Tag:Twins
Posted on: October 3, 2010 8:13 pm
 

MLB releases game times for 1st 4 days

Major League Baseball has announced its schedule for the first four days of division series. All times are Eastern.

Wednesday, Oct. 6
Rangers at Rays, 1:37 p.m.
Reds at Phillies, 5:07 p.m.
Yankees at Twins 8:37 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 7
Rangers at Rays, 2:37 p.m.
Yankees at Twins, 6:07 p.m.
Braves at Giants, 9:37 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 8
Reds at Phillies, 6:07 p.m.
Braves at Giants, 9:37 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 9
Rays at Rangers, 5:07 p.m.
Twins at Yankees, 8:37 p.m.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 3, 2010 4:54 pm
 

Red Sox win gives Rays AL East title

In the middle of a tie game in the ninth inning in Kansas City, Tampa Bay Rays players high-fived each other because the Red Sox completed their 8-4 victory over the Yankees, giving Tampa Bay the American League East title.

That nails down the American League playoff picture, it'll be Rays-Rangers and Yankees-Twins.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 1, 2010 10:00 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2010 10:45 pm
 

Morneau's workout goes well

Justin Morneau Justin Morneau's Thursday workout went well, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told MLB.com's Kelly Theiser .

"Everything went great. He felt great," Gardenhire said. "He did a lot of work yesterday."

Morneau didn't work out Friday.

The Twins have already said Morneau wouldn't be available for the first round of the playoffs, but the ALCS could be a different story.

Morneau hasn't played since suffering a concussion on July 7.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 1, 2010 2:01 am
Edited on: October 1, 2010 2:01 am
 

Twins' Rauch could miss first round

Jon Rauch
The Twins have had their share (and then some) of late-season injuries, and now they get to deal with another.

Reliever Jon Rauch, who has been bothered for a while by a sore left knee, experienced a recent worsening of the injury and on Thursday had "a lot of fluid" drained, as manager Ron Gardenhire told 1500espn.com. (That is not be be confused with having fluid drained onto his head, as pictured here.)

Rauch also got a cortisone shot in the knee, which requires a few days off. He'll miss the remaining regular-season games, but the troubling part is that Gardenhire said Rauch might not be ready to take a spot on the playoff roster for the first round.

"We'll have to determine whether he's even going to be fit for the playoff roster," Gardenhire said. "We'll just have to see that on the days off.

"He's been getting treatment on it, but he's always been able to pitch. Today he was seeing the doctor this afternoon, and before the game he came in and told me they drained his knee and took a lot of fluid off of it."

Rauch has been nails in the right-handed setup role for the Twins this season, and knee pain or not, he's been especially good recently. He has made 12 September appearances and allowed a run in just one of them, posting a 1.80 ERA with eight strikeouts against two walks.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Tags: Jon Rauch, Twins
 
Posted on: September 29, 2010 10:52 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2010 4:46 pm
 

Morneau to work out with Twins

Justin Morneau Twins manager Ron Gardenhire warns not to read too much into the fact Justin Morneau will work out with the team on Thursday, but it does have to be a positive sign.

"He's going to work with us not he field and take some ground balls and hit some BP, and there's no sense in going any farther than that," Gardenhire told reporters, including the St. Paul Pioneer Press ' Kelsie Smith . "People want to know [when he'll be back]. We want to know, too. But let's let him work out.

"Does it make a difference if he's with us? That's an obvious. Goodness gracious, if you had a Justin Morneau in your lineup, that'd be wonderful. BUt he hasn't played in 2 1/2 months and all of a sudden he's going to make the playoff roster and play? You're jumping the gun."

Morneau hasn't played since suffering a concussion on July 7. He is expected to take batting practice and field ground balls before Thursday's game against Toronto at Target Field. The Twins return from Kansas City tonight.

The Twins could certainly use a healthy Morneau in the playoffs, but at this point, it seems tough to expect him to be in MVP form after not playing for nearly three months. Gardenhire said Morneau still has "a long way to go."

However, the Twins should be applauded for taking every precaution with Morneau and his injury, especially since it isn't his first concussion, and so much is still unknown about the effects of concussions.

The Twins also expect to get Joe Mauer back in the lineup on Thursday. He worked out with the team and expects to serve as the team's designated hitter against the Blue Jays, MLB.com's Robert Falkoff writes .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 29, 2010 12:02 am
Edited on: September 29, 2010 12:06 am
 

No playoff preference for Maddon

Joe Maddon Joe Maddon said he had no preference in whether his Rays face the Twins or Rangers in the first round of the American League playoffs.

Naturally, he'd rather face the Rangers because that would mean the Rays won the division -- but as far as matchups, he told reporters following the team's 5-0 playoff-clinching victory over the Orioles that he didn't favor either.

"Honestly I don't," Maddon told Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times . "All that stuff is so arbitrary, it's just a flip of the coin. Who ever's playing better during that time period is going to win."

The Rays won their division in front of 17,981 fans at Tropicana Field. The Rays finish their home season tomorrow against the Orioles before heading to Kansas City for four games. The Yankees have one more game with the Blue Jays before finishing with three in Boston.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 24, 2010 2:15 pm
 

Morneau unlikely to play again in 2010

Justin Morneau Justin Morneau is unlikely to return to the Twins in time for the regular season, and the postseason is doubtful as well.

"I don't see how it can possibly happen for him," manager Ron Gardenhire told Phil Mackey of ESPN 1500 . Morneau suffered a concussion earlier this season, last playing July 7 of a season shaping up to be MVP-caliber.

In 348 plate appearances, Morneau had 18 home runs and a .345/.437/.618 line anchoring the middle of the Twins' order.

Gardenhire did say Morneau has been improving as of late, but time is simply running out.

The Twins have moved forward by slotting Michael Cuddyer in first base, shifting from right field. Jason Kubel and Delmon Young have seen increased playing time in the outfield as well while Jim Thome adds to his Hall of Fame career by receiving the bulk of starts at designated hitter.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 24, 2010 1:15 pm
 

Thome may retire if he gets a ring

Jim Thome Jim Thome plans to play again in 2011 after a wildly successful 2010 with the Twins puts him at a .280/.412/.631 line with 25 jacks in 335 plate appearances.

However, if Minnesota somehow pulls off a World Series victory in 2010, that would hand Thome his first ring after appearances in the 1995 and 1997 series. And to hear Thome tell it, that might make him walk away from the game.

"There would be nothing better than going out with a ring, I think," the 39-year-old told the St. Paul Pioneer Press . "That would be something very special. We'd have to sit down over the winter and really think it out. I don't know; we'll see what happens."

Thome would certainly command a raise over the $1.5-million base salary he's earning. His 2009, split between the White Sox and Dodgers, represented a .847 OPS that was his lowest since an injury-shortened 2005 and prior to that, was his worst since a part-time season back in 1991, when he was 22. The resurgent year, however, has shown Thome can still hack it with the best of them despite what baseball constitutes as old age.

However, would he return to the Twins?

With the emergence of Delmon Young, that answer is not easy. Justin Morneau will man first next season while Michael Cuddyer would return to the outfield alongside Denard Span and Young, with Jason Kubel the primary DH and rotating into the outfield. That squeezes Thome out of a full-time job -- and even a part-time one with solid playing time.

If Thome plays beyond 2010, he'll likely have to find a new home to DH. A return to the White Sox make sense, although manager Ozzie Guillen still resists the idea of a full-time DH, preferring to pay part-time players with part-time talent to rotate throughout the field. The Yankees are another possibility, as Thome's home-run power would play incredibly well at Yankee Stadium.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Tags: Jim Thome, Twins
 
 
 
 
 
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