9:54 AM EDT, Fri March 24, 2017
17 hours ago
Twins 4, Phillies 2: Strong pitching, little offense leads to quick win

Twins 4, Phillies 2: Strong pitching, little offense leads to quick win

The Twins B-squad made the long bus ride to the Phillies complex today to win a quick game. Tommy Field hit a two-run home run and the Twins enjoyed some good pitching as they beat the Phillies 4-2 this afternoon. Ehire Adrianza also had a strong day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Nick Tepesch, who was given the chance to start today, had an okay outing—as okay an outing one can have for giving up a two-run bomb in the bottom of the first inning. Still, those were the only runs he gave up in his 3.2 innings of work, and in fact, the only runs the Twins gave up in...
22 hours ago
That time I met a cool Twins player...

That time I met a cool Twins player...

Have you ever run into an MLB player somewhere? Some of our readers have and they shared their stories. Have you ever had a cool interaction with a current or former baseball player? I asked Twinkie Town readers this question last week, and for you guys to share your stories. A bunch of you did, and they were pretty good! I don’t really want to cut them up into pieces, so you should just read the whole posts if you’re interested. Here’s the rundown: James Fillmore told the story about the time a comment about eating babies actually allowed him to meet Gary Gaetti. (Remember, though:...
Mar 23, 2017
¡Thursday Thunder Dump!

¡Thursday Thunder Dump!

News of sorts, this week with an international flair Never Tell me the Odds According to Gaming Today, the Twins are 50:1 long shots to win the AL Central and 100:1 long shots to win the World Series. That’s not too bad considering they put the White Sox at 250:1 and 500:1 after they lost Chris Sale. Park Bangs Raise Hopes in ROK Two articles from Korea high hopes about Byung-Ho Park’s possibilities of staying in the Majors. This one, in English says, “He is displaying stellar performance anew like the 2014-2015 season when he had 50 homers the South Korean baseball league,” after...
Mar 23, 2017
Ode to Pat Neshek, American WBC Champion

Ode to Pat Neshek, American WBC Champion

USA! USA! USA! Funky arm-thrower Pat Neshek became a World Baseball Classic Champion last night as team USA defeated Puerto Rico 8-0 to win the 2017 WBC Championship. Pat, of course, is a former Minnesota Twin (they actually drafted him in 1999), the only former Twin on the USA roster, and he also grew up in the Twin Cities area. Park Center represent! Don’t worry, though, Pat definitely represented in this year’s WBC. In his four innings of work, which included back-to-back outings in Tuesday’s semi-finals and Wednesday’s finals, Neshek posted a 0.75 ERA. That seems pretty darn...
Mar 22, 2017
WBC Final Game: United States vs. Puerto Rico

WBC Final Game: United States vs. Puerto Rico

Who should Twins fans be rooting for tonight in the World Baseball Classic championship game? First Pitch: 8:00 pm CTTV: MLBN, MLB.tv This is it. Tonight is the culmination of the World Baseball Classic, with 2013 runner-up Puerto Rico taking on the United States, making their first ever appearance in the finals. But as a Twins fan, who should you be rooting for? There are reasons to root for both sides. Puerto Rico You may notice something unusual about Puerto Rico's hair. The team decided to all go with dyed-blonde look for the classic, and it's caught on so much that...
Mar 22, 2017
Astros 8, Twins 4: Phil Hughes serves up some taters

Astros 8, Twins 4: Phil Hughes serves up some taters

After giving up a home run on his very first pitch, it was all downhill for starter Phil Hughes. It was not a good day for starter Phil Hughes, to say the least. After giving up a home run to George Springer on his very first pitch of the game, Hughes went on to surrender six runs (five earned) on nine hits over two innings, including another home run to Yulieski Gurriel and two doubles. It was bad. How bad was 2nd inning for Hughes? Astros took pity. Springer didn't try to score on potential sac fly, Altuve didn't score on 2-out double.— Phil Miller (@MillerStrib) March 22, 2017 A...
Mar 22, 2017
Who’s DH-ing for the Twins this season?

Who’s DH-ing for the Twins this season?

The Twins have two main choices for DH this season and one candidate has catapulted himself into the lead. As spring training starts to wind down, the roster is taking shape for the Twins and it’s still a dogfight for the starting DH. Exiting the 2016 season, it appeared that it would be between Kennys Vargas and (provided his wrist was healthy) Byungho Park, but then the Twins were granted an extra option year for Vargas while Park was outrighted off the 40-man roster. All of a sudden, it seemed as if the DH position was wide open, but it’s still between those two players as we...
Mar 21, 2017
Twins and Ryan Vogelsong end experiment

Twins and Ryan Vogelsong end experiment

The 39 year old asked for and was granted his release by the Twins. Well, it was... something while it lasted. When reporters went into the Twins clubhouse during today’s game to speak with starter Kyle Gibson, they noticed the locker that had belonged to veteran pitcher Ryan Vogelsong was empty and the name card removed. Sure enough, after the game, news came out that Vogelsong asked for, and received, his unconditional release. Some had been speculating that Vogelsong, 39 years old, might win the job as the Twins fifth starter out of spring training, with the idea being that he’d just...
Mar 21, 2017
Phillies 9, Twins 5: Late offensive explosion doesn’t go Twins’ way

Phillies 9, Twins 5: Late offensive explosion doesn’t go Twins’ way

Believe it or not, this game was 3-0 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, then all the bad pitchers came in (or something). For most of the game, the Twins lineup looked absolutely lifeless. Through seven innings, the Twins had only three hits, total. Two of those hits were be Jason Castro, who hit a single and a double. Jorge Polanco has the other hit. But then a funny thing happened. The Twins replaced all their “regulars” in the lineup with reserves and minor leaguers, and suddenly became an offensive powerhouse. Ehire Adrianaza, of all people, hit a home run to lead-off...
Mar 21, 2017
Tuesday Twins: Ryan O’Rourke to the DL, Craig Breslow, Glen Perkins, and other notes

Tuesday Twins: Ryan O’Rourke to the DL, Craig Breslow, Glen Perkins, and other notes

Welcome to the all injury/roster addition of Tuesday Twins! Here’s the news: Looks like the Twins bullpen will be puke-free for the first part of April, because Ryan O’Rourke is starting the season on the 10-day DL with a “strained left flexor pronator mass” in his forearm near his elbow. I’m not sure why they didn’t just go with bi-lateral elbow weakness, but here we are. Anyway, they actually did an MRI on his elbow and it turned out he did not tear his UCL or something, so that’s cool. Craig Breslow came to spring training on a minor league deal, meaning the Twins need to...
Mar 21, 2017
Twinkie Town Prospect Vote: Round 30

Twinkie Town Prospect Vote: Round 30

Randy Rosario won round 29. Who will win the final round of our prospect voting? The runners-up from the previous round were tightly bunched so this round is very much up for grabs. Whoever gets slot #30 on the list will get press as we post progress reports on the prospects periodically. Round 30 is loaded with infielders, especially third basemen. This is the final ballot in the prospect voting. The players who miss the list will have the summer to make their case for 2018 list. I hope you have enjoyed participating. Twins top 30 prospects for 2017 Stephen Gonsalves - 52% (Gordon 34%,...
Mar 21, 2017
Twins send Tyler Jay to the bullpen

Twins send Tyler Jay to the bullpen

Less than two years into his conversion to starter, the Twins admit defeat and Andrew Benintendi remains a player on a different, better team. Last weekend Twins Daily reported and others confirmed that the Twins have moved 2015 top pick Tyler Jay to the bullpen. The news in and of itself isn’t hugely surprising — this was always a distinct possibility. In the 2017 Prospect Handbook, here’s how Baseball America discussed Jay’s future role: With his mid-90s fastball and hard, late-breaking 88-92 mph slider, Jay has two big league quality pitches that give him a high floor as a...
Mar 20, 2017
Twins 8, Blue Jays 2: Tyler Duffey, Adalberto Mejia impress with pitches

Twins 8, Blue Jays 2: Tyler Duffey, Adalberto Mejia impress with pitches

The two potential starters split pitching duties today, both had strong outings. Plus, a few massive dongs (SFW). Today’s game was almost Tyler Duffey versus Adalberto Mejia versus former-Twin Francisco Liriano, and luckily for the Twins, Liriano came out on bottom. That’s right—Francisco Liriano was the starter for the Jays today, and the Twins were able to get to him a bit. ByungHo Park had Frankie’s number, launching a mammoth dong off him shortly before he was pulled in the fifth inning. Jorge Polanco also got a double off the old friend. Speaking of mammoth dongs, though,...
Mar 20, 2017
The changing face of the Minnesota Twins

The changing face of the Minnesota Twins

The current face of the Twins is going from an old Joe Mauer to a slightly older Joe Mauer—or maybe, just maybe, something more? If you think back about the Twins over the past five years, which player would you think of as the predominant face of the team? Justin Morneau? (I wish.) Kevin Correia? (No.) All-Star Kurt Suzuki? (Probably not.) Brian Dozier? (Maybe...?) Let’s get real—we all know the actual answer. The fifth ever Twin to win the AL MVP award, the winner of the most batting titles as a catcher in the history of MLB, the guy who’s currently pretty much tied with MLB Hall...
Mar 20, 2017
Monday Morning Mini Dump: Tyler Jay, Thad Levine, Veterans.

Monday Morning Mini Dump: Tyler Jay, Thad Levine, Veterans.

Good morning and welcome to the M3M, the only Monday based link dump that runs out of jokes in its third week. This week’s soundtrack is something probably! Hold on, let me see what I can dig up. Alright, Vicarious Haunting by Holy Roman Empire, because the band was tragically unknown for how good they were. The biggest news of late that you all might already know is that Tyler Jay, the 6th overall pick in the 2015 draft is converting to the bullpen. Sweet. The Seth Stohs article over at Twins Daily mentions that lesser known prospect Randy Rosario is also making the switch. A good...