Monthly Archives: February 2011

AL Central Notes: Dunn, Knapp, Nathan

A few tidbits of note from what may be one of the more competitive and intriguing divisions in baseball in 2011 … White Sox slugger Adam Dunn suspects that his now-infamous war of words with then-Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi in 2008 hurt his value on the free-agent market that offseason, writes Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com. Dunn, of course, was traded from the Reds to the Diamondbacks in a post-deadline deal in 2008 and signed a modest two-year deal with the Nationals in the subsequent offseason. He reportedly was unwilling to be a full-time DH then, but when he hit…

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Mackey: Nomo experience helps Vavra, who won’t toy with Nishioka yet

FORT MYERS, Fla. — After one week of full-squad workouts, Minnesota Twins middle infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka has had no problems fitting in with his new teammates — at least, as much as he possibly can considering the language and cultural difference…

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Cashman On Pitching Market: "Nobody’s Available"

Yankees GM Brian Cashman told Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com that no matter what you’ve heard about Francisco Liriano or anyone else, the Yankees aren’t pursuing trades for starting pitching (Twitter link). Starters may be in demand, but the Yankees say the best pitchers aren’t on the trading block. "I’m not talking to anyone about anything right now," Cashman said. "Nobody’s available. Nobody of value, anyway." Liriano definitely has value. He’s making just $4.3MM next year and is under team control through 2012. Last year, the left-hander posted a 3.62 ERA with 9.4 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 in 191 2/3 innings….

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Live from Florida, Day 12: Healthy Blackburn says arm feels ‘newer’

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A rundown of the news, notes and quotes from Monday at Minnesota Twins spring training:
Monday’s result:
Red Sox 7 (1-1), Twins 6 (1-1)
Catching up with … Nick Blackburn
Right-hander Nick Blackburn pitched two scoreless innings i…

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Kelly’s Corner 2011-02-28 10:32:07

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.comFort Myers, Fla. — The Twins are getting set to play their second of three straight contests against the Red Sox to open up the spring. This time they’re at City of Palms Park.
Michael Cuddyer said this morning that…

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Mayor’s Cup Competition Take 2: Twins at Red Sox 2/28

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.comFort Myers, Fla. — The Twins are getting set to play their second of three straight contests against the Red Sox to open up the spring. This time they’re at City of Palms Park.Michael Cuddyer said this morning…

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Live from Florida, Day 11: Morneau getting close?

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A rundown of the news, notes and quotes from Day 11 at Minnesota Twins spring training:
Health watch
• 1B Justin Morneau (concussion) is scheduled to see a doctor within the next couple days about the possibility of being clear…

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Pavano starts spring-opening win, says playoff sweep ‘drives me’

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Minnesota Twins opened the 2011 Grapefruit League schedule with an 8-4 win over the Boston Red Sox at Hammond Stadium on Sunday night.
Right-hander Carl Pavano threw 26 pitches over two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and st…

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It’s Game Time: Grapefruit League Opener 2/27

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.comTonight marks the start of game action for the Twins as they host the Red Sox in the Grapefruit League opener at Hammond Stadium. It’s also the start of the Mayor’s Cup competition between the two clubs with…

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Live from Florida, Day 10: Cuddyer to sit; Slowey bonds with Nishioka

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A rundown of the news, notes and quotes from Saturday at Minnesota Twins spring training:
Catching up with … Kevin Slowey
Right-hander Kevin Slowey had a chance this week to face newcomer Tsuyoshi Nishioka during a live batting pr…

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