Twins Update – Week of July 25
After a rough first series following the All-Star break against the red-hot
Tampa Bay Rays, the Twins got right back to their winning ways by taking two out of three at home against the Cleveland Indians,
which is exactly the type of thing that they'll need to do as they look to get back into the thick of the playoff hunt in
the American League Central. Against the Indians, it was once again their pitching that got them over the hump, as in their
two wins they held the Indians to just four runs in total. In the opening game of the three-game series, it was Josh Willingham
who smacked a homer in the bottom of the eighth to deliver the clutch 4-3 win, with Glen Perkins slamming the door shut with
a perfect ninth.
The Twins will have to keep up the pitching, however, as they'll host division rivals Chicago for a
four-game set at home – a crucial series for two talented clubs looking to get back in the playoff picture in the A.L.
Central. Of course, the Twins will have to find a way to keep phenom Jose Abreu from going off, off as the sensational youngster
has been one of the most productive hitters in the entire league so far and has also had a flair for the dramatic.
the Twins have had their own flair for the dramatic as well, which they hope will translate to some big wins against the White
Sox. After wrapping up their 10-game home stand, the Twins will then stay in the division by heading to Kansas City to take
on the Royals, another talented young team hoping to chase down the Tigers. From there, it's on to Chicago to play the White
Sox once again, though this time it will be just a three-game set to start the month of August.
– Week of July 18
Target Field was the epicenter of Major League Baseball during the annual Midsummer Classic,
as fans and players from all over came to marvel at one of the great new baseball stadiums in the world. All of the top players
in the game came together to put on a serious show in front of the fans right here in Minnesota, with the American League
eventually edging out the National League 5-3 to bring home-field advantage to the A.L. in the World Series. In the game,
it was Derek Jeter getting it all started with two hits and both Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera driving in at least two runs,
with Cabrera belting a two-run blast in the first inning to set the tone.
But even though it was a few of the top stars
in the American League that brought the A.L. to the cusp of victory, it was the Twins' own Glen Perkins who slammed the door
shut with a perfect ninth inning. Perkins has been one of the most underrated relief pitchers in the league this year, tallying
22 saves on an impressive 1.07 WHIP during the first half of the season. For Perkins, it was his second consecutive All-Star
appearance, and grabbing a save at home during the All-Star Game ranks as one of the top achievements in his impressive career.
Twins will also be looking to take that momentum from the All-Star break into the second half of the season, as they really
pulled it together in the final week of the first half to get them back into the mix in the A.L. Central. After taking three
out of four against the sizzling Mariners in Seattle and two out of three from the Rockies in Denver before the break, the
Twins have shown that they can pile up the wins on the road as well as at home. The Twins will now stay at home for a nice
10-game stretch, however, as they'll go up against the Rays, the Indians and then the White Sox.
– Week of July 11
After losing a few series in a row, the Twins bounced back in a big way on a recent West Coast
road trip, taking a couple of big games against the red hot Mariners in Seattle. In the first three games of the series, the
Twins let up just three runs despite the Mariners heading into the series doing very well at the plate, getting the Twins
back on a winning track. In the process, Phil Hughes also turned in his best start in a month while improving his record to
9-5 on the season and lowering his ERA to 3.70. Hughes will have one more start before the All-Star break, as he'll take the
bump in Colorado against the Rockies.
It wasn't only about the pitching in Seattle, however, as the Twins also put together
some clutch hits as well. On July 9, the Twins put up eight runs in one of the toughest hitting parks in the league (Safeco),
with Kendrys Morales, Brian Dozier and Kurt Suzuki leading the way. Along the way, the Twins also got a nice start from Kyle
Gibson, who went six shutout innings against the Mariners to earn his eighth win of the season.
With the Twins still
fighting their way up the standings in the A.L. Central, fans know that the rest of the season can play out in any numbers
of ways, though it will be interesting to watch no matter what happens. After the break, the Twins will also have a nice home
stand at Target Field that will take them up against the Rays, the Indians and the White Sox in succession, providing a nice
opportunity for the Twins to start building a bit of momentum and get back into the playoff hunt this season. With Hughes
and company starting to turn the corner pitching wise and the bats coming to life, the Twins definitely won't be going quietly
in the second half.
Twins Update – Week of July 4
To start off the month of July, the Minnesota
Twins showed what they can do in the batter's box if everything starts coming together. With Eduardo Nunez getting it all
started at the top of the order with three hits, the Twins batted around James Shields and ended up with 10 runs in a romp
of the Royals, dishing Shields just his fourth loss of the season. In the game, the Twins did regretfully lose Joe Mauer for
a short period of time, but they also showed a nice combination of hitting all throughout the lineup, proving just how difficult
they can be when they're aggressive at the plate.
And one of the biggest reasons for optimism in the lineup recently
has been the continued consistency of Kurt Suzuki, who has been steadily hitting all year long, with a batting average above.290
every single month and an overall batting average over.300. With Suzuki continuing to hit at a great clip, Brian Dozier has
also picked it up from there, belting a team-high 15 homers and showing that he has a very powerful bat when he gets his rhythm.
Trevor Plouffe has also had stretches of dominant as well, providing another major spark in the heart of the order.
Twins will also be looking to pick up a few big wins as they hope to close out the first half on a high note. A four-game
set at home against the Yankees surely a challenge, but the Twins will have another chance to scrape against a strong team
as they head to Seattle to take on the Mariners. From there, the Twins close out the first half with an exciting series against
the Rockies, a team that is among the best offensive teams in all of Major League Baseball. If the Twins can keep it rolling
with some big wins, though, they should head into the second half within striking distance of the rest of the top teams in
Twins Update – Week of June 27
Despite the ups and downs this season so far, the
Minnesota Twins recently showed what they're capable of when the Chicago White Sox came to town. The Twins halted a losing
streak by taking all four games from their division rivals, culminating in yet another dominant performance from Phil Hughes.
In an excellent series, each game was within two runs, with the Twins holding off the White Sox in each game and showing nerves
of steel in hammering down all four ball games. In the process, Glen Perkins racked up his 18th and 19th saves of the season,
putting him right near the top of the American League in saves.
And one of the main reasons the Twins remain optimistic
despite a couple of down spells this season is because of Hughes' extraordinary season. Though Hughes was originally touted
when he came up through the New York Yankees' organization, he was largely forgotten about when he struggled a bit in the
Bronx. But Hughes dug back in upon coming to Minnesota and the effort has paid off, as the right-hander now holds an 8-3 record
to go along with a very steady 3.40 ERA, making him one of the top starters in the American League and a prime candidate for
Comeback Player of the Year.
With Hughes giving the Twins quality starts just about every time that he takes to the
bump and some timely hitting to boot, fans know that this is a team that can still shake off the early-season woes to become
a factor in the American League Central. Though there are plenty of other big games on the schedule before the All-Star break,
one of the prime opportunities for the Twins will be in an upcoming series against the Royals, a team that has had some major
hot spells in the regular season and a major challenger for the division title. With the Twins looking to pick up a few big
wins before the break, fans know that there is plenty of baseball left to be played.
Twins Update – Week
of June 20
In the closest division in baseball, the American League Central, absolutely anything can happen from here,
even though the Twins have had a bit of a rough stretch that has had them on the losing end of some very tough ball games.
After winning two out of three against the Blue Jays on the road, the Twins had a hard time keeping it going against Detroit
and Boston, losing both series despite a few different very good pitching performances. But the best thing about baseball's
162-game schedule is that there are plenty of games to right the ship, and the Twins are still very much alive in the A.L.
Central due to the overall parity that fans have been enjoying all season long.
And one of the reasons that fans are
optimistic the Twins can turn it around is because of the strong play of Brian Dozier, who is becoming a major factor in the
heart of the order. After a very strong May, Dozier has seen pitchers around the league pitch him considerably more careful
in June, but he's also shown his patience at the plate while walking much more often and steadily improving his on-base percentage.
With Dozier still leading the team in homers and several other statistical categories, the Twins have plenty of power in their
lineup when Dozier gets it going.
Also providing a spark has been Kurt Suzuki, who is hitting well over.300 in June
and is currently leading the team in batting average. Though the Twins would love to see some more overall consistency out
of their lineup, the potential is definitely there, with key contributors like Suzuki showing that they have a balanced roster
that should help keep the losing streaks at bay. After a four-game home set against the White Sox, the Twins will be looking
to keep it rolling with a road trip that will take them to both Los Angeles to play the Angels and Arlington to play the Rangers,
providing some major opportunities for the Twins to get back into the thick of things in the A.L. Central.
Update – Week of June 13
Though June has been a bit up and down for the Twins, fans got a chance to see what
the Twins are capable of when they play Minnesota baseball during a recent road series against the Blue Jays, a team that
has cruised to the top of the A.L. East with a hot few weeks of baseball. But even though Jays were riding high, particularly
after squeezing out a 5-4 win to start the series against the Twins, Minnesota instead rallied and took the next two games,
which included an exclamation point at the end of the series with a 7-2 romp. After beating one of the top teams in the league
on the road, the Twins head deeper into June with a little momentum and some confidence, which fans hope will translate into
some consistency as they look to put it all together.
And one of the reasons that Twins continue to make it tough even
on the best teams in Major League Baseball is because of their patience at the plate, as the Twins continue to get on-base
at an extremely good clip – step number one in winning in baseball on any level. Brian Dozier has obviously been a major
spark, leading the team in homers and overall hits midway through June, but other hitters like Kurt Suzuki, Trevor Plouffe
and more have helped give the Twins one of the most balanced lineups in the A.L.
It's also not going to get any easier
on the Twins either, as now they'll head to Detroit and then to Boston to complete the rest of their road trip, which will
be a nice test as they have to go up against some of the most talented teams in the league. But with a few nice wins under
their belt in recent weeks, the Twins will be looking to stay within striking distance of the rest of the A.L. Central, leaving
the season completely wide open.
Twins Update – Week of June 6
The Twins continue to hang in there
in the wide open American League Central, and fans are hoping the wins will keep coming both home and away as this talented
team looks to reach their potential this season. Winning two out of three from the Yankees in New York was obviously a good
sign, as the Twins showed that they're not intimidated outside of their own ballpark by taking a series from the powerhouse
Pinstripes. In the series, a big moment came from Phil Hughes, who came up through the Yankees' organization but has since
found a home in Minnesota with the Twins. In the decisive game of the series, Hughes went eight strong innings and let up
just two runs, which was enough for the Twins to bring him his sixth win of the season in front of his former team.
the win, Hughes moved his record to 6-1 and holds a record hovering just above 3.00 making him one of the most productive
pitchers in the American League in the process. Another signature win for the Twins also happened on the road, as the Twinkies
smacked around Brewers' ace Yovani Gallardo and gave him his fourth loss of the season.
Since the Twins have shown that
they've been more than capable of winning big games on the road, they'll be looking to continue that momentum as they head
out on a major road stretch that will show quite a bit about the team as a whole. After playing the Astros at home, it's on
to Toronto to take on the A.L. East leaders before heading to Detroit to take on the Tigers, who currently are sitting comfortably
at the top of the A.L. Central. It won't get any easier as then the Twins will head to Boston to take on the Red Sox before
finally returning to Target Field for a four-game set against the White Sox.
Twins Update – Week of May
Though it's been a bit up and down to start the season for the Twins, this is a team that looks like it's headed
in the right direction after a win that could end up as a signature one for the season. Against the defending champion Red
Sox, Chris Parmelee belted a two-run walk-off homer to deliver a riveting 8-6 win. With that, the Twins moved closer to.500
and are looking more and more like a serious threat in the A.L. Central, though it will take a good run to keep up with the
Tigers the way they're playing.
But the Twins have a very strong team loaded with up-and-coming stars, making them one
of the teams to watch in the division. With Joe Mauer heating up and Chris Colabello continuing to smack the ball all over
the years, and sometimes over the fence, the Twins have a potent lineup that can bat around any team in the league if they
get going. They did that recently by taking down Bruce Chen of the Orioles, which is something that only one other team has
been able to do this season as Chen and the Orioles have moved all the way to the top of the A.L. East.
Of course, one
of the major reasons that the Twins are right in the thick of the A.L. Central race is because of the strong season from Phil
Hughes, who is coming on strong after a so-so start to the season. Recently, in a game in Detroit against the Tigers, Hughes
pitched seven shutout innings and ended up winning his fourth straight start, moving him to 4-0 in the process and pushing
his ERA down below 4.00. With Hughes pulling it together and the dangerous Twins' lineup showing some major consistency, the
Twins are looking to remain a big-time factor in the division the rest of the season.
Twins Update – Week
of May 9
Near the top of the league in runs scored, the Twins continue to be a menace in the batter's box as they look
to pull it all together and make a move up the A.L. Central standings. After a tough series loss to the Dodgers, the Twins
showed their resiliency by bouncing back immediately and taking two of three from the Orioles, who currently sit atop the
standings in the competitive A.L. East. The Twins also have shown recently that they can be a force to be reckoned with on
the road, taking two out of three from the Rays in Tampa near the end of April.
And one of the best things about the
Twins is their extremely balanced offensive attack, which makes them not have to rely solely on one player on a nightly basis.
Though Chris Colabello has had an unbelievable start to the season, ranking among the top hitters in the league in a variety
of categories, Joe Mauer has also come on strong while leading the team in hits and opposing pitchers have also had a very
difficult time keeping Brian Dozier in the yard. Not only was Dozier leading the team with homers in the early part of May
but he's also been a terror on the base paths, stealing a team-high 11 bases in his first 32 games of the season.
the Twins will be looking to keep that balanced approach firing on all cylinders as they head into a difficult part of their
schedule. After three road games against the Tigers, the Twins will come home for a series against the Red Sox and another
one against the Mariners before a West Coast trip against the Giants and the Padres. With plenty of opportunities to keep
the wins coming, the Twins have the type of team that doesn't seem to have any intention of going quietly in the A.L. Central
Twins Update – Week of April 25th
With recent series wins against the Royals, the Blue
Jays and the Rays in the last couple of weeks, the Twins are back on the right track and are already making some serious noise
in the A.L. Central. And that's exactly how a good ball club responds after starting the season a little bit slow, as the
Twins lost early series to the White Sox and the A's, with Oakland actually sweeping them in a three-game set. From there,
though, the Twins responded in a big way, racking up some big wins and making a move right up the divisional standings as
teams jockey for position in the early going.
Much of the success, of course, has been at the plate, where hitters like
Chris Colabello, Brian Dozier and Trevor Plouffe have thrived in the early going as they give the lineup some much needed
pop. With 26 RBIs in his first 21 games of the season, Colabello in particular has been one of the major spark plugs for the
team, and e's even been one of the very best run producers in the entire league in the process. Also contributing in a big
way has been Casey Fien, who has been dynamic in the bullpen and has racked up three wins in his first nine appearances. Start
Kyle Gibson has also shown some dominance, winning three of his first four decisions and completely dominating the prolific
Blue Jays on April 17th.
But there is no time for the Twins to rest up and congratulate themselves on a decent start
to the season, as now they'll host the Detroit Tigers and the Los Angeles Dodgers in back-to-back series to wrap up the first
month of the season and move on to May. To open May, the Twins will stay at home as they'll take on the Orioles before hitting
the road and starting an away trip that will take them to both Cleveland and Detroit.
Twins Update – Week
of April 18th
With early-season series wins against the Indians and the Royals, the Twins are off and running in the
early going of 2014, giving their fans a taste of their talent as the Twinkies look to pull it all together and take aim at
the rest of the A.L. Central. Fans are already pointing to the Twins' resiliency, which they showed by bouncing back from
losing a series sweep against the A's at home by sweeping the Royals immediately afterwards. Clearly the Twins are not afraid
of a few losses, making them the type of team that the rest of the division is definitely going to be keeping their eye on
as they Twins swing their way up the standings this season.
And swing-away they certainly have done, Jason Kubel, Chris
Colabello and Brian Dozier have all gotten off to hot starts at the plate. Batting over.350 in his first 12 games of the season,
Kubel in particular has been a major spark to the heart of the lineup, leading the team with an OPS over 1.000 in the early
going of 2014. Dozier has also shown that he's a dual threat, leading the team with four homers by mid-April and also tying
for the team lead with three stolen bases, which he shared with Pedro Florimon.
On the bump, the Twins have also shown
that one of their biggest strengths is their bullpen. In his first five appearances of the season, Brian Duensing let up just
two hits and didn't let up a single run – all without even relinquishing a walk. Kyle Gibson has also been very impressive
out of the bullpen as well, notching two late-innings wins and allowing just two earned runs in his first 11 innings pitched
of the season. The Twins will also need all the help they can get as they continue to take on some of the most talented teams
in the league, with upcoming series against the Tigers, the Dodgers and Rays as the Twins hope to finish the first month with
some wins against powerhouses.
Twins Update – Week of April 11th
The Twins are back at it in the
A.L. Central in another season that has already had plenty of nail-biting moments – just a precursor of things to come
as the talented Twinkies look to round into form and swing their way up the divisional standings this season. After losing
a close one to the White Sox to start the season, the Twins got right on track when they took down the Indians, winning the
last two games of the series to get them headed in the right direction. Leading the way has been a slew of different sluggers,
with new addition Jason Kubel off to a blistering start at the plate and hitting well over.400 in the first couple weeks of
the season. Also making it difficult on opposing pitchers has been Brian Dozier bashing the ball out of the park and Chris
Colabello knocking in runs all over the place, showing that this is a team that can light up the scoreboard in bunches if
they get going.
On the bump, one of the highlights of the early portion of the season has been Glen Perkins, who slammed
the door twice early on and is showing some signs of being a dominant part of the bullpen. Phil Hughes is another pitcher
who has been proving that he still has plenty left in the tank, striking out a batter per inning in his first couple of outings.
After some big home games, the Twins will head out on the road to take on division rival Kansas City followed by the Tampa
Bay Rays, giving them some big-time A.L. competition and giving them some early chances to prove their talent level. The Twins
will then close out the month with home matchups against the current division champion Detroit Tigers and their first interleague
games of the season when they take on the Los Angeles Dodgers.
2014 Minnesota Twins Schedule
Twins are looking to do some serious damage in the American League this season in an effort to bounce back from a down year
in 2013. The Twins will be hosting the top teams in baseball all season long at Target Field in Minneapolis, and fans are
sure to be clamoring to get inside the ball park to watch their favorite club hit the field in person. But the good part about
the schedule is that it is also absolutely packed to the brim with great road matchups as well, providing plenty of opportunities
for you to hit the road to see the Twinkies from a whole new perspective. Though it's tempting to just sit at home and watch
the game on your flatscreen, this is a team and a game that really springs to life when you get a chance to watch the drama
unfold before your very eyes.
Of course, they will have plenty of competition in the always competitive A.L. Central,
which guarantees a steady string of great matchups throughout the year. The Tigers won the American League Central crown in
2013, and the road to the division title in 2014 likely goes through them thanks to a star-studded roster. But the Twins also
have a balanced roster of their own and have some up-and-coming stars to balance with the savvy vets, giving fans plenty of
reasons for optimism as they look to put together another memorable season. If the Twins can take down the Tigers with regularity
this season, the rest of the A.L. will surely take notice and view the Twins as a team to watch out for.
Indians are certainly another club that the Twins will have to take very seriously when they visit Target Field. The Indians
fell just one game short of finishing neck-and-neck with the Tigers last season, and they're a legitimate threat to take home
the division crown in 2014. The Twins will look to get some big wins at home when the Tribe visits their home field, and they
have a good chance of doing so with a crowd of dedicated Twins fans behind them. Games against the White Sox and the Royals
also bring in plenty of fans, as these division rivals also have a long history of nail-biting matchups with the Twins.
Minnesota Twins Team Info
The Minnesota Twins play in the American League Central division of Major League Baseball,
a division that also features the Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers. The Twins didn't
put it all together in 2013, falling short of the expectations they had going into the season. However, the talent level is
still there on the roster, so 2014 could easily be a round campaign for this franchise. The Twins have their sights set on
the top spot in the division, and they're prepared to do whatever it takes to climb that division ladder and finish atop the
standings come season's end. It should be a great season to head out to the ball park to see the Twins take the field and
battle it out with some top opponents. The Twins are hoping to make some real noise in the American League this season, and
they could certainly use the support of their home fans at each and every home games at Target Field. With Joe Mauer in the
lineup and Ricky Nolasco heading the pitching staff, this is a team that definitely won't go quietly this season.
Major League Baseball is the top baseball league on the planet, and boasts some of the top players from
all over the globe, and that's just one reason that people from all over the country flock to stadiums across the nation to
see these talented athletes hit the field in person. Baseball is a great game that resonates with people from all walks of
life, and many friendships are made in the stands of baseball stadiums. There's certainly a camaraderie that comes with rooting
for the same team, and before you know it the stranger seated next to you seems like an old friend. The Twins have some great
games to check out in person this season, and the fans will be there to support their team.
Minnesota Twins History
Minnesota Twins franchise was founded in 1894 as the Kansas City Blues. In 1901, the team moved the nation's capital in Washington
D.C. and played there for six decades as the Washington Nationals and the Washington Senators. The organization moved to Minnesota
in 1961 and were named the Twins. The Twins have won three World Series title, the most recent coming in 1991, with Kirby
Puckett leading the way in the most exciting part of franchise history to date. Since then, the team has moved to a beautiful
new ballpark, Target Field, and the tradition of baseball in Minneapolis is alive and well.
Minnesota Twins Trivia
holds the Minnesota Twins franchise record for the most hits in a single season?
The answer is Rod Carew, who compiled
239 hits in 1977. Carew also holds the franchise record for the highest batting average in a single season at.377, which he
accomplished that same year. Though baseball gurus certainly know Carew's place in baseball history, he remains one of the
most underrated players, though Twins fans remember with clarity that Carew was nothing shy of one of the greatest players
to ever play the game.
Fans of the Minnesota Twins are constantly showing up to Target Field
in droves to support their favorite team, as many fans do for their squads across the country. Major League Baseball has a
way of bringing out a passion in people as they cheer for their team with everything they've got. Be there this season at
Target Field to join the biggest Twins fans in their support for Minnesota as they take on some tough teams all season long
in another year sure to be loaded with twists, turns and jaw-dropping moments as the Twins take aim at the top of the standings.