|Mike Scoscia, manager of the|
Angels, signs autographs.
Yeah, I'm ready for the season to begin.
|Friday was a big day for Justin Verlander — he got a new|
mega contract, and he got to play with a real tiger.
|Buster Posey has qualified|
for a batting title just
once in his career.
|Johan Santana's season is over|
before it started.
|Bryon Buxton took batting practice last summer at Target|
Field under the eyes of Ron Gardenhire and the coaching
staff when he came to sign his contract.
He's a five-tool guy. Or maybe a six-tool guy. And if he can cook, he's probably a seven-tool guy.
We just started laughing. How old is he, 19 years old? He gets up, rips one through the middle right away. You give him the green light, he steals second and goes to third. This game is not that easy. It really isn't. But that's why these guys are drafted No.1.
strikeout rate has
dropped from 7.0
K/9 in 2010 to
4.5 in 2012.
|Wilkin Ramirez accepts dugout high-fives after scoring a run|
last week in an exhibition game.
|Dan Rohlfing has|
had a good spring:
30 plate appearances.
|Aaron Hicks had a minor leaguer's number this spring,|
but he'll have a much lower one when the season opens.
|Ryan Pressly has|
|Catcher Dan Rohlfing behind the wheel and Britt McGill|
of Mankato collecting autographs.
|Miguel Sano awaits an at-bat Thursday night.|
|Danny 'Bam Bam' Rams|
was regarded as one
of the best power bats
in the 2007 draft.
|Joe Benson reviews his at-bat after a ground-out.|
|The Twins have moved their Midwest League affiliation to|
Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Veterans Memorial Stadium is, according
to Baseball America, one of the better hitters' parks
in the generally pitcher-friendly Midwest League.
|Wil Myers: Too good for the Rays to have on the roster|
for the full season.
|Sam Deduno reacts after striking out|
Angel Pagan to end the fifth inning
Tuesday night in the WBC final.
|The prime seats for Monday's exhibition game in Fort Myers.|
The game was called for rain after five innings.
|Shairon Martis, who|
is still playing in the
World Baseball Classic
for the Netherlands,
was one of seven
Sunday to minor
|A study in blue shadows as Atlanta's David Hale pitches to|
the Mets' Wilfredo Tovar.
|The back foot of St. Louis batter Allen Craig,|
the glove hand of Washington catcher
|Team USA shortstop Jimmy Rollins makes a play in|
the ninth inning Friday against Puerto Rico.
|Sam Deduno celebrates getting out of a first-inning jam|
Thursday against Team USA. He did walk in a run in that frame,
but that was all he gave up in four innings.
|Kyle Gibson was|
optioned out on
|Twins prospect J.O. Berrios is pulled|
from Tuesday night's WBC second-round
game against Team USA. The 18-year-old
has impressed with his talent and his
|Team USA manager Joe Torre, flanked by bench coach|
Larry Bowa and pitching coach Greg Maddux.
|O Canada: Justin Morneau prepares|
to unload on a pitch against Italy.
|J.O. Berrios —|
or is it Jose?
|Deolis Guerra pitches for|
|Sam Deduno struck out five and walked|
none in his start against Spain.
|Mascot see, mascot do: The Pittsburgh Parrot and Lil Parrot|
mimic the stretches Twins strength and conditioning
coordinator Perry Castellano is putting outfielder
Darin Mastroianni through.
|Rafael Perez had|
after just 7.2 innings
|Aaron Hicks unloads his third home run of the game|
Thursday. It was his fifth homer in three games.
|Bruce Rondon may be Plan A|
for the back end of the Detroit
bullpen, but his spring training
has not gone well so far.
|Mark Teixeira didn't spend a lot of|
time in a Team USA uniform this week.
He's been replaced on the roster by
Eric Hosmer of Kansas City.
Cashman said NYY could look at a pool of 1B and 3B thanks to (Kevin) Youkliis' versatility: "It's kind of like a baby pool. A lot of kids pee in it."
|Tim Wood had a|
2.19 ERA in 70
innings in Triple A.
|Brian Dozier was a shortstop last year, a second baseman|
this time around.
“While neither us nor the commissioner’s office have any legal obligation to bargain over that issue over the term of the basic agreement, I don’t think it was the intention of either side that you would have a player and you’d have clubs that would be interested in securing that player and be happy paying that player his salary, but would be stopped from doing it by compensation. That really wasn’t the intention.
“I can’t promise you that we’re going to be able to rectify it, but I know there will be discussions. It’s mostly good, but that part of it hasn’t worked out the way that we expected.”
|Aaron Hicks has|
won praise so far
|Protect those vulnerable places,|