The work began immediately after Andrew Heaney signed with the Dodgers in the offseason. Upon agreeing to terms with the team on a one-year, $8.5-million deal in mid-November, Heaney flew to Los Angeles to get a physical but also to meet with the team’s pitching staff. He was well aware of the Dodgers’ track record of developing pitchers, of unlocking potential in even veteran arms.
After the New Age Minnesota Twins took two out of three from the Same Ol’ Detroit Tigers, the local nine look to take on the Toronto Blue Jays in a four-game set at Target Field. The new Twins added three hurlers at the trade deadline - one starter and two relievers. The Blue Jays did the same and also added utilityman and old foe Whit Merrifield from the Kansas City Royals. He’s hitting .295/.345/.429 (.774) lifetime against Minnesota with five homers and 46 RBI. Alek Manoah will represent Toronto on the mound tonight. The All-Star has put up a 2.43 ERA/3.40 FIP across 20 starts and 126 innings of work. He also sports a sub-1.000 WHIP and a 4.38 K/BB ratio. His last outing saw him take a loss against the Tigers: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, BB, 4 K, HR, 87 pitches.
The Minnesota Twins elected to pull rookie starter Joe Ryan from his outing despite having a no-hitter through seven innings against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night. Ryan was cruising, but his pitch count was at 106 when Twins manager Rocco Baldelli decided to call it quits, though history was on the line. It isn't the first time we've seen this in the 2022 campaign, dating back to April 13 when Los Angeles Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw had an even better thing going for himself, a perfect game through seven innings with 13 strikeouts against the Twins.
Just inside the Twins clubhouse – to the right as you walk in – a miniature zen garden fills the locker stall between those of pitchers Sonny Gray and Joe Ryan. A mini plastic tree and tiny Asian garden statue rest on a pan of white rocks, next to a tiny fountain with bubbling water and another, larger statue. And at the foot, a small gong.
Well it was fun while it lasted. The Minnesota Twins have slumped to 69-70, two games behind the Chicago White Sox, and four and half games behind the Cleveland Guardians. With 24 games to go (including five against the Guardians), the Twins playoff chances have dropped from unlikely to near-miracle status. With the team likely done, there are a few ways to look at the season:
Upon agreeing to terms with the team on a one-year, $8.5-million deal in mid-November, Heaney flew to Los Angeles to get a physical but also to meet with the team’s pitching staff. He was well aware of the Dodgers’ track record of developing pitchers.
SEATTLE (AP) — At the rate he's going, Logan Gilbert is going to find himself pitching in Los Angeles at the All-Star Game a month from now. Seattle's young right-hander tossed six smooth innings and combined with three relievers on a four-hitter in the Mariners' 5-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. Eugenio Suárez and Ty France each clubbed a two-run homer to help the Mariners emerge from their offensive slump. But all anyone wanted to talk about afterward was another sterling performance from Gilbert.
Game 3 Lineups Fians WONDER YEARS INSIDE BASEBALLERS 20 - Lew Ford - CF 25 - Byron Buxton - CF 8 - Nick Punto - 3B 24 - Tom Brunansky - DH 20 - Rich Reese - 1B 6 - Tony Oliva - RF 2 - Zoilo Versalles - SS 30 - Jimmie Hall - LF 11 - Jacque Jones - DH 2 - Zoilo Versalles - SS 23 - Bobby Kielty - RF 14 - Kent Hrbek - 1B 40 - Marty Cordova - LF 9 - Rich Rollins - 3B 7 - Rob Wilfong - 2B 7 - Joe Mauer - C 12 - Mark Salas - C 4 - Steve Lombardozzi - 2B 21 - Joe Decker - RHP 16 - Frank Viola - LHP Subsequent to watching an early lead get away in Game 2, the Inside Baseballers tried not to rehash a similar error. Joe Mauer hit two grand slams, Tony Oliva added a four-bagger of his own, and Frank Viola and Anthony Swarzak joined to hold the Wonder Years back from expanding their series lead, Inside taking their most memorable stunt of the series 7-2. On the hill, Viola got going faultlessly, striking out the initial six players of the game (and 10 complete across six or more innings).
The Twins went 3-5 keep going week on their eight-game excursion through Detroit and Toronto. Regardless of that extreme stretch, they just dropped a half-game off their division lead and saw no significant change in their season finisher chances (still ~58%, down marginally from ~60% last end of the week. My significant important points from the standings this week are that the Twins are lucky to play in the American League Central division and that Rocco Baldelli's club is versatile in a manner that appears to make them more noteworthy than the amount of their parts. That the skeleton group list brought about by COVID (in more than one way) went into Toronto and won a series by thumping around Kevin Gausman in the elastic match is out and out noteworthy. Right off the bat in the week when the wounds and sicknesses continued to stack up that sort of series win appeared to be doubtful. A large portion of us likely anticipated that the Twins should go into endurance mode until the solid fortifications can return. Presently, I figure they showed improvement over that. Gilberto Celestino was initiated from the COVID IL Saturday and played yesterday. Joe Ryan was thought of "a tick behind" Celestino and is supposed to increase his responsibility early this week. Carlos Correa is on a comparative course of events. The group will likewise get one more four regulars back when they get back from Canada. It was an extreme week, yet in the 10,000 foot view, the Twins are generally in the equivalent (great) position they were the point at which the week started
Major League Baseball fined and suspended New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson for a game on Monday after remarks he made on Saturday toward Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson led to a benches-clearing spat, the league announced. Donaldson, who was placed on the COVID-19 injured list on Monday, will appeal the suspension. Donaldson, by his own admission, addressed Anderson as "Jackie" during an interaction between the two in the third inning. "Jackie" is a reference to Jackie Robinson, who integrated MLB in 1947 as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Anderson and his White Sox teammates took exception to the comment, with catcher Yasmani Grandal later confronting Donaldson during his at-bat in the fifth inning. Both benches spilled onto the field as part of the confrontation, but no ejections were made. The streams for the latest NFL matches live will be available on this site whenever the official games are available.