Padres expect competition for rotation spots this spring
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Besides figuring out how to fill the glaring hole at third base, San Diego Padres manager Andy Green will have a lot of decisions to make this spring to round out the young, largely inexperienced rotation.
Baez homers, drives in 5 as Cubs rout Padres 11-6
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is running out of superlatives for All-Star slugger Javier Baez.
"Wow. That was a nice performance," Maddon said after Baez — who almost was scratched because he didn't feel well — hit a three-run home run and had five RBIs to highlight the NL Central-leading Cubs' 11-6 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night. Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ also went deep.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Phil Hughes has joined the San Diego and is set to start out in the bullpen.
"It will be in one- and two-inning spurts and we will see how he does," Padres manager Andy Green said Tuesday.
Hughes was acquired from Minnesota on Sunday, along with the 74th overall pick in the 2018 draft, for young catcher Janigson Villalobos.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The San Diego Padres acquired pitcher Phil Hughes and $14.5 million from the Minnesota Twins on Sunday for minor catcher Janigson Villalobos, hoping the former All-Star can find his form in a new spot.
The last-place Padres also got the 74th pick in next month's draft from Minnesota in the deal.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins designated pitcher Phil Hughes for assignment on Monday night, an expensive decision to dump the right-hander after continued struggles recovering from rib surgeries.
Hughes, who is making $13.2 million this season and due the same salary in 2019, has a 6.75 ERA in 12 innings. He was dropped from the rotation after two starts and made five relief appearances. Twins manager Paul Molitor said Hughes was not asked to accept a minor league demotion.
You can soak the Twins performance in euphemisms, marinate it in clichs, drizzle it with excuses, and bake it in the usual Its a long season oven, and it would still taste like refried refuse.
The Twins, at the moment, stink. They look like they are playing underwater, and they have promised Phil Hughes another start. I would ask why, but Im afraid they might tell me, and some things you cannot unhear.
Sunday, the Twins lost 8-2 to the woeful Reds, meaning they have won one of their past 10 games.
Forget Fenway Park — David Price and the Boston Red Sox are feeling every bit at home at the Flush Factory. And in Houston, George Springer and the Astros are just as likely to be talking Boogie Bombs as balls and strikes.
Why is Xander Bogaerts making an L with his fingers and dancing on second base? Who's the Ninja on Phil Hughes' Twitter feed? What's with Derek Fisher and llamas?
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. – Phil Hughes was down 2-0 after 10 pitches. A potential replacement started warming up in the bullpen. And, on a day the Twins could ill afford a short outing, Hughes needed 35 pitches to get his first three outs.
“It wasn’t exactly the first inning I was hoping for,” he said.
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. Carlos Gomez blasted a two-run homer off Addison Reed in the ninth inning, handing the Twins a 8-6 walk-off loss that also completed a sweep of the three game series.
The Twins had fought back from a 6-3 hole to tie the game in the eighth on Brian Doziers two-run single. The Twins failed to score in the ninth, and Reed, who got out of the eighth by getting a double play grounder to stop a scoring threat went back out for the ninth.
Twins postpone game against White Sox because of rain
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have postponed their game against the Chicago White Sox because of rain, with wintry weather also threatening the rest of the series.
The team announced the decision Friday afternoon, four hours before the scheduled first pitch. No makeup date was set. Forecasts called for snow overnight, with potential for more than a foot of accumulation throughout Saturday and Sunday.
The Twins took batting practice on the field before Thursdays game against the White Sox, a routine that has been affected by wintry weather that has gripped many major league cities this season.
Its amazing, Twins manager Paul Molitor said. A 40-degree game in Florida, you would be shivering. Yesterday, everyone was somewhat overjoyed to be out there with one less layer.
Phil Hughes’ DL stint opens door for relievers Gabriel Moya, Tyler Kinley to join Twins
WASHINGTON Phil Hughes is headed to the disabled list to open the season because of a strained oblique on his left side, Twins manager Paul Molitor said Tuesday. Hughes absence means lefthander Gabriel Moya and righthander Tyler Kinley have claimed bullpen spots, at least for now.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Twins right-hander Phil Hughes will begin the season on the disabled list with a strained left oblique, while outfielder Ryan LaMarre beat out Zack Granite for a reserve spot on the opening day 25-man roster.
The Twins will select the contract of LaMarre to complete their roster, manager Paul Molitor said after Tuesday's 3-1 exhibition victory over the Washington Nationals.
BRADENTON, Fla. - Any inning that begins with walking the opposing pitcher is likely to be a bad one. For Phil Hughes, it was just the beginning.
Hughes gave up eight hits, including two home runs, and the Pirates used them, a walk to righthander Chad Kuhl and another rough day by Minnesotas defense to pile up nine runs en route to a 13-4 win over the Twins at LECOM Park.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — CC Sabathia knows what Phil Hughes is going through.
Sabathia has learned to cope with a loss of velocity and the 37-year-old left-hander went 14-5 for the New York Yankees last year in his best season since 2012.
TAMPA, FLA. -- Righthander Phil Hughes understands the situation hes in after the Twins completed their latest transaction, signing free agent righthander Lance Lynn.
The Twins also have added righthander Jake Odorizzi and designated hitter-first baseman Logan Morrison since camp opened. But Lynns arrival makes it unlikely that Hughes could be part of the rotation if the Twins open the season with four starters.
FORT MYERS, FLA. Time for a little off-day Twins trivia: The team used a franchise-record 28 pitchers in relief at least once last season; almost as remarkably, nearly two-thirds of those relievers are already gone. Only 10 are in training camp with the Twins today, and three of them (Jose Berrios, Phil Hughes and Aaron Slegers) are actually starting pitchers.
- Star TribuneTwins trade pitcher Phil Hughes to PadresMay 28, 2018
- Star TribuneIn competitive market, Minnesota's professional team owners willing to spendMay 26, 2018
- Star TribuneTwins designate Phil Hughes for assignment despite owing him approximately $22 millionMay 22, 2018
- Star TribuneTop prospect Fernando Romero will start for Twins on WednesdayApril 30, 2018
Twins defeat Cardinals 5-4; Phil Hughes, Tyler Duffey throw two strong innings each
FORT MYERS, Fla. Brian Dozier doubled and walked, and Erick Aybar singled twice, helping power the Twins to a 5-4 Grapefruit League victory Monday over St. Louis at Hammond Stadium.
It was the spring debut for Dozier, and the Twins debut for Aybar, and their offense at the top of the order helped the Twins win their second straight game.
Phil Hughes and Tyler Duffey, battling for a spot in the Twins rotation, each pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and collecting one strikeout apiece.
FORT MYERS, FLA. Twins spring training rites include are early morning workouts on sun-splashed fields, new players settling into new surroundings and Phil Hughes either junking a pitch or pulling one out of mothballs.
Last year it was the changeup. What is it this year, Mr. Hughes?
Slider, the Twins pitcher said. The slider is my next pitch. I say that half-joking but last year, I messed around with the slider a little bit and it worked for me.
Rays send righty Odorizzi to Twins for prospect
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins acquired right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi from the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night for minor league infielder Jermaine Palacios, securing some needed depth for their rotation after missing out on several free agents.
FORT MYERS, FLA. Twins pitcher Phil Hughes has the answer to Major League Baseballs pace-of-play problem, daring to go where few are willing to go.
Robot umpires, he said. There wouldnt be pitch framing. There wouldnt be discussions with umpires. There wouldnt be arguments with umpires about balls and strikes. That would be the biggest way to shave off a bunch of time.
Alas, he knows the game should not be left in the hands or the computer chips of emotionless automatons.
MLB inquiry into Twins’ Miguel Sano has no timetable
A storm delayed Byron Buxtons arrival, Phil Hughes was sidelined by a kidney stone and Addison Reed couldnt make it on such short notice. Every other player on the Twins 40-man roster is in attendance at TwinsFest this weekend, except one.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins right-hander Phil Hughes will miss the rest of the season because of persistent arm trouble related to a condition that required rib removal surgery a year ago.
The Twins put Hughes, who was 4-3 with a 5.87 ERA in 53 2/3 innings, on the 60-day disabled list before their game Tuesday against New York. Manager Paul Molitor said another operation is possible.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Royals right-hander Nate Karns hopes that by losing a rib he will gain some relief.
The 29-year-old pitcher will miss the rest of the season to have a rib removed Wednesday in a procedure designed to take pressure off the nerve in his forearm. Karns has been dealing with pain and soreness in his right arm for months, and a seemingly endless menu of tests and treatments failed to produce a solution.
HOUSTON (AP) — After cranking out 19 runs in Toronto on Sunday, the Houston Astros' bats stayed hot all the way through the All-Star break.
Brian McCann hit a three-run home run to cap an eight-run second inning, Marwin Gonzalez had a solo homer and the Astros opened the second half of the season with a 10-5 win over the Minnesota Twins.
Gonzalez, Alex Bregman, George Springer, Josh Reddick and Carlos Correa each had an RBI to chase starter Jose Berrios (8-3).
BOSTON (AP) — Right-hander Phil Hughes has been activated from the 10-day disabled list by the Minnesota Twins.
The 31-year-old Hughes had been on the DL since complaining of a "dead feeling" in his pitching shoulder on May 21. He allowed one run in three innings during three rehabilitation appearances with Triple-A Rochester.
Hughes has been mostly a starter since 2009, but manager Paul Molitor said Hughes will work out of the bullpen when he returns.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have sent pitcher Phil Hughes on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester for his right shoulder.
The Twins announced Monday that Hughes would join the Red Wings on Wednesday.
Hughes had surgery about a year ago to remove a rib, after being diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome that was causing shoulder pain and fatigue and contributing to decreased velocity. He went 1-7 with a 5.95 ERA last season.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The surprising Minnesota Twins have had at least a share of first place in the AL Central since May 11. However, their lack of starting pitching depth might be starting to show.
Carlos Carrasco pitched one-hit ball into the sixth inning, Jose Ramirez had three hits and Edwin Encarnacion homered as the Cleveland Indians beat the pitching-thin Twins 8-1 Friday night.
CHICAGO (AP) — Eduardo Escobar helped power Minnesota to a quick, commanding lead. Then it turned out the Twins needed every run — and some pretty nifty bullpen work.
Escobar hit a three-run homer in the first then added a fourth RBI with a double as Minnesota outlasted the struggling Chicago White Sox 7-6 on Thursday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The game between the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals has been rained out.
The teams were scheduled to play Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium. The game was postponed several hours before it was supposed to begin.
Minnesota and Kansas City will make up the game July 1 as part of a day-night split doubleheader, with the first game beginning at 1:15 p.m. and the second game at 7:35 p.m.
Ramirez, Tomlin pace Indians past Twins, 11-4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Tomlin and Edwin Encarnacion broke out of a pair of season-long slumps for the Cleveland Indians.
In doing so, they helped put the Minnesota Twins into their first skid of the year.
Jose Ramirez homered and drove in two runs and Tomlin gave up three runs in six innings to lead the Indians to an 11-4 victory over the Twins on Tuesday night.
Francisco Lindor broke the game open with a two-run triple in the sixth and Encarnacion also went deep for the Indians.
CHICAGO (AP) — Phil Hughes found his old form after getting plenty of help in the first inning.
Hughes pitched six strong innings for his first win in almost a year and the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 3-1 on Friday night for their first 4-0 start since 1987.
Miguel Sano hit an RBI go-ahead double in the sixth, and Chris Gimenez added an RBI double in the seventh for the Twins, who led the majors with 103 losses last season after opening 0-9.
Projected record: 76-86Projected run differential: -53The Twins lost their most games since 1949 last season, so there really is nowhere to go but up. The projection systems foresee a sizable step up, thanks mostly to a maturing young core headlined by Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and Max Kepler. Brian Dozier has emerged as a legitimate All-Star, and the addition of Jason Castro should be an upgrade from Kurt Suzuki.The Twins' pitching was a mess last year, but Ervin Santana and Hector Santiago are at least serviceable, while Phil Hughes can't have any worse injury luck than he did in 2016. Expect Jose Berrios to take a step forward in what will be his second crack at the Majors.
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Vogelsong isn't ready to be over the hill.
He's still having fun on top of it.
Vogelsong is in spring training with the Minnesota Twins on a minor league contract, about four months before his 40th birthday but plenty confident he can win a spot on the staff for the season.
"I still think I can get big league guys out consistently and help a team win, so that's why I'm here," Vogelsong said.
Hughes keeps souvenir from forgettable season: a rib
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Phil Hughes kept a souvenir from his forgettable 2016 season.
He stumbled to a 1-7 start, was demoted to the bullpen by the Minnesota Twins, cracked a bone in his leg when hit by a line drive and had season-ending surgery in July to correct thoracic outlet syndrome later. He still has the removed rib, which was causing nerve and vascular impingement in his throwing shoulder, and and might turn it into jewelry.