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joe nathan retires, has a chance to thank twins


joe nathan made it about 20 seconds into his retirement speech before he broke down.the former twins closer signed a one-day contract to finish his career with the team for which he is the all-time saves leader, put on a jersey, sat down at a target field news conference friday and started to talk.“my family, friends for coming out and supporting me, i for all the sacrifices that you guys have made … i’m not supposed to cry right now, i knew i wasn’t gonna, but here we go …”nathan, 42, paused to adjust his sleeves before continuing. “you guys are the reason i have done everything i have. your sacrifices and your support has gotten me here.’’the six-time all-star had 260 of his 377 career saves with the twins. he was with the team from 2004-11, missing 2010 because of tommy john surgery. na






twins' longest nine-inning games


at lengthlongest nine-inning games in twins history:4:11 twins 11, red sox 9, july 23, 2016 at boston4:10 tigers 13, twins 4, aug. 24, 2014 in minneapolis4:05 twins 13, blue jays 9, july 25, 1987, at toronto4:01 twins 16, white sox 3, aug 3, 2014, at chicago4:00 tigers 5, twins 4, april 22, 2017, in minneapolis4:00 twins 12, a’s 11, may 26, 1993, at oakland4:00 twins 15, rangers 12, june 4, 1992, at texas






saturday's twins-detroit game recap


game recapimpact playernick castellanos, detroitthe third baseman went 2-for-5 with a double, a home run and two rbi.by the numbers2 career ejections for miguel sano.4 hours, the time of game, tied for the fifth-longest nine-inning game in twins history.11 pinch hits for joe mauer in his career.6-2 record for detroit over its past eight games against the twins.on deckthe twins send righthander kyle gibson to the mound with a chance to win the series. he’s 4-6 with a 5.25 era in 11 starts against detroit.la velle e. neal iii






berrios: sent down, but not sorry i went to wbc


twins righthander jose berrios says he has no regrets about leaving camp to pitch for puerto rico, even though it may have cost him a chance to make twins' roster.






twins' day at camp: it will be tricky for vargas to land roster spot


fort myers, fla. – on saturday, kennys vargas was 2-for-5 with a home run for puerto rico in a victory over venezuela in the world baseball classic. he has played in only two of a possible six games in the wbc, and the time away from the twins might cost him a chance to make the opening day roster.vargas was supposed to see action against left­handed pitching, but puerto rico hasn’t faced much of that.“i’m sure it has been tricky to get him at-bats,” twins manager paul molitor said. “they are trying to win.”now it’s going to be tricky for vargas to win a job with the twins. puerto rico plays the netherlands on monday night in los angeles with a chance to reach the championship wednesday. molitor said there is still time for vargas to win a spot on the roster if he can be available the fina






a heart transplant gave her another chance to live. hours after giving birth, sh


not long after megan johnson gave birth, her husband posted a picture on social media, welcoming their daughter into the world.years earlier, johnson had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and given a new heart and another chance to live. her husband, nathan, announced early tuesday on instagram that "her heart worked perfectly" during the delivery, and their daughter, eilee kate, "introduced herself quickly and smooth. i am a rich man!!!"for the next six hours, the johnsons loved their newborn."they were so excited, they couldn't sleep so they spent time with the baby and talked all morning," josh wilson, a friend of nathan johnson, said friday morning in a telephone interview.then megan johnson started experiencing complications and, by late morning, she had died, wilson later






cleveland opens four-game series with 8-1 romp of twins


there's major league money to be made in the twins rotation right now. and the club is desperate for someone to step up and earn it."if i was young and saw what was going on here and was a starting pitcher i'd be hungry," twins manager paul molitor said.nik turley had his chance on friday and might have blown it.the lefthander put the twins in their latest big hole early and made things worse before he exited in the fifth inning of an 8-1 loss to cleveland at target field. edwin encarnacion belted a three-run homer and jose ramirez added three hits in what became a one-sided al central showdown.eddie rosario homered in the sixth for the twins' run.friday marked the 13th time the twins have lost by five or more runs. that's 20 percent of their games. video (01:39): rooker signs with twins,






souhan: gibson's latest failure again highlights berrios' importance


on opening day, what you heard at target field was that for the twins to have a chance this season kyle gibson would have to produce.on may 4, the twins decided that for them to have a chance this season kyle gibson would have to leave.the same twins who lost 103 games in 2016 started a game in may 2017 in first place in the american league central, then watched gibson deflate a ballpark filled with a nervous form of optimism.almost eight years after the twins chose him with a first-round draft pick, gibson pitched his way back to the minors. he lasted four innings against a bad-hitting team, giving up four earned runs in the twins’ 8-5 loss to oakland at target field, then was demoted to class aaa rochester.in 2016, gibson greased the twins’ slide into oblivion. in 2017, he coated their l






souhan: gibson's latest failure again highlights berrios' importance


on opening day, what you heard at target field was that for the twins to have a chance this season kyle gibson would have to produce.on may 4, the twins decided that for them to have a chance this season kyle gibson would have to leave.the same twins who lost 103 games in 2016 started a game in may 2017 in first place in the american league central, then watched gibson deflate a ballpark filled with a nervous form of optimism.almost eight years after the twins chose him with a first-round draft pick, gibson pitched his way back to the minors. he lasted four innings against a bad-hitting team, giving up four earned runs in the twins’ 8-5 loss to oakland at target field, then was demoted to class aaa rochester.in 2016, gibson greased the twins’ slide into oblivion. in 2017, he coated their l






twins swept in doubleheader, fall from division lead


the twins’ strategy-by-necessity of starting three consecutive rookie pitchers against the defending american league champions is turning out about as well as could have been reasonably expected. meaning, not well at all.adam wilk was battered by cleveland in the first game, adalberto mejia was spring-showered out of his chance in the second, and the twins fell out of first place in the al central for the first time since may 9 with a pair of losses to the indians, 9-3 and 6-2 at soggy target field.“we kind of anticipated having some fun this series, and competing, and it hasn’t really worked out,” twins manager paul molitor said. “our pitching hasn’t really given us much of a chance.”it’s sort of reached a breaking point, actually. injuries and a relentless schedule have left the twins to






nathan's tenure with '16 cubs was brief, but richly rewarded


joe nathan finally has a world series ring.the twins’ career saves leader pitched two of the cubs’ 1,459 innings last season, appearing in three late july games before a roster crunch cost him a chance to finish the year with the eventual world champions. for being a minor footnote in a historic season, “i got a souvenir,” nathan said this week — though it hardly satisfied the desire that still burns to win one on the field.still, it’s a pretty nice memento, because the cubs’ rings are as remarkable as their curse-breaking season. the 1-square-inch face has a cubs logo made from 33 rubies surrounded by 72 diamonds surrounded by 46 blue sapphires. another 108 diamonds, one for each year of the cubs’ title drought, encircle the “world champions” bezel of the ring, and images of the world ser






nathan's tenure with '16 cubs was brief, but richly rewarded


joe nathan finally has a world series ring.the twins’ career saves leader pitched two of the cubs’ 1,459 innings last season, appearing in three late july games before a roster crunch cost him a chance to finish the year with the eventual world champions. for being a minor footnote in a historic season, “i got a souvenir,” nathan said this week — though it hardly satisfied the desire that still burns to win one on the field.still, it’s a pretty nice memento, because the cubs’ rings are as remarkable as their curse-breaking season. the 1-square-inch face has a cubs logo made from 33 rubies surrounded by 72 diamonds surrounded by 46 blue sapphires. another 108 diamonds, one for each year of the cubs’ title drought, encircle the “world champions” bezel of the ring, and images of the world ser






tonkin is latest longtime twins player sent packing


derek falvey said as the 2017 season opened that he and thad levine wanted to carefully evaluate twins players before making changes. it appears they are ready now.in three days, the new chief baseball officer and general manager have demoted kyle gibson to the minors, jettisoned danny santana and, on saturday, designated michael tonkin for assignment. all three players have worn twins uniforms for the past four or five seasons, but none could survive subpar starts to in 2017, especially with the twins surprisingly hanging around the top of the al central standings.“i wasn’t surprised. it’s frustrating, but it happens,” said tonkin, whose era climbed to 6.55 saturday after he gave up two hits, three walks and a solo home run in the twins’ 11-1 loss to boston. “i’m obviously not throwing gr






tonkin is latest long-time twins player sent packing


derek falvey said as the 2017 season opened that he and thad levine wanted to carefully evaluate twins players before making changes. it appears they are ready now.in three days, the new chief baseball officer and general manager have demoted kyle gibson to the minors, jettisoned danny santana and, on saturday, designated michael tonkin for assignment. all three players have worn twins uniforms for the past four or five seasons, but none could survive subpar starts to in 2017, especially with the twins surprisingly hanging around the top of the al central standings.“i wasn’t surprised. it’s frustrating, but it happens,” said tonkin, whose era climbed to 6.55 saturday after he gave up two hits, three walks and a solo home run in the twins’ 11-1 loss to boston. “i’m obviously not throwing gr






cleveland opens four-game series with 8-1 romp of twins


nik turley did little right on friday. when he threw strikes, they were hit. when he started missing the plate he wouldn’t stop.cleveland hit him early in the count and when they were patient. and it allowed them to land the first blow in this al central division showdown at target field.the indians took control early on a three-run home run by edwin encarnacion and rolled to an 8-1 victory in the first game of a four-game series. this coming after twins catcher chris gimenez suggested on thursday that the twins welcome cleveland by “punching them in the mouth.”indians righthander carlos carrasco dominated the twins for 6⅓ innings, giving up one run on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts.twins manager paul molitor cautioned to not read too much into a june series between teams s






heart transplant recipient dies hours after giving birth


courtesy of josh wilsonmegan (left), nathan and eilee johnson.not long after megan johnson gave birth, her husband posted a picture on social media, welcoming their daughter into the world.years earlier, johnson had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and given a new heart and another chance to live. her husband, nathan, announced early tuesday on instagram that “her heart worked perfectly” during the delivery, and their daughter, eilee kate, “introduced herself quickly and smooth. i am a rich man!!!”for the next six hours, the johnsons loved their newborn.“they were so excited, they couldn’t sleep so they spent time with the baby and talked all morning,” josh wilson, a friend of nathan johnson, said friday morning in a telephone interview.then megan johnson started experiencing c






saturday's twins-white sox game recap


game recapimpact playerervin santana, twinsthe steady righthander pitched the 17th one-hitter in twins history and the first since 2011.by the numbers4 consecutive hits for the twins to start the first inning.17 career shutouts for santana.4-1 the twins’ record against lefthanded starters.5.58 era for jose quintana in his past five starts against the twins.on deckhector santiago, 4-0 with a 1.03 era against the white sox last season, goes against james shields on sunday.la velle e. neal iii






haley's save also eats innings for twins


detroit – joe nathan memorably collected the baseball from the final out of each of his 260 twins saves. now another twin is doing the same.it's a lot smaller collection, though. justin haley was presented the ball after thursday's game to commemorate career save no. 1.he hadn't expected the souvenir. or the save."i was not" aware that he was eligible for a save in an 11-5 victory, haley said. "i came in and everybody said, 'first save!' and i said, 'ah, i don't think so.' "sure enough, though, if you pitch the final three innings of a victory — no matter how big the inherited lead — you qualify. the twins hadn't had a reliever record 10 outs and earn a save since brian bass pitched four innings of a 12-5 win over chicago on april 9, 2008."i'm just trying to be aggressive, throw strikes, a






some telling statistics about twins' recent struggles


field of screamsthese statistics illuminate the twins' dismal six-game homestand:40runs by houston in the three-game series, an astros record and second most given up in twins history.68twins strikeouts in a 1-5 homestand.5.33collective era for the twins bullpen, worst in the major leagues, after giving up 28 runs in the astros series.3pitching appearances by twins utility man chris gimenez this season.






monday's twins-texas game recap


game recapimpact playerbrian dozier, twinsthe second baseman’s bases-clearing double in the fifth inning drove in the only runs the twins would need.by the numbers2walks for byron buxton, only the third time in his short career he’s done that in a game.9pitches thrown in the third inning by twins starter phil hughes.1-4the twins’ record in one-run games.on deckthe twins and ervin santana will face their only righthanded starter this series in big-armed andrew cashner. the twins are one of three major league teams cashner has yet to face.la velle e. neal iii






twins' kent hrbek never got over all those all-star snubs


ervin santana, miguel sano and late addition brandon kintzler will be in miami as all-stars, marking the 30th time the twins have had multiple players on the american league roster. that leaves 27 seasons in which the twins had the minimum of one all-star.these were not all-stars merely by necessity in many cases. hall of famers kirby puckett and rod carew made solo all-star trips four times; joe mauer had three of those and chuck knoblauch a pair. roy smalley was voted in as the starting shortstop in 1979.also, joe nathan and eddie guardado went as singles but also in other years. michael cuddyer was a single for the twins in 2011 but was an nl all-star with colorado in 2013.these were the one-and-done all-star roster additions for the twins: 1980 — ken landreaux; 1981 — doug corbett; 198






despite rainy forecast, twins still hoping to play rockies tonight


    paul molitor summed up the situation succinctly. “there’s a lot of rain out there,” the twins’ manager said.    forecasts for wednesday night appear dire for baseball, but the twins are willing to wait. “we’re holding out a little bit of hope,” molitor said. “there was enough unpredictability that you don’t want to cancel too soon if there’s a chance you might play. so we’re just waiting on any updates. if there’s going to be enough dry periods, or [merely] light rains so you could play, we don’t know.”    a rainout would necessitate a doubleheader on thursday, when the forecasts call for dry weather. thursday’s current schedule calls for a 12:10 p.m. start, but molitor said such a quick turnaround won’t have a big effect on the decision tonight. he’d rather play tonight, even starting






twins' latest rookie pitcher fails in loss to indians


the twins’ strategy-by-necessity of starting three consecutive rookie pitchers against the defending american league champions is turning out about as well as could have been reasonably expected. meaning, not well at all.adam wilk, making his fifth career major league start, fared even worse than nik turley one night earlier, surrendering six runs, eight hits and three walks while recording only 10 outs as the twins fell into a first-place tie by dropping a 9-3 decision to the cleveland indians in the first game of a split doubleheader on saturday.pitching the nightcap for the twins: adalberto mejia, making his ninth career start.“we kind of anticipated having some fun this series, and competing, and it hasn’t really worked out,” twins manager paul molitor said. “our pitching hasn’t really






twins' final comeback attempts falls short in 10-9 loss to blue jays


toronto – whatever the exchange rate is between canadian and american dollars, it can’t compare to the starkly different values of hits in rogers centre. as if the titanic home runs, lengthy rallies, noisy crowds and that deafening hockey-goal horn aren’t enough, this is a place where a blue jays pop-up can be more valuable than a twins grand slam.the twins, down five runs after seven innings, scored six over the final two, most notably on the second grand slam of max kepler’s career. but what could have been a memorable pennant-race rally, the sort of comeback victory that galvanizes a contender for the stretch run, was foiled when josh donaldson, appropriately wearing “bringer of rain” on his back, hit … a puny pop fly, 100 feet into the air.three twins converged, none managed to catch i






twins-boston series preview


four-game series at fenway parkmonday, 6:10 p.m. • fsn, 96.3-fm: twins rhp jose berrios (7-1, 2.67 era) vs. boston lhp chris sale (9-3, 2.85)tuesday, 6:10 p.m. • fsn, 96.3-fm: twins lhp hector santiago (4-6, 5.26) vs. boston lhp drew pomeranz (6-4, 4.07)wednesday, 6:10 p.m. • fsn, 96.3-fm: twins lhp adalberto mejia (2-3, 4.93) vs. boston rhp rick porcello (4-9, 5.00)thursday, 6:10 p.m. • fsn, espn, 96.3-fm: twins rhp kyle gibson (4-5, 6.23) vs. boston lhp david price (2-2, 4.76)twins updatethe twins split a four-game series at boston last season, including a 2-1 win during which gibson pitched eight strong innings. … the twins have won five of their past six games and are 11-8 against lefthanded starting pitchers. … despite coming off a four-game sweep of cleveland, the twins were 4-for-22






tonkin is latest longtime twins player sent packing


derek falvey said as the 2017 season opened that he and thad levine wanted to carefully evaluate twins players before making changes. it appears they are ready now.in three days, the new chief baseball officer and general manager have demoted kyle gibson to the minors, jettisoned danny santana and, on saturday, designated michael tonkin for assignment. all three players have worn twins uniforms for the past four or five seasons, but none could survive subpar starts to in 2017, especially with the twins hanging around the top of the al central standings."i wasn't surprised. it's frustrating, but it happens," said tonkin, whose era climbed to 6.55 saturday after he gave up two hits, three walks and a solo home run in an 11-1 loss to boston. "i'm obviously not throwing great."his disappointme






saturday's twins-cleveland game recap


game recapimpact playerjose berrios, twinsin his 2017 big-league debut, the 22-year-old held cleveland to one run over 7⅔ innings.by the numbers3 or fewer hits given up by the twins in two back-to-back games, for the first time since aug. 14-15, 2010.11-4 road record for the twins, the best in baseball.on deckcleveland's trevor bauer beat the twins on april 20 at target field, holding them to two runs over 6⅓ innings. hector santiago pitches for the twins.la velle e. neal iii






twins-boston series preview


four-game series at fenway parkmonday, 6:10 p.m. • fsn, 96.3-fm: twins rhp jose berrios (7-1, 2.67 era) vs. boston lhp chris sale (9-3, 2.85)tuesday, 6:10 p.m. • fsn, 96.3-fm: twins lhp hector santiago (4-6, 5.26) vs. boston lhp drew pomeranz (6-4, 4.07)wednesday, 6:10 p.m. • fsn, 96.3-fm: twins lhp adalberto mejia (2-3, 4.93) vs. boston rhp rick porcello (4-9, 5.00)thursday, 6:10 p.m. • fsn, espn, 96.3-fm: twins rhp kyle gibson (4-5, 6.23) vs. boston lhp david price (2-2, 4.76)twins updatethe twins split a four-game series at boston last season, including a 2-1 win during which gibson pitched eight strong innings. … the twins have won five of their past six games and are 11-8 against lefthanded starting pitchers. … despite coming off athree-game sweep of cleveland, the twins were 4-for-22






twins notes: duffey takes bullpen role and runs with it


twins righthander tyler duffey has had little problem transitioning to a bullpen role after making 70 of his 88 minor league appearances and all 36 of his major league appearances as a starter."there's no reason not to," said duffey, who was a reliever at rice for three years before the twins drafted him in 2012. "unless you don't want to be here."good point. duffey didn't pout for long after being moved to the bullpen near the end of spring training. and he has been a revelation during the early weeks of the season with 8 ⅔ scoreless innings, including 2 ⅔ on monday against the indians."he's had some different situations that he has a chance to come in and pitch, and it has either given us a chance or helped us win a game," twins manager paul molitor said.what's more notable than his work






santiago's season over for twins; three called up from minors


hector santiago's season might be over, and the twins added three players as the first wave of september call-ups.pitchers buddy boshers and nik turley have returned to the twins from class aaa rochester, and the team also added infielder niko goodrum, who will be making his major league debut.to make room for goodrum on the 40-man roster, santiago was placed on the 60-day disabled list. he has battled a sore shoulder and struggled with velocity in his latest rehab appearance. there is an outside chance he could pitch again this season, but the twins would need to clear a roster spot for him.minor league hitting coordinator rick eckstein will also join the staff for september.teams are allowed to expand from 25 to 40 players in september.goodrum had 13 home runs, 66 rbi and a .265 average






berrios sharp vs. white sox as twins win second in a row


the tables have been turned in this series between the twins and white sox.the twins were coming off a four-game sweep at the hands of the indians, during which their lack of depth in the starting rotation was exposed and the club scrambled for starters. cleveland took advantage to knock the twins out of first place in the al central division.but now, with top starters ervin santana and jose berrios in play this week, they have run into a white sox team with injured starters and a leaky bullpen.the result has been two victories in two days, including their 4-2 victory over the white sox on wednesday. the twins now have a chance to sweep chicago in the three-game series and finish their 11-game homestand with a 5-6 record, which was doubtful at the start of the series.the twins took control






twins swept in doubleheader, fall from division lead


the twins’ strategy-by-necessity of starting three consecutive rookie pitchers against the defending american league champions is turning out about as well as could have been reasonably expected. meaning, not well at all.adam wilk, making his fifth career major league start, fared even worse than nik turley one night earlier, surrendering six runs, eight hits and three walks while recording only 10 outs as the twins dropped a 9-3 decision to the cleveland indians in the first game of a split doubleheader saturday.pitching the nightcap for the twins: adalberto mejia, making his ninth career start. that game was delayed 75 minutes by rain in the fifth inning, and cleveland — behind four home runs — eventually won 6-2 to take over the al central lead and improve to 6-0 at target field this ye






twins make first roster moves of 2017 season


the twins entered saturday one of two major league teams to not make a roster move since the season began. that all changed after the 5-4 to the tigers.righthander justin haley was placed on the 10-day disabled list because of biceps tendinitis and lefthander adalberto mejia, who was knocked out in the third inning on saturday, was optioned to class aaa rochester.the twins will announce the corresponding moves on sunday. it might be more than coincidence that first baseman kennys vargas was not in rochester’s starting lineup on saturday.twins manager paul molitor used seven pitchers on saturday — forced into that mode when haley could go only 1 ⅓ innings before breaking down. the twins might opt to bring up two pitchers instead of a position player. for anyone hoping to see prospect jose b






where the current twins were drafted


the twins and the draftthe twins have 18 players who were chosen in the mlb draft on their current roster, including eight first-round picks:player pos rnd overall team yearjoe mauer 1b 1st 1 twins 2001byron buxton of 1st 2 twins 2012jason castro c 1st 10 houston 2008alex wimmers p 1st 21 twins 2010glen perkins* p 1st 22 twins 2004kyle gibson p 1st 22 twins 2009phil hughes* p 1st 23 n.y. yankees 2004jose berrios p 1st 32 twins 2012matt belisle p 2nd 52 atlanta 1998eddie rosario of 4th 135 twins 2010trevor may* p 4th 136 philadelphia 2008buddy boshers p 4th 139 l.a. angels 2008tyler duffey p 5th 160 twins 2012robbie grossman of 6th 174 pittsburgh 2008justin haley* p 6th 211 boston 2012brian dozier 2b 8th 252 twins 2009taylor rogers p 11th 340 twins 2012chris heston p 12th 357 san francisco






hughes hasn't pitched great, but good enough for twins to win


 kansas city, mo. – same pattern, same result for twins righthander phil hughes.tuesday, hughes gave up runs to texas early before the twins rallied to win. sunday, he gave up two runs in the second inning to kansas city, but miguel sano’s three-run homer in the third put the twins ahead for good in what wound up as a 7-5 victory over the royals at kauffman stadium.so, while hughes would like to pitch better, he did pick up two victories in his past two starts and is 4-1 for the season. all four victories, interestingly enough, have come on the road.“that’s twice now i’ve given up a couple of runs early, and we came back and the offense has supplied us with a lead,” hughes said.he still is searching for that form that will lead to cleaner outings. his era sits at 5.06, and opponents are ba






hughes hasn't pitched great, but good enough for twins


kansas city, mo. – same pattern, same result for twins righthander phil hughes.tuesday, hughes gave up runs to texas early before the twins rallied to win. sunday, he gave up two runs in the second inning to kansas city, but miguel sano’s three-run homer in the third put the twins ahead for good in what wound up as a 7-5 victory over the royals at kauffman stadium.so, while hughes would like to pitch better, he did pick up two victories in his past two starts and is 4-1 for the season. all four victories, interestingly enough, have come on the road.“that’s twice now i’ve given up a couple of runs early, and we came back and the offense has supplied us with a lead,” hughes said.he still is searching for that form that will lead to cleaner outings. his era sits at 5.06, and opponents are bat






watch backcountry skier accidentally fly off a cliff! (he's fine) / boing boing


if you are tired of blurry handheld p os and shifty group s s, you’ll need a tripod to keep your era steady and safe from falls. many tripods rely on device-specific mounts and bulky designs that hinder portability, but the pocket tripod pro allows for sturdy s s, and still fits in your pocket. this immensely clever design offers […]