12:27 PM EDT, Wed July 18, 2018
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Jose Berrios pitches a scoreless inning in the 2018 All-Star Game

Jose Berrios pitches a scoreless inning in the 2018 All-Star Game

The lone representative for the Twins wasn’t perfect, but he was close (and impressive). The Minnesota Twins — who slid into the All-Star Break with a 44-50 losing record — had (perhaps rightfully) only one representative for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game: young Puerto Rican pitcher Jose Berrios . Considering Berrios pitched 6.0 innings just three days ago, it wasn’t a given he’d even pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star Game. However, he was Minnesota’s only representative, and he was excited to be there, so he did, in fact, pitch the 5th inning for the American League team — and it...
16 hours ago
What to expect tonight from All-Star Jose Berrios

What to expect tonight from All-Star Jose Berrios

The lone 2018 All-Star for the Minnesota Twins, Jose Berrios will get a chance to showcase his talents on the national stage. Tonight marks the first All-Star appearance for righthander Jose Berrios, who made the American League squad in just his third season in the major leagues. He’s certainly deserving with his 3.68 ERA (14% above league average) and 3.78 FIP (10% above league average), which ranks 16th and 18th among qualified AL starters, respectively. If that’s not enough, he’s also 7th in innings pitched (127 1⁄3), 10th in batting average allowed (.212), and 15th in...
18 hours ago
2018 MLB All-Star Game Thread

2018 MLB All-Star Game Thread

Here’s how and where to watch the game tonight with your fellow Twins fans. When: 7:00 pm CT Who: American League at National League Watch: FOX Stream: Fox Sports Go The 2018 MLB All-Star Game is upon us! As you may know, the Twins only have one representative this year: Jose Berrios. Berrios pitched last weekend, so there’s a chance he won’t even make it into the game, or if he does, that his appearance is brief. Remember: the All-Star Game no longer determines home field advantage for the World Series. So this is all just for fun, and because we have Chopped nothing else to...
22 hours ago
Tuesday Twins: Miguel Sano leaves minor league team due to family matter

Tuesday Twins: Miguel Sano leaves minor league team due to family matter

Plus a new kind of Fernando Rodney experience, opinions on the All-Star Game, and more. Some newsy tidbits for your Tuesday afternoon: Miguel Sano has apparently left the High-A Ft. Myers Miracle and returned home to the Dominican Republic due to an illness in his family. It’s unknown when he will return. Over the 19 games he’s played for the Miracle since his demotion, Sano is hitting .328/.442/.453 with two home runs. Speaking of leaving teams, that was apparently the reason closer Fernando Rodney made an odd relief appearance in the 5th inning of Sunday’s Twins versus Rays game....
Jul 16, 2018
MLB Home Run Derby Open Thread

MLB Home Run Derby Open Thread

There are no games that count today, but there is still baseball to talk about!!! Start Time: 7pm CDT TV: ESPN Want to watch a bunch of guys hit baseballs really far? We have some TV programming for you then! The 2018 Home Run Derby is structured in the now-familiar timed “Bracket” style format. Here are the first round match ups Jesus Aguilar (Brewers) vs Rhys Hoskins (Phillies)Alex Bregman (Astros) vs Kyle Schwarber (Cubs) Bryce Harper (Nationals) vs Freddie Freeman (Braves)Max Muncy (Dodgers) vs Javier Baez (Cubs) Round Two will pit the winners of the first two match ups against...
Jul 16, 2018
The Ghost of All-Stars Past: Justin Morneau steals the show in 2008

The Ghost of All-Stars Past: Justin Morneau steals the show in 2008

Remember when no one had concussions and being 53-42 at the break was a disappointment? I’ll just come right out and say it: I’m a big fan of both the Home Run Derby & the All-Star Game. Though often I hear complaints about either event, I can legitimately say it is usually one of the highlights of baseball-summer for me. Perhaps it was my dad who really got me going on the Midsummer Classic (he has always made it a big ordeal, cooking up brats and a big spread), or perhaps it’s just that I love seeing all the greatest stars of my favorite sport gathered in one place. Either way, the...
Jul 15, 2018
Twins 11, Rays 7: Dozier hits walk-off grand slam

Twins 11, Rays 7: Dozier hits walk-off grand slam

A back and forth slug-fest ended in dramatic fashion. This game had everything. There was a balk to score a run, there was a walk to score a run. There were two bench clearing moments in the same half-inning, and there was an ejection. There were eight (8) pitching changes for the Rays. All of that, and probably other stuff I’ve forgotten about because this game was such a journey. Finally, there was a walk-off grand slam that made it all worth it for the home fans. The Rays jumped to a lead in the 2nd inning with a bunch of singles in a row to score 3 runs. Sometimes the ball has...
Jul 15, 2018
Benches clear in Twins versus Rays game

Benches clear in Twins versus Rays game

I’m not really sure why, but they did. A thing that doesn’t happen often for the Twins happened on Sunday afternoon — the benches cleared during a game against the Rays. If you’re like me, you’re sitting here wondering why the benches cleared. I wish I could provide an answer, but I cannot. Eduardo Escobar was at the plate, and ended up being ejected in the ensuing melee (his first career ejection). Escobar’s close friend, Brian Dozier, was balked in to home just prior to Escobar taking bat, so maybe that had something to do with it? I am honestly not quite sure. In any case,...
Jul 14, 2018
Rays 19, Twins 6: Willians Astudillo pitched the 9th inning

Rays 19, Twins 6: Willians Astudillo pitched the 9th inning

The Twins lead 6-4 going into the 7th inning, but the Rays went on a 15-0 run. Today’s game was a battle of two aces, Jose Berrios and Chris Archer, but that didn’t stop the barrage of runs. Later, the Twins had a 6-4 lead going into the 7th, but well you see how well that turned out. Jose Berrios looked pretty sharp early and Max Kepler got the Twins their first lead with a solo blast to right in the 2nd. The Rays got to Berrios in the 4th, though, with three doubles to score 4 runs. Eduardo Escobar got one of those runs back in the 5th on an infield single to make it a 4-2 game....
Jul 14, 2018
Twins 11, Rays 8: Twins win shootout

Twins 11, Rays 8: Twins win shootout

The Twins survived a near-comeback by the Rays, continuing their successful home-stand. Both Nathan Eovaldi and Jake Odorizzi entered today on hot streaks. In Odorizzi’s last three starts his line was: 17 IP, 12 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 8 BB, 22 SO. Eovaldi was even better with: 19 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 23 SO. So, naturally, I thought tonight might be a low-scoring, pitcher’s duel. I was wrong. Of the 18 players to start in the lineup for the Twins and Rays, 17 of them reached base safely at least once. The two teams combined for 28 hits, and 19 runs. The Twins started the offensive...
Jul 13, 2018
Things to do between Lance Lynn pitches

Things to do between Lance Lynn pitches

The joke here is that there is a lot of down time for you to do many things Lance Lynn works deliberately. Twins fans are aware of this. Twins beat writers, who just want to get done with work for the night, are VERY aware. Rumor has it that another team may soon become aware of it as the Twins look to sell off some parts. This, then, is your guide to things you can do between Lance Lynn pitches. Read an entire book. Go to the store. Come back. Realize you forgot the thing you went to the store for, then go back and get it. Talk to your children about reproduction in a frank, adult...
Jul 13, 2018
Twins linked to Dodgers, Brewers, Red Sox in trade rumors

Twins linked to Dodgers, Brewers, Red Sox in trade rumors

With the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline looming, teams have expressed interest in Brian Dozier, Eduardo Escobar, and others. As the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline approaches, the Twins are looking more and more like sellers, and it appears that is indeed what the Twins plan to do. Darren Wolfson got some insight from Twins GM Thad Levine a couple days ago about where the team is at: Good stuff from #MNTwins GM Thad Levine on the non-waiver trade deadline. Much more from him whenever I have some time to record a new podcast. pic.twitter.com/JmckyVV1P5— Darren Wolfson...
Jul 13, 2018
Twins 5, Rays 1: Rain delays only victory

Twins 5, Rays 1: Rain delays only victory

Gibson sharp, Rays less so. Rain moved into the Twin Cities right around rush hour on Thursday. This was a general pain in the ass for local commuters and for those who wanted to see the Minnesota-Tampa Bay game at the scheduled start time of 7:10 pm. The eventual start time of 9:10 pm only delayed an inevitable Twins victory, as they chased Rays starter Blake Snell by the 4th inning and gave a super sharp Kyle Gibson all the support he needed in a 5-1 Twins victory. Snell had nothing all night, even if it took the Twins awhile to capitalize. They loaded the bases in the first without...
Jul 12, 2018
Logan Morrison placed on DL with hip injury

Logan Morrison placed on DL with hip injury

Hopefully the Twins have pinpointed the cause of LoMo’s struggles. The Twins were expected to activate infielder Ehire Adrianza from the DL Thursday, and many were wondering how the Twins would make space for him on the roster. Well, now we have the answer: Logan Morrison is going on the 10-day DL with a left hip impingement. It seems sort of odd to me, seeing as LoMo hit a towering home run into the second deck just yesterday. Doz wasn’t the only one who found the upper deck. #MNTwins #TwinsWin pic.twitter.com/k4nImtXQe5— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) July 12, 2018 It’s never good...
Jul 12, 2018
What’s the plan for Byron Buxton?

What’s the plan for Byron Buxton?

So, uh, I’m a little confused as to why Buxton isn’t up with the big club yet. When the Twins demoted Miguel Sano to Single-A a month ago, it was certainly a shock to the organization. At the same time, it also seemed like there was very much a plan in place regarding the move. The front office wanted Sano to work on his conditioning (strongly implied, if not outright said) as well as re-tool his batting approach (i.e. laying off a breaking pitch every once in awhile). So, while odd to see the HR Derby runner-up now beating the bushes in the back fields of Ft. Myers, this isn’t a...