Monthly Archives: March 2011

Mackey: Let’s face it, the next 162 games are a formality for Twins

When I was a kid, I used to play a lot of Super Mario Bros. games.
My favorite was Super Mario World for Super Nintendo, which if I recall correctly, had like 17 levels leading up to the final battle at Bowser’s Castle.
Don’t judge. The annoying part …

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Twins Daily: Toronto starter Ricky Romero coming off rocky spring

The Minnesota Twins were off on Thursday. The regular season begins on Friday at Toronto (6:07 p.m., 1500 ESPN).
The skinny
As expected, the Twins settled on a roster including 12 pitchers (five left-handers) and 13 position players.
Pitchers 30 Scott …

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Justin Morneau will be in Twins’ lineup for Friday’s opener at Toronto

The comeback will officially come full circle in Toronto on Friday.
Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters on Thursday that first baseman Justin Morneau will be in the starting lineup against the Blue Jays on Friday.
Morneau suffered a c…

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Twins Daily: Scott Baker throws five strong in team’s 20th spring win

Jason Kubel and Brian Dinkelman each drove in a run in the eighth inning of the Minnesota Twins’ 2-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves in Wednesday’s exhibition finale at Turner Field.
The skinny
Scott Baker threw five shutout innings and struc…

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Twins Daily: Nick Blackburn cruises, Matt Capps scuffles at Atlanta

Matt Capps blew a two-run lead in the ninth inning with help from a Chase Lambin error, and Mauro Gomez homered off Chuck James in the 10th to lift the Atlanta Braves to a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins in the opener of a two-game exhibition…

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Mackey: As camp breaks, Twins have answered all questions — for now

FORT MYERS, Fla. — That’s a wrap.
The Minnesota Twins boarded a flight from Fort Myers to Atlanta on Monday night, putting the Lee County Sports Complex in their rear view mirror.
It sounds cliché, but the Twins accomplished an incredible amoun…

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Live from Florida, Day 40: Morneau hopes to play in season opener

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A rundown of the news, notes and quotes from Monday at Minnesota Twins spring training:
Today’s result
Twins 4, Pirates 3
First baseman Justin Morneau went 1-for-3 with a single in Monday’s spring-training finale, which marked the f…

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Twins retain LHP Scott Diamond, trade RHP Billy Bullock to Braves

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Left-hander Scott Diamond’s status is no longer in limbo.
The Minnesota Twins have retained the Rule-5 draftee in a trade that sent right-hander Billy Bullock to the Atlanta Braves.
Diamond’s status with the Twins was in limbo over …

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Twins Retain Scott Diamond Through Trade

The Twins have retained Rule 5 pick Scott Diamond by working out a trade with the Braves, tweets MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger. The Twins are sending righty relief prospect Billy Bullock to the Braves in the deal. Diamond was assigned outright to Triple-A, according to the Twins. Diamond, a 24-year-old southpaw, posted a 3.46 ERA, 7.0 K/9, 3.1 BB/9, and 0.3 HR/9 in 158 2/3 innings across 27 starts at Double and Triple-A last year. Baseball America ranked him 29th among Twins prospects, noting that his ceiling is as a fourth or fifth starter. Bullock, 23, put up a 3.53 ERA,…

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Quick Hits: Rangers, Angels, Indians, CBA, Slowey

Some links to browse through during your Sunday evening… Add the Rangers to the list of clubs that are not interested in recently released Carlos Silva, reports MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan (on Twitter). The Yankees and Cardinals are also out. The Angels can opt out of their stadium lease in 2016, but owner Arte Moreno told Mike DiGiovanna of The Los Angeles Times that the team has not begun exploring the possibility of building a new stadium. That process would have to start at least four years before the planned opening date. Indians manager Manny Acta told MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian that…

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