Beane to Detroit for pitcher Balvino Galvez.|
|March 24, 2010||The 2 millionth fans passes through the Hammond Stadium turnstyles.|
|March 25, 1983||In a straight catcher for catcher trade, the Twins part ways with Sal Butera and acquire Stine Poole from the Tigers.|
|March 26, 1989||Pitcher Keith Atherton is sent to the Indians for outfielder Carmelo Castillo.|
|March 26, 1993||The Colorado Rockies send pitcher Brett Merriman to Minnesota and in return the Twins send pitchers Gary Wayne and Rob Wassenaar out west.
|March 27, 1973||Twins' pitcher Jim Perry becomes the first player to use the '10 and 5 rule' when he okays his own trade to the Tigers for minor league pitcher Dan Fife and cash.|
|March 27, 1985||The Twins move pitcher Brad Havens to the Orioles and receive pitcher Mark Brown.|
|March 27, 2005||Bob Casey, the first and only Twins public-address announcer passed away.|
|March 27, 2010||The University of Minnesota Gophers lost to Louisiana Tech 9-1 in the first baseball game played at the Twins’ new home, Target Field. More than 37,757 people came through the turnstiles after they opened in the morning for fans to take a look, sit in the seats and sample the food. Tickets were $2, with proceeds going to the team’s community fund. Former Gophers and Twins catcher Terry Steinbach threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Louisiana Tech’s Clint Ewing hit the ballpark’s first home run.|
|March 28, 1973||The Twins trade pitcher Ken Reynolds to Milwaukee and get 3B Mike Ferraro in return.|
|March 28, 1983||The Dodgers send outfielder Tack Wilson to Minnesota for shortstop Ivan Mesa.|
|March 28, 1992||The Twins send 1B Paul Sorrento to the Indians for pitchers Curt Leskanic and Oscar Munoz.|
|March 28, 1996||On the last day of training camp, Kirby Puckett wakes up and is unable to see out of his right eye. He was diagnosed with glaucoma, and four eye surgeries in a four-month span do nothing to improve his vision. Puckett hits .344 during his final spring training.|
|March 28, 2011||The Minnesota Twins announced that they have chosen leading demand-based pricing provider, Digonex Technologies, Inc., to provide demand-based pricing for some sections of Target Field for the 2011 season.
The Twins also announced that they have retained left-hander Scott Diamond, a Rule 5 Draft pick from the Atlanta Braves, working out a trade to send minor league right-hander Billy Bullock to Atlanta to complete the deal.
|March 29, 1971||The Twins trade pitcher Bill Zepp to the Detroit Tigers and receive outfielder Mike Adams and pitcher Art Clifford.
|March 30, 1981||The Twins trade outfielder Ken Landreaux to the Dodgers for outfielder-3B Mickey Hatcher, 1B Kelly Snider, and pitcher Matt Reeves.|
|March 31, 1987||Just before the Twins open their championship 1987 season they trade pitchers Bryan Hickerson, Ray Velasquez, and Jose Dominguez to the Giants for pitcher David Blakely and outfielder Dan Gladden.|
|March 31, 1999||The Twins send pitcher Dan Serafini to the Cubs and get cash for their coffers.
|March 31, 2003||The earliest opening day in Minnesota Twins history takes place at the Twins beat the Tigers 3-1 in Detroit.|
|March 31, 2010||Twins outfielder Denard Span struck his mother, Wanda Wilson, in the chest with a foul ball while batting in the first inning on Wednesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa against the Yankees in a spring training game. Span was leading off the game against the Yankees' Phil Hughes when he fouled a 3-2 pitch directly to the left of the visitors' third-base dugout, where a group of friends and family members were settling in for the game. The ball struck his mother, who was sitting three rows from the field and wearing a Twins jersey with Span's name on it, with a thud that was audible to the players on the Minnesota bench. Span immediately dashed into the seating bowl, consoling her as help arrived. Luckily, Span's mother was not seriously hurt and after being checked out, watched the remainder of the game.|
|April 1, 2007||Herb Carneal, the Hall of Fame radio voice of the Minnesota Twins for all but one year of their existence, died in his home in Minnetonka, Minnesota at the age of 83 after a long battle with a number of illnesses. The pressbox at the Metrodome was named in his honor. Carneal was the recipient of the Ford C. Frick award, baseball-broadcasting's highest honor, in 1996.|
|April 1, 2011||April Fool's Day was a bad day for the Minnesota Twins as they got pounded 13-3 by thge Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. The 10-run loss marked the club's worst margin of defeat in a season-opening game and was a sign of things to come in a season where the Twins finished last in the Central Division and went down to defeat 99 times. Starting pitcher Carl Pavano took the loss.|
|April 1, 2013||The Twins open the 2013 season at Target Field but lose to Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers 4-2. Twins starter Vance Worley took the loss. With the game-time temperature at 35 degrees and the wind blowing at 17 mph, fans had to bundle up. But opening day is always a draw, as evidenced by the announced crowd of 38,282, officially a sellout by Twins guidelines.|
|April 2, 1962||The Twins trade pitcher Pedro Ramos to Cleveland for 1B Vic Power and pitcher Dick Stigman in what could be considered the Minnesota Twins first major trade.|
|April 2, 1979||The Twins trade for pitcher John Verhoeven and in turn send pitcher Johnny Sutton to the White Sox.|
|April 2, 2002||The Twins open the 2002 season with five home runs, including a three-run homer and a solo shot by Jacque Jones, to beat Kansas City 8-6. David Ortiz, Brian Buchanan and Torii Hunter also homered for the Twins.|
|April 2, 2010||Playing in Target Field for the first time, albeit in a spring training exhibition game, the Twins lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 8-4. Carl Pavano started for the Twins and was the losing pitcher. Kyle Loshe a former Twins pitcher started for the Cardinals and notched the first Target Field win. Twins outfielder Denard Span had the first hit (a triple). the first homerun, and the first run scored. The game started under cloudy skies and a temperature of 65 degrees.|
|April 3, 1982||The Twins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0 in an exhibition game, the first event ever held in the new Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Pete Rose of the Phillies gets the first hit in the new stadium and Kent Hrbek hits the first two home runs in the Metrodome.|
|April 3, 2000||TC Bear is introduced as the Twins new mascot. The TC stands for Twin Cities. A case could be made that TC Bear "bears" some resemblance to the Hamm's Beer Bear, a mascot used in advertisements for Hamm's Brewery, an early sponsor for the Twins dating back to the early 1960's.|
|April 4, 1989||Forty-five-year-old Tommy John starts for the Yankees on Opening Day and sets a modern ML record by appearing in his 26th season. He also wins his 287th game, 4-2 over the Twins. John will only win one more big league game before calling it quits.|
|April 4, 1990||The Twins receive pitcher Orlando Lind and catcher Junior Ortiz from the Pirates in return for pitcher Mike Pomeranz. Pomeranz was a news anchor at Minneapolis TV station KARE 11 from 2006 to 2012 before leaving for a gig with the San Diego Padres..|
|April 6, 1951||Twins pitching great and MLB Hall of Famer Rik Aalbert "Bert" Blyleven was born on this day in Zeist, Netherlands. Blyleven, now a Twins TV color commentator makes a big deal about his birthday and seems to mention his birthday on every Twins telecast and can tell you on any day of the year how many days it is until his next birthday. Bert is famous for using his "telestrator" for circling Twins fans in the crowd who have brought their "Circle me Bert" signs to the ball game.|
|April 6, 1966||The Twins swing a deal with the Red Sox and acquire catcher Russ Nixon and 2B Chuck Schilling and give up pitcher Dick Stigman and 1B Jose Calero.|
|April 6, 1972||For the first time in history, the major leagues failed to open because of a player strike, which started on April 1. The traditional season opener between Houston and Cincinnati was canceled and 86 games were lost before the strike was settled.|
|April 6, 1973||Tony Oliva hits the first home run ever by a designated hitter in AL history when he cranks one out against "Catfish" Hunter in Oakland in the Twins 8-3 victory.|
|April 6, 1978||In only the second game of the season while playing in the Kingdome, Twins 2B Rob Wilfong is hit by a pitch thrown by Mariners reliever Shane Rawly in the sixth inning and suffers a broken bone in his hand which sidelines him for a month.|
|April 6, 1982||A huge crowd of 52,279 turns out for the inaugural game at the brand-new Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Twins rookie 3B Gary Gaetti goes 4-for-4 with a pair of home runs, but Seattle wins 11-7. By the way, the temperature outside that day was 28 degrees.|
|April 6, 2004||Playing in just his second major league game, Twins star rookie catcher Joe Mauer hears something "pop" as he slides and tries to catch a foul pop-up in a game against the Cleveland Indians at the Metrodome. The Twins actually ended up winning the game 7-6 in 15 innings. A few days later, April 8th, Joe ends up having surgery to repair a medial meniscus tear in his left knee. Mauer returns to the line-up on June 2 but continues to have trouble off and on with the knee swelling and he plays in his final 2004 game on July 15 and his first season as a Twin ends after just 35 games but in that short period he showed all of us what kind of a bat he had as he hit .308 in 107 at bats.|
|April 6, 2005||The Twins are leading the Seattle Mariners 3-1 in the top of the 8th inning at Safeco Field when Ron Villone is brought in to face Twins 1B Justin Morneau. Villone beans Morneau and in the process Morneau suffers a mild concussion. According to a Star Tribune article in 2005, "Contributing to the concern is Morneau's history of concussions. This was his fifth, although the first involving baseball. He suffered others playing basketball and hockey and, in the worst one, running backward in 2000 during a workout. He fell and hit the back of his head on the ground." Morneau saw the pitch coming toward his head - a frightening recollection. "A heat-seeking missile," Morneau called it.
After a 2 week stint on the DL, Morneau returned to the line-up on April 22.
|April 6, 2009||The Twins open their 28th and final season at the Metrodome with a 6-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners. The Twins opponent in the first regular season game at the Metrodome on April 6, 1982 was also the Mariners and the Twins lost that game 11-7.|
|April 7, 1970||Outfielder Brant Alyea has 7 RBIs to back Jim Perry as the Twins win their opener. Alyea will have 21 RBI in his first 12 games, and in Perry's first 4 starts Alyea will drive in 19 runs.|
|April 7, 1972||The Twins trade pitcher Pete Hamm to the Reds for pitcher Greg Garrett.|
|April 7, 2011||After playing in just 6 games (all on the road) after signing with the MInnesota Twins this past off-season, 2B Tsuyoshi Nishioka suffers a broken fibula after a takeout slide by Yankee Nick Swisher at second base. Pretty much everyone agrees it was a clean play, but in Japan this is not the way it is done. Nishioka does not play for the Twins again until June 16th.|
|April 8, 1963||Pitcher Bill Dailey was purchased from the Cleveland Indians.|
|April 8, 1969||The Royals play their first game in the history of the franchise and joins the winner circle along with the other three new clubs making their debuts today. Reliever Moe Drabowsky picks up the win as Kansas City beat the Twins in 12 innings, 4-3 in Kansas City Municipal Stadium.|
|April 8, 1988||The Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 at the Metrodome behind the hitting of Dan Gladden who goes 4 for 5, scores 3 times, knocking in 4 runs, and hits two home runs. His first home run lead off the game and his second home run capped the Twins scoring in the 8th inning. In addition; Gladden steals home against pitcher David Wells and catcher Ernie Whitt while Kent Hrbek is batting in the bottom of the 7th inning.|
|April 8, 1997||The Twins send pitcher Scott Klingenbeck to the Reds for cash considerations.|
|April 9, 1963||The Twins lose their season opener to the Cleveland Indians at the Met by a 5-4 score. Lenny Green and Vic Power hit home runs for the Twins but Camilo Pascual allowed four home runs in 7 innings and takes the loss.|
|April 9, 2000||In the Twins 13-7 win over Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium, Minnesota's Ron Coomer, Jacque Jones and Matt LeCroy hit consecutive home runs. The Royals' Carlos Beltran, Jermaine Dye and Mike Sweeney repeated the feat, marking the first time in major league history that both teams hit three consecutive home runs in the same game. Neither team had hit back-to back-to back home runs in the 90's. Twins starter Eric Milton retired the first 20 KC batters he faced before giving up a total of 4 hits in 7.2 innings and being lifted with a 13-0 lead.The Royals scored seven time in the bottom of the 8th but Milton got the win.|
|April 9, 2010||Twins catcher Drew Butera made his Major League debut against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, and it marked a special milestone for the organization. Butera's father, Sal, was a catcher for Minnesota from 1980-82 and 1987. So the two become the first father-son combo to play for the Twins. It wasn't quite a great night at the plate for Butera, who went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a sacrifice bunt. But after the 4-3 victory in 11 innings, manager Ron Gardenhire lauded the performance of the rookie catcher behind the plate. Sal Butera made his big league debut on April 10, 1980 (almost 30 years to the day from Drew's debut) against the A's in Oakland and he too struck out in his only at bat.|
|April 10, 1962||The Twins open the 1962 season with a 4-2 loss to the Kansas City A's at Municipal Stadium. Twins starter Jack Kralick took the loss and A's starter Ed Rakow went the distance for the win.|
|April 10, 1982||The Yankees trade relief pitchers Ron Davis and Paul Boris and shortstop Greg Gagne to the Twins for veteran infielder Roy Smalley and pitcher Gary Serum.|
|April 11, 1961||The Minnesota Twins play their first ever regular season game and win 6-0 when Pedro Ramos shuts out the New York Yankees on 3 hits in Yankee Stadium I. Bob Allison leads off the 7th inning with a homerun and breaks up the scoreless duel that Ramos and Whitey Ford are waging.|
|April 11, 2012||The Twins' rotation was dealt a huge blow on Wednesday, when general manager Terry Ryan announced that right-hander Scott Baker will undergo surgery to repair the flexor pronator tendon in his right elbow and will miss the remainder of the season. During the actual surgery it was determined Baker also needed TJ surgery. Baker ended up signing a FA contract with the Chicago Cubs in November 2012.|
|April 12, 1965||In Minnesota, the Yankees drop their second straight 11 inning opener, as the Twins win 5-4. Twins starter Jim Kaat, stranded because of the ice and snow, is brought to Metropolitan Stadium by helicopter. Kaat is matched by Jim Bouton, who goes five innings, giving up two earned runs. Bob Allison's wind-blown fly ball in the 11th drops untouched for a three-base error by Hector Lopez, one of eight errors the two teams committed on this day. Cesar Tovar's 2-out single scores the winner off Pedro Ramos.|
|April 12, 1990||The Twins and Rangers hook up on a deal and the Twins get 2B Fred Manrique and the Randgers receive pitcher Jeff Satzinger.|
|April 12, 2002||In their first sellout since winning the World Series in 1991, the Twins beat the Tigers in their home opener, 4-2, in front of 48,244 loud and enthusiastic fans at the Metrodome. The Minnesota franchise had been considered for elimination due to MLB's contraction plan proposed during the off-season.|
|April 12, 2005||The Twins beat the Tigers 5-4 when Shannon Stewart singles off Troy Percival in the bottom of the 9th and breaks a streak in which Percival had not allowed the Twins to score an earned run over 40 innings since 1995.|
|April 12, 2010||In the first regular season game at Target Field the Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 5-2 with starter Carl Pavano getting the win and Red Sox starter Jon Lester took the loss. Closer Jon Rauch recorded the first save at Target Field. The first hit was a single by Red Sox leadoff hitter Marco Scutaro who was later thrown out trying to steal 2B. The first Twins hit was a single by Orlando Hudson. The first homerun at Target Field was a 391 foot shot to right off the bat of Jason Kubel in the 7th inning. Game time temperature was 68 degrees with partly sunny skies. Attendance was 39,715, slightly over the capacity figure of 39,504. Paid attendance was 38,145. The game lasted 2:59.|
|April 12, 2013||The New York Mets thumped the Twins 16-5 at Target Field. The temperature at game time was 34 degrees and snow flurries were evident through out the game. Twins fans came layered in ski gear, hunting clothes and whatever else they could find to keep warm. The Twins provided free coffee and hot chocolate to the Twins fans at the gate as they entered the ballpark. But the fact that the Mets batted around in each of the first 2 innings putting up 10 runs did little to warm Twins fans. The announced attendance was 23,735, but that's tickets sold and not the actual number of people inside.|
|April 13, 1962||A 6+ inch snowfall postpones the Twins scheduled home opener against the Los Angeles Angels. A crowd of 25,000 was expected but when they played the game the next day only 8,363 fans show up due to continuing frigid temps.|
|April 13, 1972||The first players strike in baseball history ended after 13 days.|
|April 14, 1961||Playing only their second game the Twins beat the Orioles 3-2 at Memorial Stadium behind Camilo Pascual's complete game and 12 strikeouts. Pascual allows 5 hits and 2 walks,|
|April 14, 1962||The Twins lose their 1962 hope opener at Met Stadium to the Los Angeles Angels 12-5 in front of only 8,363 frigid fans who brave the frigid 33 degree game time temperature to see baseball once again. Good thing the Twins did not open the season a day earlier as the temperature was a -2 degrees.|
|April 14, 1977||OF/DH Glenn Adams fractures a bone in his wrist sliding into 2B at the Kingdome during the Twins 4-3 loss to the Mariners and is forced to sit out the next 5 weeks.|
|April 14, 1983||The largest April snowstorm in Twin Cities history made travel difficult and caused the Metrodome roof to deflate due to a tear forcing the scheduled game with the California Angels to be postponed. The snowfall was measured at 13.6 inches. To this day it remains the only baseball postponement in Metrodome history.|
|April 15, 1910||William Howard Taft becomes the first U.S. President to throw out a ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day. Attending the game in Washington, D.C., President Taft tosses the first ball to future Hall of Famer Walter Johnson, who pitches the first of his 14 Opening Day Washington games, striking out nine, en route to a 3 - 0 one-hit shutout.|
|April 15, 1962||Jim Manning became the youngest Twins player to appear in a MLB game when he came in to pitch at the tender age of 18 years, 8 months and 25 days. Manning had been signed as a free agent prior to the 1961 season and pitched just 45 innings in 12 class D ball games in 1961 before make his major league debut on this date. Jim made four more appearances for the Twins before being sent down to the minors and he never made another big league appearance again.|
|April 15, 1976||New York opened the refurbished Yankee Stadium with an 11-4 rout of the Minnesota Twins. The Yankees beat the Twins 11-4 on 14 hits, but the only HRs are the 2 hit by Minnesota's Dan Ford.|
|April 15, 2000||Cal "Iron Man" Ripken became the 24th player to reach 3,000 hits when he lined a clean single to center off Minnesota reliever Hector Carrasco at the Metrodome. He reached the milestone with his third hit in a 6-4 victory over the Twins and became the seventh player in major league history to get 3,000 hits and 400 home runs.|
|April 15, 2001||Eric Milton struck out eight of the first 10 batters he faced as Minnesota beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 for their sixth straight win and best start ever at 9-2.|
|April 15, 2009||Every player in the Twins/Blue Jays game today wore the number 42, as a matter of fact, all major league players, coaches, managers, and umpires wore the number 42 today in all games played today as a tribute to Jackie Robinson. It was kind of wierd watching the game in the Metrodome when every player had the same number.|
|April 16, 1961||On the day of the unsuccessful Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba, the Twins sweep the Orioles 10-5 and 6-4 in the Twins first double header. Outfielder Bob Allison hits the Twins first ever grand slam home run when he knocks one out of the park at Baltimore against Chuck Estrada in the first inning of game 1. The Twins play their first extra inning affair in game 2 and win when Zoilo Versalles hits the Twins first extra inning homerun, a 2-run shot in the 11th inning.|
|April 16, 1963||In a exciting13-inning back and forth game, the Twins beat the Angels 11-10. The Twins use 8 pitchers but the Angels use 9 pitchers, tying the ML record for an extra-inning contest. The game lasted 4 hours and 41 minutes but only 6,273 fans were there to see it. I wonder how many were there when the game ended?|
|April 17, 1953||Two years to the day since his MLB debut – on April 17, 1953 – future Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle hit one of the furthest recorded home runs in history. It was that day when the term “tape-measure home run” was born, as one of the game’s best power hitters hit a colossal 565-foot shot out of Griffith Stadium. It was the top of the fifth and the Yankees were leading the Senators 2-1 on a windy day in Washington. Yogi Berra had just walked, leaving it up to the 21-year old Mantle to extend the inning. After borrowing a teammate’s bat, the switch-hitter stepped into the box from the right side facing the left-handed Chuck Stobbs. Mantle received a chest-high fastball from Stobbs, crushing his delivery into left field. Check out the link for the rest of the story.|
|April 17, 2009||Jason Kubel hit for the cycle at the Metrodome against the Angels. Kubel became the ninth Twins player to hit for the cycle when he doubled in the first, singled in the third, and tripled n the sixth before clobbering a grand slam homerun in the 8th inning as the Twins rallied for an 11-9 win. It was only the third time in MLB history a player had completed hitting for the cycle with a grand slam home run. It was done previously by two shortstops, Tony Lazzeri in 1932 and Miguel Tejada in 2001. The Twins claimed pitcher Juan Morillo on waivers from the Colorado Rockies.
|April 18, 2010||Ray Barton the artist/designer who was commissioned by Twins team owner Calvin Griffith in 1961 to design a logo for the Minnesota Twins passed away at the age of 80 of cancer at his Little Canada, Minnesota home. The logo showed two baseball players (Minnie and Paul) shaking hands across the Mississippi River. Barton was paid $15 for the logo.|
|April 19, 1961||A crowd of 3,000 fans greets the Twins at the airport when they return from their season-opening trip to New York, Baltimore, and Boston.|
|April 19, 1988||Twins pitcher Joe Niekro is called for 3 balks and sets a dubious Twins record and ties an AL mark as the Yankees beat the Twins 7-6 at the Metrodome and Niekro is saddled with the loss.|
|April 21, 1961||The Minnesota Twins played their inaugural home game at Metropolitan stadium but came away with a loss against Joe McClain and the Washington Senators. The Senators score 2 in the top of the ninth off reliever Ray Moore and pin a 5-3 defeat on the Twins. 24,606 fans attended the Twins first home game and team ownership was disappointed that the game was not a sell-out with about 6,000 seats sitting empty. Temperature at game time was 63 degrees. There were no line-up cards available so Twins manager Cookie Lavagetto and Senators manager Mickey Vernon had to scribble their line-ups on pieces of scrap paper.|
|April 21, 1967||Tony Oliva of Minnesota lost a home run due to a base running blunder. Playing in Detroit in the third inning, Cesar Tovar was the runner at first base. Oliva hit the ball out of the park off Denny McLain, but then passed Tovar between first and second. He was credited with a single and one RBI for scoring Tovar. In the ninth inning Oliva hit another home run and this one counted.|
|April 21, 1985||The Twins had won the first two games of the 1985 season under manager Billy Gardner but then proceeded to lose nine in a row before John Butcher took the mound for the Twins against the Oakland A's at Oakland-Alameda County Stadium on this day and shut out the A's on just 3 hits facing only 28 batters and threw just 81 pitches. The game lasted just 1 hour and 55 minutes and Kirby Puckett went 3 for 5 and knocked in both runs.|
|April 21, 1994||Eddie Murray set a major league record with his 11th switch-hit home run (home run from each side of the plate) game as the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 10-6 at the Metrodome.|
|April 21, 2004||The Twins sell pitcher Brad Thomas to the Boston Red Sox.|
|April 21, 2007||The Twins had started the 2007 season with 19 consecutive stolen bases before Torii Hunter gets caught in the 8th inning of their 17th game of the season. However; the Twins beat the Royals at Kauffman Stadium 7-5 and Joe Nathan performs a rarity during his 6th save of the season when he retires the Royals 1-2-3 in the ninth getting Esteban German, Tony Pena, and David DeJesus all looking at 3rd strikes. Getting the side out 1-2-3 for a save, all on called third strikes is rare feat and was last done in 2003 by Jose Valverde.|
|April 21, 2012||With his leadoff single in the ninth inning, Josh Willingham extended his season-opening hitting streak to 15 games. He improved upon the record he set Friday night, the longest hitting streak by a player to start his Twins career. And he tied Kirby Puckett's 1994 Twins record for the longest season-opening hitting streak. His streaks ended as he went hitless on April 22nd.|
|April 22, 1980||After opening the 1980 season with 12 road games and a 5-7 record the Twins play their home opener in front of 36,268 fans and a game time temperature of 89 degrees. Twins pitcher Geoff Zahn gets a complete game 8-1 win as Hosken Powell, Ron Jackson and Roy Smally hit home runs.|
|April 22, 1988||The Twins lose to the Indians 11-6 in the Metrodome. It obviously was not one of Bert Blylevens best games as he gave up 9 hits including a home run and 7 earned runs in 4.2 innings. He didn't walk a batter but hit four Indian batters, Julio Franco, Ron Kittle, Brook Jacoby and Andy Allanson. After the game, in a real stunner, the Cardinals trade veteran 2B Tom Herr to the Twins for outfielder Tom Brunansky. This will go down in history as one of the Twins worst ever trades.|
|April 23, 1961||The Twins play their first 1-0 game in history and come up winners at Met Stadium when Jack Kralick pitches a complete game 4 hit shutout of the Washington Senators. Kralick also knocks in the Twins lone run of the game with a fifth inning single.|
|April 23, 1980||Angels pitcher Bruce Kison settles for a one-hitter when Minnesota's Ken Landreaux rips a double with one out in the 9th inning of California's 17-0 romp. For Landreaux, the hit marks the beginning of a 31-game hitting streak.|
|April 23, 1982||The Twins beat the Seattle Mariners 12-4 at the Kingdome. Twins pitcher Roger Erickson recovers after a rough first inning where he gives up 3 runs on 5 hits and proceeds to pitch a complete game. Erickson strikes out no one and gives up 13 hits and walks two more in this unusual game. It marks the only time that Erickson pitched a complete game with no strikeouts. Twins hitters were no slouches themselves as they had 18 hits and drew 6 walks. Ron Washington had 4 hits and Bobby Mitchell and Gary Ward had 3 hits apiece.|
|April 23, 2011||The Twins beat the visiting Cleveland Indians 10-3 at Target Field and in the process score more than 5 runs in a game for the first time in 2011.
The Twins have not scored more than five runs in any game this season (19 games), according to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the longest such streak to start a season in Twins history, and the longest streak in franchise history (the 1909 Washington Senators failed to score more than five runs in their first 18 games).The Twins were the only team in Major League Baseball that hasn’t scored six-or-more runs in a game in 2011.
|April 24, 1956||Metropolitan Stadium was opened with a capacity of 18,200 as the new home of the AAA Minneapolis Millers, a farm club for the New York Giants.|
|April 24, 1961||The Twins come from behind by scoring 3 in the top of the 9th to tie and 4 in the top of the 10th to beat the KC A's 10-6 at Municipal Stadium.|
| April 24, 1996||Greg Myers and Paul Molitor each had five RBIs as the Minnesota Twins set a team record for runs and routed the Detroit Tigers 24-11 at Tiger Stadium. The fourth inning was the only inning that the Twins failed to score a run. The Tigers went through seven pitchers and the Twins scored off of each one of them. It was the most runs against the Tigers in 84 years, matching the mark set in a 24-2 loss to the Philadelphia Athletics on May 18, 1912.|
|April 25, 1961||A tough day in Municipal Stadium in Kansas City as the A's pound seven Twins pitchers in a 20-2 Twins defeat. Twins reliever Fred Bruckbauer made his only big league appearance in this game when he came in to pitch in the top of the fourth inning and gave up a double, a single, a walk and a double before getting pulled. Bruckbauer was charged with 3 earned runs and since he never again pitched in the big leagues his ERA stands at infinity. Norm Bass went the distance for the A's giving up 7 hits and 9 walks but still got the "W".|
|April 25, 1964||The Twins lose to the Detroit Tigers 5-2 at Met Stadium in what was the first ever nationally televised Twins game from Met Stadium. The team had played on national TV 19 times before this game but all the games were on the road. Their first nationally televised game was on June 10, 1961. Strangely enough, Camilo Pascual started and lost both of these games. The game was on NBC and the announcers were Bob Wolff and Joe Garagiola.|
|April 25, 1970||The Twins are playing the Tigers at the Met and take a 3-1 lead into the ninth only to have the Tigers score twice to tie the game. The Twins came back with one of their own, an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth and won the game 4-3. Exciting you say? But you should have seen what transpired in the top of the seventh with the Twins ahead 2-1. Jim Kaat is on the mound for the Twins and retires Elliot Maddox and Cesar Gutierrez on groundouts to the shortstop for the first two outs and then appeared to have struck out pitcher Earl Wilson, but, Twins catcher Paul Ratliff did not catch Kaat’s pitch in the air and this is where things really got weird. Ratliff got the ball and rolled it back to the mound and headed for the dugout. Tiger 3B coach Grover Resinger knew his rules and he told Wilson to head to first base. None of the Twins seemed to notice Wilson as he rounded first and headed for 2B and at this point coach Resinger was in the middle of the infield urging Wilson on. By now Twins LF Brant Alyea figured out what was happening and ran after the ball but had trouble picking it up and Wilson was still running and was now rounding 3B and heading for home. By this time Twins shortstop Leo Cardenas had ran over to cover home plate and Alyea threw him the ball. Wilson was a big guy and all this running was beginning to take its toll and when he saw Cardenas with the ball he turned and started back to 3B but pulled a hamstring and just collapsed to the ground before getting back to the 3B bag. Cardenas threw the ball back to Alyea who then tagged Wilson out as he lay in the base path just short of 3B and the Twins were out of the inning unscathed. The scoring you ask? A strikeout, an error on Ratliff, and the out was recorded as LF-SS-LF (7-6-7). To top it all off the television crew had all gone to the commercial after the apparent strikeout and none of this was recorded on video.
|April 25, 1977||Twins pitchers Mike Pazik and Don Carrithers were seriously injured in an automobile accident when their van collided with a car going the wrong way on an exit ramp in Bloomington, MN. Pazik suffered two broken bones in each leg and was out for the season. Carrithers, who was driving, suffered a compound fracture of his right knee, a partial rupture of the quadraceps tendon near his knee and a fractured right wrist and ended missing three months of the 1977 season.|
|April 25, 1980||Making his first appearance in Minnesota since his fight with a marshmallow salesman in the Fall of 1979, A's manager Billy Martin has to be restrained by umpires from attacking a fan who was pelting him with marshmallows during the Twins' 10-3 victory.|
|April 25, 2005||The Minnesota Twins and Hennepin County announce they have agreed on a proposal to fund and construct a new ballpark in downtown Minneapolis.|
|April 25, 2012||Twins 1B Chris Parmelee was hit in the batting helmet in the sixth inning by a 93 MPH fastball thrown by Red Sox hurler Justin Thomas. The ball hit the bill of Parmelee's helmet, deflected down and struck Parmelee above his eye. A couple of inches lower, Parmelee continues to think, and he could have been struck directly in his eye. The ball bounced all the way back to the Red Sox dugout at Target Field. Parmelee was down for about a minute but rose to his feet and walked off the field. He was examined by doctors, who tested him for a concussion but luckily that was not the case. The Twins ended up losing the game 7-6.|
|April 26, 1986||The game between the Angels and Twins is delayed for 9 minutes when strong 60 MPH wind gusts tear a hole in the Metrodome roof during a thunderstorm, causing suspended lights and speakers to sag toward the field and scare the wits out of 31,966 fans. The roof is reinflated and California rallies for 6 runs in the 9th to win 7-6. LA Times description of events can be found here. Scott Miller wrote a piece about the Metrodome on September, 2, 2009 that mentioned this incident (although he mistakenly has the date as April 27) and how Twins PA announcer Bob Casey handled it that day and you can read it here.|
|April 27, 1961||The expansion Los Angeles Angels play their first home game bowing to the Twins at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, 4-2. The 74-year old baseball legend Ty Cobb, in his last-ever visit to a ballpark, throws out the first ceremonial pitch. This was the first American League game to ever be played in Los Angeles.|
|April 27, 1965||Camilo Pascual hits a grand slam home run off pitcher Stan Williams in a 11-1 Twins win over the Indians in Cleveland Stadium. Camilo pitches a complete game two hitter and strikes out five in the process. Pascual is the first and only Twins pitcher to hit a grand slam home run. Pascual had also hit a grand slam home run as a Washington Senator at Yankee Stadium I on August 14, 1960 in a 5-4 win over the New York Yankees.|
|April 27, 1969||Harmon Killebrew hits his 400th HR and the Twins take over first place in the AL West by beating Chicago 4-3.|
|April 27, 1980||The Twins score 10 runs in the first inning on their way to a 20-11 thrashing of the Oakland A's. Minnesota starter Geoff Zahn can't hold the 10-0 lead, allowing 8 runs in 4 1/3 innings, and Doug Corbett picks up the win in relief.|
|April 27, 1994||Scott Erickson, who allowed the most hits in the majors the previous season, pitched Minnesota's first no-hitter in 27 years and the Twins third no-hitter as the Twins beat Milwaukee 6-0 at the Metrodome.|
|April 27, 2010||In a very unusual game at Comerica Park, the Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0 as Francisco Liriano beats Justin Verlander. What's unusual about that you ask? It was one of those rare baseball games when neither team scores an earned run. The Twins used two pitchers and the Tigers had four hurlers take the mound. Since 2001 this has occurred to the Twins just three times and two of the three occurrences were against the Detroit Tigers.|
|April 27, 2011||The Tampa Rays beat the Twins 8-2 in Target Field on a cold blustery night in a game that we attended. The temperature at the start of the game was 40 degrees with a stiff 17 MPH northerly wind blowing in from left field. Shortly after the game began, the snow started falling and flurries lasted the entire game making Target Field look like a giant snow globe. The Twins played Christmas carols as the game went along and a fan that came to the game dressed as jolly old St. Nick danced in the stands. It was a wierd day at the old ballpark to be sure. I even over-heard some fans saying that the Metrodome wasn't all that bad.........|
|April 28, 1980||Outfielder Bombo Rivera sufferes a fractured kneecap. In the second inning at Metropolitan Stadium, he chased a fly ball by Seattle Mariners DH Willie Horton and slammed into the right-field foul pole. He had to be carried from the field and wound up missing 2½ months.|
|April 28, 1985||Mickey Hatcher goes 4-for-5 as the Twins post their 8th consecutive win, 10-1 over Oakland. Hatcher was 5-for-5 the day before, giving him a club record 9 consecutive hits.|
|April 28, 1988||The winless Baltimore Orioles set an AL record with their 21st consecutive loss, a 4-2 loss to the Twins, breaking the record shared by the 1906 Red Sox and the 1916 and 1943 A's.|
|April 28, 2010||Rookie Luke Hughes hit a home run in his first major league at bat and in the process became the fifth Minnesota Twin to accomplish this feat. Hughes hit his homerun to right field off Detroit Tiger starter Max Scherzer in Detroit on a 2-2 count as he lead off the third inning. Actually Hughes was batting in the second inning when Delmon Young was caught stealing third base for the final out of the second inning so that at bat did not count. Hughes, who was born in Perth, Australia, is the eighth Aussie to hit a homer in the major leagues and the first to do so in his first at-bat in the bigs. Unfortunetly for Hughes and the Twins, they lost the game to the Tigers by an 11-6 score.|
| April 29, 1962||The Twins tied a ML record with 6 solo HRs against the Indians in the 2nd game of a Minnesota double-header sweep. The Twins down the Indians 8-4 and 7-3. The home runs were hit by Lenny Green, Don Mincher, Zoilo Versalles, Bill Tuttle and Johnny Goryl hit two dingers.|
|April 29, 1999||The Minnesota Supreme Court concluded that the sale and relocation of a baseball franchise is an integral part of the business of professional baseball and falls within the antitrust exemption.|
|April 30, 1961||Harmon Killebrew hits his first home run in a Minnesota Twins uniform (his 85th career home run) off White Sox hurler Bob Shaw in a 5-3 loss in 11 innings at Met Stadium. Winning pitcher Bob Shaw pitched the 11 inning complete game for Chicago.|
|April 30, 1986||The Twins receive pitchers Juan Agosto and Kurt Walker from the Cleveland Indians in return for pitcher Pete Filson.|
|May 1, 2005||Johan Santana losses to the Angels at the Metrodome 2-1 and suffers his first defeat in his last 20 starts going back to 2004. Santana had won 17 games without a loss.|
|May 1, 2009||Joe Mauer makes his delayed season debut memorable by hitting a home run in his first at-bat during the Twins' 7-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals at the Metrodome. The two-time batting champion, who missed spring training and the team's first 22 games while recovering from an inflammation in his lower back, gets his fourth standing ovation of the night as the 2-0 first-inning fastball thrown by Sidney Ponson sails into the left-field stands.|
|May 1, 2011||The Twins were losing to the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium when Twins starter Carl Pavano was removed from the game after giving up 7 runs in 5.1 innings. Pavano returned to the dugout where he grabbed a bat and started flailing away at a garbage can in frustration. Pavano put some good swings on that garbage can, better than his teammates did on the field in the 10-3 loss to the Royals.|
|May 2, 1963||The Twins trade pitcher Jack Kralick to Cleveland for pitcher Jim Perry. Perry makes a fine addition to the Twins and goes on to win the AL Cy Young award in 1970.|
|May 2, 1964||Minnesota becomes the 3rd club to hit 4 consecutive HRs in one inning. Tony Oliva, Bob Allison, Jimmie Hall, and Harmon Killebrew do the damage in an 11th-inning explosion that gives the Twins a 7-3 win at Kansas City's Municipal Stadium..|
|May 2, 1967||A number of Twins games were played in cold weather at Met Stadium but the coldest start to any game was 32 degrees when they beat the Yankees 13-4 in front of 8,171 fans in 2 hours and 29 minutes. The Twins scored 6 in the bottom of the first inning and held on from there.|
|May 2, 1992||The Twins hit four home runs in the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium off Yankee hurler Scott Sanderson and eventually win the game 7-6. Shane Mack, Kirby Puckett, Kent Hrbek, and Randy Bush hit the long balls in the fifth inning. Chili Davis hits another home run in the eighth inning which proves to be the winning run.|
|May 2, 2001||Metrodome fans pelted former Twins player Chuck Knoblauch with hotdogs (it was a "Dollar-a-dog" night) and other objects such as coins, plastic beer bottles and golf balls, causing umpires to pull the Yankees off the field for 12 minutes during Minnesota's 4-2 win. Twins manager Tom Kelly strolled out to left field to plead with the fans to stop. Over 40 Twins fans are ejected from the game. Metrodome public address announcer Bob Casey lectured the crowd.
"Please stop throwing things," Casey said. "This is an important game! Now quit this!" "We were close to calling that game," crew chief Dan Morrison said. "But it didn't get to that point. It's a gut feeling. When I feel fans are totally out of hand, then I call the game. It's not that black-and-white." Not one of our finer moments.
|May 2, 2005||The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball today announced that Juan Rincon of the Minnesota Twins has been suspended for 10 days, effective today, for violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.|
|May 2, 2007||Thanks to a winning rally that starts with an infield single which is in play after hitting the second-highest “B” ring at Tropicana Field, the Rays beat Minnesota, 4-3, in 10 innings. The next day, a mannequin wearing a Twins uniform was placed near the spot where Carlos Pena’s fortunate hit struck the roof.|
|May 2, 2010||Catcher Wilson Ramos makes his big league debut with four hits (3 singles and a double) in a Twins 8-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Ramos becomes the 8th player AL and second Twin (Kirby Puckett) to get 4 hits in his big league debut.|
|May 2, 2012||Los Angeles Angeles pitcher Jered Weaver no-hits the Twins 9-0 at Angels Stadium of Anaheim. Only two Twins reached base, one after a strikeout/dropped ball and the other via a walk. The Twins were held hitless for the first time since 1998, when David Wells of the New York Yankees pitched a perfect game against them. Catfish Hunter, Vida Blue and Nolan Ryan also threw no-hitters against Minnesota. The loss by the Twins drops them to a MLB worst 6-18. After Jerome Williams' shutout against Minnesota on yesterday, the Twins haven't scored in 19 innings and haven't had a hit in the last 15. Weaver struck out nine batters and threw 121 pitches.|
|May 3, 1964||The Kanas City Athletics sweep the Twins 7-4 and 8-7 at Municipal Stadium and KC reliever John Wyatt picks up the victory in both games.|
|May 3, 1986||Minnesota's Kirby Puckett hits a home run on the game's first pitch (from Walt Terrell) for the 2nd consecutive night, but the Twins lose to the Tigers 7-4. The night before Puckett hit Jack Morris’s first pitch for a home run to spark the Twins to a 10-1 victory.|
|May 3, 2011||Francisco Liriano no-hits the Chicago White Sox 1-0 at on a chilly night (42 degrees) at U.S. Cellular Field and became the first opposing pitcher to throw a no-hitter at Cellular Field. Liriano entered the game with a 1-4 record and a 9.13 ERA. Liriano faced 30 batters, walking six and threw 123 pitches, 66 for strikes. Liriano only struck out two White Sox batters. According to Francisco, he has never pitched a complete game, not even in the minors where some games are only 7 innings. Liraiano's gem was the Twins fifth no-hitter. Liriano became the fifth pitcher born in the Dominican Republic to throw a no-hitter, the others being Juan Marichal (1963), Ramon Martinez (1995), Jose Jimenez (1999) and Ubaldo Jimenez (2010).
|May 4, 1974||Less then 3 months after pitcher Dick Woodson wins MLB’s first salary arbitration case, the Twins exile him to the New York Yankees for pitcher Mike Pazik. Owner Calvin Griffith swore he would never pay Woodson the money and he held true to his word.|
|May 4, 1975||The Minnesota Twins retired their first number ever, HOF Harmon Killebrew’s number 3. Harmon, playing for the Kansas City Royals, hit his first ever home run against the Twins and it was at Met Stadium in a Twins 6-3 win over the Royals. Vic Albury gave up the long ball to Harmon in the first inning.
Stew Thornley wrote the following in the Halsey Hall chapter of SABR "Old-timers may remember a promotion by Tootsie Rolls in 1975 to commemorate the one millionth run in major league history (with only the history of the American and National leagues being recognized). The countdown came down to Sunday, May 4, 1975. At Metropolitan Stadium in Minnesota, the Twins held a pre-game ceremony to retire the number of Harmon Killebrew, who then homered in the first inning for the Kansas City Royals. In the bottom of the second, Rod Carew was on third for the Twins with no out. Teammates, monitoring the progress of runs that day, yelled at Carew that he was in line to score the millionth run. When Steve Brye hit a fly to right, Carew tagged and raced for home. However, the strong arm of Al Cowens nailed Carew at the plate, taking away his chance for the millionth run. Soon after Bob Watson of the Astros, in the first game of a doubleheader in San Francisco, scored on a home run by Milt May and took the honor. The run came at 12:52 Pacific time. Watson was on second and ran as fast as he could to reach home. He reportedly crossed home plate at Candlestick Park four seconds before Dave Concepcion, who had homered in Cincinnati and also beat cheeks around the bases. Carew, by being thrown out by Cowens, missed out on the prize: $10,000 and 1 million Tootsie Rolls".
|May 4, 1982||Minnesota Twins' rookie outfielder Jim Eisenreich, who suffered from Tourette's Syndrome, removes himself from the game due to taunts from Boston Red Sox bleacher fans.|
|May 4, 1984||In the fourth inning of the Twins-A's game, Oakland’s Dave Kingman hit a ball into one of the Metrodome roof’s drainage holes and the ball never came back down. Kingman's pop-up had gone up 180 feet and into one of the seven inch drainage holes in the inner layer of the roof. The umpires gathered to discuss the event that had never happened before in a major league game and awarded Kingman a ground rule double. In the ninth inning Kingman homered for Oakland's only run and the Twins won 3-1. Before the game the next day, a Dome worker found the ball and let it fall on the field to a waiting Twins outfielder Mickey Hatcher, he dropped it.|
|May 4, 1999||The Twins beat the Yankees 8-4 at the Metrodome as Mike Lincoln gets the win and the Twins get victory number 3,000.|
| May 5, 2001||Minnesota closer LaTroy Hawkins blew a save for the first time in 24 career chances as the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 12-10 in 12 innings. Latroy sets a MLB record with 23 saves in 23 chances at the beginning of his closer career.|
|May 5, 2005||On 05/05/05, the Twins scored five times in the fifth inning en route to a 9-0 victory over the Indians at the Metrodome.|
|May 6, 2010||Gavin Floyd and Bobby Jenks pitch a combined one-hitter and the Chicago White Sox beat the Twins 7-1 at U.S. Cellular Field. The Twins only hit was a one out double by Joe Mauer in the top of the ninth inning. Jenks was brought in after Mauer's double.|
|May 6, 2011||The Red Sox dropped a 9-2 decision to the Twins at Fenway Park. The Twins scored two of their runs on balks (one by Tim Wakefield in the second inning when Denard Span scored) and the other by Alfredo Aceves in the sixth inning when Trever Plouffe scored). Minnesota is the first team to score two runs on balks in a single game since the Angels did it against the Yankees on July 17, 1992. Red Sox manager Terry Francona was ejected for arguing the first balk call.|
|May 7, 1978||Roy Smalley sets a team mark when he walks 5 times in a 15-9 Twins win over the Orioles in Memorial Stadium.|
|May 7, 1989||Twins outfielder Dan Gladden makes his second mound appearance for the Twins, this time at Cleveland Stadium in a 12-1 loss to the Indians. Gladden pitched one inning giving up a walk, two hits and one run. This is the fourth time that a Twins position player has toed the pitching rubber.|
|May 7, 1995||The Minnesota Twins lose to the Cleveland Indians 10-9 in 17 innings at Jacobs Field. The game lasts 6 hours and 36 minutes.|
|May 7, 2000||Tom Kelly became the 46th manager and first ever Twins manager to win 1,000 games as the Minnesota Twins beat the visiting Detroit Tigers, 4-0, behind a five-hitter from Joe Mays.|
|May 7, 2005||The Twins beat Tampa Bay 8-1 on the road for team win number 3,500 and Kyle Loshe picks up the victory.|
|May 7, 2008||Outfielder Carlos Gomez hits for the cycle against the White Sox in Chicago. After a long rain delay, Gomez leads off the game with a home run and then follows that with a triple, double, and a single going 4 for 6 for the day in a Twins 13-1 romp over the mighty whities.|
|May 7, 2010||It's the first rainout at the team's new Target Field, and the first rainout of a Twins home game since Sept. 20, 1980, at the old Metropolitan Stadium. The game with the Baltimore Orioles was made up the next day in a day-night doubleheader.|
|May 8, 1967||Rod Carew becomes the first Minnesota Twin to get 5 hits in a single game at Metropolitan Stadium.|
|May 8, 1968||Oakland's "Catfish" Hunter pitches a perfect game against the Twins in front of only 6,298 fans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum winning 4-0. The 22-year-old right-hander hurls the first AL regular season perfecto in 46 years. He strikes out 11 and drives in 3 of the A's 4 runs.|
|May 8, 1979||The Twins beat up on the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 16-6 at Met Stadium in front of only 3,126 home town fans and in the process set a team record of 12 extra base hits mixed in their total of 19 hits. Doubles were hit by Willie Norwood, Bombo Rivera hit 2, Ken Landreaux, Glenn Borgmann, and Bobby Randall. John Castino added a triple, while Roy Smalley and Craig Kusick each hit two home runs and Kenny Landreaux contributed one home run to the cause.|
|May 8, 1984||Minnesota's Kirby Puckett became the 6th player in AL history to collect four hits (all singles) in his first major league game as the Twins beat the California Angels 5-0. Kirby goes on to become a Twins legend and a MLB Hall of Famer.|
|May 8, 2013||The Twins scored four runs in the top of the first inning at Fenway Park, the Red Sox countered with a five-run bottom of the first only to see the Twins raise them by scoring seven runs in the top of the second. This was only the second game in major-league history in which a team scored at least four runs in the top of the first, the home team then scored more runs in the bottom of the first, which was then topped by the road team in the top of the second. The only other game with such an odd line score was played on September 9, 1894 between the Brooklyn Grooms and St. Louis Browns in the second game of a doubleheader. Brooklyn scored four runs in the top of the first, St. Louis responded with five runs in the bottom of the first and then Brooklyn came up with six runs in the top of the second inning. The Twins ended up winning the game 15-8.|
|May 9, 1961||Jim Gentile becomes the 4th player to hit grand slams in consecutive innings. (Tony Lazzeri in 1936, Jim Tabor in 1939, Rudy York in 1946 are the others) when he belts one off Pedro Ramos in the first and adds another off Paul Giel in the 2nd. His 8 RBI in consecutive innings set a ML record. Gentile also tacks on a sacrifice fly to give him 9 RBI in the 13-5 drubbing of the Twins at Met stadium.|
|May 10, 1961||The Los Angeles Dodgers traded 1B/OF Joe Altobelli and pitcher Ed Palmquist to the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Ernie Oravetz and cash.|
|May 10, 1962||Minnesota's Lenny Green and Vic Power hit back-to-back HRs off Cleveland's Jim Perry to start the game, tying a ML record. Cleveland comes back to win 9-4.|
|May 10, 1982||Gary Ward hits the first Twins Metrodome grand slam off of Boston’s Mike Torrez.|
|May 10, 2000||In their biggest come from behind victory ever, the Twins storm back from an 8-1 deficit at the Metrodome and beat the Indians 10-9.|
|May 10, 2011||Talk about unusual. The Twins were playing the Detroit Tigers at Target Field and the temperature at game time (7:10 PM) was an unseasonably warm 87 degrees. Francisco Liriano was pitching in his first game since he had thrown a no-hitter just one week earlier but Liriano lasted just 3 innings and the Twins were down 4-0 when Liriano left the game due to illness. The area was under a tornado warning due to heavy thunderstorms in the vicinity when the game was delayed in the bottom of the fourth inning due to rain and then the hail started and lasted for about 5 minutes, some of the hail was golf ball sized and littered the outfield grass. The game was delayed for 64 minutes while the grounds crew pondered what to do next. They had a tractor pulling a jet blower to try to round up the hail but finally settled on rakes and buckets to get the larger ice chunks off the field. Later in the game Twins rookie Rene Tosoni hit his first major league home run but it was to little too late and the Twins ended up losing 10-2. Players from both teams were seen playfully tossing the hail at each other and some were even trying to hit the hail with their bats. Yes, it was a strange night in a strange season.|
|May 11, 1963||Kansas City A's pitcher Ted Bowsfield takes a no-hitter into the ninth but puts Zoilo Versalles on with a walk and Vic Power singles breaking up the no-hitter. Versalles ends up scoring on a double play and Bob Allison singles but Bowsfield retires Earl Battey for the final out and the A's win 5-1.|
|May 11, 1982||The Twins trade ace reliever Doug Corbett and 2B Rob Wilfong to California for outfielder Tom Brunansky, pitcher Mike Walters and cash.|
|May 12, 1961||Twins pitcher Pedro Ramos and Angels hurler Eli Grba homer off each other at Met Stadium in a Twins 5-4 win. It is the first home run ever hit by a Twins pitcher.|
|May 12, 1972||The Brewers edge the Twins 4-3 in a 22-inning marathon at the Met that lasts for 5 hours and 47 minutes. The game was actually suspended after 21 innings due to curfew and resumed the next day. Bert Blyleven pitched the final inning of the 22 inning and was the losing pitcher. Shortstop Danny Thompson had a long day going 0 for 10 (tieing an AL record) with an error. 8,628 fans attended the game, I wonder how many were around when the game was suspended? Bert then went right into the regularly scheduled game for the 13th and pitched 9 innings giving up 3 runs but received a no decision for his efforts. The Twins won the game 5-4 in 15 innings. That makes 37 innings in two days.|
|May 12, 1982||In their 2nd major trade in as many days, the Twins deal catcher Butch Wynegar and pitcher Roger Erickson to the Yankees for infielder Larry Milbourne and minor league pitchers John Pacella and Pete Filson, and cash. The Twins' frugal owner, Calvin Griffith, is roundly criticized for the deals, in which he appears to be unloading high-salaried veterans at the expense of a winning ball club.|
|May 12, 2008||Michael Cuddyer who fancies himself as a magician, pulls off a magical catch off of Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia’s fly ball at the dome when the ball pops out of Cuddyer’s glove, bounced off his head, rolled down the bill of his cap before Mike grabbed it for the out.|
|May 13, 1985||UGLY, just plain UGLY is the only way to describe this game. Trailing 8-0 after 2 innings, the Yankees rally to beat Minnesota 9-8 on Don Mattingly’s 3-run home run off closer Ron Davis with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th at Yankee stadium.|
|May 13, 1989||Kirby Puckett of the Minnesota Twins hits four doubles against the Blue Jays at the Metrodome in a 10-8 Twins win and sets a Twins indivdual game record. He became the 35th player to hit four doubles in a game, the first since Toronto's Damaso Garcia in 1986.|
|May 13, 1998||St. Paul Saint owner Mike Veeck, already part of an ownership group that wants to buy the Minnesota Twins, will meet with team officials to see if he can strike a deal on his own. Veeck said he wants to know if he can buy a share of the team or all of it. He was to meet with Twins financial advisor Bob Starkey today.
Veeck's late father, Bill Veeck, was one of baseball's more colorful owners when he had the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians.
Twins owner Carl Pohlad has been negotiating a sale of the team to North Carolina businessman Don Beaver for months, but prospects for that deal suffered last week when two counties in North Carolina rejected a tax for a new stadium.
|May 13, 2011||Hall of Famer and legendary Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew, who was diagnosed with esophageal cancer late last year, has decided to enter hospice care. Killebrew said that "I have spent the past decade of my life promoting hospice care and educating people on its benefits. I am very comfortable taking this next step and experiencing the compassionate care that hospice provides. I am comforted by the fact that I am surrounded by my family and friends. I thank you for the outpouring of concern, prayers and encouragement that you have shown me. I look forward to spending my final days in comfort and peace with Nita by my side."|
|May 14, 1972||Jim Kaat hits a 2 run home run off Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Skip Lockwood in the third inning at Met Stadium in a Twins 4-2 victory. It turns out that this is the last home run that a Twins pitcher has hit in a home game.|
|May 14, 2003||Matthew LeCroy suffers a broken nose after being hit by a pitch from Kansas City's Runelvys Hernandez in the 4th inning of a game at the Metrodome. Rick Reed pitches a shutout and the Twins win 7-0. LeCroy asked Twins manager Ron Gardenhire to put him back in the lineup as soon as possible, so he wouldn't have time to develop any insecurity. LeCroy returned after one game and swung at the first pitch he saw.|
|May 14, 2006||On a Mothers Day nationally ESPN broadcast game from the Metrodome the Twins lose 9-7 to the White Sox in a crazy game after scoring 7 runs in the bottom of the first inning and taking a 7-3 lead. White Sox Mark Buehrle became only the second ML pitcher to win a game after giving up 7 runs in the first inning. In the sixth inning, Twins 2B Luis Castillo hit into a triple play.|
|May 15, 1991||Milwaukee Brewer Paul Molitor hits for the cycle at the Metrodome and goes 5-5 against Twins pitcher Kevin Tapani.|
|May 15, 2011||The Twins retire Toronto Blue Jay outfielder Jose Bautista in his first and last at bat but in his other 3 at bats, Bautista hits 3 home runs (one off Brian Duensing and two off Kevin Slowey) at Target Field and becomes the first player to accomplish that feat. Bautista ends his day with 3 runs scored and 4 RBI's. Bautista enjoyed his week-end in MInnesota hitting a total of five home runs in the three game series. The Twins lose the game 11-3 and extend their losing streak to eight games.|
|May 16, 1928||Billy Martin was born in Berkeley, California. Billy played in the majors for 11 seasons with the New York Yankees, Kansas City A's, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Braves and finished his career with the Minnesota Twins in 1961. Billy managed the Twins in 1969, the Tigers in 1971-1973, the Texas Rangers in 1973-1975, the New York Yankees from 1975-1979, 1983, 1985 and again in 1988, and the Oakland A's from 1980-1982. Billy died on December 25, 1989.|
|May 16, 1983||The Twins enter the ninth inning at the Metrodome trailing the Oakland A's 7-0. The Twins hit four home runs in the bottom of the ninth (Dave Engle, Bobby Mitchell, Gary Gaetti, and Mickey Hatcher and they score 6 runs. They have the tieing run on first when Dave Engle who pinch-hit a home run to lead off the rally strikes out to end the game. Hatcher's home run was also as a pinch-hitter marking the third time in Twins history they have pinch-hit two home runs in the same game. The attendance was only 7,056 and you wonder how many fans were actually still at the Dome to witness this amazing comeback that fell a run short.|
|May 16, 1984||The Twins sell 51,863 tickets to their 8-7 loss to the Blue Jays, but only 6,346 fans show up for the game. The skewed numbers are the result of a massive ticket buyout plan organized by Minneapolis businessman Harvey Mackay to keep the Twins in Minnesota; if the club does not sell 2.41 million tickets this season it can break its lease with the Metrodome. Taking advantage of reduced prices on the Family Day promotion, Mackay pays $218,718 for 44,166 tickets.|
|May 16, 2010||Jason Kubel hit a stunning grand slam off Mariano Rivera with two outs in the eighth inning Sunday, and the Twins snapped a nine-game losing streak against the Yankees with a 6-3 victory. Kubel’s third homer of the season and sixth career slam snapped a string of 51 straight converted save opportunities for Rivera at home, tying the major league record set by Eric Gagne with the Dodgers. Nick Blackburn (4-1) allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings for Minnesota, which picked up its first win against New York since Aug. 13, 2008. The Twins had lost 12 straight overall against New York, counting the sweep in last year’s AL division series.|
|May 17, 1963||Outfielder Bob Allison becomes the first Twin to ever hit 3 home runs in a single game when he bangs out 3 against the Indians in Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland.|
|May 17, 1998||David (Boomer) Wells pitched the 13th perfect game in modern major league history as the New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 4-0 at Yankee Stadium in front of nearly 50,000 fans on Beanie Baby Day. The game can be viewed here.|
|May 17, 2002||In a game they would rather forget, the Twins score three times in the top of the 14th at Yankee stadium to take a 13-10 lead, Jason Giambi hits a one-out grand slam off reliever Mike Trombley to give the Bronx Bombers a one-run victory.|
|May 17, 2011||The face of the Minnesota Twins, the man that every baseball fan in Minnesota knew, the greatest slugger in Twins history, Hall of Famer, Harmon Clayton Killebrew passed away today in Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of 74 after suffering from esophageal cancer. The Twins, who were in Seattle wore a number "3" on their right sleeve and will continue to do so for the rest of the season. The Twins players also announced that they will wear their 1961 throw back jerseys for all their remaining home games. The Twins grounds crew painted a large white number "3" behind second base and dug up home plate and placed a picture of Harmon Killebrew batting under home plate and then replaced home plate at Target Field. By the way, the Twins beat the Mariners 2-1 with Killebrew's number "3" jersey hanging in the dugout. A sad day for sure.|
|May 18, 1969||Rod Carew steals 2B, 3B, and home in the 3rd inning of Minnesota's 8-2 loss to the Tigers at the Met. Cesar Tovar also steals 3rd and home that inning to tie a ML record. Detroit's Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan are the embarrassed battery.|
|May 19, 1961||Outfielder Dan Dobbek hits the Twins first grand slam home run at Metropolitan Stadium. The unlucky hurler is Kansas City Athletic pitcher Ed Rakow.|
|May 19, 1990||Twins outfielder John Moses makes his second appearance as a Twins pitcher in Fenway Park in a 13-1 loss to the Red Sox. John pitched one inning allowing two hits and one run. This is the sixth time that a Twins position player has turned pitcher. Red Sox RF anf former Twins player Tom Brunansky has a huge day going 5 for 5 with a double and 2 home runs, scoring three times and knocking in 7 more.|
|May 19, 2008||The Twins beat the Texas Rangers 7-6 in 12 innings at the Metrodome. After blowing a lead, the Twins scored one in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the score at 6 apiece. The Twins give up their DH in the 10th inning and Twins reliever Bobby Korecky is forced to hit in the bottom of the 11th and delivers a single in what turns out to be the only time that a Twins pitcher has had a base hit in the Metrodome. The Twins end up scoring on a walk-off double by Howie Clark in the 12th inning. Korecky also gets the victory, his first major league win.|
|May 19, 2013||The Twins lost to the Boston Red Sox 5-1 at Target Field extending their losing streak to five on a rainy Sunday afternoon and evening. It was a bad day all around, the Twins were swept in the 3 game series and Joe Mauer's 15 game hitting streak ended. Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia drove in three runs, scored twice and extended his hitting streak to 11 games. His two-run homer in the ninth bounced off the wrist of a leaping Josh Willingham and over the left-field wall. The game had a 3 hour rain delay, the longest in Target Field history after the sixth inning. The Twins had planned to show the 1993 movie "The Sandlot" after the game on the big scoreboard after the game but showed the entire movie during the rain delay and still had 80 minutes left over.|
|May 20, 1962||The Twins split a double header at Yankee Stadium losing the first game 4-3 and winning the second game 4-2. Twins reliever Ray Moore becomes the first Twins pitcher to lose and win a game in the same day.|
|May 20, 1970||Rod Carew becomes the first Twins player to hit for the cycle when he accomplishes that rare feat in a 10-5 win over the Royals in Kansas City.|
|May 20, 1984||Boston's Roger Clemens strikes out 7 batters in 7 innings en route to his first ML victory, 5-4 over the Twins. Clemens gave up 363 career homeruns, Tom Brunansky hit the first one in this game.|
|May 20, 1986||The Twins trade pitcher Eric Broersma to Oakland for pitcher Keith Atherton.|
|May 20, 1989||Danny Gladden ties a major league record when get gets 7 official at bats against the Texas Rangers in a 9 inning game. Randy Bush ties a Twins record with 8 RBI's in a 19-3 win at Arlington Stadium.|
|May 20, 1994||The Twins are hot having won 9 out of their last 10 games and are beating the Boston Red Sox 10 to 1 after 4 1/2 innings at the Metrodome. Then in the bottom of the fifth the Twins send up 16 batters, get 10 hits (8 singles, 1 double, and 1 home run), 2 walks, a hit batter, score 11 runs and leave 2 on base against three Red Sox pitchers and take a 21 - 1 lead and they hold on for a 21-2 victory. Now that is a fun inning if you are a Twins fan.|
|May 20, 1995||Minnesota Twins outfielder Marty Cordova ties a rookie home run record by hitting home runs in five consecutive games.|
|May 20, 2005||In an amazing pitching performance, Carlos Silva beats the Brewers 7-1 at the Metrodome with a 74 pitch complete game win in a game that lasted 2 hours and 27 minutes.|
|May 20, 2011||The funeral for Harmon Killebrew was held at Christ's Church of the Valley in Peoria, Arizona. Several hundred mourners, including past and present members of the Minnesota Twins, attended the service on a gorgeous sunny morning. The Twins just happened to be in town because they were scheduled to play the Arizona Diamondbacks in their first interleague play of 2011. Current Twins Joe Nathan, Michael Cuddyer, and Justin Morneau, as well as manager Ron Gardenhire, were pall bearers, along with ex-Twin Paul Molitor and Killebrew’s former teammates Rod Carew, Tony Oliva and Frank Quilici. Bert Blyleven, now a Twins broadcaster, was the only non-family member other than the pastor to speak at the service. A private burial is planned for Monday, May 23 in Killebrew’s hometown of Payette, Idaho.|
|May 20, 2012||A tought day for the Twins at Miller Park when they get trounced 16-4. Things got so bad that skipper Gardenhire brought in catcher Drew Butera to pitch the 8th inning. Butera became the sixth position player in Twins history to take the mound although this was actually the ninth time this situation has occurred for the Minnesota Twins as outfielder Dan Gladden pitched twice for the Twins and outfielder John Moses did it three times. Butera did not allow a hit or a run and walked one batter while striking out one batter (former Twin Carlos Gomez). Butera threw 17 pitches and several were over 90 MPH and one pitch hit 94 on the radar gun. Drew and his father Sal, become the first father-son position player combo to pitch in a major league game. Sal Butera, also a former Twins catcher pitched a scoreless inning for Montreal in 1985 and again for Cincinnati in 1986.|
|May 21, 1961||A tough day at the Met as the Twins are shut out in both games of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians, 9-0 and 2-0.|
|May 21, 1999||The Twins trade pitchers Rick Aguilera and Scott Downs to the Cubs to get pitchers Kyle Loshe and Jason Ryan.|
|May 21, 2006||It was almost 5 a.m. CT, and the first hints of sunlight were starting to make for the Minnesota State Capitol when a new day dawned for Minnesota Twins baseball. A decade of fans' frustration came to an end in the wee hours of Sunday morning, as both bodies of the Minnesota Legislature passed a bill that will mean a new home for the Twins.
The deal between the team and Hennepin County, which calls for a sales tax extension to fund a 42,000-seat open-air facility in downtown Minneapolis, passed the Minnesota House on a bipartisan 71-61 vote late Saturday. After some last-minute deliberations, identical language passed the Minnesota Senate early Sunday morning on a 34-32 vote.
"For all of our fans who have stayed with us, through all of the ups and downs of this debate, we are finally going to build a ballpark," said a tired but elated Jerry Bell, the president of Twins Sports, Inc. "We're again going to have baseball outdoors, on grass, the way the game was meant to be played."
|May 21, 2009||The Twins are on a six game losing streak when they take on Bartolo Colon and the Chicago White Sox in the final game of a three game series at US Cellular Field. When the smoke clears, the Twins have put a serious pounding on the mighty whitey's by out-scoring them 20-1 on 20 hits. Michael Cuddyer gets 4 hits and 3 RBI's while Joe Mauer gets 3 hits and 6 RBI's, and Jose Morales and Matt Tolbert also chip in 3 hits apiece. Nick Blackburn picks up the easy win and Colon is the loser.|
|May 22, 1981||Coach Billy Gardner replaces the fired John Goryl as manager of the Twins. Minnesota (11-25) had lost 8 consecutive games, but shuts out Kansas City 7-0 in Gardner's managerial debut.|
|May 22, 2002||Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura approves a financing framework for a $330 million open-air stadium. The bill is the result a seven-year effort by the Twins to secure help from the state, but the plan has only tepid support from the club because team officials are unsure if they'll be able to find $120 million for a required down payment and get a guarantee from major league baseball that a team will play in Minnesota for at least 30 years. When all the smoke clears the plan expires and nothing happens.|
|May 22, 2009||Right fielder Michael Cuddyer goes 4 for 5 and hits for the cycle to become the second Twins player in the 2009 season to accomplish the rare feat. The Twins whip the Milwaukee Brewers 11-3 in this inter-league game at the Metrodome. Cuddy is the 10th Twins player in history to hit for the cycle.|
|May 22, 2010||The Twins blew a four-run lead in the top of the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Target Field but won in 12 innings, 8-7. It was only the second Twins home game since moving to Minnesota in 1961 in which they blew a four-run lead in the ninth inning but went on to win. The other time was on September 2, 2001, when the Angels came back from a four-run deficit in the ninth, before Denny Hocking's walk-off homer in bottom of the ninth.|
|May 23, 1991||Kirby Puckett bangs out 6 hits including 5 singles and a triple against the Texas Rangers at the Metrodome but the Twins still lose 10-6 in 11 innings.|
|May 23, 1997||The Minnesota Twins along with all the other teams in MLB retire Jackie Robinson’s number 42. Players that currently wear the number 42 can continue to do so but no new players can ever wear that number again.|
|May 23, 2009||Anthony Swarzak became the first pitcher in Twins history to start a game and toss 7 scoreless innings in his major league debut.
|May 24, 1964||Harmon Killebrew of the Minnesota Twins hit the longest home run in Baltimore's Memorial Stadium, a 471-foot shot to left-center off right-hander Milt Pappas in the 8th inning of a 7-6 loss to the Orioles in game 2 of a doubleheader. The Twins were shut out in game one 2-0 by Robin Roberts.|
|May 24, 1972||In one of the best pitching duels in Twins history, the Twins Jim Kaat and the Royals Dick Drago go hammer and tong for eleven scoreless innings before the Twins Danny Thompson doubles to center to lead off the top of the 12th inning off Drago and then Rod Carew singles him home for the games only run. The Twins Wayne Granger comes in to shut down the Royals 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 12th for the save. Drago was the tough luck loser pitching all 12 innings, facing 43 batters, giving up 6 hits, one walk while striking out 13 Twins batters. Kaat pitched 11 innings for the win and held the Royals to 5 hits, 3 walks, and struck out 7 of the 40 Royals he faced. The game took 3 hours and 15 minutes and only 8,381 fans saw a pitching duel for the ages at Municipal Stadium that day. Boy, if they counted pitches back then the old clicker would have really had a good work-out.|
|May 24, 2013||The Twins lose their 10th game in a row, 6-0 and get one hit in the process off Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez in Comerica Park. Joe Mauer singles in the ninth with one out to break up the no hitter. Mauer had previously broken up no-hitters in the ninth inning off Neftali Feliz on August 23, 2010 at Texas as he tried to finish off a combined no-hitter started by Rich Harden and again off Gavin Floyd of the White Sox in Chicago on May 6, 2008.|
|May 25, 1977||Outfielder Lyman Bostock has 12 putouts in the 2nd game of a doubleheader, tying the ML mark, as the Twins sweep the Red Sox 13 - 5 and 9 - 4 at Fenway Park. His 17 putouts for the twin bill also sets a major league record.|
|May 25, 1981||Texas utility man Bill Stein drives in the winning run with a pinch single in the bottom of the 9th inning of a 4-3 win over Minnesota. It is Stein's 7th consecutive pinch-hit, a new AL record.|
|May 25, 1997||The Twins retire HOF Kirby Puckett’s number 34.|
|May 25, 2010||The Twins and their fans witnessed Target Fields first suspended game. The opener of a three-game series between the Yankees and Twins was suspended with the scored tied 0-0 after five innings. The game was halted at 8:32 p.m. CT on Tuesday, as a thunderstorm wreaked havoc at Target Field. Following a rain delay of one hour and 23 minutes, which was the first outdoor delay in Minnesota since Sept. 26, 1981, the contest was officially suspended for the night and resumed at 4:05 p.m. on Wednesday May 26th ahead of the day's regularly scheduled 6:10 p.m. contest. In just the second at-bat once the contest was under way again, Derek Jeter belted a 1-1 changeup from Twins left-hander Brian Duensing into the bullpen in left-center field. And that solo home run was all the Yankees would need to hand the Twins a 1-0 loss in the series opener at Target Field.
It was the first home run that Duensing had allowed all season. By the way, the Twins also lost the regularly scheduled game 3-2 on the 26th.
|May 26, 1961||The Minnesota Twins play in Washington for the first time and lose 4-3 to the Senators in Griffith Stadium.|
|May 26, 1968||Billy Martin leaves the Twins coaching ranks to take over as manager of the AAA Denver Bears of the Pacific Coast league. Martin replaces Johnny Goryl who was let go several days earlier. Billy plans to gain some managerial experience in hopes of landing a big league managing job. The Bears end up with a 73-72 record and Billy Martin is named the Minnesota Twins manager in October of 1968 replacing Cal Ermer.|
|May 26, 2006||Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty signs the Twins ballpark (Target Field) legislation into law on the Metrodome field prior to the Twins-Mariners game. As a special thank you to fans, everyone attending the game received a voucher good for a complimentary soft drink and hot dog.|
|May 26, 2011||The Twins held a beautiful memorial service for Harmon Killebrew who passed away on May 17. In front of 45 Killebrew family and friends, several Hall of Famers, many current and former Major League players and executives, including Commissioner Bud Selig, joined an estimated 4,000 fans on Thursday night to honor the late Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew in a beautiful and touching public memorial at Target Field. Hall of Famer Hank Aaron and new Cooperstown electee Bert Byleven were also present and were joined by a slew of Killebrew's former teammates and friends: Tony Oliva, Frank Quilici, Mudcat Grant, Frank Kostro, Rick Reese, Dick Stigman, Jim Nettles, Julio Becquer, John Castino and Juan Berenguer. Even those who played after Killebrew's final season in 1975 paid their respects, including Kent Hrbek, Jack Morris, Dan Gladden, Al Newman, Ron Coomer, Corey Koskie, Tim Laudner, Matt Tolbert, Jim Thome, Molitor, Cuddyer and Morneau. The event was emceed by Twins broadcasters John Gordon and Dick Bremer. There were wonderful speeches by Jim Kaat, Commissioner Bud Selig, Rod Carew, Paul Molitor, Michael Cuddyer, and Justin Morneau. Former Twins star pitcher Jim "Mudcat" Grant sang one of Killebrew's favorite songs, "What a Wonderful World" and there was not a dry eye in the crowd. Killebrew's wife Nita speaking in public for the first time since Harmon passed away gave a wonderful talk and told the crowd "Harmon's body is buried in his hometown of Payette, Idaho, his soul is up in the ballpark of heaven, but his heart will always be here in Minnesota," It was simply a fitting farewell to the man they called "Killer," who showed nothing but humility and grace off the field. Minnesota Governor proclaimed this day as "Harmon Killebrew Day". The National Baseball Hall of Fame allowed Killebrew's iconic bronze plaque to be dispalyed on Target Plaza before the ceremony, the last time a plaque made a similar journey was back in 2002 for Ted Williams memorial service in Fenway Park. Prior to the service, friends and former teammates met at the Mall of America, took a special decorated number 3 train from the Mall of America where Met Stadium once stood to the Metrodome and on to Target Field, bridging the history of baseball in Minnesota. They all entered Target Field through Gate 3.|
|May 27, 1961||Shortstop Zoilo Versalles becomes the first Twin to get 5 hits in a game when he hits 2 doubles and 3 singles against the Washington Senators on the road but the Twins come up on the short-end of a 14-4 game.|
|May 27, 1964||In the first game of a doubleheader at Dodger Stadium against the Los Angeles Angels,Twins centerfielder Jimmie Hall is beaned by Angel lefty Bo Belinsky as Hall leads off the top of the fifth inning. The Twins end up losing the game 4-1 but come back to win the second game 4-3. Hall ends up with a concussion and tries to come back on May 31st as a pinch-hitter but ends up striking out. Hall sits out several more games and gets back in the line-up on June 4th. Hall hit 33 home runs as a rookie in 1963 but is never really the same player after this beaning. The Star Tribune write-up about the incident is dated May 26th, obviously incorrect.|
|May 27, 1983||Twins reliever Rick Lysander becomes the first Twins pitcher to lose both games of a double header at the Tigers beat the Twins 7-4 and 2-1 at Tiger Stadium.|
|May 27, 2010||Jason Kubel became the first Twins player with a two-homer game at Target Field in the Twins 8-2 win over the Yankees. Kubel hit a solo homer in the sixth, a three-run shot in the seventh and had an RBI double for the Twins, who had gone eight games and 349 plate appearances without a home run before the lefty broke the skid.
|May 27, 2011||Twins starter Scott Baker threw seven scoreless innings and left with a 5-0 lead at Target Field, but the Los Angeles Angels scored five in the eighth and one in the ninth against the bullpen and defeated the Twins, 6-5. Baker became the first major-league starter in 13 years to fashion a scoreless outing of at least seven innings and leave with a lead of at least five runs, only to see his team lose. As badly as things have gone for the Twins this season, who are now 16-33 and 14.5 games out of first, the loss set a new low. It was the only the second time since the team came to Minnesota in 1961 - and the first time in nearly 40 years - that the Twins have lost a game in which they led by five-or-more runs going into the eighth inning. Since their only previous such loss - 11-9 to the Yankees on July 30, 1971 - the Twins had gone 755-0 in games in which they took a lead of five-or-more runs into the eighth inning! That was the longest winning streak in major league history in games of that type.|
|May 28, 1968||The American League announced that the league will be split into two divisions: an East division of Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, New York and Washington; and a West division of California, Chicago, Kansas City, Minnesota, Oakland and Seattle.|
|May 28, 2009||In the seventh inning of a Twins versus Red Sox game at the Metrodome that we attended, home plate umpire Todd Tichenor throws out Twins catcher Mike Redmond (first ejection in 12 major league seasons) after a close call at the plate and proceeds to throw out Twins manager Gardenhire after a brief "discussion" of the issue. In the bottom of the same inning, Tichenor ejects Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek (who had hit two home runs earlier) for arguing ball/strikes. Red Sox manager Terry Francona runs out to protect his player and promptly becomes the fourth ejection of the game. The Twins end up losing the game 3-1.|
|May 28, 2011||In a spot start, Twins long-man Anthony Swarzak pitches no-hit ball at Target Field against the Los Angeles Angels for 7 1/3 innings before giving up a double to Angels oufielder Peter Bourjos. Swarzak ended up throwing 105 pitches in his 8 innings of work and struck out four batters and walked two and left with the game tied at 0-0. Twins relievers Matt Capps pitched a hitless 9th and Alex Burnett pitched a hitless 10th and picked up the victory. The Twins won the game 1-0 on 4 consecutive singles (Morneau, Cuddyer, Young, and Valencia) in the bottom of the 10th inning and Jeff Weaver was the tough luck loser. This was the 16th one-hitter in team history but it was the first time that the Twins won a one-hitter that went into extra innings. This was the first one-hitter to be pitched in Target Field.|
|May 28, 2013||The Twins blow a 4-0 lead but come back to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 in 14 innings at Miller Park. Brewers shortstop rookie Jean Segura goes 6 for 7 in the game with a RBI and two runs scored.|
|May 29, 1959||President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his White House staff attend a Washington Senators game. He gets slugger Harmon Killebrew's autograph for his grandson David on a HR ball, as Washington defeats the Red Sox 7-6.|
|May 29, 1962||The Twins acquire pitcher Jim Donohue from the LA Angels and in turn the Twins give up pitcher Don Lee.|
|May 29, 1981||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.
|May 29, 1982||Sal Butera sets a Twins record when he throws out 4 base runners in a game against the Yankees. Ken Griffey Sr., Graig Nettles, Bobby Murcer, and Willie Randolph were the victims that day, Nettles and Murcer were thrown out as part of a Twins’ triple play, the first ever at the Metrodome.|
|May 30, 1970||All-Star voting is returned to the fans, as computerized punch-card ballots appear in stores and ballparks coast to coast. Since 1958 the All-Star squads had been selected by managers, coaches, and players.|
|May 30, 1986||Roy Smalley hits a home run from each side of the plate against the Red Sox at the Metrodome and becomes the first Twins batter to ever do so.|
|May 30, 1990||The Twins acquire pitcher Ed Gustafson from San Francisco and in turn pitcher Francisco Oliveras becomes the property of the Giants.|
|May 30, 1992||Detroit's Rob Deer popped out to shortstop Greg Gagne in consecutive at-bats with both balls richocheting off the Metrodome ceiling.|
|May 30, 2004||Another entry for the strange and unusual. The Twins pulled off an unusual 3-2-9 putout in the fifth inning of their 8-3 win over the Royals at Kauffamn Stadium. The Royals had the bases loaded in the home half of the fifth when Mike Sweeney hit a fly to short right field and 1B Doug Mientkiewicz, RF Jacques Jones and 2B Michael Cuddyer converged on. Mientkiewicz nearly caught it but 2B Mike Cuddyer bumped Dougie and he dropped the ball. 1B umpire Jeff Kellogg signaled infield fly rule making Sweeny an automatic out. Desi Relaford streaked for home. Mientkiewicz saw Relaford and threw the ball towards homeplate but he nailed Sweeney, who had run to first and turned around, in the back. RF Jacques Jones raced to first base as catcher Henry Blanco recovered the ball in front on the Royals dugout. Angel Berroa who was on 2B saw Carlos Beltran who was on 1B running towards him. Beltran was yelling at Berroa to run and Berroa was yelling at Beltran to go back. Beltran decided to go back to first but Jones beat him to first base and took the throw from Blanco and tagged Beltran out. There you have it, a 3-2-9 putout. After the game Mientkiewicz said "I tried to get as skinny as I could so no one would know that I threw it". Mike Sweeney's reaction? "I though I had been shot, " the Royals star said. Gardy's reaction? "I thought I had just seen everything." Dan Agonistes blog.|
|May 30, 2010||The Twins played errorless ball, as usual, in their 6-3 win over the Rangers. Minnesota's total of 12 errors this year is the lowest for any team in major-league history through its first 50 games of a season, shattering the previous record of 17 by the 2006 Red Sox and 2009 Phillies. The Twins finish the season with 78 errors.|
|May 31, 1976||With trade rumors running rampant due to how poorly salary negotiations had progressed, Bert Blyleven walked off the mound at the Met in front of 8,379 fans trailing the California Angels 3-1. A number of fans were on Blylevens' case shouting and singing "bye-bye Bertie" and Blyleven angrily looked up at the hecklers and flashed them the "one finger salute". That was the final straw for Twins management and Bert was traded to Texas the next day.|
|May 31, 1980||Outfielder Ken Landreaux goes 0-for-4 in Minnesota's 11-1 loss to the Orioles Scott McGregor, ending his hitting streak at 31 consecutive games. It is the longest streak in the AL since Dom DiMaggio’s 34-game streak in 1949. Ken’s streak started on April 23rd. Landreaux had 49 hits in 125 at bats during the streak for a .392 batting average. This streak remains the team record.|
|June 1, 1961||In the Twins first ever trade, the Twins trade 3B Reno Bertoia and pitcher Paul Giel to Kansas City for outfielder Bill Tuttle. That very same day they acquire 2B Billy Martin from the Milwaukee Braves in exchange for shortstop Billy Consolo.|
|June 1, 1976||The Twins trade pitcher Bert Blyleven and shortstop Danny Thompson to the Rangers for pitchers Bill Singer and Jim Gideon, shortstop Roy Smalley, 3B Mike Cubbage and $250,000.|
|June 1, 2005||A good day for Torii Hunter when he goes 5 for 5 with a grand slam home run, two doubles, amd 2 singles and knocks in all 6 runs as the Twins whip the Indians 6-2 at the Metrodome.|
|June 1, 2013||The Twins trail the Seattle Mariners 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth at Target Field. Seattle closer Tom Wilhelmsen walks the first 3 batters he faces to load the bases and then Josh Willingham scores one with a sac fly and Ryan Doumit becomes the hero with a walk-off triple to clear the bases and send Twins fans home happy. Minnesota native Caleb Thielbar gets his first big league victory.|
|June 2, 1986||Officially ending his Hall of Fame career about six months after MLB owners did it for him, Rod Carew announced his retirement. A victim of collusion after the 1985 season, Carew failed to get any suitable offers for what would have been his age-40 campaign. Nine years later, he’d be awarded $782,000 in damages for his lost wages. Carew finished his career hitting .280 in 127 games for the Angels in 1985. It was the only one of his 19 seasons in which he wasn’t named to the AL All-Star team. Carew ended his career with 3,053 hits. Carew hit .328 with 92 homers and 1,015 RBI in 12 seasons with the Twins and seven with the Angels. He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1967 and its MVP in 1977, when he hit .388 and drove in 100 runs for the only time in his career. He ended up winning seven batting titles and finishing first in the AL in the OBP four times. Both the Twins and the Angels retired his number 29.|
|June 3, 1967||Harmon Killebrew hit the longest home run ever hit by a Twin, estimated at 522 feet. The Killer crushed this 3 run blast against Lew Burdette of the Angels. The ball landed in the sixth row of the upper deck at Metropolitan Stadium and Killebrew becomes the first player to hit a ball into the second deck of the left field pavilion. The ball cracked the seat, which was later painted orange to commemorate the event and the seat eventually found its way to the Hall of Fame. Image of the home run at Met Stadium.|
|June 3, 2010||The Seattle Mariners and pitcher Felix Hernandez beat the Twins 4-1 at Safeco Field. In the eighth inning, Hernandez struck out 4 batters. After Denard Span and Matt Tolbert went down swinging on strikes, Joe Mauer struck out but reached first on a wild pitch, that allowed King Felix as he is often called to face another batter and he proceeded to blow a fastball clocked at 95 MPH by Justin Morneau for strike three.|
|June 4, 1976||Larry Hisle becomes the third Twins player ever to hit for the cycle as he does so in Baltimore in a 10 inning Twins 8-6 victory.|
|June 4, 1982||Brad Havens and Terry Felton combined to shut out Baltimore 6-0 at the Metrodome, snapping the Twins' club-record 14-game losing streak. The last-place Twins were 3-26 in the month of May. To boost attendance, Twins president Calvin Griffith promised fans that they could purchase tickets for a future game for a buck if the Twins won the game and broke their losing streak.|
|June 4, 2002||In its 23-2 win over Cleveland at the Metrodome, Minnesota had four players with four hits, four players with at least three RBIs and four players with at least three runs scored. In the seventh inning, the Twins set a franchise record with 10 runs in the frame -- Minnesota batted around before making an out. The Twins had a franchise-record 25 hits. The Twins also set a team mark for their largest margin of victory at 21 which broke the mark of 19 set May 20, 1994 in a 21-2 victory over the Red Sox. The Indians matched their most lopsided loss in history -- 21-0 to Detroit on Sept. 15, 1901.|
|June 5, 1970||Staked to a 1-0 lead against the Washington Senators in RFK Stadium in his major league debut, Bert Blyleven gives up a home run to the first batter he faces in the big leagues, Lee Maye, but that is the only run that Bert gives up as he pitches 7 innings of 5 hit ball while striking out seven and notching the first of his 287 career wins in a 2-1 Twins win.|
|June 5, 2001||The Minnesota Twins had to look no further than their own backyard to find the first overall pick in Tuesday's 2001 First Year Player Draft, catcher Joe Mauer. The three-sport star from Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, Minn., was selected over USC pitcher Mark Prior, Georgia Tech first baseman Mark Teixeira and Middle Tennessee State pitcher Dewon Brazelton.|
|June 5, 2009||Target Field's structural construction is complete.|
|June 5, 2012||The Twins get shut out by the Kansas City Royals 1-0 in Kauffman Stadium. Twins starter Francisco Liriano who is having a miserable season ties a major league record when he strikes out 4 Royals (Mike Moustakas, Jeff Francoeur who reaches on a wild pitch, Eric Hosmer, and Brayan Pena) consecutively in the fourth inning, all swinging. Liriano is only the 2nd Twins pitcher to strike out 4 batters in a single inning.|
|June 6, 1961||Twins manager Cookie Lavagetto is given a week's vacation by owner Calvin Griffith. Coach Sam Mele temporarily replaces Lavagetto. On June 23, Cookie is fired as Twins manager.|
|June 6, 1983||The Twins select pitcher Tim Belcher with the first pick in the annual June free-agent draft, but Belcher will reject their $125,000 signing bonus offer and pitch for Team USA in the Pan American Games instead. He is the only first-rounder who doesn't sign. The Reds take Kurt Stillwell with the 2nd pick. Roger Clemens is taken with the 19th pick.|
|June 6, 1987||The Yankees trade knuckleballer Joe Niekro to the Twins for catcher Mark Salas and Niekro becomes the Twins first Knuckleball pitcher.|
|June 6, 2002||The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission agrees to drop its lawsuit against the Twins and Major League Baseball. The deal settles a lawsuit blocking baseball's contraction plan and removes the Minnesota Twins from consideration for elimination for the 2003 season.|
|June 6, 2004||Local boy Joe Mauer hits his first major league home run, a 3 run shot off Esteban Yan and the Tigers in a 6-5 win at the Metrodome.|
|June 8, 1965||The first ever free agent draft for high schoolers and college age players takes place and the Twins select University of Arizona shortstop Eddie Leon but Leon didn't sign, instead waiting until the Indians drafted him in the second round of the secondary phase of the draft in 1967.|
|June 8, 1978||Bob Horner, the College Player of the Year, is selected first in the free-agent draft by the Braves. The Blue Jays make Lloyd Moseby the 2nd selection. Kent Hrbek lasts until the 17th round.|
|June 8, 1995||The Twins move 1B Dave McCarty to Cincinnati and receive pitcher John Courtright.|
|June 8, 1999||With the Twins leading the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 in the bottom of the 8th inning at the Metrdome, Reds pitcher Dennys Reyes beans Twins outfielder Matt Lawton. Lawton ends up with an orbital fracture to his right eye and a concussion and misses the next 42 games and does not play again until July 18th. When he returned, Lawton wore a facemask on his helmet but quickly got rid of it because it interfered with hitting. What he couldn't shake for the rest of the season was the uncomfortable feeling against lefthanded pitchers. Reyes ends up pitching for the Twins from 2006-2008.|
|June 9, 1966||Minnesota rocks Kansas City with the first 5-HR inning in AL history. Rich Rollins, Zoilo Versalles, Tony Oliva, Don Mincher, and Harmon Killebrew connect in the 7th inning to give the Twins a 9-4 victory at Met stadium.|
|June 9, 1967||Cal Ermer, who played only one game in the majors, replaces Sam Mele as manager of the Twins.|
|June 9, 1975||The Twins were playing the Indians in Cleveland and Minnesota manager Frank Quilici gave the wrong lineup to the Press Box and evidently to the players. Dan Ford, Danny Thompson and Glenn Borgmann were listed officially as batting seventh, eighth and ninth. However, Ford and Thompson batted in reverse order until the ninth inning. In the first, Thompson made the last out of the inning. Ford and Borgmann, who was also out of order now, both grounded out to start the second. In the fourth, Thompson singled but no runs scored in the inning. Thompson popped out to end the fifth. Ford tripled to start the sixth and eventually scored but Cleveland manager Frank Robinson did not object. In the seventh and eighth innings, all three batters made outs. In the ninth inning, the Twins finally batted in the proper order. Ford and Thompson both hit run-producing groundouts. The Twins won in the eleventh inning, 11-10, when Thompson drove in the game-winner with a single to center field. The Twins batted out of order four times and in the correct order twice in the game.|
|June 9, 1984||Greg Luzinski becomes the 10th player in ML history to hit grand slams in consecutive games when he connects off the Twins Mike Walters in the 7th inning of an 8-4 White Sox victory. The previous day, Luzinski sparked the Sox to a 6-1 win with a first-inning grand slam off Frank Viola.|
|June 9, 2000||Bobblemania hits Minnesota. The Twins had their first Bobblehead give-away and Twins fan's went gaga for the little figurines. The first Bobble head given away was of Hall of Famer Harmon Killerbrew and there were 5,000 given away that day with Mountain Dew as the sponsor. Fans lined up outside the Metrodome hours before the gates opened to get an opportunity at the give-away and with-in 5 minutes of the gates opening the statue's were all gone. The Twins continued the Bobblehead give-aways annually and they are still treasured give-aways to this day.|
|June 10, 1961||The Twins lose to the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 at Memorial Stadium. What make this game unique however; is that this was the first time that the Minnesota Twins had ever appeared in a nationally televised game. The game was on NBC and the announcers were Lindsey Nelson and Joe Garagiola. The Twin would not have a home game on national TV until April 25, 1964.|
|June 11, 1964||The LA Angels trade outfielder Frank Kostro to the Twins for 1B Vic Power and outfielder Lenny Green. Certainly not one of the better trades in Twins history....|
|June 11, 1965||The Twins sweep the Detroit Tigers at Tiger Stadium by a 5-4 score in both games with the first game going 10 innings and the second game going 12 innings. Tiger reliever Terry Fox takes the loss in both games.|
|June 11, 1972||Jim Kaat hits a home run off Cleveland pitcher Vince Colbert in a Twins 5-3 victory at Cleveland Stadium. This now stands as the last home run that has been hit by a Twins pitcher.|
|June 11, 1986||The Twins lose to the Texas Rangers 6-2 in sixteen innings at the Metrdome. The game is tied 2-2 after 9 innings and both starters, Charlie Hough for the Rangers and Allan Anderson for the Twins are still in the game. Anderson ends up going 10 and Hough keeps throwing that knuckler of his for 13 innings. The Rangers score 4 in the top of the 16th inning off Roy Lee Jackson for the win.|
|June 11, 2010||Francisco Liriano ties a team record when he strikes out 7 consecutive Atlanta Braves batters in a 2-1 win at Target Field. Liriano used his slider to strike out Martin Prado and Jason Heyward to end the third inning. He struck out Chipper Jones on a slider, Troy Glaus on a change-up and Bian McCann on a slider to get through the fourth. Liriano opened the fifth by striking out Yunel Escobar on a slider and Omar Infante with a change-up. Jim Merritt also accomplished this feat on July 21, 1966 against the Washington Senators.|
|June 11, 2011||One of only three Cy Young Award winners (1970) in Twins history, right-hander Jim Perry was inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame today. Jim, 75, is the older brother of 72-year-old Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry. Between the two of them, the Perry brothers won 529 games and three Cy Young Awards, as Gaylord won the honor in 1972 with the Indians and in '78 with the Padres. The Perry brothers are the second-winningest brother combination in baseball history behind Joe and Phil Niekro, who had 539 victories between them.|
|June 12, 1981||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.
|June 12, 2009||In the eighth inning of the Twins/Cubs game at Wrigley Field Joe Mauer batted with one out and runners on first and third and hit a flyball 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 embarassed Bradly was charged with an error.|
|June 13, 1997||Friday the 13th. The Twins play their very first interleague game and beat the Houston Astros 8-1 in the infamous Astrodome. Chuck Knoblauch leads off the game with a single for the Twins getting their first interleague hit and Brad Radke goes 8 innings for the win.|
|June 13, 2006||The Twins beat the Red Sox 5-2 in 12 innings on a walk-off grand slam home run by DH Jason Kubel. The game was tied 1-1 after 9 innings and the Red Sox scored one in the top of the 12th to go ahead 2-1 before Kubel hit his grand salami in the bottom of the inning off Sox reliever Julian Tavarez. Tavarez had retired Mauer for the first out but Cuddyer was hit by a pitch, Morneau hit a ground rule double and Hunter was walked intentionally just prior to Kubel's blast.|
|June 14, 1961||Camilo Pascual and the Twins are in cruise control with a 2-0 lead against the KC A's at Met Stadium and Pascual has 13 strikeouts and allowed just two hits when all hell breaks loose in the top of the 8th inning and the A's score 8 runs and add another in the ninth and win 9-2.
The Twins acquire pitcher Danny McDevitt from the Yankees in exchange for 2B Billy Gardner.
|June 14, 1975||The Brewers send outfielder Johnny Briggs to the Twins and take outfielder Bobby Darwin in return.|
|June 15, 1964||Cleveland sends pitcher Jim Grant to Minnesota for pitcher Lee Stange and 3B/outfielder George Banks. The “Mudcat” will go on to star for the Twins in their 1965 World Series season.|
|June 15, 1980||Cleveland's Jorge Orta goes 6-for-6 (5 singles and a double) in a 14-5 rout of the Twins at Cleveland Stadium tying the AL record for hits in a 9-inning game.|
|June 15, 2006||David Ortiz of the Red Sox hit a towering fly ball in the top of the sixth inning at the Metrodome. The ball soared toward the upper deck but struck a speaker hanging from the ceiling and fell onto the field. Ortiz was credited with a single but then was erased on a double play. After the game, Boston manager Terry Francona said: "It's like playing putt-putt golf where you've got to go around the windmill. That's embarrassing. The outcome of the game should never, never hinge on a speaker." The Twins completed a three-game sweep of the Red Sox, 5-3. The Twins traded shortstop Juan Castro to Cincinnati for outfielder Brandon Roberts.|
|June 15, 2008||Scott Baker became the first pitcher in Twins’ history to record four strikeouts consecutively in one inning in his start against the Brewers in Milwaukee. Baker struck out Ryan Braun, then struck out Prince Fielder who reached on a wild pitch and went on to strike out Russell Branyan and Mike Cameron. The Twins lose 4-2 at Miller Park.|
|June 16, 1982||Twins rookie left-hander Frank Viola allows one run in 7 innings to record his first ML win 5-2 over the Royals in Kansas City.|
|June 17, 1993||Baseball owners voted 26-2 in favor of expanding the playoffs for the first time in 25 years, doubling the teams that qualify to eight starting in 1994. The wild card has been in effect since 1995, although it was first intended to be used in 1994 when the playoffs were canceled due to the players strike.|
|June 17, 2008||Cecil Cooper (Astros) and Ron Gardenhire (Twins) become the first two managers to be fined by Major League Baseball for failing to comply with pace of game regulations during contests played over the weekend. Last month, clubs were told to help enforce existing rules in an effort to speed-up the time it takes to complete a game.|
|June 17, 2012||Denard Span had an RBI single with two outs in the 15th inning and the Minnesota Twins rallied to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 in the longest game played at Target Field. Jamey Carroll had four hits for the Twins, who rallied from a three-run deficit. Minnesota's bullpen pitched nine shutout innings. Anthony Swarzak (1-4) worked a perfect 15th for the win in a game that lasted 4 hours, 50 minutes. Trevor Plouffe led off the 15th with a single off Tim Dillard (0-2), and went to second on a single by Brian Dozier, two batters later. Carroll then lined a single to right field. Plouffe ran through a stop sign by third base coach Steve Liddle and was tagged out in a rundown. Dozier advanced to third base during the play. Left-hander Juan Perez came in to face Span, who hit the third pitch he saw between the first and second basemen for the winning RBI. The game was delayed for 42 minutes between the 11th and 12th innings. We were there and stayed for the entire game.|
|June 18, 2013||The Twins' Rookie level Elizabethton's team bus was involved in a fatal crash early this moring in Jacksonville, Fla., but no one on the bus was injured, the club announced Tuesday. The bus was taking Minor League players and coaches from Fort Myers, Florida to Elizabethton, Tenn., when a car crossed onto the wrong side of Interstate Highway 295 and struck the bus, authorities said. The driver of the car, Corshane Brown, 28, was killed as a result of the crash, according to the Florida Times-Union. Everyone on the bus was unharmed and a second bus was able to take them safely to Elizabethton.|
|June 19, 1954||Harmon Killebrew is signed by the Washington Senators' scout Ossie Bluege as an amateur free agent at the age of 17 under a "bonus baby" contract for $30,000. Killebrew is required to spend the next two years on the roster, by the end of the 1956 season Harmon has batted only 192 times and has hit nine home runs.|
|June 19, 1968||Harmon Killebrew becomes the first Twins player to get 1,000th career RBI's in a game versus the Washington Senators at Met stadium.|
|June 19, 1988||Bert Blyleven wins his 250th career game as Minnesota beats Seattle 3-1. Jeff Reardon picks up his 20th save of the season, giving him 7 straight 20-save seasons.|
|June 19, 2007||On the bus ride to Shea Stadium to take on the Mets in an inter-league contest, Twins' color commentator Bert Blyleven says he will have his head shaved if the Twins starter Johan Santana, throws a complete-game shutout. The left-hander from Venezuela shaves the broadcaster's head after going the distance in Minnestoa's 9-0 victory over New York's National League team.|
|June 19, 2010||The Twins trailed by five runs through eight innings, but showed some remarkable resolve against the Phillies by rallying for five runs in the ninth inning to tie the game 9-9. Jim Thome hit a monstrous pinch-hit homer to center (career number 570) in the ninth off Jose Contreras, closing the gap to 9-6. Jim Thome has now homered off all 30 Major League clubs. Denard Span added an RBI single and Mauer dealt the clutch blow with a two-run homer to center off Phillies closer Brad Lidge, tying the game at 9. Drew Butera slammed a pinch-hit homer (first career home run for Butera) to left off Chad Durbin to open the 10th. But the Phillies were far from done, though, as pinch-hitter Ross Gload hammered a solo home run just over the right-field wall off Twins closer Jon Rauch with two outs in the bottom of the 10th and the score was again tied at 10-10. Delmon Young delivered the game-winning run when he hit an infield single to shortstop, scoring Joe Mauer for a stunning 13-10 victory in 11 innings before a sellout crowd of 45,254 at Citizens Bank Park. The teams combined for 29 hits and nine home runs, four by the Twins (Morneau, Thome, Mauer and Butera). There was a total of 392 pitches in the game, 176 by the Twins and 216 by the Phillies.
Away from the baseball field original Twins owner, Calvin Griffith was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ontario. Joining Griffith in this year's class for the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame are former Blue Jays star Roberto Alomar, Canadian pitcher Paul Quantrill and stats guru Allan Roth.
|June 20, 1961||With the score tied 4-4 at the Met against the Baltimore Orioles, Julio Becquer is called upon to lead off the bottom of the ninth as a pinch-hitter against Jack Fisher and he proceeds to hit a home run and become not only the first Twin to pinch hit a home run but also becomes the first Twins player in history to hit a walk-off home run as the Twins win 5-4.|
|June 20, 1965||The largest crowd to ever watch the Twins play on the road, 71,245 New York fans watched their beloved Yankees get swept by the Minnesota Twins 6-4 and 7-4 in a doubleheader as the Twins marched towards their first ever World Series.|
|June 20, 1986||The Twins trade pitcher John Butcher to the Indians and get pitchers Neal Heaton and Kevin Trudeau in return.|
|June 21, 1969||Minnesota scores a club-record 11 runs in the 10th inning at Oakland. Minnesota's 11 runs match the New York Yankees' 12th inning of July 26, 1928, for most runs for one club in extra innings. The Twins win 14-4.|
|June 21, 1983||The Twins receive outfielder Randy Kunz from the windy city Sox and part ways with 3B Mike Sodders.|
|June 21, 1985||Twins manager Billy Gardner is fired and replaced by Baltimore pitching coach Ray Miller.|
|June 21, 2011||The Twins win their 8th straight game when they beat the San Francisco Giants 9-2 at AT&T Park behind Carl Pavano. But it is how they win that is the big deal here. The Twins tie a major league record with eight straight hits (4 singles and 4 doubles) off Giant starter Madison Bumgamer to start the game before Bumgamer finally strikes out Pavano but then Revere batting for the second time get a double to go with his previous single and the Twins are up 8-0 and the Giants haven't batted yet. According to Elias Sports, it is the first time that the Twins have had 9 hits in an inning since they accomplished the feat against Tampa Bay on July 21, 2004.|
|June 22, 1970||In the fourth inning of the Twins game against the Milwaukee Brewers in County Stadium Rod Carew suffers a serious knee injury with torn cartilage and torn ligaments when Brewers 1B Mike Hegan rolls in to Carew at 2B trying to break up a double play. According to Rod Carew in his book "Carew", my leg snapped back and went crack! He goes on to say that 2B umpire Jake O'Donnell had heard the crack and vomited. Carew was hitting .376 at the time under went surgery and ended up in essence missing the rest of the season. Rod did return for 5 at bats late in September but did not get a hit. Carew had only 2 plate appearances against the Orioles in the ALCS with no hits.|
|June 22, 1984||In a teary home plate ceremony before the Twins-White Sox game at the Metrodome, Calvin Griffith and his sister, Thelma Haynes, sign a letter of intent to sell their 52 percent ownership of the Twins to Minneapolis banker Carl Pohlad for $32 million (some reports state it was $36 million) ending the longest family ownership of a team in baseball history. Griffith and his sister had been involved with the franchise since 1922, when they were adopted by owner Clark Griffith when the team was the Washington Senators.|
|June 23, 1961||Cookie Lavagetto is fired as manager of the Twins. Sam Mele takes control of the club. As a coach, the Astoria, New York native filled in as the skipper of the club while Lavagetto took a seven-game leave of absence earlier in the month.|
|June 23, 1987||The Twins acquire pitcher Dan Schatzeder from the Phillies in return for pitcher Danny Clay and 3B Tom Schwarz.|
|June 24, 1955||Harmon Killebrew hit his first major league homer, off Billy Hoeft at Griffith Stadium, but the Detroit Tigers beat the Washington Senators 18-7.|
|June 24, 1968||In a one game series, the Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 1-0 in County Stadium in Milwaukee in a game called after 5 innings due to rain. The reason the game was played in Milwaukee was that in 1968, Bud Selig, a former minority owner of the Milwaukee Braves who had been unable to stop the relocation of his team three years earlier, contracted with the Allyn brothers who owned the White Sox to host nine home games (one against each of the other American League clubs) at Milwaukee County Stadium as part of an attempt to attract an expansion franchise to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.|
|June 24, 1977||Ralph Garr of the White Sox homered off Minnesota’s Paul Thormodsgard in Minneapolis. It came in the third inning with two men on and no one out. Jim Essian, the runner on first, thought the ball might be caught by the Twins’ right fielder, Dan Ford, so he retreated towards first base. Garr was watching the flight of the ball and passed Essian after rounding the bag. He was credited with a single and two runs batted in.|
|June 24, 1984||2B Tim Teufel gives the Twins a 3-2 win over the White Sox with a three-run inside-the-park walk off home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth at the Metrodome.|
|June 24, 1989||Twins outfielder John Moses is asked to pitch at Fenway Park in an 11-2 loss to the Red Sox. John threw one scoreless inning giving up a walk but only faced 3 batters with the team turned a double play behind him. John is the fourth Twins position player to pitch and this is the fifth occurrence of a Twins position player pitching for the Twins.|
|June 25, 1964||Twins scouts Herb Stein and Monroe Katz sign Rod Carew as a free agent.|
|June 26, 1964||Gerry Arrigo pitches the Twins first ever one hitter when Mike Hershberger singles to right leading off the ninth inning and breaks up Arrigo’s no hit bid but the Twins prevail 2-0 over the White Sox at Met Stadium.|
|June 26, 1968||The ML Executive Council decides that both the AL and NL will play 162-game schedules starting in 1969 and operate two 6-team divisions.|
|June 26, 1977||Rod Carew scores 5 runs, knocks in 6 more while going 4 for 5 raising his average to .403 on Jersey Day where every jersey handed out is Carew's number 29. Teammate Glenn Adams drives in 8 setting a team record as the Twins beat the White Sox 19-12 at the Met. Tom Johnson pitches 6.2 innings of relief to get the win.|
|June 26, 1985||Minnesota's Ken Schrom one-hits Kansas City at the Metrodome, but needs a 2-run single from Roy Smalley in the bottom of the 9th to secure the 2-1 victory. Willie Wilson's 3rd-inning single is the only Royals hit. The is the first one-hitter that a Twins pitcher has thrown in the Metrodome.|
|June 27, 1963||Of all the statistical oddities in baseball, the rarest occurs when a first baseman plays an entire game without recording a put out. Detroit Tigers’ Norm Cash did exactly that. That afternoon, in Met Stadium in front of only 8,876 Twins fans in the stands, the Tigers’ 27 outs in the team’s 10-6 loss to the Minnesota Twins, were recorded as follows: six strike outs, 11 fly balls and 10 line drives. Despite this early summer game against the Twins, Cash, considered an outstanding fielder, led the league the league that year in putouts for a first baseman.|
|June 27, 1973||Just twenty days after pitching his high school team to a state championship, David Clyde, a $125,000, 18-year-old bonus baby with the Texas Rangers, pitched five innings, struck out eight, walked seven, and allowed one hit in his first major league start. Texas beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 before 35,698 fans, the Rangers' first home sellout at Arlington Stadium as Clyde is credited with his first major league victory.|
|June 27, 1980||The Rangers Gaylord Perry at the age of 41 pitches a 4 hit shutout in 109 degree heat in Arlington Stadium and beats the Twins 5-0. Perry throws only 81 pitches and the game is over in 1 hour and 49 minutes, probably to the relief of the players and the 10,818 fans.|
|June 27, 1988||Twins outfielder Dan Gladden takes the mound at Anaheim Stadium in a 16-7 Twins defeat. Dan pitched a scoreless 8th inning facing just three batters and throwing 9 pitches. This is the third occurrence of a Twins position player pitching.|
|June 27, 2011||Not a good night to be a Twins fan at Target Field when they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 15-0. Just a day earlier the Dodgers had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Every Dodger in the starting line-up had at least 1 hit, 1 run, and 1 RBI. The Dodgers pounded Twins pitchers Nick Blackburn, Anthony Swarzak, Phil Dumatrait, Jose Mijares, and Matt Capps for 25 hits, a new record (old one was 24). The Dodgers scored in 7 out of the 9 innings. The Twins pitchers also walked 3 batters and the team committed two errors. Sure am glad I wasn't at that game.|
|June 28, 2005||Jesse Crain pitches 1 2/3 innings of relief against the Royals and turns out to be the winning picher in a 11-8 victory. Crain improves his record to 7-0 this season and sets an AL record for relievers by going 10-0 to start a career. In the same game, Australian Twins 3B Glenn Williams runs his hitting streak to 13 games getting a hit in every single game of his short career after spending 12 years in the minors. Unfortunately, he seperates his shoulder and goes on the Disabled List. Williams never plays in another major league basball game.|
|June 28, 2007||Frank Thomas hits a three-run homer off Twins hurler Carlos Silve in the first inning of the Blue Jay's 8-5 loss at the Metrodome to become the 21st major leaguer to hit 500 home runs. The 'Big Hurt', who has hit 50 homers (10% ) against the Twins, also hit his first home run of his career in Minnesota in 1990 As a Chicago White Sox.|
|June 28, 2011||Former Twins executive Howard Fox passed away in Orlando, Florida at the age of 90. Fox had worked in a variety of roles with the Washington Senators and Minnesota Twins for over 50 years and worked his way up to club President in 1984 and until recently was part of the Twins Executive Board. For all his hard work with the Twins, fans may best remember Fox for a fight he had and lost in 1966 to then Twins manager Billy Martin. Many fans will still tell you today that Marin was fired after he took the 1969 Twins to the playoffs (they lost) because Fox talked Twins owner Calvin Griffith into firing Martin.|
|June 29, 1936||Hall of Famer Harmon Clayton Killebrew is born in Payette, Idaho. Harmon passes away at the age of 74 on May 17, 2011 in his home in Scottsdale, Arizona.|
|June 29, 1969||The Twins and the Kansas City Royals play two at Municipal Stadium. The Royals win game one by a 7-2 score and the Twins win game two by a 12-2 score. The real story of the day is Tony Oliva who flies out to left in his first at bat and then gets three straight singles. In game two Oliva goes 5 for 5 with 2 home runs, a double and 2 singles while scoring twice and knocking in 5. That makes 8 hits in a row.|
|June 29, 1970||At game time at Met Stadium the thermometer said it was 97 degrees when the Twins took the field to take on the Kansas City Royals. 14,600 fans did everything they could to stay cool as the Twins beat the KC Royals 5-4. This game is suppposedly the hottest game temperature at Met Stadium at the start of a Twins game.|
|June 29, 1984||Twins rookie Andre David hits a 2-run home run off Jack Morris at Tiger Stadium in his first ML at bat to spark Minnesota to a 5-3 win over Detroit in the first game of a DH. It is the only home run David will ever hit in the big leagues. David is the fourth Twin to home in his first ML at bat. The Twins lose game two by a score of 7-5.|
|June 29, 1989||The Twins acquire pitcher Greg Booker for the Padres and send pitcher Fred Tolliver to San Diego as payment.|
|June 29, 2010||Twins outfielder Denard Span ties a modern major league record when he hits three triples in a 11-4 win over the Detroit Tigers at Target Field. Span ended up going 4 for 4 (also walked) with 2 runs scored and 5 RBI's. Denard becomes the second Twins player to accomplish this rare feat. Outfielder Ken Landreaux was the first to accomplish this feat for the Twins at Met Stadium on July 3, 1980.|
|June 29, 2013||Kyle Gibson wasn't dominant in his first major league start, but he still pitched well enough to make a bit of Minnesota Twins history by becoming Minnesota's first first-round pick to win a start in his major league debut.and give the team a reason to be optimistic about the future of its pitching staff. It took Royals starter Wade Davis 53 pitches to get through the first inning. It was the most first-inning pitches by a major-league starting pitcher since Wandy Rodrigues threw 55 on Aug. 1, 2007, at Atlanta for Houston. Davis threw 69 before being relieved by Will Smith in the second.|
|June 30, 1976||Twins outfielder Larry Hisle has a game to remember as he goes 3 for 4, scores a run, knocks in another and sets a team record by stealing 4 bases in one game. Kansas City Royals pitcher Pal Splittorff and catcher Buck Martinez are the unlucky victims but they get the last laugh as they beat the Twins 4-2 at Met Stadium.|
|June 30, 1995||Eddie Murray of the Cleveland Indians became only the second switch-hitter and the 20th player in baseball history to reach 3,000 hits when he singled against the Minnesota Twins. Murray joined Pete Rose, the career hits leader with 4,256, as the only switch-hitters with 3,000 or more hits.|
|July 1, 1960||A first-refusal option for chief minority stockholder H. Gabriel Murphy to buy the holdings of Washington owner Calvin Griffith expires. Murphy will lose 2 court decisions in efforts to keep Griffith from moving the Senators to Minnesota.|
|July 2, 1969||In a very unusual 3 game series against the Chicago White Sox, the Twins play the first and last game against the White Sox in White Sox Park but play the middle game in County Stadium in Milwaukee. This is the second year in a row that the Twins have played a game against the might whitey's in Milwaukee and the Twins win the game again, this time by a 4-2 score. The game started at 10:02 PM due to a 1 hour 39 minute rain delay and the game was called in the middle of the ninth inning due to rain. In 1969, Bud Selig again arranged with White Sox ownership for them to play some home games in Milwaukee County Stadium. The league had expanded from 10 teams to 12 that season and the White Sox schedule in Milwaukee was likewise expanded to include 11 home games (again, one against every opponent) as part of an attempt to attract an expansion franchise to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.|
|July 2, 1972||The Twins split a twin-bill at White Sox Park winning the first game 6-4 and losing the second game 2-1. The big story here was in game one. Jim Kaat (9-2) and the AL leader in ERA was facing knuckleballer Wilbur Wood (12-7). The Twins were leading 5-2 after 5 innings. In the top of the 6th inning Kaat reached based on a fielders choice and was forced at 2B on Tovar's ground ball to the shortstop. Sliding into 2B, Kaat jammed his left wrist but stayed in the game and pitched into the 8th inning before his swollen hand prevented him from going any further. After the game it was determined that Jim had broken a bone in his pitching wrist and he was out for the rest of the season. Wow, pitchers were tough in those days. When I asked Jim about it, his response was "Adrenalin is an amazing hormone"!|
|July 2, 1982||The Twins trade 2B Larry Milbourne to the Indians and in turn the Indians send outfielder Larry Littleton to the Twins.|
|July 2, 2007||With skipper Joe Torre watching from his Yankee Stadium dugout, Roger Clemens, throws eight innings of two-hit ball in a 5-1 win over the Twins and becomes the eighth pitcher to record 350 career victories. The New York manager was the catcher for Warren Spahn's 350th win making him a participant of the only two occasions that a pitcher has reached the milestone since 1928.|
|July 2, 2012||The Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 6-4 at Comerica Park and give manager Ron Gardenhire win number 900.|
|July 3, 1968||Luis Tiant registers 19 K's in 10 innings, as Cleveland beats Minnesota 1-0 at Cleveland Stadium. Tiant sets two modern ML records-- most strikeouts in a 10-inning game; 32 strikeouts in consecutive games--and ties the modern ML record of 41 strikeouts in 3 successive appearances. He will top the AL in ERA in 1968 with a 1.60.|
|July 3, 1973||Minnesota's Tony Oliva hits 3 solo HRs during a 7-6 loss at Kansas City and becomes the third Twins player to hit three out in a single game.|
|July 3, 1980||Ken Landreaux ties the modern ML record with 3 triples in Minnesota's 10-3 win over Texas at Met Stadium. Landreaux ended the game going 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI.|
|July 3, 2000||Minnesota's David Ortiz walked with the bases loaded and hit two sacrifice flies, giving him three RBIs without an official at-bat in an 11-8 loss to Boston.|
|July 4, 1961||Julio Becquer becomes the first Twin to pinch hit a grand slam home run when he blasts one out in the bottom of the ninth at the Met against the White Sox and leads the Twins to a 6-4 win in the first game of a doubleheader that the Twins sweep. Each of the 4 runs scored as part of the GS home run were charged to a different pitcher, a very rare occurrence. Twelve days later Julio would hit his 12th career home run, off Gary “Ding Dong” Bell in Cleveland. That was the last big-league homer Becquer would ever hit.|
|July 4, 1969||The Twins and White Sox strike a deal and the Twins send pitcher Jerry Crider packing and pick up 1B Cotton Nash.|
|July 4, 1976||The Twins and Angels split a double header at Met Stadium with the Angels beating the Twins 5-3 in the opener and the Twins beating the Angels 9-5 in the second game. What was very unusual about the second game was that both teams had more runs then they did hits. The Angels had 5 runs on 2 hits and 2 errors while the Twins had 9 runs on 8 hits and 0 errors. This is the only instance in Twins history when this has happened.|
|July 4, 2010||MLB announces that catcher Joe Mauer and 1B Justin Morneau have been named as starters for the All-Star game in Anaheim. Mauer is this years leading vote getter with 5,372,606 votes, the third higest total all time behind Ken Griffey Jr, with 6,079,688 in 1994 and Albert Pujols 5,397,374 in 2009. Minnesota native Joe Mauer joins Hall of Famer Rod Carew (1975, 1977-78) as the only other Twin ever to lead all of Major League Baseball in votes. A few days later Justin Morneau gets kneed in the head in a game in Toronto and withdraws from the all-star game.|
|July 5, 1965||Minnesota takes an AL lead it will not give up as Dave Boswell and Jim Perry pitch the Twins to a 6-2 and 2-0 sweep of the Red Sox.|
|July 5, 1969||The Twins and Jm Perry take on the Oakland A's at Met Stadium. After Perry retires the first two A's batters, Reggie Jackson steps up and blasts a long homerun to right-center that nearly clears the Twins big score board and is estimated at about 450 feet. This doesn't faze Perry, who pitches a 5 hit complete game for a 13-1 victory. The first four hitters in the Twins line-up, Ted Uhlaender, Rod Carew, Tony Oliva and Harmon Killebrew went a combined 10 for 17 with 9 runs scored, 9 RBI's and two homeruns, both by Harmon Killebrew.|
|July 5, 1992||With the Twins trailing the Orioles 1-0 in the sixth inning, Twins DH Chili Davis hit a towering fly ball to right field off Orioles pitcher Rick Sutcliffe that everyone in the Metrodome thought was a game tieing home run. However; the ball bounced off a speaker in play and was caught by 2B Mark McLemore for the out to rob Davis of a sure home run. The Twins scored 2 in the bottom of the ninth to eek out a 2-1 victory.|
|July 5, 2003||The Indians rout the Minnesota Twins 13-2 at the Metrodome. Former Twin Casey Blake has a monster day going 5 for 5 with 2 doubles and 2 home runs while scoring 3 runs and knocking in 7 more.|
|July 5, 2004||As gesture to honor local military personnel, the Twins give away a G.I. Joe action figures to the first 5,000 children attending the Royals game. The team, in an effort to appease protesting peace groups, who see the promotion as glorifying war, asks Hasbro, the toy’s maker, to remove the customary gun from G.I. Joe’s side, but the hand grenades remain visible. Brad Radke pitches a 4 hit complete game shutout and the Twins "bomb" the Royals 9-0.|
|July 5, 2006||The Twins announce that the team has signed a letter of intent with KSTP 1500 for a 4 year deal with to broadcast Minnesota Twins games through 2010. WCCO 830 on the dial had been the Twins broadcast partner since the team moved to Minnesota from Washington in 1961. WCCO paid the team $3 million annually but kept all ad revenue. The contract with KSTP differs dramatically from the deal WCCO had. The Twins will keep all revenue from ads broadcast during games, and KSTP has agreed to pay the team an escalating fee that will eventually reach $1 million a season.|
|July 6, 1972||The Twins fire manager Bill Rigney, promoting 33-year-old coach Frank Quilici to take his place.|
|July 6, 1995||The Twins trade ace closer Rick Aguilera to the Red Sox for outfielder JJ Johnson and pitcher Frankie Rodriguez.|
|July 6, 2007||Justin Morneau becomes just the fourth Twins player to hit 3 home runs in a single game when he accomplishes the rare feat in game 2 of a doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Field. The Twins take two from the mighty whitey's winning the first game 20-14 and winning 12-0 in the second game. This is the first time a Twins player has accomplished this feat since Tony Oliva did so in 1973.|
|July 7, 1971||Commissioner Bowie Kuhn announces that players from the Negro Leagues elected to the Hall of Fame will be given full membership in the museum. It had been previously announced that they would be honored in a separate wing.|
|July 7, 1995||The Orioles send outfielder Kimera Bartee and pitcher Scott Klingenbeck to Minnesota and in turn receive pitcher Scott Erickson.|
|July 7, 2001||Jim Kaat and Herb Carneal are inducted into the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame.
|July 7, 2004||Blanking the Royals, 12-0, Twins' hurler Kyle Lohse helps to establish a club record throwing the team's third consecutive shutout. Johan Santana (Royals, 4-0) and Brad Radke (Royals, 9-0) started the streak of 27 scoreless innings, also a franchise record.|
|July 7, 2010||We happened to be in Toronto on one of our Twins road trips and were at the game at Rogers Centre when Twins first baseman Justin Morneau was accidentally kneed in the head by Toronto shortstop John McDonald during a takeout slide into second base trying to break up a double play in the eighth inning on a ball hit by Mike Cuddyer. Morneau sat there for a few minutes while he was tended to by team personnel and then he walked off the field shaking his head. The Blue Jays ended up beating the Twins 6-5. Morneau ended up with a concussion and was out for the rest of the season. Morneau was put on the DL on July 16 retroactive to July 8. On the day that he was injured, Morneau ranked second in the American League with a .345 batting average. His .437 on-base percentage led the league and his .618 slugging percentage was second behind Detroit's Miguel Cabrera. Morneau's next appearance in a game that counted was on Opening Day, April 1, 2011 in Toronto of all places.|
|July 8, 1969||The Red Sox send pitcher Darrell Brandon to the Twins in return for 3B Ron Clark.|
|July 8, 1971||The Twins trade catcher Paul Ratliff to Milwaukee for catcher Phil Roof.|
|July 8, 2012||With one out in the top of the fourth inning, in a game against the Texas Rangers at Target field Minnesota's Ryan Doumit was facing Rangers hurler Roy Oswalt trying to help the Twins break a scoreless tie. Suddenly, a bright flash of lightning appeared and a deafening clap of thunder immediately ensued. Oswalt, along with his teammates, Doumit, and the Twins base coaches scattered and fled into their respective dugouts. The Rangers grounds crew put a tarp on the infield as a 46-minute rain delay began. Check out the video.|
|July 9, 1968||Harmon Killebrew ruptures hamstring in right leg in his eighth American League All-Star appearance at the Houston Astrodome and was disabled July 10-August 31. Killebrew was stretching for a throw from shortstop Jim Fregosi and the clay gave way and Harmon said "he could hear it split like a rubber bad". The NL ended up winning the game 1-0.|
|July 10, 2008||Justin Morneau goes 5-5 with two doubles and a homerun in an 11 inning 7-6 win over the Tigers on the road.|
|July 11, 1961||Harmon Killebrew becomes the first Minnesota Twin to appear in an All-Star game and he doesn’t disappoint when he pinch-hits a home run off Mike McCormick at Candlestick Park.|
|July 11, 1965||With the Twins AL lead at only 4 games and the All-Star game break coming up the next day, the Twins took on the New York Yankees at the Met and after 8 innings the score was tied at 4 apiece. The Yanks scored one in the top of the ninth and the Twins had their backs to the wall. In the bottom of the ninth, Zoilo Versalles grounded out to the pitcher but Rich Rollins coaxed a walk from Pete Mikkelsen and the Twins had the tieing run on base with Tony Oliva due up. Oliva flew out to center and the Twins were down to their last out but the last Twins hitter was Harmon Killebrew and he took Mikkelsen to a full count before hitting a walk-off 2 run homer and the Twins fans celebrated. The Twins players never looked back and ended up winning the league pennant by 7 games over the White Sox. Killebrew's described his home run as "It's one of the sweetest of the sweet" and it stands in Twins lore as one of their most famous home runs.|
|July 11, 1968||Minnesota rookie Rick Renick is the 16th AL player and first Minnesota Twin to hit a HR in his first ML at bat as he goes long against Mickey Lolich . The Twins go on to beat the Tigers 5-4 at Met Stadium.|
|July 11, 1987||Billy Ripken, 22, joins his brother Cal in the Orioles starting lineup in Baltimore's 2-1 loss to the Twins in Memorial Stadium. Oriole’s manager Cal Ripken, Sr. is the first to manage 2 sons in the majors.
|July 11, 2005||The Mariners send 2B Bret Boone and some cash to Minny as part of a conditional deal but the Twins release him a couple of weeks later.|
|July 11, 2009||Pitcher Brad Radke and Minor League farm director George Brophy are inducted in to the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame.|
|July 12, 1972||The Twins win their 1,000th game as Bert Blyleven shuts down the Milwaukee Brewers 7-1 at Met Stadium. Bert would also win the Twins 2,000th game a number of years later.|
|July 12, 1984||It was an unusual afternoon game coming on the first day back from the All-Star break. Twins manager Billy Gardner and pitching coach Johnny Podres missed the first inning of the game against the Tigers at the Metrodome because their early morning flight was delayed by fog at the Newark airport. When they arrived in the second inning, Frank Viola was already off to a great start. Viola left after 8 innings with a 4-1 lead and Ron Davis allowed a run but saved the 4-2 win.|
|July 12, 1996||In a sad day in Minnesota Twins history, Kirby Puckett, wearing a white patch over his right eye, announced his retirement from baseball. He was 36 years old. "I was told I would never make it because I'm too short," the 5'8" Puckett said at his retirement press conference. "Well, I'm still too short, but I've got 10 All-Star games, two World Series championships, and I'm a very happy and contented guy. It doesn't matter what your height is, it's what's in your heart." Kirby passed away from a stroke on March 6, 2006.|
|July 12, 2001||The Twins hit seven home runs on their way to a 13-5 romp over the Milwaukee Brewers. In the process, they tied a Major League record -- three players hitting two home runs each in a single game. Torii Hunter hit two. Corey Koskie hit two. Jacque Jones hit two, one of them a grand slam. Doug Mientkiewicz hit only one, but was not widely regarded as a slacker.|
|July 12, 2011||The Metrodome roof is back, newer and brighter than ever and once again providing an arch over the Minneapolis skyline. Metrodome officials and workers from the roof manufacture Birdair inflated the new roof in about 45 minutes Wednesday morning. The roof collapsed December 12, 2010 under the weight of a 17-inch snowstorm, forcing the Vikings’ final two games of the 2010 season to be played at Ford Field in Detroit and TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota Campus. The bad news is that now the turf must be replaced due to mold issues.|
|July 13, 1965||Willie Mays’s HR, 2 walks, and 2 runs scored pace the NL to a 6-5 All-Star Game victory in Metropolitan Stadium. Juan Marichal pitches 3 scoreless innings to earn game MVP. The NL took the lead over the AL for the first time since the All-Star series began, winning 6-5 in Minnesota. The Twins had 6 players that participated in the game, Earl Battey, Mudcat Grant, Jimmie Hall, Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva, and Zoilo Versalles. It just so happens this was the first major league game that I ever attended and there were more future Hall of Famers in this game then you can shake a stick at.|
|July 13, 1971||In an All-Star Game featuring HRs by Johnny Bench, Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson, and Harmon Killebrew, the AL triumphs at Detroit 6-4. It is the only AL All-Star victory between 1962 and 1983. Jackson's HR goes 520 feet.|
|July 13, 1976||Catcher Butch Wynegar becomes the youngest Minnesota Twins player to ever appear in an All-Star game when he appears as a pinch hitter for Luis Tiant in the 7th inning at the age of 20 years and 121 days at Veterans stadium in Philadelphia. Wynegar gets walked by John "The Count" Montefusco. The NL beat the AL 7 to 1.|
|July 13, 1993||Minnesota's Kirby Puckett homered and doubled to win the MVP award in the AL's 9-3 victory in the All-Star game at Camden Yards in Baltimore. In a game which will be best remembered for John Kruk's "non at-bat" against fireballer Randy Johnson, in which the Phillies' first baseman flails at the Big Unit's fastballs in a comical manner.|
|July 13, 2012||Friday the 13th did indeed turn out to be unlucky for Twins lefty Francisco Liriano struck out 15 batters at Target Field but allowed a grand slam home run to Jonny Gomes in the fourth inning which led to a 6-3 loss to the A's. Liriano is the first pitcher since 1900 to register at least 15 strikeouts and allow a grand slam in the same game. Liriano registered the ninth 15+ strikeout performance in the Twins/Senators franchise history, but he is the first to do that in a losing effort.|
|July 14, 1991||The Twins retire Tony Oliva’s number 6.|
|July 14, 2008||Twins first baseman Justin Morneau wins the All-Star Homerun Derby by beating Texas Ranger outfielder Josh Hamilton in the finals. Josh Hamilton, who at one point goes deep 13 consecutive times, hits a record-setting 28 home runs in the first round of the Home Run Derby, but falls short in finals losing to Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, 5-3. With 71-year-old former coach Clay Counsil pitching, the Rangers outfielder breaks Bobby Abreu's mark of 24 set in 2005.|
|July 15, 1964||Jim "Mudcat" Grant pitches a complete game and shuts out the Washington Senators 6-0 at Met stadium and strikes out 6 in the process. However; what makes this game unique is that Grant gives up 13 hits (all singles) and a walk and still manages to pitch a complete game shutout.|
|July 15, 1989||Jeff Reardon saves his 250th game as the Twins beat the Red Sox 3-2.|
|July 15, 2008||Justin Morneau scores the winning run in the bottom of the 15th inning at Yankee Stadium as the AL wins 4-3 for their 12th consecutive All-Star win. Joe Mauer is the AL starting catcher and Joe Nathan also pitches in the game.|
|July 16, 1969||Rod Carew steals home for the 7th time, as the AL-West leading Twins sweep a twin bill, winning 9-8 and 6-3 from the White Sox. Carew ties Pete Reiser’s 1946 record for steals of home in a season.|
|July 16, 1985||The NL beats the AL 6-1 at Minnesota's Metrodome for its 13th win in the last 14 All-Star Games. San Diego's LaMarr Hoyt allows one unearned run in 3 innings and is named MVP. Tom Brunansky is the lone Twins player in the game.|
|July 16, 2000||Minnesota trades outfielder Butch Huskey and 2B Todd Walker to Colorado for cash and 1B Todd Sears.|
|July 16, 2003||The Twins send outfielder Bobby Kielty to the Blue Jays and receive outfielder Shannon Stewart and pitcher Dave Gassner.|
|July 16, 2011||The Minnesota Twins retired Bert Blyleven's number 28 at Target Field. Number 28 joins an exclusive list that includes Harmon Killebrew's No. 3, Tony Oliva's No. 6, Kent Hrbek's No. 14, Rod Carew's No. 29 and Kirby Puckett's No. 34. Blyleven went 149-138 with a 3.28 ERA and 2,035 strikeouts over 11 seasons with the Twins. He was with them from 1970 to 1976 and returned from 1985 to '88. Blyleven was 287-250 with a 3.31 ERA and 3,701 strikeouts in his career. Blyleven was voted into the Hall of Fame this past January.|
|July 16, 2012||The Twins scored seven runs in the first inning and cruised to a 19-7 victory over the Orioles, setting a single-game scoring record for one team at Target Field. The previous high was 15 runs, set by the Twins in 2010 and equaled by the Rays and the Dodgers in 2011.|
|July 17, 1964||Playing the Los Angeles Angels at Met Stadium and trailing 1-0, Twins catcher Earl Battey hits what appears to be a clean single to right field in the home half of the fifth inning but Angels outfielder Lou Clinton quickly fields the ball and fires to first baseman Joe Adcock to get the slow footed Battey for out number 2. The Twins end up losing the game 1-0.|
|July 17, 1969||At Metropolitan Stadium Gold Glove pitcher Jim Kaat commits three errors. The 30-year old right-hander still gets the victory when the Twins beat the White Sox, 8-5. Kaat goes on to win 16 Gold Gloves (including 12 in a row) in his 25 year career.|
|July 17, 1990||The Twins pull a major league first--2 triple plays in the same game. Both are started on grounders to Gary Gaetti, who had started 5 of the Twins' last 6 triple killings. The Red Sox win anyway 1-0 at Fenway.|
|July 17, 2007||The Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 1-0 at the Metrodome. Each team used three pitchers but no one gave up an earned run. Since 2001 this has occurred to the Twins just three times and two of the three occurrences were against the Detroit Tigers.|
|July 18, 1962||Minnesota is the first AL club to hit 2 grand slams in one inning when Bob Allison (off Barry Latman) and Harmon Killebrew (off Jim Perry) connect in a club-record, 11-run first inning, against Cleveland. The Twins and Dick Stigman coasted home 14-3. I was fishing on the St. Croix River that day listening to the game on my transistor radio and remember it like it happened yesterday.|
|July 18, 1990 ||The Red Sox hit into 6 double plays, while the Twins ground into 4 for an ML record, as the Red Sox win 5-4 at Fenway.|
|July 18, 2011||A tough day at Target Field no matter how you look at it. The Twins had a split doubleheader scheduled for today due to a rain-out with the Cleveland Indians back on April 22. We attended the first game of the DH which was the make-up game and during the game the temperature was 98 degrees and the heat index reached 111 degrees and when the game ended the Twins lost 6-3. It was a hot one for sure. The temp was hot and muggy but the Twins bats were cold. The Twins went on the lose the second game of the DH by a 5-2 score, as I said, it was a bad day to be a Twins fan.|
|July 19, 1961||Camilo Pascual pitches a 5 hit 6-0 shutout at Wrigley Field against the Angels while walking 1 and striking out 15 in the first game of a DH that the Twins split.|
|July 19, 1962 ||Vic Power becomes the first Twins player to steal home when he does so in the 5th inning of the Twins 8-0 rout of the Cleveland Indians at Met Stadium.|
|July 19, 1966||Two members of the Minnesota Twins exchanged blows in the lobby of the Statler-Hilton hotel after the team arrived in Washington early Tuesday.
Howard Fox, the Twins' traveling secretary, suffered a bloody nose and a cut on the face in the fight with third base coach Billy Martin. Martin was not injured. "Martin and Fox had words during the course of the flight here and again in the lobby as the team was checking in," said Thomas A. Mee, director of public relations. Four other Twins - Bob Allison, Earl Battey, Jim Perry and Harmon Killebrew - broke up the fight after several punches were thrown.
| July 19, 1969||The Twins and the Seattle Pilots play for 16 innings and the game is deadlocked at 7-7 at Sick's Stadium and the game is suspended by league curfew and resumed the next day (July 20). I believe there was also a 20 minute delay in the game for the Apollo 11 moon landing.
|July 19, 1975 ||Yankee catcher Thurman Munson’s first-inning single and RBI against the Twins are nullified because the tar on his bat handle exceeds the 18-inch limit. Catcher Glenn Borgmann gets the putout.|
|July 19, 1982 ||Twins outfielder Tom Brunansky accomplishes a rare feat when he hits an inside-the-park grand slam home run at the Metrodome against the hated Milwaukee Brewers in a 6-4 Twins win. Jerry Augustine is the unlucky hurler who has several errors committed behind him before the home run and all four runs turn out to be unearned. Brunansky is the first and only Twins player to accomplish this feat.|
|July 19, 1987 ||The Twins retire HOF Rod Carew’s number 29.|
|July 19, 1989 ||Cleveland's Joe Carter hits 3 home runs in a game for the 2nd time this season in a 10-1 win over Minnesota. It is his 4th career 3-HR game, tying Lou Gehrig's AL record, and also gives him a ML-record-tying 5 homers in 2 games.|
|July 19, 2004||Twins pitcher Terry Mulholland beat the Detroit Tigers 3-1 to Comerica Park winning his second game of the season. The win over the Tigers means that Mulholland a 41 year-old left has beaten al 30 major league teams during his 18 year career. Mulholland becomes only the third pitcher in big league history to achieve this honor along with Kevin Brown and Al Leiter. When his 20 year career ends after the 2006 season, Mulholland has pitced for 11 different big league teams.|
|July 20, 1969||The Twins and Seattle Pilots resume play in the 17th inning. The pitchers in the 17th inning are todays scheduled starting pitchers, Jim Perry for Minnesota and John Gelnar for Seattle. After a scoreless 17th inning, the Twins break through for 4 runs in the top of the 18th and win the game 11-7. The teams end up stranding 44 base runners, the Twins had 16 hits and 18 walks in the game. Gelnar was pulled after pitching 1 1/3 innnings and was the loser. In the regularly scheduled game, Jim Perry again faced off against John Gelnar and Perry pitched a complete game shutout with the Twins winning 4-0 and Gelnar took the defeat. So in reality, Jim Perry won two games on this date and John Gelnar lost both games on this date.|
|July 20, 1975||The Twins lose both games of a double header to the New York Yankees at Met Stadium. In a real oddity in game one of the DH, Yankee 2B Sandy Alomar Sr. scores 3 runs without officially reaching base. Alomar twice reached base on errors and scored and also scored after reaching base on a fielders choice. Alomar reached base on a second fielders choice but was stranded.|
|July 20, 1987 ||Don Mattingly ties another ML record, this time in the field, as he makes 22 putouts in the Yankees 7-1 win over the Twins. The feat was last accomplished in the AL by Hal Chase in 1906.|
|July 20, 2009||The Twins blow their second 10 run lead in their history on their way to a 14-13 loss to the A's in Oakland. A's starter Gio Gonzalez lasts just 2 2/3 innings and gives up 11 earned runs. Going into the bottom of the 3rd inning the Twins lead 12-2 but Nick Blackburn and 4 relievers can't hold the lead, when the smoke clears the Twins are on the short end of a 14-13 score. Each team had 4 home runs with a grand slam for each side. Justin Morneau has 7 RBI's with a grand slam and a 3 run homer.|
|July 21, 1966 ||Minnesota pitcher Jim Merritt beats the Washington Senators 1-0 at D.C. Stadium sets a team record and ties an AL mark with 7 straight strikeouts. Merritt struck out Ken Harrelson, Frank Howard, Don Lock, Paul Casanova, Ken Hamlin, Eddie Brinkman, and Jim Hannan. Francisco Liriano ties Merritt's record when he strikes out 7 consecutive batters on June 11, 2010.|
|July 21, 1988||Minnesota Twins manager Tom Kelly confirmed a confrontation occurred between 2B Steve Lombardozzi, who sported a black eye and outfielder Dan Gladden, who suffered a cracked bone in his right ring finger. Apparently Gladden was not a big fan of Lombardozzi and felt that Lombo put himself ahead of the team after Lombo got upset that manager Tom Kelly had pinch hit for him the night before and Lombo stalked out of the dugout and into the clubhouse.|
|July 22, 1990||Boy, what a day. The Twins lose to the Yankees at the Metrodome 10-6. But what a strange game, all of the Yankees 10 runs are unearned due to 5 Twins errors (Gagne, Newman, Gaetti, Hrbek, and Mack), every member of the infield had an error. At the end of 8 innings the Twins actually were beating the Yankees 6-5 in spite of 3 errors. In the ninth however, the roof caved in on Rick Aguilera who had come in to get the save. Leyritz led off with a single, Kelly reached on an error by Gaetti, Tolleson reached on a Hrbek throwing error and Leyritz and Kelly scored, putting the Yankees up 7-6. Aguilera regtired Sanders for the first out but Sax doubled inTolleson. Mattingly was intentionally walked and Aguilera was replaced by Jack Savage who got Barfield to ground out for out number 2 but then Savage gave up a single to Geren and Sax and Mattingly scored and the Twins threw Geren out at 2B finally retiring the side. The Twins went down meekly in the bottom of the 9th and when the smoke had cleared, the Yankees beat the Twins 10-6 with all the runs being unearned.|
|July 22, 1993||Kirby Puckett hit a ball just to the left of the end of the "baggy" that hung over the Metrodome's right field fence. It was ruled in play, even though replays showed that it was a home run.|
|July 22, 2008||The Museum of Broadcasting today announced the 2008 inductees into the Hall of Fame including Twins radio broadcaster John Gordon.|
|July 23, 1961||Minnesota catcher Earl Battey is beaned in the 7th inning by Cleveland Indians pitcher Bobby Locke at Met Stadium, fracturing his cheek. Battey returns to action less than two weeks later at Yankee Stadium on August 4th wearing a special batting helmet. Back in the day, players were tough.|
|July 23, 1964||A's rookie Bert Campaneris sends Minnesota to defeat 4-3 with 2 HRs in his ML debut. The first comes on the first pitch thrown to him by Jim Kaat. The 21-year-old Cuban joins Bob Nieman as the only player since 1900 with 2 HRs in his first ML game.|
|July 23, 2006||In a 3-1 victory over the Indians at Jacobs Field, Francisco Liriano and four Twins relievers establish a club record with 17 strikeouts in a nine inning game. The Minnesota starter reached double-digit whiffs (10) for the third time this season with Pat Neshek, Dennys Reyes, Juan Rincon and Joe Nathan adding seven more punch outs over the last four innings.|
|July 24, 1961||Tony Oliva is signed by scout Joe Cambria upon recommendation of former outfielder in club's system, Roberto Fernandez.|
|July 24, 1976||Lyman Bostock hits for the cycle (the second Twins to do so in less then 3 weeks) in Chicago's Comiskey Park I and leads the Twins to a 17-2 victory. Bostock is the Twins fourth player to hit for the cycle. Eddie Bane give up 10 hits and 2 walks but manages to pitch a complete game, the only one he has in his three year and 44 game major league career.|
|July 24, 2011||Rick Aalbert (Bert) Blyleven was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame and became the fourth Twins player to go into the hall of fame as a Minnesota Twin following such greats as Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew and Kirby Puckett. Blyleven was inducted along with long time baseball executive Pat Gillick and Toronto Blue Jay 2B Robero Alomar.|
|July 25, 1964||The Twins tie an AL record by using 9 pitchers in a 13-inning game they lose 6-5 to the White Sox. Gerry Fosnow is the loser; Don Mossi the 5th Chicago pitcher--is the winner.|
|July 25, 1977||Coming off a double header sweep (with the 2nd game going 12 innings) of the A's the day before, the Twins are again going up against the boys from Oakland at Met Stadium. The game goes 11 innings before the Twins prevail 2-1 on a bases loaded single by Larry Hisle. But, the real story of the game is Twins starter Dave Goltz who pitches all 11 innings throwing 180 pitches. Goltz improves his record to 12-6 as he faces 41 batters giving up 8 hits and walking 1 while striking out 14 Oakland A's. In spite of all of this, the game is over in 2 hours and 39 minutes.|
|July 25, 2009||The Twins allowed nine runs on 10 hits to the Angels in the fourth inning yesterday in a 11-5 road loss. It marked the first time in Twins history that they allowed at least nine runs and 10 hits in the same inning.
|July 25, 2011||The temperature in Arlington, Texas at game time was 102 degrees but that was nothing compared to how hot the Texas Rangers bats were on this day when the Rangers pounded the six Twins pitchers for 27 hits and 20 runs in a 20-6 blow-out. The 27 hits was a Twins record for hits allowed in a game.The Rangers also drew 4 walks and the Twins chipped in 3 errors. Twins starter Nick Blackburn lasted just 2 2/3 innings and gave up 11 hits and 9 runs (6 earned). The game was the third in Twins history that they have given up 20 or more runs. The Rangers also became only the third team in American League history to have seven different players with three or more hits in a nine-inning game. The others were the 1939 Yankees and 1955 White Sox, who each coincidentally did so against the Athletics. Things were so bad that Twins manager Gardenhire brought in outfielder Michael Cuddyer to pitch the 8th inning and he gave up two hits and a walk but kept the Rangers from scoring. Cuddyer was the first Twins position player to pitch since outfielder John Moses did so against the California Angels on July 31, 1990. Cuddyer has now played every position in the big leagues except shortstop and catcher and oddly enough, Michael was drafted as a shortstop.|
|July 26, 1967||Twins pitcher Jim Merritt sets a team record when he pitches the first 13 innings of an 18 inning 3-2 win over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.|
|July 26, 2010||The Twins pummel the KC Royals 19-1 at Kauffman Stadium. Twins hitters pounded out 20 hits including 11 extra base hits. The 11 extra base hits was just one shy of the team record dating back to May 8, 1979 against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Met. Joe Mauer was 5 for 5 with a home run and 7 RBI's, Danny Valencia was 4 for 4 with a grand slam home run, 4 runs scored and 4 RBI's, Delmon Young added 4 hits, and Francisco Liriano got the win with 7 innings of 3 hit pitching. One of those extra-base hits came from Twins rookie Danny Valencia in the first inning when he knocked his first career home run -- a grand slam over the fence in right field -- with two outs. With the grand slam, Valencia became the first Twin to ever record a grand slam as his first career home run. The unfortunate Royals starter and loser was Zach Greinke, last years Cy Young award winner. Mauer's performance was only the third time in major-league history that a catcher recorded at least five hits and seven RBIs in the same game. The other backstops to do so were Walker Cooper for the Reds on July 6, 1949 against the Cubs (6 hits, 10 RBIs) and Victor Martinez for the Indians in Seattle on July 16, 2004 (5 hits, 7 RBIs).|
|July 27, 1978||Mike Cubbage hits for the cycle at Met Stadium against the Blue Jays during a 6-3 victory and becomes the fifth Twins player to accomplish this rare feat.|
|July 27, 1983||Milwaukee's Ben Ogilvie hits a 481 foot shot to the second deck in right field off Brad Havens in the fifth inning in what remains today as the longest home run ever hit at the Metrodome. The Brew crew went on to win the game 13-9.|
|July 27, 1990||The Twins send pitccher John Candelaria to the Blue Jays and receive 2B Nelson Liriano and outfielder Pedro Munoz.|
|July 27, 2004||The Twins out scored the White Sox 7-3 at U.S. Cellualr Field as Johan Santana got the win. However; the pitchers must have been in foul moods that day as Santana hit Carl Everett twice and Twins 3B Corey Koskie was hit three times, twice by Freddy Garcia and once by Damaso Marte.|
|July 27, 2010||Twins 3B Danny Valencia goes 4 for 5 against the KC Royals in Kauffman Stadium and in the process becomes the first Twins rookie to have back-to-back four hit games. Valencia was 4 for 4 the night before against the Royals. The Twins banged out 19 hits in their 11-2 victory over the Royals on July 27th. That marked the third consecutive game that Minnesota has registered at least 10 runs and 19 hits (10 runs, 19 hits vs. Baltimore on July 25; 19 runs, 20 hits vs. Kansas City on July 26). Over the last 100 years, only two other teams have scored at least 10 runs with at least 19 hits in three consecutive games in a single season: the Giants in August of 1933 and the Pirates in August of 1928.|
|July 28, 1967||Dean Chance finally gets a base hit and ends the Twins longest hitless streak at 53 at bats without a hit. This unlucky streak started on April 13, his first game as a Twin. Chance did walk 5 times and scored once during during his hitless streak as a Twin. If you count his at bats with the Angels the previous season, his hitless streak was at 78 at bats. But on this day Chance was on his game with the bat and on the mound as he pitched a complete 9-2 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park while fanning eight Red Sox batters.|
|July 28, 1974||For the second time in Twins history, the Twins get two pinch-hit home runs but still lose 12-9 to the California Angels in Anaheim Stadium in game 2 of a DH. The pinch-hit home runs are hit by Harmon Killebrew in the 8th inning and Rod Carew in the ninth inning, both home runs were hot off Angels reliever Nolan Ryan. The Twins won the first game 5-3.|
|July 28, 2001||The Twins and Tigers swap pitchers, the Tigers get Mark Redman and the Twins get Todd Jones.|
|July 28, 2009||Mark Buehrle, making his first start since pitching a perfect game against the Tampa Rays just five days earlier, was perfect through the first five and two-thirds innings at the Metrodome but then he walked Alexi Casilla on a 3 and 2 pitch, Denard Span got the Twins first hit and Joe Mauer followed with a ground rule double to left and all of a sudden Buehrle's perfect streak, no hitter, and shutout were over and the Twins had tied the score 1-1. The Twins scored four more runs off Buehrle in the 7th on their way to a 5-3 victory. Buehrle did set an all-time major-league record by retiring 45 consecutive batters over his last three starts. We were at the Dome and it was a fun game, any time the Twins beat the Mighty Whities, it is a good thing.
The Minnesota Twins, in conjunction with Wendy’s Restaurants, announced the All-Metrodome Team as part of the team’s ongoing celebration of the franchise’s 28th and final season playing in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Voting for the Twins All-Metrodome Team was split into three phases, including the fans, the Upper Midwest media and a veteran’s committee made up of Twins alumni, front office representatives and team historians. In total, more than 100,000 votes were cast by the fans at twinsbaseball.com. The 18-man All-Metrodome Team is as follows: Manager - Tom Kelly, Infielders - Kent Hrbek, Justin Morneau, Chuck Knoblauch, Greg Gagne and Gary Gaetti, Catcher - Joe Mauer, Outfielders - Tom Brunansky, Kirby Puckett, Torii Hunter and Dan Gladden, Designated Hitter - Paul Molitor, Starting Pitchers - Bert Blyleven, Brad Radke, Johan Santana and Frank Viola, Relievers - Rick Aguilera and Joe Nathan.
|July 28, 2010||The Twins have 86 hits over their last five games (July 24-28), all on the road when they beat the Orioles twice and the Royals three times. The last major-league team to have that many hits over a five-game span was the 1950 Red Sox, who had 90 hits over five games from June 4-8. The Twins have won five straight games, all on the road, and scored at least six runs in all of them. It's only the second time since this team moved to Minnesota in 1961 that they have had such a streak. They also had a five-game streak in September of 2009.|
|July 28, 2012||The Twins trade LHP Francisco Liriano to the Chicago White Sox and receive SS Eduardo Escobar and LHP Pedro Hernandez|
|July 29, 2005||While leaping to catch a long drive hit by David Ortiz, Twins gold-glove center fielder Torii Hunter catches his spikes in the padded fence in Boston's Fenway Park and suffers a broken ankle and torn ligaments that sideline the Twins star for the rest of the season.|
|July 29, 2010||The Twins trade one of their top prospects, catcher Willie Ramos along with LHP Joe Testa to the Washington Nationals for closer Matt Capps and some cash.|
|July 30, 1966||The Twins shutout the Baltimore Orioles 7-0 at Met Stadium. Earl Battey and Harmon Killebrew hit home runs and Dave Boswell throws a complete game 1 hitter. The only hit that Boswell gave up was a single to right leading off the top of the seventh by outfielder Russ Snyder. Boswell ended up striking out 11 and walking one batter.|
|July 30, 1971||The Twins jump all over New York Yankee starter Stan Bahnsen and take a 9-1 lead after 5 innings at Met Stadium. Twins starter Jim Kaat leaves in the top of the seventh with a 9-3 lead and a Yankee on second base but Twins relievers can not hold the lead and give up 7 runs and the Twins end up losing 11-9.|
|July 30, 2001||The Twins acquire pitcher Rick Reed from the New York Mets but have to give up outfielder Matt Lawton.|
|July 30, 2007||Minnesota sends 2B Luis Castillo to the Mets for catcher Drew Butera and outfielder Dustin Martin.|
|July 31, 1970||For the first time in team history and franchise history, the Twins have two pinch-hit home runs in the same game. Charlie Manual hits one out in the 8th inning and Bob Allison hits one out in the ninth inning but Bill Zepp walks in the winning run in the both of the ninth and the Detroit Tigers win 10-9 at Tiger Stadium.|
|July 31, 1972||Dick Allen becomes the first player since 1950, and the 7th in history, to hit two inside-the-park homers in a game. Minnesota's Bert Blyleven was the unlucky victim that day in Met Stadium. The WSox end up beating the Twins 8-1.|
|July 31, 1987||The Indians trade fading veteran and future Hall of Famer Steve Carlton to the Twins for a player to be named later who turns out to be Jeff Perry.|
|July 31, 1989||The Twins trade AL Cy Young winner Frank Viola and outfielder Loy McBride to the Mets for 5 players, including pitchers Rick Aguilera, David West, Kevin Tapani, Jack Savage and Tim Drummond. Viola is the first Cy Young winner to be traded during the following season.|
|July 31, 1990||John Moses, Twins outfielder takes the mound at the Metrodome in a 13-2 loss to the California Angels. John pitched one inning walking 2, giving up 3 hits and 2 runs. This pitching appearance makes Moses the all-time Minnesota Twins leader in games and innings pitched by a position player with a total of 3 innings in 3 games. This was the only occurrence of a Twins position player pitching in the Metrodome. This is the seventh occurrence of a Twins position player pitching.|
|July 31, 1995||In a six player trade with the Dodgers, the Twins part ways with pitchers Mark Guthrie and Kevin Tapani and receive pitchers Jose Parra, Greg Hansell, along with outfielder Chris Latham and 3B Ron Coomer.|
|July 31, 1998||The Twins send P Greg Swindell and OF Orlando Merced to Boston and get OF John Barnes and pitchers Matt Kinney and Joe Thomas.|
|July 31, 2003||The Twins beat the Orioles dramatically 10-9 in a 10 inning four hour and 8 minute game at the Metrodme in what could arguably be one of the strangest games in their history. The Twins entered the 9th inning trailing 9-7. With closer Jorge Julio pitching, Luis Rivas singled and Doug Mientkiewicz walked which put runners on first and second. Two outs later, AJ Pierzynski singled, which scored Rivas. Michael Restovich then struck out swinging for what appeared to be the final out, but the ball eluded the Orioles catcher. Restovich hesitated for several seconds and took off for first base and was safe when the catcher threw wildly to first and Doug Mientkiewicz scored the tying run from second. The Twins won the game in the 10th inning when Jacques Jones hit a single over the head of the first baseman with the bases loaded as the Orioles played a five man infield trying to cut the winning run down at the plate.|
|July 31, 2004||The Twins acquire pitcher Justin Jones from the Cubs and send 1B Doug Mientkiewicz to Chicago.|
|July 31, 2006||The Reds and the Twins exchange pitchers, the Twins get Zach Ward and the Reds get Klye Loshe.|
|July 31, 2008||A five-minute fan outburst mars a 10 - 6 Twins win over the Chicago White Sox at the Metrodome. After a called strike on Denard Span, manager Ron Gardenhire comes out to argue with umpire Marty Foster. Gardenhire than kicks his hat over his head and fans throw dozens of hats and a few baseballs onto the field. WSox manager Ozzie Guillen pulls his club off the field while the Metrodome staff warn their fans of the risk of a forfeit loss. After the game settles down, Minnesota wraps up its win to move within a half-game of Chicago in the AL Central.|
|July 31, 2009||The Twins make a deal with the Oakland A's getting shortstop Orlando Cabrera and cash and give up minor league infielder Tyler Ladendorf their 2nd round pick in the 2008 first year player draft.|
|July 31, 2013||The Twins traded catcher Drew Butera to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a PTBNL or cash. On August 13 the Dodgers and Twins agree on the PTBNL and it is LHP Miguel Sulbaran.|
|August 1, 1976||The Twins beat the Oakland A's 8-7 in the first game of a DH at the Met. What is unusual about this game is that the A's steal 12 bases against four Twins pitchers and Glenn Borgmann and Butch Wynegar behind the plate. Bert Campaneris steals 3, Claudell Washington steals 2, Billy North steals 2, and Matt Alexander, Larry Linz, Phil Garner, Gene Tenace and Don Baylor steal 1 each. But hey, Twins pitcher Pete Redfern did pick off one A;s runner. What a track meet! The Twins Jerry Terrell and Rod Carew did manage to steal one base each.|
|August 1, 1983||The Twins play their first double header at the Metrodome and come away with a split against the California Angels in front of 18,368 fans.|
|August 1, 1985||The Indians trade veteran pitcher Bert Blyleven back to the Twins for outfielder Jim Weaver, pitchers Curt Wardle and Rich Yett, and shortstop Jay Bell.|
|August 1, 1986||Bert Blyleven pitches a 2-hitter and strikes out a then club-record 15 batters to become the 10th pitcher with 3,000 career strikeouts. Kirby Puckett hits for the cycle as the Twins romp 10-1 over the A's and in the process becomes the first Minnesota Twin to accomplish this remarkable feat at the Metrodome.|
|August 1, 1994 ||Baltimore's shortstop Cal Ripken became only the second major leaguer to play 2,000 straight games as the Orioles beat Minnesota 1-0 in the land of 10,000 lakes. Ripken is hitless in the game.|
|August 1, 2006|| The Minnesota Twins, in conjunction with Hubbard Broadcasting, today announced that AM1500 KSTP will be the team's new Twin Cities metropolitan area radio affiliate beginning in 2007.
The Twins-Hubbard Broadcasting agreement, which runs through the 2010 season, calls for AM1500 KSTP to broadcast all regular and post-season games and at least 25 spring training games.
As part of the Twins-Hubbard Broadcasting agreement, the Twins will produce the game broadcasts including pre-game and post-game shows. The Twins will remain on WCCO-AM 830 for the balance of the 2006 season, the final year of the team's contract with the radio station that has served as the Twins' radio home for 46 years.
|August 1, 2007||Rather than send almost 25,000 fans back out onto crowded highways, the Twins decide to play the game against the Kansas City Royals after a moment of silence in memory of victims of the nearby 35W bridge collapse that had taken place just an hour or so earlier.|
|August 2, 1965||Harmon Killebrew suffers a dislocated left elbow in a collision with Baltimore's Russ Snyder in the 6th inning while playing 1B at Met Stadium. The Twins slugger ends up missng 48 games. Killebrew was leading the AL in homers with 22 and RBIs at 70.|
|August 2, 1982||The Twins were playing the California Angels in Anaheim Stadium but after 6 innings the Twins had only 2 hits and trailed by a score of 6-0 against Angels hurler Mike Witt. But when the smoke had cleared, the Twins scored 3 in the 7th, 3 more in the 8th and completed their come back with still 3 more in the 9th and Minnesota's young Twins had an amazing 9-7 victory and Jeff Little notched one of his only three major league wins.|
|August 2, 2007 ||The Twins postpone their afternoon game against the Kansas City Royals due to the 35W bridge collapse not far from the Dome that took place just a day earlier.|
|August 2, 2012||Twins pitching prospect (2010 1st round pick) Alex Wimmers underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on today. Dr. Dan Buss performed the surgery in Minneapolis.|
|August 3, 1962||Harmon Killebrew hits a mammoth home run off Tigers pitchers Jim Bunning in the fourth inning at Tiger Stadium and become the first of only four players to hit a home run over the left field roof. The Twins win 7-4. The others to hit a homer over the roof were Frank Howard, Mark McGwire, and Cecil Fielder.|
|August 3, 1969||Pinch-hitter Rich Reese hit a grand slam to power the Minnesota Twins to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Baltimore Orioles and ends Dave McNally's 15 game winning streak. His two victories at the end of 1968 had given him 17 straight wins.|
|August 3, 1987||One of my favorite moments in Twins history occurs when Twins pitcher Joe Niekro is caught with a fingernail file on the mound at Anaheim Stadium and is ejected by umpire Tim Tschida during the 4th inning of Minnesota's 11-3 win over California. He was suspended for 10 games by AL president Bobby Brown, who doesn't buy Niekro's story "that he had been filing his nails on the bench and stuck the file in his back pocket when the inning started". On August 14th, Niekro appears on the "Late Night" show with David Letterman wearing a workman's belt that contains a power sander, nail file, clothes brush, toenail and fingernail clippers, sandpaper, tweezers, scissors, Vaseline, emery boards, and two bottles of Kiwi Scuff Magic.|
|August 3, 1999 ||The Astros and Twins swap catchers, Houston gets George Williams and Minnesota gets Josh Dimmick.|
|August 3, 2004||The Minnesota Twins and Lee County announced today that the parties have extended the Lee County Sports Complex lease agreement which maintains the baseball team's spring training operations in Fort Myers, Fla., through 2020.|
|August 3, 2007||The Twins lose to the Indians 5-2 at the Metrodome. Some of the 31,664 fans at the game might argue that 1B Justin Morneau did not earn his pay in todays game. Morneau went 0 for 4 and even though he played first base the entire game, he did not record a single putout. Morneau is the first to accomplish this rare feat in franchise history.|
|August 4, 1985||In a day of milestones, Tom Seaver becomes the 17th pitcher to win 300 games and Rod Carew becomes the 16th player ever to collect 3,000 career hits. Seaver pitches the White Sox to a 4-1 six-hit victory on Phil Rizzuto Day at Yankee Stadium as 54,032 New Yorkers cheer him on, while Carew bloops a single to left off Frank Viola in the 3rd inning of the Angels 6-5 win over the Twins in Anaheim Stadium. Carew is the first 3,000 hit member that was born in a foreign country.|
|August 4, 1987||In the fourth match up of 300-game winners since 1900, Angels’ hurler Don Sutton (317) allows four hits in six innings to beat Steve Carlton (328) and the Twins, 12-3 at Anaheim Stadium. The 645 combined victories is the largest number of wins ever accumulated by pitchers starting the same major league game.|
|August 4, 1993||Kent Hrbek became the second Twins player to reach 1,000 career RBI's in a Minnesota uniform in a game against the Red Sox at the Metrodome.|
|August 4, 1994||Twins 1B and fan favorite Kent Hrbek announces his retirement effective at the end of the season. The Twins first baseman, who played his entire 14-year career in Minnesota, ranks in or near the top in virtually every team offensive category. The 1994 season and Hrbek's career ended prematurely when the players walked out on August 12 and the season and associated playoffs were cancelled.|
|August 4, 1997||Brad Radke of Minnesota posted his 12th straight victory tieing a team record as he pitched seven strong innings in the Twins' 9-3 win over Toronto. Greg Colbrunn's pinch-hit grand slam off Chris Carpenter was the big blow. Radke is only the 3rd pitcher since 1950 to win 12 consecutive starts. Bob Gibson of St. Louis did it in 1968 and Pat Dobson did it with Baltimore in 1971.|
|August 5, 2001 ||Kirby Puckett, Dave Winfield and Bill Mazeroski were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Also enshrined was the late Hilton Smith, a Negro League pitcher overshadowed by teammate Satchel Paige. Los Angeles Times baseball writer Ross Newhan received the J.G. Taylor Spink award for writers, while Rafel "Felo'' Ramirez, who has broadcast games in Spanish since the 1940s, received the Ford C. Frick award for broadcasters.
A power outage in the Minneapolis area causes the Dome's air conditioning to shut down, heating up the inside of the Dome to 91 degrees as the wilted Twins lost to the Royals 10-5.
|August 5, 2010||With two outs and runners on the corners, Jason Kubel launched a high fly ball that bounced off the A-ring catwalk, just the second fair ball to hit the closest catwalk to the Tropicana Field roof in the stadium's 13-year history and fell to the pitcher's mound. Tampa Bay shortstop Jason Bartlett was hustling to get under the ball after it took a sharp downward turn upon hitting the walkway, which is suspended approximately 190 feet above the field, but he couldn't get to it in time, allowing Jason Repko to score the tie-breaking run. The Twins ended up scoring another run and won the game 8-6 and gained an important series split after losing the first two games in Tampa.|
|August 5, 2012||The Twins announced today that they have traded 3B Danny Valencia to the Boston Red Sox for 21-year-old GCL outfielder Jeremias Pineda.|
|August 5, 2013||A historic day in baseball but for all the wrong reasons. MLB announced that 13 players were suspended for violating the leagues's anti-doping protocols. All the players had ties to the Biogenisis clinic in Miami. Alex Rodriguez was suspnded for a historic 211 games but has appealed and is playing with the Yankees. The other 12 players including Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta, Antonio Bastarado, Everth Cabrera, Francisco Cervalli, Fautino De Los Santos, Sergio Escalona, Fernando Martinez, Jesus Montero, Jordan Norberto, Cesar Puello and Jordany Valdspin accepted their 50 game suspensions. About two weeks ago, Ryan Braun was suspended for 65 games for the same reasons.
Although no Twins were involved in the Biogenisis mess they had a bad day in Kansas City when they got trounced 13-0. Things were so bad that the Twins used utility infielder Jamey Carroll to pitch the 8th inning. Carroll needed just 9 pitches, seven for strikes to retire the side without a run scoring. Carroll did not walk a batter nor allow a hit and became the seventh position player in Twins history to take the mound.
|August 6, 1967||Dean Chance throws a perfect game through five innings against the Boston Red Sox at Met Stadium and wins 2-0 but the game was shortened due to rain and under MLB rule revisions in 1991, it is not recognized as an official no-hitter or a perfect game. Chance will throw a no-hitter that does count on August 25th.|
|August 6, 1969||Twins manager Billy Martin punches out his pitcher Dave Boswell after a scuffle between Boswell and teammate Bob Allison. Boswell is hospitalized and requires 20 stitches.
|August 6, 2010||The Twins lose to the Indians 7-6 when Matt LaPorta hits a walk-off home run off reliever Matt Guerrier in the bottom of the ninth. But there is more to this story, the Twins were trailing 6-4 after eight innings but had a runner on base in the top of the ninth when pinch-hitter Jim Thome appeared to have hit a game tieing two run home run, but the umpires ruled it a double. The play was reviewed and although TV replays seemed to clearly show that it was indeed a home run, the umpires still ruled it a double which cause manager Gardenhire to come on to the field to argue and was automatically ejected for arguing a reviewable play. Alexi Casilla ended up hitting a double that knocked in two runs to tie the score at 6-6 but the Twins could do no more and in the bottom of the ninth LaPorta hit his dramatic walk-off blast for an Indians win.|
|August 6, 2012||The No. 10 was featured prominently today at Progressive Field but it was another number that made it even more special for Justin Morneau. The Twins scored 10 times in the second inning to help give rookie left-hander Scott Diamond his 10th victory while handing the Indians their 10th straight loss with a 14-3 win. But for Morneau, the big number was 200, as the first baseman homered twice to reach the 200-home run plateau. He became the seventh Twins player to reach that mark and just the fourth Canadian-born player to reach the milestone.|
|August 6, 2013||Andrew Albers threw 8 1/3 scoreless innings in his major-league debut in Minnesota's win at Kauffman Sadium in Kansas City. No other Twins pitcher has thrown more than seven scoreless innings in his first game in the big leagues since the team arrived in Minnesota (from Washington) in 1961. Albers might have had a complete game shutout had it not been for a questionable call on a possible double play ball in the ninth inning. Casey Fien retired the final two batters but Albers was credited with his first major league win. Brian Dozier, Justin Moneau and Chris Colabello all homered in support of Albers.|
|August 7, 1907||Washington Senators' hurler Walter Johnson wins his first major league game beating the Indians, 7-2. The 'Big Train' will tally 417 victories during his 21-year HOF career.|
|August 7, 1976||Steve Luebber's Twins pitching career was short, just 58 games with 24 starts in parts of three seasons (71, 72, and 76). But on this day Luebber felt confident, he was facing the Rangers for the second time in a two week period and he was coming off a complete game shutout of the Oakland A's. After 6 perfect innings, Luebber had faced 18 batters and retired everyone one of them and the Twins had staked him to a 3-0 lead. In the 7th the Rangers loaded the bases with 2 walks and an error but Luebber buckled down and retired Toby Harrah for the final out of the inning and the no-hitter was still in play. Luebber retired the Rangers 1-2-3 in the 8th inning and went on to retire the first two batters in the ninth inning and was one batter away from a no-no. Roy Howell was the Texas batter and Lubber had him 2-2 and threw what he thought was strike 3 but umpire Art Frantz didn't see it that way and the count went full. Luebber tried a fastball again but this time Howell hit a sharp single to center and the normally slick fielding Lyman Bostock let the ball get past him and Howell ended up on third base. The next batter, Mike Hargrove followed with a single and Howell scored and Luebber had lost his no-hitter and the shutout. At this point manager Gene Mauch had seen enough and brought in reliever Bill Campbell who struck out Jeff Burroughs to end the game, preserve the victory for Luebber and the Twins were 3-1 winners in Arlington Stadium.|
|August 7, 2002||Major leaguers agree to be checked randomly for illegal steroids starting next year. The proposal, which addresses a major issue in the current contract talks, ends the players decades-old opposition to mandatory drug testing.|
|August 7, 2005||40,982 fans at the Metrodome saw Twins outfielder Shannon Stewart give the ball to a fan after making a catch off the bat of Alex Cora, unfortunately, there were only two outs and the Red Sox scored 5 runs in the top of the first inning and ended up winning the game 11-7.|
|August 7, 2009||The Twins, in need of pitching help agree to send the Clevland Indians "a player to be named later" and acquire pitcher Carl Pavano. The PTBNL is RHP Yohan Pino.|
|August 7, 2010||Both teams wore throwback uniforms at Jacobs Field, honoring the Negro Leagues, with the Twins wearing the 1909 St. Paul Gophers uniforms, and the Indians dressed like the 1946 Cleveland Buckeyes. The old Gophers uniforms are navy blue, with long, baggy sleeves and baggy pants. The shirts had a huge open collar that made them look kind of strange. The hats were white with short blue brims ans StPG logo. Carl Pavano and the Twins won 7-2.|
|August 8, 1962||With the score tied at 3 apiece at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City, A's rookie third baseman Ed Charles steals home with two out in the ninth to score the winning run in a A's 4-3 win over the Twins. Ray Moore and Jerry Zimmerman were the Twins battery at the time.|
|August 8, 1974||The Royals - Twins game at Royals Stadium is briefly interrupted by President Nixon's resignation speech. The speech is broadcast after it begins and the next inning is delayed until the conclusion of the speech. The Twins prevail over the host Royals‚ 3 - 2 in 14 innings when Tony Oliva's sacrifice fly drives home Rod Carew. Bill Campbell pitches 7 innings of relief for the win.|
|August 8, 1987||The Twins beat the Oakland A's 9-2 at the Metrodome as Twins pitcher Steve Carlton wins the 329th and final game of his Hall of Fame career. Carlton pitches 8 2/3 innings giving up 2 runs while striking out two batters.|
|August 8, 1988||The Indians and the Twins were scoreless after 3 innings at the Metrodome with Allan Anderson on the mound for the local nine. In the top of the fourth inning with no one out, the Indians Ron Washington and Willie Upshaw singled to put runners on first and second and then Joe Carter smashed a long drive to the left field corner where Twins outfielder Dan Gladden snagged it for an out and wheeled and fired a strike to Steve Lombardozzi at 2B to nail Washington and then Lombo relayed the ball to Gene Larkin at first to get the runner there by at least 5 feet and completed the unusual 7-4-3 triple play. The Twins went on to win the game by a 7-2 score with Gladden going 3 for 5 with a run scored, a stolen base, and a RBI. Catcher Brian Harper was 4 for 4 but played second fiddle to Gladden on this day.|
|August 8, 1998||Paul Molitor stole his 500th base in Minnesota's 6-3 loss to Baltimore to become only the fifth player ever with 3,000 hits and 500 steals. Molitor joined Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Eddie Collins and Lou Brock.|
|August 8, 2004||The A's beat the Twins 6 - 5 in 18 innings. It is the second-longest game in the 23-year history of the Metrodome. With the score tied 3 to 3, the A's score 3 in the top of the 18th off Terry Mulholland to take a 6-3 lead. The Twins come back with 2 in the bottom of the 18th with a Morneau home run but leave Matthew LeCroy stranded on first when Koskie and Cuddyer flyout to end the rally and the Twins hope of a huge comeback victory. The game lasts 4 hours and 57 minutes.|
|August 8, 2005||One time Minnesota Twins manager (1976-1980) Gene Mauch passes away at the age of 79. Mauch was the seventh manager in Twins history. I think one of my favorite Gene Mauch quotes was "I'm not the manager because I am always right, but I am always right because I am the manager".|
|August 8, 2009||The Twins third manager, Cal Ermer passed away at the age of 85 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Ermer replaced the fired Sam Mele in June 1967 with the Twins in sixth place with a 25-25 record. The Twins went 66-46 the rest of the season but lost the American League pennant on the final day of the season. Ermer was fired after the Twins finished in seventh place in 1968 with a 79-83 record.|
|August 9, 1967||The Twins lose 9-7 to the Washington Senators after plaiyng for 20 innings and 5 hours and 40 minutes at Met Stadium. The Twins had a 7-0 lead after 6 but the Senators scored 7 in the top of the 7th to tie the score. The Senators Ken McMullen hit a home run in the top of the 20th inning to win the game. Al Worthington the Twins fourth pitcher threw 8.2 innings of 2 hit relief with 8 strikeouts but Jim Roland who pitched the last 4 innings took the loss. Darold Knowles, the 5th pitcher used by Washington threw 10 innings of 3 hit relief while striking out 10 Twins, but Dave Baldwin who pitched the last 3 innings got the victory. I guess this was back in the days when relief pitchers were tough!|
|August 10, 1962||The LA Angels Dean Chance and the Twins Jim Kaat lock up in a real pitchers duel at Dodger Stadium. Both pitchers go the distance but the Twins come out on the short end of a 1-0 game when Kaat gets the first out in the 11th inning but them gives up consecutive singles to Steve Bilko and Bob Rodgers. With runners on first and third, Leon "Daddy Wags" Wagner delivers a game winning single to center. Kaat gives up a total of 6 hits in 10.1 innings with 4 walks while striking out 8. Chance who pitched the full 11 innings gives up 5 hits, 3 walks, and strikes out 7. What did relievers do in those days?|
|August 10, 1969||For the second time this season, Twins' Cesar Tovar breaks up a no-hit bid by an Oriole pitcher with a ninth inning single. Mike Cuellar is the victim this time. Mike Cuellar's (15-9) string of 35 straight batters retired is ended by Cesar Tovar, who also spoils Cuellar's no-hit bid in a 2 - 0 win against the Twins at Memorial Stadium. Tovar has the only hit in a game for the third time, and the second time this season.|
|August 10, 1971 ||Harmon Killebrew of the Minnesota Twins hit his 500th home run in the first inning off Baltimore's Mike Cuellar at Met stadium to become the 10th player with at least 500. Killebrew also hit No. 501 off Cuellar, but the Orioles won 4-3.
|August 10, 1979||The Oakland A's and the Twins split a twin bill at Met Stadium and Oakland reliever Dave Heaverlo wins the first game and loses the second game.|
|August 10, 1990||The Minnesota Twins first manager, Harry Arthur “Cookie” Lavagetto died in his sleep at his home in Orinda, California at the age of 77.|
|August 10, 1994||In the final game of the 1994 season, the Twins beat the Red Sox 17-7 at the Metrodome. Kirby Puckett is 2 for 3 with 4 runs scored, two home runs, and seven RBI's. Kent Hrbek takes off his major league uniform for the last time after going 1 for 5 with 1 run scored and 3 RBI's.|
|August 10, 2000||Twins catcher Danny Ardoin hits a homerun for his first major league hit against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.|
|August 10, 2010||The Minnesota Twins, in conjunction with Hubbard Broadcasting, today announced that 1500 ESPN Twin Cities will remain the team's Twin Cities metropolitan area radio affiliate through the 2012 season. Grrrr....
|August 10, 2011||The Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 5-2 at Target Field and Twins closer Joe Nathan notches his ninth save of the 2011 season. But this save is special because it is Nathan's 255th Twins save, one more than the Twins previous record holder, Rick Aguilera. Nathan goes on to save 260 games for Minnesota during his Twins career and he also had one save with the San Francisco Giants.|
|August 11, 1974||The Twins celebrate Harmon Killebrew day at Met Stadium. The Twins beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 and Harmon goes 2 for 3 wih a run scored and 2 RBI's as the Twins DH. "They say a day like this usually means a player isn't far from his end," Killbrew told the crowd of 27,363. The words proved to be prophetic as the Twins let Harmon go after the 1974 season and he signed with the Kansas City Royals for one final season.|
|August 11, 1982||Twins Terry Felton (0-11) is the losing pitcher in 6-3 loss to California, dropping his career record to 0-14, the worst individual start in ML history. Felton will never win a ML game, finishing his career with an 0-16 record. Terry owns two dubious major league records, most losses (16) in a career with zero wins and most losses in a single season without a win with 13 in 1982.|
|August 11, 2001||Put this down in your list of strange and unusual. In a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Tropicana Field Minnesota 1B Doug Mientkiewicz makes all 3 putouts in the bottom of the 2nd without touching first base. The Devil Rays have Toby Hall on third base and Randy Winn on first with no outs in the inning when Aubrey Huff hits a weak grounder to Mientkiewicz. The first sacker crosses the diamond to chase Hall back to third, then tags out Winn who had run all the way around from first. Mientkiewicz then catches Hall wandering off the base to complete an unassisted double play. The next Rays' batter‚ Jared Sandberg‚ hits a towering foul pop-up that Mientkiewicz catches for the third out.|
|August 11, 2013||The Twins dealt utility infielder Jamey Carroll to the Kansas City Royals for either cash or a PTBNL.|
|August 12, 1979||Jerry Koosman pitches a complete game 10 hit shutout as the Twins beat the Oakland A's 1-0 at the Met. The games only run scores when Mike Cubbage (who goes 3 for 3 in the game) singles and is doubled home by Danny Goodwin who is told to swing away by Gene Mauch after fouling off a bunt attempt trying to move Cubbage to second. Koosman wins his 14th game as he strikes out 4, walks none and picks a runner off first base. You had to drink your beer fast that day because the game only lasted 1 hour and 43 minutes.|
|August 12, 1984||Harmon Killebrew, Rick Ferrell, Don Drysdale, Pee Wee Reese, and Luis Aparicio are inducted into the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, New York. Harmon becomes the first Minnesota Twins player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, N.Y. Harmon was selected in his fourth year of eligibility.|
|August 12, 2000||The Twins All-Time Team took part in an on the field pre-game ceremony and a poster depicting the All-Time Team was given to the first 10,000 fans in attendance. In addition, Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew, Tony Oliva, Kent Hrbek, Kirby Puckett, and Calvin Griffith were inducted as charter members into the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame.
|August 12, 2013||The Twins sent infielder Jamey Carroll to the Kansas City Royals for a PTBNL or cash.
The Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 3-0 at Target Field but the story of the game is LHP Andrew Albers. Andrew Albers shut out the Indians 3-0 after he threw 8 1/3 scoreless innings the previous Tuesday in his big-league debut against the Kansas City Royals. Albers is the first pitcher not to allow a run in either of his first two games in the major leagues, while pitching at least eight innings in each game, since Baltimore's Tom Phoebus began his career with consecutive shutouts in September 1966.
|August 13, 1970||For a record-tying 4th time, Cesar Tovar has the Twins' only hit, a single. This time Washington Senators DIck Bosman is the pitcher, winning 1 - 0 at RFK Stadium. Jim Kaat who gave up the single unearned run is the tough luck loser.|
|August 13, 1986||The Twins part ways with pitchers Ron Davis and Dewayne Coleman and receive shortstop Julius McDougal, and pitchers George Frazier and Ray Fontenot from the Cubs.|
|August 13, 1995||The Twins retire Kent Hrbek’s number 14.|
|August 14, 1981||The last double header played at Met Stadium draws a crowd of only 5,630 baseball fans as the Twins and Seattle Mariners split the twin bill.|
|August 14, 1997||The Twins send 1B Greg Colbrunn to the Atlanta Braves for outfielder Mark Lewis.|
|August 14, 2010||Brian Duensing throws his first career shutout as he holds the Oakland A's to 3 hits, 2 walks while striking out 4 in a 2-0 victory at Target Field.|
|August 15, 1993||The Twins trade 3B Mike Pagliarulo to the Orioles and receive a player to be named later that turns out to be pitcher Erik Schullstrom.|
|August 15, 1994||Minnesota Twins pitcher Pat Mahomes was knocked unconscious and trapped in his Jeep after it rolled over on a bridge in downtown Minneapolis, the police said. Mahomes sustained head injuries and his condition was upgraded from serious to satisfactory by mid-afternoon, according to the Hennepin County Medical Center. Mahomes, who was alone, was traveling at "a fairly high rate of speed" when his vehicle crossed the center line, hit a guard rail and rolled over, a police spokeswoman said. He was not wearing a seat belt and was trapped until police were able to get him out. Mahomes may be charged with a DUI. Mahomes, 24, of Lindale, Texas was drafted by the Twins in the sixth round of the 1988 free-agent draft.|
|August 15, 2007||Colorado sends 3B Matt Macri to Minnesota for pitcher Ramon Ortiz.|
|August 15, 2010||In a game I attended at Target Field, Twins pitcher Kevin Slowey had a no hitter for 7 innings against the Oakland A's. The Twins were leading 1-0 going into the bottom of the 7th inning and Jim Thome hit a 3-run home (his 580th) to right field and the Twins had a 4-0 lead. At that point, manger Ron Gardenhire made a gutsy move and pulled Slowey from the game and killed Slowey's chance at pitching immortality. To that point Slowey had walked 3 batters, hit one, and had a runner reach first on a throwing error by shortstop Alexi Casilla. Reliever Jon Rauch came in to the game and retired the first batter in the 8th but then allowed back-to-back doubles and the no-hitter and the shutout both went by the wayside. The Twins ended up winning the game 4-2. Gardy's reasoning for pulling Slowey while he still had a no-hitter going was that Slowey had been skipped in the pitching rotation a few days earlier due to a twinge in his elbow and the fact that he had thrown 106 pitches.|
|August 15, 2011||What a day! The Twins who were in Detroit to face the Tigers, trade outfielder Delmon Young to the Tigers for minor league pitcher Cole Nelson from Edina, Minnesota and a PTBNL who is announced the next day and turns out to be minor league pitcher Lester Oliveros. The Twins then take on the Tigers and in the first inning Delmon Young hits a home run in his first at-bat as a Tiger off Twins starter Francisco Liriano. In the sixth inning Twins Jim Thome hits home run number 599 off of Tiger starter Rick Porcello. Then in the seventh inning, Thome hits home run number 600 off of Tiger reliever Dan Schlereth and becomes only the eighth major leaguer player to hit 600 or more career home runs. Earlier in the game Twins outfielder Ben Revere hits a shot to right-center in Comerica Park and tries for an inside the park homerun but is thrown out at home plate after a big collision with Detroit catcher Alex Avila. In the end, the Twins prevailed 9-6. After the game the Twins announced that on their final day to do so, the Twins signed their 2011 first round pick (30th over all) shortstop Levi Micheal and their two sandwich picks, 3B Travis Harrison and pitcher Hudson Boyd. An exciting day indeed!|
|August 15, 2012||The Minnesota Twins, in conjunction with Northern Lights Broadcasting, today announced that FM 96.3 K-TWIN will be the team's new Twin Cities metropolitan area radio affiliate beginning in 2013. The move to FM marks the first time in franchise history that Twins games will be broadcast on the FM spectrum in the metro area. The Twins-Northern Lights Broadcasting agreement calls for FM 96.3 K-TWIN to broadcast all regular and post-season games and at least 25 Spring Training games.|
|August 16, 1975||In a 9 - 1 win over Cleveland at Met Stadium, the Twins set a ML mark with nine batters getting 2 or more hits. The Twins hitters that day were Lyman Bostock, Danny Ford, Rod Carew, John Briggs, Tony Oliva, Eric Soderholm, Steve Braun, Jerry Terrell and Phil Roof. Pitcher Jim Hughes is the recipient of the hitting barrage.|
|August 16, 1990||Was Tom Kelly bored on this day? In a 7 - 5 loss to the Indians at Celeveland Stadium, the Twins' Kirby Puckett starts off in RF and then moves to SS, 3B, and 2B all in the 8th inning. Al Newman switches from 3B to SS back to 3B in the frame. Cleveland fails to score.|
|August 17, 1999||Baltimore Orioles Jesse Orosco set a major league record by pitching in his 1,072nd game, breaking a tie with Dennis Eckersley atop the career list. The 42-year-old Orosco took the mound with two outs in the seventh inning of Baltimore's 8-3 victory over Minnesota at Camden Yards. Orosco was originally drafted by Minnesota in 1978 but did not pitch for them until 2003 which was his 24th and final big league season. Orosco played for 9 different major league organizations, some more than once.|
|August 17, 2008||During the fifth inning of a 11-8 loss to the Twins at the Metrodome, Mariners' right-hander (and future Minnesota Twins pitcher) R. A. Dickey throws four wild pitches tying a major league record for wild pitches in one frame. Seattle backstop Kenji Johjima is also charged with a passed ball on another pitch thrown in the infamous inning.|
|August 17, 2010||Let me set the stage, the Twins are up by 3 games in the AL Central standings over the Chicago White Sox and the mighty whitey's come to Target Field for 3 crucial games starting today. The Twins take a 4-0 lead after one inning but the whitey's come back with three of their own in the second. After four innings the score is tied 4-4. The Twins go ahead 5-4 in the fifth on a long home run to left by Delmon Young but WSox Alexei Ramirez ties the game again with a home run to left off closer Matt Capps in the top of the ninth. The White Sox scrape together three singles in the top of the 10th to take the lead 6-5. Then in the botton of the 10th inning Delmon Young singles and Jim Thome hits the first walk-off home run at Target Field deep to right off lefty reliever Matt Thornton and the Twins take a four game lead in the AL Central.|
|August 17, 2013||Today's Fort Myers Miracle game against the Bradenton Marauders took an unexpected turn with a bench-clearing brawl that resulted in both managers being ejected. According to Miracle Broadcaster Brice Zimmerman, Doug Mientkiewicz, the first-year Miracle manager, got into an altercation with Bradenton manager Frank Kremblas after Jason Wheeler of the Miracle plunked Dan Gamache. The ran out of the dugout and met behind home plate where they locked arms and rolled around on the ground followed by the players who joined in. In the wake of a wild on-field brawl on Saturday night, the Twins will leave any discipline for Class A Fort Myers manager Doug Mientkiewicz up to the Florida State League, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Sunday.|
|August 18, 1966||The Twins turn their first ever triple play in the second inning of a game against the Angels. Frank Malzone was the unlucky hitter when Rollins-Tovar-Killebrew turned the play at the Met.|
|August 18, 1986||Tom Seaver, pitching for the Boston Red Sox wins the 311th and final game of his Hall of Fame career in a 3-1 win over Minnesota in the Metrodome. Seaver pitches 3 hit ball over 8 2/3 innings and strikes out seven.|
|August 19, 1974||The Twins and A’s swap 1B, the Twins give up Jim Holt and the A’s send Pat Bourque to Minnesota.
|August 19, 1984||The Twins trade pitcher Jay Pettibone to the St. Louis Cardinals for shortstop Chris Speier.|
|August 19, 2007||The Twins beat the Texas Rangers 1-0 at the Metrodome and in the process Johan Santana sets a new team game strikeout record when he whiffs 17 Rangers in 8 innings. Michael Cuddyer provides the game's lone run with his 12th homer of the season. Michael Young, the Rangers All-Star shortstop, leads the K crowd by striking out all four times against Santana.|
|August 19, 2013||Catcher Joe Mauer goes 2 for 4 but the Twins lose 6-1 to the New York Mets in a meaning less make-up game at Target Field. Turns out that this is probably the last time that Mauer will ever catch for the Twins. The next day Mauer has concussion symptoms and misses the rest of the season. Mauer caught the entire game but took a foul tip off his mask during the game. On November 11, 2013 the Twins and Mauer announce that Mauer is giving up catching and moving to play 1B where he has played a total of 56 games over the last three seasons.|
|August 20, 1961||Jack Kralick and fellow pitcher Al Schroll hit home runs for the Twins, to become the sixth pitching duo in major league history to hit a homer for the same team during a single season game. Minnesota defeated the Los Angeles Angels, 9–7 at Wrigley Field.|
|August 20, 1962||The Twins trade pitchers Jackie Collum and Georges Maranda to Cleveland for pitcher Ruben Gomez.|
|August 21, 1965||The Beatles played a concert at Metropolitan Stadium.|
|August 21, 1997||The Twins acquire pitchers Joe Mays and Jeromy Palki from the Mariners when they give up outfielder Roberto Kelly.|
|August 22, 1968||Minnesota's Jim Merritt loses his shutout in the 9th when Mickey Mantle hits a pinch homer, but Merritt wins 3-1 over the New York Yankees at Met Stadium. It is Mantle's 534th HR, tying him with Jimmie Foxx for 3rd on the all-time list at that time.|
|August 22, 1975||The Twins Dave McKay homers in his first ML at bat during an 8-4 win over the Tigers, Vern Ruhle gave up the long ball at Met Stadium. McKay becomes the second Twins player to hit a homerun in his first at bat.|
|August 22, 1981||The Twins and Tigers swapped 1B, the Twins acquired Tim Corcoran and gave up Ron "Papa Jack" Jackson.|
|August 23, 1966||The Twins hit a milestone with win number 500 in Washington when Jim Kaat gets the victory.
|August 23, 1977||Minnesota native Dave Goltz pitches a one hitter and the Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 7-0 at Met Stadium. Jim Rice's lead off single to left just over the glove of the leaping shortstop Roy Smalley in the top of the fourth inning was the only base hit off Goltz. Goltz walked 3 batters and struck out 10. The Twins hitters beat up on Fergie Jenkins and Bob Stanley for 14 hits including a home run by Rod Carew. Every hitter in the Twins line-up had at least one hit.|
|August 23, 2005||The Twins beat the White Sox at the Dome (we were there) 1 to 0 and the Twins only had 1 hit in the game, a 8th inning home run by Jacques Jones off tough luck loser Freddy Garcia. Johan Santana who had pitched 8 innings and himself only gave up 3 hits was credited with the win. Joe Nathan pitched a hitless 9th for the save. This was only the second time in Twins history that they have won a game while only getting one hit.|
|August 23, 2009||Michael Cuddyer hit a pair of home runs during an eight-run seventh inning for the Twins in their 10-3 win at Kansas City. Cuddyer is the only player to homer twice in the same inning for Minnesota since the franchise left Washington, D.C. after the 1960 season. The only player to do that for the old Senators was Jim Lemon against the Red Sox at Griffith Stadium on Sept. 5, 1959. Cuddyer also becomes the first major leaguer in baseball history to hit for the cycle (May 22) and hit two home runs in one inning during the course of the same season.|
|August 23, 2010||Four Texas Rangers pitchers hold the Twins to 1 hit and beat the Twins 4-0 at the Ballpark in Arlington. Joe Mauer broke up the no-hitter with a single with one out in the top of the ninth. This was the second no-hitter that Mauer has broken up during his career.|
|August 24, 1980||Twins manager Gene Mauch resigns following a 3-2 loss to the Tigers, he was replaced by John Goryl.
|August 24, 1981||In his first ML game, Kent Hrbek homers in the 12th inning off pitcher George Frazier to give the Twins a 3-2 win over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The 21-year-old 1B grew up in Bloomington, MN, less than a mile from Metropolitan Stadium and jumped directly to his hometown club from Class-A Visalia (California League), where he was hitting .380 with 27 HRs and 112 RBI.|
|August 25, 1967||Dean Chance pitches the second no hitter in Twins history and defeats the Indians 2-1 in the second game of a double header at Cleveland Stadium. The Indians actually scored first in this game when Chance walked Lee Maye and Vic Davalillo in the bottom of the first. Chance then struck out Chuck Hinton but Tony Horton reached on an error by SS Jackie Hernandez to load the bases. With Max Alvis batting, Chance threw a wild pitch and Maye scored the Indians first and only run. Chance then struck out Alvis and Joe Azcue flew out to end the threat. Chance then completed the game with out allowing an Indian hit while striking out eight and walking a total of five batters. The Twins went on to score two runs and win this unusual no-hitter.|
|August 25, 1970||A bomb scare at Met Stadium delayed the Boston Red Sox vs Minnesota Twins game forty-three (43) minutes. According to the Sporting News, a bomb scare forced a 43-minute delay in the fourth inning, but the only bomb that exploded was the homer by Tony Conigliaro off of Tommy Hall in the eighth giving Red Sox 1-0 victory over Twins. A crowd of 17,697 evacuated the stands after announcement over public address system stated that a telephoned warning had been received that bomb was due to go off. The evacuation was orderly and without panic with about 2,000 fans, players, police and vendors gathered in the center-field area. The rest milled about in the parking lot. The bomb was supposed to go off at 10:30 PM so after a 27 minute wait, the game was resumed at 10:57 PM. The Sox end the game with a double play, a 1-6 force at second base, then a throw home to nab Tony Oliva trying to score. Ken Brett is the winner in relief over Tommy Hall.
|August 25, 1978||Major League umpires stage a one-day strike in defiance of their union contract. Semipro and amateur umps are pressed into service until a restraining order forces the strikers to return. At Toronto at Exhibition Stadium, the Blue Jays beat the Twins 7 - 3, with two amateur umpires and two coaches officiating: Toronto coach Don Leppert was at 2B and Twins coach Jerry Zimmerman was at 3B. Since 1910, this was just the 5th time this century, and the first time since 1941, that active players or coaches have umpired.The umpires will walk out again at the beginning of the 1979 season.|
|August 25, 1998||The Twins like many teams before them, send pitcher Mike Morgan packing, this time to the Cubs and pitcher Scott Downs heads to Minnesota. Morgan pitched for 12 different ML teams (13 if you count that he was traded to the Cubs twice) between 1978 and 2002 before he finally calls it quits.
|August 25, 2008||The Twins make a deal with the Texas Rangers and reacquire relief pitcher Eddie Guardado and send pitcher Mark Hamburger to Texas.|
|August 26, 1962||At Met Stadium 23,224 Twins fans get to see the Twins first no-hitter ever as Jack Kralick no-hits the Kansas City A's and wins 1-0 on Lenny Green’s sacrifice fly off Bill Fischer. A 3 - 2 walk to George Alusik with one out in the 9th spoils the bid for a perfect game. Alusik had beaten Kralick with a 2-run home run back on August 8th. Kralick threw 97 pitches and struck out 3 batters in his complete game effort. The no-hitter was preserved by RF Bob Allison when he leaped above the fence to rob Ed Charles of a home run in the fourth inning.|
|August 26, 1996||The Twins receive pitcher Brian Looney from the Red Sox for pitcher Pat Mahomes.|
|August 27, 1975||The Twins Craig Kusick ties the ML record by being hit with pitches 3 times in one game by Milwaukee starting pitcher Bill Travers. The Twins got even with a 11-inning 1-0 win over the Brewers in County Stadium. Bert Blyleven goes the distance for the win.|
|August 27, 2010||The Twins acquire lefty relief pitcher Brian Fuentes from the Los Angeles Angeles for a PTBNL. In 2009 Fuentes was the league leader with 48 saves. The PTBNL that Minnesota sends to the Angels turns out to be 7' 1" minor league pitching prospect Loek Van Mil, the tallest man in organized baseball. The Twins currently have the tallest man in MLB in 6' 11" reliever Jon Rauch.|
|August 27, 2012||Twins catcher Joe Mauer made history tonight at Target Field, as he passed Earl Battey for Minnesota's franchise record for most games caught.
Mauer started behind the plate against the Mariners to mark his 832nd game caught, which passed Battey's 831 games behind the plate, set during this time with Minnesota from 1961-67.
|August 28, 1980||An odd game for sure at Toronto's Exhibition Stadium. The game officially lasted 15 innings and 4 hours and 24 minutes but the game was actually not completed until the next day when the Twins defeated the Blue Jays by a 7-5 score. The game was scheduled as a day game because the Canadian National Exhibition (Canada's version of a state fair) was going on next door to the ballpark and as part of the event, a concert stage was erected next to the stadium for a daily nightime concert and it was declared that no inning could begin after 5:00 PM local time. The teams played for 14 innings and were tied at 5 apiece when the curfew kicked in. The game resumed the following afternoon but both of the line-ups had to be modified because Bluejays 1B Otto Velez and the Twins OF Bombo Rivera were injured in an auto accident after the game. Rivera was in no condition to play and Bluejay Otto Velez was injured and out for the season and since Toronto had used all their position players, the Blue Jays sent pitcher Dave Stieb (who was scheduled to start that days game for Toronto) out to left field. As often happens in these situations, the Twins scored two runs quickly in the top of the 15th and Al WIlliams held the Bluejays scoreless in the bottom of the inning for a Twins win. Minnesota then won the regularly scheduled game for that day 5-2 and naturally, Dave Stieb was the losing Toronto pitcher. A strange two days at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto. John Verhoeven only won 3 games in his Twins career and this was one of them.|
|August 28, 1981||Tim Laudner becomes the 2nd Twins player in 4 days to homer in his first ML game, a 6-0 win over the Tigers at Met Stadium. Tiger Dave Rozema gives up the long ball.|
|August 28, 1988||The Twins deal pitcher Doug Kline to Baltimore for outfielder Jim Dwyer.|
|August 28, 1989||One year to the day after outfielder Jim Dwyer is acquired, he is sent to the Expos for outfielder Alonzo Powell.|
|August 28, 1993||The Giants and Twins make a deal. The Twins get pitchers Greg Brummett, Aaron Fultz, and infielder Andres Duncan while the Giants get pitcher Jim Deshaies.
|August 28, 2008||MLB implemented instant replay for the first time but the policy only applies to homerun balls. The Twins game in Oakland was one of the first games played under instant replay rules.
|August 28, 2009||The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have acquired righthanded pitcher Jon Rauch from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for cash.
The Twins also announced that the sod installation is completed at Target Field.
|August 29, 1963||What a power packed day. In a double header with the Washington Senators in DC Stadium the Twins sweep both ends. In the first game the Twins win 14-2 and hit 8 home runs in the process. Jimmie Hall, Rich Rollins, Bernie Allen, and Bob Allison each hit one out while Vic Power and Harmon Killebrew each hit two out of the park. The Twins win the second game 10-1 and hit 4 more home runs. This time Zoilo Versalles, Jimmie Hall, Bernie Allen, and Harmon Killebrew hit'em out.|
|August 29, 1984||The Twins send 2B Carson Carroll packing to Seattle and receive 1B Pat Putnam.|
|August 29, 1990||Shortstop Greg Gagne goes 2 for 4 with a home run and three steals, including home, in a 6 - 1 win over the White Sox at the Metrodome. Mark Guthrie goes the distance for the win.|
|August 29, 1992||A power outage in the Metrodome during the third inning caused a 23-minute delay vs. New York.|
|August 29, 1996||The Twins trade 3B Dave Hollins to the Mariners and receive 1B David Ortiz.
|August 29, 2009||The Minnesota Twins signed lefthanded pitcher Ron Mahay to a Major League contract. Mahay was designated for assignment on August 24, and released on August 26 by the Kansas City Royals.|
|August 29, 2012||MLB Commissioner Bud Selig flew in to the Twins Cities today and announced at Target Field that the 2014 MLB All-Star game has been awarded to the Minnesota Twins and that Target Field will host the 85 Midsummer classic that will be played on July 15, 2014.. This will be the third All-Star game hosted by the Minnesota Twins with previous games being played in 1965 at Met Stadium and 1985 at the Metrodome.|
|August 30, 1963||The Twins' power surge continues in a 5-3 win over the White Sox. Minnesota has 19 HRs in the span of 5 straight games, tying the ML record set by the Giants in 1954.|
|August 30, 1981||The White Sox send outfielder Randy Johnson, shortstop Ivan Mesa, and pitcher Kevin Flannery to Minnesota for pitcher Jerry Koosman.|
|August 30, 1983||With the Twins trailing the Tigers 4-3 in the top of the 8th inning at Tiger Stadium, Tiger pitcher Dan Petry hits Twins outfielder Gary Ward in the face with a fastball. Battered and bruised, Ward returns to the lineup just six days later and goes 4 for 4 against the Rangers at Arlington Stadium. Gary Gaetti was quoted as saying " I've been hit in the head", but I'd never seen anything like that before. His face was broken".|
|August 30, 1987||Kirby Puckett goes 6-for-6 with 2 home runs, 2 doubles, and 2 singles in Minnesota's 10-6 win over Milwaukee, tying the AL record for hits in a 9-inning game. His 14 total bases are most in club history. Combined with the previous days 4-for-5, two-HR performance, Puckett has a ML-record-tying 10 hits in 2 games.
|August 30, 1997||In a deal with the Brewers, the Twins get pitcher Michael Fieldbinder and give up outfielder Darrin Jackson.|
|August 30, 2002||The MLB owners and the players union reaches an oral agreement on a contract through 12/19/2006, setting a deal 3 ½ hours before the first game due to be affected by strike. As part of this agreement, contraction is put off until after 2006.|
|August 30, 2007||The MInnesota Twins and many dignitaries hold the official ground breaking for the Twins new stadium which eventually will be called Target Field. The ground breaking was postponed from earlier in the month due to the collapse of the 35W bridge.|
|August 30, 2013||Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers and the AL leader in strikeouts had struck out 10 and walked just one and was no-hitting the Twins for six innings at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and was leading 2-0. Then in the top of the 7th inning he walked Brian Dozier and Chris Herrmann followed with a home run. Justin Morneau then followed with another home run and when Darvish looked up he was trailing 3-2 and his no-hitter was long gone. The Twins held on for a nice 3-2 victory. Morneau's home run was number 221 in his career and put him third on the Twins all-time list but it would also be his last in a Twins uniform as he was traded to Pittsburgh the next day.|
|August 31, 1987||In their seventh trade of the season, the Twins acquire outfielder Don Baylor from the Red Sox for pitcher Enrique Rios.|
|August 31, 1992||The Twins send pitcher Bill Krueger to the Montreal Expos for outfielder Darren Reed.|
|August 31, 1993||The Twins finally win the longest game in their history when Pedro Munoz hits a walk-off home run to lead off the bottom of the 22nd inning to beat Jason Grimsley and the Cleveland Indians 5-4 in 22 innings after playing ball for 6 hours and 17 minutes at the Metrodome. Brett Merriman picks up the win.|
|August 31, 1994||The Twins sell future HOF outfielder Dave Winfield to the Cleveland Indians. Because of the strike, Winfield won't play for his new team until 1995.|
|August 31, 2000||The Twins send outfielder Midre Cummings to Boston for shortstop Hector De Los Santos.|
|August 31, 2003||The Twins and Yankees swap pitchers and the Twins get Jesse Orosco and part ways with Juan Padilla.|
|August 31, 2005||At Kauffman Stadium against the Royals the Twins get 13 hits, 2 walks and a hit batsman and still manage to lose the game 1-0. Matt Guerrier was the loser in relief of Kyle Loshe and Mike MacDougal picked up the win. This was one hit short of a ML record for hits in a 9 innings shutout loss.|
|August 31, 2006||The Twins acquire 1B/DH Phil Nevin from the Chicago Cubs and give up pitcher Adam Harben.|
|August 31, 2007||The Twins and the Kansas City Royals played a day/night doiubleheader at the Metrodome. The first game was a make-up of a game that had been postponed after the collapse of the 35W Bridge just a month or so earlier. The Royals won the first game 9-4. The nitecap however; was a different story. Twins pitcher Scott Baker had the Royals eating out of his hand, so much so as a matter of fact that after 8 innings the Twins had a 5-0 lead and Baker was pitching a perfect game. John Buck lead off the 9th inning for the Royals and coaxed a walk out of Baker but was quickly erased at 2B on a ground out to the 2B for the first out of the inning and that brought up pinch-hitter and Twins killer Mike Sweeney and sure enough, Sweeney looped a single to center and the no-hitter was gone. Sweeney had just come off the diabled list and it was his first at bat in more than 2 months, grrrrrr...... Baker then retired David DeJesus on a fly ball and Mark Grudzielanek on a lineout to wrap up the one hit 5-0 win. Baker struck out 9 Royals in his complete 111 pitch vicory.|
|August 31, 2013||The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have traded former AL MVP and four-time all-star first baseman Justin Morneau to the Pittsburgh Pirates for outfielder Alex Presley and a player to be named later or cash.
Later that day the Twins lost to the Rangers 2-1 in Arlington and struck out 11 times. The Twins finished August having struck out 291 times in 30 games, the highest total of strikeouts by any team in one month in major-league history. That comes out to 9.7 KO's a game, sad, just plain sad.
|September 1, 1971||The St. Louis Cardinals trade outfielders Dan Ford and Fred Rico to the Twins and in turn the Twins send pitcher Stan Williams to the Cards.|
|September 1, 1972||Rod Carew swipes home with 2 out in the 10th inning to give the Twins a 5 - 4 victory over the Indians at Mt Stadium. Carew will steal home 17 times in his career‚ seven times stealing alone. The Twins score their first 4 runs as Bobby Darwin drives them all in on 4 hits‚ including 2 homers.|
|September 1, 1992||At Tiger Stadium, Rick Aguilera pitches a scoreless ninth inning to notched his 35 save of the season in Minnesota's 5-4 victory over Detroit. It is the right-handed reliever's 109th save making him the Twins' all-time saves leader. Aguilera ended his Twins career with 254 saves. Joe Nathan breaks Aguilera's Twins all-time save record in 2011.|
|September 1, 2002||The A’s take a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth as they try for win number 18 in a row to set a franchise record. The Twins Matt LeCroy and Cory Koskie hit back to back homeruns leading off the bottom of the 9th to tie the game and Michael Cuddyer unloads with 2 out for the 3rd homerun of the inning and a 5-4 lead. But alas, the lead is short lived as Eddie Guardado gives up a walk, a single and a homerun to Miguel Tejada and the A’s win their 18th straight in a 7-5 heart breaking loss for the Twins.
|September 1, 2004||Twins pitcher Terry Mulholland goes 6 innings and allows 2 runs in the Twins' 4 - 2 win over Baltimore at the Metrodome. Mulholland and catcher Pat Borders‚ who was obtained the previous day from Seattle for BJ Garbe are the first pair of 40-something batterymates since a couple of Dodgers did it in 1945.|
|September 1, 2009||The Minnesota Twins announced today that right-handed pitcher Kevin Mulvey has been assigned to the Arizona Diamondbacks on a waiver claim for cash considerations.|
|September 2, 1958||Minneapolis announces a $9 million bond issue to expand Metropolitan Stadium to 41,000 seats. City alderman Byron Nelson predicts it is a "dead cinch" that Washington will move here.|
|September 2, 1965||A tough day at the old ballpark today as the Detroit Tigers beat the Twins 5-4 at Met Stadium. Twins outfielder Bob Allison really had a bad day when he tied a major league record by striking out 5 time in 5 at bats against Tiger hurlers Joe Sparma (4 times) and Orlando Pena (once).|
|September 2, 1999||Keep your "Wells" straight. Blue Jays pitcher David Wells pitched a complete game and beat the Twins 6-1 at the Skydome in Toronto. Twins pitcher Bob Wells pitched in relief and struck out Blue Jays outfielder Vernon Wells.|
|September 3, 1971||Twins rookie Eric Soderholm hits a home run in his first game as a Twin when he hits one out against the Oakland A's and pitcher Diego Segui at Met Stadium. The Twins win game 1 of the DH 9 to 4 and then take game 2 by a 2 to 1 score.|
|September 3, 2006||While taping what he thought was a pre-game show, Twins TV color analyst Bert Blyleven messed up something and muttered "We're going to do this fucking thing over again, cuz I just fucked up". When told that they were on the air and live, Bert said, "Oh, we're live", "I didn't know that". Bert apologized during the game profusely but after the game Twins managemnt suspended Blyleven. While suspended, Twins fans chanted "free Bert" and very quickly Twins managemnt relented and Bert was back on the air. Video clip can be seen here.|
|September 4, 2009||The Twins defensive meltdown at Cleveland not only contributed to a 5-2 loss, it also ended one of the most impressive (if little-known) defensive streaks in major-league history. The Twins committed four errors in Friday's game, the most errors they have committed in a game since June 21, 2000, when they were charged with four errors in a 7-5 loss at Texas. (Pitcher Bob Wells made two of those errors, Cristian Guzman and Butch Huskey the others.) Minnesota's streak of 1,519 games without a game of four-or-more errors was by far the longest in the history of the major leagues-nearly 400 games superior to the second-longest such streak, 1,136 games by the Rockies.|
|September 4, 2010||Former Twins shortstop Greg Gagne was installed in to the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame. Gagne played for the Twins from 1983 to 1992 and was the starting shortstop on the 1987 and 1991 world championship teams.|
|September 5, 1978||The Twins Danny Ford costs his team a run during a 4-3 loss to the White Sox at Met Stadium. Trailing 4-0 in the seventh, Ford is on third with the bases loaded when Bombo Rivera singles, Ford backpedals homeward, signaling Jose Morales who was on second to follow him home. Morales arrives there ahead of Ford, and is called out for passing Ford on the bases.|
|September 5, 1997||The Atlanta Braves send 1B Steve Hacker to the Twins for catcher Greg Myers.|
|September 5, 2010||As part of the Minnesota Twins 50th anniversary celebration week-end, the Twins played a 3 inning "Legends" game. The Minnies played the Paul's and the managers were Tom Kelly and Frank Quilici. The Minnies won the game 5-1. Kent Hrbek was a huge hit with the fans when he took out a huge divot in the Target Field turf while going for a foul pop-up. Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington took part in the game as a member of the Minnies but Twins manager Ron Gardenhire passed up the chance to play. The "real" game was played after the Legends game and the Twins beat the Rangers by a score of 6-5 but it was how this game ended that had everyone buzzing. Let me set the stage because we were there to witness this first hand. After 8 innings the Twins led 6-2 and appeared to have the game well in hand but in the top of the ninth with Jon Rauch on the mound for the Twins starting his second inning of relief after Nick Blackburn had pitched the first 7 innings, Ian Kinsler started the 9th inning with a single. Rauch then retired Mitch Moreland and Matt Treanor on strikeouts but Julio Borbon doubled to left scoring Kinsler. Gardenhire then brought in his closer Matt Capps who proceeded to give up a single to former Twin Christian Guzman and Borbon scored the second run of the inning. Michael Young singled and David Murphy then walked to load the bases. Vladimir Guerrero reached on an infield single up the middle that Twins 2B Orlando Hudson fielded behind the bag. Young came running around third and, in the view of third base umpire Alfonso Marquez, briefly tapped hands with Texas 3B coach Dave Anderson. Young then stopped and scrambled back to the bag. He made a dive and appeared to beat Hudson’s throw to third baseman Matt Tolbert. But standing near the base, Marquez pointed and made the interference call for the third out and the Twins walked away winners as Texas manager Washington and Young pleaded their case to the umps to no avail. Also strange was the fact that Twins closer Matt Capps came in with 2 out in the ninth and faced four batters, giving up a single, another single, a walk and yet another single and never really retiring anybody but yet ended up with the save and credit for 1/3 of an inning pitched.|
|September 6, 1954||On this day in the year of 1954 the Washington Senators played a black ballplayer for the first time. His name was Carlos Paula and he was from Havana, Cuba. The 26 year-old Paula started in left field for the Senators seven years after Jackie Robinson made his Major League debut. Paula went 2 for 5 with a double and knocked in 2 runs in a 8-1 win in game 1 of a DH against the Philadelphi A's. The Senators lost game 2 by a 3-2 score at Griffith Stadium. Only the Yankees in 1955, the Phillies in 1957, the Tigers in 1958 and the Red Sox in 1959 broke the color-line later than did the Senators/Twins franchise.|
|September 6, 1964||The Twins only manage to get one hit off Red Sox starter Bill Monbouquette at Met Stadium but they make it count and get a 2-1 victory and in the process win their first game ever when the team only gets one hit. With the Twins trailing 1-0 with 2 outs in the 6th inning, Rich Rollins reaches 2B on an error by Red Sox Tony Horton and then Zoilo Versalles steps up to the plate and knocks it out of the park. Gerry Arrigo is credited with the win and Al Worthington gets a 3 inning save. The tough luck loser is Monbouquette.|
|September 6, 2002||The Twins ended The Oakland A’s historic winning streak at 20 games when they shut out the A’s at the Metrodome 6-0 behind Brad Radkes' complete game six-hitter. The A’s came up 1 game short in their attempt to match the second longest winning streak in baseball history. For the first time in 11 years, the Homer Hanky made its return to the Metrodome in Minneapolis in hopes of halting the A' record-setting 20-game winning streak. Minnesota, who went 8-0 in World Series games (1987 and 1991) at the home as the waving towels became the trademark of Twins fans saw the magic continue as Minnesota blanked Oakland.
|September 6, 2005||The Texas Rangers score 4 runs in the top of the ninth inning off closer Joe Nathan at the Metrodome and beat the Twins 10-7 but not all the action was on the field.
Twns starter Kyle Lohse might have dented more than a door when he took out his frustration after being pulled from his start after just two innings. Lohse dented manager Ron Gardenhire's office door, apparently with a bat, injured his finger and might have permanently fractured his already strained relationship with the Twins according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
He also might have jeopardized his place in the rotation and on the team's roster. Soon after leaving tonights game after giving up five runs in two innings, Lohse went into the clubhouse and damaged Gardenhire's door, denting the metal door and breaking the doorknob and dented the door to the locker room next to the manager's office, according to the paper. Lohse said he was upset that the coaching staff didn't "stand behind me and say, 'We've got your back.' " "It's about winning," manager Gardenhire told the paper in response to the tantrum. "If you don't understand that, take a hike out of the clubhouse, because we're going to try to win whether you've got somebody's back or not. Whatever that means." Lohse, who has had a tenuous relationship with club officials over the past three years, underwent X-rays and was wearing a bandage on his right middle finger but told the paper if he missed his next scheduled start, Monday at Detroit, "it's not going to be because of" the injury to his finger. X-rays on the finger showed no damage.
|September 6, 2010||The Twins beat the KC Royals 5-4 with the help of home runs from Jason Kubel and JIm Thome. Thome's 585th career homer was a solo shot deep to right field off Sean O'Sullivan that hit the top of the flag pole just behind the overhang seats, bouncing off the blue and white stars of the American flag. A fitting feat it seemed as fans gathered at the ballpark on Labor Day afternoon. "He threw a changeup and I was fortunate to square it up," Thome said, as he cracked a slight grin. "It feels very good when you square one up like that and it does that." The Twins' baseball communications staff first estimated the home run at 464 feet, but after watching replays it was eventually announced at 480 feet. That is the longest homer in Target Field history, as Thome broke his own record of 449 feet, which he set two days earlier.
|September 6, 2011||The Twins lost to the Chicago White Sox at Target Field 3-0 and were shut out for the second straight game in what continues to be a miserable season. For the first time since I have been going to Taget Field, I saw empty seats everywhere, there must not have been 20,000 people in attendance. Granted it was the first day of school but couple that with the Twins poor play and football around the corner, many have put the Twins on the backburner. The highlight of the night for me was that for the first time in their history, the Twins started three rookies that they had just called up. Liam Hendriks (#62) was the starting pitcher, Joe Benson (#63) started in center field and Chris Parmelee (#64) was at first base. The last team to do so was the San DIego Padres when they started four rookies in 1986.|
|September 7, 1970||In game 1 of a double header at Met Stadium against the Milwaukee Brewers, outfielder Brant Alyea goes 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 2 home runs and knocks in all 7 Twins runs in a 7-6 Twins win. Alyea sets a Twins team RBI record in the process that has since been broken. In game 2 of the double header Twins rookie pitcher Hal Haydel hits a home run in his first major league game when he hits one out against Milwaukee Brewers hurler Al Downing at Met Stadium in his second at bat, Haydel had doubled in his first at bat and the Twins won the game 8-3. Haydel remains the only Twins pitcher in history to hit a homerun in his first ML game. Haydel had relieved Luis Tiant who was taken out of the game after one inning, and pitched 5 innings to get his first major league victory. Brant Alyea had two more RBI's in the second game.|
|September 7, 1984||Carl Pohlad assumes control of the Minnesota Twins after purchasing the team earlier this year from Calvin Griffith.|
|September 7, 2011||Twins pitching prospect (2009 first round pick) Kyle Gibson underwent successful Tommy John surgery performed by Dr. David Altchek in New York.|
|September 8, 1958||In a special meeting of American League owners in Chicago, Washington owner Calvin Griffith succumbs to pressure from other AL owners and that night advises Minneapolis officials that he is staying in Washington DC.|
|Septenber 8, 2012||The Twins retire manager Tom Kelly's number 10 prior to the game with the Cleveland Indians at Target Field in front of 33,698 fans. Kelly, 62, joins Harmon Killebrew (No. 3, 1975), Carew (No. 29, 1987), Oliva (No. 6, 1991), Hrbek (No. 14, 1995), Kirby Puckett (No. 34, 1997) and Blyleven (No. 28, 2011) as the seventh Twin to have his number retired by the organization. The Twins, in conjunction with all of Major League Baseball, retired Jackie Robinson's No. 42 in 1997. Kelly is Minnesota's all-time leader in managerial wins with 1,140, a figure that ranks 43rd on Major League's all-time list. He also excelled in the postseason, with a record of 16-8 that included the franchise's World Series titles in 1987 and 1991. Kelly was also presented with a few special gifts from the Twins, as he was given a free trip to the Kentucky Derby while the Twins also announced they will rename Field 6 at their Fort Myers Spring Training complex after him. Minnesota native (born in Graceville) Tom Kelly, played in 49 games for the Twins in 1975 primarily at 1B and hit .181 in 147 plate appearances with one home run. Kelly who was known as "TK" also coached for the Twins and did some fill-in color work for the Twins TV broadcasts. By the way, the Twins won the game 3-0.|
|September 9, 1984||Kent Hrbek hits the longest home run ever by a Twins player at the Metrodome when he crushes one 480 feet to right field off knuckle baller Charlie Hough in a 9-3 loss to the Texas Rangers.
|September 9, 1992||The Twins set a team record with 6 stolen bases in their 6-2 win over the Seattle Mariners at the HHH Metrodome. Kirby Puckett lead the stolen base parade with two and Chuck Knoblauch, Terry Jorgensen, JT Bruett, and Shane Mack stole one each. The frustrated Mariners catcher was Lance Parrish.|
|September 9, 1998||Corey Koskie becomes the 500th Twins player when he debuts at 3B in the 7th inning of a game at Anaheim against the Angels.|
|September 9, 2003||The San Diego Padres send infielder Alex Garcia to Minnesota and the Twins send 1B Todd Sears to the west coast.|
|September 9, 2013||The Twins play the Angels in a make-up game (April 17) at Target Field and win 6-3. With the win the teams breaks a franchise record 10 game home losing streak. The Twins last won at home on August 15 and then proceeded to lose 3 to the White Sox, 1 to the Mets, 3 to the Royals and 3 more to the Blue Jays before finally winning a home game. On the down side, only 21,826 tickets are sold for the game making it the smallest attendance in Target Field history.|
|September 10, 1961||Julio Becquer becomes the Twins first position player to pitch in a regular season game when he pitches 1 and 1/3 innings against the Kansas City Athletics at Municipal Stadium in a 13-1 loss and gives up 3 earned runs in the process. Julio also pitched in a game as a Washington Senator in 1960.|
|September 10, 1974||Only 3,285 fans witness what turns out to be a wild and wooly game between the Chicago White Sox and the Twins at the Met. Twins starter Vic Albury leaves after 7 with a 3-1 lead and closer Bill Campbell comes in to shut the door in what seems to be a routine ball game. Campbell retires the Whitey's in the 8th with no scoring but in the top of the 9th all hell breaks lose. Before Campbell can retire a batter he gives up a single, then a double and Brian Downing then steps up to the plate and promptly hits a 3-run home run to tie the game at 4. The next batter singles and manager Quilici has seen enough and he brings in Tom Burgmeier who quickly gives up another single but settles down and retires the next three White Sox without any further damage and the Twins fail to score in the bottom of the ninth so to extra innings we go. Neither team scores in the 10th but in the top of the 11th inning the WSox get a single, a sacrifice and another single and take a 5-4 lead but Burgmeier closes the door. Craig Kusick leads off the bottom of the 11th for the Twins with a homerun and once again we are tied, this time at 5. The 12th inning is scoreless. In the 13th the White Sox put a couple of hits together off of Burgy and take a 6-5 lead but once again the Twins fight back with walks to Eric Soderholm, Craig Kusick, and a sacrifice/fielders choice by Danny Thompson and the Twins have the bases loaded with one out. Glenn Borgmann singles to left to score Soderholm but Jerry Terrell who was running for Kusick is thrown out at home but the game is tied at 6 apiece. The White Sox escape further damage and the game moves on to the 14th inning. For some reason, Twins manager Quilici brings in St. Paul native Tom Johnson to make his major league pitching debut in the 14th inning in a tie ball game. The rookie pitcher gives up two singles and commits an error and the White Sox push a run across to take a 7-6 lead. In the bottom of the 14h inning the Twins get a single from Soderholm and a double from Tony Oliva and yes, the game is tied at 7 once again. Johnson pitches a 1-2-3 top of the 15th and the Twins come to bat in the bottom of the inning facing future hall of famer, Goose Gossage. Steve Brye strikes out but Carew singles and proceeds to steal second, Larry Hisle steps up and singles to left and Carew scores and the Twins have an unbelievable 8-7 victory. Twins Tom Burgmeier pitched 5 innings of relief and Tom Johnson pitched two innings in his major league debut and won his first major league game in his first big league appearance. The fans sure got their money's worth in this 4 hour and 7 minute game.|
|September 10, 1990||In the first head-to-head match up of pitchers named Abbott, Jim's Angels beat Paul's Twins 3-1. Minnesota's Carmen Castillo pinch hits late in the game to complete the successful "Abbott and Castillo" revival.
|September 10, 2000||Pitcher Hector Carrasco is sent to the Red Sox for outfielder Lew Ford.
|September 10, 2003||Twins third base coach Al Newman is strickened with a life-threatening brain hemmorhage in Chicago during a game against the White Sox. Newman recovers but misses the rest of the season.
|September 11, 1972||The Twins take two from the Oakland A's by 2-1 and 3-2 scores in front of only 8,506 fans at the Met and pin two defeats on future Hall of Fame relief star Rollie Fingers.|
|September 11, 1974||Harmon Killebrew's final home run as a Minnesota Twin is a walk-off 2 run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning off Darrell Knowles as the Twins beat the Oakland Athletics 5-3 at Met Stadium in front of only 3,982 fans. Killebrew had entered the game in the bottom of the 8th inning as a pinch hitter for DH Tony Oliva. Harmon hit a total of 475 home runs while wearing the Minnesota Twins colors.|
|September 11, 1999||Eric Milton pitches a no-hitter against the Anaheim Angels at the Metrodome and wins the game 7-0. This is the fourth no-hitter thrown by a Twins pitcher in team history. There are just 11,222 fans to see the game, the third smallest crowd to witness a no-hitter in the majors since 1986. The 11:05 a.m. start time is to accommodate a University of Minnesota football game at the Metrodome and the Twins offer free admission to anyone attending the game in their pajamas.|
|September 11, 2001||Due to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, all baseball games were postponed through 9/16/2001.|
|September 11, 2010||The Indians and Twins failed to score a run in the first 11 innings and that makes it the longest scoreless game in the history of Jacobs Field/Progressive Field. But when the final score is posted, the Twins beat the Indians 1-0 in 12 innings at Progressive Field on a Jim Thome home run off Justin Germano. Both teams had 8 hits. The Twins fourth pitcher, Matt Guerrier got the win and Matt Capps earned the save. The game lasted 3 hours and 14 minutes.|
|September 11, 2013||Tough day to be a Twins fan. Each of the nine players in the Oakland A's starting lineup had at least one RBI and one run scored in the team's 18-3 pounding of the Twins. The 18 runs that Oakland put on the board are the second most scored by a team at Target Field since the Twins began playing their home games there in 2010, behind the 19 run outburst Minnesota had against the Orioles on July 16, 2012.
But there is always hope, Baseball America announced today that they have named outfielder Byron Buxton as the 2013 Minor League Player of the Year making him the second Twins farm-hand to win this prestigious award. Catcher Joe Mauer also won this award in 2003.
|September 12, 1986||The Twins fire manager Ray Miller and replace him with coach Tom Kelly. The Twins beat Texas 4-2 in Tom Kelly's debut as the Twins manager.
|September 12, 2003||Catcher Joe Mauer is named as Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year and becomes the first Minnesota Twins player to ever win this award.|
|September 12, 2010||The Twins jumped on the Cleveland Indians for 5 first inning run runs at Progressive Field and held on for a 6-2 win, the victory was the 4,000 win in Minnesota Twins history. Kevin Slowey was the winning pitcher and it was his 12th win of the season. The Twins are now 6 games in front of the Chicago White Sox.|
|September 12, 2012||The Twins lose to the KC Royals 10-5 at Target Field. Ryan Doumit, who has primarily served as the backup catcher to Joe Mauer, has been working his way into left field more often recently to try to keep his bat in the lineup. The acclimation turned ugly in the eighth when he dropped a fly ball from Johnny Giavotella after a long run to the gap, then booted a hard-hit single by Alcides Escobar that allowed a run to score. Doumit's throw also allowed two runners to advance, giving him a third error in the inning.|
|September 13, 1986||Texas hit a club record seven home runs, including two each by Darrell Porter and Ruben Sierra, as the Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 14-1. The Rangers rocked starter Bert Blyleven for five home runs, raising his season total to 44 and breaking an American League record. Blyleven goes on to give up 50 homeruns in 1986 and sets a ML record.
|September 13, 1994||The Minnesota Twins name Terry Ryan as their General Manager.|
|September13, 1996||In a very unusual game at the Metrodome, the Twins lose to the Mariners 13-7. Neither starter lasted more then 3 innings and Twins manager Tom Kelly went pinch-hitter crazy. The Twins tied an AL mark by sending 8 pinch-hitters to the plate, one in the fifth, three in the seventh, and two in the eighth and ninth innings. The pinch-hitters go 3-8 with 2 singles and a double. The Twins use 17 position players and 5 pitchers and still come up short.|
|September 13, 2004||The Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 at Comerica Park and in the process complete their first ever four game sweep of the Tigers, home or away.|
|September 13, 2007||After 13 years on the job, Terry Ryan announces his resignation as Twins general manager will be effective at the end of the month. The 53-year-old Ryan, who will serve as the team's as senior advisor to the GM, saw his team win the AL Central last season for the fourth time since 2001.|
|September 14, 1967||Walt Bond, who played for the Indians, Astros, and Twins, dies of leukemia at 29. This gigantic 6'7" 235-lb Kansas City Monarch and minor-league slugger battled leukemia as a player. During a four-year remission, he put together one productive major-league season, for the 1964 Colt .45's (20 HR, 85 RBI). Bond began 1967 with the Twins, but died in September.|
|September 14, 1987||Ernie Whitt hit three of Toronto's major league record 10 home runs as the Blue Jays rolled to an 18-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Exhibition Stadium. Baltimore shortstop Cal Ripken had his consecutive-inning streak stopped at 8,243 when he was replaced at shortstop by former Twins infielder Ron Washington in the eighth inning.|
|September 14, 1989||Jeff Reardon saves Minnesota's 2-0 win over Toronto to become the first pitcher ever to record at least 30 saves in 5 consecutive seasons.|
|September 14, 1994||The baseball season, already shut down by a month-long labor dispute, was canceled along with the World Series in a vote of league owners.|
|September 14, 2002||The Twins AAA team the Edmonton Trappers win the PCL championship with a 3-1 win over the Salt Lake City Stingers and in the process become the first Twins AAA team to ever win a championship.|
|September 14, 2003||Playing in Jacobs Field, Clevland shortstop Jhonny Peralta hit a fly ball to right field, Twins outfielder Mike Ryan loses the ball in the sun and the ball hits him in the head, centerfielder Dustan Mohr backing up the play caught the ball before it hit the ground for the out.|
|September 15, 1961||At Cleveland Stadium, 22-year-old Sudden Sam McDowell makes his major league debut and pitches six scoreless innings, striking out 7. He leaves after one out in the 7th with a 2-0 lead after his hard throwing causes him to breaks two ribs. With two out in the 9th, the Twins score three to win, 3 - 2. Lee Stange, in relief, gains his first major league win.|
|September 15, 1964||In Harmon Killebrew's 2,435 games, he only played right field once, and it was only for one at-bat. It came in the eighth inning of a game tied 1-1 against Baltimore at Memorial Stadium. When Sam Bowens came to the plate with one out and runners on first and second, Twins manager Sam Mele flipped his corner outfielders: normal right fielder Tony Oliva went to left and Killebrew moved from left to right. After Bowens fanned, they moved back. Why? No one knows for sure, but it is likely that since Bowens was a righty, he was more likely to hit it to left. Oliva must've been the better defensive option. (Back in those days he still had knees.) Mele didn't want Killebrew's glove in action, but he didn't want to take out his bat in a tie game. Oh, the Twins won, 2-1.|
|September 15, 2002||In spite of a 67 minute rain delay, the Twins clinch the 2002 AL Central Division championship with a 5-0 win over the defending champion Cleveland Indians and a White Sox loss to the Yankees. This marks the earliest date that the Twins have ever clinched a title. Minnesota, which will making its first playoff appearance since 1991, was almost eliminated during the off season due to contraction.|
|September 15, 2003||Joe Mauer, who helped lead high Class A Fort Myers and Double-A New Britain to playoff appearances, is Baseball America's 2003 Minor League Player of the Year.
Mauer, 20, becomes the first Twins prospect to win the award, rewarding Minnesota for selecting the local product first overall in the 2001 draft out of Cretin-Derham Hall in nearby St. Paul.
|September 15, 2008||Target Corporation and the Twins agree on a historic 25-year partnership that includes the naming rights for Target Field and Target Plaza, the Twins new ballpark that will open in time for the 2010 season, their 50th season in Minnesota.|
|September 15, 2009||The Twins announced that 1B Justin Morneau will miss the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his lower back. The hard-hitting Morneau had been battling back pain for weeks, but a CT scan and an MRI revealed the fracture.
"It's one of those things that's been nagging for a while," said Morneau, who also fought through back problems a season ago. "I just wanted to go in and see if it was anything different than last year." Recovery for Morneau is expected to take three months, Morneau added that he won't need surgery, saying the fracture should heal on its own.
|September 16, 1970||Pitcher Clyde Wright becomes the California Angels second ever 20 game winner when he beat the Twins and Bert Blyleven 5-1 at Met Stadium. Bert Blyleven, a 19-year old rookie, ties an AL record by striking out the first six batters (Sandy Alomar, Tony Gonzalez, Jim Fregosi, Alex Johnson, Ken McMullen, and Jay Johnstone). He strikes out 10 in 6 2/3 innings.|
|September 16, 1983||Minnesota's Tim Teufel goes 5-for-5 with a triple and the first 2 home runs of his ML career in an 11-4 win over the Blue Jays and in the process becomes the first Twin to get 5 hits in a single game at the Metrodome. Teufel becomes the only Twins player to ever get 5 hits and score 5 runs in a game. Teufel ends up with 13 total bases for the game.|
|September 16, 1993||Dave Winfield of the Minnesota Twins became the 19th player in major league history to get 3,000 hits with a single off Oakland's Dennis Eckersley at the Metrodome in a 13 inning 5-3 Twins win. In the process Winfield became the first player wearing a Twins uniform to get his 3,000th hit.|
|September 16, 1996||Paul Molitor gets his 3,000th career hit, becoming the 21st major leaguer to reach the mark and the first to do it with a triple (off Jose Rosado) while the Twins were on the road in Kansas City. The 'Ignitor' reaches this milestone in the same season in which he also collects 200 hits, making him the only player to accomplish both feats in the same campaign. The Twins end up losing the game 6-5.|
|September 17, 1988||Jeff Reardon became the first pitcher to save 40 games in both leagues as the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 3-1. Reardon, who saved 42 games for the Montreal Expos in 1985, pitched the ninth inning for his 40th save in 47 opportunities.|
|September 17, 2002||The Twins announce that they will move their AAA team from Edmonton in the PCL to Rochester, NY in the International League for the 2003 season.|
|September 17, 2011||The Twins honored long time radio broadcaster John Gordon, who is set to retire after the season, in a pregame ceremony at Target Field. Gordon, 71, is finishing his 25th season with the Twins. He started calling games for the club in 1987, when the franchise won its first World Series title.
Gordon, who is known for his trademark "Touch 'Em All" call when a Twins player homers, made sure to utilize his signature phrase when thanking fans at the end of the ceremony. "You fans are the greatest," Gordon said. "Hey Twins fans, 'Touch 'Em All.'"
|September 18, 1975||Harmon Killebrew hits his 14th and final home run of 1975 which turns out to be the final home run in the Hall of Famers wonderful career. The ironic twist of fate is that Harmon hits this home run as the DH for the Kansas City Royals at Met Stadium in front of 3,201 Minnesota fans off Twins pitcher Eddie Bane as the Royals beat the Twins 4-3.|
|September 18, 1980||Gary Ward becomes the sixth Twins player to hit for the cycle when he does so against the Brewers in Milwaukee in a Twins 9-8 loss. Ward is the first Twins player to hit for the cycle in a Twins defeat.|
|September 18, 2002||Eddie Guardado saved his 43rd game of the season and in the process set a new Twins save record. Eddie will end the season with 45 games saved in 2002, his first season as a closer.|
|September 19, 1963||The Twins lose to the Detroit Tigers 8-6 in 13 innings at Met Stadium but during the 4th inning of this game Twins catcher Paul Ratliff hits a home run off Tiger hurler and future Fall of Famer Jim Bunning. Ths is the only home run in Twins history hit by a player under the age of 20.|
|September 19, 1972||Cesar Tovar became the first Twin to hit for the cycle at Metropolitan Stadium when he accomplished this feat against Texas in a 5-3 win. Cesar became only the second player in major league history to have hit a game-ending home run while hitting for the cycle in the same game, Ken Boyer did it in 1961. Since Tovar accomplished the feat, it has been done by George Brett in 1979, Dwight Evans in 1984, and Carlos Gonzalez in 2010. Brett's homer was the only one of the five that did not "complete" the cycle (he had homered earlier in the game).|
|September 19, 1975||The Twins lose to the California Angels 1-0 at Anaheim Stadium despite getting 12 hits and 4 walks. Bert Blyleven was the loser after giving up only 3 hits and 2 walks. A lead off walk by Mickey Rivers in the fourth inning proved to be Bert's downfall. Rivers stole 2B, moved to 3B on a ground out and scored on a single by Dan Briggs. Briggs was then caught stealing for the final out of the inning but the damage was done.|
|September 19, 2002||Twins rookie outfielder Mike Ryan gets 2 hits in the first inning of his major league debut in Comerica Park against the Detroit Tigers. In what was a nine-run first inning for Minnesota, Ryan singled in his first two big league at-bats, and drove in two runs. But the glow of the feat was short lived when his hits and Minnesota's 9-0 lead were wiped out when rain forced the game to be called before the top of the third inning.
In other news, the 2002 American League Central Division Champion Minnesota Twins have been named USA Today Organization of the Year by the national newspaper. The newspaper cites the organization's commitment to scouting and developing players and the current success of the team's farm system.
|September 19, 2008||Major League Baseball's new instant replay system produces its first reversal when Tampa Bay Rays' Carlos Pena had a two-run double changed to a three-run homer during the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins. The initial umpire call was based on fan interference, which the video replay showed was not the case. Boof Bonser gives up the long ball in relief of Nick Blackburn.|
|September 19, 2009||The Twins beat the Tigers, 6 - 2 thanks to their quirky ballpark. Trailing 2 - 1 in the 8th against Detroit ace Justin Verlander in one of the last-ever regular-season games to be played in the Metrodome, Orlando Cabrera hits a routine fly ball that LF Don Kelly loses against the roof and lets bounce for a double. Two batters later, Jason Kubel hits a two-run single as Minnesota rallies for five runs to win the game and reduce the Tigers' lead in the AL Central to 2 games.|
|September 19, 2011||The Twins lost 6-4 to the Yankees in Yankee Stadium in a make-up game that was rained out back in April. It turned out however; to be an event filled day as Yankee closer Mariano Rivera set an all-time closer save record when he saved career game number 602 breaking Trevor Hoffman's mark of 601. Twins rookie first baseman Chris Parmelee was the unlucky victim as he watched strike 3 go by for the final out of the game. Twins outfielder Ben Revere set a Twins record for rookies by stealing his 32nd base in the third inning. Revere ended his rookie season with 34 stolen bases. Luis Rivas previously held the record when he had swiped 31 in 2001 during his rookie season.|
|September 20, 1965||Just 537 fans paid to watch the Kansas City A's Jim "Catfish" Hunter beat Jim "Mudcat" Grant 8-2 at Met Stadium in a makeup game in a cool 52 degree drizzle. Don Mincher hits two homeruns. It is the smallest paid crowd to watch the Twins play at home. B-R shows attendanceof 547 but Twins media guide states 537.|
|September 20, 1981||Rookie 3B Gary Gaetti hits a home run in his first ML at bat off knuckleballer Charlie Hough and the Texas Rangers in Texas. Gaetti becomes the third Twins player to homer in his first at bat in a ML game.|
|September 20, 2004||The Twins clinch the AL Central Division title when they beat the White Sox 8-2 in Chicago. They won their 88th game in their 150th game of the season. Carlos Silva picks up the win with home run help from Koskie, Hunter, Blanco, and Rivas. Rivas's homer was his 10th of the season and he bacame the Twins 9th player to have 10 or more home runs.|
|September 20, 2013||Twins Minor League right-hander Dallas Gallant has been suspended 50 games without pay after testing postiive for an amphetamine in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Gallant, currently on the roster of Class A Cedar Rapids, will begin serving his suspension at the start of the 2014 season.
|September 21, 1963||Harmon Killebrew goes on a home run tear and smacks 3 out of the park against the Red Sox at Fenway Park in game one of a double header becoming the second Twins to accomplish the feat and hits one more home run in game two.|
|September 21, 1970||The Oakland A's Vida Blue no-hits the Twins 6-0, becoming the youngest pitcher to perform the feat since Paul Dean, 36 years ago to the day. The only base runner against Blue is Harmon Killebrew, who walks in the 4th inning. An Oakland crowd of only 4,284 watches Blue's 2nd ML start.|
|September 21, 1997||The Twins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 in 10 innings at the Metrodome and Brad Radke pitches the entire 10 innings to get his 20th and final win of the season. Radke gives up a home run to Jeff Cirillo in the top of the first and shuts down the Brew crew the rest of the way. In the process Brad strikes out 9 Brewers, walks none and gives up 6 hits and throws 128 pitches. With one out in the bottom of the 10th, Brent Brede singles and Molitor follows with a game winning triple and the Twins send their fans home happy. The Twins will only win 68 games that season and Radke wins 20 of them.|
|September 21, 2002||Outfielder Michael Restovich homers for his first major league hit in a 14-4 loss to the White Sox at Comiskey field against Kelly Wunsch.|
|September 21, 2010||A great day to be a Twins fan. The Twins come from behind with 4 runs in the 8th inning to beat the Cleveland Indians at Target Field 6-4 and in the process clinch at least a tie for the Central division title. Just an hour or so later the second place Chicago White Sox get beat by the Oakland A's and the Twins become the 2010 AL Central Division champions. The Twins become the first team in MLB to clinch a 2010 playoff spot. With the Twins victory, manager Ron Gardenhire wins his 800th game as a Twins manager. Before the game started, the 3 millionth fan walked through the Twins turnstiles at Target Field. Matt Capps pitched a 1-2-3 9th inning to wrap up the Twins' win over Indians and earn his 15th save since he was acquired from Washington on July 29. Capps, who had 26 saves for the Nationals this year, is only the 3rd pitcher to record 15 or more saves for 2 different teams in 1 season. The other pitchers to do that were Jeff Shaw in 1998 (Reds and Dodgers) and Bob Wickman in 2006 (Indians and Braves). Twins record is now 91-60.|
|September 22, 1968||Cesar Tovar played one inning at each position for the Minnesota Twins at the Met in front of 11,340 Twins fans against the Oakland A's becoming only the second major leaguer in history to do it. Bert Campaneris of the Oakland A's was the first. Tovar became the only Twins position player to be a starting pitcher in Twins history, as he tossed a scoreless first inning and struck out future Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson along the way. Cesar went on to play C-1B-2B-SS-3B-LF-CF-RF. This was the only occurrence of a Twins position player pitching at Met Stadium. This is also the first and only time that the Twins have won a game when one of their position players has pitched. Owner Calvin Griffith was appreciative of Tovar's effort and gave him a new color TV as a gift.|
|September 22, 1969||The Minnesota Twins win the American League Western Division title when they defeat the Kansas City Royals 4-3. Bob Miller is the winning pitcher and Harmon Killerbrew hits his 47th home run.|
|September 22, 1970||The Twins clinch the division for the second year in a row when they beat the A’s 5-3 in Oakland in game number 154.|
|September 22, 2010||The day after winning the Central division title, the Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 at Target Field. Nick Blackburn won his 10th game of the season, giving the Twins six players in double-digits in wins this season. The only other major-league team to have six different 10-game winners over the last 10 seasons was the 2008 Angels. It's the first time in Twins history that they've had six 10-game winners in one season.
The Twins also announce that they have surpassed their all-time annual attendance record during the inaugural season at Target Field. After today's game, the Twins single-season attendance record stands at 3,063,327 with four games left in the regular season schedule.
|September 22, 2011||In a game that we attended, the Twins break an 11 game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Mariners at Target field. After the game the Twins were due to fly to Cleveland and on their way to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, outfielder Denard Span and Danny Valencia were involved in a fender-bender. In a season where the Twins are struggling to avoid a 100 losses, the bad injury karma continues. Span, driving his Range Rover, was following Valencia, the passenger in his Range Rover Sport, with his fiancée driving when they encountered stopped traffic while turning from I-35 onto Highway 62 West. Span didn't stop, and rear-ended Valencia's car. Both sustained whiplash and complained of headaches, and were held out of the lineup the next day as a result.|
|September 23, 1978||Lyman Bostock, Jr., an outfielder for the California Angels was shot and killed in Gary, Indiana. He remains the only major league baseball player murdered during the baseball season. Lyman was an oufielder for the Minnesota Twins from 1975-1977.|
|September 23, 1990||Gary Gaetti hits a grand slam off the Rangers Charlie Hough for his 200th career HR, as the Twins win 6-4. It comes 9 years and 4 days after his first ML homer, also off of Hough.|
|September 23, 1995||Chicago White Sox outfielder Lance (One Dog) Johnson goes 6 for 6 with 3 triples (and 3 singles) in a 14-4 win over the Twins at the Metrodome.|
|September 23, 2003||The Twins clinch their second consecutive Central Division title when they beat Cleveland 4-1 in the Metrodome and watch as the White Sox lose to the Yankees and the Royals lose to the Tigers.|
|September 24, 1961||The Washington Senators Dick Donovan pitches a one hitter against the Twins at Met Stadium and a 4-1 Senators win. The lone Twins hit is a home run in the 7th inning by OF Joe Altobelli.|
|September 24, 2003||The Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 3-2 at the Metrodome and Twins reliever Jesse Orosco gets his last major league victory in his 24 year big league career and in the process become the oldest pitcher to win a major league game wearing a Minnesota Twins uniform.|
|September 24, 2004||Johan Santana beats Cleveland 8-2 at Jacobs Field and become the first Venezuelan pitcher to win 20 games or more. It was a very good day for Johan, he also set a new team record win 13 consecutive wins and he set a new team strikeout record when he broke Bert Blylevens previous team record.|
|September 25, 1965||The Twins Mudcat Grant one-hits the Washington Senators to win the first game of the DH, 5 - 0 at D.C. Stadium. Senators Don Blasingame's double in the 3rd is the only hit for Washington; it is the 4th time that Blasingame has collected the only hit for his team. This is Mudcat's 20th win of the season and he becomes the first African-American pitcher to win 20 games in the American League.|
|September 25, 1985||Bert Blyleven beats the Texas Rangers 5-1 at Arlington Stadium and the Twins rack up win number 2,000.|
|September 25, 2000||In only the second three-team doubleheader in the majors since 1900 and first since Sept. 13, 1951, the Cleveland played host to two different teams, beating the White Sox 9-2 before losing to Minnesota 4-3. It was the Indians' third doubleheader in six days. By the time Minnesota's players arrived at the ballpark for their 4-3 win in Cleveland on Monday night, the only trace that Chicago had used the visitor's clubhouse earlier in a 9-2 loss to the Indians was a pair of white socks left behind by one of the White Sox players.
|September 25, 2006||The Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 8-1 at the Metrodome and clinch at least a wildcard playoff spot. This is the first time in history that the wildcard has come from the American League Central Division. It has been an amazing run from a 25-33 start and 11 1/2 games out of first as of June 7th.|
|September 25, 2008||The Twins cap a thrilling three-game sweep of the Mighty Whities to reclaim first place in the AL Central. The team came back from a 6-1 deficit to win the game on Alexi Casilla's walk-off single in the 10th inning for a 7-6 victory. After the game, manager Gardenhire was quoted as saying "I can't even breathe" while closer Joe Nathan said that "this was the most intense series I have ever been a part of". On the other side of the coin, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen sighed and said "We wasted 26 innings in this town."|
|September 25, 2010||The Twins scored five runs in the first inning and another five in the fifth before dropping an 11-10 decision in 13 innings at Comerica Park. It was the first time since relocating to Minnesota in 1961 that the Twins lost a game in which they scored at least five runs in each of two different innings. It happened only one other time in franchise history. That was on July 1, 1907, when the Washington Senators suffered a 16-15 loss to the Highlanders in the first game of a doubleheader at New York's Hilltop Park.|
|September 26, 1965||Minnesota gains its first AL pennant by defeating Washington 2-1 at D.C. Stadium in their 157th game of the season. Jim Kaat (17-11) wins the clincher.
|September 26, 1973||Bert Blyleven posts his second one-hitter of the season, beating the A's 4 - 1 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Angel Mangual's single in the 5th is the only hit.|
|September 26, 1981||Rain delayed the Twins/Rangers game for 48 minutes at Met Stadium in front of 4,959 fans. This was the last rain delay for a Twins home game until May 25, 2010 because the Twins moved to the Metrodome in 1981 and played under the roof through the 2009 season.|
|September 26, 2009||For the first time in their history the Twins have won 5 straight road games (three against the White Sox and 2 against the Royals) in which they scored 6 or more runs in each game.|
|September 26, 2011||The Kansas City Royals defeated Kevin Slowey and the Twins, dropping Slowey to 0-8 in eight starts this season. Only three other pitchers in major league history have made eight or more starts in one season and lost them all: Lou Sleater for the 1951 St. Louis Browns (8 starts); Ike Pearson for the 1941 Phillies (10 starts); and Charlie Stecher for Philadelphia of the American Association in 1890 (10 starts).|
|September 27, 1967||Playing the Angels in the Twins final home game of the season manager Cal Ermer uses 4 catchers (Jerrry Zimmerman, Russ Nixon, Hank Izquierdo, and Earl Battey) in the game and ties an AL record. I guess he wanted everyone to make an appearance because Ermer used a total of 22 players in the game but only 4 were pitchers.|
|September 27, 1973||The California Angels beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4 in 11 innings, as Nolan Ryan struck out 16 in a complete game effort, including No. 383 of the season, a modern major league record. Rich Reese was strike-out victim 383. The strikeout broke Sandy Koufax's former single-season record of 382, set in 1965.
|September 27, 1981||The Twins beat theTexas Rangers 5-2 in what turns out to be their final victory at Met Stadium. Pete Redfern is the winning pitcher and Doug Corbett gets the save. John Castino and Gary Ward each hit two homeruns in the game. The Twins go on to lose the final three games played at Met Stadium to the Kansas City Royals.
|September 27, 1984||The Twins blow a 3-0 lead and lose to the Indians 4-3 at Cleveland Stadium in front of only 3,752 fans in a game that will go down in Twins history as the Jamie Quirk game. The 1984 season was a rather full year for Quirk. Before the season began, he was released by the St. Louis Cardinals and named to their coaching staff. He was signed as a player by the Chicago White Sox in May and appeared in 3 games for the club before being sold to the Cleveland Indians on September 24. In Quirk's only at bat as an Indian, Quirk entered this game in the top of the ninth as a catcher and in the bottom of the ninth inning with two out and the bases empty he hits a home run off Twins closer Ron Davis and the Indians win the game. The next day the Twins blow a 10-0 lead in Cleveland and go on to lose all four games in Cleveland and end the season with six straight losses and up losing the division championship to Kansas City by 3 games.|
|September 27, 1987||The Twins draw 53,106 fans for their day game against the Kansas City Royals making it their largest ever regular season crowd at the Metrodome.|
|September 27, 1992||Beating the Royals at the Metrodome, 4-0, the Twins win their 523rd game with Tom Kelly as the manager. The victory makes the Minnesota native the winningest skipper in team history.|
|September 27, 1998||Paul Molitor completes his Hall of Fame career with a single to center off Doug Jones for hit number 3,319 as the Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 6-2 at the Metrodome. Molitor finishes the game 2 for 4.|
|September 27, 2003||With a startling rally, the Tigers avoid equaling the modern major league record of 120 losses set by the expansion 1962 Mets. It takes one of the biggest comebacks in franchise history as Detroit beats the Twins at Comerica Park on a wild pitch from Jesse Orosco in the bottom of the ninth. The Twins were leading 8-0 going into the bottom of the fifth. The Tigers scored one in the 5th, three in the 7th, four in the 8th and 1 in the 9th to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. The Twins fifth pitcher of the day, Jesse Orosco had retired the first two batters in the bottom of the 9th when he walked Alex Sanchez who proceeded to steal 2B and then 3B. Orosco then appeared to have struck out Warren Morris for the final out but catcher Rob Bowen could not catch the ball which was ruled a wild pitch and Sanchez scored the winning run in a 9-8 Tiger victory.|
|September 27, 2010||The Twins lost to the KC Royals 10-8 at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals led the Twins 10-8 heading into the fifth inning and that ended up as the final score. There was only one other major-league game in the past 10 years in which two teams combined for at least 18 runs through the first four innings and then neither team scored the rest of the way.|
|September 28, 1969||The Twins clinch the division title in their 158th game of the season when they defeat the Seattle Pilots 5-2 in the first game of a double header in Seattle's Sick's Stadium.|
|September 28, 1974||Nolan Ryan pitched his third of seven career no-hitters, striking out 15 batters and beating the Minnesota Twins 4-0 at Anaheim Stadium.|
|September 28, 1978||In what is referred to in MInnesota as simply "the speech", took place on this day as owner Calvin Griffith spoke to a group at a Lions Club meeting in Waseca, Minnesota. Nick Coleman a Minneaplois reporter was attending the event with his father-in-law. As Griffith spoke, Coleman starting taking notes and in the October 1 issue of the Tribune Coleman wrote that Griffith stated "Rod Carew is a "damn fool" for playing for as little as I pay him; ballplayers should take advantage of free love rather than get married and have their performance suffer like Butch Wynegar; BIlly Martin "never punched anyone his own size"; the stadium commission "can go to hell"; and the Minnesota Twins decided to come to Minnesota "when I found out you only had 15,000 blacks here". The negative reactions were swift and strong, Griffith stated he was taken out of context but Griffith's words followed him for the rest of his life.|
|September 28, 1982||The Twins and Blue Jays play two at Exhibition Stadium and the Twins come out on the short end in both games. In the first game the Blue Jays Jim Clancy pitches a one-hitter (a Randy Bush single to RF leading off the ninth inning breaks up the no-no) to beat Frank Viola and the Twins 3-0 and the game is played in an amazing 1 hour and 33 minutes and becomes the Twins shortest ever nine inning game. In the second game, the Twins stake Terry Felton to a 3-0 lead in the night cap of a twin bill, the Blue Jays tie the score knocking out the hard luck pitcher from his last major league game. The no-decision leaves the 24-year old right hander with a lifetime mark of 0-16, a major league record for most career losses without recording a victory.|
|September 28, 1984||In one of the darker days in Minnesota Twins history, the Twins blow a 10-0 lead and lose to the Cleveland Indians 11-10 at Cleveland Stadium.|
|September 28, 1987||The Twins clinch another division title and their first since 1970 when they beat the Texas Rangers 5-3 in Texas in their 157th game of the season.|
|September 28, 1988||In his final start of the season and his final start in a Twins uniform, Bert Blyleven pitches a complete game at the Metrodome but loses 5-2 to the Oakland A's. Bert must have been in a foul mood that day because in the second inning he plunked Don Baylor, Ron Hassey, and Tony Phillips tying an AL record with numerous others. He also struck out the side that inning.|
|September 28, 1995||Kirby Puckett was hit in the face by a Dennis Martinez fastball, at the Metrodome against the Cleveland Indians, leaving him bloodied with a shattered jaw. The injury marked the end of both his season and, as it turned out, his career. The following spring Puckett batted .360, but on March 28, the last day of training camp, he woke up unable to see out of his right eye. He was diagnosed with glaucoma, and four eye surgeries in a four-month span did nothing to improve his vision.|
|September 28, 2001||The Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 1-0 at Jacobs Field. Each team used three pitchers but no one gave up an earned run. Since 2001 this has occurred to the Twins just three times and two of the three occurrences were against the Detroit Tigers.|
|September 28, 2012||The Twins and infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka are parting ways, as the club granted him his unconditional release today. In a rare and unusual move by a player, Tsuyoshi Nishioka approached the Twins about the release and is walking away from the rest of his contract. He was owed $3 million next season, and the Twins held a $4 million club option for 2014, with a $250,000 buyout. Nishioka, 28, has struggled with the Twins since signing a three-year deal worth $9.25 million after Minnesota won the negotiating rights to sign him with a $5.3 million bid in 2010. It was a disappointing two years for Nishioka, who excelled in Japan. The switch-hitter was a five-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner with the Chiba Lotte Marines before signing with the Twins.
Signing Nishioka was one of the Twins biggest blunders in many years.
|September 29, 1986||Minnesota's Bert Blyleven broke Robin Roberts' 1956 record of allowing 46 home runs in a season when he gave up a third-inning homer to Cleveland rookie Jay Bell.|
|September 29, 1991||The Twins back in to the Central Division title when they lose 2-1 to the Blue Jays in Toronto while the White Sox lose to the Mariners 2-1.|
|September 29, 2002||The Twins end their magical 2002 season with a 94-67 record and 13 ½ game bulge over the second place Chicago White Sox. For only the second time in their history (first accomplished in 1965), they win more games then they lose in each month of the season.|
|September 29, 2009||The Harris County, Texas District Attorney charged former Twins 2B Chuck Knoblauch with assaulting a family member (common-law-wife) by choking, a third-degree felony in Texas. Knoblauch pled guilty to misdemeanor assault in connection with the case on March 16, 2010.|
|September 30, 1962||The Twins played 163 games in 1962 and in the final game of the season, Camilo Pascual becomes the Twins first ever 20 game winner when he and the Twins beat the Orioles 1-0 at Met Stadium. Pascual pitches a complete game 3 hitter and strikes out 7 O's and gets one of the only two Twins hits that day. The Twins scored in the bottom of the first on a walk by Lenny Green, Green then stole 2B and advanced to 3B on an error before Harmon Killebrew singled him in. Pascual finishes the season with a 20-11 record and a 3.32 ERA in 257.2 innings with 206 KO's, 5 shutouts, and 18 complete games and was the league leader in these categories.|
|September 30, 1968||Owner Calvin Griffith fires manager Cal Ermer.|
|September 30, 1970||Twins shortstop Leo Cardenas lost a solo home run to an umpire’s decision. In the eighth inning of a game at Met Stadium, Cardenas hit a ball that appeared to hit the left field fair pole off Kansas City’s Wally Bunker. However, the umpires ruled it a foul ball. Both Bill Rigney and Bob Allison were ejected for protesting the call and Cardenas finished his plate appearance with a strikeout.|
|September 30, 1979||Jerry Koosman pitched a complete game shutout at Met Stadium beating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-0 in the final game of the season as he posted his 20th win. If not for Koosman's shutout, the Brewers would have become the only team besides the 1932 Yankees to go an entire season without being shut out.|
|September 30, 1981||The Minnesota Twins played their final home game at Metropolitan Stadium in front of 15,900 fans and lose to the Kansas City Royals 5-2. DH Roy Smalley makes the final Twins out at Met Stadium.|
|September 30, 2008||The Twins played in their first ever American League Central Division tie-breaker game at Cellular Field against the Chicago White Sox and came away on the short end of a 1-0 score. Nick Blackburn was the hard luck loser. The White Sox become the first team in major league history to defeat three different opponents in three days. Chicago beat the Indians on the last scheduled day of the regular season to necessitate the playing of a previous rain out with the Tigers, which the Southsiders won 8-2, making today's game with Minnesota necessary to determine the AL Central divisional championship. So, the Mighty Whitey's advanced to the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays but they came up short there and lost the series 3 games to 1.|
|October 1, 1945||Hall of Famer Rodney Cline Carew is born in Gatun, in the Panama Canal Zone.|
|October 1, 1989||The Twins lose their final game of the season 3-1 to the Seattle Mariners in the Kingdome and finish the year in 5th place with an 80-82 record. Kirby Puckett however goes 2 for 5 and wins his only batting title, hitting .339 to edge out Carney Lansford who hits .336.|
|October 1, 2000||Detroit's Shane Halter became the fourth major leaguer to play all nine positions in a game and capped his adventure by scoring the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Tigers over Minnesota 12-11 at Comerica Park.|
|October 1, 2002||The Twins over came three errors to beat the A’s in Oakland 7-5 in game 1 of the 2002 ALDS after trailing by a 5-1 score after two innings. Corey Koskie and Doug Mientkiewicz each hit homeruns and Brad Radke was the winning pitcher.|
|October 1, 2006||The Minnesota Twins become the first team in major league history to take the league or division lead by themselves for the first time on the final day of the regular season. Joe Mauer at the age of 23 becomes the first American League catcher to ever win a batting title by hitting .347.|
|October 1, 2009||With an RBI against the Tigers at Comerica Park in the Twins 8-3 victory, Mike Cuddyer joined Justin Morneau, Jason Kubel and Joe Mauer with 90 or more RBI's this season, this is the first time in Twins history they have had more then 3 players knock in 90 or more runs in a season.|
|October 2, 1974||Harmon Killebrew wears the Twins uniform for the last time as a Twins player and appears as a pinch-hitter for Larry Hisle with two out in the bottom of the ninth but takes a called third strike from Steve Foucault for the final out of the game and the 1974 season. Only 2,570 fans see Harmon play his last game as a Minnesota Twin. Texas Rangers manager Billy Martin elects not use a designated hitter, and allows starting pitcher Ferguson Jenkins to bat for himself. Although Fergie gets a hit in the Texas 2-1 victory over the Twins at Metropolitan Stadium, the Rangers manager refusal to use a DH prevents the position from being employed for the entire game according to the rules.|
|October 2, 1981||The HHH Metrodome is inflated for the first time. It took two hours to inflate over 310 tons of fabric, covering the world's largest air-supported multi-use stadium.|
|October 2, 1988||The Twins draw 35,952 fans in their season finale against the California Angels to become the first American League team to pass 3 million in attendance in a single season. They finish the season with a total attendance of 3,030,672. By the way, the Twins won the game 3-2.|
|October 2, 1992||Chili Davis hits home runs from each side of the plate against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium in a 5-1 Twins victory and becomes only the second Twins batter to accomplish this feat.|
|October 2, 2002||The Twins lose game 2 of the 2002 ALDS in Oakland to the A’s by a score of 9-1. Joe Mays was the losing pitcher and the Twins scored their only run on a Christian Guzman homerun.|
|October 2, 2004||The game against the Indians at the Metrodome was suspended after 11 innings with the game tied at 5 because the playing surface had to be prepared for a Gophers football game. I was there and walked away feeling like I got cheated, baseball games are not supposed to end in a tie. The Twins won the game 6-5 in the 12th inning the next day. Kyle Lohse who pitched the 12th inning was the winning pitcher and he went on to start the regularly scheduled game for that day but he only lasted 4 innings and was the losing pitcher.|
|October 2, 2009||Joe Nathan recorded his 46th save of the season and in the process broke the club single season save record held by Eddie Guardado who had 45 saves in 2002. Joe finished the 2009 regular season with 47 saves.|
|October 3, 1965||At Metropolitan Stadium, Angels first baseman and former Minnesota Twin, Vic Power (Pellot) ends his 12-year major league career going 1-for-5 with a RBI single in a 5-2 loss to the Twins. The .284 career hitter will have the distinction of being the last active player to have worn a Philadelphia A's uniform (1954).|
|October 3, 1970||The Twins play the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS for the second year in a row and again lose game 1, this time by a score of 10-6 at Metropolitan Stadium. Jim Perry takes the defeat.|
|October 3, 1997||The Twins signed a letter of intent for the sale of the team to North Carolina Major League Baseball (NCMLB), LLC, a company led by NC businessman Don Beaver.|
|October 3, 1999||The Twins ended their miserable 1999 season (63-97) against the White Sox at Comiskey Park II with a 1-1 tie game. The game was called due to rain, wind and cold in the middle of the seventh inning after the Twins scored in the top of the seventh after two were out when Doug Mientkiewicz singled and Torii Hunter doubled him home. Previous to the Twins scoring in the top of the seventh, the game had been scoreless since the bottom of the first when the White Sox scored their lone run. The game went on the books as a tie game.|
|October 3, 2013||The Twins and Lee County, Fla. officials break ground on a $48.5M renovation of Hammond Stadium, the team’s Spring Training facility in Ft. Myers. The two-year project will expand the ballpark’s capacity from 8,000 to 9,300 seats, develop a new 360-degree boardwalk around the park, upgrade concessions, restrooms and premium seating, and create a new team store.|
|October 4, 1969||The major leagues staged their first divisional championships as the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 9-5 and the Baltimore Orioles edged the Minnesota Twins 4-3 in 12 innings in Baltimore in the opening games.|
|October 4, 1970||The Twins continue their ALCS losing streak by losing game 2 in a 11-3 blow out at the Met. Tommy “the blade” Hall takes the loss.|
|October 4, 1980||The Kansas City Royals trounce the Twins by a 17-1 score at Royals stadium. The day however proves to be a historic day for Royals outfielder Willie WIlson when he becomes the first big league player to be credited with 700 at-bats in one season, sets the American League record for singles in a season with 184, and joins Garry Templeton to become only the second switch-hitter in history to collect 100 hits from each side of the plate.|
|October 4, 1986||Greg Gagne hits two inside-the-park home runs against Floyd Bannister and the Chicago White Sox in the Twins 7-3 win at the Metrodome and becomes the only Minnesota Twin player to ever accomplish this feat. Gagne ended up hitting another long shot that ended up as a triple. Bert Blyleven went the distance to get the win.|
|October 4, 2002||The A’s beat the Twins 6-3 in game 3 of the 2002 ALDS at the Metrodome and took a 2 games to 1 lead in the series. Ray Durham hit a liner under Torii Hunter’s glove for an inside the park homerun, the first in ALDS history on the games 3rd pitch. Scott Hatteberg followed that with another homerun and the Twins trailed early. Rick Reed would go on to give up 2 additional homeruns for another ALDS record. Barry Zito earned the hard fought victory.|
|October 4, 2009||In what was supposed to be the final regular season game at the Metrodome, 51,155 fans paid to see the Twins beat the Kansas City Royals by a score of 13-4 and finished their regual season tied with the Detroit Tigers at 86-76 after the Tigers win their final game over the White Sox 5-3. Carl Pavano got the victory and Luke Hochevar was the losing pitcher for KC. Jason Kubel and Delmon Young each homered twice and Michael Cuddyer hit one out of the park for the Twins. In what will go down as one of the biggest "chokes" in history, the Tigers blew a 7 game lead as late as September 6th. The Tigers also had a 3 game lead with 4 games to play and coughed that lead up too. The Twins playing without star 1B Justin Morneau won 16 of their last 20 regular season games to put themselves into a postion to play in the tie-breaker game on October 6. The tie-breaker was not played on Monday, October 5th because the Minnesota Vikings also call the Metrodome home and they had a big Monday night game scheduled against the Green Bay Packers which they won when Brett Favre played his first game against his former team.|
|October 4, 2012||After two consecutive 95+ losing seasns interim GM Terry Ryan announces that long time Twins coaches Rick Stelmaszek (bullpen), Steve Liddle (3B), and Jerry White (1B) have been relieved of their duties. Bench coach Scott Ullger and hitting coach Joe Vavra have been reassigned. Head athletic trainer Rick McWane was also let go.
The Twins also announced that they will make improvements to the right-field bleacher section at Target Field. The Twins will tear the existing bleacher seats down in right field and create a new 200-seat space that will be defined by a canopy with radiant heating at the back of sections 139 and 140. Seven rows of drink-rail seating will replace the bleacher seating in sections 139, 140 and 141. The overall capacity will be reduced by about 400 seats.
|October 5, 1969 ||The Twins lost game 2 of the ALCS to the Orioles in Baltimore, this time in 11 innings by a 1-0 score.|
|October 5, 1970||The Twins again lose game 3 and the ALCS to the Baltimore Orioles in 3 games. This extends the Twins ALCS losing streak to 6 games, all loses to the Baltimore Orioles in the last 2 years. Jim Kaat is the losing pitcher.|
|October 5, 2002||The Twins tie the 2002 ALDS at 2 games apiece with a 11-2 whipping of the A’s in the Dome. Eric Milton got the win and Doug Mientkiewicz was the hitting star with a 3 for 4 day with a homerun.|
|October 5, 2004||The Twins beat the New York Yankees 2-0 at Yankee Stadium II and go up 1 game to zip in the ALDS. Johan Santana was the winner and Mike Mussina was the loser. Joe Nathan recorded his first post season save. Jacques Jones hit a solo home run. The Twins also set a playoff record when they turned 5 double plays. Unfortunetly the Twins lost the next 3 games and the ALDS, 3 games to 1.|
|October 5, 2012||The Twins announce that the "interim" label has been removed from Terry Ryan's title. Ryan took over the GM role on an interim basis on November 7 of last year after Bill Smith was relieved of his duties and reassigned.|
|October 6, 1965||The Twins play their first World Series game at Metropolitan Stadium with 47,797 fans in the stands against the Los Angeles Dodgers and win the game 8-2 behind the pitching of Mudcat Grant. Grant becomes the first African-American to win a World Series game. Don Drysdale took the defeat. Don Mincher and Zoilo Versalles hit round trippers. Sandy Koufax refuses to pitch the first game of the World Series against the Twins because game is scheduled on Yom Kippur, the most sacred of the Jewish holidays. Tony Oliva tied a World Series record for most putouts in a nine-inning game in right field (7).|
|October 6, 1969||The Twins lose game 3 and the ALCS to the Baltimore Orioles at the Met by a score of 11-2.|
|October 6, 2002||The Twins beat the A’s in Oakland 5-4 and in the process take the ALDS 3 games to 2. Brad Radke won his second ALDS game and AJ Pierzynski hit a 9th inning homerun. In a cruel twist of fate, Denny Hocking has his hand stepped on in the celebration and is out for the ALCS against his hometown Angels.|
|October 6, 2009||The Twins played the Detroit Tigers in a tie-breaker game to decide the 2009 Central Division winner and came away with a thrilling 6-5 win in 12 innings. This is the second year in a row that the Twins played in game number 163 and this time the game was at the Metrodome and this time the Twins won a see-saw affair. 54,088 Homer Hanky waving fans, the largest to ever see a regula season game at the Metrodome, sat through 12 innings and 4 hours and 37 minutes and 391 pitches (163 by the Tigers and 198 by the Twins) of stressful baseball before Alexi Casilla hit a walk-off single to right in the bottom of the 12th inning to score Carlos Gomez with the winning run. There was some controversy in the top of the 12th inning when with the score tied 5-5, the Tigers loaded the bases with one out. Tiger 3B Brad Inge appeared to have been grazed by a pitch which would have forced in a run for the Tigers but umpire Randy Marsh said no. Inge then hit into a force out and the next batter struck out to end the inning. Bobby Keppel, the 8th Twins pitcher of the game was the winning pitcher and Tiger closer Fernando Rodney who was in his 4th inning of pitching took the loss. Jason Kubel hit the Twins only home run. This was the last regular season game (since tie-breaker games are considered regular season games) to be played at the Metrodome.|
|October 7, 1925||The Washington Senators won game 1 of the 1925 World Series against the Pirates behind Walter Johnson. This is the last time that the Senators/Twins have won a World Series road game. Since that date they have lost 14 straight World Series road games.|
|October 7, 1965||The Twins win game 2 of the World Series when Jim Kaat beats Sandy Koufax 5-1 in front of 48,700 delirious fans at the Met. Bob Allison makes a fantastic catch sliding across the LF line and to this day this is one of the finest fielding plays ever seen in a World Series.|
|October 7, 1987||Don Baylor singled to break an eighth-inning tie, and Gary Gaetti homered in his first two playoff at-bats as the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 8-5 in the opening game of the ALCS. Gaetti becomes the first player in MLB history to hit two home runs in his first two at-bats of post-season play. The Twins debut the "Homer Hanky". The Homer Hanky was manufactured in China and sold for $1 and quickly became a much sought after piece of sports memroabilia. The Homer Hanky became so popular that the Star Tribune sold out its initial suppy of 430,000 and ordered another 600,000.|
|October 7, 2009||The Twins played the New York Yankees in the first ever post season game at the new Yankee Stadium in game 1 of the 2009 ALDS and lost to the Bronx bombers by a score of 7-2. Brian Duensing took the loss for the Twins and C.C. Sabathia got the win for the Yanks.|
|October 8, 1987||Minnesota beats the Tigers 6-3 at the Metrodome in game 2 of the 1987 ALCS. Bert Blyleven got the win and Kent Hrbek his first ALCS home run.|
|October 8, 1991||The Twins get by the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 in game 1 of the 1991 ALCS at the Metrodome as Jack Morris gets the victory.|
|October 8, 2002||In the first game of the 2002 ALCS, the Twins beat the Angels 2-1 at the Dome. Joe Mays was masterful in his first post season victory.|
|October 9, 1965||Claude Osteen shuts out Camilo Pascual and the Twins 4-0 in game 3 of the World Series in Los Angeles but the Twins still lead the series 2 games to one.|
|October 9, 1991||The Toronto Blue Jays take game 2 of the 1991 ALCS at the Metrodome when they beat the Twins 5-2. Kevin Tapani was the losing pitcher.|
|October 9, 2002||In the Twins largest crowd ever, 55,990 fans pack the Dome and wave their Homer Hankies but the Anaheim Angels come back and take game 2 of the 2002 ALCS with a 6-3 win.|
|October 9, 2004||At the Metrodome, the New York Yankees rally for four runs to tie the game in the eighth off Juan Rincon, then push across the winning run in the 11th on a wild pitch by Kyle Loshe. The 6-5 win gives New York a 3-1 ALDS victory over the Twins for the second year in a row.|
|October 9, 2009||The Twins lose game 2 of the ALDS to the Yankees 4-3 in 11 innings at Yankee stadium. The Twins had a 3-1 lead in the ninth inning but Alex Rodriguez hits a 2 run home run off Joe Nathan to tie the game and send it into extra innings. In the 11th inning Mark Teixiera hits a lead off walk off home run off Twins pitcher Jose Mijares for a 4-3 victory and a 2-0 lead in the ALDS series. David Robertson got the win and Jose Mijares was the losing pitcher.|
|October 10, 1965||The Dodgers tie the World Series at 2 games each when Don Drysdale turns the tables and beats Mudcat Grant 7-2 in spite of the fact that both Harmon Killebrew and Tony Oliva hit home runs.|
|October 10, 1987||The Twins are beaten by the Tigers 7-6 in Detroit in game 3 of the ALCS. Greg Gagne and Tom Brunansky both hit homeruns in the losing effort.|
|October 11, 1900||Washington D.C. was awarded a franchise in the soon to be American League. This franchise was the Washington Senators who six decades later became the modern day Minnesota Twins.|
|October 11, 1965||The Twins lose game 5 of the World Series to Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers, 7-0 and are down 3 games to 2. Dodger Willie Davis steals 3 bases and sets a single game World Series record.|
|October 11, 1968||Billy Martin is named as the Minnesota Twins manager. Martin replaces Cal Ermer and becomes the 4th ever Twins skipper.|
|October 11, 1987||The Twins take game 4 of the 1987 ALCS from the Detroit Tigers in Detroit by a 5-3 final score. Greg Gagne hits his 2nd ALCS home run in 2 days and Kirby Puckett bangs out a long ball too as Frankie “sweet music” Viola gets the win. The Twins have a commanding 3-1 game lead in the series.|
|October 11, 1991||The Minnesota Twins score in the 10th inning on a Mike Pagliarulo homerun and go up in the 1991 ALCS 2 games to 1 with a 3-2 win over the Blue Jays at the Skydome in Toronto. Mark Guthrie walks away with the win.|
|October 11, 2002||The Twins lose game 3 of the 2002 ALCS 2- to 1 in Anaheim and trail the series 2 games to 1. JC Romero suffers the loss.|
|October 11, 2009||The New York Yankees beat the Twins 4-1 and in the process sweep the ALDS 3 games to zip. Carl Pavano was the losing pitcher and Andy Pettitte was the winner for the Yanks. This was the Twins final baseball game at the Metrodome as they open Target Field in April 2010. Final out video.|
|October 12, 1987||The Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 9-5 and win their first American League pennant in 22 years as Bert Blyleven wins his second game of the series. The Twins, with the worst road record of any pennant or division winner in history (29-52), took two of three in Detroit to win the best-of-7 ALCS playoffs in five games. The Twins are greeted by over 50,000 fans waiting at the Metrodome (and I was one of them) following their victory in Detroit which gave them their first AL pennant in 22 years.|
|October 12, 1991||Jack Morris bests Todd Stottlemyre and wins his second game of the 1991 ALCS when he and the Twins clobber Toronto 9-3 and are now just one game away from advancing to the World Series. Kirby Puckett homers.|
|October 12, 2001||Tom Kelly retires as the Twins winningest manger ever with a record of 1140-1244.|
|October 12, 2002||The Angels whip the Twins 7-1 in game 4 at Anaheim and take a 3-1 lead in the 2002 ALCS. Brad Radke gets his first post season loss.|
|October 13, 1965||The Twins come back to tie the Series at 3 games apiece when Mudcat Grant hits and pitches the Twins to a 5-1 win in front of 49,578 delirious fans at the Met. The Mudcat and Bob Allison hit home runs.|
|October 13, 1969||Billy Martin is fired by owner Griffith after losing 3 playoff games in a row to the Orioles. Bill Rigney will be named the next Twins manager.|
|October 13, 1991||The Twins take game 5 of the ALCS in Toronto by a 8-5 score and win the series 4 games to 1. Kirby Puckett hit his second homerun of the series and David West picked up the win.|
|October 13, 2002||The Angels beat up the Twins in a 13-5 game when they score 10 runs in the 7th inning and win the 2002 ALCS 4 games to 1 by sweeping all 3 games in Anaheim. The hitting star is Adam Kennedy as he goes 4 for 4 with 3 homeruns and 5 RBIs. Joe Mays takes the defeat. The Twins did not hit a single homerun in the 2002 ALCS.|
|October 14, 1965||Sandy Koufax tossed his second shutout to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins and the 1965 World Series in seven games. 50,596 fans watched Koufax pitch on 2 days rest and beat Jim Kaat. This is the largest crowd to ever attend a Twins game at Met Stadium.|
|October 15, 1964||The Twins trade pitcher Joe McCabe to Washington for pitcher Ken Retzer.|
|October 15, 1968||The Twins lose outfielders Bob Oliver and Pat Kelly, shortstop Jack Hernandez, and pitcher Gerry Cram to the Kansas City Royals, and pitcher Buzz Stephen and 3B Rich Rollins to the Seattle Pilots in the 1968 expansion draft.|
|October 15, 1995||Thelma Griffith Haynes, the former co-owner and executive of the Minnesota Twins baseball club died at the age of 82. Haynes of Lexington Parkway, Orlando, who co-owned the team with her brother, Calvin Griffith of Melbourne, sold it to Carl Pohlad in 1984. Her father, Clark Griffith Sr., founded the Washington Senators in the early 1920s. The family moved the ball club to Minnesota in 1961. Orlando was the team's spring training site from the 1930s until 1990.Born in Montreal, Canada, she moved to Central Florida in 1982.|
|October 16, 2002||Victory Sports, and the Minnesota Twins today announced a new telecast partnership providing for carriage of Minnesota Twins games on Victory Sports One beginning with the 2004 Major League Baseball season. The agreement grants Victory Sports the exclusive rights to telecast up to 145 Minnesota Twins baseball games. The agreement could take effect in 2003 depending on the outcome of the pending litigation between the Twins and current telecast rights holder, Fox Sports North. An affiliate of the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club, Victory Sports is the Upper Midwest's newest regional sports network focusing its programming efforts on local athletic events across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and the Dakotas. Victory Sports is slated to launch its 24-hour network in 2003.
However, Victory Sports was unable to obtain carriage from the primary cable television providers in the Twin Cities, the rest of the state of Minnesota, and the Dakotas, or from DirecTV or Dish Network, though they did sign contracts with several smaller providers. During the 2004 season, the Twins quickly re-signed with FSN North to placate viewers inconvenienced by the change, and were able to obtain a significant increase in cable revenue over their previous contract with FSN North.
|October 17, 1987||The Minnesota Twins overpowered the St. Louis Cardinals 10-1 in the opening game of the first indoor World Series. Dan Gladden's grand slam capped a seven-run fourth inning. Steve Lombardozzi also homered and Frank Viola picked up his first World Series victory.|
|October 18, 1987||The Twins and Bert Blyleven win game 2 of the 1987 World Series at the Dome and they beat the Cards 8 to 4 and go up 2 games to none. Gary Gaetti and Tim Laudner hit homeruns.|
|October 18, 2002||Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett was charged today with sexual assault and false imprisonment for allegedly groping a woman after pulling her into the bathroom of a Minnesota restaurant. According to this District Court criminal complaint, the retired baseball star grabbed the woman's arm and "dragged her into the men's restroom and then touched her breast." This isn't the first time the 42-year-old Puckett has been accused of mistreating a woman. In December 2001, Puckett's wife Tonya (who has since filed for divorce) told Minnesota cops that her husband, "screamed at her, over the telephone, that he was going to kill her."|
|October 19, 1991||The 1991 World Series opens at the Metrodome and the Twins beat the Atlanta Braves 5-2 behind Jack Morris. Greg Gagne and Kent Hrbek hit homeruns.|
|October 20, 1959||Washington Senators owner Clark Griffith says he will not move the franchise to another city.|
|October 20, 1970||The Twins trade outfielders Herman Hill and Bob Wissler to St. Louis for pitcher Sal Campisi and shortstop Jim Kennedy.|
|October 20, 1987||Twins right-hander starter Les Straker becomes the first Venezuelan to pitch in the World Series. At Busch Stadium, the Ciudad Bolivar native blanks the Cardinals for six innings on four hits before being removed for a pnch hitter. The Cardinals score 3 in the 7th and beat the Twins 3-1 in St. Louis as Juan Berenguer gets the loss in game 3 of the 1987 World Series.|
|October 20, 1991||Homeruns by Chili Davis and Scott Leius power the Twins to a 3-2 win over the Braves in game 2 of the 1991 World Series in Minneapolis. Kevin Tapani is the winning pitcher.|
|October 20, 1999||Calvin Griffith, the tight-fisted owner who inherited the Washington Senators and moved them to Minnesota, died Wednesday in Melbourne, Florida at the age of 87. Griffith moved the Senators after the 1960 season and the team was renamed the Minnesota Twins. He sold the club for $36 million to Carl Pohlad in 1984, ending 65 years of franchise ownership by the Griffith family. Baseball was the family's primary business, and Calvin Griffith was intent on holding the line on escalating salaries.|
|October 21, 1957||The Washington Senators reject the initial overtures of Minneapolis and St. Paul to move the team there.|
|October 21, 1987||The Cardinals pound Frank Viola and the Twins 7-2 and tie the 1987 World Series at 2 games apiece.|
|October 22, 1969||Bill Rigney is named as the Twins fifth manager replacing the very popular Billy Martin. So popular in fact that many fans start a Twins boycott.|
|October 22, 1971||The Twins acquire outfielder Bobby Darwin from the Dodgers and give up outfielder Paul Powell.|
|October 22, 1987||The Cardinals take a 3 games to 2 lead in the 1987 World Series when they beat the Twins in St. Louis 4-2. Bert Blyleven takes the loss.|
|October 22, 1991||Rick Aguilera pinch-hits for Mark Guthrie in game three of the 1991 World Series and becomes the first pitcher to be used as a pinch hitter since Don Drysdale did so for the Los Angeles Dodgers in game two of the 1965 World Series against the Minnesota Twins. Unfortunately the Braves beat the Twins 5-4 in 12 innings and Rick Aguilera is pinned with the defeat. Kirby Puckett and Chili Davis hit long balls but it was not enough. The Twins use a World Series record 23 players in the game.|
|October 22, 2004||The best lefty for the 2004 season, and consequently the winner of the 2004 Warren Spahn Award going annually to the best left-handed pitcher in Major League baseball, is Johan Santana of the Minnesota Twins. Santana is also the first foreign-born winner of this award that is presented by the Oklahoma Sports Museum of Guthrie, OK.|
|October 23, 1970||Twins VP and minor-league director Sherry Robertson dies in an automobile accident at the age of 51 while on a pheasant hunting trip in Houghton, South Dakota. Robertson was one of Calvin Griffith's three brothers and he played in the majors for 10 seasons. Sherry Robertson had been the farm director since 1956 and a VP since 1966.|
|October 23, 1974||The Twins acquire outfielder Dan Ford and pitcher Dennis Myers from the A’s and send 1B Pat Bourque back to the A’s.|
|October 23, 1979||Former Minnesota Twins manager and current New York Yankee manager Billy Martin is involved in a barroom altercation in a Minneapolis hotel with Joseph Cooper, a Minnesota marshmallow salesman. Cooper requires 15 stitches to close a gash in his lip. The fight leads to Martin getting fired by the Yankees one more time.|
|October 23, 1991||The Braves knot the 1991 World Series at 2 games apiece when they beat the Twins 3-2. Mike Pagliarulo homered in the losing cause and Mark Guthrie was the losing pitcher.|
|October 24, 1975||The Twins send shortstop Sergio Ferrer to the Phillies for catcher Larry Cox.|
|October 24, 1987||The Twins return to the Metrodome and whip the Cardinals 11-5 as Don Baylor and Kent Hrbek hit homeruns and Dan Schatzeder claims the victory. The Twins and Cards are now tied 3 games apiece going into game 7 of the 1987 World Series.|
|October 24, 1988||In the 100th trade in Minnesota Twins history, the Twins acquire pitcher Shane Rawley from the Phillies and give up outfielder Eric Bullock, 2B Tim Herr, and catcher Tom Nieto.|
|October 24, 1991||The Twins are on the brink of losing the 1991 World Series when they lose another World Series game on the road, this time by a 14-5 pasting at the hands of those tomahawking Braves in Atlanta. Kevin Tapani takes the defeat.|
|October 25, 1987||The Minnesota Twins, behind Frank Viola, win their first World Series by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 in Game 7, becoming the first team to win four home games. A Twins record World Series crowd of 55,376 fans watch the action. The franchise's last championship came in 1924 as the Washington Senators.|
|October 25, 2000||Kirby Puckett is inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.|
|October 26, 1960||At an American League owners meeting in New York, owners agreed to allow the Washington Senators to move to Minnesota and become the Minnesota Twins. In a move designed to get a jump on the National League in the expansion race, the American League announces that it will expand by two teams and approves the move of the Senators. The new AL teams will play in Los Angeles as the Angels and in Washington, DC, as the Senators. All teams will play a 162-game schedule, with 18 games against each opponent.|
|October 26, 1991||Dome sweet Dome. Kirby Puckett hits that famous home run in the bottom of the 11th inning and carries the Twins to a 4-3 win and sets the stage for game 7. Announcer Jack Buck utters that now famous line “and we will see you tomorrow night”. Charlie Leibrandt was the Braves hard luck loser that day and Rick Aguilera picked up the win. In the 3rd inning, Puckett also made a great leaping catch.|
|October 27, 1955||Washington Senators owner Clark Griffith passes away at the age of 87. Control of the baseball club is passed to nephew and adopted son Calvin Griffith who is 45.|
|October 27, 1973||The Twins complete two trades, in the first deal they send pitcher Ken Gill to Kansas City and they receive pitcher Tom Burgmeier, in their second deal of the day, they send outfielder Charlie Manuel and catcher Glenn Ezell packing to the Dodgers and receive outfielders Jim Fairey and George Michael Floyd.|
|October 27, 1991||The Twins wrap up their 2nd World Series title in 4 years when Jack Morris pitches the Twins to a 10 inning 1-0 shutout win over John Smoltz and the Atlanta Braves at the Metrodome in what will be known as one of the best World Series pitching performances of all time. The Braves and Twins go scoreless through nine innings. Lonnie Smith is decoyed into pausing at second base to keep him from scoring the winner for Atlanta in the eighth. Gene Larkin's single over a drawn-in outfield in the 10th is the difference in the first extra-inning Game Seven in 67 years. Jack Morris is named Series MVP. Both Atlanta and Minnesota had finished last in their respective divisions in the previous season.|
|October 28, 2001||Eliminating two major league teams by the start of next season remains a viable option, baseball commissioner Bud Selig said before Game 2 of the World Series. “Can it be worked out for 2002? I can't tell you that. But I wouldn't rule it out,” Selig said as he stood by the New York Yankees dugout at Bank One Ballpark. Some owners want to eliminate teams that are losing money and taking a large part of the $160 million in the revenue-sharing fund this year. If owners approve contraction, they would eliminate the Montreal Expos plus one other team, with the Florida Marlins and Minnesota Twins among the candidates. All three teams have sought government assistance in constructing new ballparks. "As the (economic) problems have exacerbated,” Selig said, “it has become clearer to me that everything should be on the table, including contraction.”
|October 31, 1972||The Twins send catcher Rick Dempsey to the Yankees for outfielder Dan Walton.|
|November 1, 1955||Calvin R. Griffith today was named president of the Washington Senators. The Senators' board of directors elected him to take the place of Clark Griffith, baseball's "Old Fox" who had passed away a few days earlier on October 27th. Calvin was Clark's adopted son. Calvin had been the executive vice president of the club and in recent years, as Clark Griffiths aide, had assumed many of the administrative tasks.|
|November 1, 1982||Minnesota and Texas swap pitchers when the Twins acquire Len Whitehouse and give up John Pacella.|
|November 1, 2012||The Twins named Brad Steil the director of Minor League operations to replace longtime farm director Jim Rantz, who will retire at the end of the year.Additionally, the Twins finalized their training staff, as Dave Pruemer was named the head athletic trainer, Tony Leo the assistant athletic trainer and Lanning Tucker the assistant athletic trainer and rehabilitation coordinator.|
|November 3, 1988||The Twins once again trade pitcher Bert Blyleven along with pitcher Kevin Tredeau, this time to the California Angels for 1B Paul Sorrento, and pitchers Mike Cook, and Rob Wassenaar.|
|November 3, 2011||The Twins annouced today that Cory Provus will be joining the Twins' radio broadcast team starting in 2012. Provus, who is replacing the recently retired John Gordon, will partner with former Twins outfielder and returning broadcaster Dan Gladden in sharing play-by-play and analyst duties for all regular-season and postseason games as well as 25 Spring Training games. Provus, 33, spent the last three seasons with the Brewers, sharing play-by-play responsibilities with Hall of Famer Bob Uecker on WTMJ-AM and the Brewers Radio Network. Provus began his MLB broadcast career in 2007 as the Cubs' pre- and postgame host. He also handled play-by-play duties, backing up Pat Hughes during games, and anchored the morning and afternoon drive sportscasts as a reporter for WGN-AM in Chicago.|
|November 4, 2005||The Twins issue the following Press Release -
The Minnesota Twins would like to take this opportunity to confirm that the team did recently receive an unsolicited phone call from Reggie Jackson regarding his interest in acquiring a Major League Baseball team. During the phone conversation Mr. Jackson recounted his four previous efforts to finalize such a transaction and went on to inquire about availability of the Twins franchise. Mr. Jackson was told the Twins are not for sale at this time and that the Twins organization was currently 100% focused on working to ensure approval of the Twins-Hennepin County ballpark plan.
While not surprising considering the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the franchise's future, the Twins view the publicity surrounding Mr. Jackson's inquiry as unfortunate. To that end, the Pohlad family and Twins organization want to stress that this story was in no way initiated by the baseball team.
|November 5, 1976||The Twins lose outfielder Steve Braun to the Seattle Mariners and pitchers Jerry Garvin and Bill Singer, 3B Dave McKay, and outfielder Al Woods to the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1976 expansion draft.|
|November 6, 1970||Minnesota Twins pitcher Jim Perry wins the American League Cy Young Award in a close race. Perry receives 55 points to edge out Dave McNally (47), Sam McDowell (45), and Mike Cuellar (44). Perry is the first Twins Cy Young award winner.|
|November 6, 1976||After having a career year with the Twins, reliever Bill Campbell becomes one of the first players to cash in on the new free-agent system. The reliever signs with the Red Sox for big money (four-year, one-million dollar contract).|
|November 6, 2001||MLB owners vote 28-2 to contract two teams before the 2002 season. They tell the players’ association that the Minnesota Twins and the Montreal Expos are the targeted teams. It was determined later that Carl Pohlad, the Twins owner voted for contraction.|
|November 6, 2009||The Twins trade outfielder Carlos Gomez to the Milwaukee Brewers for shortstop JJ Hardy.|
|November 7, 2001||The players union files a grievance, claiming the contraction vote violates the labor agreement.|
|November 7, 2011||The Twins announce that GM Bill Smith has been relieved of his duties and that former GM Terry Ryan will take over as GM on an interim basis.
Today also marks 10,000 days since the Griffiths sell the Twins."
|November 9, 2011||Former Twins catcher Wilson Ramos, age 24, and now a member of the Washington Nationals was abducted by gun-men in front of his home in his native Venezuela. The kidnapping ordeal of Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos ended after two days when Venezuelan police commandos swooped in to rescue him in a flurry of gunfire and arrested five alleged abductors on November 11th. Although shaken, Ramos was unhurt in the incident.
|November 10, 2002||Twins Vice-President and General Manager Terry Ryan was voted the Sporting News Executive of the Year.|
|November 10, 2010||Minnesota Twins Announce Target Field Enhancements for 2011 Enhancements aimed at improving experience and ballpark aesthetics. Among the planned additions is a new 28' high by 50' wide video display board located above the right field Grandstand, a new 100' high LED-illuminated Twins Tower will stand adjacent the new video board, additional radiant heat will be added, additional Kasota Stone will be added along the façade below the Metropolitan Club, the Twins will provide fans at Target Field with free WiFi Internet Service through what will be called the "TwiFi" network, and phase II of the Twins Tradition Wall will be installed prior to Opening Day 2011.|
|November 11, 1995||Twins outfielder Marty Cordova is named American League Rookie of the Year, winning by six points over Angels outfielder Garret Anderson. Cordova becomes the fifth Twins rookie to win this coveted award.|
|November 11, 2013||Ending months of speculation after he sustained a season-ending concussion while catching on Aug. 19, the Twins announced Monday that Joe Mauer will be moved from catcher to first base next season. The six time All-Star and former league MVP had caught 920 Twins games, a team record. Mauer missed the rest of the 2013 season after his August 19th injury.|
|November 12, 1969||Twins infielder Harmon Killebrew, who led the American League with 49 home runs, 140 RBI, and a .430 on-base percentage, is voted the American league MVP and becomes the second Twins player so honored.|
|November 12, 1986||The New York Mets traded shortstop Ron Gardenhire to Minnesota for a player to be named later (Dominic Iasparro). Who knew at that time that in 2002 Gardenhire would become the Twins manager?|
|November 12, 2002||For the first time in their history, the Minnesota Twins were named the “Organization of the Year” by Baseball America.|
|November 13, 2006||GM Terry Ryan is named ML Baseball Executive of the Year by the Sporting News for the second time in his career.|
|November 14, 1979||Twins pitcher David Goltz,the first player to be selected by the maximum thirteen teams in the first round of the free agent draft, signs a six-year, three-million dollar contract with the Dodgers. The former Twins' pitcher (14-13, 4.16) will post a 9-19 record during his 2+ seasons with the club.|
|November 14, 2003||In a trade that will turn out great for the Twins, they send catcher AJ Pierzynski and cash to the San Francisco Giants for pitchers Joe Nathan, Boof Bonser, and Francisco Liriano.|
|November 15, 2002||The Twins trade pitcher Matt Kinney and catcher Javier Valentin to the Milwaukee Brewers for pitchers Gerard Oakes and Matt Yeatman.|
|November 16, 1977||Twins' first baseman Rod Carew wins the American League's MVP award. He led the league in hitting with a .338 batting average. Carew is the third Twins player to win this distinguished award.|
| November 16, 1998||The Yankees acquire pitcher Dan Naulty from Minnesota and give up 3B Allen Butler.|
|November 16, 2001||Minnesota Hennepin County District Judge Harry Seymour Crump issues an injunction preventing the Twins from being eliminated, ruling that it would violate the team’s lease with the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, which operates the Metrodome.|
|November 16, 2006||Johan Santana wins his second AL Cy Young award as a unanimous pick.|
|November 16, 2009||The Twins unveil new uniforms and logos for the inaugural sason at Target Field.|
|November 17, 1992||The Twins lose catcher Jayhawk Owens and pitcher Curt Leskanic to the Colorado Rockies and pitcher Tom Edens to the Florida Marlins in the 1992 expansion draft.|
|November 17, 2010||Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is named as the American League Manager of the Year. Gardenhire had previously finished second in the voting five times, an American League record. Gardenhire was an easy pick after another AL Central crown, becoming the first manager in baseball history to win six division titles in his first nine seasons. Gardenhire drew 16 first-place votes and 108 points, and was the only AL manager listed on all 28 ballots. Gardenhire joins Tom Kelly (1991) as the only Twins Manager to win the honor.|
|November 18, 1965||Shortstop Zoilo Versalles is selected as the American League MVP getting 19 out of 20 first place votes. Versalles becomes the first Latin player and the first Minnesota Twins player to win a MVP award. Twins outfielder Tony Oliva finishes second in the MVP balloting.|
|November 18, 1992||The Twins and Mets swap outfielders when the Twins acquire Pat Howell and the Mets receive Darren Reed.|
|November 18, 1997||The Twins lose outfielder Brent Brede and catcher Damian Miller to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1997 expansion draft. The Tampa Devil Rays did not select any Minnesota Twins in that draft.|
|November 18, 2001||Approximately 4,000 Minnesota Twins fans (and I was one of them) gathered in the Metrodome's parking lot on a rainy Sunday afternoon to voice their support for their team after MLB voted to contract two teams.|
|November 18, 2013||The Twins acquire LHP Kris Johnson from the Pittsburgh Pirates and part ways with Duke Welker.|
|November 19, 1981||The Metrodome roof deflates due to a tear caused by heavy snow.|
|November 21, 1968||The Twins acquire shortstop Leo Cardenas from the Reds and give up pitcher Jim Merritt.|
|November 21, 2006||Twins 1B Justin Morneau wins the American League MVP award beating out Yankee shortstop Derke Jeter.|
|November 21, 2007||The Cubs send outfielder Craig Monroe to Minnesota for the proverbial player to be named later.|
|November 22, 1967||Rod Carew wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Receiving 19 of 20 first place votes, the Twins' second baseman easily out distances Reggie Smith of the Red Sox and becomes the second Twins rookie to be so honored.|
|November 22, 1989||Kirby Puckett becomes the first major league player ever to sign a contract that calls for an average salary of $3 million per year when he inks a pact with the Twins for $9 million over three years.|
|November 22, 2010||Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty declared Monday, November 22, 2010 to be Ron Gardenhire Day in the state of Minnesota to recognize all of Gardenhire's success as Twins manager.|
|November 22, 2011||Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association entered an enhanced period of cooperation on Tuesday with the signing of a memorandum of understanding on a new five-year Basic Agreement, ensuring 21 years of labor peace for the sport. The deal will last through Dec. 1, 2016, and includes mandatory testing of blood for human growth hormone for the first time at the Major League level beginning in Spring Training; 15 teams in each league by the 2013 season; another layer of playoffs and two more Wild Card teams as early as this coming season; changes in the First-Year Player Draft that could lead to a worldwide Draft by 2014; and expansion of the use of instant replay. The new agreement now needs to be formalized in writing and ratified independently by the players and owners.
|November 23, 2009||St. Paul native Joe Mauer became the fifth Twins player to win the MVP Award, behind Zoilo Versalles (1965), Harmon Killebrew (1969), Rod Carew (1977) and Justin Morneau (2006). Mauer, 26, is the sixth catcher in Ameican League history to win the MVP and only the second catcher in 33 years to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award. A couple weeks ago, Mauer won the Players Choice Award for A.L. Outstanding Player, an important award for players because it's voted on by their peers. Mauer, who missed all of April because of injury, came back to play 138 of the Twins final 141 games and lead the Twins to an improbable comeback as they overtook the Detroit Tigers to win the A.L. Central. The Gold Glove catcher lead the American League in batting average (.365), On-Base Percantage (.444), Slugging Percentage (.587) and On-Base + Slugging Percentage (1.031). It's the first time a player has led in all three of those key categories in nearly 30 years.|
|November 24, 1975||Gene Mauch is named the new Twins' manager replacing popular skipper Frank Quilici. The respected National League strategist will compile a 378-394 (.490) during his five-year tenure with Minnesota.|
|November 24, 1986||The Twins announce interim manager Tom Kelly will be the club's skipper next season. The Minnesota native, who replaced Ray Miller at the end of the season, will compile a losing record (1,140- 1,244) but wins two World Championships during his 16-year tenure as skipper.|
|November 24, 1993||The Twins trade pitcher Willie Banks to the Chicago Cubs for catcher Matt Walbeck and pitcher Dave Stevens.|
|November 26, 1960||Less than a month after being granted permission to move to Minneapolis/St. Paul, the former Washington, D.C. team changes its team's name to the Minnesota Twins. The Twins become the first team in baseball to be named after a state versus a city. The new American League expansion team now in the nation's capital will continue to use the name Senators, but will be a totally different franchise. The uniform color scheme and design are almost identical to the 1960 Washington Senators.|
|November 26, 1979||Twins 3B John Castino who batted .285 and shortstop Alfredo Griffin, who hit .287 for the Blue Jays, tie for the American League Rookie of the Year Award, each receiving seven of the 28 votes. The deadlock will precipitate a change in the voting system, effective in 1980. Castino is the third Twins rookie to receive this honor.|
|November 26, 2002||C.R.P. Sports, the parent company of the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club and Victory Sports One, today announced plans to re-organize the company's senior management structure effective immediately.
C.R.P. Sports founder Carl Pohlad has named long-time Minnesota Twins President Jerry Bell the new president of C.R.P. Sports. Meanwhile, Twins Chief Operating Officer Kevin Cattoor has been named executive vice president for C.R.P. Sports while retaining his role as president of Victory Sports. Mr. Pohlad also announced that Dave St. Peter, currently the Twins Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, has been named the ballclub's new president. Dave St. Peter becomes the fourth president in the 42-year history of the Minnesota Twins. St. Peter, 35, joined the Twins organization in 1990 and has held a variety of positions with the ballclub including vice president of corporate communications. He was named senior vice president of business affairs in February 1999 and assembled a sales and marketing staff credited with developing the popular "Get to Know 'Em" advertising campaign and helping create the Bobblehead Doll craze across the country.
|November 26, 2010||The Twins have been flexing their financial muscles since they moved into Target Field and today by submitting a high bid believed to be about $5 million to Tsuyoshi Nishioka's team in Japan, the Chiba Lotte Marines, the Twins have acquired exclusive negotiating rights to the 26-year-old middle infielder. The Twins have 30 days to agree on a contract with Nishioka, if that does not get done, the Twins then get their money back. The Twins do sign Nishioka to a three year deal.|
|November 28, 1967||The Twins trade 1965 World Series stars shortstop Zoilo Versalles and pitcher Jim "Mudcat" Grant to the Dodgers for catcher John Roseboro and pitchers Ron Perranoski and Bob Miller.|
|November 28, 2007||In GM Bill Smith's first big deal, he sends pitchers Matt Garza and Eduado Morlan along with shortstop Jason Bartlett to the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielders Delmon Young and Jason Pridie and infielder Brendan Harris.|
|November 29, 1972||The Twins receive pitcher John Cumberland and outfielder Larry Hisle in a deal with St. Louis but have to give up pitcher Wayne Granger in the process.|
|November 29, 2012||The Twins trade outfielder Denard Span to the Washington Nationals for minor league RHP Alex Meyer.|
|November 30, 1971||The Twins and Angels hook up in a deal and the Twins get pitcher Dave LaRoche and the Angels get shortstop Leo Cardenas.|
|November 30, 1972 ||The Twins receive 1B Joe Lis and pitcher Ken Reynolds from the Phillies in return for outfielder Cesar Tovar. In another deal that same day, this time with the Cubs, they acquire pitchers Bill Hands, Joe Decker and Bob Maneely and part ways with pitcher Dave LaRoche.|
|November 30, 2001 ||The major league's plan to contract by two teams next season is put into jeopardy by Minnesota courts. The state's Supreme Court refuses to grant the request for a speedy review of the appeal of the injunction which forces the Twins to play in 2001, and the appellate court sets the hearing for December 27, a date many believe is too late to make the elimination of two teams a reality.|
|December 2, 1966 ||The Twins and California Angels swing a big deal as the Twins acquire pitcher Dean Chance and shortstop Jackie Hernandez and give up pitcher Pete Cimino, outfielder Jimmie Hall, and 1B Don Mincher.|
|December 2, 1967||The Twins acquire 1B Bob Oliver from the Pirates and give up pitcher Ron Kline.|
|December 2, 2005||The Florida Marlins and the Twins hook up in a deal, the Twins get 2B Luis Castillo and the Marlins get pitchers Travis Bowyer and Scott Tyler.|
|December 3, 1966||The Twins house cleaning continues as they complete their 2nd big deal in 2 days. This time the Twins acquire pitcher Ron Kline from Washington and in return the Twins give up pitcher Camilo Pascual and 2B Bernie Allen.|
|December 3, 1971||The Twins trade pitcher Tommy “The Blade” Hall to Cincinnati for pitcher Wayne Granger.|
|December 3, 2003||The Twins trade pitcher Eric Milton to the Philadelphia Phillies and acquire infielder Nick Punto and pitchers Carlos Silva and Bobby Korecky.|
|December 3, 2013||The 2½-year mission to build a $1 billion new home for the Minnesota Vikings ceremonially kicked off Tuesday morning with a long-awaited groundbreaking outside the Metrodome. The Metrodome, home of the Twins from 1982-2009 will be demolished after the Vikings play the Detroit Lions in the final game of the 2013 season and the new Minnesota Vikings football stadium will be built on the site.|
|December 4, 1964||The Twins send pitcher Gerry Arrigo to the Redlegs and receive outfielder Cesar Tovar.
|December 4, 1978 ||Outfielder Danny Ford heads for California and the Twins get catcher Danny Goodwin and 1B Ron “Papa Jack” Jackson.
|December 4, 1988||The Twins acquire pitcher Todd McClure from Houston after sending Mark Portugal to the Astros.
|December 5, 1983||The Tigers and Twins hook up in a swap where the Twins get pitcher Larry Pashnick and the Tigers get outfielder Randy Kunz.|
|December 5, 1990||The Giants send pitcher Steve Bedrosian to the frozen tundra of Minnesota and the Giants receive pitchers Johnny Ard and Jimmy Williams.
|December 5, 1992||The Twins finally give up waiting for pitcher David West to blossom and send him to Philadelphia for pitcher Mike Hartley.|
|December 6, 1973||In a trade of catchers, the Twins ship George Mitterwald to the Cubs and get Randy Hundley in return.
|December 6, 1979||In a busy trading day the Twins receive 2B Pete Mackanin from the Phillies and send pitcher Paul Thormodsgard packing and the also send 3B Dan Graham to the Orioles for pitcher Tom Chism.
|December 6, 2011||The Twins annouced that they have traded RHP Kevin Slowey to the Colorado Rockies for a PTBNL. That PTBNL turned out to be RHP Daniel Turpen.|
|December 6, 2012||The Twins and Phillies hook up in a deal and the Twins trade CF Ben Revere to Philadelphia Phillies for RHPs Trevor May and Vance Worley.|
|December 7, 1983||The Twins send outfielder Gary Ward to Texas and acquire catcher Sam Sorce and pitchers Mike Smithson, and John Butcher.|
|December 7, 1984||The Twins send catcher Ray Smith to the Padres and receive pitcher Floyd Chiffer.|
|December 7, 1988||The Twins trade for 2B Wally Backman and pitcher Mike Santiago and send pitchers Jeff Bumgarner, Steve Gasser, and Toby Nivens to the New York Mets.|
|December 7, 1999||The Twins send outfielder Chris Latham to the Rockies and receive pitcher Scott Randall.|
|December 8, 1978||The Twins acquire pitcher Jerry Koosman from the New York Mets and send pitchers Greg Fields and Jesse Orosco on their way. Orosco was still pitching in the bigs 24 years later.|
|December 8, 1980||The Twins sent outfielder Dave Edwards to the Padres and received shortstop Chuck Baker.|
|December 9, 2005||The Twins send pitcher JC Romero out west to the Angels and receive infielder Alexi Casilla in return.|
|December 9, 2010||The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have acquired right-handed pitchers Jim Hoey and Brett Jacobson from the Baltimore Orioles, in exchange for shortstop J.J. Hardy, infielder Brendan Harris and cash ($500,000).|
|December 10, 1982||The Twins trade pitcher Don Cooper to the Blue Jays and receive 3B Dave Baker.|
|December 10, 2004||For the second time in the last three seasons, the Minnesota Twins have been named Baseball America's Organization of the Year. In addition to the team honor, Twins General Manager Terry Ryan was named Baseball America's Executive of the Year.|
|December 10, 2009||The Twins trade pitcher Boof Bonser to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later. Several days later that player is named and he is pitcher Chris Province.|
|December 12, 1969||In a major deal the Twins trade pitchers Dean Chance and Bob Miller, outfielder Ted Uhlaender, and 3B Graig Nettles to the Cleveland Indians for pitchers Luis Tiant and Stan Williams.|
|December 12, 1980||The Mariners trade pitcher Byron McLauglin to the Twins for outfielder Willie Norwood.|
|December 12, 1985||The Twins receive pitcher Charlie Mitchell from the Red Sox when the Twins send outfielder Mike Stenhouse to beantown.|
|December 12, 1997||Outfielder Rich Becker heads for New York to join the Mets and outfielder Alex Ochoa becomes a Twin.|
|December 12, 2010||Early this Sunday morning the roof collapsed in the Metrodome for the fourth time in the history of the dome. The roof collapsed under 17" of new snow and high winds. The Twins moved out after the 2009 seaon and now play at Target field but the Minnesota Vikings call the Metrodome, now called Mall of America Field, as home. The Viking were originaly scheduled to play the New York Giants on Sunday but the game was rescheuled for Monday night due to the snow storm. Now, after the roof collapse, the game has been moved to Detroit's Ford Field on Monday night. A entire new roof was required and it was July 12, 2011 before the new roof was completed and reinflated. Cost to put on the new roof was $22.7 million most of it paid for by insurance.|
|December 13, 1994||The Met center was imploded on this day - or not. Not an actual Twins event but kind of tied to Twins history because of its proximity to Met Stadium.
The Met Center was an indoor arena that stood in Bloomington, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. The arena, which was completed in 1967 just to the north of Metropolitan Stadium, seated 15,000. It was best known as the home of the Minnesota North Stars of the NHL from 1967-1993. Implosion video.
|December 13, 1999||The Florida Marlins obtain Johan Santana from the Astros in the Rule 5 draft, and later in the day Florida trades the 20-year old southpaw to the Twins (along with some cash) for Jared Camp. The Venezuelan native will post a 93-44 record and will win the Cy Young Award twice (2004, 2006) during his 8-year tenure in Minnesota.|
|December 14, 1960||The 1960 MLB Expansion Draft was held to fill the rosters of the Los Angeles Angels and the Washington Senators. The Angels and the Senators (who later became the Texas Rangers) were the new franchises which would enter the league in the 1961 season. Each existing American League club had to make available for the draft seven players on their active roster on August 31, 1960, and eight others from their forty-man roster. The expansion clubs paid $75,000 for each of 28 players they drafted with a maximum of seven players drafted from each existing club, not including minor league selections. The clubs also had the option of drafting one non-roster player for $25,000 from each established franchise. The Twins lost 7 players in the draft. The new Washington Senators took pitchers Rudy Hernandez, Hector Maestri, Hal Woodeschick, and 2B Johnny Schaive. The Senators also took minor league pitcher Joe McClain, The Los Angeles Angels selected pitcher Tex Clevenger, 1B Julio Becquer abd OF Faye Throneberry.|
|December 14, 1998||The Twins and Brewers swap outfielders, the Brewers receive Alex Ochoa and the Twins get Darrell Nicholas.|
|December 15, 2003||The San Francisco Giants trade pitcher JT Thomas to Minnesota for outfielder Dustan Mohr.|
|December 15, 2010||Yet another panel gave way and dumped more snow on the Metrodome floor as workers were trying to replace panels that had given way just three days earlier. With this additional panel tearing, there is now concern for the entire Metrodome roof and when the dome will again be operational is unknown.|
|December 15, 2011||The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have agreed to terms with free agent outfielder Josh Willingham on a three-year, $21 million contract. Willingham played with the Oakland A's last season. Biggest Twins free agent signing the Twins have made to date.|
|December 16, 2002||The Minnesota Twins release 1B David Ortiz. The unheralded player will soon be picked up by the Boston Red Sox, for whom he will develop as one of the most accomplished sluggers in the game.|
|December 16, 2010||The Minnesota announced today that they have acquired left-handed pitcher Paul Bargas (a minor leaguer from class "A" ball) from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for catcher Jose Morales.|
|December 17, 2010||The Twins announced today that they have reached agreement with Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka to a three-year deal for $9 million that includes a club option for a fourth year in 2014. Last month, the Twins posted the winning bid of $5 million for exclusive negotiating rights with Nishioka. The club had until Dec. 26 to negotiate a deal or it would have gotten its $5 million posting bid back. The switch-hitting Nishioka, 26, hit a Pacific League best .346 in 2010 and posted career highs in on-base percentage (.423), slugging percentage (.482), doubles (32), and triples (8). He can play both shortstop and second base but the Twins are as yet undecided where he will play. Nishioka becomes the first player from the Japanese League to sign with the Twins. Nishioka went on to have a horrendous season for the Twins in 2011 after a tough start when he broke his leg in his sixth game. Nishioka went on to hit .226 in 221 at bats scoring 14 runs and knocking in 19 while stealing 2 bases in 6 attempts. In the field Nishioka had a fielding percentage of .961 as he committed 12 errors. After spending parts of two miserable seasons with the Minnesota Twins, Nishioka requests and is granted his unconditional release from the Twins organization on September 28, 2012.|
|December 18, 2013||The Twins trade catcher/outfielder Ryan Doumit to the Atlanta Braves and procure minor league LHP Sean Gilmartin.|
|December 19, 2006||Righthanded pitcher Brad Radke announced his plans to retire from baseball after 12 seasons in a Twins uniform. Radke was originally drafted by the Twins in the eighth round of the June, 1991 free agent draft. Radke, 34, had a career record of 148-139 with 1,467 strikeouts in 378 appearances (377 starts). The only relief appearance of his career was his Major League debut, April 29, 1995 vs. Baltimore.|
|December 20, 1979||With the official groundbreaking taking place, construction began on the Metrodome and it was built by the state of Minnesota at a cost of approximately $68 million. The Metrodome becomes baseballs' third domed facility.|
|December 20, 2010||Engineers at the Metrodome used a shotgun this afternoon to rupture a roof panel that was under stress from accumulated ice. By using a precision shot, the engineers were able to cause the panel to fail in an area away from the clamps that hold the tarp to the roof's frame, that makes repairs easier. The panel becomes to fifth (out of 106) to break following the 17-inch snowstorm that hit the Twin Cities the weekend of December 11th.|
|December 22, 2009||The Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Ballpark Authority receive the certificate of occupancy for Target Field.|
|December 23, 1975||The Twins acquire 2B Bob Randall from the Dodgers and part ways with outfielder Danny Walton.
In a decision announced on December 23, 1975, arbitrator Peter Seitz ruled that pitchers Dave McNally and Andy Messersmith were free agents because the reserve clause could not bind them to a team forever. Several court appeals were rejected, forcing the owners into collective bargaining on the issue.
|December 25, 1989||Popular former Twins player and manager Billy Martin dies in an automobile accident in Binghamton, New York at the age of 61. Billy served as the Twins fourth manager during the 1969 season.|
|December 26, 2005||Four-Time All-Star relief pitcher Jeff Reardon is arrested on robbery charges after holding up a jewelry store in Palm Springs Gardens‚ Florida‚ a town he has lived in without incident for 20 years. "He said it was the medication that made him do it and that he was sorry‚" said policeman David O'Neill. Reardon had a son who died of a drug overdose several years ago. In late August 2006, Reardon was found not guilt by reason of insanity. Two court-appointed psychiatrists, along with two defense psychiatrists, will testify that Reardon was under the influence of a dozen prescription medications and that there was no reasonable explanation for the robbery.|
|December 28, 1981||Boomer Wells became a Twin when the Blue Jays sent him over to the border to Minnesota in exchange for outfielder Hosken Powell.|
|December 29, 2013||The Minnesota Vikings play their final football game at the Metrodome and beat the Detroit Lions 14-13. It turns out that it was coach Leslie Frazier's final game as he was fired the next day. The Vikings will play their 2014 and 2015 home games at the Minnesota Gophers TCF stadium before moving into their new stadium in 2016.|
|December 30, 1982||The Metrodome roof deflates for the second time in just over a year due to a tear caused by heavy snow.|
|December 30, 2010||Hall of Famer and Twins legend Harmon Killebrew has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Killebrew, 74, revealed the news in a statement this morning. He said that he was recently diagnosed and is being treated by a team of medical professionals at the Mayo Clinic.
The Twins announced today that TwinsFest 2011 will now take place at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn., on Jan. 28-30. It's the first time since the late 1990s that the event has taken place at a venue other than the Metrodome. The collapse of the Metrodome's Teflon roof following a heavy snowstorm earlier this month forced the Minnesota Vikings to seek a change in venue for their final two home games. And now, ongoing repair issues with the roof have caused an annual Twins event to be moved from the Dome as well. Repairs to the roof are expected to take at least through March 2011.