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Split the difference: Mike Pelfrey's revival due to revamped splitter grip

There have been a few surprises on this year's Minnesota Twins team. Right-hander Mike Pelfrey has been among the biggest. One pitch is largely responsible for Pelfrey's revival, too. It was during spring training this year when Pelfrey -- who missed most of last season with an injury -- talked with new bullpen coach Eddie Guardado about a particular pitch. Pelfrey knew that Guardado...
Via Fox Sports North
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Milone makes case to stay in rotation, despite eventual Twins loss

In one week, Ervin Santana will be pitching in the Minnesota Twins' rotation. Tommy Milone hopes he will be, too. The Twins left-hander made yet another case for Minnesota to keep him in the rotation when Santana returns from his 80-game suspension next week. Milone tossed six scoreless innings Sunday against Milwaukee, although it came in a 5-3 Twins loss after the bullpen couldn...
Via Fox Sports North
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Best of both worlds: Milwaukee Brewers take series from Minnesota Twins

Seven innings pitchers’ duel, two inning slugfest. When the dust settled Sunday between the Minnesota Twins and the Milwaukee Brewers, long forgotten was the stellar duel between Tommy Milone and Mike Fiers. Baseball’s chess match gave way to a white-knuckle demolition derby as the Brewers took game and the series from the Twins 5-3. For seven frames, the starting pitchers went...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Replay decay: four thoughts from a five minute in-game delay

This was what Major League Baseball precisely wanted to avoid. In the third inning of Sunday’s matinée between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Minnesota Twins, pitcher Mike Fiers picked Eduardo Escobar off at first base. It was a close call and Escobar, after the call, remained on first base. Twins manager Paul Molitor stood at the top step of the dugout, staring back at one of...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins lose rookie Byron Buxton to disabled list with sprained left thumb

The Minnesota Twins have placed rookie center fielder Byron Buxton on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb. He is expected to be out for at least a month. The injury occurred on Tuesday when Buxton was attempting to steal second base against the Chicago White Sox. During his headfirst slide into second, his hand got caught under his body. However, Buxton played through...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Miguel And Buy Are On A Need Sano Basis

Miguel Sano in the braino! When Sano, got no braino! Oh, sorry, I didn't hear you come in. Have a seat. Why aren't you wearing pants? Okay, enough small talk! All right, one more bit of small talk. You ever go to Whole Foods and get something from their salad bar? Their cardboard containers suck! Unless you rip the container apart and lick the bottom, there's no way to get...
Via Razzball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins trade rumors: starting pitching edition

In my last article, I wrote about the abundance of good starting pitchers the Minnesota Twins currently possess. Of their five current starters, that also includes Ervin Santana and Ricky Nolasco. That makes for seven starting pitchers looking to fill five spots in the rotation. This gives the Twins plenty of options to either send some starters to the bullpen, AAA or trade them...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins: Byron Buxton to miss a month

The Minnesota Twins will be without center fielder Byron Buxton for about a month says manager Paul Molitor. Molitor told 96.3 FM in Minneapolis that the thumb injury Buxton suffered on Tuesday while trying to steal a base will keep the highly prized prospect out of action. Danny Santana figures to move back into the everyday role at center for the Twins. Though his first 11 games...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Phil Hughes flashing signs of 2014 self

Minnesota Twins starter Phil Hughes struggled out of the gate and found himself 0-4 with a 4.55 ERA by the end of April. After coming off a career year in 2014, Hughes looked like just a shell of the pitcher that the franchise handed a hefty contract extension to in the offseason. Fast forward to the present day and Hughes looks to be back! He tossed his second straight eight inning...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins summon another top prospect, right-hander Alex Meyer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have promoted another one of their top prospects, right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer. The Twins announced they will recall Meyer from Triple-A Rochester prior to Friday's game at Milwaukee. Meyer will replace Michael Tonkin, who was sent down Wednesday, in the bullpen. The 25-year-old Meyer was acquired by the Twins before the 2013 season in the...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins prank bullpen coach by hiding in his locker with airhorn (Video)

The Minnesota Twins pranked bullpen coach Eddie Guardado by hiding in his locker with an airhorn, and were extremely successful in scaring the bejesus out of him. Not only did Bruno dance last night, we made Guardado dance too.— Glen Perkins (@glenperkins) June 23, 2015Reliever Brian Duensing blew the airhorn, so he's the one who will have to watch his...
Via Holdout Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

With Ervin Santana returning to Minnesota Twins soon, who will be the odd man out?

Ervin Santana was the biggest free agent signing in franchise history for the Minnesota Twins.So you can guarantee he'll be getting a spot in the starting rotation when he's eligible to return from his suspension on July 5.Santana is expected to provide a spark to the Twins pitching staff, but his return means manager Paul Molitor will have a tough decision when it comes to making...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins’ Byron Buxton joins stellar rookie class

This has been The Year of the Rookie in MLB, with many top prospects getting the call up to the majors and providing a jolt of excitement and fresh air to what hasn’t been a terribly exciting 2015 season thus far. (Fans of the Royals or Astros would surely disagree with that. Maybe Nats fans too, thanks to Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer.) Cubs fans have surely enjoyed surging...
Via The Outside Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Twins scare bullpen coach with great prank

Bullpen coach Eddie Guardado is a beloved member of the Minnesota Twins fraternity, thanks to his days serving as the team’s closer, a role in which he was referred to as “Everyday Eddie.” Well, it isn’t every day that Guardado gets the living daylights scared out of him, but that’s exactly what occurred following the...Read More The post Twins players scare the bejesus...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Kyle Gibson on Pitching to Contact

Kyle Gibson is a tall pitcher with a low K rate. The Minnesota Twins right-hander is 6-foot-6 and has fanned 5.76 batters per nine innings this season. Last year, that number was an even-more-contact-heavy 5.37. Strikeouts aren’t what he does. Gibson relies on ground balls for the majority of his outs. A first-round pick in […]
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Torii Hunter hit in 'nipple part' by outfield throw (Video/GIF)

Minnesota Twins outfielder Torii Hunter was hit the chest, or more specifically his "nipple part" as he described it, by an outfield throw to third base during Monday night's game against Chicago.Hunter stayed in the game, although he admitted during a postgame interview that he was in a bit of pain:"Cabrera threw a ball that hit me in my nipple part...and that hurt pretty good....
Via Holdout Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: Who will make way for Ervin Santana?

The Minnesota Twins have an unexpected dilemma on their hands; they have too many good starting pitchers. That is a sentence I never thought I would write this year considering that their starting rotation has had the worst ERA in the majors the last two seasons. At this point in the season, their starting rotation’s ERA stands at 3.84, 9th best in the majors. Their turn around...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins Need to Scrap Eight-Man Bullpen

First-year manager Paul Molitor has gone with an eight-man bullpen for over a month now, leaving the Minnesota Twins with just three available bench players on a regular night. It’s an interesting concept and the Twins have the pieces to make it work because so many of their players can play multiple positions. Because of this, they never need to dig deep into their bench when...
Via Baseball Essential
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: Struggling through June

Glen Perkins The Minnesota Twins don’t have any glaring weaknesses, except that they don’t have any strengths. One can look up and down their roster and see a lot of solid baseball players. There are young prospects on the rise, such as Byron Buxton, the number one prospect in baseball who was called up just a few days ago. There are also aging veterans, like Torii Hunter,...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

What to expect from Byron Buxton after call-up by Twins

Believe it or not, the Minnesota Twins kind of look like a playoff contender. Their 34-29 record is tied for 4th best in the American, and puts them just 2.5 games behind the Royals in the AL Central. They also hold a slim lead over the Rangers and the Tigers in the Wild Card chase. The […]
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Joey Gallo crushes 471-foot home run

Texas Rangers rookie Joey Gallo can hit baseballs real far. Minnesota Twins rookie JR Graham can throw baseballs real fast. What happens when Gallo connects with a Graham fastball? Well, this. Huh. Well then. Joey Gallo, your power is intriguing to me, and wish to subscribe to your newsletter. The bomb went 471 feet, in case anyone is curious Even the home runs are bigger...
Via The Outside Corner
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins call up top prospect Byron Buxton

The wait is over, Twins fans – Byron Buxton is coming to the Twin Cities. The wait is over Twins fans. Byron Buxton, rated the No. 1 overall prospect by, is being recalled from AA Chattanooga — Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) June 13, 2015   Buxton was the second overall pick in the 2012 Draft by the Twins, behind just fellow call-up Carlos...
Via The Outside Corner
16 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Torii Hunter strips down during meltdown

Your browser does not support iframes. After striking out on a called third strike by home plate umpire Mark Ripperger, Torii Hunter had a must-see meltdown. Hunter felt the pitch was outside. Ripperger obviously did not agree and the two exchanged words before Hunter was ejected from the game. Twins manager Paul Molitor came out...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

What if the Twins are this year's Orioles?

In recent weeks, Dave Cameron and Jeff Sullivan have written about why the Minnesota Twins are unlikely to be the first-place Minnesota Twins much longer. Paul Molitor‘s team is 31-21 (pending the outcome of today’s game), but for reasons outlined in the articles, a descent in the standings – possibly a steep one – is […]
Via Fangraphs
25 days ago  |  Discuss

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