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Bless You Boys May 1, 2016

Tigers 6, Twins 5: Nick Castellanos homers and drives in four

Another mediocre start by Mike Pelfrey was rescued by Nick Castellanos and the bullpen. Making his fifth start of the season, Mike Pelfrey underwhelmed again. When he was pulled in the fifth inning things looked grim, but Nick Castellanos powered the Detroit Tigers to a come-from-behind 6-5 win to sweep the Minnesota Twins on Sunday afternoon. There was a small ray of hope when Pelfrey retired the first two batters of the game, perhaps signaling a positive afternoon from the struggling righty. However, a Joe Mauer single, Miguel Sano walk, and RBI-knocks by Byung Ho Park and Oswaldo Arcia...
Twinkie Town May 1, 2016

Twins in April: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Let's take a look at how the Twins did in April and... oh dear... So the month of April has come and gone, and with a 7-17 record, the Twins are tied with the Astros for last place in the American League. Not exactly the start we were hoping for, but, um, at least we're not the Braves. Let's take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly for the Twins last month. The Good Joe Mauer led the entire American League with an on-base percentage of .453 Mauer drew 20 walks, which was the fourth most in baseball. Five of those walks were intentional, tying him with Brandon Crawford for most in...
Akron Beacon Journal Apr 28, 2016

Indians 6, Twins 5: Cody Allen bounces back for save as Indians avoid sweep

MINNEAPOLIS: One day after Indians closer Cody Allen gave up the game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning, he found himself in another high leverage situation against the Minnesota Twins’ best hitter.This time Allen buckled down and made sure the Indians wouldn’t let the Twins walk them off for the third consecutive night.Allen won a long battle with Joe Mauer to strand the tying run at second base and Francisco Lindor drove in three runs to help the Indians beat the Twins 6-5 on Wednesday night.“You want to stop riding this roller coaster I’ve been on for the last few...
Akron Beacon Journal Apr 28, 2016
Indians 6, Twins 5: Franciso Lindor drives in 3 runs, Cody Allen nails down victory this time

Indians 6, Twins 5: Franciso Lindor drives in 3 runs, Cody Allen nails down victory this time

MINNEAPOLIS: One day after Cleveland Indians closer Cody Allen gave up the game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning, he found himself in another high leverage situation against the Minnesota Twins’ best hitter.This time Allen buckled down and made sure the Indians wouldn’t let the Twins walk them off for the third straight night.Allen won a long battle with Joe Mauer to strand the tying run at second base and Francisco Lindor drove in three runs to help the Indians beat the Twins 6-5 on Wednesday night.“You want to stop riding this roller coaster I’ve been on for the last...
Akron Beacon Journal Apr 28, 2016

Indians hold off Minnesota Twins in ninth to secure 6-5 win

For the first time in three nights, the Indians were able to hold off the Minnesota Twins. With two outs in the ninth, Cody Allen got Joe Mauer to fly out with the tying run in scoring position to secure a 6-5 win at Target Field. The Twins had won the previous two games on walk-off hits. Indians starter Josh Tomlin (3-0, 3.18 ERA) was tagged for three runs in the bottom of the first but limited the damage from there, allowing the Indians to eventually get to Twins starter Jose Berrios, who was making his major-league debut. Trailing 3-2 in the fifth, the Indians finally pulled ahead...
Akron Beacon Journal Apr 26, 2016
Twins pull off win against Tribe in ninth inning

Twins pull off win against Tribe in ninth inning

MINNEAPOLIS: Miguel Sano singled in a run with one out in the ninth inning, giving the Minnesota Twins a 6-5, walk-off win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.Minnesota rallied after Mike Napoli homered off Kevin Jepsen (2-3) in the top of the ninth to tie the game 5-5. It was Jepsen’s third blown save in five chances.The Twins came back against closer Cody Allen (0-2). Minnesota’s Brian Dozier doubled with one out in the ninth and intentionally walked Joe Mauer. Sano followed with a line drive to center field to score Dozier.Minnesota is now 6-4 at Target Field and 1-10 on the...
Viva El Birdos Apr 26, 2016

All Star voting is underway! - A Hunt and Peck

Vote for your favorites! Eighteen games have been played, so of course, now is the time to use that exposure to chose the players to represent their teams at the 2016 All Star Game. Yes, it is a little too early to tell as of now, but there are some players who have already asserted themselves above the rest. Here is who should be starting the All Star Game right now based on fWAR (qualified players only): The American League: Starting Pitcher: Jose Quintana (1.0 fWAR)Catcher: Salvador Perez (0.7), Brian McCann (0.7)First Base: Joe Mauer (0.8)Second Base: Jose Altuve (1.3)Third Base: Manny...
Twinkie Town Apr 24, 2016

Twins 5, Nationals 6: Twins lose in 16.

The game that would never end. This was a tough loss. Tyler Duffy was pretty good for 4 innings, only surrendering a lead-off HR to Matt Den Decker. He left the game in the 5th after being hit in the shoulder by a line drive off of Matt Den Decker. As for the Twins offense, they were able to manufacture a run off a Buxton double (buxtouble?), who came in later on an Eduardo Nunez single in the 3rd. The bats were relatively quiet after that, until the 8th inning.  Joe Mauer hit a pinch-hit single, then Nunez hit a high chopper to SS for a single. The next plate appearance was good enough...
Twinkie Town Apr 19, 2016

Brewers 6, Twins 5: Minnesota drops the balls

A pair of brutal errors by young phenoms Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton erased a tie game in the 5th and an 8th inning rally by Minnesota. This one was winnable. It really was. There were many positives: The Twins came from behind to tie the game twice. Byung Ho Park hit another monster moonshot into the second deck. Eddie Rosario tied the game with his own pinch-hit two-run dinger. Joe Mauer, uh, walked twice. Eduardo Nunez continued to be en fuego with an RBI double, a run scored, and a walk. Unfortunately, all these positives were washed away almost entirely by two terrible fielding...
Orange County Register Apr 15, 2016
On deck: Angels at Twins, Saturday, 11 a.m.

On deck: Angels at Twins, Saturday, 11 a.m.

Where: Target Field TV: Fox Sports West, 11 a.m. Did you know? Jered Weaver pitched a no-hitter against the Twins in 2012. The ony two current Twins who played that day are Joe Mauer and Trevor Plouffe. THE PITCHERS ANGELS RHP JERED WEAVER (1-0,...
Chicago Tribune Apr 14, 2016

Struggling at plate, Todd Frazier comes up big on defense against Twins

Todd Frazier was 0-for-4 Thursday in a 3-1 victory over the Twins, but the third baseman made an impact with his defense. With Eddie Rosario on second base with no outs in the sixth inning, Frazier made a back-handed stop of Joe Mauer's shot down the third-base line. He pump-faked to first, drawing...

Struggling at plate, Todd Frazier comes up big on defense against Twins

Todd Frazier was 0-for-4 Thursday in a 3-1 victory over the Twins, but the third baseman made an impact with his defense. With Eddie Rosario on second base with no outs in the sixth inning, Frazier made a back-handed stop of Joe Mauer's shot down the third-base line. He pump-faked to first, drawing...

Grumpy Twins fans show off 0-9 hashtags, 'Manure 7' T-shirt jersey

If we hadn’t reached the gallows humor stage of the Twins’ winless start already, we got there Thursday afternoon as the local nine dropped to 0-9. Items of note, after the Twins were swept by the While Sox while scoring just two runs in a three-game series, both on ground outs. *A fan in the stands today was wearing a bizarre anti-Joe Mauer T-shirt jersey — or at least it looked that way. I say bizarre because Mauer has far and away been the Twins’ best position player this season. If everyone was hitting like him, all would be well. But still, as T-Swift says, haters gonna hate....
Twinkie Town Apr 8, 2016

Twins Waste Park Bang, Lose 4-3 to Royals

Bullpen blows late lead as Twins remain winless. Ervin Santana pitched well and Byung Ho Park drilled his first major league dinger, but neither were enough as Kansas City rallied in the eighth for a 4-3 victory.  The Twins are now 0-4 on the season, as close observers have noted. Minnesota drew first blood in the second, when Kurt Suzuki plated Eduardo Escobar with a double.  Santana immediately gave up the lead in the bottom of the frame, allowing a 2-run single to Reymond Fuentes. The Twins chased Yordano Ventura in the sixth on a pair of lead-off walks to Joe Mauer and Miguel Sano....

Jimenez with rare loss in battle against Mauer - School of Roch

Ubaldo Jimenez wasn't going to get the best of Joe Mauer in every at-bat. It just seemed that way. The Twins' first baseman was 1-for-14 against Jimenez until tonight, when homered to right-center field with two outs in the first inning to put the Orioles in an early hole. Brian...

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