4:40 AM EDT, Fri May 25, 2018
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Twins activate Miguel Sano, option Jake Cave

Twins activate Miguel Sano, option Jake Cave

Minnesota is getting a little more power back to the lineup. It was predictable that the Twins would make a roster move Thursday, seeing as they currently have six outfielders on the active roster, but the move wasn’t the one I expected. Instead of calling up another arm for the bullpen, the Twins activated Miguel Sano from the disabled list and optioned Jake Cave to Triple-A Rochester. Don’t get me wrong, having Sano back will be great for the Twins and was not entirely unexpected. Before going on the disable list with a strained hamstring, Sano hit .213/.289/.450 with five home runs...
20 hours ago
Thursday Twins: A farewell to Phil Hughes, and an update on Michael Pineda

Thursday Twins: A farewell to Phil Hughes, and an update on Michael Pineda

Plus several visits from the “weird baseball” fairy You want it? You got it! Assuming what you want is baseball links, of course. The Twins are basically paying Michael Pineda a million dollars this year to rehab from Tommy John Surgery, and according to the latest update, things are progressing well. If he can throw a few innings this year, or even just get healthy, he’ll be a nice rotation option for 2019. Phil Hughes remained a classy guy through all his struggles during the Twins organization, and even after being DFA’d, he stayed that way. Brandon Warne got the thoughts from...
May 23, 2018
Twins fans cant’s stop cheering for Chris Bosio

Twins fans cant’s stop cheering for Chris Bosio

Because they think he’s Ron Gardenhire, but I’m (pretty sure?) he’s not. The Tigers were in town this week to take on the Twins for the first time this season, and one of the big story lines was obviously the return of Ron Gardenhire. After managing the Twins for 13 years, Gardy now manages the Tigers. Though many Twins fans resented Gardy near the end of his tenure in Minnesota, fans now seemed eager to welcome back an old friend. Gardy got a hardy applause when announced before the game, and were eager to cheer for him during the game. In fact, a little too eager, as Twins fans...
May 23, 2018
Tigers 4, Twins 1: Bats quiet against Fulmer

Tigers 4, Twins 1: Bats quiet against Fulmer

Former Twin Niko Goodrum has big day for Tigers The Twins could not get things going today against Tigers pitching today, and marks Ron Gardenhire’s first win against his former employer. The Tigers got on the board fast, scoring one in the 1st, but leaving a runner stranded at third. The Twins answered back quickly with a run in the bottom half on a Brain Dozier almost home run/stuck in the wall ground rule double, followed by and RBI single from Eddie Rosario which brought Dozier home. Twins starter Kyle Gibson sat the Tigers down in the 2nd and 3rd innings, but got into trouble in the...
May 23, 2018
Twins sign Chris Carter to minor league deal

Twins sign Chris Carter to minor league deal

The first baseman with a little thump, not the former Vikings player. The Twins organization announced Tuesday night that they have signed first baseman slugger Chris Carter to a minor league deal. He will report to Triple-A Rochester. Carter — not to be confused with Cris Carter, former Vikings — was the NL home run king back in 2016, smacking 41 dongs that season for the Milwaukee Brewers. That feat garnered him little attention in free agency, but he eventually signed with the Yankees for $3.5 million in 2017. The Yankees released him half way through the season after hitting...
May 23, 2018
Twins acquire Chris Carter in minor league deal

Twins acquire Chris Carter in minor league deal

The first baseman with a little thump, not the former Vikings player. The Twins organization announced Tuesday night that they have acquired first baseman slugger Chris Carter to a minor league purchase trade with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He will report to Triple-A Rochester. Carter — not to be confused with Cris Carter, former Vikings — was the NL home run king back in 2016, smacking 41 dongs that season for the Milwaukee Brewers. That feat garnered him little attention in free agency, but he eventually signed with the Yankees for $3.5 million in 2017. The Yankees released...
May 23, 2018
The Twins haven’t taken advantage of Cleveland and that’s okay

The Twins haven’t taken advantage of Cleveland and that’s okay

In a winnable AL Central, the Twins are not in first place but they still have time and reinforcements on their side. Entering this season, we all knew that the Twins had one team to beat in the AL Central: Cleveland. With tanking efforts underway in Kansas City, Detroit, and the south side of Chicago, only two teams would have a realistic shot at taking the division in 2018. I saw a lot of takes that stated the Twins would have a good chance at winning the Central because they could beat up on the weaker teams in their division. Of course, those takes seemed to ignore that the reigning AL...
May 22, 2018
Twins 6, Detroit 0: Lance Lynn takes time portal back to his better days

Twins 6, Detroit 0: Lance Lynn takes time portal back to his better days

Lance Lynn had his best game of the season and Minnesota defeated Detroit on “Firefly” night. Lance Lynn has been cursed ever since leaving the Rays of Light to join the Twins of Darkness, posting a Sky Captain .747 ERA in eight games & averaging less than five innings per start. He actually got through two Tampa hitters in the seventh inning, his longest outing of the year. Is he better, now? Ask Criswell. Tigers lefty Matt Boyd had his TARDIS cloaking device engaged for four innings, holding Minnesota to one hit. But Paul Molitor put a Confundus charm on him in the fifth, and after...
May 22, 2018
Twins recall outfielder Ryan LaMarre

Twins recall outfielder Ryan LaMarre

Passing on adding another arm to the bullpen, Minnesota opted instead to call up a right-handed bat. The Twins announced Tuesday morning that they have recalled outfielder Ryan LaMarre to the big league club. LaMarre will take the active roster spot of Phil Hughes, who was designated for assignment after Monday night’s game. It might seem a bit weird that the Twins are calling up another outfielder, given they already have five on the active roster — Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton, Max Kepler, Robbie Grossman, and Jake Cave. (To be fair, I’m not sure how much Grossman really counts as...
May 22, 2018
Tuesday Twins: Gardenhire wants to “whip butts”, uses Kelly Clarkson ringtone

Tuesday Twins: Gardenhire wants to “whip butts”, uses Kelly Clarkson ringtone

Ron Gardenhire is back in town and he’s as entertaining as ever. Plus, updates on Phil Hughes, Miguel Sano, and prospects. Ayeee, here are the links: Hey, did you hear that Monday night’s game marked the first time former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire returned as a manager of a different team? “I’ve always loved this place, and it’ll never go away,” Gardy told reporters. “But now I have a job to do with my Tigers boys, and it’s to whip their butts.” Whip their butts. That’s a new one. During Gardenhire’s post-game press conference the world learned that he uses a Kelly...
May 21, 2018
Twins DFA RHP Phil Hughes

Twins DFA RHP Phil Hughes

It was really only a matter of time until the Twins decided to cut their loses and part ways with the It looks like the Phil Hughes era has officially come to an end in Twins Territory. After tonight’s 4-3 win over the Tigers, the Twins announced that they designated starter-turned-reliever Phil Hughes for assignment. It wasn’t the kind of DFAing where Hughes could potentially go hide out in the minors for awhile, either; it was the kinda of DFAing where the Twins will just release him if he’s not claimed or traded for — and no one is going to claim or trade for Phil Hughes. Over...
May 21, 2018
Twins 4, Tigers 2: Berrios impresses again

Twins 4, Tigers 2: Berrios impresses again

An eighth-inning rally is the difference in the series opener. The Tigers struck early tonight. Or rather, Nicholas Castellanos struck early tonight. Or rather, rather, Nicholas Castellanos struck tonight, because his contributions were all that Detroit would see offensively. He opened the scoring with a solo home run in the first inning, then singled in Jose Iglesias in the third to make it 2-0. The Twins tied the score when Max Kepler plated two with a fifth-inning double. They nearly took the lead — Eduardo Escobar hit a two-out single into left field, and Kepler was called safe on a...
May 21, 2018
Monday (slightly less) Morning Minnesota: prospects, drugs and how to be the very best

Monday (slightly less) Morning Minnesota: prospects, drugs and how to be the very best

Like one per year ever was. I forgot to write this last night, but luckily I also forgot to go to work. (I’m actually sick, don’t fire me if you read this, my boss!) So here’s a quick and dirty and late bunch of sexy links. Fangraphs’ Killey Mcdaniel profiles and ranks the Twins’ top 30 prospects. Not sure of his methods as I see no 30 year olds I’ve never heard of who will obviously come up and smack dongs at opportune times. Has LoMo Broko..ed out? Charlie Gillmer at the Runner Sports says yes! SportsTechie looks at the evolving role of baseball coach, whose job description...
May 20, 2018
Twins 3, Brewers 1: Odorizzi fans 10, Morrison delivers

Twins 3, Brewers 1: Odorizzi fans 10, Morrison delivers

Jake Odorizzi gave the Twins a good chance to win, and Logan Morrison came through in the clutch. Today the Twins, looking to avoid a sweep, turned to Jake Odorizzi to give them a chance to win, and that’s exactly what he did. The Twins had a tough time scoring against Junior Guerra, but finally broke through in the 5th inning. Byron Buxton singled, then advanced to 3rd on a stolen base and throwing error while Brian Dozier struck out. LHP Dan Jennings was brought in to face Max Kepler, who singled up the middle to score the first run of the game. Kepler entering this game was hitting...
May 19, 2018
Brewers 5, Twins 4: Caving In

Brewers 5, Twins 4: Caving In

A solid major-league debut can’t override Josh Hader and the Brew Crew bullpen. It was an exciting night for Jake Cave. As it stands, excitement doesn’t win ballgames. The Brewers got the scoring started quickly, with Lorenzo Cain scoring on a sacrifice fly in the first. But Bobby “Sheer Cussedness” Wilson tilted the score in Minnesota’s favor with a two-run double in the second inning. Milwaukee tied it in the fourth with a two-strike homer off the bat of Jesus Aguilar, but once again the Twins would quickly retake the lead. This time, it was a two-run homer for none other than...