3:27 PM EDT, Sun July 05, 2015

Twinsights: Homegrown batting order lifted Twins to Saturday victory

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When the Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 5-3 on Saturday night, they did so for the first time this season with an entirely homegrown lineup. Starter Mike Pelfrey was a free-agent signee, of course, and right fielder Torii Hunter spent those seven years away from the organization before returning last winter. But all nine players in the lineup were either drafted by the Twins or signed as amateur free agents on the international market. “I didn’t even think about that,” said Twins catcher Chris Herrmann, a sixth-round pick in 2009. “I think it’s pretty cool...

Haula files for arbitration; Blue Jacket forward fires Twitter darts at Mike Reilly

The Wild's unsigned Haula ensured he'll settle on a new contract soon or an arbitrator will award him one.

Twinsights: Twins won't lament Miguel Cabrera's first-ever DL stint

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Detroit Tigers are without Miguel Cabrera, the two-team American League Most Valuable Player, due to a strained left calf that has sent him to the disabled list for the first time in his career. Twins manager Paul Molitor, whose team will close the first half with a four-game home series against the four-time reigning AL Central champions, had not heard the six-week projection for Cabrera’s absence. Does a high-profile injury to a division rival like Cabrera resonate in the Twins’ clubhouse? “I don’t know what each guy would think of that,” Molitor said....
St. Paul Pioneer Press 2 hours ago

Twins' Glen Perkins, Brian Dozier have window to make all-star impressions

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Playing these four games in front of American League all-star manager Ned Yost has given Twins players such as Glen Perkins and Brian Dozier a unique opportunity to make their closing argument in person.

Twinsights: Glen Perkins, Brian Dozier head Twins all-star candidates

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Playing these four games in front of American League all-star manager Ned Yost has given Twins players such as Glen Perkins and Brian Dozier a unique opportunity to make their closing argument in person. While Perkins had nailed down saves No. 26 and 27 this weekend, Dozier was 1 for 14 in the series entering Sunday’s finale. No Twins are expected to be named when the all-star starters are announced Sunday night. Reserves and pitchers will be revealed Monday evening. “We can hope that somehow we add more than Perkins, who I would think would be […] The post...

Twins hope Ervin Santana gives bullpen a rest

Steroids suspension over, the Twins get their first look today at their major free-agent acquisition.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 11 hours ago

Pelfrey agreed with decision to pull him

Twins righthander Mike Pelfrey says he couldn't blame manager Paul Molitor for lifting him in the fifth inning despite holding a lead on Saturday.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 14 hours ago

Gallery: Twins 5, Kansas City 3

The Twins managed to scrape together enough to defeat the Roayls 5-3 on Saturday, but face questions on the mound about Mike Pelfrey and Ryan Pressly.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 14 hours ago

Mauer feeling good at the plate again

Twins first baseman Joe Mauer says "it felt good to have something to show for" his good night -- four hits, including a home run -- at the plate Saturday.

Twinsights: Ryan Pressly to undergo MRI on throwing shoulder

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Twins reliever Ryan Pressly received a scare in Saturday's win, walking off the mound after feeling something odd in his right shoulder area. It happened on an 0-1 fastball to Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar, who singled leading off the seventh inning. The pitch was clocked at 97 mph, but Pressly still could tell something was amiss. "I knew I overextended," Pressly said. "It didn't feel right. It was something that didn't feel normal." Pressly, who will undergo a magnetic resonance imaging exam on Sunday morning in Kansas City, said "it was really a pop,...
St. Paul Pioneer Press 16 hours ago

Joe Mauer's first 4-hit game since 2013 lifts Twins over Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Since returning from a serious concussion in 2013, Joe Mauer had yet to experience a four-hit game.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 16 hours ago

Ervin Santana returns looking ahead, not talking about past

His suspension served, the Twins’ key offseason addition will start Sunday.

Twinsights: Don't look for Glen Perkins in tie games on the road

KANSAS CITY, Mo. --The Twins used four different relief pitchers in Friday's 3-2 loss in 10 innings to the Kansas City Royals. Glen Perkins was not among them. A day later, Twins manager Paul Molitor said he is still open to using Perkins to secure a four-out save, as he has done three other times this season, but all that spring training talk about using the two-time all-star closer in more tie games (especially on the road) seems to have dissipated. "When my other guys are healthy and things, it’s probably not going to happen very often," Molitor said Saturday. […] The post Twinsights:...
St. Paul Pioneer Press 19 hours ago

Twins shift Trevor May to bullpen to clear spot for Ervin Santana

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Rookie right-hander Trevor May will head to the bullpen to make room in the starting rotation for newly reinstated Ervin Santana, the Twins announced Saturday.

Twinsights: Trevor May heads to Twins bullpen for now

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Rookie right-hander Trevor May will head to the bullpen to make room in the starting rotation for newly reinstated Ervin Santana, the Twins announced Saturday. Rather than use a six-man rotation into the all-star break, the Twins will be able to give surging Kyle Gibson two more starts: Tuesday against the Baltimore Orioles and July 12 against the Detroit Tigers. Left-hander Tommy Milone will start on normal rest Wednesday. “I kind of liked the idea of getting Gibson two more starts and a couple of home games against a couple of good teams,” Twins manager Paul Molitor...

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