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Lookout Landing

8/11/22: Open Scoreboard Watching Thread

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports The M’s may be idle, but the baseball world sure isn’t! We all might still be buzzing after a thrilling season series win against the Yankees, but for the Mariners, today is a day of travel and rest. Our favorite baseball men will be back in action tomorrow against the Rangers, so today is the perfect time to follow the other teams in the Wild Card chase. The Rays, Blue Jays, and Twins are also idle, but there are still several matchups to keep an eye on today. Guardians at Tigers, 10:10am PDT Good morning! Here’s some baseball! The...

Pinstripe Alley

Rivalry Roundup: Adames haunts his former team

Photo by Patrick McDermott/ Brewers walk-off Rays in the tenth; Blue Jays-Orioles rained out; Rangers blast Astros in extras; Dodgers comeback to trounce the Twins There’s no sugarcoating it, the Yankees are playing their worst baseball of the season. They’ve lost seven of their last eight and are 7-13 in the second half. Whereas earlier they were finding different ways to win games, the script has flipped, with the team finding a new way to lose with each passing night. Luckily, their AL rivals did them a favor and all lost as well to prevent the Bombers from...

Puckett's Pond

Minnesota Twins: Odds and End(ing)s After the Trade Deadline

The Trade deadline has officially passed for the Minnesota Twins, and with a lot happening for the franchise in terms of odds, ends, and new beginnings, the team finds themselves in a new spot than before. Minnesota Twins Trade Deadline End(ing)s Miguel Sano: A season and Twins career ending injury. Oh how we loved to […] Minnesota Twins: Odds and End(ing)s After the Trade Deadline - Pucketts Pond - Pucketts Pond - Minnesota Twins News, Rumors, and Fan Community

Call to the Pen

Minnesota Twins hope surgery will fix Alex Kirilloff

There was a time when Alex Kirilloff was considered one of the top prospects in baseball. A consensus top 100 prospect from 2019 through 2021 for the Minnesota Twins, he was rated as highly as ninth overall by MLB.com. The sky seemed to be the limit for him. However, ongoing wrist issues have kept Kirilloff […] Minnesota Twins hope surgery will fix Alex Kirilloff - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Twins' Alex Kirilloff out for season, will have wrist surgery after other treatments fail

The unusual and potentially risky surgery is intended to relieve relieve the bone-on-bone pain that has affected Alex Kirilloff's right wrist since May 2021.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Twins-Blue Jays play at the plate. What's the rule that caused all the controversy?

The rule that resulted in Toronto scoring the winning run on Sunday was intended, as much as anything, to protect catchers from injury at home plate. Here's what the rule book says.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Twins' Kirilloff to have season-ending wrist surgery

Minnesota Twins outfielder Alex Kirilloff will undergo season-ending surgery on his right wrist, the team announced Sunday.

Twinkie Town

Twins 7, Blue Jays 3: Rain goes away, comes again another day

Photo by David Berding/ The Twins take the season series from one of the toughest teams in the American League. It took more hard work from the deadline acquisitions, more top-gear performances from the youngsters on the squad, and a bit more injury than anyone would have liked to see, but Minnesota pulled away with a 7-3 victory here on Saturday night. The Twins began their damage in the third; after putting together a first-inning threat to no avail, a Sandy Leon leadoff walk and subsequent Luis Arraez double doled out the dishware, and set the table for RBIs from...

Bluebird Banter

Jays lose Mayza to Injury and Game to Twins

White is a handsome young man. | Photo by David Berding/ Blue Jays 3 Twins 7 The really bad news is that Tim Mayza suffered a shoulder dislocation in a collision at the plate. Leon put down a squeeze bunt with Nick Gordon on third and Sandy Leon at the plate. Mayza came running in and tried to grab the ball and make a tag all in one motion. He didn’t get the ball, and Gordon ran into his right arm. Mayza stayed down on the ground. When he was helped up it looked pretty apparent that his shoulder was separated. The good news, if there is any, is that it is his right...

Pinstripe Alley

Rivalry Roundup: Rays, Twins, Astros boosted by deadline acquisitions

Photo by Bob Levey/ Rays outpitch Blue Jays; Twins pitching shuts down Tigers; Astros breeze past Boston As if the vibes around the Yankees universe couldn’t get any worse following their puzzling deadline day decisions, Gerrit Cole went and gave up six runs in the first inning against the Mariners on a trio of home runs to truly plunge the collective mood into the doldrums. The Bombers ultimately lost, 7-3, to drop their third of five series since the All-Star break. Armed with their trade deadline additions as they make late summer pushes toward the postseason, a...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

All over for Miguel Sano? Twins move him to 60-day injured list with .083 average

Only three games after returning from a knee injury, the Twins placed Miguel Sano on the injured list — and then moved him to the 60-day IL as part of Tuesday's roster moves.


Series preview: Rays vs. Blue Jays

Photo by Mike Carlson/ The Tampa Bay Rays have gotten off to a rotten start to the second half. The trade deadline will come this evening at 6 PM before the Rays start their final 60 games. The wild card race looks like it has come down to seven teams (or eight if you count the American League Central race that is up for grabs between the Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Guardians, and Chicago White Sox). The Blue Jays hold the top spot 3.0 games up on the Rays and Seattle Mariners who are tied for the second and third spots. The Guardians trail by 1.0 game while the...

Bless You Boys

Tigers deal Michael Fulmer to the Minnesota Twins

Photo by Leon Halip/ Hey, at least it’s a short trip with the Tigers already in Minneapolis. The Detroit Tigers didn’t do much on trade deadline day, but about 15 minutes before the 6:00 p.m. EDT cutoff for deals, they finally made one more move, sending reliever Michael Fulmer to the Minnesota Twins for minor league starter Sawyer Gipson-Long. The veteran right-hander and 2016 AL Rookie of the Year has found new life post-UCL surgery as a late innings reliever. Fulmer has produced 0.8 fWAR with a 3.20 ERA and 3.22 FIP combination over 39.1 innings of work in 2022....

Pinstripe Alley

Rivalry Roundup: Gio plays the hero in extras

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports Two dramatic games in the AL round up our look at the playoff picture We had a reasonably light night around baseball, with the Yankees in action against one of their playoff rivals, and only two other games featuring others. The Yankees took care of their business, beating the Mariners 7-2, but it’s still worth checking in on the rest of the American League (even with the Blue Jays and Rays idle). Minnesota Twins 5 (54-48), Detroit Tigers 3 (41-63) This game might be defined less by the results and more concerns around burgeoning Tigers...

Bless You Boys

Game 105 Preview: Matt Manning returns to the mound against the Twins

Kirthmon F. Dozier / USA TODAY NETWORK Manning made his season debut on April 11 before suffering an injury just five days later. I have good news and bad news from last night for you all. Let’s start with one bit of good news: Tarik Skubal has not made his final start as a Detroit Tiger. He did, however, send Twitter into a five-minute frenzy of trade rumors when he left the game with just 77 pitches thrown and five shutout innings under his belt. When the dust settled, of course, it turned out that Skubal had informed A.J. Hinch that something did not feel right...


Guardians 4, Rays 1: Bieber and co. stymy Rays bats

Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports While it’s been a hot month at the plate for the Rays, they met their match on Friday. After a tough road trip coming out of the All-Star Break, the Rays returned home on Friday for a three-game set against the Cleveland Guardians. While their 50-48 would have the Guardians behind the Yankees, Blue Jays, and Rays in the AL East, they sat just 2.5 games behind the Minnesota Twins for first place in the AL Central to start the weekend. The Rays sent lefty reliever-turned-starter Jeffrey Springs to the mound for his 13th start of the...

Puckett's Pond

Minnesota Twins: A Turbulent Relationship with Byron Buxton

Denying the latent talent of Byron Buxton is like denying the sun or the rain, but in his first mostly injury free season (knock on wood for his knee), the Minnesota Twins’ “Hundred Million Dollar Man” has exhibited some worrying signs, despite being named an All-Star. One of the joys of baseball fandom is following a […] Minnesota Twins: A Turbulent Relationship with Byron Buxton - Pucketts Pond - Pucketts Pond - Minnesota Twins News, Rumors, and Fan Community


Rays Series Preview: Can the Rays keep the Guardians out of the Wild Card standings?

The Rays will give away a basketball jersey featuring popular outfielder Brett Phillips on Saturday. The Tampa Bay Rays have gotten off to a less than stellar start of the second half going 2-5 on the road trip. Now the Rays have one series before the trade deadline comes Tuesday evening at 6 PM. The Rays currently hold a 2.5 game lead on this weekend’s opponent, the Cleveland Guardians. Said another way, Cleveland is fourth in the WC standings where three teams make the playoffs. They are also 2.0 games back of the Twins in their division. The Rays hold the last playoff...

Pinstripe Alley

Rivalry Recap: Close ballgames for Rays & BoSox, Jays blown out

Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports All the action from a packed Wednesday night This might be the busiest recap of the year, with six different games featuring all of the Yankees’ AL rivals. After a disappointing loss to the Mets last night, the Yankees needed some help with maintaining their pole position in the American League, so lets see what the rest of the field did. Milwaukee Brewers 10 (55-44), Minnesota Twins 4 (52-46) If you like big baseball boys, then this was the game for you. Rowdy Tellez provided all the difference in the Brewers 10-4 win over the Twins,...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Twins activate Miguel Sanó upon return from knee surgery

Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sanó has been activated from the 60-day injured list after missing nearly three months with torn meniscus in his left knee.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton: Last chance for Minnesota Twins' 'duo of the future?'

The two players are linked in the minds of many fans. While Byron Buxton now feels like a long-term fixture, Miguel Sano's return from injury could represent their last chance to do something special together

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Miguel Sano's return to the Twins comes with options

The former All-Star is recovered from knee surgery, and the team will have to find a room for him in a lineup that has no obvious spot for the first baseman, who got off to a poor start this season.

Detroit Free Press

Detroit Tigers get familiar mix in 9-1 loss to Twins: hurt pitcher, snoozing bats

The Detroit Tigers suffered another pitcher injury and managed just three hits in their 9-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday at Comerica Park.       

Bless You Boys

Twins 8, Tigers 4: Pineda exits early, Minnesota beats up bullpen

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Tyler Alexander gave the Tigers a shot, but things imploded after that Things went from bad to worse in a hurry for the Detroit Tigers Saturday night in an 8-4 loss against the Minnesota Twins. Michael Pineda left the game early due to injury, and bad defense ruined any chances of a comeback. The opening frame went poorly for Detroit and perhaps served as an omen for what was to come. Pineda needed 29 pitches to get through the first and gave up an early 1-0 lead. To his credit, Pineda won a 10-pitch at-bat against Jose Miranda to end the...

Bless You Boys

Tigers look for Eduardo Rodriguez’s return in late August

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports A.J. Hinch also offered plenty of roster/injury updates. As the Detroit Tigers return to Comerica Park for a brief homestand, Saturday’s pre-game for their matchup with the division leading Minnesota Twins turned into a lengthy housecleaning session. Manager A.J. Hinch dropped a ton of injury news, with a mix of positive and negative notes, and most notably revealed that the team is now in touch with stray starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, and planning for a return to action for the lefty in about a month’s time. Fans probably aren’t...

Bless You Boys

Detroit Tigers half time report: Starting pitching is below average, Grade D plus.

Tigers rotation has endured wave of injuries, Half way through the 2022 baseball season, the Detroit Tigers find themselves in 4th place, with 37 wins and 55 losses, on pace for a 97 loss season. The team is 12.5 games behind the division leading Minnesota Twins, and the same distance out of the third wild card playoff spot. This is not what fans had hoped for at the beginning of the season. The Tigers have had an unfair share of injuries, to be sure.. Four of their five starting pitchers, plus several replacement starters have spent time on the injured list, but their...

Pinstripe Alley

Rivalry Roundup: No Players, Mo Problems

Photo by Vaughn Ridley/ Blue Jays bash shorthanded Royals; Rays snap Orioles’ winning streak at ten; Oakland stuns Astros; White Sox move one closer to Twins With the mind-numbingly frustrating extra-innings loss to the Red Sox last night, the Yankees have now dropped five of their last six and are playing only a game above a .500 clip since June 18th. While it’s not time to hit the panic button, the concern meter is certainly rising. Luckily for the Yankees, most of their AL rivals also lost on this disappointing segue into the weekend. Toronto Blue Jays 8...

Ben Zobrist gets four hits, eight RBIs vs. Twins

4/28/11: Ben Zobrist sets a Rays record with eight RBIs on four hits with two runs scored against the Twins About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 m

TB@MIN: Baldelli's grand slam ties game in 8th

7/22/04: Rocco Baldelli's grand slam in the top of the 8th ties the game for the Rays against the Twins About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 membe