October 2, 2002 |
In the first two postseason innings of their lives, the young Minnesota Twins made three errors, allowed four unearned runs and reached their boiling point. It wasn't the way October was supposed to be for the Twins, particularly the ones who have dreamed of the playoffs since their days together in the low minors. There was an emotional dugout scene - and the jitters evaporated, replaced by hard-nosed play and growing confidence. A.J. Pierzynski had four hits, and Corey Koskie homered and drove in three runs as the Twins overcame an early deficit and a series of fielding blunders to beat the Oakland Athletics, 7-5, yesterday in the first game of the American League Division Series.
September 10, 2011 |
Minnesota - in last place, 22 games out - has figured out what went wrong this season and taken steps to fix it. That's right - the Twins gave Rochester Red Wings manager Tom Nieto and hitting coach Floyd Rayford the heave-ho Friday. That should at least make the big club the AL Central favorites next season. Nieto, a former Twins catcher, lost at least 90 games in two seasons as triple-A skipper. But injuries at the major-league level this season meant the Twins, just to field a full squad in Minneapolis, had to grab players such as Luke Hughes and Trevor Plouffe away from their apprenticeships on Lake Ontario.
August 11, 2011 |
Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said an ESPN report accusing his team of stealing signs had "zero truth" to it. ESPN cited four unnamed relievers from an AL team who claim the Jays used a man in the stands to steal signs and signal to the batter during a game in 2010. According to the article, the man would raise his arms to indicate an offspeed pitch, and leave them by his side if a fastball was coming. Blue Jays fans and players had some fun with the allegations during Wednesday's game.
March 29, 2013 |
When the two men sat in a cafeteria at Bright House Field two springs ago, there was no acrimony. Ruben Amaro Jr. unveiled a three-year extension for Charlie Manuel, a contract that would make him one of the highest-paid managers in baseball. "More than likely," Manuel said then, "I'll stay around as long as they'll have me. " When a disappointing 81-81 season ended last October, the two men faced a row of cameras in the basement of Citizens Bank Park to explain what would change.
September 23, 2010
Twins 5, Indians 1 MINNEAPOLIS - With the division title secured, most of Minnesota's regulars rested, but the Twins still beat Cleveland behind the pitching of Nick Blackburn to complete a three-game sweep. "With home-field advantage still at stake, these guys are going to play," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It doesn't matter who I put out there, you're going to get a great effort. " Blackburn (10-10) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings. Jose Morales drove in three runs and Alexei Casilla had three hits for the Twins, who have won nine of 11 and improved their record at Target Field to 52-25.
April 12, 2010 |
Lee moves closer to making his Seattle debut Cliff Lee took another step toward joining the Seattle Mariners' rotation, throwing 45 pitches off the bullpen mound before Sunday's game against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said he was encouraged by what he saw from Lee, who is on the 15-day disabled list with an abdominal strain and is expected to miss the first month of the season. "He feels like he's ready to go," Wakamatsu said. The 2008 Cy Young Award winner, obtained from the Phillies in December, will throw a 60-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday and a 35-40 pitch simulated game on Friday.
October 1, 2007 |
Torii Hunter took off his Twins uniform - maybe for the last time, as he is about to become a free agent - after coming out of Minnesota's season finale yesterday and spent time reflecting about his days with the organization. "I came in here after the seventh inning, sat at my locker and looked around," Hunter said after helping the visiting Twins to a 3-2 win over the Red Sox. "I can't believe it's real. Anything can happen in the offseason. The negative side is I might not be here.
October 12, 2002 |
The Minnesota Twins made a lineup change in right field last night for Game 3 of the American League Championship Series. The Anaheim Angels did not. After watching rookie Michael Cuddyer play the position shakily during the Twins' 6-3 loss to the Angels on Thursday night at the Metrodome, manager Ron Gardenhire decided to start Dustan Mohr in his place as the best-of-seven series shifted to Edison Field. Anaheim, meanwhile, received good news when rightfielder Tim Salmon was declared fit to play.
January 4, 2002 |
In another sign baseball is unlikely to eliminate any teams this year, the Minnesota Twins called a news conference for today to announce their new manager, with third-base coach Ron Gardenhire expected to get the job. After longtime manager Tom Kelly resigned in October, Gardenhire and bench coach Paul Molitor emerged as the finalists. But the Twins suspended their hiring efforts after baseball owners voted Nov. 6 to eliminate two teams before the 2002 season, and Molitor withdrew.