April 17, 2013 |
MIKE NAPOLI hit a three-run double in Boston's seven-run second inning and the Red Sox, playing with heavy hearts the day after the deadly bombings back home, beat the host Cleveland Indians, 7-2, on Tuesday night. Boston's players were already en route to Cleveland when they learned of the explosions near the Boston Marathon's finish line that killed three and injured more than 170. The Red Sox were hoping to bring some relief to those affected by the tragedy, and they may have while winning their fourth straight.
August 30, 2012
The Minnesota Twins have placed all-star catcher Joe Mauer on trade waivers, according to a report by Fox Sports. The report said the waivers on Mauer expired Wednesday. Twins general manager Terry Ryan declined to comment. Mauer has a no-trade clause in his contract, so he'd have to approve any deal. Plus, he's due $23 million annually through the 2018 season. That's a huge chunk of change for any team to take on, particularly for a player with a history of injuries who'll turn 30 next April.
April 13, 2012 |
THE CLEVELAND Indians may have found a boost for their stagnant offense. The team has reached agreement on a $1.25 million, 1-year contract with free-agent outfielder Johnny Damon, a person familiar with the deal said Thursday. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, because the Indians had not yet announced the agreement. Damon, 38, is 277 hits from 3,000 and was looking to catch on with a team to prolong his career. Agent Scott Boras has worked out a deal with Indians general manager Chris Antonetti, who has been looking for a player to help a Cleveland team off to a 1-4 start and batting only .176 - worst in the majors.
September 19, 2011 |
The Twins, it seems, just can't win for losing. On the heels of losing former MVP Joe Mauer on Friday for the rest of the season because of pneumonia, the team announced Sunday that their other MVP, Justin Morneau , will likely be out for the rest of the season. Morneau has concussion symptoms and a cyst on his left knee that needs to be removed, meaning that the slugger would have played in only 69 games this season. Morneau, who missed two months because of neck surgery, hit .227 with four homers and 30 RBIs.
August 22, 2011 |
EVEN WITH Alex Rodriguez back in the lineup for the first time in more than 6 weeks, the New York Yankees still found themselves needing an offensive spark in the later innings against Minnesota. And manager Joe Girardi wasn't surprised that Curtis Granderson was provided it. Granderson flew around the bases for an inside-the-park home run to help the Yankees to a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis yesterday in A-Rod's first game back since July 7. "Nothing he does really surprises me anymore," Girardi said of Granderson.
August 17, 2011 |
JUSTIN VERLANDER allowed one run over 7 2/3 innings to become baseball's first 18-game winner, and the Detroit Tigers breezed to an easy, 7-1 victory over the visiting Minnesota Twins last night. Verlander (18-5) labored through a 29-pitch first inning but settled down after that, allowing seven hits in another impressive outing. He struck out eight to surpass 200 on the year, walked one and lowered his ERA to 2.31. Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs for the Tigers, and Ramon Santiago hit his third home run of the season, a solo shot in the sixth.
August 13, 2011 |
After being out for more than two months, first baseman Justin Morneau is back with the Twins, just in time for their long climb back to respectability. Minnesota, which was once thought to be a bona fide contender for the pennant, reinstated the 2009 AL MVP before Friday night's game at Cleveland. Morneau's return means the 52-65 Twins are finally nearing full strength. Morneau and fellow all-star Joe Mauer (another former MVP) have been the same lineup just nine of the last 198 games, including the playoffs.
June 13, 2011
Twins getting closer to full strength Good news for languishing-in-last-place-in-the-AL-Central Minnesota: All-star catcher Joe Mauer , rehabbing in Fort Myers, could return to the Twins by the end of the week. Mauer, a career .326 hitter, was batting .235 when he went on the DL in the middle of April with bilateral leg weakness. Now if the Twins could only get designated hitter Jim Thome (quadriceps) back. All right already, Carmona's sorry Cleveland pitcher Fausto Carmona has said he didn't mean to hit Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira with a pitch Friday night, an incident that cleared the benches and stoked the bad blood between the two teams.
September 23, 2010 |
Minnesota the first in Last season, the Twins needed a one-game decider against the Detroit Tigers to get into the division series, and then were swept by the New York Yankees. This season, Minnesota became the first team in the majors to grab a division title, by rallying for a 6-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians and then getting some help from the Oakland A's, who set down the Chicago White Sox, 7-2, on Tuesday night. Though the Twins clinched with 11 games left to play, it wasn't easy.
June 20, 2010 |
MINNEAPOLIS - Thanks to Target Field, their new, post-retro ballpark in this city's warehouse district, the Twins, those paragons of Midwestern thrift, at last have a little pocket change. But, like the contented miser who awakes one day to find he's won the lottery, the newfound wealth also concerns this historically frugal franchise. All around baseball, people are asking the same question: Will money spoil the Twins? "We don't want to change the way we work," said general manager Bill Smith.