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White Sox Retire Paul Konerko's No. 14

May 23, 2015 7:05 PM

The White Sox retired Paul Kornerko's No. 14 jersey Saturday before their game against the Twins, according to an ESPN.com report.

The fans chanted "Paulie! Paulie!" as Konerko entered from the center-field fence and walked through the outfield grass to home plate. He then watched as his family counted down the unveiling of his number on the facade above home plate.

ESPN.com

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Byron Buxton Could Reach Twins By August

May 15, 2015 2:45 PM

The Minnesota Twins could have top prospect Byron Buxton in the Major Leagues by sometime in August.

Buxton is ranked as baseball's top prospect by MLB.com and second by Baseball America.

The 21-year-old is hitting .244/.306/.450 for Double-A Chattanooga.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Misc Rumor

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Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect

May 8, 2015 4:22 PM

Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

"This year's draft class is indeed one of the weakest in recent memory, not just at the top of the first round, but also in specific areas that are usually deeper, such as college starting pitching and catchers of any stripe. There is, however, a lot of depth in the middle infield," writes Law.

Brendan Rodgers, a shortstop out of Lake Mary High School (FL), is ranked first on Law's list.

Keith Law/ESPN

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Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick

Apr 30, 2015 3:50 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com are split on who Arizona will take -- UC Santa Barbara right-hander Dillon Tate or Lake Mary High School (FL) shortstop Brendan Rodgers.

The Houston Astros (second and fifth), Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins will pick after the Diamondbacks.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released

Apr 29, 2015 3:34 PM

Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

For the first time, the All-Star Balloting Program will be conducted exclusively online.  Beginning today, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters 35 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

You can begin voting here -- 2015 All-Star Game Ballot.

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Frasor Mulled Offer From Twins Before Re-Signing With Royals

Apr 23, 2015 8:03 AM

Jason Frasor entertained a one-year offer from the Minnesota Twins before re-signing with the Kansas City Royals this past winter.

"We thought about it, but I love Kansas City," Frasor said. "I went to the playoffs here for the first time in my life. Once Kansas City got back into it, all things being equal, it was (decided)."

The 37-year-old also admitted that pitching at Target Field isn't high on his list.

"Honestly, it's not my favorite," he said. "I think it's beautiful. I think it's top five, but when I stand on that mound, I feel like I need to crow hop to get it to home plate sometimes. It's wonderful to look at, but it's not one of those mounds where I feel like, 'Wow, I'm right there.'"

Frasor, who never spoke to general manager Terry Ryan during the free-agent process, appreciated Minnesota's interest.

"When you become a free agent and you're a 37-year-old middle reliever, there's not as many teams that come calling as you would think or hope. But that's all right. I just needed one team," he said.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Mets Acquire Dan Rohlfing From Twins

Apr 23, 2015 7:57 AM

The New York Mets have acquired Minor League catcher Dan Rohlfing from the Minnesota Twins.

Minnesota will receive cash considerations in return.

Rohlfing, 26, adds depth for the Mets, who are dealing with injuries at the position.

Rhett Bollinger/MLB

Tags: New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Twins Place Nolasco On DL With Elbow Inflammation

Apr 10, 2015 5:46 PM

The Minnesota Twins will place Ricky Nolasco on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation.

The move is expected to come on Saturday.

Nolasco felt pain during Wednesday's 11-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers. Paul Molitor says an MRI showed no structural damage.

Associated Press

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Injury, Misc Rumor

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots

Apr 8, 2015 4:53 PM

Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, who have the first overall pick, will have more than $8.6 million to spend on all selections.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

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Torii Hunter Confronts Umpire After Game-Ending Call

Apr 7, 2015 8:08 AM

Torii Hunter confronted umpire Joe West after a game-ending strike call when he was at the plate on Monday.

The Minnesota Twins were trailing 4-0 against the Detroit Tigers when Hunter came to bat with Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer on the bases. Hunter fell behind 1-2 in the count. He thought he checked his swing on the fourth pitch, but West called a third strike to end the game.

Hunter dropped his bat and got in West's face as the umpire left the field, asking him to check with the first-base umpire.

"You know I didn't swing. The proof is in the pudding," Hunter told reporters after the game.

"I think he had dinner reservations or a concert to play in. ... That was terrible," Hunter added. "All I ask -- everybody asks -- we come out and do our job every day. That's what I do. I come ready to play, do my job. I battle at the plate. We ask you to do your job as well. Joe West needs to do his job, and he didn't do it well."

ESPN

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor

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Ervin Santana Suspended 80 Games For PED Violation
Mike Pelfrey will be the No. 5 starter to take Ervin Santana's spot in the rotation.

ESPN

Twins Looking For Relief Pitching
Minnesota is looking to add at least one and maybe two relief pitchers by the end of Spring Training.

La Velle E. Neal III/Star Tribune

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Twins Sign Brian Dozier To $20M Extension
The 27-year-old hit .242/.345/.416 with 23 home runs and 21 stolen bases in 2014.

RealGM Staff Report

Twins Option Miguel Sano To Double-A Chattanooga
Miguel Sano had hit two home runs in 10 at-bats during six spring training games.

ESPN.com

Twins Making Progress On Dozier Extension
There were strong indications on Tuesday that solid progress is being made.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

Hughes In Line To Start Opener For Twins
Phil Hughes has been "penciled in" to take the mound April 6 when the Twins play the Tigers, according to Paul Molitor.

Associated Press

Torii Hunter Jr. Joins Irish Baseball Team
Torii Hunter Jr. announced on Friday he would join Notre Dame's baseball team for the 2015 season.

MLB.com

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Buxton Named MLB.com's Top Prospect For 2015
Byron Buxton, who was a no-brainer last season, struggled with injuries in 2014.

Jonathan Mayo/MLB

Twins May Have Had Two Trades Fall Through
The trades were not for Jeremy Hellickson or J.A. Happ, according to a source.

Darren Wolfson/1500 ESPN

Johan Santana Has Offer, But It's Not From Twins
Johan Santana, who pitched two innings in the Venezuelan Winter League last week, already has an offer from a Major League club.

Darren Wolfson/1500 ESPN

Johan Santana Eyes 2015 Return
Johan Santana has a 139-78 career record over 12 seasons with the Twins and Mets.

ESPN.com

Hughes, Twins Agree To $42M Extension
Phil Hughes will make $9.2 million in 2015 and 2016 and earn base salaries of $13.2 million from 2017 to 2019.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Report: Twins Finalizing $54M Deal With Ervin Santana
The Twins are close to finalizing an agreement on a four-year, $54 million deal with Ervin Santana, according to a report.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Mets Discussing Gee With Multiple Teams
The Rangers, Rockies, Twins and Giants have been linked to Dillon Gee.

Andy Martino/New York Daily News

Torii Hunter Berates Twins Beat Writer
The outfielder called the journalist a derogatory word four times near the end of the media session.

ESPN

Hunter, Twins Reach $10.5M Deal
The contract brings the outfielder back to where his Major League career began.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Hunter, Twins Have 'Common Interest' In Reunion
Torii Hunter spent 11 of his 18 Major League seasons with the Twins.

Charley Walters/Pioneer Press

Report: Twins Nearing Deal With Hyeon-jong Yang
The Twins are reportedly nearing a deal with Korean pitcher Hyeon-jong Yang.

MLB.com

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