Monthly Archives: April 2011

Twins Daily: Bullpen collapse extends losing streak to five games

There is no end in sight to the Minnesota Twins’ losing streak. For the second straight game, the Twins (9-17) fell apart down the stretch. The Kansas City Royals (14-13) scored eight runs in the eighth inning, sending the Twins to their fifth consecut…

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Dead Money: Paying Players To Play Elsewhere

Eating money in trades or by releasing players is far from an ideal business practice, but sometimes it’s a necessary evil. The Mets believe they are better off paying Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo a combined $18MM not to be on their team this year, and released the two just last month. David Wharton of The Los Angeles Times wrote about the concept of "dead money" today, speaking to Dodgers GM Ned Colletti, sports economist J.C. Bradbury, and Scott Boras. With some help from Cot’s Baseball Contracts, let’s look at the teams that are paying players to be anywhere but…

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Twins Daily: Eighth-inning debacle yields fourth consecutive loss

Even a stellar outing by Scott Baker couldn’t help the Minnesota Twins put an end to their losing woes. The Twins blew an eighth-inning lead over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night and lost their fourth straight game 4-3.
The skinny
After a forgett…

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Gardenhire: If Liriano struggles again, Slowey could rejoin rotation

Francisco Liriano may only have one more start to get on track.
Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told 1500 ESPN on Friday the team is stretching out Kevin Slowey on his rehabilitation assignment and could swap him into Liriano’s spot in the rotat…

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Twins option Anthony Swarzak, recall fellow right-hander Alex Burnett

MINNEAPOLIS — The game of musical chairs continues for the Minnesota Twins.
Needing a fresh bullpen arm after burning so many pitchers against Tampa Bay, the Twins optioned Thursday night’s starter Swarzak back to Triple-A Rochester in favor of Burnet…

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Twins Daily: ‘Somebody needs to step up’ after Rays rule doubleheader

MINNEAPOLIS — Ravaged by injuries, plagued by an offensive power outage, and saddled with sub-par pitching performances, the Minnesota Twins never gave themselves a chance in Thursday’s day-night doubleheader sweep at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Frustrated Mauer unsure of return date; ‘I’m trying to get there’

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer spoke to reporters between doubleheader games at Target Field on Thursday, reiterating many of the same points made by head athletic trainer Rick McWane earlier in the day. Mauer was eligible to come off…

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Heyman On Lincecum, Cano, Votto, Weaver, Dodgers

Ryan Braun’s $105MM, five-year contract extension through 2020 seemed like it came out of nowhere, but a ton of other young stars also appear to be in line for new deals, writes Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated. Heyman runs down the 20-somethings that could get hefty contract extensions and touches on a few other things in today’s column.. Giants ace Tim Lincecum won’t be a free agent until after the 2013 season, but San Francisco would be wise to lock him up before his arbitration numbers get out of hand. A third Cy Young season could potentially bring Lincecum from…

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