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MINNEAPOLIS — Surgery is still being considered as a last resort for Twins third baseman Miguel Sano, who has been slow to heal from a stress reaction in his left shin.
MINNEAPOLIS — Twins second baseman Brian Dozier was outspoken in his support of manager Paul Molitor in the immediate aftermath of a wild-card playoff loss last week at Yankee Stadium. Not surprisingly, Dozier, the Twins' nominee for the Hank Aaron Award for top hitter in the American League, was very pleased to hear Molitor would be retained on a new three-year contract.
MINNEAPOLIS — After guiding the Twins to a record-setting turnaround, Paul Molitor has agreed to a new three-year contract, the team announced Monday. Oct. 9. Molitor, 61, was invited back on Oct. 5, two days after a season-ending loss to the New York Yankees in the American League wild-card game. Molitor, whose original three-year deal had expired, then spent the better part of the next four days weighing the merits of a Twins offer that likely improved over the weekend.
MINNEAPOLIS — While Twins players looked forward to success they believe was kick-started by this season's postseason appearance, the team's first since 2010, a series of personnel decisions hovered close by. Minnesota's season ended with an 8-4 loss to the Yankees Tuesday, Oct. 3, in New York, a wild card playoff appearance that made the Twins the first major league team to lose 100 games in a season and make the postseason the next.
MINNEAPOLIS — Contract talks between the Twins and manager Paul Molitor have entered a "holding pattern," a person with direct knowledge said late Friday afternoon. According to that source, as well as another person who had been briefed on the talks, it could take until early next week to sort through the remaining issues.
MINNEAPOLIS — Paul Molitor has been invited to return as Twins manager in 2018, according to two sources with direct knowledge, but there was still work to be done to make that a reality early Thursday evening, Oct. 5. "Nothing has been decided or agreed to at this point in time," a person with direct knowledge told the Pioneer Press.
MINNEAPOLIS — While Twins players looked forward to success they believe was kick-started by this season's postseason appearance, the team's first since 2010, a series of personnel decisions hovered close by. Minnesota's season ended with an 8-4 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday, Oct. 3, in New York, a wild card playoff appearance that made the Twins the first major league team to lose 100 games in a season and make the postseason the next.
NEW YORK — Joe Mauer has been back to Yankee Stadium many times since the 2009 postseason, but Tuesday marked just his second postseason game here since the infamous blown call by left-field umpire Phil Cuzzi. Mauer's leadoff double in the left-field corner was incorrectly ruled foul in the 11th inning of a 4-3 loss in Game 2 of the AL Division Series. The Twins were swept in three games in the best-of-five series. "Oh, boy," Mauer said when the topic was raised. "Well, we've got replay now. That could have been reviewed."
MINNEAPOLIS — Unsigned beyond this season, Twins manager Paul Molitor confirmed Sunday his status has yet to be resolved. "If circumstances were different and we weren't playing Tuesday, I might have spent more time thinking about it, to be honest with you," Molitor said. "Whenever we're done, and hopefully it's not for awhile, I'm sure that will be pushed to the forefront."
MINNEAPOLIS—Since early June Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco has had to play through the pain of his grandfather Maximo's loss. Now it's third baseman Eduardo Escobar's turn. Marquiade Escobar, his 79-year-old grandfather, died of a heart attack early Thursday morning, Sept. 28, in Venezuela, just hours after the Twins clinched their first postseason berth in seven years. Escobar had talked to his grandfather by phone on Wednesday morning as he was getting ready to return home after spending two weeks in the hospital.