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Midwest Swing: Twins Mailbag w/ Mike Gelfand & Ryan Turnquist

Mike Gelfand & Ryan Turnquist (@2__CANEZ) join Brandon & Tom to discuss the 32-16 Minnesota Twins team, including Jake Odorizzi, the Twins bullpen performance...

Midwest Swing: Twins Musings & Jim “The Rookie” Morris

Jim Morris (@jimmorris6363), former MLB pitcher and subject of the movie The Rookie, calls in to discuss his journey from playing high school baseball...

Twins Place Garver on the 10-day IL, Activate Sano

As a direct result of a collision at home plate during the eighth inning of Tuesday night’s 4-3 over the Los Angeles Angels, the Minnesota Twins have placed catcher Mitch Garver on the 10-day injured list with a high-ankle sprain. Shohei Ohtani attempted to score the tying run on a fly ball to center, but Byron Buxton’s throw to Garver reached home in time to record the out. Garver’s ankle was planted into the ground, and turned awkwardly as Ohtani attempted to slide to avoid the tag. The Twins are well appointed to withstand the loss of Garver with two catchers — Willians Astudillo and Jason Castro — on the active roster, but there’s no doubt it’ll be a significant loss. Garver, 28, is hitting a sizzling .329/.418/.747 and leads all MLB catchers in WAR via Fangraphs (1.6). In fact, the Twins have three of the top-30 catchers in fWAR […]

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Warne Out: Odorizzi Dominant as Twins Open Tigers Series with 6-0...

Detroit Tigers left fielder Christin Stewart ripped a double off the wall in right field in the first inning of Friday night’s game at Target Field. Then, for the next two hours, not a single Tigers hitter reached base. Minnesota Twins starter Jake Odorizzi got Nicholas Castellanos to fly out to center and struck Miguel Cabrera out swinging to strand Stewart at third, and didn’t allow another baserunner before departing after seven scoreless innings. Matt Magill and Fernando Romero took things the rest of the way, as Twins pitchers combined to retire 23 straight Tigers batters before mounting a small threat late with back-to-back singles to open the ninth. However, Romero quickly righted the ship, and the Twins had a 6-0 win to improve to 24-12 on the season — marking the first time they’ve been 12 games over .500 since the end of the 2010 season. Mitch Garver and […]

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The Minnesota Twins are Trying Mitch Garver at Leadoff Hitter

The last time Mitch Garver was a leadoff hitter was in college, so when he received a text message from Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli on Sunday saying he would be No. 1 in the lineup Monday night against the Toronto Blue Jays, he was caught by surprise. “This is something we tried in Spring Training,” he said. “I thought it was just to get some extra at-bats earlier in the game and get out by the fifth or the sixth.” The 28-year-old is off to a hot start, hitting .500/.522/1.045 in the first seven games of the season after hitting .268/.335/.414 last year. But despite being known for his hitting, rather than his defense, he never hit leadoff at any level in the Twins system. He started in rookie ball after being signed out of the University of New Mexico in his hometown of Albuquerque, and played at every […]

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What’s Spring Training Like Without Joe Mauer?

This spring has brought uncharted territory for the Minnesota Twins in myriad ways. First-year manager Rocco Baldelli has brought on a largely new staff, and there are new faces all over the diamond, like Nelson Cruz, Jonathan Schoop and Martin Perez, to name a few. But perhaps the biggest change is who is not in Fort Myers. Well, he was over the weekend, but it was with his family and as a spectator. Of course, we’re talking about Joe Mauer, who announced his retirement after 15 MLB seasons and what team PR boss Dustin Morse estimated was 17 or 18 spring trainings in Fort Myers with the club. Gone is Mauer, who held down the far left corner of the clubhouse at Hammond Stadium, much like he did at Target Field in his nine seasons playing there. Gone are Brian Dozier and Eduardo Escobar — trade deadline departures whose absences […]

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Looking Ahead to 2019: Position Players

In the final installment of the “Looking Ahead” series, it’s time to look at the position players who are currently on the roster and what their role may be in the 2019 season. You can see what the Twins pitchers look like by looking at the article about the bullpen and the starting rotation. Catchers Jason Castro Castro missed most of the 2018 season with a torn meniscus in his right knee and should be healthy by the time spring training starts if he isn’t already. With only one year left on his three year, $24.5 million deal, the Twins backstop looks to share time after an impressive showing from Mitch Garver in 103 games behind the plate. Castro had a rough start to 2018 but the 19 games he played are too small of a sample to take a deep dive in. Mitch Garver Garver took advantage of Castro’s […]

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Even with Potential Changes in the Offseason, These Players Should be...

Joe Mauer’s potential retirement at the end of the season has captivated the attention of anyone who is still following the Minnesota Twins as this disappointing season comes to a close. But more changes could be coming in the offseason. Paul Molitor has said he wants to return as manager next year, but he could be removed if Derek Falvey and Thad Levine want their own guy. And even if he is the manager next season, he could see changes to his coaching staff. Chris Gimenez could retire and be on a coaching staff next year. Kohl Stewart and Stephen Gonsalves will likely enter Spring Training fighting for a spot in the rotation, and there are no guarantees that Trevor Hildenberger, Taylor Rogers or Trevor May will be the closer on opening day next year. “I can’t project that,” said Molitor when asked about the closer role. “I don’t know […]

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Mauer Exits to Ovation as Garver Powers Twins to Blowout Win,...

“If this is it, please let me know If this ain’t love you’d better let me know If this is it, I want to know If this ain’t love baby, just say so” “If This Is It” – Huey Lewis and the News The mystique around Joe Mauer’s will-he-or-won’t-he decision regarding retirement at the end of the year was taken up another notch on Friday night during the Minnesota Twins’ 12-4 win over the Chicago White Sox. The win capped a doubleheader sweep, but it was the sixth inning that possibly added some clarity as to where the 35-year-old’s brain currently lies on his potential retirement. Mauer singled to right with two out in the inning against former teammate Hector Santiago, and was immediately lifted for pinch-runner Gregorio Petit. Paul Molitor’s contention after the game was that it was all about timing — the Twins led 11-2 at the time — but […]

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Minnesota Twins Wrap Up Disappointing Season, Turbulent September with Final Homestand

Miguel Sano is day-to-day with a leg bruise. Byron Buxton didn’t get called up. Joe Mauer might retire at the end of the year. Eddie Rosario is out with a quadriceps injury. Mitch Garver suffered a concussion. September has been trying for a Minnesota Twins team looking to build hope for 2019. “You gotta be a little bit cautious about over-evaluating things in a short stretch, especially at the end of the year,” said Molitor. “I’d much rather be not having all these people get opportunities and have a set lineup getting ready for a playoff game, but that’s the way it’s gone.” While they will finish the year with a losing record after qualifying for a one-game Wild Card elimination game last season, September can be a time to showcase players that are part of the future. “I don’t if we’ve learned enough, there’s always more to learn,” said […]

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