11:28 AM EDT, Sun August 20, 2017
10 hours ago
Twins 5, Diamondbacks 0: Snake-rattlin’ roll

Twins 5, Diamondbacks 0: Snake-rattlin’ roll

La Maquina ataca de nuevo! If you thought last night’s victory against the Diamondbacks was decisive, get a load of this one. Jose Berrios and the Twins pitched a two-hit shutout against one of the National League’s top playoff contenders. At first, it might have been the same old story. The Twins loaded the bases off Arizona starter Zack Greinke on a single an two walks in the bottom of the 1st, but came away empty-handed. However, Greinke’s control would be his undoing tonight -- and in the 4th, he came undone. Eddie Rosario led off the frame with a single, and Eduardo Escobar...
18 hours ago
Twins plan to start Tim Melville on Monday, NOT Stephen Gonsalves

Twins plan to start Tim Melville on Monday, NOT Stephen Gonsalves

Of course they weren’t going to call up their top pitching prospect to start in Monday’s doubleheader. Remember yesterday when I wrote that the Twins were considering calling up pitching prospect Stephen Gonsalves to start one of the games in Monday’s doubleheader against the White Sox? And I said they were also considering having Dillon Gee start? And then I ended it with the following sentence: The Twins could also do something crazy like call up Tim Melville to start which oh my god that’s probably going to happen isn’t it? About that... Dillon Gee will start one of the...
Aug 19, 2017
Farm Report: Bats! Bats! What are these animals?

Farm Report: Bats! Bats! What are these animals?

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from August 18th, 2017. Triple-A: Rochester Red Wings 10, Louisville Bats 4 Louisville must have had some tired pitchers, because they turned out DH Hernan Ichibarren to throw the 9th. He kinda didn’t do well, but that’s kinda not his regular job. Kohl Stewart had a meltdown second inning, otherwise this was all Rochester. Wonderfully, the big blow came via 30-year-old defensive specialist Tommy Field. With the win, Rochester edges closer to locking up a wildcard playoff spot, which would bother me if I thought it meant we...
Aug 19, 2017
Bartolo Colon is giving Miguel Sano batting advice

Bartolo Colon is giving Miguel Sano batting advice

This is not satire. You’ve probably heard about Bartolo Colon batting by now. It’s one of the greatest things in baseball. You might even be sick of hearing about it. If you are one of those monsters, don’t watch the video below. Don’t watch this one either! (My favorite part about that video is everyone losing their collective shit. Even the Padres fans.) When Bartolo bats, he gives it his all. Half the time he swings so hard his helmet falls off. When he actually puts the ball in play, he usually carries his bat with him to first base because he’s just that dedicated to...
Aug 19, 2017
Twins 10, Diamondbacks 3: Buxton/Sano give snakes a thorough whacking

Twins 10, Diamondbacks 3: Buxton/Sano give snakes a thorough whacking

Miguel Sano hit two home runs, and that wasn’t even the craziest thing in this game! The D-Backs got out to an early lead tonight off Ervin Santana, but the Twins chipped away until they finally blew the doors open en route to an 10 - 3 victory. Santana looked a little shaky to start off the night giving up a couple runs in the first and a homer to David Peralta in the second as the D-Backs took a quick 3-0 lead. But Santana would find his grove to allow the Twins offense to come alive tallying up 17 hits and 11 extra-base hits ( 4 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs) including a tremendous...
Aug 19, 2017
Byron Buxton was a bunt away from the cycle

Byron Buxton was a bunt away from the cycle

This is the most hilarious almost-a-cycle attempt I’ve ever seen. On Friday night, Twins center fielder Byron Buxton found himself in a precarious position. He was one hit away from the cycle, but unlike most batters in that position, the one hit he needed was a single. Most of the time when a player is one hit from the cycle, the one hit they are missing is a triple. Triples are hard! But this is Byron Buxton. Byron Buxton runs fast. Really, really fast. He hit a stand-up triple in his first at bat, and who even DOES that? In his second at bat, Buxton hit an inside-the-park home...
Aug 18, 2017
Twins might call up Stephen Gonsalves to start Monday

Twins might call up Stephen Gonsalves to start Monday

Multiple reports say the top pitching prospect is on the short list of candidates to start Monday’s doubleheader in Chicago. According to multiple reports, Stephen Gonsalves could be making his major league debut on Monday. The Twins have a doubleheader scheduled that day against the White Sox, and are in a bit of a bind when it comes to pitching, especially with Dietrich Enns being placed on the DL. Paul Molitor told reporters that Gonsalves was “on the rise” and on the “short list” of possible starting candidates. It’s not a done deal, but ESPN.com feels so confident about it...
Aug 18, 2017
Series Preview: Twins take on Gardy and the Dbacks at Target Field

Series Preview: Twins take on Gardy and the Dbacks at Target Field

The Twins look to stay in contention this weekend in a series that features some tough pitching matchups and Bartolo Colon. Let’s cut to the chase—Gardy’s back in town!!! Just figured I’d get the most important fact about this weekend’s series between the Twins and the Diamondbacks out of the way first. Yes, former Twins skipper Ron Gardenhire—currently serving as Arizona’s bench coach—is making his first “official” return to Target Field. I say “official” because Gardy technically has been back, even just earlier this year when he came for the Opening Day...
Aug 18, 2017
Farm Report: Lookouts score six in the ninth in shocking comeback

Farm Report: Lookouts score six in the ninth in shocking comeback

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from August 17th, 2017. Triple-A: Columbus Clippers 4, Rochester Red Wings 1 Aaron Slegers was supposed to start this game, but since he was called up to pitch in the Twins’ doubleheader (and did AWESOME), SP Drew Rucinski made the spot start instead. He... did not do awesome. Rucinski lasted only 2.1 innings and gave up two runs. RP Yohan Pino relieved Drew and didn’t do much better, also giving up two runs, but at least lasted 3.1 innings. RP Mason Melotakis had a good outing though, pitching a scoreless 1.2 innings. He has a 1.77...
Aug 18, 2017
Twins call up Mitch Garver

Twins call up Mitch Garver

You get an MLB debut! And you get an MLB debut! And you get an MLB debut! During last night’s game, Robbie Grossman and Byron Buxton had a mild collision in the outfield which resulted in Buxton actually catching the ball (duh) and Grossman being removed from the game with an injury. We later learned that Grossman had a fractured thumb. I instantly thought, “Zack Granite is coming back.” It turns out the Twins went another direction, however, and called up Mitch Garver. Brandon Warne over at Zone Coverage figured this out because Garver’s college baseball coach tweeted the...
Aug 18, 2017
A Game 163 Story

A Game 163 Story

Alexi Casilla, man. The last game of the 2009 regular season was exhausting. Outside of Game 5 of the 2002 ALDS, it was the only game I’d put up against Game 7 of the 1991 World Series in terms of nerve-shredding, stomach-knotting tension. And when I’m tense, I pace. I putter. I look for things to do to take my mind off the matter at hand. My wife is convinced that I would shingle the roof by myself if the Vikings were in the Super Bowl. So anyway, Game 163 was a nightmare. Magglio Ordonez put the Tigers up 3-0, then the Twins came all the way back to take the lead (Kubes! Orlando...
Aug 18, 2017
FanPost Friday: Who would you put in the Twins Hall of Fame?

FanPost Friday: Who would you put in the Twins Hall of Fame?

Welcome to FanPost Friday! Yes, it's back! This is the feature where we pose a question or topic to the Twinkie Town community, you consider said question or topic, write a FanPost in response, and then we share your responses the following week. It's fun! In honor of Twins Hall of Fame weekend, we are asking... Which Twins player (or other team personnel) would you put in the Twins Hall of Fame and why? You can answer this question anyway you want. You can be serious or facetious, it all counts! You can also just write about your favorite player, or a player not in the Twins Hall of Fame...
Aug 17, 2017
Minnesota Twins 4, Cleveland Indians 2: Aaron Slegers wins first MLB start, no thanks/thanks to Max Kepler

Minnesota Twins 4, Cleveland Indians 2: Aaron Slegers wins first MLB start, no thanks/thanks to Max Kepler

The tall man did well. Aaron Slegers was very effective in his first MLB start, then Max Kepler both lost & gave Minnesota the lead. Called up as the 26th man for today’s doubleheader, Slegers allowed only one solo Jay Bruce shot in front of his family. For a tall guy, he doesn’t throw very hard (low 90s) but he managed to avoid control issues, which tend to be a common tall guy problem. Slegers made it into the seventh inning — the first Twins starter to last more than five innings since Bartolo Colon on 8/9. Paul Molitor pulled Slegers after he gave up a one-out single to Edwin...
Aug 17, 2017
Twins recall Nik Turley, send down Buddy Boshers

Twins recall Nik Turley, send down Buddy Boshers

Pitching reinforcements are here for game two of Thursday’s doubleheader! After game one of Thursday’s doubleheader, several Twins beat writers somewhat surprisingly reported that Nik Turley had just walked into the Twins clubhouse. I say “somewhat surprisingly” because there had been no prior indication that the Twins were calling up Turley, and as far as I know, he had been with the Rochester Red Wings during their game this morning in Columbus (thought he did not pitch in that game). After fifteen or so minutes it came out that the Twins have recalled Turley and optioned down...
Aug 17, 2017
Indians 9, Twins 3: Circle the wagons!

Indians 9, Twins 3: Circle the wagons!

Twins will have to do better than this to avoid a massacre Kyle Gibson was very Kyle Gibson today. Kyle Gibson started the game off by loading the bases with no outs, a 2-run RBI line drive by Jay Bruce put the Indians on the board first. A line drive and a wild pitch put Yan Gomes in scoring position for Jason Kipnis to knock home and put the Indians up 3-0 in the 2nd. Gibson managed to hit two batters, including Indians MVP candidate, Jose Ramirez, who left the game for x-rays. Molly pulled Gibson early in the 5th after Kyle let two more batters get on base. On the Twins’ side, it...