August 28, 2010 |
In a season that may be beyond saving, the Angels suddenly find themselves with a new closer. His name is Fernando Rodney , and he inherited the back-of-the-bullpen role Friday when the Angels traded Brian Fuentes to the Minnesota Twins for a player to be named. Expected to take over as closer next season, Rodney now gets the job a month early. "I feel great," Rodney said before the Angels played the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday at Angel Stadium. "I think I can do my job in this situation, just be the closer and try to do the best I can for my teammates.
March 21, 2010 |
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer is staying home. The AL MVP agreed to an eight-year, $184 million contract extension with Minnesota on Sunday that includes a full no-trade clause, a massive deal that shows the Twins are no longer spending like a small-market club. The deal covers the 2011-2018 seasons and is the fourth largest — both in total value and average salary — in major league history. Starting next season, the All-Star catcher will make $23 million a year.
December 11, 2009 |
UCLA-bound Malcolm Jones of Oaks Christian High has been selected the Gatorade national player of the year in football. The official announcement is scheduled for this morning at the Westlake Village campus. Joe Mauer, the American League MVP from the Minnesota Twins who was the Gatorade football player of the year in 2000-01, was expected to surprise Jones in his fourth-period class with the news. Jones, a running back-linebacker, has scored 109 touchdowns in his four-year prep career.
July 19, 2009 |
Minnesota 4, at Texas 1: Scott Baker gave up one run in eight innings and Michael Cuddyer homered as the Twins handed the Rangers their fourth consecutive loss and dropped them three games behind the Angels in the AL West. at Chicago 4, Baltimore 3: Mark Buehrle (10-3) pitched into the eighth inning, Jermaine Dye hit a go-ahead two-run homer and the White Sox pulled within 1 1/2 games of AL Central-leading Detroit -- the closest they've been to the division lead since May 3.
June 6, 2009 |
Minnesota 2, at Seattle 1 (10): The Twins ended Ichiro Suzuki's team-record hitting streak at 27 games, and took advantage of Seattle left fielder Wladimir Balentien's two 10th-inning misplays. Texas 5, at Boston 1: Kevin Millwood held the Red sox scoreless for seven innings, Ian Kinsler hit a three-run homer and the Rangers ended an eight-game losing streak in Fenway Park.
May 2, 2009 |
Joe Mauer gave the Minnesota Twins a spark, and Justin Morneau kept it going. Mauer, who had been sidelined by a back injury, homered in his first at-bat of the season and scored three times, and Morneau's go-ahead two-run shot sent the Twins to a 7-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night. David DeJesus drove in three runs for the Royals, and Jose Guillen made Kevin Slowey (4-0) sweat his perfect record with a two-run single that tied it at 5-5 in the fifth inning.
August 12, 2008 |
MINNEAPOLIS -- Brand-new dad Glen Perkins pitched eight outstanding innings and light-hitting Adam Everett hit a two-run home run, lifting the Minnesota Twins to a 4-0 victory over the reeling New York Yankees on Monday night. Perkins (9-3) gave up four hits and three walks and struck out four. He induced two inning-ending double plays and got a standing ovation when he left after the eighth.
July 11, 2008 |
DETROIT -- Justin Morneau narrowly missed one home run Thursday afternoon. He took advantage of a second chance. Three innings after hitting a 425-foot double to the deepest part of Comerica Park, Morneau lined an 11th-inning homer to right against Freddy Dolsi with one out to give the Minnesota Twins a 7-6 win over the Detroit Tigers. "I was looking for something to drive, and I just got enough of it," he said. "That was a pretty good feeling rounding the bases."
July 2, 2008 |
MINNEAPOLIS -- Craig Monroe is growing into his new role as a reserve. Monroe hit a three-run homer Tuesday and just missed a second, and Justin Morneau had three hits to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers, 6-4. Mike Redmond had two runs batted in for Minnesota, which has won eight of 10 and 12 of its last 14. The Twins remain 2 1/2 games behind Chicago in the AL Central; Detroit is six back.