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Twins tests come back negative; series with Athletics begins tomorrow

Twins tests come back negative; series with Athletics begins tomorrow

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports BASEBALL A bit of good news! After a elongated absence from baseball, the Minnesota Twins will be hitting the road again. Games will resume pretty quickly from the sounds of it, according to Betsy Helfand of the St Paul Pioneer Press: The Twins have no new positives from this round of COVID-19 testing, a source confirmed. They're traveling up to Oakland tonight and their doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow.— Betsy Helfand (@betsyhelfand) April 20, 2021 There is no word yet on how the rest of the series with the...
3 hours ago
When Twins baseball first came home

When Twins baseball first came home

Photo by /Star Tribune via The first “last ups”, if you will After the newly-christened 1961 Minnesota Twins won their first contest in improbable fashion over the New York Yankees, the hot start continued during that season-opening road trip. Sitting at a lofty 5-1 after the East Coast swing, the Twins officially crossed the threshold of their new home—Metropolitan Stadium—in Bloomington on April 21. It proved, in three distinct ways, to be a rather odd beginning for the concept of Twins Territory. Oddity #1: The team in Met Stadium’s visitors dugout was the...
7 hours ago
Perhaps this break will help the Twins afterall

Perhaps this break will help the Twins afterall

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ Lets get this out of the way first: It’s never good for anyone to get sick, and especially with the current version of the COVID virus. I would much prefer this outbreak hadn’t occurred among the Twins, but perhaps this sow’s ear might also look a bit like a silk purse, if you squint hard enough The Twins were playing very bad baseball when this pandemic hit. The first domino to fall to a positive test was Andrelton Simmons, who has strong personally convictions about vaccienes, but Kyle Garlick, who has been vaccinated,...
8 hours ago
Slow: Tortuga Pitching shirts are here, and you know you need one

Slow: Tortuga Pitching shirts are here, and you know you need one

The other night, in a blowout loss to the Angels, the Twins did the one thing left in their arsenal to keep me interested in the game — they put Willians Astudillo on the mound. Their super-utility man came through, pitching a clean inning to finish the game. He also put up some hilariously solid advanced stat numbers, but of course this is the smallest of small samples. The best part of this was this his pitches ranged between 46 and 72 miles per hour, speeds attainable by even an old Volkswagen. If you missed it, here is every glorious pitch in one compilation Here is...
Apr 18, 2021
Thoughts on a Target Field return

Thoughts on a Target Field return

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ Not perfect, but progress On September 14, 2019, my Mom and I attended a Twins/Cleveland contest on the shore of Lake Erie. We saw the visiting Bomba Squad literally knock the home denizens out of the game and figuratively remove them from the pennant race. I didn’t get back to Target Field the rest of that month. As I’ve said numerous times in the past year-and-change, I had no idea how long it would take for me to walk through those gates again. Fortunately, this past weekend I was able to put that streak to bed. On April...
Apr 17, 2021
Twins/Angels postponed due to COVID-19 issues

Twins/Angels postponed due to COVID-19 issues

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports The team’s first postponement hits Saturday, in the wake of a positive test last week. A few days ago,news came out of the Twins camp when Andrelton Simmons hit the IL after testing positive for COVID-19. The team resumed play uninterrupted, finishing off a homestand and traveling to Los Angeles. Now, however, they’ll take a pause of indeterminate length. Twins-Angels game postponed due to COVID-19 issues with Twins.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 17, 2021 In postgame pressers since Simmons’ positive test, members of the...
Apr 17, 2021
Controversy? Lets talk about a real controversy.

Controversy? Lets talk about a real controversy.

Photo by Ed Zurga/ But Mike Trout probably only wants to talk about the weather We have to do something about the name “Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.” We simply must. We can’t let this develop into the “New York Mets of Queens,” or the “Kansas City Royals of Blue Springs.” It’s a slippery slope my friends, and if we don’t stand up now, when will we stand up? I’ve been bothered by this for some time, as I’m sure many of you have been, but I was reluctant to wade into more controversy this soon, given that my last article was only slightly less...
Apr 17, 2021
Angels 10, Twins 3: Unholy smokes

Angels 10, Twins 3: Unholy smokes

This photo of staff in the pre-game stands was actually uploaded to DURING this game. The photographer was, a believe, a psychic Twins fan. | Photo by Michael Owens/ A promising start from a Twins prospect is blown to smithereens by previously successful Twins relievers. 23-year-old Australian Twins lefty Lewis Thorpe has already struggled with injuries, and with poor control in his brief MLB appearances. (He wasn’t on our good friend DJL44’s Top 30 Twins Prospect voting list despite his young age.) He was very solid in his first 2021 start, only necessary because...
Apr 16, 2021
Game XIV: Twins @ Angels

Game XIV: Twins @ Angels

close enough | Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Thorpe comes from a land down under, where women roar and men chunder. Time: 8:38 Central. Vegas Line: -130 LAA / MIN +110 Weather: 72° at first pitch, no wind, no rain, no wildfires Opponent’s SB site: Halos Heaven TV: BS North. Radio: Is there anybody awake out there Today’s Angels Angels of Anaheim starter, Andrew Heaney, fits the profile of an innings-eater in some ways (throws a low-90s sinking fastball, goofy breaker and effective change), although he’s generally not someone who pitches a lot of...
Apr 15, 2021
13 essays look for the meaning of “42 Today”

13 essays look for the meaning of “42 Today”

Photo by Hulton Archive/ It feels like, every year, Jackie Robinson Day has a new relevance. Does to me, anyways. “I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag; I know that I am a black man in a white world... When I see a car with a flag pasted on it, I figure the guy behind the wheel isn’t my friend.” These incendiary modern-sounding words were written and stated in interviews by Jackie Robinson, not long before his death at age 53 from various medical ailments (probably exacerbated by stress). They are quoted in Michael G. Long’s introduction...
Apr 15, 2021
Twins 4, Red Sox 3: Take back the ninth

Twins 4, Red Sox 3: Take back the ninth

The sweet, sweet pose of victory. | Photo by Hannah Foslien/ The bullpen giveth away, the bats taketh back. The story had been like every other, the Twins taking an early lead only to hand it back to their opponent in the late innings. Then it wasn’t. After the bullpen gave back a 3-0 lead in the eighth, Max Kepler brought home Luis Arraez with a bloop single in the bottom of the ninth, Minnesota’s first final-frame run of the season, to give the Twins a 4-3 walk-off win over the Red Sox. Much has been said during the Twins’ losing streak about their inability to...
Apr 15, 2021
Game 13: Red Sox at Twins

Game 13: Red Sox at Twins

Pictured above: the Twins during their last five games. | Photo by Hannah Foslien/ Minnesota looks to halt their slide. It may be 13 that is considered unlucky, but it’s the first 12 games of the Twins’ season that have felt unfortunately Minnesotan. Now on a five-game losing streak and at the bottom of the AL Central, the Twins will attempt to regain their collective balance and light up a sluggish offense that has scored just five runs in the first three games of their series against the Red Sox. Unfortunately, not only has Boston been cumulatively hot, the...
Apr 15, 2021
Twins call up Shaun Anderson, option Cody Stashak

Twins call up Shaun Anderson, option Cody Stashak

Minnesota has made a pitching move in advance of today’s game. | Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ Press X to Shaun. After a Wednesday doubleheader against Boston, the Twins have shuffled their bullpen. #MNTwins called up RHP Shaun Anderson and optioned RHP Cody Stashak to the alternate site.Anderson was acquired from the Giants this offseason in exchange for outfielder LaMonte Wade.— Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman) April 15, 2021 Anderson spent parts of 2019 and 2020 with the Giants, beginning his career as a starting pitcher before moving to the...
Apr 15, 2021
Wait. What? Did the Twins know this when they signed Simmons?

Wait. What? Did the Twins know this when they signed Simmons?

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ I have written this and submitted it prior to yesterday’s doubleheader. Many of us might radically change our perceptions about this team (probably irrationally given that it’s only mid-April) one way or the other, depending on whether the Twins win or lose today’s games, and our opinions/worries probably won’t change so much, if they split. I’m not worried, are you worried? Actually, I’m a little worried. The Red Sox seem to be a pretty good team, so losing to them is not the end of the end. Having said that, the...
Apr 14, 2021
Red Sox 7, Twins 1: The ugly stretch continues

Red Sox 7, Twins 1: The ugly stretch continues

The Red Sox are red hot. The Twins are not. | Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports Suddenly, the wheels are falling off It’s official. The Minnesota Twins, the home-run-record-shattering Bomba Squad from 2019, is no longer with us. The Twins’ anemic offense during the shortened 2020 season was apparently not an aberration. No Jonathan Schoop. No CJ Cron. No offense. Okay. That’s admittedly dramatic, but still. The Twins have scored five runs over the past three games/23 innings of baseball. The pitching had been solid, until I apparently jinxed Jose Berrios and Tyler...