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Twins miss plenty of opportunities to sweep KC

Lack of timely hits, defensive mistakes prove costly in finale
@dohyoungpark
June 16, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- Weakly hit balls were finding holes and falling in against starter Martin Pérez. The normally sturdy defense made three misplays. And the Major League’s best offense couldn’t buy a timely hit. Sometimes, the ball just doesn’t fall your way -- and the Twins saw that magnified in all

Baldelli acquired love of baseball from his dad

Cron also benefited from father's important coaching lessons
@dohyoungpark
June 16, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- Dan Baldelli coached his son, Rocco, throughout his childhood, and even now, as Rocco Baldelli manages the team with the best record in Major League Baseball, those old coaching habits still linger. "I was getting advice on what we should do this morning," Twins skipper Rocco Baldelli said

Here is each team's most deserving All-Star

@williamfleitch
June 16, 2019

Read our FAQ on this year’s revamped balloting format, which includes two phases of fan voting to determine the All-Star starters, and the ability to vote through Google Search. Every team gets an All-Star. That’s the rule for All-Star Games, and I’d argue that's that way it should be: The

VOTE NOW! There's a new way to pick All-Stars

@castrovince
an hour ago

Baseball’s version of the primary season is now upon us, and the sport’s answer to Election Day is not far behind. And in incorporating shades of the political process, the 2019 Google MLB All-Star Ballot brings major change to the selection system for All-Star Game starters. • VOTE NOW: 2019

Power Rankings' Top 5 holds strong -- for now

@alysonfooter
11:14 PM CDT

The National League East isn't officially a two-team race, but for now, it's looking like it will probably come down to the Braves and Phillies slugging it out for the division crown. As the only two teams with winning records in that division, Atlanta and Philadelphia have more in common

Tributes abound as Mauer's No. 7 is retired

@dohyoungpark
June 16, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Mauer had never worn the No. 7 in his life -- in any sport -- before he found a jersey with the number hanging in a locker in Elizabethton, Tenn., as an 18-year-old playing rookie ball. "To be honest, it wouldn't have mattered to me what number

Sunday's top prospect performers

@JakeCrouseMLB and @wboor
June 16, 2019

Here's a look at Sunday's top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list: AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST Blue Jays: Yennsy Diaz, RHP (No. 22) -- 8 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K (Double-A New Hampshire) Diaz spun his longest start of the year

Gonzalez, Cron deliver for Twins on Mauer Day

Marwin's defensive gamble pays off; Odorizzi gets his 10th win
@dohyoungpark
June 16, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- Prior to Saturday night’s game, the Twins paid tribute to one of the most celebrated figures in the franchise’s history by officially retiring Joe Mauer’s No. 7. After rain avoided the Twin Cities area during the game to allow for a celebration of the past, a pair of

Buxton (wrist) sits, available to pinch-run, play D

@dohyoungpark
June 15, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- Manager Rocco Baldelli said Saturday that all of the testing on Byron Buxton's bruised right wrist came back fine, and Buxton should be available to pinch-run and play defense if needed. The lingering soreness could prevent Buxton from swinging a bat for the time being, though the Twins

Mauer and Friends Kids Classic another huge hit

@dohyoungpark
June 14, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- Saturday will be all about Joe Mauer, who will become the eighth Twins player or manager to have his number retired by the organization. But for Mauer, Friday was all about the kids. Mauer hosted the fourth annual Mauer and Friends Kids Classic at Target Field on Friday

Twins ride Gibson's 8 scoreless, Garver's homer

Rogers works 9th, completes shutout of Royals with 7th save
@dohyoungpark
June 15, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kyle Gibson thought his warmup session in the bullpen before Friday night’s game was as erratic as he had been in a while. “It felt like I slept on my right arm all night,” he said. Gibson quickly found his feel for his curveball and changeup, and he

Twins win on...singles? 4 base-hits spark rally

'Bombas' not needed as six-run sixth leads to series victory
@dohyoungpark
June 13, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- They’re the most homer-happy offense in baseball, but they can also piece together rallies without relying on the long ball. For the third straight game, the Twins surged late against the Mariners’ bullpen on Thursday, and this time, they did it the old-fashioned way, with two walks, a

Twins recall Littell, option Romero to Triple-A

@dohyoungpark
June 14, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins' bullpen carousel continued on Friday, when right-hander Zack Littell was recalled from Triple-A Rochester and Fernando Romero was optioned back to Triple-A after one day with Minnesota. Romero had been recalled on Thursday morning to possibly provide some length out of the bullpen, but he didn't

The most improved pitchers of 2019 

Giolito, Perez, Glasnow and others who've made a turn for the better
@mike_petriello
June 14, 2019

The All-Star Game is only a few weeks away, and baseball's top starters have thrown nearly 100 innings apiece. It's far enough into the season that we can take a look at which pitchers have taken a huge step forward from last year, and more important, try to figure out

Top draftees, prospects begin short-season play

June 14, 2019

Three of Minor League Baseball's short-season leagues get underway tonight, which means it's an Opening Day of sorts for many younger prospects as they start their 2019 campaigns. Among them are several players who were just selected in last week's Draft and will be making their professional debuts. Here's a

Here's one breakout prospect for every team

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
June 13, 2019

Keston Hiura (Brewers) and Luis Urias (Padres) are raking with OPS greater than 1.000 in Triple-A. Casey Mize (Tigers) and MacKenzie Gore (Padres) are dueling for the Minor League ERA leadership. None of that should be surprising, because Hiura and Urias are two of the best hitting prospects in baseball,

What each AL Central team needs at Deadline

@dohyoungpark
June 13, 2019

The season is nearing its halfway point, and clearer delineations between the contenders and the rest of the pack have started to emerge in the various division races. With the July 31 Trade Deadline beginning to loom on the horizon, clubs will soon face decision points as to whether they

Leaky bullpen, errors spoil Twins' late rally

@dohyoungpark
June 13, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- It was “Stranger Things” night at Target Field. It was a fittingly strange and eventful game. It was a night in which crafty former Twins left-hander Tommy Milone held Minnesota scoreless into the seventh. It featured another difficult outing from the Twins’ bullpen. It saw a furious six-run

Magill looks to build on solid outing after funk

@dohyoungpark
June 12, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- Matt Magill isn't shying away from his struggles on the Twins' last road trip. Still, he's glad to have taken an encouraging step in the right direction with a 1-2-3 inning and the win in Tuesday night's victory over the Mariners. "It just felt nice to get three

7 overlooked players worthy of All-Star votes

@williamfleitch
June 12, 2019

Read our FAQ on this year’s revamped balloting format, which includes two phases of fan voting to determine the All-Star starters, and the ability to vote through Google Search. One of the surest signs that your average baseball fan in the year 2019 is more educated and informed than nearly

May saves Twins after late rally on record night

Schoop, Castro go back-to-back to raise club mark for first-half HRs
@dohyoungpark
June 12, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins gave away "Bomba Squad" T-shirts at Target Field on Tuesday night to recognize the club's homer-hitting prowess, and the lineup marked the occasion by mashing two more homers to set a franchise record for long balls before the All-Star break. But no "bombas" were necessary in

5 players deserving of All-Star write-in votes

@castrovince
June 12, 2019

Read our FAQ on this year’s revamped balloting format, which includes two phases of fan voting to determine the All-Star starters, and the ability to vote through Google Search. Voting continues via the 2019 Google MLB All-Star Ballot, and, because everything is online and not subject to a printing schedule,