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What's real and what's not in the AL Central

April 25, 2019

No one has run away with the American League Central as the beginning of May approaches, but the Twins have made the most of their start. The Indians, who have won three consecutive division titles, have been bitten by the injury bug. There have been several things that have opened

How these 7 phenoms fared to start their careers

Vlad Jr., MLB's No. 1 prospect, prepares for big league debut
11:00 PM CDT

Mike Trout was 19 years old and baseball’s No. 1 prospect when he made his Major League debut in 2011. His experience -- and that of other top prospects -- could be helpful in considering what we should expect from Vladimir Guerrero Jr. as he begins his Major League career

The youngest players to HR for each team

April 25, 2019

Getting to the Majors at a young age -- let alone any age -- is a feat in and of itself, but what about blasting a home run as a youngster, too? With 20-year-old Vladimir Guerrero Jr. set to make his Major League debut Friday for the Blue Jays, here’s

Thursday's top prospect performers

@wboor and @GoldenSombrero
12:36 AM CDT

Here's a look at Thursday's top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list:

3 observations as Twins complete 4-2 road trip

Minnesota stymied by Verlander in finale defeat to Astros
April 25, 2019

HOUSTON -- The Twins faced an uphill battle in Wednesday night’s series finale against the Astros to close their six-game road trip after a rainout last Friday in Baltimore left their starting rotation short-handed. Houston native Kohl Stewart gave Minnesota some needed length in a six-inning spot start before he

Stewart sent to Triple-A after start vs. Astros

Romero also called up, sees action in Wednesday's game
April 25, 2019

HOUSTON -- The Twins recalled Kohl Stewart and Fernando Romero from Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday morning as they reinforced their pitching staff by expanding to 13 pitchers after using a deeper bench through the first month of the season. In corresponding moves, reliever Tyler Duffey and outfielder Jake Cave were

Rosario enters Twins record books with 10th HR

April 24, 2019

HOUSTON -- When Rocco Baldelli was first thinking about his lineup for Tuesday night’s game, there was actually discussion about giving Eddie Rosario the day off, but Rosario was having none of that. "I wanted to try to play the best team in the Major Leagues,” Rosario said. “I want

Buxton relieved to see end of stolen-base streak

Replay equipment down Monday; Garver leads off vs. lefty
April 23, 2019

HOUSTON -- For someone who had a club-record streak of 33 successful stolen bases snapped on Monday night, Byron Buxton was extraordinarily energetic and cheerful as he held court in front of his locker in the corner of the Minute Maid Park visitors' clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon. Buxton went back

Polanco does it again as Twins fend off Astros

Shortstop homers, racks up 4 RBIs in second 4-hit game of season
April 23, 2019

HOUSTON -- However you measure it -- batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage -- Monday night's game between the Twins and Astros featured a clash of two of the top three offenses in the American League. Led by four hits and a late homer from Jorge Polanco, the Twins' bats

8 under-the-radar rookies grabbing our attention

April 24, 2019

You’ve heard a lot about Pete Alonso and Fernando Tatis Jr., and justifiably so. Both of them have greatness written all over them. You may have been tracking Victor Robles and Eloy Jimenez before they made their Major League debuts, and like the rest of us, you’ll be thrilled when

Marwin warmly welcomed in return to Houston

Astros pay tribute to Gonzalez's key role in 2017 championship
@dohyoungpark and @brianmctaggart
April 22, 2019

HOUSTON -- The drive from his home to Minute Maid Park on Monday afternoon brought Marwin Gonzalez a great sense of familiarity. The route to the visitors' clubhouse, however, came with a few strange turns. What finally made Gonzalez feel at home was the reception he received once inside. Gonzalez,

These 5 players have opened eyes in April

Walker, Stephenson, Fried, Polanco, Goodrum having hot starts
April 23, 2019

It's early enough in the season that some numbers can still feel very odd, like Mookie Betts hitting .244 and Aaron Nola posting a 6.84 ERA. Then again, the three best players in baseball so far have been Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich, and Mike Trout. Aaron Judge has the best

Kepler, Parker back from stomach illness

April 23, 2019

HOUSTON -- Max Kepler and Blake Parker both did not play during the Twins' series in Baltimore due to illness, but Kepler went 1-for-3 out of his customary leadoff spot to extend his on-base streak to 14 games in Minnesota's 9-5 victory over the Astros on Monday night, and Parker

Target Field sustainability efforts rewarded

Twins' stadium achieves LEED Gold recertification from U.S. Green Building Council
April 22, 2019

The Twins announced on Monday that Target Field has achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Gold recertification for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance from the U.S. Green Building Council due to the Twins organization's continued efforts and enhancements at Target Field with an eye toward sustainability. Target Field

9 players ‘on pace’ for insane seasons

April 22, 2019

We’re not predicting Christian Yelich is going to hit 92 home runs or that Shane Greene is going to save 81 games or that Tyler Glasnow is going to go 29-0. As for Byron Buxton racking up 102 doubles, why not? That one seems strangely possible. We’re simply saying that

Need for speed: 1 flamethrower for each team

April 22, 2019

Let’s not kid ourselves: the story of baseball in the year 2019 is velocity. Remember back when FOX telecasts used to show a flame going WHOOSH! every time a pitch went over 95 mph? They’d have to do that every pitch now. Pitchers throw harder now than at any time

Two teams gained 9 spots in Power Rankings

April 22, 2019

It’s still April, which means the overused trifecta of “it’s still early,” “it’s too early to panic” and “they’re off to a slow start” is not quite ready to be shoved to the back of the sock drawer just yet. It truly is much too early to glean a lot

A win 4 years in the making as Twins sweep

Gibson logs 1st April win since '15 in strong 6-inning effort
April 21, 2019

BALTIMORE -- Kyle Gibson does not enjoy walking batters or giving up homers. That’s why he was a happy man after he helped the Twins pull out a 4-3 victory over the Orioles on Sunday afternoon at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Gibson threw six solid innings as the Twins

Consistent at-bats key for historic Twins

April 21, 2019

BALTIMORE -- The Twins and Orioles banged out 17 homers in Saturday’s doubleheader. That was the most homers in one stadium in one day in Major League history. The Twins hit 11 of those round-trippers, eight of which came in the nightcap, as they swept the doubleheader. Those eight homers

Rosario’s 3-homer day leads Twins' slugfest

Minnesota hits 11 home runs in doubleheader sweep of Orioles
April 21, 2019

BALTIMORE -- There’s a small bug moving through the Twins clubhouse that has left a couple of players feeling under the weather. But there’s something else floating around that everyone wants to catch -- it’s whatever Eddie Rosario has at the plate. “I don’t know that you can get much

Baldelli: Twin bill 'not as easy as in Little League'

Schoop enjoys a Baltimore steak; Magill in 'wait-and-see' mode
April 20, 2019

BALTIMORE -- The Twins have had their share of early-season scheduling adventures thanks to a number of off-days, a snow postponement and a rainout Friday, resulting in Saturday’s single-admission doubleheader against the Orioles. For Twins manager Rocco Baldelli, roster management isn’t as simple as echoing Ernie Banks by saying “Let’s

Harper establishes himself as key piece of 'pen

April 18, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- It may have taken fortuitous circumstances and a perfect Spring Training for Ryne Harper to make his first Opening Day roster this season, but after seven scoreless outings to open the season, he has begun to establish himself as an effective piece of the Twins’ bullpen. Harper’s impressive