Baldelli era begins for Twins with Buxton-Sano priority
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The retirement of Joe Mauer freed up an annual $23 million allocation from Minnesota's payroll and the free agent market remains wide open with spring training just a week away.
Now, though, is not the time for the Twins to spend. Derek Falvey and Thad Levine of the front office are instead focused on pushing several underperforming young players for more.
Minnesota Twins to retire Mauer’s No. 7 on June 15
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have set the date for retiring Joe Mauer's No. 7 jersey.
The Twins announced Tuesday that Mauer's number will be retired in a pregame ceremony at Target Field on "Joe Mauer Day" on Saturday, June 15.
The event will take place before the Twins' 6:10 p.m. game against Kansas City. More details will be announced later.
Twins to retire Mauer’s No 7 jersey next season
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins will retire Joe Mauer's No. 7 jersey next season, making a swift move to honor the homegrown player and six-time All-Star who recently retired after a 15-year major league career .
Twins claim slugging 1B CJ Cron off waivers from Rays
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have claimed first baseman C.J. Cron off waivers from Tampa Bay, adding an accomplished replacement for the retired Joe Mauer.
Cron batted .253 with 28 doubles, 30 home runs, 74 RBIs and an .816 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in a career-best 2018 season for the Rays, who designated the 28-year-old for assignment last week. Cron made $2.3 million last season and is in his second year of eligibility for salary arbitration.
For Joe Mauer, being from Minnesota means this isn’t goodbye
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Yes, the narrative of Joe Mauer's career was missing a championship chapter. That plotline stalled for a few years while the star was set back by injuries.
Still, this story of the Minnesota native with the smooth left-handed swing who played for the Twins the entire time sure was made for a movie.
Twins’ Joe Mauer retiring after 15 seasons
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer is retiring after 15 major league seasons, six All-Star games, three Gold Glove awards, three batting titles and 2,123 career hits, all with his hometown Minnesota Twins.
"Thank you, Minnesota Twins, and thank you, fans, for making my career as special and memorable as it was," Mauer wrote in a full-page ad that will run Sunday in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press. "Because of you I can leave the game I love with a full and grateful heart."
Eddie Rosario voted MVP of Twins for 2018
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Left fielder Eddie Rosario has won the Calvin R. Griffith Award for the most valuable player of the Minnesota Twins in 2018, after batting .288 with 57 extra-base hits in 138 games.
As Mauer mulls retirement, Twins bound for big roster change
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The final afternoon of the regular season for the Minnesota Twins was filled with cheers, chills and even a few tears as a lively crowd at Target Field was treated to a meaningful and memorable game .
Too bad for the Twins and their fans the playoffs weren't at stake.
Mauer doubles, catches in emotional likely finale with Twins
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer isn't sure if Sunday marked the end of his time with the Minnesota Twins. Just in case, though, the regular season finale turned into a farewell befitting his remarkable career with his hometown team.
Mauer doubled in his final at-bat, received one more pitch as catcher, and then walked off to an extended ovation as Minnesota likely said goodbye to the longtime face of its franchise during an emotional 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Mauer, Gibson lead Twins to 8-3 win over White Sox
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — If Joe Mauer is ready to retire, he's going out on a high note.
Mauer reached base three times and Kyle Gibson capped a season of improvement with six quality innings in the Minnesota Twins' 8-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night.
A free agent after the season, Mauer has said he'll contemplate retirement after 15 years in Minnesota. But the former MVP and seven-time All-Star is showing he can still swing the bat with a strong September.
Is this the end? Mauer savors last Twins series of season
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As Joe Mauer drove to the ballpark for a doubleheader to begin the last series of the season for the Minnesota Twins, the finality of the weekend dawned on him a little deeper than usual.
Castro’s hit starts rally, leads Tigers past Twins 4-2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Harold Castro completed the minor league season and was home in Venezuela spending time with his son and focusing on the offseason when he got a surprise phone call to return and play with the Detroit Tigers.
Castro's first career hit started an eighth-inning rally that led the Tigers to a 4-2 victory over Minnesota on Tuesday in a game in which Joe Mauer set the Twins' record for reaching base.
Mauer’s grand slam leads Twins past Yankees 10-5
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Though the New York Yankees remain on pace to reach the 100-win mark, the threat of being forced to take a cross-country trip for a one-and-done postseason game sure has not disappeared.
This rare lopsided loss to the Minnesota Twins sure didn't help.
Joe Mauer hit a grand slam to highlight a six-run fifth inning, and the Twins beat the Yankees for the first time in 10 meetings, a 10-5 victory on Tuesday night after another flop by Sonny Gray as a starter.
Royals rookie Lopez loses perfect game and no-hit bid in 9th
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kansas City rookie Jorge Lopez came within three outs of a perfect game before Max Kepler walked leading off the ninth inning and Robbie Grossman followed with a single in the Royals' 4-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.
The 25-year-old right-hander made just his seventh big league start, his fifth for Kansas City since he was acquired from Milwaukee in the late-July trade that sent Mike Moustakas to the Brewers.
Twins down White Sox 5-2, spoil Kopech’s debut
CHICAGO (AP) — A little rain cut short Michael Kopech's anticipated big league debut Tuesday night. Couldn't damper his spirits, though.
Eddie Rosario led the Minnesota Twins to a 5-2 victory, but not before Kopech pitched two scoreless innings in a rain-shortened start and gave Chicago a glimpse of a potentially promising future.
"It was a dream come true," Kopech said. "It was everything I thought about since I was a little kid. I was pumped."
Carpenter earns first MLB win, Tigers top Twins 7-5
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ryan Carpenter turns 28 years old next week. The Detroit Tigers pitcher gave himself a nice early birthday gift on Saturday night: his first major league win.
Mikie Mahtook hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth inning, Carpenter pitched into the sixth inning and the Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 7-5.
Mauer pinch-hit homer helps Twins to 5-4 win over Tigers
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer disagreed with two called strikes by Laz Diaz and offered as much objection as the mild-mannered veteran will provide by looking back at the plate umpire following the second one that forced a full count.
Mauer, pinch-hitting in the seventh inning, shook off the frustration and hit a go-ahead, three-run homer off reliever Louis Coleman, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 on Friday night.
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TORONTO (AP) — Swept in Kansas City during their first series following the All-Star break, the Minnesota Twins responded with a rare series sweep north of the border.
Max Kepler drove in the tiebreaking run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in a six-run 11th inning, and the Twins beat the Blue Jays 12-6 on Wednesday to complete their first sweep at Toronto in more than 15 years.
Morrison, Kepler hit HRs as Twins rout Blue Jays 8-3
TORONTO (AP) — It wasn't his leaping catch at the center-field wall that Minnesota's Max Kepler liked most about Monday's game, or his two-run homer.
It was the final score.
Logan Morrison homered and had three RBIs, Kepler added a two-run blast and the Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-3, snapping a three-game losing streak.
"It's a good feeling," Kepler said. "We'll build off that."
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins took nine wins from an 11-game home stand into the All-Star break, a midsummer surge that can boost a middling team into the postseason race.
This might not be that kind of year in the American League.
"I just wish we had more games ahead of us," first baseman Joe Mauer said.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brian Dozier wrapped up a wild back-and-forth finish with the game-winning grand slam for Minnesota.
After 3½ months of setbacks and slumps, the Twins finally have some momentum heading into the All-Star break.
Dozier drove in five runs for the Twins, including the slam in the 10th inning on Sunday that delivered an 11-7 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Paul Molitor said Minnesota's recent 1-8 road trip was one of the worst he's experienced in a long career in baseball. The Twins' manager is feeling much better about their homestand.
Joe Mauer homered and drove in four runs, and the Twins held on for a 11-8 win against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.
Jake Cave had three hits and a pair of RBIs, and Robbie Grossman added three hits to help Minnesota win for the eighth time in nine games on its homestand.
All-Star Berrios, Escobar lead Twins over Royals 3-1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Berrios said it feels weird to be described as an All-Star after being named to the American League team for the first time in his career.
His pitching on Tuesday showed the honor isn't misplaced.
Eduardo Escobar had three hits and drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh to support Berrios' strong outing as the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 3-1 on Monday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Carrasco glanced briefly at his right elbow, which no longer shows any signs of bruising.
He's healthy and the Cleveland Indians seem to be getting better and better.
Carrasco returned from the disabled list — and returned to the win column — as Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion drove in three runs apiece, leading the Indians to their fifth straight victory, 10-4 over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have activated Carlos Carrasco from the disabled list to make his first start since June 16.
The right-hander's return gets Cleveland closer to full strength as the AL Central leader opens a 10-game homestand beginning Friday night against the Oakland Athletics.
Indians place Carrasco on DL with bruised elbow
CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco will undergo additional tests on his bruised right elbow after he was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday.
Carrasco was struck by Joe Mauer's line drive in the second inning of Saturday's 9-3 loss to Minnesota. The injury is a big blow for the Indians, whose strong rotation has kept them on top of the AL Central.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona thought the worst when Carlos Carrasco was struck on the right arm by a line drive.
"From where I was standing I thought it might have hit him in the face so there was a little bit of a sense of relief, but it caught him right kind of on that funny bone," Francona said after the Indians' 9-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Saturday. "He was hurting."
Indians’ Carrasco hit on arm by line drive
CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco has been removed from their game against Minnesota after he was struck on the right arm by a line drive in the second inning.
Carrasco hopped off the mound and went down to his knees on the infield grass after he was hit by Joe Mauer's leadoff liner. Manager Terry Francona and a team trainer visited Carrasco, who remained on his knees for several moments.
Mauer returns to lineup for slumping Twins
CLEVELAND (AP) — Joe Mauer didn't receive any gifts for returning from a lengthy stint on the disabled list.
No, his reward was an immediate matchup against two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber.
"Yeah, welcome back, right?" Mauer said with a laugh.
The six-time All-Star returned to the lineup on Friday after missing 25 games with a strained neck and concussion-like symptoms sustained when he was injured diving for a foul ball last month.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have sent first baseman Joe Mauer to Triple-A Rochester for a rehab assignment as he works his way back from a cervical neck strain and concussion-like symptoms.
Twins manager Paul Molitor said Mauer is expected to be the designated hitter Tuesday before seeing action at first base. If all goes well in the two games, Mauer could rejoin the Twins at some point in a six-game road trip that starts Tuesday in Detroit.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer has not been able to shake the concussion-like symptoms he has experienced since hurting his neck three weeks ago.
Mauer's return to the lineup hit another road block while working out Thursday before Minnesota's game against Cleveland, when continued sensitivity to light and noise while jogging around and fielding groundballs and forced him to back off.
"We kind of got a better feel for where I'm at, and I'm not there yet," Mauer said.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have reinstated third baseman Miguel Sano from the disabled list after he missed the last 24 games with a strained left hamstring.
The Twins sent outfielder Jake Cave on Thursday to Triple-A Rochester.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins acquired first baseman Chris Carter from the Los Angeles Angels for cash considerations in a minor-league trade on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old was hitting .255 with 13 home runs and 43 RBIs in 38 games for Triple-A Salt Lake this season. He will join Minnesota's Triple-A affiliate, the Rochester Red Wings.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins lost a key member of their batting order Saturday as first baseman Joe Mauer was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a cervical strain and concussion-like symptoms.
The former American League MVP was pulled from Friday's game in the fifth inning with what the team called "neck stiffness" stemming from a dive for a foul ball on May 11.
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. Eddie Rosario tied the score with a grand slam in the eighth inning, and Max Keplers solo blast in the ninth provided a lead.
The Twins were one out away from their second consecutive come-from-behind victory when a hit batter in the bottom of the ninth turned into the tying run. Then a defensive blunder in extra innings cost them the game.
Rays beat Twins 8-7 on Zach Duke’s error in 10th
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays stood near their dugout for an agonizing couple of minutes before their victory became official.
Pinch-runner Johnny Field scored the winning run from second base in the 10th inning as reliever Zach Duke missed first base after taking a flip from first baseman Joe Mauer on Denard Span's two-out grounder, leading the Rays to an 8-7 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.
The safe call was upheld after a 2-minute, 16-second video review.
Two-Game Series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium
Tuesday, 6:10 p.m. FS1, 830-AM: RHP Jake Odorizzi (1-0, 2.20 ERA) vs. RHP Corey Kluber (1-1, 1.57)
Wednesday, 6:10 p.m. ESPN, 830-FM RHP Jose Berrios (2-1, 2.18) vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (3-0, 3.48)
Snowy: Last 3 games of White Sox-Twins series postponed
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The weather wound up taking three of four at Target Field this weekend.
Several hours after Saturday's game between the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota was postponed, the Twins said Sunday's game wouldn't take place, either.
This marks the first time in the nine-year history of Target Field that three straight games have been called off. Friday night's game was postponed because of rain.
Minnesota won 4-0 Thursday, a game where Joe Mauer recorded his 2,000th career hit.
MINNEAPOLIS — When Joe Mauer banged out career hit No. 1,998 on Wednesday afternoon, a line single to left off Houston’s Lance McCullers Jr., Miguel Sano jumped off the bench and went running down to Twins manager Paul Molitor.
“How many more? How many more?” Sano demanded as the quest for 2,000 began to sweep Mauer’s teammates along for the ride.
Joe Mauer, winner of batting titles, Gold Gloves, Silver Slugger Awards and a growing number milestone mementos, has the materials to decorate one of the all-time man caves if he wanted to.
Twins fans will probably have to wait until 2019 to find out if this was the final season Joe Mauer played for his hometown club.
The 2001 No. 1 overall draft pick, 2009 AL MVP, six-time All-Star and three-time batting champion is in the final year of his historic eight-year, $184 million deal signed in 2010, and Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey has said he will wait until the offseason to do any contract negotiations with Mauer, who would hit free agency at age 36.
The Twins and manager Paul Molitor must feel lucky that just six games into the season they are 4-2 and have third baseman Miguel Sano already performing at the All-Star level he showed last season.
With Sano coming off offseason surgery on his left tibia and then facing an MLB investigation, which eventually was closed for lack of evidence, there was some uncertainty whether he would start the season with the big league club.
U-turn: Twins reclaim Kennys Vargas on waivers from Reds
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Kennys Vargas has made a quick U-turn and is headed back to the Minnesota Twins.
The Twins reclaimed Vargas off waivers from Cincinnati on Saturday, two days after the Reds plucked him from Minnesota.
Cincinnati manager Bryan Price said Vargas was in Puerto Rico for the birth of his child and didn't make it to the Reds' camp in Goodyear, Arizona.
FORT MYERS, Fla. The Twins rolled out a nearly complete Opening Day lineup against the World Champions on Friday, stood back and watched the offense start rolling in.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. This time, the weather didnt erase the Twins big inning.
One day after rain obliterated the Twins nine-run first inning, Minnesota struck for five runs in the second inning and rode that outburst to a 6-5 victory over the Rays in bright sunshine at Charlotte Sports Park. Joe Mauer drew a bases-loaded walk, Erick Aybar singled home a pair of runs, and two more scored on a Miguel Sano single, powering the Twins to their fourth straight Grapefruit League win.
Yankees, Twins renew one-sided rivalry in AL wild-card game
NEW YORK (AP) — Twins star Joe Mauer remembers well all those October losses to the Yankees. So too, surely, do Minnesota's fans.
Around the rest of the Twins clubhouse, though, it may as well be ancient history.
Back in the playoffs for the first time in seven years, Mauer and upstart Minnesota will face New York in the AL wild-card game Tuesday night hoping to turn around what has been a one-sided postseason rivalry.