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Yanks' Rivera Makes Record 602nd Save

Fans third Twins batter to ice it

(Newser) - Mariano Rivera set the major league record with his 602nd career save, pitching a perfect ninth inning today to preserve the New York Yankees' 6-4 win over the Minnesota Twins. With fans standing and cheering from his first pitch to his last, Rivera retired Trevor Plouffe, Michael Cuddyer, and Chris... More »

Jim Thome Hits 600th Homer... Without Steroids

Baseball's 'nicest guy' joins select club

(Newser) - With two home runs last night against the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twin Jim Thome became the eighth ballplayer ever to hit 600 out of the park. Perhaps most remarkable about this feat is that he achieved it without steroids—unlike many of the other top sluggers of his era, writes... More »

Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew Dead at 74

Minnesota Twins slugger is 11th on all-time home run list

(Newser) - Harmon Killebrew, the Minnesota Twins slugger known for his tape-measure home runs, has died at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 74. The team said Killebrew died peacefully this morning with his wife, Nita, and their family at his side. He had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer in December.... More »

Twins' Francisco Liriano Throws No-Hitter

Minnesota pitcher shuts out Chicago White Sox

(Newser) - Francisco Liriano pitched the major league's first no-hitter of the season, throwing his first career complete game in the Minnesota Twins' 1-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox tonight. Liriano (2-4) walked six and struck out two, throwing 123 pitches in the 95th major league start for the 27-year-old... More »

Dallas Braden Pitches Perfect Game for A's

Oakland ace tosses majors' 19th perfecto

(Newser) - Dallas Braden pitched the Athletics' first perfect game in 42 years and just the 19th in major league history today, dazzling the majors' hottest team in recording a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Oakland. Braden threw his arms in the air after Gabe Kapler grounded out to... More »

Twins Batter Hits Mom With Foul Ball

She's OK, but Denard Span ended up striking out

(Newser) - Minnesota Twins player Denard Span had a scary, odds-defying moment in today's spring training game. He lined a foul ball into the stands and struck his own mother—wearing his jersey, of course—in the chest. Span sprinted to her side as the game came to a halt. Wanda Wilson... More »

Time to Ditch Umps? (Or at Least Some of Them)

Machines might be able to do this job better

(Newser) - Joe Mauer smashed a ball to left field in the 11th inning Friday, and it landed fair, a foot inside the line. But it won’t show up on any box score, because umpire Phil Cuzzi, standing just 10 feet away, ruled it foul. It’s just one of several... More »

Yankees, Angels Wrap Up Series Sweeps

With Dodgers in NLCS, only Philly-Colorado remains up in the air

(Newser) - The Yankees wrapped up a sweep of the Twins tonight in Minneapolis, getting homers from Jorge Posada and suddenly clutch Alex Rodriguez in a 6-1 win. They advance to face the Angels, who mounted an unlikely ninth-inning comeback this afternoon, scoring off Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon three times and... More »

Sabathia, Yankees Overpower Minnesota in Game 1

Jeter leads offensive assault as New York cruises 7-2

(Newser) - Derek Jeter and CC Sabathia got the New York Yankees off to a winning postseason start in their new ballpark—and even Alex Rodriguez broke out of his playoff rut against the Minnesota Twins. Jeter tied it with a two-run homer, Sabathia was the ace the Yankees signed him to... More »

In Classic, Twins Clip Tigers for Final Playoff Spot

Minnesota earns right to face Yankees with 6-5 victory in 12 innings

(Newser) - The Minnesota Twins rallied twice tonight, including in extra innings, to beat the Detroit Tigers in a one-game playoff to decide the American League Central division, winning 6-5 in 12 innings and grabbing baseball’s final postseason spot. It’ll be a quick turnaround for the Twins, who begin their... More »

Mauer Has a Real Shot at .400

(Newser) - Opponents don’t spend much time looking at the scouting report for Joe Mauer, because it shows that the Minnesota Twins catcher doesn’t strike out, doesn’t pop up, and has no holes in his swing—and that’s no misprint. That’s why Mauer, currently hitting .394, has... More »

Boston's Pedroia Wins American League MVP

Second baseman, last season's top rookie, beats out Minnesota's Morneau, teammate Youkilis

(Newser) - Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was named the American League’s Most Valuable Player today, the Globe reports, beating out Minnesota’s Justin Morneau and Red Sox teammate Kevin Youkilis. Pedroia, 25, was the AL’s top rookie last season, and finished 2008 with a league-leading 213 hits,... More »

ChiSox Win Playoff for AL Central

Winner gets day off, begins series against Tampa Bay on Thursday

(Newser) - Jim Thome’s seventh-inning home run propelled the Chicago White Sox to a 1-0 victory tonight over the visiting Minnesota Twins in a one-game playoff to decide the American League’s Central Division. The White Sox bullpen made it stand up in clinching the South Siders a berth in a... More »

Ramirez Slam Lifts Chisox Into 1-Game Playoff

(Newser) - Alexei Ramirez spread his arms wide and raced around the bases like a little kid. The White Sox would play one more day. Ramirez set a rookie record with his fourth grand slam of the season, and Chicago beat Detroit 8-2 in a rainout makeup today, forcing a one-game tiebreaker... More »

Sox a Game Away From Twins Showdown

5-1 win over Indians leaves tough Tigers last obstacle to playoff

(Newser) - The American League Central Division crown is still up for grabs with the resounding White Sox win yesterday over the Cleveland Indians, 5-1, snapping a five-game losing streak. The Sox—a half game behind the Minnesota Twins—play a make-up game against the Detroit Tigers today. If the Sox lose,... More »

Rays Score First Replay Reversal

Fan interference call dropped on homer; Rays topple Twins 11-1

(Newser) - A Twins fan's near-catch caused MLB's first-ever instant replay reversal yesterday, the St Petersburg Times reports. Carlos Pena's 3-run homer was initially ruled a double for fan interference after the first-base umpire thought he saw a fan touch the ball while it was in play. The replay showed that contact... More »

MLB's Midterm Report Cards

Rays at the head of the class—Rockies, Marlins at the back

(Newser) - Report card time! Here’s how the rambunctious kids of MLB are doing so far, in Yahoo Sports’ Steven Henson’s estimation. A students—Rays, Red Sox, Cubs, Angels, White Sox Particular kudos go to the Rays, the poor kid who went to the head of the class. B students—... More »

Blackburn Pitches Twins Past Rockies

Mauer has early RBI; Young ignites winning rally in seventh

(Newser) - Nick Blackburn pitched seven strong innings and Delmon Young doubled twice and scored two runs to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night. Blackburn (4-2) struck out five and didn't walk a batter to help the Twins end a three-game skid. Joe... More »

Pinch-Hitting Inglett Lift Jays Over Twins

Toronto completes three-game series sweep of Minnesota

(Newser) - Still stuck in last place and minus injured leader Vernon Wells, the streaky Toronto Blue Jays needed to reconstruct their confidence. This was a successful first step: A three-game sweep at Minnesota. Dustin McGowan survived his wildness without much damage, the bullpen was spotless and Joe Inglett picked up his... More »

Stairs' Slam Lifts Jays Over Twins

(Newser) - Matt Stairs hit a grand slam and Roy Halladay rebounded from a shaky start to help the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5 on Wednesday night. Halladay (4-5) has been the victim of poor run support all season, getting only 3.14 runs per outing entering Wednesday. Stairs'... More »

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