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Rocco Baldelli on Opener Subterfuge: “They Can Do It If They...

In Game 5 of the 2018 NLCS, Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell started lefty Wade Miley against a righty-heavy Los Angeles Dodgers lineup, then...

#AskBW (1/21): Payroll, Rosters & Buckets of Balls

Hi. Twitter Mystery team in on Machado could it be the Twins? What do you foresee by opening day added to the pitching staff? — Brandon Czech (@czech_brandon) January 20, 2019 I mean it could be, but it’s far more likely it isn’t than it is. I’m not sure how Buster Olney connected the dots that the Twins could be in on one of the higher-priced guys, but it’s not as though the theory lacks logic. The Twins could easily fit that kind of contract into their budget as things currently stand — no questions asked. But with that said, I think the Twins are still hanging in the weeds to fry a bigger fish for their rotation. I have no idea who it is, but I still think Martin Perez is more protection on the back end in case that fish never manifests itself, as opposed to solution A for how they hope […]

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WARNE: How Can the Twins Find Their Brewers-like Path to October?

By the looks of it, it was going to be a battle reminiscent of David and Goliath. Well, that is, the way Vegas might have seen that battle before it happened. In one corner was the team everyone expected to be there. The Los Angeles Dodgers opened the year with a payroll of a touch over $187 million, and that was on the heels of spending $200-plus million in each of the previous five seasons. In the other corner was a team that hadn’t spent that much in the previous two years combined. According to Cot’s Contracts, the Milwaukee Brewers ended the 2016 and ’17 seasons 30th in MLB in payroll, and opened this season with a total of just under $91 million on the books. Over the past two years, the Brewers had Opening Day payrolls of just a touch under $164 million — combined. And the Brewers didn’t just roll over, but push […]

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Walk-off Walk Sends Twins to Season-Worst 11 Games Under .500

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Blown chances crushed the Minnesota Twins in a 6-5 loss on Monday night against the Milwaukee Brewers. Yet despite all the missteps, the Twins were in position to have Fernando Rodney close it out with a one-run lead in the ninth inning. That’s where it got a bit squirrely, however. BOX Three straight one-out singles evened the score before Rodney got a broken-bat groundout to end the ninth. The 10th was even wilder, as rookie Zack Littell went 0-2 on the only player in the building with less MLB experience than him — Brewers rookie Nate Orf, who was making his MLB debut — but plunked him with a curveball to lead off the inning. The rest was history, as the Brewers followed with a single, walk, groundout and a walk-off walk to move one win shy of 50 for the season, while the Twins dropped to […]

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Odorizzi Fans Ten, Morrison Delivers in the Clutch in Twins’ 3-1...

The Minnesota Twins were on the verge of spoiling Jake Odorizzi’s 5.2-inning, ten-strikeout performance when Logan Morrison hit a single high off the right-field wall to score Brian Dozier and Max Kepler, scoring the go-ahead runs in the Minnesota Twins 3-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Morrison, who was hitting .145/.253/.250 in the first month of the season, nearly clobbered his sixth home run of the season for a grand slam, but it was enough to ensure that the Twins would not be swept at home in the border battle with Milwaukee. “I was just thinking get a pitch over the plate and hit it hard somewhere,” said Morrison, who is hitting .296/.397/.556 in May. “We’ve been close the last two games, just hadn’t come through. It was good to come through there and get us the W.” Morrison was a bit slow getting out of the box, perhaps because […]

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Kyle Gibson Gives Up Five Runs, Joe Mauer Leaves with Neck...

The Minnesota Twins caught everyone off-guard when Logan Morrison, who was supposed to be taking a rest day, came to the plate to bat for Joe Mauer in the fifth inning. The “Junior PA Announcer” had already broadcast Mauer’s name on the big screen, and with an early five-run deficit and two outs already in the inning, the Twins needed someone to get on base to try and mount a comeback in what would end up being an 8-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. “He’d been bothered a little bit by some stiffness going back to the Anaheim play,” said manager Paul Molitor, referring to Joe Mauer’s diving attempt at a foul ball against the Angels in Los Angeles last Friday. “That one where he was kind of looking back and tried to dive for that ball down the right field line,” Molitor clarified. “I just think he got jarred pretty good. […]

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8/8 GAME NOTES: Bombs Away! Twins Swat Five Homers in 11-4...

Matt Garza was in a charitable mood on Tuesday night at Target Field. His team staked him to a 1-0 lead, and he gave it back twofold. His team turned around a half-inning later by doubling the original lead to 4-2, and he again paid it back doubly by again putting his team behind the 8-ball with an 8-4 deficit. The final damage for the right-hander was 3.1 innings, eight earned runs, four home runs allowed and an early shower as the Twins pummeled their old friend 11-4 in front of 34,186 fans. It marked the second game in a row the Twins had drawn 30,000-plus fans, as they pushed to within a game of .500 and a game-and-a-half of the second Wild Card spot, which is co-owned by the Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals and Tampa Bay Rays at the close of business Tuesday night. The win was the […]

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8/7 GAME NOTES: Eddie Rosario Draws Balk to Complete a 5-4...

It was “A Balk to Remember.” Or maybe Eddie Rosario was “Balking in the Sun.” Maybe the Minnesota Twins are “Balking on the Playoffs’ Door.” Twitter had fun with this one, let’s just say, and so did the Twins, who capitalized on Oliver Drake’s balk to win a sloppy game against the Milwaukee Brewers, 5-4. Balk this wayIf the van's balkin…Balkin on playoffs doorBalk before you runHard Balk LifeBalk the casbahBalk up another win — Ex Twins News (@Ex_Twins_News) August 8, 2017 Things came unwound for the Twins in the third inning when Keon Broxton homered off of Ervin Santana, who then hit Domingo Santana with a pitch. Jorge Polanco booted a routine grounder immediately after, allowing Ryan Braun to reach, and Travis Shawk singled to put the Brewers up 3-0. “We kinda shot ourselves in the foot there early when some of the miscues, which I feel we’ve been able […]

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Twins Claim Infielder Adrianza, DFA Pat Light

The Minnesota Twins announced on Monday afternoon that they’d claimed infielder Ehire Adrianza from the Milwaukee Brewers, which added him to the team’s 40-man roster. To make room for Adrianza, the Twins designated reliever Pat Light for assignment. Adrianza was claimed off waivers by the Brewers from the San Francisco Giants just a week ago (Jan. 31), but was DFA’d on Groundhog’s Day when the team acquired Jesus Aguilar. Adrianza was initially DFA’d by the Giants on Jan. 24, as they needed to make room on their 40-man roster for catcher Nick Hundley. Adrianza appeared in 40 games with the Giants last season, and has made all 154 of his MLB appearances in a San Francisco uniform. Over that time frame, he’s hit .220/.292/.313 while seeing appreciable time at second and shortstop as well as third and a little first base. Here’s how his playing time has been parsed defensively […]

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There’s a Lot of Blame to Go Around with the Minnesota...

What could Terry do? Or what could Paul do? I just don’t know at this point. It’s just a total system failure, so to speak. — Twins owner Jim Pohlad speaking to the Star Tribune on May 6 It’s a rare situation in sports when there is a total system failure and the general manager is not relieved of his duties. There are myriad issues with the Minnesota Twins right now, and while not all of them are directly the fault of the GM, he tends to take the fall. It is, after all, easier to fire a coach or GM than it is to get rid of an entire roster of players. The point of all this is not to point a finger directly at Twins general manager Terry Ryan, but to assess, as completely and concisely as possible, what has gone wrong with a team that Ryan himself […]

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