Minnesota Twins

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Stairs Powers Jays Past Twins

(Newser) - Matt Stairs homered and scored twice for the struggling Blue Jays' offense in Toronto's 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. Lyle Overbay and former Twin Shannon Stewart each had two hits, including RBI-doubles, for the Jays, who scored at least five runs in a game for just... More »

Livan Hernandez Pitches Twins Past Red Sox 7-3

Buchholz done in despite Twins' lack of power hitting

(Newser) - Livan Hernandez won again, Craig Monroe contributed another big hit, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 7-3 on Monday night to win the four-game series. Manny Ramirez finally went deep, hitting career homer No. 498 in the first inning for the Red Sox. The two-run shot was... More »

Twins Start Swinging Lumber, Belt 3 Homers

(Newser) - Craig Monroe went 2-for-4 with two of light-hitting Minnesota's three home runs and four RBI, and the Twins hung on for a 9-8 victory over the Boston Red Sox tonight. Joe Nathan gave up two runs in the ninth but still managed to record his 12th save in as many... More »

Dice-K, 4 Homers Carry Red Sox to Win

Bottom of lineup is major source of power against the Twins

(Newser) - The Boston Red Sox got an unexpected power surge from the bottom of their lineup to help Daisuke Matsuzaka remain undefeated with a 5-2 victory over Minnesota on Saturday. Coco Crisp and Jed Lowrie hit back-to-back homers to lead off the seventh inning and Matsuzaka (6-0) gave up two runs... More »

Twins Jump Over Red Sox, Beat Papelbon

Lamb has key hit in ninth-inning rally for Minnesota

(Newser) - Struggling Mike Lamb lifted the Minnesota Twins past the Boston Red Sox 7-6 last night with a two-run single in the ninth against Jonathan Papelbon, who blew his second consecutive save opportunity. Delmon Young led off the ninth with a single, and advanced on a sacrifice by Matt Tolbert. Adam... More »

White Sox Beat Twins, 6-2

(Newser) - Jermaine Dye homered for the third straight game while Juan Uribe added a go-ahead two-run drive in the fifth to help the struggling Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 6-2 last night. John Danks (3-3) made it through five innings, giving up six hits and two runs, and Chicago... More »

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