December 7, 2011 |
When he left the Boston Red Sox, Terry Francona said the players needed to hear from a new voice. ESPN thinks Francona's voice will be an excellent fit for its baseball coverage. The network hired Francona to replace analyst Bobby Valentine , who is Boston's new manager. Francona described the switch as a win-win situation for the team and the network. He also said he'll probably sleep better than Valentine. Cubs and Pujols Cubs president Theo Epstein and Dan Lozano , Albert Pujols ' agent, met Monday at the winter meetings in Dallas.
November 9, 2011
Tuesday was a busy day for the Phillies. In addition to negotiating with free-agent closer Ryan Madson, they entertained Michael Cuddyer, the versatile free agent who has played his entire career in Minnesota. Fox29 first reported Cuddyer's visit, which was confirmed by a baseball source. Cuddyer, 32, hit .284 with 29 doubles, 20 home runs, and 70 RBIs for the Twins last season and is a career .272 hitter. He can fill in at a lot of positions, including first base. After signing with the Phils on Friday, Jim Thome called Cuddyer one of the best teammates he has had. The righthanded hitter would give the Phils a valuable bat against lefthanded pitching.
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.
May 7, 2011 |
Trevor Plouffe hit his first homer of the season and Scott Baker pitched eight strong innings for the Minnesota Twins, who capitalized on several Boston blunders in a 9-2 win over the Red Sox last night in Fenway Park. Minnesota scored twice on balks and took advantage of a pair of errors by the Red Sox, who have allowed 21 runs in their last two games. Baker (2-2) allowed seven hits, struck out eight and walked one for the Twins, who have won three straight for just the second time this season.
April 22, 2011 |
There's a reason why Jim Thome is on the brink of joining the 600-home run club. The 40-year-old has worked hard at his craft since breaking into the big leagues 20 years ago, and nothing has changed in his second season with the Minnesota Twins. Thome hit his 591st career home run and had two RBI to back a dominating pitching performance by Scott Baker, and the Twins beat the Baltimore Orioles, 3-1, last night to salvage a split of a four-game series at Camden Yards. Thome hit a solo home run in the second inning and added an RBI single in the sixth.
April 22, 2010 |
Kevin Youkilis hit an RBI double off the base of the left-centerfield wall with two outs in the 12th inning and the Boston Red Sox beat visiting Texas, 8-7, last night, sending the Rangers to their sixth straight loss. It was Boston's second straight last at-bat win after losing its previous five games. J.D. Drew hit a grand slam and Darnell McDonald homered in his second straight game for Boston. Josh Hamilton hit a three-run homer in the Texas seventh that made it 7-all.
April 16, 2010 |
Dana Eveland pitched six innings, Travis Snider homered and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the visiting Chicago White Sox, 7-3, last night. Alex Gonzalez matched a career high with four hits and had three RBI as the Blue Jays improved to 7-3. One night after a stadium-low crowd of 10,610 watched an 11-1 loss, attendance jumped slightly to 10,744 for the series finale. Eveland (2-0) allowed two runs and three hits in six-plus innings. He walked three and struck out four. "I'm pleased with the way it's going so far," said Eveland, who joined Toronto in an offseason trade with Oakland.
October 5, 2009 |
The chase for the AL Central championship once again is going to extra innings. Trying to save their seasons, the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins both won yesterday, leaving them all even for the division lead and forcing a one-game tiebreaker. The winner will advance to a division series with the Yankees. They will meet tomorrow evening at the Metrodome in Minneapolis in what could be the final baseball game at the Homer Hankie haven. Detroit rookie Rick Porcello (14-9)
May 22, 2009 |
After some recent frustrations, the Minnesota Twins took their anger out on the baseball. Joe Mauer hit a grand slam, two doubles and drove in a career-high six runs as the visiting Twins routed the White Sox yesterday, 20-1, matching Chicago's most-lopsided loss in team history. "I think a lot frustration came out today," said Mauer, whose Twins had lost the first six games of their road trip before winning big on getaway day. "We had a rough trip. It was nice to get some runs.