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PITTSBURGH — Brian Dozier noticed he was "getting hammered" on social media in the wake of his Sunday criticism of Baltimore Orioles rookie catcher Chance Sisco and his ninth-inning bunt against the shift in a 7-0 game. While even some Twins fans wondered why the star second baseman and several of his teammates would make an issue of Sisco's bunt, noting the Twins could have removed the shift if they felt their lead was safe, Dozier said critics are missing the point.
BALTIMORE—In addition to his Twins debut, Monday, April 2, will mark Lance Lynn's 11th career start at Pittsburgh's PNC Park. He'd rather forget his last visit. Last Sept. 23, in his penultimate start for the St. Louis Cardinals, the veteran right-hander failed to get out of the first inning. Lynn faced 10 batters and retired two of them, getting saddled with eight earned runs in a 42-pitch nightmare. "Why do you have to bring up the past?" Lynn said in mock protest. "That was last year." Anything unusual about that day for him?
BALTIMORE — Brian Dozier homered twice, and Jose Berrios threw a three-hitter as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Baltimore Orioles 7-0 on Sunday afternoon in Baltimore. Dozier's homers were half of the Twins' four-homer barrage that let Minnesota (2-1) win the three-game series. The Twins hit three homers in a 6-2 win over Baltimore (1-2) on Saturday night. They belted three homers off Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman and one more off rookie Pedro Araujo, and that proved to be more than enough offense for Berrios (1-0).
ST. PAUL — When the Twins took the field for their season opener Thursday, March 29, in Baltimore, they included a pair of former Tampa Bay Rays in their starting lineup. Right-hander Jake Odorizzi, acquired in a mid-February trade, tossed six scoreless innings while making his first career Opening Day start. Designated hitter Logan Morrison, signed two weeks later as a free agent, drew a key walk to set up a game-tying rally in the ninth. Back in the Twin Cities, another ex-Ray named Josh Kalk was watching with great interest.
BALTIMORE — In many respects, the Twins are Statcast darlings. From Byron Buxton's sprint speed and route efficiency to Miguel Sano's shudder-inducing exit velocity and Taylor Rogers' curveball spin rate, Twins players are cloaked in contextual glory when it comes to the publicly available measurable data. Not so, Jason Castro. Signed to a three-year, $24.5 million contract before last season, largely on the basis of his defensive reputation, Castro, 30, did not fare well in the first-ever catcher pop time data released by Major League Baseball this month.
BALTIMORE — Joe Mauer's 14th Opening Day start in a Twins uniform moved him past late Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew for most in Minnesota baseball history. "It's pretty cool," Mauer said before Thursday, March 29's game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. "It's exciting. Any time you're mentioned with Harmon, usually you're doing something really good. That's always pretty cool to hear that." Twins manager Paul Molitor saluted Mauer for the accomplishment during his brief remarks to the team in a closed clubhouse meeting before batting practice.
Byron Buxton was scared. Already on the disabled list with a groin injury, now the Minnesota Twins uber-talented center fielder was fighting the worst migraine he could remember. This was late last July, and as he sat at his locker in the visiting clubhouse at Dodger Stadium, Buxton could barely keep his eyes open.
MINNEAPOLIS-- With a newly bolstered rotation and 38-homer slugger Logan Morrison ensconced in the designated hitter slot, the Twins enter the 2018 regular season with the highest Opening Day payroll in team history. Easily outdistancing their previous record of $113.2 million in 2011, Year 2 at Target Field, the Twins will trot out for Opening Day in Baltimore on Thursday, March 29, with a $128.4 million payroll.
Many Twins fans were upset with Tuesday’s news that “Circle Me Bert,” the popular in-game tradition in which Hall of Fame pitcher and lead Fox Sports North TV analyst Bert Blyleven uses the telestrator to highlight sign-holding fans, was seemingly being phased out.
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