La Velle E. Neal III, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minnesota Twins pitching coach Neil Allen has been suspended by the team after being arrested early Thursday morning for suspicion of drunken driving. Minor-league pitching coordinator Eric Rasmussen will take...
MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins had just completed four games of battling baseball with the Royals, winning two while losing two in walk-off fashion. On Monday night, it was the Twins’...
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Paul Molitor addresses his team before every spring training workout.
PROSPER, Texas — Torii Hunter sat on a chair in the batter’s box at Prosper High School last week, setting baseballs on a hitting tee for Jayson Nix. It was...
On June 22, the Minnesota Twins were 36-38 and thinking they could creep into the playoff picture. They were 11-19 since, heading into Tuesday’s game at Kansas City, forcing general manager Terry Ryan to be a seller rather than a buyer. So the clubhouse is preparing to lose a couple of teammates this week as Ryan entertains offers before Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline. “It comes with the territory in this game,” said catcher Kurt Suzuki, who has been traded in the middle of each of the past two seasons. “You understand the process of what goes on and I think you learn to deal with it.
The Detroit Tigers have as large a cushion in the American League Central Division as any team in several years, going 17-6 leading into the All-Star break. But the teams trailing them don’t view that 6½ -game lead as insurmountable. “Any team has a chance to do something special in the second half,” Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon said at the All-Star Game at Target Field. And the Tigers are aware of that. They have led at the break in previous seasons and held that lead.
MILWAUKEE — Life as a visiting pitcher hasn’t treated Kyle Gibson well this season, but it looked like things were going to change Monday. The Brewers went nine up, nine down over the first three innings and didn’t square anything up against Gibson. The young right-hander was matching Brewers right-hander Matt Garza zero for zero. Then things fell apart with a bunt in the fourth. A measly bunt.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins don’t excel in one area. Their formula — just enough pitching, just enough hitting, just enough defense — has been enough for them to look more competitive than they have been in years. With King Felix on the hill, all those phases need to work. They didn’t Sunday. And, boy, was it a clunker as the Twins lost 6-2 to Seattle and star righthander Felix Hernandez, who went eight strong innings. The blame could be spread around after the Twins fumbled away a 2-0 lead and fell back to .500 on the season.
DETROIT — Josmil Pinto was rounding third when he suddenly realized his coach was holding him up. Then he noticed something else: The throw from the outfield wasn’t heading anywhere near the plate. So Pinto went home, and the comeback was only beginning for the Minnesota Twins. They scored three more runs the following inning — thanks in part to more poor defense by Detroit — for a 4-3 victory over the Tigers on Sunday. “A great win for us, when you take advantage of a mistake any time you can get one,” said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who was ejected in the fourth inning.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins’ most accomplished starting pitcher in 2013 hadn’t accomplished much during the opening weeks of this season. Kevin Correia has been one of the reasons behind what was expected to be a team strength becoming a team concern. Correia’s 0-for-April ended with his worst outing of the young season, when he gave up seven runs to Detroit. That must have been the kick in the pants he needed, as Correia is now in the win column.