Monthly Archives: January 2012

Mackey: Twins’ brass selling some hope, but will it backfire?

Every year at the end of January, TwinsFest signals the end of the offseason for the Minnesota Twins and the beginning of their road to Fort Myers.
This year, judging by the comments of Twins executives and decision-makers, TwinsFest felt more like the…

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Pat Neshek signs deal with Baltimore Orioles; wants to limit the walks

Former Minnesota Twins right-hander Pat Neshek is back in the American League.
The 31-year-old sidewinder signed a one-year minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles on Monday.
“I loved just about everything about San Diego and it was hard not being…

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Zulgad’s Roundup: Twins GM expects big things from starting rotation

Terry Ryan has said since the November day he moved into the general manager’s office at Target Field that he doesn’t feel he is overseeing a rebuilding project with the Minnesota Twins.
The Twins, however, are coming off a 99-loss season and seem…

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Joe Mauer says ‘this is the best I’ve felt in a long time’

MINNEAPOLIS — At this time last season, Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer — less than two months removed from knee surgery — had serious doubts about whether he’d be ready for opening day.
Mauer never made those doubts known publicly, possibly even …

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AL Central Links: Indians, Fielder, Span, Thome

Happy birthday to right-hander Gavin Floyd, who is 29 years old today. With the number of Floyd trade rumors we’ve heard this winter, you wonder if this could be Floyd’s last birthday as a member of the White Sox. Here’s the latest from the AL Central… Indians manager Manny Acta told reporters at a Town Hall event today (including MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian) that he wants the team to pick up another bat. "I do hope that something happens," Acta said. "Chris [Antonetti] has worked really hard…about trying to acquire a hitter or two. It’s not a secret, we need some…

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Notebook: Pavano to start opening day; bullpen ‘the biggest question’

MINNEAPOLIS — During a media luncheon at Target Field on Friday, Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire confirmed Carl Pavano will start opening day against the Baltimore Orioles on April 6.
“He’s going to start opening day on the road, and then we sh…

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Former pitcher Camilo Pascual elected to Twins Hall of Fame

The Minnesota Twins’ first pitching ace will be honored by the club this summer.
Camilo Pascual, who moved from Washington with the Senators in 1961 to pitch for the Twins, has been elected to the team’s Hall of Fame. Team&nbsp…

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Twins’ Denard Span feeling good, and Ron Gardenhire wants him in CF

MINNEAPOLIS — Denard Span says he feels the best he has in two years and will be ready to go when the Minnesota Twins open spring training next month.
If he’s right, there’s no doubt in manager Ron Gardenhire’s mind about Span’s role.
“He’s going to l…

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Minor Moves: Sweeney, Tuiasosopo, Redding, Cabrera

The latest minor league deals… The Mariners signed former MLB reliever Brian Sweeney to a minor league contract, MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports. Sweeney spent the 2011 season with the Mets’ top affiliate and last appeared in the Majors with the 2010 Mariners. The Twins signed left-hander Luke French, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports (Twitter links). French owns a 4.99 ERA with 4.6 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 in 155 Major League innings. The Mets signed infielder Matt Tuiasosopo, who picked up MLB experience with the Mariners from 2008-10, Eddy reports. The Blue Jays signed right-hander Tim Redding and left-hander Bill…

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Twins announce they’ll retire former manager Tom Kelly’s No. 10 jersey

Tom Kelly is about to join rare company.
The Minnesota Twins announced late Thursday they’ll retire their former manager’s uniform No. 10 as part of Tom Kelly Day before their Sept. 8 game against the Cleveland Indians at Targe…

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